Thursday, June 13, 2024

News and Ideas Worth Sharing

Robbi Hartt

Robbi Hartt had a career teaching middle school English and writing at Greens Farms Academy in Westport, Conn. She now lives in Mill River, Mass., where she and her husband have renovated a 1795 farmhouse to create a respite for families dealing with pediatric cancer. She writes regularly for The Berkshire Edge and New Marlborough’s Village News. Her poems have appeared in the “Busy Griefs, Raw Towns” anthology.

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Rodgers Book Barn—a place you’ll return to, like a good book

Being off the beaten path on a quiet country road in Hillsdale, New York, is part the charm of Rodgers' Book Barn, which reflects the owner's passion and personality. Photo by Robbi Hartt

BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on Berkshire Dream Home—a real estate firm built on relationships and community support

The Pittsfield-based business celebrated 10 years with a Give Back Gala benefiting Strong Little Souls.

BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on Flying Cloud Institute—igniting creativity through innovative programming

The nonprofit is celebrating 40 years of inspiring young people and educators through dynamic science and art experiences.

BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on CMC:Berkshires—where science plus kindness equals change

Now in its 10th year, the Center for Motivation and Change provides comprehensive, cutting-edge, research-supported treatment for people struggling with substances or trauma in its New Marlborough facility.

BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on Heart & Soil Collective—connecting people to healthy food and hands-on nature experiences

The co-owners of Olsen Farm in Lanesborough launched this initiative to ease food insecurity, build community, decrease food waste, and support other Berkshire County farms.

Volunteers in Medicine opens new care center in Pittsfield

“The atmosphere in the clinic radiates hope and compassion,” said founding physician Jeff Blake. “And because we’re not limited by insurance regulations and stipulations, we’re able to deliver the most straightforward, meaningful care.”

BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on Barbato Disposal & Excavating—built on hard work and ingenuity

Mark and Carmen Jr. Barbato are carrying on the family business built by their dad, who is still a hands-on participant.

BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on Shiro Ramen & Market—“Meshiagare!” (bon appetit!)

While many new restaurants are opening up optimistically, others are struggling to support their staff and make a profit. Here’s the story of one establishment that has been feeding locals and visitors for 23 years.

BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on the Adams Theatre — igniting creative collaborations and economic growth

With owner and artistic director Yina Moore at the helm, the 12,443-square-foot theater complex is dedicated to being “in sync with the community's cultural climate and inclusive and accessible to all demographics.”

BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on Roots Rising

For over a decade, the Pittsfield nonprofit has been empowering youth and building community through food and farming.

BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative

With its proposed Kemble Street Studios and other initiatives, BFMC is setting the stage for innovation and inclusion in the Berkshires.

BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on Canna Provisions—“not just a dispensary but a destination!”

This pioneering cannabis business is not only cultivating award-winning products—it is also cultivating community.

BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on Sazi Foods—poised to be a leader in hemp-based foods

For founder and visionary Lisa Newmann, hemp is more than a delicious superfood. It is an organically farmed, carbon-sequestering powerhouse of sustainability—and worth banking this chapter of her estimable career on.

BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on Sisco Tech, LLC—a homegrown HVAC company built on customer satisfaction

Word-of-mouth recommendations from happy clients are behind this Sheffield-based operation's steady growth—as is the "big extended family" team spirit.

BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on Dewey Hall—promoting ‘good and kindly feelings’

The local treasure is celebrating the final night of its "Reaching for the Stars" campaign at the First Annual Celestial Ball on Saturday, February 10 (the Lunar New Year).

BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on Nostalgia Scratch Pastry—making memories and a multi-sensory enterprise

Here is a story of a savvy North Adams business founded on experience-honed expertise blended with intentionality, clear priorities, carefully cultivated relationships, and plans for strategic, managed growth that honors its partners.

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