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In this May 7, 2015 photo, Dan Kleban, a co-owner of the Maine Beer Company, poses in the company's tasting room in Freeport, Maine. Craft beer now accounts for 1 of 10 beers sold. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Small craft brewers connect with local beer drinkers

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine — In a nondescript industrial park, beer geeks line up several times a week outside Bissell Brothers to get the latest batch of fresh beer — much like foodies seeking the freshest baguettes, pomegranates or kale. Jeremy Ritz didn’t get the beer he wanted on a recent day because it was sold out. So he decided to buy …

Wal-Mart pushing for better animal welfare

Friday, May 22, 2015

NEW YORK — Wal-Mart’s push to get its suppliers to give farm animals fewer antibiotics and more room to roam is expected to have a big impact on the food industry, experts say. Though the steps are voluntary, Wal-Mart, which sells more food than any other store, has a history of using its …

Foxwoods opens new shopping center

Thursday, May 21, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — Foxwoods Resort Casino and a retail outlet opened a $129 million shopping center Thursday to throw some elbows in a crowded market, draw more visitors, make a play for younger gamblers and promote an enterprise that’s increasingly an entertainment destination rather than a gambling mecca. Felix Rappaport, president and CEO …

Takata air bag recall grows to 34 million

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, Takata Corp. has agreed to declare 33.8 million air bags defective, a move that will double the number of cars and trucks included in what is now the largest auto …

Zoe’s Fish House in Hadley to reopen this summer after renovations

Sunday, May 17, 2015

HADLEY — Closed for renovations since October, Zoe’s Fish House may reopen in six to eight weeks, according to owner Jim Sands. Sands, of Goshen, said renovations have taken several months longer than anticipated. The restaurant used to be in its own freestanding building, and when renovations are …

Customers reflect on end of an era at Captain Video going-out-of-business sale in Amherst

Friday, May 15, 2015

AMHERST — Selecting silent films starring Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd from the shelves at Captain Video, Allison Willette of Hadley observed that her children have enjoyed watching these classics. It was during a long car …

Deerfield Select Board approves plan for New England Natural Bakers factory on Jewett Avenue

Saturday, May 9, 2015

DEERFIELD — The Select Board last week unanimously approved the site plan for the New England Natural Bakers factory on the former Oxford Pickle site on Jewett Avenue. The permit was granted during a public hearing. The bakery, which makes organic granola and muesli, has been operating from …

Popular Gohyang Restaurant on Route 9 in Hadley reopens under new owner

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

HADLEY — A popular Route 9 Korean restaurant that features rooms for karaoke-style singing and a market selling authentic Korean products is back in business. Gohyang Restaurant recently returned under Hoony Song of Amherst, who with his wife …

King Street Eats restaurant in Northampton shuts its doors

Sunday, May 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After just under two years in business, King Street Eats has closed its doors. An announcement was made Friday on the restaurant’s Facebook page. “King Street Eats will close today due to circumstances beyond our control,” the Friday Facebook post read. “We want to thank all …

Ford expands recall for door latch issues

Saturday, May 2, 2015

DETROIT — Ford on Friday said it is expanding by another 156,000 the number of vehicles being recalled for door latch problems at the directive of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, bringing the total to 545,906 vehicles in North America that need to be checked for the …

Nation’s last 2 HoJo’s soldier on

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. — The 28 ice cream flavors are just a cool memory. Those fried clam plates? All but eighty-sixed. Howard Johnson’s restaurants — the once-ubiquitous orange-roofed eateries that nourished baby boomers before the rise of burgers …

Startup soap-making business Upward Ventures aims to empower women in Dominican Republic

Monday, April 27, 2015

AMHERST — Soap bars drying on a rack in a kitchen emit a variety of fragrances and are made with products as diverse as aloe, pine needles, sea salt and oatmeal. Created on top of a stove a …

Moe’s Southwest Grill to open in Northampton with benefit Wednesday

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — If you see people lined up Thursday morning on King Street awaiting the grand opening of the city’s newest fast-food restaurant, don’t assume it’s for the $5 burritos. More likely, the crowds are aiming to be among the 50 lucky people who will win free burritos …