Or like Walmart changing it's mind about building a super center in Hadley (which was incidentally also a victory for the local environmentalists long fighting the expansion). In Northampton, a couple businesses are calling it quits, like Claytopia, which surprisingly is having a closing sale.
This store, called Just Because, has been having a closing sale for a little while. It looks like it's just about empty, and the owner can 'Move to the Caribbean' as he stated on a poster out front. He did, thoughtfully, make use of the empty store window, displaying posters and info of famous and influential black leaders.
On the up side economy-wise, when we went to Northampton to have some dinner Friday night, we found traffic jams getting into town at 7:30 pm. The place was hopping. There's still plenty of economy left. We were going to try a little place on Market St. called Joe's, which I heard was good.
Unfortunately for us, the place was standing room only. It must be good, we'll have to try it again next time.Walking around town, we saw this guy, precariously balancing a fast moving sphere around his arms. Proof you don't need a lot of money to have a good time.
Ultimately we decided to head back to Ludlow and get some take out at Tony & Penny's, one of the (deservedly) most famous Portuguese restaurants in Western Mass.
Dee-licious... and affordable.