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Mama Dolce’s Café closes

“What a nightmare this had been,” says Nancie Zecco, speaking about Mama Dolce’s Café, her downtown Webster restaurant often described as “Little Italy in Webster.”

Nancie’s professional persona is that of a public health policy expert, with a Master Degree in Public Health and career experience with several health care and pharmaceutical companies.

But she had always had a dream, inspired by her late mother, to con... Read More

Blackstone Valley National Golf: bringing people together

Matt Stephens, General Manager of Sutton’s Blackstone National Golf Club, may not have had a good golf day since March 18  (due to the weather) but when it comes to bringing people together, he’s shooting well under par.  

He began his journey at the golf club in 2006 as Head Golf Professional, took over as Director of Golf in 2010, and has been a General Manager for the last two and a half years. But long... Read More

Performance, nothing short of Spa-tacular

By Rod Lee

Now in its 23rd year, Pools and Cues and Spas Too on Southbridge St. in Auburn has not only longevity, outstanding product and a sterling reputation for customer service to tout, but also a batch of awards and testimonials as evidence of the store’s staying power and continued success.

Not a bad record at all for a family-owned and operated business headed up by Bryan and Judy Melanson who are the proprie... Read More

‘Dawn’ of a new era for flower shop

By Rod Lee

Ask Dawn Brule why she decided to add another venture—the Douglas Flower Shoppe—to one she is already operating and the response is “why not? It was an opportunity and a good fit with The Gift Authority.” Both are housed on the grounds of the Tetreault family’s Granutec Inc. on Davis St. in East Douglas. The com... Read More

Secretary Beaton visits Alternatives’ green buildings

By Magda Dakin

“Very impressive,” said Matthew A. Beaton, Massachusetts’ Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, as he toured the renovated buildings at 50 Douglas Street in Whitinsville last week.

Secretary Beaton came to the Alternatives headquarters buildings to see the results of years of renovations done “green,” tour the facility, and mark its innovative completion of the various aspects of environmenta... Read More

Geeta helps women ‘shape it up’ through eyebrow threading

By Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

It’s expensive to be a woman these days. A basic facial costs approximately sixty-five dollars per hour, a keratin hair-straightening treatment three hundred, and a gel-tip manicure thirty dollars every three weeks. Hair color expenses happen around every six weeks, especially for those of us unwilling to succumb to the grey battle, and let’s not forget the occasional pick-me-up pedicure. 

Wh... Read More

Whitinsville Art & Antique Center brings together local artists and collectors

By Magda Dakin

“It’s bigger than it looks!” exclaimed one customer upon entering downtown Whitinsville’s newest business. It’s a beautiful sight to behold, inviting customers to wander from one wonder to another in its clean, newly-renovated 2500 square feet of space.

The Whitinsville Art & Antique Center at 202 Church St. is the dream child of local art and antique enthusiast Mary Walling. With the help of 18 o... Read More

Business as usual--though a somber spring at Pete’s Oasis

By Rod Lee

For businesspersons like Jean Chamberlain, this spring is not much different than others Chamberlain Construction in Douglas has greeted with “four kinds of screened loam and compost;” U-Haul rentals, now, too, for the first time.

The orders come in, the trucks go out, the rituals don’t change from year to year, Ms. Chamberlain said.

This is true with virtually all of the region’s garden centers, l... Read More

Woman in Business Local Business Expo

STURBRIDGE, MA…Woman in Business, Inc., a 501c(3) that supports women by fostering networking, sharing information and experiences, and providing educational opportunities, will be hosting a Business Expo showcasing local businesses on Wednesday, May 11 at Old Sturbridge Village, from 5-8pm.

The Business Expo offers a social but productive venue for local businesses to promote their company, network with other business rep... Read More

Black Bears in Massachusetts

The Dudley Conservation Land Trust (DCLT) is sponsoring a Community Educational Outreach Program titled “Black Bears in Massachusetts” on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 1 pm at the Black Tavern, Center Rd, Dudley. Speaker Michael Morrelly is a wildlife biologist from the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.  This is a timely topic given the local sightings of Black Bears in Dudley last year. This prog... Read More