Country Curtains, a Berkshires institution, to end operations after 61 years

“Market forces increasingly favor big box stores and large online retailers who can offer less expensive product, free or low-cost shipping and a broader array of home goods for one-stop shopping.”

— Country Curtains Marketing Director Shane Wirta

“This is terrible, tragic news for you and our community. It really is the end of an era.”

— Nancy Fitzpatrick, board chairperson of Country Curtains, in a letter to employees

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The Pittsfield Cultural Council will host a grant application question-and-answer session to assist those interested in applying for funds for 2018 arts — or culture — related projects on Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 6 to 6:30 p.m. at Hotel on North