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YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Erica Wilson-Perkins, the owner of Head Games Beauty Supply, picks up one of beauty products at her beauty supply shop in Amherst Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.

New shop in Amherst caters to patrons seeking a more natural style

Saturday, August 23, 2014

AMHERST — Citing a trend of more women of color opting to keep their hair natural, the owner of a new downtown Amherst shop says she hopes her store will help them find the shampoos, conditioners and stylers they want. Head Games Beauty Supply, which opened at 67 North Pleasant St. this summer, offers dozens of products, many from independent … 0

Fort Hill Brewery in Easthampton releases first beer as a third brewery takes shape on Pleasant Street

Friday, August 22, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Standing at the wooden bar in the tasting room of Fort Hill Brewery this week, owner Eric Berzins held a glass of Oktoberfest, the first beer his brewery has released, and indulged in a proud moment. “Twenty-two months ago, this was just a field,” he said. After building a $4 million-plus … 0

Friendly’s restaurant closes on King Street in Northampton

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — What was for many people a nostalgic downtown fixture has closed its doors. The Friendly’s restaurant at 63 King St. closed Monday, according to a statement by the chain’s corporate headquarters in Wilbraham. GLG Corporation owned by Gary L. Glenn of Granby operated the restaurant which has been on King Street … 1

Pittsfield company gets Tappan Zee contract

Thursday, June 12, 2014

PITSFIELD (AP) — A plan to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York is turning into a boon for a Pittsfield company that plans on creating 100 jobs. Unistress Corp. said Wednesday it has been awarded a $70 million contract to provide precast concrete deck panels for … 0

It's On Me, Greenfield startup offers one-stop shopping for e-gift cards

Friday, June 6, 2014

GREENFIELD — If you are looking for the perfect gift for someone and happen to know where they shop, but not what they like, e-gifting may be the way to go. Father-daughter team Andrey Agapov and Marina Banar … 0

Grow Food Northampton increases food access to low-income community members

Friday, June 6, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Grow Food Northampton works with Crimson & Clover Farm in Florence to provide fresh, local produce to low-income community members, and this year, Grow Food Northampton has increased the number of farmshares it offers. Grow Food Northampton is offering what it calls a Double SNAPshare to … 1

Ignorance, dithering cited in GM ignition-switch debacle

Thursday, June 5, 2014

WARREN, Mich. — General Motors said Thursday that it has forced out 15 employees for their role in the deadly ignition-switch scandal and will set up a compensation fund for crash victims, as an internal investigation blamed the … 0

Supporters lament passing of Food For Thought Book Collective in Amherst

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

AMHERST — Food for Thought Books Collective on North Pleasant Street was a place of support for groups feeling marginalized because of their sexual orientation, gender, race or ethnicity. The collective’s closing, announced this week, is sad not … 0

Automakers report strong sales during May

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

DETROIT — Brisk demand for SUVs and pickup trucks — and a strong Memorial Day weekend — was expected to push U.S. auto sales to a seven-year high in May. Nissan’s U.S. sales jumped 19 percent over last … 0

Backstory: Food for Thought Books Collective closes in Amherst

Monday, June 2, 2014

AMHERST — The Food For Thought Books Collective on North Pleasant Street is closing after nearly four decades in business, despite fundraisers last summer and winter and reducing the size of its quarters. Members sent an email to … 0

Christina Cavallari, owner of Serio’s Market in Northampton, dies at 57

Saturday, May 31, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Christina A. Cavallari, owner of Serio’s Market, believed to be the longest continuously run, family-owned business in the city, died unexpectedly Friday night. She was 57. Her husband, Gary Golec, with whom she ran the popular … 6

Scandihoovians closing, Moti moving and El Rinconsisto Cuscatleco coming to Amherst

Friday, May 30, 2014

AMHERST — Boltwood Walk will lose its lone retail shop this summer, but will add two restaurants, including one relocating from North Pleasant Street. Scandihoovians at 49 Boltwood Walk, which focuses on jewelry and clothing, is expected to close by the end of July, when its lease expires. … 0

No human needed: Google aims to build driverless car

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Google plans to build and launch onto city streets a small fleet of subcompact cars that could operate without a person at the wheel. Actually, the cars wouldn’t even have a wheel. Or gas and … 0