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FILE- This May 2, 2012, file photo shows a sign advertising job openings outside a McDonalds restaurant in Chesterland, Ohio. McDonald's on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 said it's raising pay for workers at its company-owned U.S. restaurants, making it the latest employer to sweeten worker incentives in an improving economy. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)

McDonald’s: Workers to get pay raises

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NEW YORK — McDonald’s says it’s raising pay for workers at company-owned U.S. restaurants, making it the latest employer to sweeten worker incentives in an improving economy. The fast-food chain owns about 10 percent of its more than 14,300 U.S. restaurants, representing about 90,000 workers. The rest are run by franchisees and McDonald’s said they “make their own decisions on …

Moe’s Southwest Grill to open in two weeks on King Street in Northampton

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The owner of the Hadley franchise of Moe’s Southwest Grill is gearing up to open another franchise in Northampton, next to Stop & Shop, in space formerly occupied by Blockbuster Video. Sagar Shah, 30, of Connecticut, appeared Wednesday before the License Commission seeking a license to open the restaurant at 228 King St. The commission unanimously approved the license. Moe’s is …

Lincoln Continental returns

Monday, March 30, 2015

Ford Motor Co. said Monday that the Lincoln Continental is coming back after a 13-year hiatus. A concept version of the full-size Continental will be shown at the New York auto show this week. The production car goes on sale next year. Lincoln, Ford’s luxury division, was founded in 1917 by Henry Leland, …

Steve Vogel opens Stuff on Avenue A in Turners Falls

Thursday, January 15, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Visitors to Avenue A will notice a change in the makeup of the Third Street intersection. Madison on the Avenue moved down a storefront and Stuff moved into the corner space. The business is owned by Steve Vogel of Montague Center and filled with furniture, …

Ashfield Lake House nears change in ownership

Thursday, January 15, 2015

ASHFIELD — It appears the Ashfield Lake House will change owners in the coming weeks. The Select Board this month unanimously approved a liquor license transfer for the local landmark restaurant. Now all that remains is state approval …

Funeral industry veterans open new home where William Ryder once operated in South Hadley

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — The newest business owners in town have careers in the funeral industry that span three generations and bring more than 30 years of experience to the Curran-O’Brien Funeral Home & Cremation Service. West Springfield business …

Blue Steel Bicycle Co. opens in Sunderland after Flye Cycles closes

Friday, January 9, 2015

SUNDERLAND — One bicycle shop closed and another opened last month in the same building at 22 Amherst Road in Sunderland. Blue Steel Bicycle Co., a full-service bike shop, opened Dec. 8, one week after Flye Cycles closed. …

Loose Goose Cafe in Amherst prepares to close after 14 years

Thursday, January 8, 2015

AMHERST — The Loose Goose Cafe, a long-time restaurant in downtown Amherst known for its gourmet sandwiches with jazz-influenced names, like the Miles and the Blue Note, will close next week as the building it occupies eventually gets demolished to make way for the proposed redevelopment known as …

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 …