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Time to celebrate kids and books: Mass Kids Lit Fest offers a wealth of programs in Valley during Children’s Book Week
04-25-2024 11:56 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

Just in time to coincide with Children’s Book Week, a national event established in 1905, the Massachusetts Center for the Book (MCB) has created a children’s literary showcase here in the Valley.The Mass Kids Lit Fest, a new book festival taking...

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Long run ending for Northampton retail landmark Acme Surplus
12-27-2023 3:21 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Acme Surplus Store, a beloved retail outlet offering everything from muffin fans to cotton swabs to tools and clothing in Northampton for more than 40 years, announced it will be closing on Jan. 7, with a clearance sale in effect until...


Easthampton OKs permit to convert former Pleasant Street package, variety store into housing
06-18-2023 10:42 AM

By EMILY THURLOW

EASTHAMPTON — A former Pleasant Street package and variety store will be renovated into housing.The Easthampton Planning Board on June 6 unanimously approved a special permit to convert a former mixed-use building with two apartments and a vacant...


Is rebirth coming to downtown Northampton? Challenges persist, but many predict a post-pandemic rebound
06-08-2023 9:08 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — When Patrick Goggins was growing up, downtown Northampton was a rather mild and plain place. There were many vacancies, with the area characterized mostly by stores selling men’s clothing and hardware appliances.“It wasn’t what we would...


Family Dollar in Easthampton fined, ordered to close for 2nd time
06-07-2023 6:04 PM

By EMILY THURLOW

EASTHAMPTON — The Family Dollar on Union Street has been forced to close for a second time this year after numerous fire safety code violations were discovered. Fire Chief Christopher Norris said the code violations were similar to the infractions for...


One foot out the door: Ted’s Boot Shop, Northampton’s oldest Main St. business, closing at the end of the month
05-01-2023 5:00 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — When Pam Ledoux walks into Ted’s Boot Shop, she already has an idea of how the experience is going to go.“Every time I come in and see a shoe I like, they tell me it won’t fit,” said Ledoux, who lives in Amherst and has been shopping at...


Easthampton launching registry of empty storefronts downtown
04-11-2023 4:49 PM

By EMILY THURLOW

EASTHAMPTON — Easthampton will soon require property owners sitting on vacant storefronts to register their buildings and pay a fee that will be used to create and maintain an online database of spaces available to rent in the city.The new...


Easthampton forces Family Dollar to temporarily close over clutter, code violations
03-01-2023 5:03 PM

By EMILY THURLOW

EASTHAMPTON — The Family Dollar on Union Street has been ordered to close until a number of fire safety code violations have been rectified and the building has been brought into compliance.The city’s Fire Department issued the discount retailer a...


Last chapter for The Old Book Store in Northampton
02-03-2022 9:53 AM

By DUSTY CHRISTENSEN

NORTHAMPTON — After 64 years on Masonic Street, one of downtown’s longest-running stores has closed.Open since 1958, The Old Book Store turned its final page last month. In a phone interview Tuesday, owner Henry Walz confirmed that he is looking to...


Amherst Books still thriving after 15 years
11-08-2018 8:56 AM

By DANIELLE LIPIEC

Correction: A previous version of this story misspelled the name of French literary theorist Roland Barthes.When Amherst Books opened its doors in 2003, the last thing on the minds of staff was where it might be in 15 years.But after a decade and a...


Gunman robs Florence convenience store, Northampton police say
04-20-2017 11:29 AM

By JACK SUNTRUP

FLORENCE — Jim’s Variety Store in Florence was robbed Wednesday night, the second time the convenience store’s cash register has been plundered since January.Northampton Police Department Capt. John Cartledge said in a news release that a male suspect...

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