Tag Archives: Northampton

Bus Your Coffee Cup?

No, this isn’t a bus stop! When you’re at Rao’s in Thorne’s Marketplace in downtown Northampton, you’re already where you want to be. The coffee’s strong, the tea comes from an excellent assortment, the sandwiches are fresh and tasty, and … Continue reading

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At the Cup and Top Café

This is the facade of our new favorite Northampton café, which happens to be located in Florence.  People who live in Florence say they’re from Florence, not Northampton, which is true because Florence is very much its own place, with … Continue reading

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Another Northampton Original: THORNES MARKETPLACE

I promised to tell you about Thorne’s Marketplace many months ago, this quirky shopping attraction in the heart of our quirky town of Northampton, before I got sidetracked by summer and visitors and illness. Now that the cold weather’s upon us, … Continue reading

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“A Wounded Heart”

Remember Mr. Forbes? Founder of Northampton’s Forbes Library? Regular visitors to Touch2Touch will remember many posts (here and here, among others) about the library and about him, especially about his whimsical seasonal changes of wardrobe. But there is a great deal more to say … Continue reading

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Mr. Forbes in Summer

Remember when Judge Charles Edward Forbes, donor of Northampton’s Forbes Library, was all decked out for trick-or-treating at Hallowe’en? And again this winter, he covered up his ears and dressed suitably for the cold? Well, it’s been a whole lot … Continue reading

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Northampton Winter Market

I promised you a visit to Northampton’s unique shopping plaza, Thorne’s Market, and we’re way overdue because it’s been overrun with Christmas shoppers and hustle and bustle. So we’re sneaking in today by way of the basement, where on Saturday … Continue reading

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Forbes Library, Volume II

When we were still in the Berkshires and considering a move to Northampton, every person we mentioned it to had exactly the same comment: Oh, it’s so vibrant! It got so we expected it, and sure enough, it came every … Continue reading

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