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Young entrepreneur takes leap with dog grooming salon in Greenfield

02-15-2024 10:31 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — A long-standing tradition of dog grooming continues on the French King Highway, but this time with a youthful twist, as Puppy Parlor’s owner plants her business roots.Alyse Tower opened up the city’s newest grooming salon in October and...


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Business Briefs: Feb. 16, 2024

02-15-2024 11:00 AM

Big Brothers Big Sisters welcomes new chief growth officer Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western Massachusetts has tapped Chris Thompson as its chief growth officer. In this role, Thompson will be responsible for strengthening the newly merged agency’s...


Green Fields Market looks to add alcohol, pending state approval of license transfer

02-15-2024 10:42 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — Alongside the valley’s produce and other products, folks will soon be able to pick up beer and wine produced in the region at Green Fields Market with the local approval of a liquor license transfer.While state approval is still required...


Real Estate Transactions: Feb. 16, 2024

02-15-2024 10:12 AM

ASHFIELD 184 South St. $665,000. B: Jaime M. Rogers and Lisa Manchester. S: James P. Kerr and Lisa D. Kerr.ATHOL 25 Chester St. $335,000. B: Joshua B. Tucker and Connie E. Allen. S: Bernard P. Brouillet and Donald A. Brouillet. 2416 Old Keene Road....


Dirt Church Brewing Co. of Vermont plans second location in Charlemont

02-08-2024 3:24 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

CHARLEMONT — After blazing a trail at Thunder Mountain Bike Park, Anna Cronin and her partner, Bruce Lindsay, realized Charlemont “is a viable town worth investing in.”That’s exactly what Cronin and Lindsay are doing by opening a second location of...


‘It’s a tremendous honor’: Greenfield aikido dojo owner gets promoted

02-08-2024 11:22 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — Dave Stier started the new year with notice from Japan that he had been promoted to a seventh-degree black belt in aikido, a traditional Japanese martial art stressing balance, positioning and leverage instead of strength and...


Business Briefs: Feb. 9, 2024

02-08-2024 11:08 AM

Eversource recognized on Most JUST Companies list BOSTON — Eversource has again been named among America’s Most JUST Companies, as announced by JUST Capital and CNBC on their “JUST 100” list.In its fifth consecutive appearance, Eversource is ranked as...


Real Estate Transactions: Feb. 9, 2024

02-08-2024 11:07 AM

ATHOL 115 Craigin St. $267,000. B: Frances De Luca-Hadsel. S: Dolores A. Piragis Estate and Deborah Blanchard. 634 Lenox St. $200,000. B: Caryn Barone. S: Joanne M. Lheureux. 73 Traverse St. $140,000. B: Liberty Bellz LLC. S: T St. LLC. 87 Union...


Heavy-duty fixes: Couple has big plans for Hatfield independent truck repair shop

02-01-2024 10:11 AM

By JAMES PENTLAND

HATFIELD — Working from a foundation laid down by the business it bought at 4 Linseed Road last year, Harrison Diesel Solutions is building a name for itself in the field of heavy equipment maintenance.Husband and wife Drew and Ashley Harrison began...


Real Estate Transactions: Feb. 2, 2024

02-01-2024 9:57 AM

ATHOL 531 Chestnut St. $299,900. B: Jasmine A. Lambert and Gene B. Phonthipsavath. S: David Bergeron. 59 Highland Ave. $205,000. B: Robert P. McGuirk. S: Waterfall Victoria Grantor. 165 Victoria Ave. $300,000. B: Kelly A. Beaton. S: W.R. Cole...


Business Briefs: Feb. 2, 2024

02-01-2024 9:57 AM

Freedom Credit Union accepting donations for animal shelters SPRINGFIELD — Through Feb. 29, Freedom Credit Union is inviting its members, employees and community to “Paws for a Cause” and make cash donations to benefit the Foundation for TJO Animals...


Colrain’s Redneck Wine owners seek to connect customers with history through taste buds

02-01-2024 9:56 AM

By BELLA LEVAVI

COLRAIN — A third-generation Colrain resident is looking to share a bit of history with visitors — through wine.Betty Ringwood and her husband, Chris Pelletier, have opened Redneck Wine LLC at 364 Jacksonville Road after spending six years homebrewing...


PHOTOS: Common Ground Fitness Center celebrates new location in Greenfield

01-25-2024 4:00 PM


Consumer Corner: Gift card or money wasted? Tips for keeping value intact

01-25-2024 12:51 PM

By ANITA WILSON

You may have received gift cards as presents this holiday season, or you may have some tucked away in a drawer or in your wallet for safe keeping. They are so prevalent that almost half of all adults have at least one gift card, and the combined total...


Charlemont business landscape changing quickly amid struggles

01-25-2024 10:34 AM

By BELLA LEVAVI

CHARLEMONT — Despite Berkshire East Mountain Resort attracting thousands of out-of-towners every winter, and Zoar Outdoor and Crab Apple Whitewater bringing people in during the summer, entrepreneurs in the commercial district say owning a business...


Real Estate Transactions: Jan. 26, 2024

01-25-2024 9:15 AM

ATHOL 78 Brickyard Road. $435,000. B: Athol Real Estate Workwell LLC. S: Verne Goldsher. 232 Green St. $185,900. B: Joshua Gabrenas. S: Carl V. Parker and Tracy B. Parker. 838 Riceville Road. $420,000. B: Matthew Berard and Brittney Berard. S:...


Business Briefs: Jan. 26, 2024

01-25-2024 9:01 AM

Bank sponsoring Habitat for Humanity build NORTHAMPTON — Greenfield Cooperative Bank has announced a $10,000 sponsorship of Habitat for Humanity’s Victoria Bismark Farm project. This initiative will see the construction of three single-family homes on...


Business Briefs: Jan. 19, 2024

01-18-2024 4:05 PM

Garden Cinemas celebrating National Popcorn Day GREENFIELD — As part of National Popcorn Day on Friday, Jan. 19, the Garden Cinemas will offer: ■$2 child-size orders of popcorn.■Free size upgrades on sizes small and above.■Free refills on popcorn...


Shelburne Falls businesses band together in call for Gaza cease-fire

01-18-2024 1:26 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

SHELBURNE FALLS — Village business owners have banded together to call for a cease-fire in Gaza and an end to the Israel-Hamas war. “We as humans have to stand up and say we all deserve to live,” said Bridge Street Bazaar co-owner Mohammad Yaseen....


Turners Falls micro-roastery aims to ‘bring people together’ over coffee

01-18-2024 12:34 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

TURNERS FALLS — During the pandemic, Ericka Almeida felt claustrophobic. She and her husband were working from home in 2020 and it was difficult to see their friends. But when Almeida had the opportunity to socialize, it was always over coffee. “Some...



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