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BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on Refill GB—a mission-based shop with a welcoming vibe (and zero plastic!)

Founded three years ago by Berkshire native Jamie McCormack, this charming Great Barrington retail space helps you make better choices for your health and the planet.

Contrary to rumors, sales of Powerhouse Square units proceeding as planned, developer says

Now that the model units are open, Benchmark Development principal Charles said he expects to reconnect with prior contacts and hold regular open houses.

Downtown Great Barrington construction ‘moving along pretty swiftly’

The town expects to have the north side of Railroad Street "buttoned up," including the installation of bases for decorative light poles, by the end of this week.

Bits & Bytes: ‘A History of Searles Castle’; downtown Pittsfield trick or treat; ‘The Perfect Pitch’; ‘Interreligious Illiteracy’; ‘Stone Pears’ book launch

The fifth annual Western Mass Film and Media Exchange will feature Hollywood screenplay consultant, author and pitch expert Pilar Alessandra.

Cranes and beams have arrived, pushing Powerhouse Square to a new phase

The goal is to get the new building completely framed out and roofed so that, by the dead of winter, workers can focus on the interior if the weather prohibits outside activity.

News Brief: Congressional Art Competition entries on display

The exhibition will remain up through this weekend and the winner will be announced next week.

Funds for stalled Bridge Street rehab ‘reprogrammed’ to west side of Main

100 Bridge Street has been delayed to the point that the $1 million that would have been used to pay for the burial of overhead utilities is in danger of lapsing when the grant expires at the end of June 2019.

Bits & Bytes: W.E.B. Du Bois lecture; sock hop benefit; Del Soul Quartet at No. Six Depot; student art call; digital photography class

The Berkshire Art Association fellowship is open to Berkshire County residents enrolled as art majors at any college in the country as well as to nonresidents majoring in art at a Berkshire County college.

Powerhouse Square project to start in January, transforming Bridge Street corridor

These projects will change the face of the Bridge Street corridor, coming as they do on the heels of the redevelopment of the former Bryant Elementary School by Iredale Mineral Cosmetics Inc.

Three recreational trails among 10 projects vying for Community Preservation funding

This year, the CPA application requests from the town of Great Barrington and other organizations totaled more than $1 million.

Berkshire Co-op Market meets $1.3 million fundraising goal, construction on new ‘Powerhouse’ store starts this fall

Over the course of the fundraising campaign, 150 Co-op members/owners have made loans ranging from $1,000 to $100,000.

Powerhouse Square developer gets special permit for GB complex; new Co-op groundbreaking to start soon

Developers Michael Charles and Brian Cohan are still due for their site plan review at the planning board and will continue to work with the historical commission. They will also collaborate with the town on a number of conditions attached to the permit. The Powerhouse Square project is expected to break ground by summer.

Powerhouse Square critical to keep Co-op in downtown, market manager says

According to the Berkshire Co-op Market's general manager Daniel Esko, if the store has to leave the downtown to expand, both the town and its residents would lose a valuable resource.

Co-op development nearly derailed by Historic District Commission

It was a messy night at Town Hall. In the end, Benchmark Development got a green light to proceed with its plans to design a second building planned for a parcel on the historic Searles Castle property.

Berkshire Co-op developer runs into roadblock at Historic District Commission

Benchmark's principals had informally brought the plans to the Historic District Commission meeting and were met by the reality that the land parcel’s proximity to Searles Castle and its carriage house may raise some hoops to jump through.

TRANSFORMATIONS: Mid-century modern, updating the classics

As a designer I love taking on the challenge of updating classics.

Bits & Bytes: ‘Cuba in Changing Times;’ Don Wynn at Neumann Fine Art; innovation prize for Behold! New Lebanon; pianist Benjamin Hochman concert

On Sunday, November 15 the Schumacher Center for a New Economics will present Cuban author Rafael Hernández for a talk entitled “Cuba in Changing Time.”
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