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Owner of Hangar Pub and Grill and Wings Over Amherst plans restaurant in Greenfield

Thursday, December 18, 2014

AMHERST — The owner of a chicken wings delivery service founded in Amherst in 1999, which has nearly three dozen stores in 13 states, is planning a new restaurant in Greenfield. Harold Tramazzo, who owns both the Wings Over Amherst and Hangar Pub and Grill restaurants on University Drive, said last week that he is examining a similar enterprise at the former Lunt Silversmith property on Federal Street in Greenfield. …

Burger King to close in Hadley on Dec. 28, future of site uncertain

Saturday, December 13, 2014

HADLEY — Burger King restaurant, a mainstay of the Route 9 dining scene since opening in the 1970s, will close later this month, possibly to make way for a new development project at the Mountain Farms Mall. “Our last day is Dec. 28,” said Krystin Bauer, a manager at the restaurant at 335 Russell St. Bauer said Friday that the restaurant lost the …

Shifts leave Williamsburg with larger, indoor Snack Bar and seasonal Local Burger food trailer

Saturday, December 13, 2014

WILLIAMSBURG — A shifting landscape of places to eat in Williamsburg will leave the town with a new, larger indoor Snack Bar and a seasonal food trailer operated by the owners of Local Burger in Northampton. After dishing out lobster rolls, fish and chips, burgers, hotdogs and an assortment of sandwiches from a …

Amherst woman has made 80 dolls for vulnerable children

Thursday, December 11, 2014

AMHERST — Spread out in the living room of Shirley Whittemore’s Cushman home are more than a dozen dolls she has made in recent years, each one meticulously hand-crafted, each with its own story. In one corner is …

Beloved Hadley Korean Restaurant Gohyang to close its doors this week; owner Hyunjeong Kim to head back to Korea for family issues

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

HADLEY — Its name means “hometown,” but the restaurant that has been a home away from home for its owner could not keep her from a family crisis in her native land. Hyunjeong Kim, owner of the Gohyang …

Holly Shed run by Englehardt family in Hatfield a popular seasonal destination

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

HATFIELD — The Englehardt family at 129 West St. gets a lot more visitors at this time of year. For some 40 years they have run the seasonal Holly Shed at their property, selling wreaths, evergreen roping, decorative …

VW workers at Tenn. plant vote for union

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The United Auto Workers has been certified as the representative of more than 45 percent of Volkswagen’s workers in Chattanooga, Tenn., a major victory for the union, which has been trying to gain a foothold in the South and in foreign auto plants. The results of the independent …

‘Friendly takeover’ at Damon Road car dealership as one Connecticut group poised to buy from another

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A change in ownership is underway at the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram dealership on Damon Road, marking the second time the business has changed hands in two years. The Mitchell Auto Group, which owns and …

Air-bag maker nixes demand for coast-to-coast recall

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

WASHINGTON — Japan’s Takata Corp. rejected federal regulators’ demand Wednesday for an expanded, nationwide recall of millions of air bags, setting up a possible legal showdown and leaving some drivers to wonder about the safety of their cars. …

Smiles prompted by fund plentiful in these parts

Monday, December 1, 2014

HADLEY — For one single mother who uses scholarships to pay for her son’s participation in youth sports and other activities, the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund ensures that he won’t be disappointed with his gifts come Christmas. “Sidney Smith has put a smile on his face on …

Slow wage growth, higher costs, search for deals drive cautious holiday spending

Monday, December 1, 2014

Falling gas prices. Soaring stock market. Unemployment at a six-year-low. All signs point to a successful holiday shopping season. Despite the economic tail winds, though, retailers are finding themselves having to work to get shoppers into stores. Why? …

Sales, store visits down on big shopping weekend

Sunday, November 30, 2014

NEW YORK — Black Friday fatigue is setting in. Early discounting, more online shopping and a mixed economy meant fewer people shopped over Thanksgiving weekend, the National Retail Federation said Sunday. Overall, 133.7 million people shopped in stores …

Black Friday relatively low key at Valley shopping destinations

Friday, November 28, 2014

HADLEY — Michele Wojtowicz found the deal she was looking for at the Hampshire Mall on Black Friday: a $150 jacket at J.C. Penney, which she bought for her niece for $29.99. But she didn’t have to trample …