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Religious bookstore takes on new name, new beginning in Amherst

Saturday, April 19, 2014

AMHERST — Good Faith Bookstore at 55 South Pleasant St. is set to open Friday as a resource for people of faith and welcoming to everyone in the community. “We think all faith is good. It’s a matter of understanding it,” said Stephen Nagy of Leverett, who serves as president of the Lay Academy of Oecumenical Studies Inc. Previously known as LAOS Interfaith Bookstore, the shop is taking on a … 0

Lure of the outdoors inspires local remodeling projects

Thursday, April 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — “I wanted to be able to sleep outside,” said Keitheley Wilkinson of Laurel Park in Northampton. “It’s calming.” With midsummer nights, warm breezes and flowering gardens ahead, sleeping beneath the stars is just one of the reasons to think about extending your living space beyond its four walls. By creating the … 0

At 95, Victor Waryas still cutting hair in South Deerfield

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — In a small porch at his Eastern Avenue home, Victor Waryas cuts, trims and styles hair a few days each week. He has cut the hair of countless clients from South Deerfield neighbors to Eaglebrook School students to actor Michael Douglas. Sixty years later, the South Deerfield man is still … 0

Antonio’s plans expansion in eastern Massachusetts

Monday, February 3, 2014

AMHERST — Fans of Antonio’s Pizza By the Slice will soon be able to find its slices in eastern Massachusetts. Word spread quickly after Antonio’s posted on its Facebook page Friday that it plans to expand to the … 0

US consumers loosen spending in December

Friday, January 31, 2014

WASHINGTON — Americans increased their spending at a solid pace for the second straight month in December even though their income was flat. Consumer spending rose 0.4 percent in December, compared with November when spending had increased an … 0

State will institute commercial food waste ban

Friday, January 31, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts has issued final regulations on a statewide commercial food waste ban. The regulations unveiled Friday are set to take effect in October and intended to divert leftover food and reduce the state’s waste stream. The ban, which will be regulated by the state Department of … 0

Business Profile: Willem Sytsma

Monday, February 10, 2014

Job title and company: Owner, Hampshire Bicycle Exchange, 65 University Drive, Amherst Age: 31.6 When did you start your new job? Oct. 1, 2013 Your duties: Buying & selling new and used bikes, hiring & payroll, accounting, customer … 1

Ed and Deanna O’Connor, Pioneer Valley Tours

Monday, February 10, 2014

Job title and company: Ed and Deanna O’Connor, owners of Pioneer Valley Tours Age: 45 When business opened: Spring 2013 Your duties: We provide private tours of local wineries and other attractions in a 1964 Ford Galaxie convertible. … 0

Kirk Whatley, Whatley Training

Monday, February 10, 2014

Job title and company: Owner, Whatley Training, Hadley Age: 51 When business opened: May 2013. I held seven classes in summer and fall. All classes are held at Norwottuck Fish and Game in Amherst. Classes consist of classroom … 0

Hanni Beyer Lee, Road Home Animal Care

Monday, February 10, 2014

Job title and company: Veterinary nurse, Road Home Animal Care, 18 Lasell Avenue, Northampton. When business opened: I began Road Home Animal Care in August 2013 when I moved to the Valley from Northern California. Duties: I travel … 0

Sita Lang, In Good Company

Monday, February 10, 2014

Job title: Owner, In Good Company, Turners Falls Age: 55 When business opened: 2011 Your duties: I offer companionship to elders using mindful attention and a non-judgmental approach. Individuals are always seen and heard with respect, and met … 0

Jen Nieman and Nick Adams, Nuptunes

Monday, February 10, 2014

Job title and company: Co-owners, Nuptunes, Northampton Age: Jen is 29, Nick is 36. When business opened: January 2013. Your duties: We write and record custom songs for special events. We specialize in weddings and writing “first dance” … 0

Works Bakery Cafe proposed for North Pleasant Street in Amherst

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

AMHERST — A restaurant featuring organic, local products, with a menu that includes breads, fruit smoothies and coffees, is likely coming to downtown Amherst. The Works Bakery Cafe is proposed for the vacant street-level storefront inside the Tucker-Taft Building at 48 North Pleasant St., the three-story brick building … 0