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

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

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

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

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

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

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 moreKripalu brings its RISE program to businesses near and far

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 we [...]read moreNot Your Father’s Hardware Store — Local store thriving

Neumann Real Estate, a family affair since 1969

Neumann Real Estate

Originally opened in 1969, Neumann Real Estate was a courageous and timely business venture: Harry and Lorraine Neumann had six kids to provide for, and the town was short on real-estate agents. Hard-working Harry hoped at least one of his children would take over when he retired. Today five of the Neumann siblings are co-owners [...]read moreNeumann Real Estate, a family affair since 1969

All the World’s a Stage — The journey of an event designer

Plume design

In eighth grade, a prophetic computer game alerted Erin Schultz to what would ultimately become her life’s calling. After tallying up her interests, the computer deemed she was destined to become a set designer. Growing up in a small Minnesota town, her only theatrical experience to date had been making her own Halloween costumes, but [...]read moreAll the World’s a Stage — The journey of an event designer

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