January 30th, 2019— the early morning forecast shows a high of 27° and a low of -2° in Northampton, MA. The snow is literally everywhere now. Tis’ the season where you just want to stay inside, styled with your most huggable, snuggable warm weather gear. While that’s great for a typical Netflix Binge-a-thon, it’s basic and we both know you’re better than that. There’s plenty of worthy hot spots in our area to get you out of the house that are guaranteed to keep you warm and snug.
Hadley, MA – The Quarters , located at 8 Railroad St. just off Route 9 and directly on the Norwottock Rail Trail, is the destination hub for those seeking a cozy place which serves creative food, amazing drinks and 20+ vintage arcade games that are total classics. However, it’s Quarters Monday Night Trivia that steals the show! So, get started by gathering your smartest, nerdiest and most clever friends to compete for cash prizes and bragging rights. (I think it’s going to be my plan for this Monday 😉).
Holyoke, MA – Gateway City Arts, a thriving event venue in Holyoke’s growing innovation district, beside its historic canals on 92 Race Street. If you are looking for a fun night out with friends, or simply on the hunt for something new and fresh, then look no further! This prime location offers live concerts with full bar and dining, events, entertainment, theater and so much more! With an absolute jam-packed lined up throughout the calendar year— It’s truly the ideal place to check out for a rockin’ good time!
Amherst, MA – Amherst Cinema, a quaint and intimate local theater, screening independent, classic and current films. The advantage of this film house, over a chain movie plex, is that they present over 275 programs a year on four screens in more than 20 languages. Their mission is, rightfully, to entertain while providing inspiration through the universal language of cinema arts that serves to inform and educate as a resource for everyone. For the true movie enthusiast, it’s the perfect warm-welcome into the world of film. Hands down, a hometown favorite! (Yes, I grew up in Amherst, yes I may be a tad biased about this one. But chiks, it truly is a crowd pleaser— I promise you 😂)!
Northampton, MA – East Heaven, a great local place to dip into during the cold winter months. Guaranteed to melt your stress away, in traditional Japanese style, the private tub rooms are crafted of the finest woods, both indoors and outdoors. Scouts honor (✋), this hot tub house and spa will allow you a total relaxation experience that you’ve been searching for— Now, that’s hot!
Springfield, MA – MGM Springfield, the newest addition to downtown Springfield, has been all the roar! It’s the spot for nightlife, entertainment, state of the art casino and resort. If you have not stopped in for a quick drink or seat on the casino floor, you’re missing out on a great time for sure! (Oh— and no big deal. But... THE QUEEN, THE ICON, THE LEGEND, CHER: Here We Go Again World Tour is coming to MGM Springfield on Tuesday, April 30th!) You’re welcome.
Blog by Editorial Contributor Crystal Dunn
Where do I even begin? It wasn’t too long ago that I was sitting with one of my best chiks discussing my desire to launch Chikmedia as a full-time endeavor. I’ve had the company for over five years, but always had the fall back of a full-time job to “keep me safe.” Entrepreneurship is scary. Screw that, it’s TERRIFYING. The thought of being out there on my own, independently responsible for my own success, was paralyzing. But the vision of being my own boss, starting a company that focused on supporting women, and leading a team of badass chiks, far overshadowed any doubts I had.
2018 was a tremendous year for Chikmedia. We kicked off with a new brand launch and also hosted our first Chiks’ Night Out: a sell out success. From there, the rest was history. From Inns, to financial investors, to school systems, beauty professionals and nonprofits; our client base is diverse as it can be. We are so incredibly grateful to our clients, those who have supported us along the way and those who we are continuing to work with regularly. It takes a village and we’ve found a damn good one!
Everyone always asks what my plans are for the company, but the truth is, I have nothing set in stone. I have never wanted to be a large Marketing & PR firm who employs dozens of people, but I can’t officially take if off the table. I see us growing slowly, but steadily: a vision I often refer to as “contained growth.” I see us hosting more events to bring women together in meaningful ways. I see us drafting marketing strategies, designing social media content, and positioning our clients as experts to regional media outlets. I see a happy team enjoying two Chikmedia retreats a year and inserting their passion into their work every day. I see powerful, successful women and I see a lot of them!
I hope you stay with us for this wild ride here in 2019 as we look forward to having you!
-Boss Chik Meghan
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