Your Time: Hampshire Mall, Hadley

Last modified: Monday, April 28, 2014
With 40 stores under one roof, it’s easy to spend a day at the Hampshire Mall in Hadley. In addition to its big-box stores like Target, JC Penney and Best Buy, local and regional businesses also call it home.

Without leaving the mall, you can get a bite to eat, get your nails done, shop, go roller skating, see a movie or get a massage.

Ruth Verock-O’Loughlin of Buckland chose a massage at Relaxation Stop.

“It’s top notch,” she said after a massage by Arren Xu, the store’s manager. Verock-O’Loughlin, who teaches at the University of Massachusetts College of Education, said a midweek massage is rejuvenating and helps her become “centered and relaxed.”

Sara Scappace of Greenfield was with her daughter Kahlan, who was on a Mickey Mouse car ride in the food court. And Jordan Rowe of South Deerfield was having her nails done by Quynh Nguyen at Nail Pro.

“I love them to look good,” she said.

A few doors down, the Piercing Princess was working at Claire’s. On Saturday, the princess was Marrica DellaTorre, who was giving a second ear piercing to Bridget Searle of Conway on her 17th birthday. Decked out in a pink dress and a tiara, the princess is said to put younger girls at ease, who may be nervous about their first piercing.

At Glowgolf, a black-lit miniature golf course, Amilcar Shabazz of Amherst had just finished hosting a birthday party for his son, Hosea, 9.

“We’re pioneers and we’re in the Pioneer Valley,” Shabazz said. “When something is new, we try it. We’ve done the skating, the rock climbing, the laser tag.” Now Glowgolf offers mall visitors yet another new experience: Mini golf under glow-in-the-dark ultraviolet lights.

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