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Amherst’s Mercantile gearing up to move to N. Pleasant St.

Friday, July 25, 2014

AMHERST — An eclectic gift store that has anchored the northern end of downtown Amherst’s retail scene for more than 40 years will be moving closer to town center — and away from an area that is at the beginning stages of significant redevelopment. The Mercantile, located in the Summerlin Building at 11 East Pleasant St., will move to the former Food for Thought Books site at 106 North Pleasant … 0

Ex-CEO wants Market Basket protesters rehired

Monday, July 21, 2014

TEWKSBURY — The fired longtime chief executive of the Market Basket supermarket chain is urging the family-owned company to reinstate workers who were fired for protests demanding his return. Arthur T. Demoulas’s statement Monday night was his first since he was fired last month by a board controlled by his rival cousin, Arthur S. Demoulas. Eight supervisory employees were fired over the weekend … 0

RJ Reynolds vows to fight Fla. jury’s $23.6B damages award

Sunday, July 20, 2014

MIAMI — The nation’s No. 2 cigarette maker is vowing to fight a jury verdict of $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. executive J. Jeffery Raborn has called the damages awarded by a Pensacola … 0

Massachusetts promotes local beer with Craft Brewers Trail

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The state of Massachusetts has teamed up with the state’s breweries to send citizens a message about drinking beer. That message? Drink local. The Massachusetts Craft Brewers Trail highlights 47 breweries in the state. They are split into … 0

Apartments still planned on Plumtree Road in Sunderland

Friday, March 28, 2014

SUNDERLAND — The owner of 67 acres on Plumtree Road said he hopes to start developing the land for apartments within 1½ years. Co-owner Gerard N. Aubrey of Holyoke said the land “will be developed at some point.” Aubrey, a certified public accountant, said he and co-owner Paul … 0

Co-op pushes membership drive to create grocery in Amherst center

Friday, March 28, 2014

AMHERST — When Louis’ Foods moved into its new site on University Drive in 1986, the departure left Amherst center without a full-service grocery store. Sometime in 2015, organizers of the Amherst Community Co-op hope to bring a … 0

Big demand for Small Oven: New bakery opens in Easthampton

Friday, March 28, 2014

EASTHAMPTON Bakers Amanda Milazzo and Julie Copoulos thought there was a demand in Easthampton for made-from-scratch baked goods because the city had not had a bakery shop in 2½ years, ever since Sunrise Pastry Shop on Cottage Street … 2

New restaurants open in Amherst, Works Bakery Cafe, and Hadley, Moe’s Southwest Grill

Thursday, March 27, 2014

AMHERST — Two “fast-casual” restaurants have opened in Amherst and Hadley in recent days. In Amherst, at 48 North Pleasant St., the Works Bakery Cafe began serving customers Wednesday morning, and in Hadley, at 379 Russell St., Moe’s Southwest Grill started business on March 20. The Works is … 0

Toyota’s $1.2B payment could be glimpse into GM’s future

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

DETROIT — General Motors, beware. Wednesday’s announcement that Toyota will pay $1.2 billion to avoid criminal prosecution for hiding information in a recall case could be a glimpse into your future. It’s also a warning to anyone selling … 0

Northampton woman makes business pitch for her versatile bags at Fenway Park

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — An interest in art and a little “outside the bag” thinking have one local entrepreneur poised for a worldwide product launch, if she can get the votes. Natalie Goodale, 33, of Northampton is one of eight … 1

Nicholette Lustig new specialist promoting Franklin County Community Development Corp. commercial kitchen

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

When Nicholette “Nico” Lustig took the newly created job of “food business development specialist” at the Western Massachusetts Food Processing Center a couple of months ago, she began working with the same sorts of farmers and specialty food … 0

Amherst doughnut shop plans to relocate ahead of Carriage Shops’ possible sale

Monday, March 17, 2014

AMHERST — As the likelihood grows that the Amherst Carriage Shops will be demolished to make way for a new development, one shop owner is planning a move. Keren and Nick Rhodes, who have run the Glazed Doughnut Shop from 233 North Pleasant St. since 2012, will relocate … 0

Slow start to maple season in chilly Massachusetts

Sunday, March 16, 2014

NORTH ANDOVER — In chilly Massachusetts, maple season is off to a slow start. Maple season starts at the end of February in a typical year. But despite being well into March, temperatures have been too low for … 0