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.

27 Bangor Area Businesses We Welcomed In 2021

The Bangor Area saw a lot of new businesses open up in 2021 that consisted almost entirely of new food spots to feed that sweet tooth or get a little healthier. Here are 27 new businesses or business locations we saw during pandemic year #2 in and around Bangor.

30 Bangor Area Mom-and-Pop Convenience Stores

Convenience stores are a lifeline for a community. Here in the Bangor area, we have our share of little mom-and-pop, one-of-a-kind stores that hold necessities for your everyday life that can build a community with its presence and offerings. Here are 30 of these convenience stores in and around the Bangor area.

25 Unique Stores for Maine Foodies

From The County to Southern Maine to the Eastern most points, you will find a great variety of unique foods from Maine small businesses. Here are 25 such small businesses bringing their own flavor to the Maine foodie scene.

Bangor's Best Sweet Treats

We asked listeners to name their must stop destination for sweets in the Bangor area

Mega List for Maine's Best Local Shops For Gift Buying

New or gently used, clothes, games, plants, and everything in-between. If you want to shop local and come across some excellent finds for gift-giving, here are 70 locations to do your shopping around Bangor, Down East, and on the coast in Maine.

LOOK: The top holiday toys from the year you were born

With the holiday spirit in the air, it’s the perfect time to dive into the history of iconic holiday gifts. Using national toy archives and data curated by The Strong from 1920 to today, Stacker searched for products that caught hold of the public zeitgeist through novelty, innovation, kitsch, quirk, or simply great timing, and then rocketed to success.