My favorite part of any town or city is the area by the water. City waterfronts are usually filled with parks, shops, restaurants, and entertainment… What about Ellsworth? We do have some waterfront access but mostly it’s a mix of a construction company, garages, empty buildings and parking lots… If you want to enjoy our waterfront you’d need to leave the downtown shopping area and drive or walk to the boat launch. Ellsworth’s boat launch and intern Harbor Park isn’t much further from the Downtown shopping district than in other cities however it offers few businesses, views of the river, or even street furniture or street trees. It is not an enjoyable walk and pedestrians take second class to motor vehicles, and the busy traffic leaves little to no room for cyclists.
This Is What Our Waterfront Looks Like Now…
Now Imagine This!
These are some sketches the City of Ellsworth had created back in the early 2000s.
Now That Is A Waterfront I’d Be At Every day!
Having our downtown right next to the Union River is an incredible opportunity! We could use this to make our little city a much larger stopping place for locals and visitors. Cities all over the country have been focusing on revitalizations like this and I think it’s our turn.
What are your thoughts?
Leave a comment below letting us know your thoughts. What do you want to see happen?
Delish chose Sylvia’s Cafe as #4 for one of the Biggest Breakfasts in the Country!
#4 The Hibernator at Sylvia’s Cafe, Ellsworth
Is this dish called The Hibernator ’cause it’ll knock you out cold? We think so. The Hibernator includes a tall stack of buttermilk pancakes, topped with a scrambler of your choice (3 scrambled eggs with veggies, ham, sausage or bacon, covered in cheddar cheese and served on a platter of home fries) and corned beef hash. But that’s not all! You also get two eggs cooked your way, a side of bacon, sausage, ham and one biscuit.
If you eat it all in 30 minutes, the dish is free…. Keep Reading at Delish.com
Tow truck ends up in a historic home on bridge hill in downtown Ellsworth
“Apparently this poor guy’s brakes failed all the way by up by the post office, and he somehow kept it on the road rolling backwards down the entirety of Main Street, through the intersection, and across the bridge!” — Patrick Harris
Ellsworth – The Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Natalie Knox of Ellsworth Maine is the 2018 Citizen of the Year. The Citizen of the Year is awarded to an outstanding individual nominated by the members, “who embodies community spirit through volunteerism, involvement and advocacy”…. Keep Reading
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November 16 – December 31 // 142 Main St, Ellsworth, Maine 04605
Join area small businesses for a celebration of the holiday season – Shop Downeast!
Visit the old JB Atlantic building for a festive holiday shopping experience. Seven local area stores will stock gifts for all the folks on your list. Each weekend will host a revolving mini craft show featuring local artisans and their homemade goods.
The Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored Early Bird Sales is happening all over the Ellsworth Area at Member businesses. The list below of participating members of the Chamber will be ready to help you find everything that you need to help your family have a happy holiday season!
Keep checking back as we update this list right up until the end of October. Please share this with your friends, or stop in to the Chamber office for a printed version of the list.
Make sure you sign up to win $100 in Chamber Bucks courtesy of the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce at participating business locations.
Early Bird Participating Businesses
Maine Pet & Aquarium: 7-8am 20% off storewide, 8-9am 10% off storewide. All day Super Sale on any Dog & Cat Dry Food-$2 off 2-10lb. bags, $4 off 11-20lb. bags, $6 off 21-40lb. bags, .20 cents off canned foods. Get a $5 bonus gift card with every $25 gift card purchase from 7 am to 9 am.
Cadillac Mountain Sports: Buy one Get one 50% off on all apparel & footwear excluding socks, hats, gloves and accessories. Second item must be of equal or lesser value.
The Eagles Lodge Motel: 15% off rack rates for the weekend, continental breakfast included and several local restaurants will give guests 10% off with room key(China Hill,Governors,Helens, Finelli’s, Sylvias).
Jewelry Liquidators: additional 5% off sale prices (excludes Alex and Ani and special orders) Open from 10-5.
Super Shoes: 20% off regular priced items 6-9am (some restrictions apply).
Ellsworth American: Two year subscription for the price of one(new & renewal)! FREE gift if you stop by the office on Water Street to order between 6-8 am on Saturday, November 4.
Bud Connection: 6 -9 am 25% Storewide.(except flowers and chocolates) Lots of new and exciting holiday décor and gift items. Non-early bird enjoy too! The rest of the day 20% off.
The Rock & Art Shop: 6-7am 20% off, 7-8am 15% off, 8-9am 10% off, 9-10am 5% off.
Curtis Shoe: 30% off from 6am to 7am; 20% off from 7am to 8am; 10% off from 8am to 9am(excludes Muck and Bogs).
Habitat ReStore: 6-9am- 10% off $50.00-99.99, 15% off $100.00-199.99, 20% off $200.00 or more. Rest of day 9am-4pm 10% off total sales.
Shirley’s Yarns & Crafts: 6-7am 25% off, 7-8am 20% off, 8-9am 15% off, 9am-5pm 10% off (excludes candy and coffee). Coupons will be given out each hour with the discount so can come back later to shop.
Maine Alpaca Experience: Get a FREE $10 Gift Card with every $100 purchase.
Beal Gift Shop – Gift Shop Closing sale! All items well below 50% off in the GIFT SHOP ONLY from 9am-2pm
Clothes Encounter: 50% off 6-9am, 25% off 9am-2pm, and 10% off 2-5pm(excludes handmade consignment items).
Mardens: Stop in for our RAFFLE going on from 6-9am! A $25 gift card winner selected EVERY TEN MINUTES during that time. Must be present to win!
Restaurant Barn: Late Bird Sale Shopping! 9am-3pm 20% off smallwares.
Elizabeth’s – 6am – 9 am save get 25% off storewide! From 9 am- 5pm get 10% off storewide!
Hilt’s Landscaping: Buy one tree or shrub and get one FREE.
(KōT) Contemporary Craft: Spend $25 or more on Saturday and get a free gift! Open from 11am – 4 pm
Flexit Café & Bakery: 10% off Breakfast and Lunch with your receipt from shopping downtown for Early Bird, Ellsworth. November 4th receipts only
Pyramid Studios – Open from 9 am – 5 pm – Enjoy 25% off storewide!
Shop Small is about more than just shopping at small businesses. It’s a cause that helps to support local economies and promote vibrant, diverse communities. It’s also a nationwide movement fueled by shoppers, business owners, and organizers who come together and celebrate the community because they know it matters.
What Is Small Business Saturday?
It’s an annual shopping tradition dedicated to supporting small businesses and celebrating communities across the country. Founded by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year, you can get out and support the places you love with the people you love on Nov 25.