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Belchertown Road Sunoco in Amherst closed by state for unpaid taxes

Friday, July 31, 2015

AMHERST — A long-time service and gas station in the East Amherst village center is closed after the property was seized Thursday morning by officials with the state’s Department of Revenue for unpaid taxes. A large sign informing the public about the seizure is taped to the window of the Belchertown Road Sunoco at 40 Belchertown Rd. Maryann Merigan, spokeswoman for the Department of Revenue, said in an email Friday …

Grand opening set for new Atkins location in North Amherst

Thursday, July 30, 2015

AMHERST — The new Atkins Farms Country Market location will open in North Amherst’s Mill District development in August, with a grand-opening event scheduled for September. W.D. Cowls President Cinda Jones said this week that work is being completed on refurbishing the old “Cow Palace” barn at 113 Cowls Road that will house the 4,200-square-foot store. The latest work includes paving the parking …

Average US vehicle age hits record 11.5 years

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

DETROIT — In the age of Apple’s CarPlay, a lot of cars on the road still have tape decks. The average vehicle in the U.S. is now a record 11.5 years old, according to consulting firm IHS Automotive, a sign of the increased reliability of today’s vehicles and the lingering impact of the …

Zoe’s Fish House in Hadley to reopen this summer after renovations

Sunday, May 17, 2015

HADLEY — Closed for renovations since October, Zoe’s Fish House may reopen in six to eight weeks, according to owner Jim Sands. Sands, of Goshen, said renovations have taken several months longer than anticipated. The restaurant used to be in its own freestanding building, and when renovations are …

Customers reflect on end of an era at Captain Video going-out-of-business sale in Amherst

Friday, May 15, 2015

AMHERST — Selecting silent films starring Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd from the shelves at Captain Video, Allison Willette of Hadley observed that her children have enjoyed watching these classics. It was during a long car …

Deerfield Select Board approves plan for New England Natural Bakers factory on Jewett Avenue

Saturday, May 9, 2015

DEERFIELD — The Select Board last week unanimously approved the site plan for the New England Natural Bakers factory on the former Oxford Pickle site on Jewett Avenue. The permit was granted during a public hearing. The bakery, which makes organic granola and muesli, has been operating from …

Popular Gohyang Restaurant on Route 9 in Hadley reopens under new owner

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

HADLEY — A popular Route 9 Korean restaurant that features rooms for karaoke-style singing and a market selling authentic Korean products is back in business. Gohyang Restaurant recently returned under Hoony Song of Amherst, who with his wife …

King Street Eats restaurant in Northampton shuts its doors

Sunday, May 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After just under two years in business, King Street Eats has closed its doors. An announcement was made Friday on the restaurant’s Facebook page. “King Street Eats will close today due to circumstances beyond our control,” the Friday Facebook post read. “We want to thank all …

Ford expands recall for door latch issues

Saturday, May 2, 2015

DETROIT — Ford on Friday said it is expanding by another 156,000 the number of vehicles being recalled for door latch problems at the directive of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, bringing the total to 545,906 vehicles in North America that need to be checked for the …

Nation’s last 2 HoJo’s soldier on

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. — The 28 ice cream flavors are just a cool memory. Those fried clam plates? All but eighty-sixed. Howard Johnson’s restaurants — the once-ubiquitous orange-roofed eateries that nourished baby boomers before the rise of burgers …

Startup soap-making business Upward Ventures aims to empower women in Dominican Republic

Monday, April 27, 2015

AMHERST — Soap bars drying on a rack in a kitchen emit a variety of fragrances and are made with products as diverse as aloe, pine needles, sea salt and oatmeal. Created on top of a stove a …

Moe’s Southwest Grill to open in Northampton with benefit Wednesday

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — If you see people lined up Thursday morning on King Street awaiting the grand opening of the city’s newest fast-food restaurant, don’t assume it’s for the $5 burritos. More likely, the crowds are aiming to be among the 50 lucky people who will win free burritos …

Ice cream recalled over listeria

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

HOUSTON — A massive recall has brought more attention and put more pressure on a century-old Texas ice cream company that has been searching to discover how its products became linked to a deadly string of listeria cases. …