BAR HARBOR – The summer season is coming to a close and businesses in Bar Harbor are getting ready for a busy fall.
“The next two months will be just as busy or busier for us,” said Little Village Gifts Co-Owner Shawn Porter.
Cruise ships will continue to drop off tourists through October, keeping shops and restaurants open.
“That extra boost from the cruise ship passengers keeps us open, so for us to say that the end is Labor Day is absolutely not true,” said Porter.
With Labor Day weekend wrapped up, seasonal summer workers are heading back to school. This leaves some businesses shorthanded.
“I lost two last week, I lose four this week, so that’s the struggle,” said Ben & Bill’s Chocolate Emporium Manager Yvonne Cote. “It just means you have to work harder.”
For some, it means pulling help from other areas.
“A lot of family members stepped up and have worked the shop,” said Jekyll & Hyde Co-Owner Britt Hulbert.
Summer traffic may be slowing down, but the fall season will be sure to bring in more people and keep Bar Harbor shops and stores open for business.
“If there were more people coming to town we’d stay open year-round if we need to,” said Hulbert.