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Monday, June 19, 2006

Popular Green Street Business Closes

DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE, June 17, 2006

"Chocolate doesn't move, so shop does"

"After two years of business at 40 Green Street, L.A. Burdick Chocolates closed. There was no shortage of business at the café, said owner Larry Burdick, but many patrons were locals, like Smith students, who did not buyenough high-end chocolate for the store to turn a profit."

If the college's current plans come to fruition, Green Street will eventually become a part of the campus and will no longer be a public street. The site of Burdick's shop will be the site of Building's B&C, the 300,000 square foot, multi-story science complex behemoths the college plans to erect over the course of the next decade. Beginning next spring, an intolerable level of noise, construction traffic, and debris will invade the neighborhood. Many locals have speculated that this--not the high-end chocolate sales--were the motivation for Burdick's move.

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