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State’s first medical pot dispensary opens

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

SALEM — The first medical marijuana dispensary in Massachusetts opened Wednesday — by appointment only — nearly three years after voters overwhelmingly approved the drug’s therapeutic use. Patients lined up outside the Alternative Therapies Group’s dispensary in Salem a day after state regulators signed off on its final paperwork. Access to the dispensary in a converted factory building that houses other businesses will be restricted to patients with a state-issued …

European deal creates new US grocery giant

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

NEW YORK — The owner of Stop & Shop and Giant will tie up with the parent company of Food Lion, creating a $29 billion grocer that will be in a stronger position to compete with Wal-Mart and other discount retailers. The deal, which would create the fourth largest grocer in the U.S., …

FDA orders end to artificial trans fats

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

WASHINGTON — Popular foods like pie crusts, frostings and microwave popcorn will be largely rid of artery-clogging trans fats after a decision by the Obama administration to phase them out over the next three years. The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday ordered food companies to phase out artificial trans fats, calling them …

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 …

Ice cream recalled over listeria

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

HOUSTON — A massive recall has brought more attention and put more pressure on a century-old Texas ice cream company that has been searching to discover how its products became linked to a deadly string of listeria cases. …

Group seeks injunction forcing Wal-Mart to rehire 2,200 workers

Monday, April 20, 2015

A union is seeking an injunction to force Wal-Mart to rehire 2,200 workers laid off when the retailer suddenly closed five stores last week for what it said were needed plumbing repairs. Among the shuttered stores is one in Pico Rivera, Calif., where workers have aggressively advocated for …