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Easthampton Poised for Resurgence and Revitalization

EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) — In the past, when people talked about the Massachusetts “Hamptons,” Northampton got all the attention.

That city has gone through it’s own resurgence and now it’s Easthampton’s turn.

What a perfect way to spend a day like Friday, taking a stroll on Cottage Street here in Easthampton.

There is plently to catch your eye. The street is lined with unique, local shops that you will not find anywhere else.

Take a look in this window here and you will find an art school and a small shop where everything is made of felt..

“She is a local woman, but she is from Spain, and she teaches here several times a year and makes the most magnificent scarves,” says

Culture and the arts are surely represented, but maybe you enjoy other hobbies like bike riding, or fencing.

Yes, they have that here too.

Speaking of unique shops, Luthier Co-op is a guitar shop by day and a live music shop by night

“We’ve added a stage and a bar in here. The town was nice enough to give us a beer and wine license, and so we are a venue at night, so we have kind of morphed into something other than a music shop. We are the only one we know of that has this,” adds Jane Hamel of Luthier.

If you have been to Easthampton before this building may look familiar. It’s the old Majestic Theatre, closed down in the 1980′s and vacant for quite a few years.

Now, it has taken over by a one-of-a-kind home furnishing store that will customize a piece to your home.

“He bought the building and renovated it with the idea of having store fronts that were repurposed to serve the street again,” says Keith Woodruff of KW Home.

All in efforts to keep the city’s history alive and to being a new, modern look for all to enjoy.

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