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Thornes Hosts 6th Annual Best Buddies Fashion Show

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) – Fashion was the name of the game for “Best Buddies” of Western Massachusetts Thursday night. They held their 6th Annual Fashion Show at Thornes Marketplace in Northampton and invited ABC 40 to check it out. “This is an event to showcase not just our friendships that we have going on in the Valley, but also the local support that we have here in Thornes,” said Isa Deloge, Best Buddies of Western Mass.

Downturn Nibbled at Valley Restaurants' Health

NORTHAMPTON --  History isn’t certain whether Napoleon or Frederick the Great of Prussia coined the phrase “An army marches on its stomach,” but the meaning itself is clear: An armed force is a lot more effective when it’s well-fed. It might be a stretch to say the economy marches on its stomach, but the health of the economy is often reflected in the restaurant business. According to the Massachusetts Restaurant Association, about 300,000 people — some 10 percent of the state’s workforce — are employed in serving food and beverage.

City’s Streets, Thornes Hopping for First Night

NORTHAMPTON — Despite nippy temperatures, revelers of all ages packed the city’s downtown streets and venues to ring in the new year Tuesday night. First Night Northampton 2014, the citywide New Year’s Eve celebration, was in full swing by mid-afternoon as families with small children headed in droves to see acts from performers such as Henry the Juggler, Ed the Balloon Man and Hoopoe the Clown.

Steve Herrell, Ice Cream Pioneer, To Cut Back Presence at Northampton Store

NORTHAMPTON - After the first of the year ice cream aficionados will still see "smoosh in" ice cream pioneer Steve Herrell in Herrell's Ice Cream tinkering with equipment, perfecting a new flavor or meeting and greeting customers. What they won't see is Steve Herrell, who turns 70 in April, accepting supply deliveries, rotating stock, replacing light bulbs, fussing over employee schedules or doing a lot of the other mundane day-to-day work of owning a business. Herrell, starting Wednesday, is taking a year-long sabbatical as he transitions to retirement.

Popular Restaurant Marks 35 Years

NORTHAMPTON Mass (WGGB) – In Northampton Wednesday night, Chamber members gathered at Thornes Marketplace to celebrate a special anniversary. Paul and Elizabeth’s, a popular restaurant specializing in natural foods, is in its 35th year of business. Owners Paul and Elizabeth Sustick say they were one of three restaurants in the area when they opened in 1978.

Big Day for Small Business

NORTHAMPTON, Mass (WWLP) - Saturday is the third annual Small Business Saturday across the country. Thorne’s Marketplace houses three floors of independently owned businesses, just like many others on the street. It is expected to be a very busy place today as shoppers take advantage of Small Business Saturday. It is a growing tradition that American Express started three years ago.

Former employee assumes ownership of men's clothing store Jackson & Connor

NORTHAMPTON — William Brideau, the new owner of the mens’s clothing store Jackson & Connor, remembers well his first suit (which he happened to purchase at Jackson & Connor.) “I was checking out somewhere, and the cashier said, ‘Did you find everything ok, sir?’ I did a double take and turned around to see if she was talking to anyone else behind me. It was the first time anyone had called me sir,” he recalled in a recent interview.

ID: William Brideau, new owner of Jackson & Connor

William Brideau grew up in Rochester. N.Y., and Milwaukee, Wis., and moved to the Valley to attend Hampshire College. Since then, he’s worked at a number of jobs in Northampton, including at the former children’s store, Impish, before starting work three years ago at Jackson & Connor in Thornes Marketplace. Now he’s the owner of the men’s clothing store, and says he’s enjoying his new venture.

Full name: William Alfred Brideau

World Kindness Day Flash Mob at Thornes

Northampton. The flash mob changed gears from poses to a dance routine. Starting with two dancers, the other members broke their poses and joined in with the routine. Close to one hundred people in Thornes Marketplace stopped and took in the performance.

30 Northampton Businesses take part in 'Live United'

NORTHAMPTON (WGGB) — More than 30 Northampton businesses partnered with the United Way on Saturday, to help bring extra funds to the non-profit organization. Each participating business gave 5% of all purchases made Saturday to the United Way as part of the “Live United Saturday.” The well-known Harrell’s Ice Cream took part in the event. ”A lot of people have been coming in,” said employee Johanna Renard. “A lot of people have been appreciative of it.” The businesses involved wore “Live United” t-shirts as a sign of support.