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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 …

Iris Photo joins Faces in closing downtown Northampton businesses

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — For the second time in as many days, a prominent downtown business has announced it will close in the coming weeks. Iris Photo & Digital owner Michael Figarsky intends to close the longtime business at the …

Faces owner Peter Vogel to close store on Main Street in Northampton unless someone takes it over

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Faces, the quirky Main Street shop regarded by shoppers as a downtown landmark, is scheduled to close early this year unless owner Peter Vogel can find someone else to take it over. “Though the store remains …

Smithsonian Cafe and Chowder House closes in Greenfield, employees relocated to Hatfield, Northampton

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Smithsonian Cafe and Chowder House in the Arts Block on Court Square in Greenfield has closed after 15 months. Owner Peter Langlois said the decision was made because of the uncertainty over what is going …

Northampton Beadery settles down in new quarters on King Street

Sunday, January 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON When Heather Black was a 5-year-old living in North Carolina, her mother bought her a bucket of plastic beads from Wal-Mart. That’s where it started. “I made so many things with that bucket,” said Black, now 29, …

Landscape school to open campus in Easthampton mill building

Sunday, January 4, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The Mill 180 building on Pleasant Street has been chosen as the future home of the Conway School of Landscape Design’s new urban satellite campus. The move marks the first time the school has expanded since …

Amid grief after beloved grocer’s death, Serio’s owner hires daughter as new general manager

Friday, January 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — When Christina Cavallari died at age 57 in May, her husband, Gary Golec, knew the family business would carry on because his wife would have wanted that. He just wasn’t sure how. Over more than two …

Tobacco auctions near last gasp

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

DANVILLE, Ky. — Tripp Foy’s sing-song chant rang out like a sentimental oldie for die-hard farmers clinging to the old way of selling tobacco, as a small procession of buyers shadowed him down long rows of reddish-brown leaf …

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 has 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 …

Northampton commission sending message with 2-month liquor license suspension

Friday, December 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In the last 20 years, the Northampton License Commission has found that 15 establishments violated state law by serving alcohol to, or not verifying the ID of, underage patrons. Four of those bars or package stores …

Demand for drones grows with holiday giving season

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

NEW YORK — Santa’s sleigh isn’t the only thing flying this holiday season. Drones — flying devices that often carry cameras and can be navigated remotely by smartphones or controllers — have “taken off” as popular gifts as …