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Hadley gets double the expected revenue in meals tax earnings

Friday, January 23, 2015

HADLEY — Town Administrator David Nixon accepted a windfall earlier this month — about twice the amount of local meals tax revenue as he expected. Nixon said he was not sure whether that resulted from a trend of more people eating out in Hadley or whether there were other factors involved. Whatever the reason, he said the town received nearly $119,000 this month for the period between September and November. …

Tootsie Roll’s 53-year CEO dies at 95

Thursday, January 22, 2015

CHICAGO — Melvin Gordon, who helped turn the enduring popularity of the humble Tootsie Roll into a candy empire, has died. He was 95. The longtime Tootsie Roll Industries Inc. chairman and CEO died Tuesday in Boston after a brief illness, said Brooke Vane, a spokeswoman for the company’s public relations firm. Gordon …

Veteran chefs design very different menus at two new restaurants in Amherst

Sunday, January 18, 2015

AMHERST — In Amherst center, the chef at a new restaurant focused on northern Italian and Mediterranean cuisine is encouraging patrons to pair their food with a glass of wine. In North Amherst, the chef at a new dining spot suggests customers ordering breakfast items and sandwiches, soups and salads enjoy their meals …

All Things Local Cooperative reduces space in Amherst

Friday, January 16, 2015

AMHERST — A store specializing in products grown and made locally is reducing its retail space to save money. The All Things Local Cooperative at 104 North Pleasant St., which expanded in January 2014 to a portion of the former Food for Thought Bookstore, is relinquishing this additional …

Mounting losses force Target out of Canada

Thursday, January 15, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Target is giving up on its money-losing foray into Canada after just two years, closing 133 stores and cutting loose more than 17,000 employees. Target said it didn’t see how it could stop losing money …

Sporting goods shop planned for Charlemont

Thursday, January 15, 2015

CHARLEMONT ­— In its bid to become the outdoor adventure hot spot in New England, Charlemont will soon have another attraction — a year-round hunting, fishing and sporting goods shop called Overwatch Outpost. If all goes as planned, …

Steve Vogel opens Stuff on Avenue A in Turners Falls

Thursday, January 15, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Visitors to Avenue A will notice a change in the makeup of the Third Street intersection. Madison on the Avenue moved down a storefront and Stuff moved into the corner space. The business is owned by Steve Vogel of Montague Center and filled with furniture, …

Ashfield Lake House nears change in ownership

Thursday, January 15, 2015

ASHFIELD — It appears the Ashfield Lake House will change owners in the coming weeks. The Select Board this month unanimously approved a liquor license transfer for the local landmark restaurant. Now all that remains is state approval …

Funeral industry veterans open new home where William Ryder once operated in South Hadley

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — The newest business owners in town have careers in the funeral industry that span three generations and bring more than 30 years of experience to the Curran-O’Brien Funeral Home & Cremation Service. West Springfield business …

Blue Steel Bicycle Co. opens in Sunderland after Flye Cycles closes

Friday, January 9, 2015

SUNDERLAND — One bicycle shop closed and another opened last month in the same building at 22 Amherst Road in Sunderland. Blue Steel Bicycle Co., a full-service bike shop, opened Dec. 8, one week after Flye Cycles closed. …

Loose Goose Cafe in Amherst prepares to close after 14 years

Thursday, January 8, 2015

AMHERST — The Loose Goose Cafe, a long-time restaurant in downtown Amherst known for its gourmet sandwiches with jazz-influenced names, like the Miles and the Blue Note, will close next week as the building it occupies eventually gets demolished to make way for the proposed redevelopment known as …

Iris Photo joins Faces in closing downtown Northampton businesses

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — For the second time in as many days, a prominent downtown business has announced it will close in the coming weeks. Iris Photo & Digital owner Michael Figarsky intends to close the longtime business at the …

Faces owner Peter Vogel to close store on Main Street in Northampton unless someone takes it over

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Faces, the quirky Main Street shop regarded by shoppers as a downtown landmark, is scheduled to close early this year unless owner Peter Vogel can find someone else to take it over. “Though the store remains …