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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Best Hospital 2017 – Cooley Dickinson Hospital
Apr18

Best Hospital 2017 – Cooley Dickinson Hospital

Cooley Dickinson Hospital Best Hospital Address: 30 Locust St. (Rte. 9), Northampton, MA Phone: (413) 582-2000 Website: http://www.cooley-dickinson.org In times of rapid advances in medical technology, as well as confusing upheavals within the healthcare system, an exceptional hospital these days provides not only stellar services, but proactive and compassionate care. Cooley Dickinson pulls this off every day, notably at its new...

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Best Place for yoga 2017 – Valley Hot Yoga
Apr18

Best Place for yoga 2017 – Valley Hot Yoga

Valley Hot Yoga Best Place for yoga Address: 375 South St., Ste. C, Northampton, MA Phone: (413) 586-0014 Website: http://valleyhotyoga.com For seven years now, said co-owners Audrey and Shae Blaisdell, the studio has become known for its “welcoming, friendly approach to healing yoga.” The studio is now offering new yoga classes including Vinyasa and kids’ classes, as well as offering several upcoming workshops and clinics. “This is a...

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Best Ski/snowboard shop 2017 – Competive Edge Ski & Bike
Apr18

Best Ski/snowboard shop 2017 – Competive Edge Ski & Bike

Competive Edge Ski & Bike Best Ski/snowboard shop Address: 500 Northampton St. (Rte. 5), Holyoke, MA Phone: (413) 538-7662 Website: http://www.compedgeskibike.com This classic ski and snowboard shop has been outfitting winter-weather lovers in the Valley for more than 30 years. Co-owner Jim Kennedy said he’s suited up generations of families that return to the store time and again. “The majority of our customers, I know by name,”...

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Best Used clothing store 2017 – Cancer Connection Thrift Shop
Apr18

Best Used clothing store 2017 – Cancer Connection Thrift Shop

Cancer Connection Thrift Shop Best Used clothing store Address: 375 South St., Northampton, MA Phone: (413) 587-9999 Website: http://www.cancer-connection.org/thriftshop With low prices and a trendy selection of clothing, jewelry, household items, and books, the Cancer Connection Thrift Shop’s mission year after year is to support more than 1,100 active participants who are in support groups, receive counseling, and take part in...

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Best Vape or smokeless tobacco shop 2017 – The Enthusiast
Apr18

Best Vape or smokeless tobacco shop 2017 – The Enthusiast

The Enthusiast Best Vape or smokeless tobacco shop Address: 10 Miles St., Greenfield, MA Phone: (413) 325-8524 Website: http://theenthusiastonline.com The Enthusiast has quickly built a reputation for being a vape shop with top quality products and a knowledgeable staff — which is great because vaping is a fairly new thing. There’s education to be done — especially now that recreational marijuana is legal — and people can get it at...

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Best Hair salon 2017 – The Lift
Apr18

Best Hair salon 2017 – The Lift

The Lift Best Hair salon Address: 116 Pleasant St. (Eastworks), Easthampton, MA Phone: (413) 527-4300 Website: http://www.theliftsalon.com The Lift — which has run an Easthampton salon for 12 years and a North Amherst location for two years — keeps looking inward as it grows. “We don’t believe in there being a secret to our success,” said salon co-owner Kim Rodrigo. “It’s just hard work and having an awesome staff to support you.” The...

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Best Bicycle shop 2017 – Northampton Bicycle
Apr18

Best Bicycle shop 2017 – Northampton Bicycle

Northampton Bicycle Best Bicycle shop Address: 319 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA Phone: (413) 586-3810 Website: http://www.nohobike.com For well over 40 years, Northampton Bicycle has been serving cyclists of all kinds — and their bikes. Still under the same ownership, Northampton Bicycle is an authorized dealer of Trek and Cannondale Bicycles and sponsor of the Northampton Cycling Club. The shop offers fit services, rentals, sales...

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Best Personal trainer 2017 – Justin Killeen/50/50 Fitness/Nutrition
Apr18

Best Personal trainer 2017 – Justin Killeen/50/50 Fitness/Nutrition

Justin Killeen/50/50 Fitness/Nutrition Best Personal trainer Address: 251 Russell St. (Rte. 9), Hadley, MA Phone: (413) 387-0191 Website: http://5050fitnessnutrition.com Justin Killeen has been a personal trainer for eight years, with the last five of those years in this area. He started off working with people in their houses, then later started his own business in 2013. The name and the branding of 50/50 Fitness/Nutrition, birthed...

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Best Outdoor gear/camping store 2017 – Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters
Apr18

Best Outdoor gear/camping store 2017 – Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters

Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters Best Outdoor gear/camping store Address: 227 Russell St. (Rte. 9), Hadley, MA Phone: (413) 582-9820 Website: http://www.samsoutfitters.com Since 1932, Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters has been the one stop shop for all your outdoor and camping gear needs. The Hadley location boasts products such as hiking and camping equipment, an array of sandals, and even ukuleles for its spring selection. One of the keys to...

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Best Health & fitness center (and location) 2017 – 50/50 Fitness/Nutrition
Apr18

Best Health & fitness center (and location) 2017 – 50/50 Fitness/Nutrition

50/50 Fitness/Nutrition Best Health & fitness center (and location) Address: 251 Russell St. (Rte. 9), Hadley, MA Phone: (413) 387-0191 Website: http://5050fitnessnutrition.com Energia Fitness was originally established in 2010 as a spin and yoga studio. In 2013, the studio changed ownership and underwent a dramatic transformation which led to 50/50 Fitness/Nutrition opening. It originated as a complimentary studio and has expanded...

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Best Adult novelty store 2017 – Oh My Sensuality Shop
Apr18

Best Adult novelty store 2017 – Oh My Sensuality Shop

Oh My Sensuality Shop Best Adult novelty store Address: 122 Main St., Northampton, MA Phone: (413) 584-9669 Website: http://www.ohmysensuality.com After 14 years in business, Oh My! is best-known for creating a comfortable and welcoming space where staff work with customers to find products that meet their needs and desires on any budget. Co-owner Carol Gesell said that the store has recently increased its selection for men, and is...

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Best Tattoo shop 2017 – Off The Map Tattoo
Apr18

Best Tattoo shop 2017 – Off The Map Tattoo

Off The Map Tattoo Best Tattoo shop Address: 84 Cottage St., Easthampton, MA Phone: (413) 527-6574 Website: http://www.offthemaptattoo.com An international destination for awesome tattoos and professional development, Off the Map has just settled into their expanded space in Easthampton. By making the old theater on Cottage Street part of the shop, owner Gabriel Ripley promises to make a trip to Off the Map “a truly unique experience...

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Best Nail salon 2017 – Peter’s Nails
Apr18

Best Nail salon 2017 – Peter’s Nails

Peter’s Nails Best Nail salon Address: 458 Russell St. (Rte. 9), Hadley, MA Phone: (413) 253-0100 Website: Peter’s Nails, on the main drag in Hadley, gets high marks for glossy and often intricate manicures. 2nd Place Salon 180 East Address: 180 Pleasant St., 2nd Fl., Easthampton, MA Phone: (413) 203-2400 Website: http://www.salon180east.com 3rd Place Kristy’s Nails Address: 137 Damon Rd., Ste. D, Northampton, MA Phone:...

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Best Golf course 2017 – Northampton Country Club
Apr18

Best Golf course 2017 – Northampton Country Club

Northampton Country Club Best Golf course Address: 135 Main St., Leeds, MA Phone: (413) 586-1898 Website: http://hampgolf.com With a rich history dating back to 1898, Northampton Country Club continues to thrive to this day. For the past 37 years it’s been one of the staples of the area country club scene, offering a 9-hole golf course. Owners Jim and Chrissy Casagrande, who purchased the country club in July 2016, said they recently...

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Best Group fitness training center 2017 – 50/50 Fitness/Nutrition
Apr18

Best Group fitness training center 2017 – 50/50 Fitness/Nutrition

50/50 Fitness/Nutrition Best Group fitness training center Address: 251 Russell St. (Rte. 9), Hadley, MA Phone: (413) 387-0191 Website: http://5050fitnessnutrition.com Energia Fitness was originally established in 2010 as a spin and yoga studio. In 2013, the studio changed ownership and underwent a dramatic transformation which led to 50/50 Fitness/Nutrition opening. It originated as a complimentary studio and has expanded since into...

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Best Place to buy lingerie 2017 – Gazebo
Apr18

Best Place to buy lingerie 2017 – Gazebo

Gazebo Best Place to buy lingerie Address: 14 Center St., Northampton, MA Phone: (413) 584-6673 Website: http://www.the-gazebo.com Gazebo is an independent lingerie store that has been giving women undergarments that fit their bodies just right for nearly 40 years. After all, that’s the store’s claim to fame: the right bra for the right woman. The staff has some of the best bra fitters anywhere around. “It’s all about good customer...

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Best Local jewelry store 2017 – Silverscape Designs
Apr18

Best Local jewelry store 2017 – Silverscape Designs

Silverscape Designs Best Local jewelry store Address: 1 King St., Northampton, MA Phone: (413) 584-3324 Website: http://www.silverscapedesigns.com For 41 years Silverscape Designs has been selling beautiful, original fine jewelry and gifts in the Valley — at all kinds of price points. Finding gorgeous gemstones set into luxe necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings is easy with the shop’s knowledgeable sales staff, but they have more...

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Best Place for Pilates 2017 – The Pilates Studio
Apr18

Best Place for Pilates 2017 – The Pilates Studio

The Pilates Studio Best Place for Pilates Address: 104 Russell St. (Rte. 9), Hadley, MA Phone: (413) 586-3504 Website: http://www.thepilatesstudioinhadley.com The Pilates Studio opened in 1999, but has expanded over the years. Co-owners Laurie Johnson and Katrina Hawley have worked for the business for 16 years, and have owned it for more than five. Throughout, Johnson explained, they have catered to patrons of all ages and...

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Best Bridal boutique 2017 – The Bridal Barn & Tux Shoppe
Apr18

Best Bridal boutique 2017 – The Bridal Barn & Tux Shoppe

The Bridal Barn & Tux Shoppe Best Bridal boutique Address: 425 Greenfield Rd., Deerfield, MA Phone: (413) 774-2691 Website: http://www.thebridalbarn.com For a third year in a row, The Bridal Barn & Tux Shoppe has been named the Best bridal boutique by Valley Advocate readers and that’s no small feat. Owner Shelley Avery said phenomenal customer service from staff who aim to give customers a unique, full service experience accounts for...

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