Biz + Bitz:

Style with a Smile

When I was growing up, back-to-school shopping meant a pack of No. 2 pencils, a black and white composition book and maybe a pair of tennis shoes or Mary Janes. Now, it’s mini-erasers shaped like pandas and elephants, fidget spinners and light-up Skechers. The basic accessories of the ’60s and ’70s are over, and kids… Read More

Elizabeth MacLean
Springfield Town Hall

Lance Wilder – The Merrimack Valley Connection to the Simpsons

Back in 2012, “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening crushed a lot of Bay Staters’ hopes when he revealed that his personal inspiration for the cartoon’s iconic setting of “Springfield” had actually been his native Springfield, Oregon, a small city just outside of Portland. Many had assumed the town took its moniker — and much of… Read More

Joseph Girard-Meli

Beyond the Brands

Farley’s of Newburyport Offers Unique Shopping Experience. (sponsored) Owners T.J. Conte and Lisa Burke purchased John Farley Clothiers from former owner John and Linda Allison three years ago and they believe their staff has found a niche in the industry that focuses on and benefits the consumer. “We are a relationship-based business,” says Farley’s store Manager… Read More

Katie Lovett
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