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YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Jeremiah Micka, left, and Jessica Micka, right, pose at the Tunnel Bar in Northampton, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014.  The Mickas are the owners of both bars.

Northampton’s Tunnel Bar named No. 1 bar to ‘drink at before you die’ by Buzzfeed

Sunday, March 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — If you’re a bar owner in the Internet age, when Yelp reviews can make or break you, there may be nothing better than having a hugely popular website tell hundreds of thousands of people that your establishment is the No. 1 bar in America they should visit before kicking the bucket. That’s what happened this weekend when a …

Lawsuit against Purina claims food sickens, kills dogs

Thursday, February 26, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — A dog owner has filed a lawsuit against a pet food company alleging that thousands of dogs have been sickened or died from eating a brand of dry dog food. Pet owner Frank Lucido filed the suit on Feb. 5 in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California against Nestle Purina PetCare Company, saying he fed his three …

Local activists say Wal-Mart wage increases a step in the right direction toward a living wage for all

Saturday, February 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Shoppers at the North King Street Wal-Mart lauded the national chain’s decision to raise entry-level wages to $9 an hour, while local labor activists contended it’s only a step toward paying a living wage for the majority of workers. “We’ve been in the thick of the struggle to get Wal-Mart to …

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 …

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 …

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 …