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KEVIN GUTTING
Kevin Moforte, founder of the Amherst-based social startup Upward Ventures, measures ingredients for a batch of "coffee cake" soap from a recipe on his computer. Upward Ventures founders hope to bring soap-making skills to the women of the impoverished Las Malvinas neighborhood of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, so they can create their own business.

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 few feet away, the bars are labeled with names such as “coffee cake” and “lavender,” and after four to six weeks of …

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 once a week for year. That’s right, the first 50 diners at the new Moe’s …

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. Blue Bell Creameries said Tuesday, a day after recalling all its products, that it is …

Sylvester’s Restaurant in Northampton closes temporarily for renovations

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — For the next week the sounds and smells of  eggs and bacon sizzling on flatiron stove tops, coffee brewing and silverware clinking that usually fill Sylvester’s Restaurant at 111 Pleasant St. will be replaced by the clamor of sand blasters and whining drills. The popular breakfast …

Jury orders Toyota to pay $11M to victims of fatal 2006 crash

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — A federal jury decided on Tuesday that the design of the 1996 Toyota Camry had a dangerous defect that was partly to blame for a fatal 2006 crash, and the automaker must pay nearly $11 million to victims. Jurors said the company was 60 percent to …

Death toll from GM ignition switches rises to at least 51

Monday, February 2, 2015

DETROIT — The families of 51 people who died in crashes caused by faulty ignition switches in small General Motors cars will get payments from a company fund, but others will have to wait months for decisions on …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Veteran chefs design very different menus at two new restaurants in Amherst

Sunday, January 18, 2015

AMHERST — In Amherst center, the chef at a new restaurant focused on northern Italian and Mediterranean cuisine is encouraging patrons to pair their food with a glass of wine. In North Amherst, the chef at a new …

All Things Local Cooperative reduces space in Amherst

Friday, January 16, 2015

AMHERST — A store specializing in products grown and made locally is reducing its retail space to save money. The All Things Local Cooperative at 104 North Pleasant St., which expanded in January 2014 to a portion of the former Food for Thought Bookstore, is relinquishing this additional …

Mounting losses force Target out of Canada

Thursday, January 15, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Target is giving up on its money-losing foray into Canada after just two years, closing 133 stores and cutting loose more than 17,000 employees. Target said it didn’t see how it could stop losing money …

Sporting goods shop planned for Charlemont

Thursday, January 15, 2015

CHARLEMONT ­— In its bid to become the outdoor adventure hot spot in New England, Charlemont will soon have another attraction — a year-round hunting, fishing and sporting goods shop called Overwatch Outpost. If all goes as planned, …