Season of Hope for Local Retailers

It’s called ‘self-gifting.’ That’s a term contrived years ago by those in the retail industry to describe the act of treating yourself to a few niceties during the holiday season while you’re also out shopping for relatives, friends, and co-workers. It’s not exactly a precise measurement when it comes to retail spending, but the level [...]


Thornes Hosts Haircut-a-Thon

NORTHAMPTON — One of New Jersey native Diane Bevan’s fondest childhood memories was time spent with her family at the Jersey shore. So, watching the televised images of the devastation brought to residents there and elsewhere by superstorm Sandy in late October was “heartbreaking,” Bevan said. A longtime stylist who works at Panacea Hair Salon [...]


Shopping on Main Street, Northampton: A Boston Globe Review

NORTHAMPTON — “The ballet of the good city sidewalk never repeats itself from place to place, and in any one place is always replete with new improvisations,” wrote the late, great urban observer Jane Jacobs. She surely would have spotted this lively choreography on Northampton’s Main Street, from its curving trajectory — it bends nearly [...]


ABC 40 Visits Cedar Chest to Discuss Seasonal Shoplifting

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — As the holiday shopping season gets underway local police departments are dealing with shoplifting. As police prepare for increased calls for shoplifting stores are also stepping up this season. “As we get busier we staff more people on the floor all the management gets out. I staff more people on a [...]