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The Spirit Shoppe at the Dam has opened in Gill just over the bridge from Turners Falls. Shown are manager Molly Lewis, owner Steve Schechterle and golden retriever Lelo.

Steve Schechterle of South Deerfield opens third Spirit Shoppe in Gill

Friday, January 30, 2015

GILL — Steve Schechterle of South Deerfield earlier this year opened his third Spirit Shoppe beer, wine and liquor store in the former Jan’s Package Store overlooking the intersection of Main Road and Route 2 in Gill. Schechterle bought the business in July, knocked down a back wall, expanded cooler space for foreign, domestic and local beer and is building …

Hadley gets double the expected revenue in meals tax earnings

Friday, January 23, 2015

HADLEY — Town Administrator David Nixon accepted a windfall earlier this month — about twice the amount of local meals tax revenue as he expected. Nixon said he was not sure whether that resulted from a trend of more people eating out in Hadley or whether there were other factors involved. Whatever the reason, he said the town received nearly $119,000 this month …

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 a brief illness, said Brooke Vane, a spokeswoman for the company’s public relations firm. Gordon …

Planning Board approves Atkins Farms satellite store expected to open next summer in North Amherst

Thursday, December 18, 2014

AMHERST — A satellite Atkins Farms Country Market remains on track to open in North Amherst next summer. The Planning Board Wednesday approved site plans for the project at 113 Cowls Road, within what is being called the Mill District development, as well as granting a special permit …

Owner of Hangar Pub and Grill and Wings Over Amherst plans restaurant in Greenfield

Thursday, December 18, 2014

AMHERST — The owner of a chicken wings delivery service founded in Amherst in 1999, which has nearly three dozen stores in 13 states, is planning a new restaurant in Greenfield. Harold Tramazzo, who owns both the Wings Over Amherst and Hangar Pub and Grill restaurants on University …

Burger King to close in Hadley on Dec. 28, future of site uncertain

Saturday, December 13, 2014

HADLEY — Burger King restaurant, a mainstay of the Route 9 dining scene since opening in the 1970s, will close later this month, possibly to make way for a new development project at the Mountain Farms Mall. “Our last day is Dec. 28,” said Krystin Bauer, a manager …

Shifts leave Williamsburg with larger, indoor Snack Bar and seasonal Local Burger food trailer

Saturday, December 13, 2014

WILLIAMSBURG — A shifting landscape of places to eat in Williamsburg will leave the town with a new, larger indoor Snack Bar and a seasonal food trailer operated by the owners of Local Burger in Northampton. After dishing …

Amherst woman has made 80 dolls for vulnerable children

Thursday, December 11, 2014

AMHERST — Spread out in the living room of Shirley Whittemore’s Cushman home are more than a dozen dolls she has made in recent years, each one meticulously hand-crafted, each with its own story. In one corner is …

Beloved Hadley Korean Restaurant Gohyang to close its doors this week; owner Hyunjeong Kim to head back to Korea for family issues

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

HADLEY — Its name means “hometown,” but the restaurant that has been a home away from home for its owner could not keep her from a family crisis in her native land. Hyunjeong Kim, owner of the Gohyang …

Holly Shed run by Englehardt family in Hatfield a popular seasonal destination

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

HATFIELD — The Englehardt family at 129 West St. gets a lot more visitors at this time of year. For some 40 years they have run the seasonal Holly Shed at their property, selling wreaths, evergreen roping, decorative …

VW workers at Tenn. plant vote for union

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The United Auto Workers has been certified as the representative of more than 45 percent of Volkswagen’s workers in Chattanooga, Tenn., a major victory for the union, which has been trying to gain a foothold in the South and in foreign auto plants. The results of the independent …

‘Friendly takeover’ at Damon Road car dealership as one Connecticut group poised to buy from another

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A change in ownership is underway at the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram dealership on Damon Road, marking the second time the business has changed hands in two years. The Mitchell Auto Group, which owns and …

Air-bag maker nixes demand for coast-to-coast recall

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

WASHINGTON — Japan’s Takata Corp. rejected federal regulators’ demand Wednesday for an expanded, nationwide recall of millions of air bags, setting up a possible legal showdown and leaving some drivers to wonder about the safety of their cars. …