Unclear fate for downtown shops

Unclear fate for downtown shops

There are 64 comments on the North Adams Transcript story from Jul 18, 2009, titled Unclear fate for downtown shops. In it, North Adams Transcript reports that:

The closing of Moulton's General Store in August will be a blow to the downtown but many downtown merchants expressed confidence Friday that their businesses will continue to do well, while others were less optimistic.

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Goodbye Moultons

Gansevoort, NY

#62 Aug 7, 2009
Many people don't shop Moulton's because it is Moulton's. That is fact. Same thing with the Pizza shop which would do far better with association to Moulton's gone. The Moulton's are Dynasty wannabe's. That was apparent when they named each business Moulton's this or Moulton's that. It would seem they were headed to renaming North Adams "Moultonville", that's what left a bad taste in everyone's mouth. I have a hard time thinking about ordering from the pizza shop which the Moulton's REQUIRED to carry the Moulton name even after they failed in the business. It is doubtful however that any replacement for the General Store would do any better because North Adams does not shop North Adams. That is also fact. Adams and Williamstown stores do well, why? Because those 2 communities support their local shops. Scarfoni and Carver, that's another story. The city should take those buildings by imminent domain to ensure affordable rents to new shops. Perhaps the next time the Moultons attempt a business venture they will use a shop name and not Moulton's emporium. They may be able to persuade me to shop their businesses if they practice humility and restrain from their higher than all attitude. The rest of us have built our businesses from bottom up with blood, sweat and tears. The Moulton boys feel entitled, don't want to invest elbow grease, just want to pop up the Family sign and expect the community to come crawling.
High end products

Gansevoort, NY

#63 Aug 7, 2009
North Adams needs more high end products. I don't buy baby clothes at Walmart, I go to the Macy's or from FAO Schwartz in NYC, their pea pod collection is fabulous. What I do buy from Walmart are lightbulbs, garden hose, small appliances, curtain rods. What I want to buy downtown are herbal teas, fresh spices, AVEDA, "feel good items", SHIMA store products. I like many in North Adams do have a college degree and well paying job, I have money to spend, there are just too few places to go. I go to the Cottage, Goff sports, Brown store, Water st. books in Williamstown and Colonial shop in Adams because they have some what I want. North Adams has catered to the "poor community" for too long and have failed. It's time they cater to the majority of us who earn a decent wage >80,000 and many over 100,000/ yr.and many earning much more than that. We want quality and service. Therefore, we get into our cars and drive to Holyoke Mall or take the amtrak to NYC to shop. All the cheap products in the world won't bring me to downtown. I miss England's, the Boston store, Roberts, Martin's shoe store, remember the pepper tree? We need the store of past to come back. We have overcome the Sprague job loss and have moved on to higher paying professional jobs, now we need stores to suit our desires.

Ludlow, MA

#64 Aug 8, 2009
Chamber wrote:
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Completely agree. The Berkshire Chamber has left North Adams businesses high and dry. Eagle Street merchants tried to organize a couple of years ago and the chamber made a special trip from Pittsfield to warn then not to. The best thing that North Adams merchants could do is to organize and form a local group to try to address the failures of the Berkshire Chamber.
the chamber did not warn us nopt to, we simply did come together in a unified way. older operators were not interested in self promotion if we had to pay for it, some expected it be paid for us, by the city or something.

the biggest problem with eagle street is us, we choose to park on the street, wer'e never open, we sell crap that no one wants (at any price). and some of our stores are ratholes. people, especally people in north adams don't want to be asociated with loosers.

Easthampton, MA

#65 Aug 8, 2009
The sad part is, North Adams Main & Eagle Street stores have nothing that I want to buy.

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