Businesses worldwide and here in Maine have had to navigate and adjust to the pandemic. Existing businesses really had to go above and beyond during this pandemic so far in order to stay open while others just haven't been able to make it work, closing temporarily or closing permanently.
Despite the amount of change happening in the business world due to the pandemic a handful of gutsy and gritty folks here in the Bangor area have bucked the trend and instead of waiting to open a restaurant or open a retail shop until the pandemic has subsided have dived in feet first during the pandemic to start building their dreams.
Food Retailers and Restaurants Win 2021
In the Bangor area, we saw a multitude of restaurant and food retailers open up during 2021. Some of these bring comfort food to the masses- like donuts and cheesy entrees. Others focused on bringing nutrition and wellness to the forefront. Perhaps this is a commentary on how people viewed the pandemic- needing comfort in a time of change versus embracing change and moving towards wellness.
No Guts, No Pandemic Glory
You gotta give it to these entrepreneurs, big box stores and small mom-and-pop shops alike, who have decided to go forward with opening doors when the pandemic has made it nearly impossible to start or continue 'business as usual. We give props to these 27+ businesses that decided to lay it all on the line and go forward with something they believed in in 2021.
The Year In New Business Ventures In Bangor
Here are 27 businesses that include brand new stores selling nutritional shacks, ice cream, donuts, popcorn, and more as well as already existing businesses that are adding to their empire. Some opened, pivoted, and survived. A few did not. Take a look and consider giving them a try, especially during a tumultuous time as this pandemic.