The Himalayan salt therapy room at Silver Solutions MedSpa. Photo: Eric Limon Photography

Business Briefs: Silver Solutions expansion; Paid Family Medical Leave sessions; Williams Inn to open; grants for the Mahaiwe; Salisbury bank Community Day

The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center recently received grants totaling $114,000 in support of its 2019 community outreach and inclusion efforts.

Silver Solutions MedSpa expands practice

Nina Silver of Silver Solutions MedSpa. Photo: Eric Limon Photography

Pittsfield — Botox and other facial injectables, platelet rich plasma, and other alternatives for improved health can now be found at the newly expanded, medically staffed Silver Solutions MedSpa.

Established 10 years ago by Nina Silver, RN, BFA, Silver Solutions MedSpa now includes Dr. Alan Inglis, who is the practice medical director; Jennifer Nugent, NP, the director of health and vitality; and Jacqueline Ramsey, NP, who focuses on cosmetic injectables.

To ensure state-of-the-art service, Silver has personally invested more than $250,000 in the business relocation and equipment. The expansion, said Silver, was inspired by interest among clients in newer technologies and options for improved health. Other offerings at the practice include SkinPen treatments, hormone pellet therapy for men and women, weight loss and athletic performance recovery programs, and a Himalayan salt therapy room.

Silver believes her medical background and artistic eye bring strength to her work, and she regularly attends master injector and advanced training injector programs and other educational courses related to safety and technique.


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1Berkshire to hold Paid Family Medical Leave sessions for employers

Pittsfield — In coordination with Ben Steffans of Steffans Legal, 1Berkshire will hold three workshops for employers about the steps they must take to comply with the Paid Family Medical Leave requirements in Massachusetts.

The workshops will provide important information and an opportunity to ask questions about the immediate changes that will occur as of Monday, July 1. All employers are now required to disseminate and collect information and documentation to and from their employees, as well as develop internal practices to comply with the financial contributory aspects of the program.

Said Katie Brelsford, 1Berkshire’s director of finance, “While the benefits of the PFMLA program roll out in 2021, there are significant and high-impact actions employers need to take before July 1 of this year to ensure that they don’t face penalties and issues with compliance.”

The session in Pittsfield will be held Monday, May 20, at 9 a.m. in the city council chambers in City Hall, 70 Allen St. This session will also be broadcast and recorded by Pittsfield Community Television and distributed to other regional public access channels. Additional sessions will be held Tuesday, May 21, at 8:30 a.m. at the Green in North Adams; and Thursday, May 23, at 9 a.m. at the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge.

These sessions are free and open to any business owner or representative of a business who coordinates human resources, accounting or finances. For more information, contact 1Berkshire at (413) 499-1600 or


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A guest room at the new Williams Inn in Williamstown. Photo courtesy Williams Inn

Williams Inn to open mid-August

Williamstown — The new Williams Inn, located at the corner of Latham and Spring streets in Williamstown, is scheduled to open Thursday, Aug. 15. Owned by Williams College, the inn replaces the current Williams Inn, which will continue to operate through Wednesday, July 31.

Inspired by the architecture of local area farms, the new Williams Inn is built of stone and wood, and features 64 guest rooms, a fitness center, a full-service restaurant and bar, and a combined 3,200-square-foot meeting and event space with a 2,800-square-foot ballroom and an additional 400-square-foot space adjacent to the ballroom. The Inn’s restaurant, called the Barn, has 62 seats and will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. The property’s exterior features a 3,500-square-foot greenspace that can be tented for outdoor functions.

The building has several energy-saving features including a high-performing facade utilizing insulation and high-performance windows far exceeding energy code requirements, which, coupled with efficient systems, will help to reduce energy consumption per square foot by more than 40 percent compared to the existing property. The project will also incorporate a solar array to offset a portion of its energy consumption. Site improvements effected by the new inn include the cleanup and remediation of an impacted site. There are also provisions for bicycle use and an electric car-charging station on the property. The college will pursue a LEED Gold certification for the building.

The Waterford Hotel Group, which operates the current Williams Inn, will operate the new Inn.


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Mahaiwe receives grants for outreach, inclusion programs

Great Barrington — The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center recently received grants totaling $114,000 in support of its 2019 community outreach and inclusion efforts. So far in 2019, the Mahaiwe has received the following grants:

  • A grant of $70,000 from the Feigenbaum Foundation will add $50,000 to year-round arts education programs, youth discount tickets and digital marketing; $20,000 will help fund capital projects.
  • The town of Great Barrington’s Community Preservation Act program awarded $34,500 to fund Americans With Disabilities Act-standard automatic door openers for a pair of doors at the front entrance of the Mahaiwe lobby and assisted-opening devices for the two accessible first-floor restrooms adjacent to the lobby.
  • Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s Arts Build Community initiative with funding from the Barr Foundation awarded $6,500 to support the Mahaiwe’s efforts to welcome new audiences to live performances, including pre- and post-show receptions to celebrate community spirit.
  • Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Universal Participation Initiative granted $3,000 to fund Mahaiwe staff training in inclusive design and accessible audience engagement practices.


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Salisbury Bank to hold Community Day

Great Barrington — Salisbury Bank will hold a free Community Day Saturday, May 18, from noon to 3 p.m. at Community Health ProgramsChildren’s Attic consignment sale. Each participant may bring up to four boxes of paper (no binders) for shredding by Legal Shred personnel. All shredded paper will be recycled.

Participants are asked to consider contributing a donation of nonperishable food items including canned goods, cereal, macaroni and cheese, cake mix, peanut butter, mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard and tomato sauce. Household necessities such as paper towels, diapers, shampoo and soap are also appreciated. The donated items will be distributed among local food pantries.

For more information, call Salisbury Bank at (413) 528-1201.