1. Amherst’s The Blue Marble to close after 12 years, new store Little Blue to open in Northampton

    Amherst’s The Blue Marble to close after 12 years, new store Little Blue to open in Northampton

    When Cathie Walz opened The Blue Marble gift shop in downtown Amherst in July 2007, she knew she was taking a risk. Businesses were closing in record numbers due to a looming financial crisis, and every store was feeling the pressure. Not to mention, her opening date was on Friday the 13th. “I opened this store knowing nothing about retail,” Walz said. “And this little shop was embraced by Amherst.”

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    1. I opened this store knowing nothing about retail.
    2. The first floor of Thornes Marketplace is premier retail space, as far as I'm concerned. But just being in Thornes is a wonderful experience as a retailer.
    3. We can all be together, it will simplify scheduling, it will simplify product management and hopefully it will simply my life a little.
    4. It's no negative reflection at all on Amherst, it was a personal decision.
    5. The loyalty and the kindness of my customers over the last 12 years has been amazing. So I'm extremely appreciative.
    6. All of our businesses are working really hard and she's working hard to build her dream.
    7. People come in from all over the world.
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