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Around Southampton: New Cooley Dickinson service center, new owner for the Red Rock Shops, and 10th anniversary for Rolling Acres Corn Maze


GORDON DANIELS
Tony and Efthimios Rizos with the medals the company won

GORDON DANIELS Tony and Efthimios Rizos with the medals the company won Purchase photo reprints »

The family that owns Red Rock Pizza on College Highway purchased the entire plaza this month for $2.85 million.

Rizos Realty LLC, run by Southampton brothers Efthimios and Antonios Rizos, bought the Red Rock Shops plaza on Oct. 1 from Richard R. Boyle, president of Autumn Management Company in Easthampton.

“We’ve had our pizza place there for 20 years, so it’s a good investment for us after 20 years of paying rent,” Efthimios Rizos said Wednesday. “It’s a very good location, and just a few minutes from where we live.”

The Rizoses’ new 4-acre property includes all the storefronts in the plaza, but Boyle will retain ownership of the area behind the shops that holds storage units.

Rizos said he and his brother have no plans to change the plaza or its tenants.

The Rizos family is not new to property management, as they own a building at 41 Strong Ave. in Northampton that houses the Sierra Grille, Mulino’s Trattoria and Bishop’s Lounge. The family also co-owns Opa Opa Steakhouse & Brewery at 169 College Highway, and owns Opa Opa Brewery in Williamsburg and Kaptain Jimmy’s Restaurant in Agawam.

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Clinic open house

The Cooley Dickinson Rehabilitation and Lab Patient Services Center in the Big Y Plaza on College Highway will hold an open house Saturday to introduce the public to its new location.

Rehabilitation Services moved to the 3,300-square-foot facility in August after outgrowing its spot on Union Street in Easthampton. The hospital’s Lab Patient Service Center formerly located at 2 Mechanic St. moves today to share the new space in Southampton.

Christina Trinchero, director of marketing communication for the hospital, said the combined use of the space will mean more convenience for patients in the Easthampton and Southampton area. “The Lab Patient Service Center moved to offer a variety of services in one larger location,” she said Wednesday.

The Rehab Center will offer physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language therapy, treating conditions ranging from sports injuries to back pain and helping people recover from the effects of strokes.

The Patient Lab Services Center is one of six in the area that provides routine and emergency lab testing of blood and other specimens for patients with signed physicians’ orders.

The public is invited to enjoy tours, activities and refreshments at the open house at the new center Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. For information, call 527-8855.

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Agritourism

A corn maze on Pleasant Street that was one of the first in the area is celebrating its 10th anniversary this fall. Ronald and Doreen Bashista started Rolling Acres Corn Maze in 2002, naming it after the family dairy farm that had sold off its herd the year before.

“The farm was going through a transition; my father sold the cows and we weren’t sure what to do,” Ronald Bashista recalled. “We’d been seeing publicity about corn mazes and agritourism, and we thought it was something we could try.”

He used a GPS device to plot out a fish design in the 7-acre corn field, and cut the swaths with a mower. “It didn’t look like a fish at all,” he said. “But our first year was pretty phenomenal, considering all we did was a few street signs and newspaper ads.”

The next year they added an 18-hole mini-golf course, and later began offering snacks and free hayrides.

This year, they have added to their list of attractions a “jumping pillow,” which Bashista described as a 33-by-67-foot “bounce house without walls,” and a water tag game, where participants can have water fights while diving for cover behind large round bales of hay. He said the water tag game is better suited to warm weather, and he hopes to host birthday parties and other groups throughout the summer next year.

On a busy weekend, 800 people explore the maze. Bashista said he’s seen it all over the years, from running out of gas while giving a hayride, to a man proposing to his now-fiancee in the maze.

“It doesn’t seem like 10 years,” he said. “We love doing it. It just keeps evolving into something new every year.”

The maze is open Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 4. For information, visit www.rollingacres.us.

Rebecca Everett can be reached at reverett@gazettenet.com.

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