Nature's Closet joins Spring Street

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WILLIAMSTOWN -- The newest addition to the Spring Street commercial district, the first retail tenant after a $4 million expansion of the building that once housed the Hopkins furniture store, was opened in time to serve shoppers visiting town for the Bay State Winter Games.

Nature's Closet, an outdoor specialty clothing and accessories store that opened on Jan. 14, moved to Williamstown after eight years in Bennington, Vt.

According to Steve Hinchliffe, the store owner, said his move to 61 Spring St. has been working out quite well.

"We decided that Wiliamstown might be a better fit for us with the students and the college community here," Hinchliffe said. "And so far, business has been good and eveyone has been very receptive."

Being the lone retailer hasn't bothered him, and neighborhing merchants have been welcoming, he added.

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"This weekend we saw a lot of business from the Bay State Games," Hinchliffe said, "so we're very excited."

The building expansion project was completed last summer. Along with Nature's Closet facing Spring Street, the 26,000-square-foot building offers four other retail spaces available for lease along the south side. A drive/walk way along the south side offers a pedestrian feel to the alcove, with three glass-front retail spaces.

The Purple Pub will be housed in the rear of the building, once the right operator is found to run the already established college hot spot.

There is also office space on floors two, three and four. The fourth-floor office features a private deck on the roof.

"I think we'll have company in here very soon," Hinchliffe said. "It's a great building."

To reach Scott Stafford: or (413) 496-6241.


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