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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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2 days ago

Amherst Business Improvement District

We are pleased to announce the winners of the Outdoor Performance Venue Design Competition. The jury selected the design of architects Naomi Darling with Ray Mann. The People's Choice Winner is Tom Hartman of @C&H Architects. Runner-Up for Both Jury and People's Choice Awards is Tulio Inglese of TIA Architects. (These three are pictured)
Laura Fitch of Fitch Architecture and Derek Noble of Steffian Bradley Architects received Honorable Mention.
Thank you to all who participated! Please stay tuned for Phase II. All of the designs will be available for viewing from December 15th through February 1 in the Gallery at the John W. Olver Integrated Design Building at UMass.
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We are pleased to announce the winners of the Outdoor Performance Venue Design Competition. The jury selected the design of architects Naomi Darling with Ray Mann. The Peoples Choice Winner is Tom Hartman of @C&H Architects. Runner-Up for Both Jury and Peoples Choice Awards is Tulio Inglese of TIA Architects. (These three are pictured)
Laura Fitch of Fitch Architecture and Derek Noble of Steffian Bradley Architects received Honorable Mention. 
Thank you to all who participated! Please stay tuned for Phase II. All of the designs will be available for viewing from December 15th through February 1 in the Gallery at the John W. Olver Integrated Design Building at UMass.Image attachmentImage attachment

 

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Is there going to be a place to see full sized images online? These are far too small to see actual detail. The Olver building is not a particularly convenient place for people to look at the sketches. I'm sure it's great for the students but what about the people who actually live in the town?

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Vote for your favorite holiday window: www.surveymonkey.com/r/DFYZYFD ...

Vote for your favorite holiday window: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DFYZYFD

2 weeks ago

Amherst Business Improvement District

A beautiful, sunny day to Pack the Sack with gifts for the holidays in downtown Amherst! Sales, Santa and Elf, and Prone to Mischief live music! ...

 

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It would be so nice if the downtown area had more holiday lights, it is so dark and not festive looking at all except for the maple tree. Any chance of more lights on buildings or anywhere such as in South Hadley or Northampton?

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2 weeks ago

Amherst Business Improvement District

Throw Back Thursday: The Merry Maple in the Amherst North Common. A tradition that will always find a tree to light - images from 1970 (courtesy of Jones Library Special Collections), 2014 and 2016. #merrymapledowntownamherst #amherstdowntown #holidaysinamherst ...

Throw Back Thursday: The Merry Maple in the Amherst North Common. A tradition that will always find a tree to light - images from 1970 (courtesy of Jones Library Special Collections), 2014 and 2016. #merrymapledowntownamherst #amherstdowntown #holidaysinamherstImage attachmentImage attachment

 

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When is it getting cut down?

Hopefully the town could commission local artists to create permanent artifacts and exhibition pieces from the wood instead of letting the termites eat the tree!

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2 weeks ago

Amherst Business Improvement District

Downtown resident June Cooper supports the Henion Bakery, "I love Henion Bakery for the delicious from-scratch baked goods made on premises and the great community spirit where everyone comes together. David and Barbara’s generosity and welcoming attitude, as well as the beautiful flowers planted outside in season make this place so special. For such an intimate space, it accomplishes so much!" #amherstdowntown #supportingcommunity #bakedfromscratch ...

Downtown resident June Cooper supports the Henion Bakery, I love Henion Bakery for the delicious from-scratch baked goods made on premises and the great community spirit where everyone comes together. David and Barbara’s generosity and welcoming attitude, as well as the beautiful flowers planted outside in season make this place so special. For such an intimate space, it accomplishes so much!  #amherstdowntown #supportingcommunity #bakedfromscratch

 

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I love June and Henion! Hello Sister Doctor!

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