Thursday, July 18, 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 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.

BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on Bizalion’s Fine Food—celebrating its 20th year in Great Barrington

The local treasure—a "fusion of food and culture"—has long been a well-kept secret in the Berkshires. It's time to spread the word.

BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on Guido’s Fresh Marketplace—the next generation

In business for over 40 years, the founders of Guido's Fresh Marketplace are ushering in the New Year with an expanded store in Great Barrington and a new generation at the helm.

BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on Shire Beer Co., Shire Breu Hous, and Berkshire Culinary Group—an epicurean trifecta

Having staked a claim with its witty names and label illustrations, Shire Beer Co. is also a handsome brew pub and headquarters for a burgeoning catering business. If that's not enough, there's live entertainment and a fireside lounge area for winter gatherings (plus a beer garden when the weather warms up).

BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on Seekonk Tree Farm—growing sustainably

Buying a tree from this family-run business has been a cherished holiday tradition going on four decades and three generations.

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Southern Berkshire Ambulance Squad—at risk of its own state of emergency

SBAS has been coming to the rescue of Southern Berkshire County since 1968. They are asking locals to come to theirs during their annual fundraising drive.

BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on Antimony Brewing—alchemy in action

Launched in June 2023, the Lenox-based brewpub is a community space that aims to bring people together, "bonded by beer."

BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on Cricket Creek Farm in Williamstown and The Farm New Marlborough

This tale of two family-run farms answers an important question: Are small farms sustainable in Berkshire County?

BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on Tiny Hearts Farm—In full bloom

How two classically trained musicians who were living in New York City ended up running a 35-acre flower farm and shop in upstate N.Y. is not your run-of-the-mill tale.

BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on Berkshire Botanical Garden

Fall happens to be an ideal time to visit this natural treasure ripe with gardens, art and educational programs, and community celebrations.

BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on Barrington Brewery—The secret ingredient is sunlight!

Whatever time of day or night you choose to drop in, you’re likely to find some great comfort food waiting—and a nice selection of brews to go with it.

BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on Good to Grow—a pediatric dentistry that’s bridging the gap between oral and systemic health

Founded by Dr. Lauren Ballinger, who shifted her professional focus based on her personal experience as a parent, Good to Grow is New England's only airway- (rather than tooth-) centric pediatric dental practice, which treats the root causes of other childhood struggles.
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