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Hungry Ghost Bakery in Northampton will host 11th annual bread festival

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The owners of Hungry Ghost Bread bakery know a tried and true recipe when they see one. That’s probably why the are gearing up this weekend to host the 11th Annual Wonder Not! Bread Festival. On Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hungry Ghost Bread, 62 State St., they will throw a party on the bakery’s front lawn, starting with the “Glorious Pro-Gluten Puppet Parade” accompanied …

Market Basket chief reflects, looks ahead

Friday, September 12, 2014

TEWKSBURY — The Market Basket supermarket chain’s 71 stores have accomplished a remarkable turnaround thanks to employees who worked day and night to restock shelves left empty by a worker revolt, the company’s chief said. Arthur T. Demoulas is back in control after offering more than $1.5 billion to buy shares of the private company from rival relatives who had fired him in …

Apollo Grill to close Dec. 31 after 12 years at Eastworks in Easthampton

Monday, September 8, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — After a dozen years anchoring the Eastworks building, the Apollo Grill will close on Dec. 31. Owner and head chef John Casey Douglass said Monday that he and Eastworks owner William Bundy were unable to agree on a new lease for the space occupied by the restaurant. In interviews Monday, both …

GM recalls 2.7 million more vehicles

Thursday, May 15, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors recalled an additional 2.7 million vehicles Thursday as a deep dive into safety issues at the nation’s biggest automaker turned up more problems with some of the cars it built over the past …

Bluebonnet Diner owner James Greco assures customers the restaurant’s signature train will return

Thursday, May 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — One night last week a young boy visiting the Bluebonnet Diner with his family could not believe his eyes — the train that he loved to watch circle overhead while he ate had vanished. Despite assurances …

Owner of Zoe’s Fish House a partner in steak and seafood restaurant planned in Greenfield

Thursday, May 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — The downtown will soon add a steak and seafood restaurant to its list of eateries. Jim Sands, owner of Zoe’s Fish House in Hadley, said he has teamed up with Paul Cheng, who has owned The … 1

Target’s Chairman and CEO out in wake of data breach

Monday, May 5, 2014

NEW YORK — Target’s massive data breach has now cost the company’s CEO his job. Target announced Monday that Chairman, President and CEO Gregg Steinhafel is out nearly five months after the retailer disclosed the breach, which has …

GM begins talks to settle ignition lawsuits

Monday, May 5, 2014

DETROIT — A mediator for General Motors has begun negotiations about settling more than 300 claims related to a deadly ignition switch problem in some older model small cars. Kenneth Feinberg confirmed in an interview that he met …

Sugar Shack owners Joseph and Shelly Boisvert open a market in North Hadley

Sunday, May 4, 2014

HADLEY — When maple sugaring season is in full swing, the North Hadley Sugar Shack is a destination for hundreds of people each weekend to enjoy a breakfast meal with locally produced maple syrup. In the summer and … 1

Craig White and Bob Lindner, owners of Hillside Pizza, receive 2014 Haas Entrepreneur of Year Award

Saturday, April 26, 2014

DEERFIELD — Craig White and Bob Lindner, founders and owners of Hillside Pizza, which is based in Deerfield, received the 2014 Haas Entrepreneur of the Year Award. They have helped groups raise over $315,000 since 2001, opened three …

Hampshire Mosque in Amherst buys former Adventure Outfitters building on Route 9 in Hadley

Friday, April 25, 2014

HADLEY — A Route 9 building that most recently housed Adventure Outfitters has been sold to the Hampshire Mosque. The 451 Russell St. building was recently purchased by Hampshire Mosque Inc. for $570,000 from Ruth Anderson-Zabre and Michael … 1

Amherst Unitarians move back into their renovated downtown building

Thursday, April 24, 2014

AMHERST — A downtown church closed for several months as its building was renovated and nearly doubled in size has reopened. The Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst returned to the meetinghouse at the intersection of North Pleasant Street …

UAW drops appeal of defeat in Volkswagen vote

Monday, April 21, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The United Auto Workers dropped its appeal of a worker vote against unionizing at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, a move that the union said should put pressure on Republican politicians to quickly approve incentives the German automaker is seeking to expand its lone U.S. …