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Women Helping Women

At recent networking dinners held by Berkshire Business and Professional Women (BBPW), topics for discussion covered domestic violence (with Hillery Hinds-Maxymillian of the DA’s task force), the role of women in local politics (with Amy Diamond of the Berkshire Committee of the Mass Women’s Political Caucus), Alzheimer’s (with local author Joan Cohen of Land of… Read More

A Tale of Two Women – Bloodroot’s Big Screen Debut

When Selma Miriam and Noel Furie met at a National Organization for Women rally in the 1970s, they never imagined they would team up to create one of the most iconic restaurants in our area, much less become the stars of a feature length documentary. Their shared interests in food, feminism, and what they describe… Read More

Tariff War hits home – Local companies feel the impact and make adjustments

The international trade war that President Donald Trump’s administration began last January rages on, despite months of discussions with various economic partners. As he seeks to renegotiate trade deals and other policies such as immigration, American businesses large and small—including many in Berkshire County—are caught in the crossfire. For three months, Unistress, a prestress concrete… Read More

Nectar of the Gods – Traveling far and wide for the best wines and olive oil

Jean-François Bizalion has been sourcing olive oil from France, Spain, and Italy for 15 years; it’s the cornerstone on which he and his wife, Helen, modeled their popular French café and market in bustling Great Barrington. “It brings a flavor to this area that is foreign,” says Bizalion, who hails from Arles, a city in… Read More

Artistry in Anatomy – A couple schooled in special effects make their mark in medical models

Inside a nondescript building on the stretch of Main Street connecting Great Barrington with Sheffield is a bustling enterprise where thousands of intricate mimetic (“imitative”) medical models have been designed, manufactured, and shipped across the U.S. and to more than 50 countries around the world for use in simulated surgical training. In any given year,… Read More

One-click Camping – Homeowners link with Tentrr to set up glamping sites on their land

Forty million people in the United States alone go camping each year, and together they log a whopping 600 million nights spent sleeping under the stars. Got an itch to go camping in the 413? If so, Berkshire Mountain Hideaway might be just the place. A wide grassy trail, punctuated by yellow arrows emblazoned on… Read More

Judy’s Place – A vision is brought to life and becomes the center of Washington’s community

In 2013 a small group of civic-minded residents shared a dream to transform the abandoned Vinnie’s Texaco Station in Washington Depot into a park, an events space, and a vibrant community hub. By 2014 the Washington Park Foundation was formed. In 2015 a capital campaign was established and the foundation received its most substantial gift… Read More

The Retail Evolution – Change and thrive, say these three businesses

Since 1950 Craig’s Fine Jewelry has maintained a reputation for fine-quality jewelry and impeccable service. Bill Craig, who has been a longtime driving force behind many downtown events, says, “I just love Main Street Ridgefield.” Yet even jewelry stores are not immune to the toll of Internet sales—recent trends indicate younger generations are buying fine… Read More

Kripalu brings its RISE program to businesses near and far

The research is irrefutable: Of the 80 percent of all workers who report feeling stress on the job, half say they need help in learning how to manage it. The stress toll also hits businesses right where it hurts—with significant loss in productivity as a result of less-than-optimal teamwork, decision making, and focus. That said,… Read More

Not Your Father’s Hardware Store — Local store thriving

Wilton Hardware

When Keeler Hardware closed seven years ago, Tom Sato, a 30-year Wilton resident, decided to give up his New York marketing career and lengthy commute to fill the void by opening Wilton Hardware. “We opened a few weeks earlier than planned in October 2012,” recalls Sato. “It was right after Hurricane Sandy hit, and… Read More

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