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CAROL LOLLIS
Keitheley Wilkinson at her home in Laurel Park in Northampton.

Lure of the outdoors inspires local remodeling projects

Thursday, April 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — “I wanted to be able to sleep outside,” said Keitheley Wilkinson of Laurel Park in Northampton. “It’s calming.” With midsummer nights, warm breezes and flowering gardens ahead, sleeping beneath the stars is just one of the reasons to think about extending your living space beyond its four walls. By creating the right space for your home, you can increase your enjoyment of the outdoors, while adding value to your life in different ways — socially, spiritually, and even professionally. Casey and Laura Mae Douglass, with the architectural expertise of Metcalfe Associates Architecture, used windows and glass sliding doors on the ground level of … 0

At 95, Victor Waryas still cutting hair in South Deerfield

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — In a small porch at his Eastern Avenue home, Victor Waryas cuts, trims and styles hair a few days each week. He has cut the hair of countless clients from South Deerfield neighbors to Eaglebrook School students to actor Michael Douglas. Sixty years later, the South Deerfield man is still … 0

Belchertown restaurateur to open new cafe on 202

Saturday, April 12, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — For years, Joan Almeida thought the land across from the Footloose School of Dance on Route 202 heading west out of the center of town, where she spent much time bringing her daughter for lessons, would be the perfect place for a restaurant. “Trust me, I’ve traveled this road many times,” … 0

Big demand for Small Oven: New bakery opens in Easthampton

Friday, March 28, 2014

EASTHAMPTON Bakers Amanda Milazzo and Julie Copoulos thought there was a demand in Easthampton for made-from-scratch baked goods because the city had not had a bakery shop in 2½ years, ever since Sunrise Pastry Shop on Cottage Street … 2

New restaurants open in Amherst, Works Bakery Cafe, and Hadley, Moe’s Southwest Grill

Thursday, March 27, 2014

AMHERST — Two “fast-casual” restaurants have opened in Amherst and Hadley in recent days. In Amherst, at 48 North Pleasant St., the Works Bakery Cafe began serving customers Wednesday morning, and in Hadley, at 379 Russell St., Moe’s Southwest Grill started business on March 20. The Works is … 0

Toyota’s $1.2B payment could be glimpse into GM’s future

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

DETROIT — General Motors, beware. Wednesday’s announcement that Toyota will pay $1.2 billion to avoid criminal prosecution for hiding information in a recall case could be a glimpse into your future. It’s also a warning to anyone selling … 0

Northampton woman makes business pitch for her versatile bags at Fenway Park

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — An interest in art and a little “outside the bag” thinking have one local entrepreneur poised for a worldwide product launch, if she can get the votes. Natalie Goodale, 33, of Northampton is one of eight … 1

Nicholette Lustig new specialist promoting Franklin County Community Development Corp. commercial kitchen

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

When Nicholette “Nico” Lustig took the newly created job of “food business development specialist” at the Western Massachusetts Food Processing Center a couple of months ago, she began working with the same sorts of farmers and specialty food … 0

Amherst doughnut shop plans to relocate ahead of Carriage Shops’ possible sale

Monday, March 17, 2014

AMHERST — As the likelihood grows that the Amherst Carriage Shops will be demolished to make way for a new development, one shop owner is planning a move. Keren and Nick Rhodes, who have run the Glazed Doughnut Shop from 233 North Pleasant St. since 2012, will relocate … 0

Slow start to maple season in chilly Massachusetts

Sunday, March 16, 2014

NORTH ANDOVER — In chilly Massachusetts, maple season is off to a slow start. Maple season starts at the end of February in a typical year. But despite being well into March, temperatures have been too low for … 0

Sam Adams pulls out of St. Patrick’s parade

Friday, March 14, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The maker of Sam Adams beer says it is withdrawing its sponsorship of Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade over organizers’ continued exclusion of gay groups. Boston Beer Co. said in a statement Friday that it is disappointed that an agreement couldn’t be reached between the … 0

MONEY STORIES: How would you map the terrain of money in your life?

Friday, March 7, 2014

A new play, "Legal Tender: Women & the Secret Life of Money," explores the real-life experiences of women based on interviewing by Northampton author Christian McEwen. We invite readers to share their stories about money and its ramifications … 0

Staples to close hundreds of stores

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Staples has become the second major chain to announce the mass closing of stores this week, providing the latest evidence of how the retail landscape is being remade by shifts in American shopping habits. The nation’s largest office-supply … 0