Best Plumber 2017 – Richard’s Plumbing & Heating
Apr18

Best Plumber 2017 – Richard’s Plumbing & Heating

Richard’s Plumbing & Heating Best Plumber Address: 8 Easthampton Rd., #1, Northampton, MA Phone: (413) 585-0291 Website: For more than half a century Richard’s Plumbing & Heating has been providing quality service to customers with a traditional approach — always putting the customer first. A fourth generation family owned and operated plumbing and heating business, Richard’s is “always trying to keep our customers with the best...

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Best Real estate agency 2017 – Canon Real Estate
Apr18

Best Real estate agency 2017 – Canon Real Estate

Canon Real Estate Best Real estate agency Address: 199 Northampton St., Easthampton, MA Phone: (413) 527-8311 Website: http://www.canonre.com Since 1983, Canon Real Estate has “always put their customers first,” said owner Bob Canon. The cornerstone of this local real estate agency is its reputation and its continual cycle of referrals. “The overall feeling of unity in the Pioneer Valley is truly unique and exceptional. The diversity;...

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Best Banquet facility/reception hall 2017 – The Log Cabin
Apr18

Best Banquet facility/reception hall 2017 – The Log Cabin

The Log Cabin Best Banquet facility/reception hall Address: 500 Easthampton Rd., Holyoke, MA Phone: (413) 535-5077 Website: http://logcabin.com The Log Cabin features three rooms that can hold up to 1,000 people for an anniversary party, bar mitzvah, bridal shower, or wedding. Featuring beautifully landscaped grounds, the Log Cabin also features private spaces whether it’s for a cocktail hour or a renewal of vows ceremony. With a...

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Best Window/door installation 2017 – Pella
Apr18

Best Window/door installation 2017 – Pella

Pella Best Window/door installation Address: 240 Mohawk Trail, Greenfield, MA Phone: (413) 774-7231 Website: http://www.pella.com Pella has been providing great sturdy doors and air-tight windows to the Valley since 1985. General manager and VP Al Herringshaw said aside from Pella’s quality products, it’s the little things that make the company stand out. For one thing, Herringshaw said, the installers have a wide enough inventory to...

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Best Carpet & flooring store 2017 – Summerlin Floors
Apr18

Best Carpet & flooring store 2017 – Summerlin Floors

Summerlin Floors Best Carpet & flooring store Address: 322 College St., Amherst, MA Phone: (413) 253-9022 Website: http://www.summerlinfloors.com Since 1981, Summerlin Floors has been helping Pioneer Valley residents improve their homes by offering large selections of American made and imported ceramic tile as well as metal and glass tiles. The store offers more than 8,000 carpets from Karastan, Mohawk, and the Flooring Network in...

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Best Event/Wedding DJ 2017 – Bobby C’s DJ Service
Apr18

Best Event/Wedding DJ 2017 – Bobby C’s DJ Service

Bobby C’s DJ Service Best Event/Wedding DJ Address: , Montague, MA Phone: (413) 834-4222 Website: http://www.bobbycdjservice.com Bobby C has been DJing for 30 years now, specializing in weddings, anniversary parties, birthdays, school dances, and scores of occasions in between. “I have entertained thousands of people from Keene, New Hampshire to Springfield,” said Bobby C, who also works the airwaves at WHAI in Greenfield. 2nd...

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Best Equipment/party rentals 2017 – Northampton Rental
Apr18

Best Equipment/party rentals 2017 – Northampton Rental

Northampton Rental Best Equipment/party rentals Address: 59 Service Center Rd., Northampton, MA Phone: (413) 584-5072 Website: http://northampton-rental.com For party rentals, Northampton Rental offers tents, tables, table linens, dishware, flatware, glassware, and more. The company also rents a wide range of equipment for homeowners and light construction work, including floor sanding, carpet cleaning, garden tilling, lawn seeding,...

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Best Local insurance agency 2017 – Finck & Perras Insurance Agency
Apr18

Best Local insurance agency 2017 – Finck & Perras Insurance Agency

Finck & Perras Insurance Agency Best Local insurance agency Address: 6 Campus Ln., Easthampton, MA Phone: (413) 5527-3000 Address: 63 Main St., Florence, MA Phone: (413) 584-1970 Website: http://www.insuringyourway.com The Finck & Perras company dates back to 1935, said president Genevieve Brough, and now has 27 employees at two locations, in Easthampton and Florence. This past year, Brough said, the company updated its website,...

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Best Two-year college 2017 – Greenfield Community College
Apr18

Best Two-year college 2017 – Greenfield Community College

Greenfield Community College Best Two-year college Address: One College Drive, Greenfield, MA Phone: (413) 775-1801 Website: http://www.gcc.mass.edu Greenfield Community College (GCC) President Bob Pura said 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...

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Best Local bank 2017 – Florence Bank
Apr18

Best Local bank 2017 – Florence Bank

Florence Bank Best Local bank Address: 85 Main St., Florence, MA Phone: (413) 586-1300 Website: http://www.florencebank.com There are lots of banks in which you can keep your money and apply for financing, but most of them are staffed by bottom-line focused corporate wolves. Not so with local banks — especially Florence Bank. The bank, founded in 1873, is best known for a commitment to customer service. “This is our top priority,”...

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Best Law firm 2017 – Bacon Wilson Attorneys at Law
Apr18

Best Law firm 2017 – Bacon Wilson Attorneys at Law

Bacon Wilson Attorneys at Law Best Law firm Address: 33 State St., Springfield, MA Phone: (413) 781-0560 Website: http://www.baconwilson.com The general practice law firm is known for its outstanding legal representation and for its longtime commitment to community support and service throughout the Valley. Established in 1895 — 1895! — shareholder Michael B. Katz said outstanding attorneys and working with the community have...

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Best Caterer 2017 – Seth Mias Catering
Apr18

Best Caterer 2017 – Seth Mias Catering

Seth Mias Catering Best Caterer Address: P.O. Box 538, Leeds, MA Phone: (413) 695-4874 Website: http://www.sethmias.com This past October, Seth Mias Catering bought the former Look Restaurant space in Leeds and moved in. Mias said he is delighted to have “our own headquarters, with office and kitchen space,” right in time for the best year of business he’s had since he started his company 15 years ago. Back then, at age 20, he said...

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Best Wedding/event photographer 2017 – Dani Fine Photography
Apr18

Best Wedding/event photographer 2017 – Dani Fine Photography

Dani Fine Photography Best Wedding/event photographer Address: 150 Main St. (Thornes Marketplace), Northampton, MA Phone: (413) 341-3031 Website: http://www.daniphotography.com Whether it’s for a wedding, commercial, a national ad, or boudoir photos, Dani Fine Photography has been capturing the best moments on camera for the past 18 years. The business mostly focuses on shooting photos locally, but has also been hired to take...

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Best Private/charter/alternative School 2017 – Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School
Apr18

Best Private/charter/alternative School 2017 – 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: http://www.pvpa.org PVPA is best known for having the most outstanding performing arts programs of any public or secondary school in the Pioneer Valley. In it’s 21st year as a Massachusetts Commonwealth Charter Public School, the head of school, Scott Goldman has been...

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Best Hotel/inn 2017 – Hotel Northampton
Apr18

Best Hotel/inn 2017 – Hotel Northampton

Hotel Northampton Best Hotel/inn Address: 36 King St., Northampton, MA Phone: (413) 584-3100 Website: http://www.hotelnorthampton.com With famous guests such as David Bowie, John F. Kennedy, Leonard Nimoy, and the Dalai Lama, and a 90-year history, Hotel Northampton ranks as a legendary local hotel that is iconic in downtown Northampton. The hotel features 106 elegantly furnished guest rooms and luxury suites and staff pay special...

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Best Local tax service 2017 – Western Mass Tax Associates
Apr18

Best Local tax service 2017 – Western Mass Tax Associates

Western Mass Tax Associates Best Local tax service Address: 10 West St. (Rtes. 5&10), West Hatfield, MA Phone: (413) 584-2055 Website: http://westernmasstax.com For many people, tax season is one of the most accursed times of the year, but it doesn’t have to be if you’re working with the professionals at Western Mass Tax Associates. The local tax service also specializes in trusts and estates. The staff are friendly, courteous, bring...

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Best Credit union 2017 – UmassFive College Federal Credit Union
Apr18

Best Credit union 2017 – UmassFive College Federal Credit Union

UmassFive College Federal Credit Union Best Credit union Address: 200 Westgate Center Dr., Hadley, MA Phone: (413) 256-5500 Website: http://www.umassfive.coop The UMassFive College Federal Credit Union was established in 1967, which means it’s time for a 50th birthday celebration! “The past year has been one full of improvements,” said marketing manager Craig Boivin. “First, we gave our Hadley branch a needed facelift … With this...

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Best Eye doctor 2017 – Dr. Eric Dostal/Dostal Eyecare
Apr18

Best Eye doctor 2017 – Dr. Eric Dostal/Dostal Eyecare

Dr. Eric Dostal/Dostal Eyecare Best Eye doctor Address: 250 Northampton St., Easthampton, MA Phone: (413) 527-9284 Website: http://www.dostaleyecare.com Dr. Eric Dostal was voted best eye doctor by Advocate readers in 2016 and he continues to be ranked the Best for 2017 as well. Dr. Dostal, who started his practice 18 years ago in Springfield, then moved to Easthampton, said he likes to provide his patients with light conversation and...

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Best Veterinarian 2017 – Northampton Veterinary Clinic
Apr18

Best Veterinarian 2017 – Northampton Veterinary Clinic

Northampton Veterinary Clinic Best Veterinarian Address: 190 Nonotuck St., Ste. 105, Northampton, MA Phone: (413) 584-6309 Website: http://www.northamptonvetclinic.com The veterinarians and entire staff are dedicated to providing exceptional care for clients and their humans by staying on the cutting edge of technology while maintaining a focus on compassionate nursing care. In addition to offering medical, surgical, and dental...

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Best Place for dog training 2017 – Animal Alliances
Apr18

Best Place for dog training 2017 – Animal Alliances

Animal Alliances Best Place for dog training Address: 137E Damon Rd., Northampton, MA Phone: (413) 585-5868 Website: http://www.animalalliances.com You’re dog doesn’t listen to you and has some bad behavior that you’d like to fix. Animal Alliances offers customizable programs suited to your pet’s behavioral needs and help us humans understand why our cats and dogs do the things they do. Owner and Director Kelley Bollen said no more...

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Best Day spa 2017 – Brooks & Butterfield
Apr18

Best Day spa 2017 – Brooks & Butterfield

Brooks & Butterfield Best Day spa Address: 140 Main St., 2nd Fl., Northampton, MA Phone: (413) 586-0366 Website: http://www.brooksandbutterfield.com Founded in 2001, Brooks & Butterfield has a well-educated staff that is passionate about wellness. The spa will be undergoing a complete makeover in 2017, said owner Shannon Fleury who didn’t want to reveal too many details too early. Suffice to say Fleury is looking to keep up the spa’s...

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Best Pet day care/boarding 2017 – Valley Inn For Pets
Apr18

Best Pet day care/boarding 2017 – Valley Inn For Pets

Valley Inn For Pets Best Pet day care/boarding Address: 320 Russell St. (Rte. 9), Hadley, MA Phone: (413) 584-5252 Website: http://www.valleyinnforpets.com This is no kennel. The Inn for Pets is a destination. Featuring multiple, wide open — but fenced-in — play yards and play rooms, the pet guests receive the comfort and individual attention they would experience at home. Safety and cleanliness are top priorities at Valley Inn for...

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Best Esthetician 2017 – Jennifer Koufopoulos/Spa on the Green
Apr18

Best Esthetician 2017 – Jennifer Koufopoulos/Spa on the Green

Jennifer Koufopoulos/Spa on the Green Best Esthetician Address: 776 Longmeadow St., Longmeadow, MA Phone: (413) 565-4400 Website: http://www.drglenbrooks.com “When my clients tell me they love their skin, it’s the ultimate reward for me,” said Jennifer Koufopoulos at Spa on the Green, the medical day spa located upstairs in the 200-year-old restored building that houses Dr. Glen Brooks’ cosmetic surgery practice. Koufopoulos has been...

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Best Pet groomer 2017 – Furs’-A-Flyin’ Pet Grooming
Apr18

Best Pet groomer 2017 – Furs’-A-Flyin’ Pet Grooming

Furs’-A-Flyin’ Pet Grooming Best Pet groomer Address: 155R Northampton St. (Rte. 10), Easthampton, MA Phone: (413) 529-2275 Website: http://www.furs-a-flyin.com Furs’-A-Flyin’ is a pet groomer and dog daycare that prides itself on being personable and accommodating, which might be why this pet groomer has been voted Best in the Valley for the fourth year in a row. Owner Mary Kate Murray, who started the business nine years...

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Best Orthodontic practice 2017 – Rigali & Walder Orthodontics
Apr18

Best Orthodontic practice 2017 – Rigali & Walder Orthodontics

Rigali & Walder Orthodontics Best Orthodontic practice Address: 269 Locust St., Northampton, MA Phone: (413) 586-8455 Website: http://www.rigaliwalderorthodontics.com With locations in Northampton, Amherst, and Easthampton, Rigali & Walder Orthodontics is a local practice of experienced orthodontic professionals who use the latest technologies and treatments to give their patients lasting results. The practice emphasizes communication...

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Best Alternative medicine 2017 – Clinic Alternative Medicine
Apr18

Best Alternative medicine 2017 – Clinic Alternative Medicine

Clinic Alternative Medicine Best Alternative medicine Address: 98 Main St., Northampton, MA Phone: (413) 341-5224 Website: http://www.clinic-northampton.com Whether you’re looking for an acupuncturist, massage therapist, an energy medicine coach, or shaman, Clinic Alternative Medicines is the alternative medicine center that will address your mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual needs. Owner Jen Nery, who founded the clinic in...

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Best Health food store 2017 – River Valley Co-op
Apr18

Best Health food store 2017 – River Valley Co-op

River Valley Co-op Best Health food store Address: 330 North King St., Northampton, MA Phone: (413) 584-2665 Website: http://www.rivervalleymarket.coop River Valley Co-op is a juggernaut of a cooperative grocery store and community hub. Since opening nine years ago, the market has expanded exponentially and seems to be always undergoing some kind of tweak or renovation to make the store that much more convenient and expansive for...

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Best Place for a massage 2017 – Elements Hot Tub Spa
Apr18

Best Place for a massage 2017 – Elements Hot Tub Spa

Elements Hot Tub Spa Best Place for a massage Address: 373 Main St., Amherst, MA Phone: (413) 256-8827 Website: http://www.elementshottubspa.com Celebrating a decade in business this July, Elements Hot Tub Spa has grown from a small group of four practitioners to its current staff of 15 licensed massage therapists. Diana Krauth, president of Elements Hot Tub Spa, said the business is known for quality service on every level, whether...

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Best Cosmetic surgeon 2017 – Dr. Glen S. Brooks/Aesthetic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Apr18

Best Cosmetic surgeon 2017 – 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: http://www.drglenbrooks.com Dr. Glen S. Brooks has been providing people with exceptional plastic surgery services for 20 years. He’s best known for cosmetic and reconstructive surgery for the face, body, and breasts; noninvasive treatments such as Botox, Juvederm and...

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Best Birthing center 2017 – Cooley Dickinson Childbirth Center
Apr18

Best Birthing center 2017 – Cooley Dickinson Childbirth Center

Cooley Dickinson Childbirth Center Best Birthing center Address: 30 Locust St. (Rte. 9), Northampton, MA Phone: (413) 582-2125 Website: http://www.cooleydickinson.org/programs-services/childbirth-center/ The midwives, doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals at Cooley Dickinson’s Childbirth Center are not only skilled in helping ease the pain of the birthing process, but also try to deliver compassion every step of the way....

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Best Dentist (individual) 2017 – Dr. Carina Wohl/Wohl Family Dentistry
Apr18

Best Dentist (individual) 2017 – Dr. Carina Wohl/Wohl Family Dentistry

Dr. Carina Wohl/Wohl Family Dentistry Best Dentist (individual) Address: 269 Locust St., Northampton, MA Phone: (413) 586-6180 Website: http://www.wohlfamilydentistry.com For over 30 years, Wohl Family Dentistry has been making smiles (and teeth) healthy. The family dental care practice’s secret to its longevity is making sure that “behind every decision and every procedure, people can tell that we put empowerment of the patient in...

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Best Martial arts studio 2017 – Spirit of the Heart Martial Arts & Wellness
Apr18

Best Martial arts studio 2017 – 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: http://spiritoftheheart.org With self defense classes, assertiveness training, and martial arts, Spirit of the Heart in Northampton is the best non-traditional gym to go to that is always welcoming to beginners, owner Nancy Rothenburg, who started the training center in the spring of 1993, said....

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Best Urgent care facility 2017 – Baystate Urgent Care Springfield
Apr18

Best Urgent care facility 2017 – Baystate Urgent Care Springfield

Baystate Urgent Care Springfield Best Urgent care facility Address: 3400 Main St., 1st Fl., Springfield, MA Phone: (413) 794-9560 Website: http://www.baystatehealth.org/services/urgent-care Baystate has five urgent care locations, but it’s the one in Springfield that won this year’s Best Of prize. Comments left on the unit’s unclaimed business Facebook page are overall positive with people complimenting Baystate Urgent’s staff and...

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Best Place for a hike 2017 – Mt. Tom State Reservation
Apr18

Best Place for a hike 2017 – Mt. Tom State Reservation

Mt. Tom State Reservation Best Place for a hike Address: 125 Reservation Rd, Holyoke, MA Phone: Website: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-west/mount-tom-state-reservation.html Boasting a picture-perfect view of the Connecticut River and Hampshire County, this 2,161-acre facility offers 22 miles of hiking and walking trails. There’s also fishing on Lake Bray, picnicking, a children’s play area, and...

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Best Road race 2017 – Holyoke St. Patrick’s Road Race
Apr18

Best Road race 2017 – Holyoke St. Patrick’s Road Race

Holyoke St. Patrick’s Road Race Best Road race Address: Holyoke, MA Phone: Website: http://www.holyokestpatricksroadrace.org The St. Patrick’s Road Race is always held the day before the city’s grand St. Patrick’s Parade — one of the biggest St. Patrick celebrations in the nation. While the parade attracts hundreds of thousands of people, over the last several years locals have been saying that the Road Race is even bigger than...

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