1. Northampton needs a strategy to keep its unique stores, says director of economic development

    Northampton needs a strategy to keep its unique stores, says director of economic development

    A handful of entrepreneurs set up shop in downtown Northampton when no one else wanted anything to do with the place and made it into a destination. Instead of shopping at chains in a mall, customers could visit unique shops, have an ice cream and relax in a red-brick piece of the 19th and early 20th century. Over the decades, stores have come and gone. Some of the pioneers have passed on as well. Dan Yacuzzo, whose Eastside Grill helped spur Northampton's culinary reputation, died last year. When Eva Trager, who created Country Comfort on Main Street, passed a ...

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