Trade and Commerce

BerkShares Business of the Month: CaféADAM

Thursday, Jul 9 - “When you look at the big picture in the world — between politics and war and where money is going – it’s a privilege and it’s liberating to have our own currency. It’s an action when you use BerkShares. It’s an instant way to not feel helpless; to do something that makes a difference. It’s like voting.” -- Adam Zieminski, owner of Café Adam

BerkShares business of the month: Berkshire Museum

Sunday, Jun 21 - "Economic gardening really starts in your backyard, and we really like the way that BerkShares create a virtuous circle, in which we can recirculate money in our local economy." -- Van Shields, executive director of the Berkshire Museum

Bagels mean BerkShares in Great Barrington

Tuesday, May 26 - Some customers are so dedicated, in fact, that they come up from New York for the weekend and buy bagels before heading back to the city. “We are actually the exporter of a Berkshire product — New York-style bagels!” -- Bob Climo, owner of Great Barrington Bagel Company

Once a church, soon (another) GB restaurant complex

Tuesday, May 19 - Developer Paul Joffe, who has renovated six buildings of a similar age in Brooklyn, along with another old church in Kingston, N.Y., says he will apply a sensitive touch to the historic nature of the 150-year-old structure and its placement in a high visibility area of town.

Edge forum identifies high-speed Internet as key to Berkshire economic future

Saturday, Apr 25 - Stockbridge — Twenty years from now in the Berkshires, what infrastructure will we wish we had put in place to keep the area thriving, expand its assets, create job opportunities that would attract young people, and make housing affordable, while at the same time embracing and appreciating open space and agriculture? That was the essential issue before “Building […]

BerkShares Business of the Month: The Chef’s Shop

Thursday, Mar 19 - “In many places, things are getting homogenized, which is a real loss for our economy and our culture. I see the Berkshires as one of the final bastions of independent, unique entrepreneurs. What really makes our entire economy go is local people supporting each other.” -- Rob Navarino, owner of The Chef's Shop in Great Barrington

Innovation: Key to the Berkshires’ economic future?

Thursday, Mar 12 - “If you take a look at the Berkshires, there is really nascent medical device and heavy duty research being developed here, yet within the immediate region there are no teaching or research hospitals or academic technologies. The mission of the Berkshire Innovation Center (BIC) solves this issue.” -- Stephen Boyd, president and CEO of Boyd Technologies in South Lee, Mass.

BerkShares Business of the Month: Stagecoach Tavern at Race Brook Lodge

Wednesday, Feb 18 - “We’re interested in supporting the local economy because it supports us so much. So we accept BerkShares, giving people an opportunity to keep their money local, and then that incentivizes us to find local purveyors so that we can keep the circulation going.” -- Casey Rothstein Fitzpatrick, managing partner of the Stagecoach Tavern at Race Brook Lodge

BerkShares Business of the Month: Home Sweet Home Doughnut Shoppe

Saturday, Jan 17 - Doughnuts hold an important place in the American psyche. One Depression-era slogan advised, “As you go through life make this your goal: Watch the doughnut, not the hole.” Thanks to John and Debbie Scalia for stepping in to fill the doughnut hole in our local economy.

BerkShares names new slate of directors

Tuesday, Dec 23 - “If we continue on this path of — dare I say it — food self-sufficiency, we could feed the whole county using 500 acres or fewer. BerkShares is a currency that actually reflects an understanding that we can do things for ourselves.” -- Ted Dobson, Equinox Farm in Sheffield

BerkShares Business of the Month: The Red Lion Inn

Monday, Dec 1 - "Our business is inextricably linked not only with the cultural institutions that make the Berkshires such a rich place to live, but also to the economic development of the area and the well-being of the people that work for us." -- Sarah Eustis, CEO of Main Street Hospitality Group

BerkShares Business of the Month: Great Barrington Bra & Girl

Tuesday, Nov 11 - Find your niche and don’t be afraid to reach out to someone who is doing something similar to you. We reached out to our friend Tony Chojnowski in Lenox to help us with our business plan. I think that most people in the Berkshires would help someone just starting out.” -- April Burch, co-owner of Great Barrington Bra & Girl

BerkShares Business of the Month: The Mahaiwe

Friday, Sep 5 - "It is a quite unique to be able to share world-class talent in such a warm, intimate space, a 700-seat theater in a rural community, where you can walk down the hill to get to the theater and then see somebody who has been on some of the world’s best stages." -- Beryl Jolly