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Tesla expands its lineup, launches an electric SUV

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

After nearly two years of delay, Tesla Motors Chief Executive Elon Musk was to hand the first of the electric car company’s new Model X crossovers to customers Tuesday night at a ceremony near the company’s Fremont, Calif., factory. These initial sales — expected to be just a handful — mark the first time the Palo Alto, Calif., car company will have two models in the market at the same …

The Bower Studio Gift Shop and Apothecary in Pelham combines naturalist art and herbal remedies

Sunday, September 27, 2015

PELHAM — Believing that many people who live in western Massachusetts appreciate both naturalist art and herbal remedies, two Pelham residents are combining their own passions in a new bricks-and-mortar enterprise. Vincent Frano and Isa Wang, who are partners both in life and business, recently opened The Bower Studio Gift Shop and Apothecary, …

Florence Pie Bar Open

Saturday, September 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON - Florence Pie Bar opened on Friday, selling out 160 slices of pie and 90 other baked goods by 1 p.m., according to the business Facebook page. “Pie always makes people happy,” said owner Maura Glennon, 49, of Florence, in a previous interview with the Gazette. “There aren’t very many pie shops, …

Irish clothing retailer Primark opens first US store in Boston

Thursday, September 10, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Irish clothing retailer Primark, which specializes in trendy, low-priced apparel, opened its first U.S. location Thursday in an historic building that once housed one of Boston’s most venerable department stores. The Dublin-based company is the …

Leverett family business offers American-made products for pets — and donations to animal shelters

Monday, July 27, 2015

LEVERETT — A Leverett family’s love and compassion for dogs has spurred them to create an online business that gives canine owners the opportunity to buy American-made products for their pets and, through those purchases, to support organizations …

Three new Valley breweries will help grow burgeoning craft-beer industry

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Three new area breweries are helping make the Pioneer Valley the beer capital of Massachusetts. BLDG 8 Brewing and Brew Practitioners will join a long list of other Valley breweries and brew pubs — including New City Brewery, …

Some Big Y customers overcharged after processing error

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Some Big Y customers Friday were erroneously overcharged due to a glitch in the supermarket chain’s credit and debit processing system. Transactions completed between 3 and 10 p.m. Aug. 28 may have been affected by a technical problem from payment processer NCR. In some cases, customers’ …

Best Buy to close location at Hampshire Mall in Hadley Oct. 31

Monday, August 31, 2015

HADLEY — Electronics chain Best Buy will close its Hampshire Mall store on Oct. 31. The store employs a total of 64 employees, 26 of whom work full-time. All employees will be given the chance to apply at a nearby store, and those who don’t will be eligible …

New Atkins store opens in North Amherst Mill District

Monday, August 31, 2015

AMHERST — Bins filled with corn, lettuce and tomatoes — as well as tables displaying locally grown fruits and vegetables, including apples and peaches — will greet customers entering the new Atkins Farms Country Market satellite store in …

Federal grant bears fruit — and vegetables — for community food program

Monday, August 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — A three-year, $284,000 federal grant has yielded a bumper crop of results, agreed all four recipients of the community food program that the money funded. State and federal officials who gathered Wednesday at Just Roots Community …

Andy Yee and family to open restaurant at site of former Route 9 Diner

Thursday, August 20, 2015

HADLEY — A family that owns and operates several restaurants in the Pioneer Valley — including four in Amherst and South Hadley — intends to reopen the former Route 9 Diner as Johnny’s Roadside Diner this fall. Andy …

Herrell’s Ice Cream in Northampton to expand space and sweet offerings in Thornes Marketplace

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Herrell’s Ice Cream is planning to expand its Thornes Marketplace location in order to offer more treats to more people — with additional space to move around. “We’re renovating because we’re tripping over each other,” Herrell’s …

Construction jobs among occupations projected to grow the most and fastest in next decade

Sunday, August 16, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — Brian Martin, 33, almost gave up on being a bricklayer during the recession. He loved the work but couldn’t get any, so he joined the vast army of construction workers rendered jobless by the worst economic …