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The Amherst Business Improvement District (Amherst BID) invests its resources to improve downtown Amherst’s vibrancy, sustainability, and economic health.

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The BID’s downtown events calendar aims to connect visitors and residents to the many events in Amherst that highlight the downtown businesses and enhance your experience in downtown.

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This downtown directory  helps connect you to Amherst’s unique blend of restaurants, shops, and cultural destination that make downtown Amherst a great place to live, work and play.

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If you’d like more information about the BID, events, or downtown Amherst in general, please contact our office at 413-345-2945 or stop by 35 South Pleasant Street, Amherst MA 01002.

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17 hours ago

Amherst Business Improvement District

Local Amherst resident and University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band Conductor Dr. Timothy Todd Anderson supports Amherst Cinema, "My wife and I have been members of the Amherst Cinema for several years now. It is a cultural jewel in our community and part of what makes living in Amherst so special. Our quality of life is high, thanks to downtown treasures like the Amherst Cinema."
#shoplocal #smallbusinesssaturday #supportsmallbusiness #freeparkingSaturdaysAmherst
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Local Amherst resident and University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band Conductor Dr. Timothy Todd Anderson supports Amherst Cinema, My wife and I have been members of the Amherst Cinema for several years now. It is a cultural jewel in our community and part of what makes living in Amherst so special. Our quality of life is high, thanks to downtown treasures like the Amherst Cinema.
#shoplocal #smallbusinesssaturday #supportsmallbusiness #freeparkingSaturdaysAmherst

Free Parking on Saturdays starts this weekend for Small Business Saturday, November 24th, and ends December 22nd. 😀🎉❄️ ...

Free Parking on Saturdays starts this weekend for Small Business Saturday, November 24th, and ends December 22nd. 😀🎉❄️

22 hours ago

Amherst Business Improvement District

Sandy Rodgers supports Zanna Amherst in downtown Amherst: "I’ve been shopping here for over 40 years and the people here are like my family. It really is a pillar of the downtown community! I believe wearing unique and stylish clothes from Zanna helps woman feel good about themselves. They have clothes for all body types and I appreciate that.” Sandy is photographed here with Sinead McArdle. #amherstdowntown #zanna #shoplocal #supportlocalbusiness ...

Sandy Rodgers supports Zanna Amherst in downtown Amherst: I’ve been shopping here for over 40 years and the people here are like my family. It really is a pillar of the downtown community! I believe wearing unique and stylish clothes from Zanna helps woman feel good about themselves. They have clothes for all body types and I appreciate that.” Sandy is photographed here with Sinead McArdle. #amherstdowntown #zanna #shoplocal #supportlocalbusiness

2 days ago

Amherst Business Improvement District

Susan Waite supports local business in downtown Amherst: "I like the The Blue Marble because it’s a fun place to be and like visiting an art gallery! Cathie does an amazing of offering the whimsical, functional and creative – in one place with prices for everyone’s pocketbook." #amherstdowntown #thebluemarbleAmherst #shopsmall #smallbusinesssaturday ...

Susan Waite supports local business in downtown Amherst: I like the The Blue Marble because it’s a fun place to be and like visiting an art gallery! Cathie does an amazing of offering the whimsical, functional and creative – in one place with prices for everyone’s pocketbook.  #amherstdowntown #thebluemarbleAmherst #shopsmall #smallbusinesssaturdayImage attachment

4 days ago

Amherst Business Improvement District

Gabriel Kennedy Costa works at The Henion Bakery and shops local: "My family loves The Toy Box! Liz and her staff are incredibly knowledgeable about the toys they carry. They’re my go-to birthday present counselors. I can describe the child I’m shopping for and within minutes they’ll have three or four great gift suggestions; they’re even helpful when it comes to staying on-budget. And the Toy Box has a ton to choose from—books, art supplies, costumes, and an amazing variety of toys for every age. I also appreciate that my kids can play while I shop; it’s not one of those 'look but don’t touch' stores!" #shopsmall #supportlocalbusiness #amherstdowntown 🎉 ...

Gabriel Kennedy Costa works at The Henion Bakery and shops local: My family loves The Toy Box! Liz and her staff are incredibly knowledgeable about the toys they carry. They’re my go-to birthday present counselors. I can describe the child I’m shopping for and within minutes they’ll have three or four great gift suggestions; they’re even helpful when it comes to staying on-budget. And the Toy Box has a ton to choose from—books, art supplies, costumes, and an amazing variety of toys for every age. I also appreciate that my kids can play while I shop; it’s not one of those look but don’t touch stores!  #shopsmall #supportlocalbusiness #amherstdowntown 🎉
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