"Hadley is really an amazing little town. It's the perfect mix of farm, business, of culture. It's difficult to sum Hadley up in a nutshell. You just gotta come see it," said Bill Hoefler, owner of Interskate 91 North.
Hadley seems to have it all. The Connecticut River and surrounding fertile land provides some of the best asparagus in the world, while the busy Route 9 corridor is home to many businesses - like Interskate 91 North.
"Interskate 91 is designed to be a destination for everyone in the family. We've got skating, laser tag, and array of arcade games," Hoefler added.
Interskate 91 has benefited from some new neighbors in the Hampshire Mall.
"The mall environment nationwide has been struggling with box stores and not going to malls. We've got go-karts in the mall, we've got bowling, escape rooms. It's created a new synergy right here. We are happy to be apart of it," Hoefler noted.
Further down Route 9, the Central Rock Gym is rising above the rest.
"We are a climbing gym in a cornfield, pretty much. Usually climbing gyms are in cities, so this is pretty unique area," said gym manager Hana Skirkey.
The gym provides a classes and climbing routes for all ages and abilities.
"It's a great workout. That's what gets people to stay. You have your regular gyms, and then you come here and say, 'Oh, this is fun' and it's a workout, but I didn't realize that,'" Skirkey added.
Away from the beaten path, New England Falconry has found a perfect home in Hadley.
"It's been a great location for me. It's something that I've wanted to do to share with people," said owner Chris Davis.
New England Falconry teaches their guests about the beautiful Harris hawks.
"No one leaves not smiling. It's so great to be able to share with people. It seems to be thrilling for them," Davis explained.
Multi-Arts, a Hadley-based charity, is dedicated to bringing arts to kids around western Massachusetts.
"We have different workshops - art, dancing, writing. Art is the expression of the soul. All activities in art have to touch the soul," said executive director Catalina Arrubla.
Multi-Arts said that they rely heavily on the communities they bring their classes to.
"It's tough, economically. At the same time, what we do is so nice and so beautiful that it is worth it," Arrubla added.
Western Mass News wanted to help, so along with Big Y and Diamond RV, we presented Multi-Arts with a check for $500 to help them continue their mission.
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