In the same hands since the 1970s, 36 Main Street consists of 10 units, including a well-established restaurant, six retail spaces, two apartments, and one office. Photo: William Pitt Sotheby's

BUSINESS BRIEFS: Two historic downtown Stockbridge buildings sold; Greylock, Credit Union of the Berkshires merge; Ventfort Hall director retires

Beverly N. Rainey has retired as executive director of Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum. Board member Karen Spies has been appointed interim director.

William Pitt Sotheby’s Intl. Realty sells two buildings featured in Rockwell’s “Christmas” painting

STOCKBRIDGE — William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty recently announced that it has sold two landmark Main Street buildings in Stockbridge, both of which appeared in Norman Rockwell’s iconic depiction of the holidays in small-town America, “Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas.”

The buildings sold to different buyers. 44 Main Street, the antique shop in the painting, was represented by agents Steven Weisz and Maggie Merelle, while 36 Main Street, the country store from the painting, was represented by agent Katie Williams.

44 Main Street in Stockbridge. Photo: William Pitt Sotheby’s

Sold for the first time since it was painted in 1967, the antique shop has been owned by the same family since the 1960s. The Victorian-style building has three stories including three retail spaces, a large and vacant second-floor residential/office space, and an income-producing third floor. The retail spaces are occupied by a gift shop selling vintage items, a yarn shop, and a soon-to-open chocolate shop.

The second building, its façade unchanged since the time of the painting, is home to Williams & Sons Country Store and the picturesque shops in ”The Mews.” With the same owner since the ‘70s, the property consists of 10 units, including a well-established restaurant, six retail spaces, two apartments, and one office.

The properties are close to the famous former Alice’s Restaurant, which sits directly beneath the space where Rockwell kept his studio.

Every December, Stockbridge reenacts Rockwell’s painting, setting a day to close the street to traffic and park vintage automobiles outside the town hall, country store, and Red Lion Inn. “The popular annual Berkshires Christmas event, along with the painting itself, have made these buildings recognized all over the world,” said Weisz.


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Greylock and Credit Union of the Berkshires agree to merger

PITTSFIELD — Greylock Federal Credit Union and Credit Union of the Berkshires (CUB), both of Pittsfield, have reached a definitive merger agreement subject to the approval of the CUB membership and regulatory agencies.

“We are pleased that Greylock and Credit Union of the Berkshires have reached this merger agreement,” said Greylock President and CEO John L. Bissell. “We know that the credit union difference remains strong in Berkshire County. We look forward to completing the merger and combining the resources of CUB and Greylock to help the community thrive.”

“Credit Union of the Berkshires has taken great pride in serving our community and our membership for over 80 years. We are confident our members will receive the highest quality of service they are accustomed to and deserve at Greylock. Greylock’s mission and core values align perfectly with Credit Union of the Berkshires and that’s why we have chosen Greylock as our merger partner,” said CUB CEO Melissa Morin.

With final approval of the merger, Greylock will assume CUB’s nearly $23 million in assets. CUB has approximately 2,000 members and operates one branch on Williams Street in Pittsfield. “Upon completion of the merger, CUB members will enjoy full use of Greylock’s 12 public branches and 21 local ATM locations.

Both credit unions will now seek regulatory approval of the merger from the National Credit Union Administration, Massachusetts Division of Banks, and Massachusetts Credit Union Share Insurance Corporation. CUB will also seek approval from its membership. The merger is expected to be completed in late fall of 2021.


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Ventfort Hall Executive Director Beverly N. Rainey retires

Beverly N. Rainey. Photo courtesy Ventfort Hall

LENOX — Beverly N. Rainey retired April 15 as executive director of Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum, returning to her home in Gaffney, South Carolina. In her position at the museum, Rainey reported to the board of directors, headed staff and volunteers, and oversaw the museum’s operations, restoration projects, and community outreach.

Board President Kelly Blau acknowledged Rainey’s highly successful leadership role: “Beverly brought her business talent and her diplomatic nature to Ventfort Hall just when we needed to begin a new series of restoration projects and public programs, and she’s leaving us well positioned to begin the next phase of renewal. We will all miss her enthusiasm and humor.”

Rainey joined Ventfort Hall in 2009 as a front desk associate and museum shop manager, assuming the duties of operations manager in 2013. She became executive director in 2015.

Blau announced that a search committee of the board has been formed to start the process of finding a successor. Board member Karen Spies has been appointed interim director. She joined the board in 2016 as a member of the buildings and grounds committee.