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‘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

Restaurateurs’ life full of ups, downs

By Rod Lee

There is never a dull moment in the restaurant business. So, first things first. Waterfront Mary’s in Webster marked its season opening on April 1st with “some menu changes” according to Tracy L. Lis, including $5.95 fish fries on Fridays and half off all sandwiches on Mondays and Tuesdays. This together with the restaurant’s upstairs being available for private parties should e... Read More

New Opioid Laws for Massachusetts

By Jason Poquette, BPharm, R.Ph

From a legislative perspective, no one could accuse Massachusetts of ignoring the growing opioid addiction and overdose epidemic.  Now, in the latest effort, Governor Baker signed into law several new measures to try and stem the tide of this growing problem.  Deaths due to opioid overdose (drugs such as oxycodone and hydrocodone) have been climbing for years in our state.  Nearly 1,100 conf... Read More

Food, spirits--and spirits -- abound at Waterfront Mary’s

By Thomas D’Agostino

This is the first of a two part series. Part one relates to the history of Waterfront Mary’s and some accounts of the paranormal occurrences that have gone on within its walls. Part two will detail the paranormal investigation Arlene and I performed with our colleague Rich Allarie, proving that Waterfront Mary’s is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, haunted. - Thomas D’Agostino

Waterfront Mar... Read More