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The former Best Buy space at the Hampshire Mall in Hadley.

Changes afoot at Hampshire Mall as Best Buy, GlowGolf exit

Monday, November 23, 2015

HADLEY — Hampshire Mall management hopes to name a new tenant for the former Best Buy space within the next 30 to 60 days — but the replacement of the former anchor store won’t come in time for the holiday shopping season, according to Dennis Golas, operations manager for the mall. “We’re working very hard to fill in the space; …

The Mercantile in Northampton likely to close unless buyer comes forward

Monday, November 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After more than three years of putting their time, energy and a whole lot of love into The Mercantile of Amherst and Northampton, owners Dan and Elizabeth Neville are looking to sell the eclectic gift shops. And unless a buyer comes forward before the new year, the couple will likely shutter the Northampton store which has been at 108 Main St. …

FDA: Genetically engineered salmon good to eat

Thursday, November 19, 2015

SEATTLE — Chinook. Sockeye. Coho. AquAdvantage. Perhaps that last breed does not evoke images of ancient and frigid headwaters in Alaska or Arctic Canada, where wild salmon spawn every year, or even the humble hatcheries that produce less expensive species consumed by millions of people. But on Thursday, the Food and Drug Administration announced that the AquAdvantage salmon — developed using growth hormone …

Goat Peak Strings in Easthampton keeps alive vintage instruments

Monday, November 2, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — As a counter to today’s “throwaway” culture, Alex Gray, co-owner of Goat Peak Strings, says the instrument shop is all about “keeping something alive.” That something is evident by stepping into the shop at 81 Main …

National retailers prepare for holiday shoopers by hiring seasonal workers

Monday, November 2, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — For national retailers, ’tis the season to start building an army, just like would-be rulers in “Game of Thrones.” The recruitment began late last month with in-store and online postings to handle the holiday crunch. The National Retail Federation forecast earlier this month that holiday sales …

Ferrari going public in bid to bring back glory days

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

LONDON — Ferrari, arguably the most famous brand in sports cars, is gearing up for a share listing in New York on Wednesday that it hopes will help it back to the top of the Formula One tree. …

Amazon sues over fake reviews

Monday, October 19, 2015

NEW YORK — Internet users increasingly rely on online customer reviews when making spending decisions, whether they’re buying an iPhone case on Amazon or hiring an Uber ride in their hometown. But just how much can you trust …

All Things Local market in downtown Amherst closes

Monday, October 19, 2015

AMHERST — All Things Local, a downtown market selling locally produced food and crafts that opened November 2013, closed Sunday. The cooperative at 104 North Pleasant St. announced through a letter posted to its mailing list that the closing was due to cash-flow problems. In a statement, its …

Handmade at Amazon challenges Etsy in online craft-selling marketplace

Sunday, October 18, 2015

NEW YORK — Amazon launched its site for handcrafted goods called Handmade at Amazon earlier this month, hoping to capitalize on shoppers’ appetite for homemade goods ahead of the holiday season. The move throws down the gauntlet to …

VW hires anti-corruption exec as it deals with scandal

Friday, October 16, 2015

FRANKFURT, Germany — Volkswagen is hiring a top anti-corruption manager from competitor Daimler as it struggles to clean up a scandal over cheating on U.S. diesel emissions tests. The company said Friday it would hire lawyer Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt …

German order triggers recall of 8.5M VW cars in Europe

Thursday, October 15, 2015

BERLIN — German authorities on Thursday ordered a recall of all Volkswagen cars fitted with emissions test-cheating software, a decision that will affect 8.5 million VW diesel vehicles across the 28-nation European Union. The Federal Motor Transport Authority …

Haymarket Cafe in Northampton to eliminate tipping, raise wages

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — While throwing change in a barista’s gratuity jar or calculating 20 percent of a lunch check has long been an expected part of dining out, starting on Nov. 22, that will no longer be a part …

Tesla adds autopilot system for new cars

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

DETROIT — Electric car maker Tesla Motors is leapfrogging competitors with a new autopilot system that lets cars change lanes by themselves. Like other semi-autonomous systems already available from Mercedes, Audi and Volvo, Tesla’s system automatically keeps the …