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Luxury indie fragrances tap into something deep inside us

Sunday, March 22, 2015

SEATTLE — Nicole Miller and Aaron Way, the masterminds behind Seattle’s Blackbird brand of edgy perfumes and incense, work in an atmosphere redolent of beautiful gloom. Approaching the black bungalow that serves as the headquarters for the online business and as company founder Miller’s actual home, exotic smells wrap around you like a stranger’s embrace. The scent wafting from inside, a mix of ceremonial resins, smoked spices, burnt citrus, dry …

Competing smoke shops in Amherst offer ‘functional art’ driven by popularity of delivering nicotine in vapor form

Sunday, March 22, 2015

AMHERST — Numerous miniature bottles holding the liquid used in e-cigarettes and personal vaporizers fill racks along an entire wall of the Exscape Smoke Shop. Heating this so-called e-juice — which contains nicotine, flavor, propylene glycol and vegetable glycerine — inside his device over a period of weeks last summer, Dan Kirby successfully …

Starbucks CEO defends new ‘Race Together’ campaign after criticism

Sunday, March 22, 2015

NEW YORK — Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz last week defended the company’s new “Race Together” campaign that has been criticized for being naive and even using racial tensions to boost its bottom line. The chain, best known for its Frappaccinos, will have U.S. workers write “Race Together” on cups. Starbucks also plans to …

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 …

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 …