Best Wedding/event photographer 2018 – Dani Fine Photography
Apr18

Best Wedding/event photographer 2018 – Dani Fine Photography

Dani Fine Photography Best Wedding/event photographer Address: 150 Main St. (Thornes Marketplace), Northampton, MA Phone: (413) 341-3031 Website: daniphotography.com Owner and lead photographer, Dani Klein-Williams, has been photographing weddings events for almost 20 years. Based out of her studio in Northampton, Klein-Williams captures photographs that showcase an “artistic view of each couple’s day,” according to their website....

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Best Banquet facility/reception hall 2018 – The Log Cabin
Apr18

Best Banquet facility/reception hall 2018 – The Log Cabin

The Log Cabin Best Banquet facility/reception hall Address: 500 Easthampton Rd., Holyoke, MA Phone: (413) 535-5077 Website: logcabin-delaney.com At a wedding held at The Log Cabin, the view is almost as breathtaking as the bride. Opened in 1997, The Log Cabin is a banquet and event venue with a spectacular view of the Valley from atop Mt. Tom. “We are known for our mountain top view as well as our outstanding service and attention to...

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Best Event/wedding DJ 2018 – Bobby C’s DJ Service
Apr18

Best Event/wedding DJ 2018 – Bobby C’s DJ Service

Bobby C’s DJ Service Best Event/wedding DJ Address: , Montague, MA Phone: (413) 834-4222 Website: bobbycdjservice.com Bobby C, also known as Bobby Campbell, has been a DJ for 35 years. Starting out by doing high school dances at his high school in 1983, he now travels all over New England to do gigs, such as weddings and functions. The important thing to remember about being a DJ: “Interacting with people, number one,” he says....

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Best Equipment/party rentals 2018 – Northampton Rental
Apr18

Best Equipment/party rentals 2018 – Northampton Rental

Northampton Rental Best Equipment/party rentals Address: 59 Service Center Rd., Northampton, MA Phone: (413) 584-5072 Website: northampton-rental.com Spring is here and with the nice weather comes all manner of outdoor parties and festivities. Whether it’s a graduation, birthday, family reunion, or business event, Northampton Rental has been providing the tents and equipment for 37 years. All of their employees have over 30 years of...

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Best Health food store 2018 – River Valley Co-op
Apr18

Best Health food store 2018 – River Valley Co-op

River Valley Co-op Best Health food store Address: 330 North King St., Northampton, MA Phone: (413) 584-2665 Website: rivervalleymarket.coop River Valley Co-op has a birthday coming up and it’s going to be a big one. River Valley is celebrating its 10th anniversary in Northampton on April 30 and is doing as much looking ahead at the future as reminiscing. The Co-op is a favorite among customers who want local food products all year...

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Best Day spa 2018 – Elements Hot Tub Spa
Apr18

Best Day spa 2018 – Elements Hot Tub Spa

Elements Hot Tub Spa Best Day spa Address: 373 Main St., Amherst, MA Phone: (413) 256-8827 Website: elementshottubspa.com For more than a decade, Diana and Jeff Krauth have owned and operated Elements Hot Tub Spa in Amherst, bringing a holistic approach to a day at the spa. Jeff Krauth says it’s an honor to heal people in the Pioneer Valley. “We’re really happy to be part of the community,” he says. “We love it here and it feels...

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Best Esthetician 2018 – Alex Whiting/Salon 180 East
Apr18

Best Esthetician 2018 – Alex Whiting/Salon 180 East

Alex Whiting/Salon 180 East Best Esthetician Address: 180 Pleasant St., 2nd Fl., Easthampton, MA Phone: (413) 203-2400 Website: salon180east.com An esthetician for just over seven years, Alex Whiting says she loves getting to grow and learn. Having gotten her start in the medical office of Dr. Roger Allcroft, Whiting uses that medical background to serve her clients. Whether working on facials, chemical peels, or waxings, Whiting does...

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Best Veterinarian 2018 – Northampton Veterinary Clinic
Apr18

Best Veterinarian 2018 – Northampton Veterinary Clinic

Northampton Veterinary Clinic Best Veterinarian Address: 190 Nonotuck St., Ste. 105, Northampton, MA Phone: (413) 584-6309 Website: northamptonvetclinic.com When Fido needs his teeth cleaned and Fluffy needs her check-up, the veterinarians at the Northampton Veterinary Clinic are just the people to see. The vets, technicians, and staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. They offer diagnostics, nutritional counseling, and dentistry,...

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Best Pet groomer 2018 – Furs’-A-Flyin’ Pet Grooming & Dog Day Camp
Apr18

Best Pet groomer 2018 – Furs’-A-Flyin’ Pet Grooming & Dog Day Camp

Furs’-A-Flyin’ Pet Grooming & Dog Day Camp Best Pet groomer Address: 155R Northampton St. (Rte. 10), Easthampton, MA Phone: (413) 529-2275 Website: furs-a-flyin.com “We try to treat all the animals like they are our animals and not just another dog walking through the door,” says owner Mary-Kate Murray. Murray describes the Valley as a huge dog community. This is the business’s 10th year, and Murray plans on holding...

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Best Pet day care/boarding 2018 – The Good Dog Spot
Apr18

Best Pet day care/boarding 2018 – The Good Dog Spot

The Good Dog Spot Best Pet day care/boarding Address: 35C North Chicopee St., Chicopee, MA Second location:139 King St. Northampton MAPhone: Phone: (413) 534-1333 Website: gooddogspot.net For 11 years, the Good Dog Spot has been the most trusted home away from home for pets. And owners Cory and Elizabeth Staples say they’re determined to keep it that way. “We’re trying to be better year after year in service to our community,” Cory...

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Best Place for dog training 2018 – Animal Alliances
Apr18

Best Place for dog training 2018 – Animal Alliances

Animal Alliances Best Place for dog training Address: 137E Damon Rd., Northampton, MA Phone: (413) 585-5868 Website: animalalliances.com For the fourth year in a row, Animal Alliances is the Valley’s favorite place for dog training. Animal alliances runs about 15 dog training classes per week. Each course of training runs for an hour a week for four to five weeks. There are only five dogs in each class, so the animals and their humans...

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Best Hotel/inn 2018 – Hotel Northampton
Apr18

Best Hotel/inn 2018 – Hotel Northampton

Hotel Northampton Best Hotel/inn Address: 36 King St., Northampton, MA Phone: (413) 584-3100 Website: hotelnorthampton.com Ashley Fillion is head of human resources and is the executive assistant to Hotel Northampton’s owner Mansour Ghalibaf. Ghalibaf has owned the hotel for six years now and has continued the tradition of elegance and excellence for which the historic hotel has been known. Founded in 1927, a host of luminaries...

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Best Two-year college 2018 – Greenfield Community College
Apr18

Best Two-year college 2018 – Greenfield Community College

Greenfield Community College Best Two-year college Address: One College Drive, Greenfield, MA Phone: (413) 775-1000 Website: gcc.mass.edu Greenfield Community College (GCC) President Bob Pura says the GCC student experience is one of the college’s top focuses, really teaching the students instead of just teaching the subject. GCC continues to offer new courses, begin new initiatives, and enter into collaborations every year. A new...

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Best Private/charter/alternative school 2018 – Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School
Apr18

Best Private/charter/alternative school 2018 – Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School

Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School Best Private/charter/alternative school Address: 15 Mulligan Dr., South Hadley, MA Phone: (413) 522-1580 Website: pvpa.org Pioneer Valley Performing Arts, or PVPA, offers an alternative educational experience for students in the Valley. “PVPA offers a unique opportunity for kids to interact with other like-minded students from over 50 different communities in the tri-county area,”...

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Best Hospital 2018 – Cooley Dickinson Hospital
Apr18

Best Hospital 2018 – Cooley Dickinson Hospital

Cooley Dickinson Hospital Best Hospital Address: 30 Locust St. (Rte. 9), Northampton, MA Phone: (413) 582-2000 Website: cooley-dickinson.org Cooley Dickinson, a Massachusetts General Hospital affiliate, is an acute care community hospital that offers medical/surgical, orthopedic, obstetric/gynecologic, psychiatric, geriatric, palliative, emergency, ambulatory, diagnostic, and rehabilitation service. The hospital prides itself on...

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Best Urgent care facility 2018 – Cooley Dickinson Hospital Urgent Care
Apr18

Best Urgent care facility 2018 – Cooley Dickinson Hospital Urgent Care

Cooley Dickinson Hospital Urgent Care Best Urgent care facility Address: 30 Locust St. (Rte. 9), Northampton, MA Phone: (413) 582-2330 Website: cooley-dickinson.org/programs-services/urgent-care/ Cooley Dickinson Hospital has been serving Northampton for 130 years, but the Urgent Care center has only been in the front of the building since 2016. Urgent Care provides walk-in services for patients ages 2 and up and caregivers are able...

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Best Birthing center 2018 – Cooley Dickinson Childbirth Center
Apr18

Best Birthing center 2018 – Cooley Dickinson Childbirth Center

Cooley Dickinson Childbirth Center Best Birthing center Address: 30 Locust St. (Rte. 9), Northampton, MA Phone: (413) 582-2000 Website: cooley-dickinson.org For the third straight year, Valley residents have chosen Cooley Dickinson Childbirth Center as the best of it’s kind in the area. The center has been designated a “Baby-Friendly” facility by Baby-Friendly USA, an program led by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United...

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Best Place for a massage 2018 – Elements Hot Tub Spa
Apr18

Best Place for a massage 2018 – Elements Hot Tub Spa

Elements Hot Tub Spa Best Place for a massage Address: 373 Main St., Amherst, MA Phone: (413) 256-8827 Website: elementshottubspa.com For more than a decade, Diana and Jeff Krauth have owned and operated Elements Hot Tub Spa in Amherst, bringing a holistic approach to a day at the spa. Jeff Krauth says it’s an honor to heal people in the Pioneer Valley. “We’re really happy to be part of the community,” he says. “We love it here and it...

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Best Cosmetic surgeon 2018 – Dr. Glen S. Brooks/Aesthetic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Apr18

Best Cosmetic surgeon 2018 – Dr. Glen S. Brooks/Aesthetic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Dr. Glen S. Brooks/Aesthetic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Best Cosmetic surgeon Address: 776 Longmeadow St., Longmeadow, MA Phone: (413) 565-4400 Website: drglenbrooks.com A practicing plastic surgeon since 1992, Dr. Glen S. Brooks was trained at Harvard and provides services that include breast enhancement, body contouring, and facial cosmetic surgery, as well as reconstructive breast surgery. Dr. Brooks said his practice...

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Best Dental practice 2018 – Wohl Family Dentistry
Apr18

Best Dental practice 2018 – Wohl Family Dentistry

Wohl Family Dentistry Best Dental practice Address: 269 Locust St., Northampton, MA Phone: (413) 586-6180 Website: wohlfamilydentistry.com Wohl Family Dentistry truly is a family affair. The Northampton office was opened by Dr. Martin Wohl in 1992 and his daughter, Dr. Carina Wohl joined the practice in 2008. Dr. Christopher Steed joined the practice four years later. Dr. Carina Wohl says, “We focus on caring very well for the people...

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Best Orthodontic practice 2018 – Rigali & Walder Orthodontics
Apr18

Best Orthodontic practice 2018 – Rigali & Walder Orthodontics

Rigali & Walder Orthodontics Best Orthodontic practice Address: 269 Locust St., Northampton, MA Second location:196 N. Pleasant St. Amherst MAPhone: (413) 253-0001 Phone: (413) 586-8455 Website: rigaliwalderorthodontics.com Orthodontic work is expensive, so if you are getting work done you definitely want the best. Rigali & Walder in Northampton was voted number one orthodontic practice in the Valley. Rigali & Walder...

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Best Eye doctor 2018 – Dr. Eric Dostal/Dostal Eyecare
Apr18

Best Eye doctor 2018 – Dr. Eric Dostal/Dostal Eyecare

Dr. Eric Dostal/Dostal Eyecare Best Eye doctor Address: 250 Northampton St., Easthampton, MA Phone: (413) 527-9284 Website: dostaleyecare.com Owner Eric Dostal was an economics major as an undergraduate, but decided to go into health care because it was a good market to be in. “I’ve always been nearsighted, I had a good opportunity in optometry, and I’ve never looked back,” he says. “That was 20 years ago.” Dostal says his business is...

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Best Lasik surgeon 2018 – Dr. Nancy Balin/Balin Eye & Laser Center
Apr18

Best Lasik surgeon 2018 – Dr. Nancy Balin/Balin Eye & Laser Center

Dr. Nancy Balin/Balin Eye & Laser Center Best Lasik surgeon Address: 269 Locust St., Northampton, MA Second location:1268 Sumner Ave. Springfield MAPhone: (800) 436-EYES Phone: (800) 436-EYES Website: balineye.com Dr. Nancy Balin is all business, which makes sense; she’s been been improving people’s’ vision for over 30 years. “We’re well-known throughout western Massachusetts as a state-of-the-art eye care facility. We offer a...

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Best Alternative medicine 2018 – Pioneer Valley Pain Relief Therapies
Apr18

Best Alternative medicine 2018 – Pioneer Valley Pain Relief Therapies

Pioneer Valley Pain Relief Therapies Best Alternative medicine Address: 245 Russell St. (Rte. 9), Hadley, MA Phone: (413) 427-0471 Website: pvpainrelief.com Gibby Booth, owner of Pioneer Valley Pain Relief, says that the people in the Valley are very special. “They’re authentic and real and I really enjoy helping people find lasting relief,” she says. Surprisingly, it was a horse, not a person, that brought Booth to medical massage...

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Best Local ski area 2018 – Berkshire East
Apr18

Best Local ski area 2018 – Berkshire East

Berkshire East Best Local ski area Address: South River Rd., Charlemont, MA Phone: (413) 339-6617 Website: berkshireeast.com Skiing on the mountain in Charlemont has a long past that includes both Massachusetts Governor Endicott Peabody and Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy having skied there. Berkshire East has been in continuous operation since 1976. The terrain features trails that follow the outside of the mountain for beginner...

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Best Golf course 2018 – Northampton Country Club
Apr18

Best Golf course 2018 – Northampton Country Club

Northampton Country Club Best Golf course Address: 135 Main St., Leeds, MA Phone: (413) 586-1898 Website: hampgolf.com For Chrissy Casagrande, who has owned the course for the past two years and leasing and running it for at least 10 years, the secret to the Northampton Country Club’s success is being lucky to be surrounded by people who support them. The course has trivia on Monday nights, pitch on Tuesday and Wednesday, and serves...

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Best Outdoor gear/camping store 2018 – Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters
Apr18

Best Outdoor gear/camping store 2018 – Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters

Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters Best Outdoor gear/camping store Address: 227 Russell St. (Rte. 9), Hadley, MA Second location:1081 Riverdale St. (Riverdale Shops) West Springfield MAPhone: (413)...

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Best Health & fitness center 2018 – 50/50 Fitness/Nutrition
Apr18

Best Health & fitness center 2018 – 50/50 Fitness/Nutrition

50/50 Fitness/Nutrition Best Health & fitness center Address: 251 Russell St. (Rte. 9), Hadley, MA Second location:231D Russell St. (Rte. 9) Hadley MAPhone: (413) 387-0191 Phone: (413) 387-0191 Website: 5050fitnessnutrition.com Owner Justin Killeen says 50/50 is best known for its community. “We love to host events and more importantly we love to bring people together,” he says. “Fitness doesn’t have to be a chore and we’re...

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Best Group fitness training center 2018 – 50/50 Fitness/Nutrition
Apr18

Best Group fitness training center 2018 – 50/50 Fitness/Nutrition

50/50 Fitness/Nutrition Best Group fitness training center Address: 251 Russell St. (Rte. 9), Hadley, MA Second location:231D Russell St. (Rte. 9) Hadley MAPhone: (413) 387-0191 Phone: (413) 387-0191 Website: 5050fitnessnutrition.com Owner Justin Killeen says 50/50 is best known for its community. “We love to host events and more importantly we love to bring people together,” he says. “Fitness doesn’t have to be a chore and...

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Best Place for Pilates 2018 – The Pilates Studio
Apr18

Best Place for Pilates 2018 – The Pilates Studio

The Pilates Studio Best Place for Pilates Address: 104 Russell St. (Rte. 9), Hadley, MA Phone: (413) 586-3504 Website: thepilatesstudioinhadley.com The Pilates Studio in Hadley focuses first and foremost on the health of its customers and creating a feel-good atmosphere for pilates. Co-owners Katrina Hawley and Laurie Johnson took over the business seven years ago after working at the studio. The studio is best known for movement and...

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Best Place for yoga 2018 – Burning Heart Studio
Apr18

Best Place for yoga 2018 – Burning Heart Studio

Burning Heart Studio Best Place for yoga Address: 278 Main St., Ste. 307, Greenfield, MA Second location:191 Russell St. (Rte. 9) Hadley MAPhone: Phone: (508) 332-0400 Website: burningheartstudio.com Ellen Abraham, owner of Burning Heart, recently expanded the business, which now has locations in Greenfield and Hadley. After Abraham’s mother passed away last July, she was inspired to go for it. “You can’t play small,” she...

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Best Martial arts studio 2018 – Spirit of the Heart Martial Arts & Wellness
Apr18

Best Martial arts studio 2018 – Spirit of the Heart Martial Arts & Wellness

Spirit of the Heart Martial Arts & Wellness Best Martial arts studio Address: 47 Market St., Northampton, MA Phone: (413) 585-1661 Website: spiritoftheheart.org Nancy Rothenberg, owner of the studio, says her business has thrived for 25 years because people are willing to invest in the safety of their children. She says she began the studio because “I wanted to protect all the children and the women, and help people feel strong...

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Best Road race 2018 – Holyoke St. Patrick’s Road Race
Apr18

Best Road race 2018 – Holyoke St. Patrick’s Road Race

Holyoke St. Patrick’s Road Race Best Road race Address: , Holyoke, MA Phone: Website: holyokestpatricksroadrace.org Since 1976, the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Road Race has been a tradition in the city. The 6.2-mile race kicks off at 1 p.m. and runners circle from City Hall to Holyoke Community College and back. Returning this year is the 2-Mile Walk, which starts immediately after the runners start. There’s a free Kids Fun Run that...

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Best Place for a hike 2018 – Mt. Tom State Reservation
Apr18

Best Place for a hike 2018 – Mt. Tom State Reservation

Mt. Tom State Reservation Best Place for a hike Address: , Holyoke, MA Phone: Website: mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-west/mount-tom-state-reservation.html If you’re looking to take a hike and see some of the best views around, head to Mt. Tom State Reservation in Holyoke. When the snow flies, bring your skis. The State Reservation also offers fishing, ice skating, and bird watching. A National Historic Site, Mt. Tom State...

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Best Local jewelry store 2018 – Silverscape Designs
Apr18

Best Local jewelry store 2018 – Silverscape Designs

Silverscape Designs Best Local jewelry store Address: 1 King St., Northampton, MA Phone: (413) 584-3324 Website: silverscapedesigns.com Most people probably know Silverscape as the place that occupies the old Art Deco bank at the corner of King and Main streets in Northampton. The business is best known for its tradition of selling handmade jewelry, especially by American artists. “We continue to expand the collections from our New...

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