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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.

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.

CONNECTIONS: Tales of corruption, past and present

Spiro Agnew countered that the investigation was a “witch hunt.” The investigators were “liberals and biased.” Loudly, Agnew argued that the allegations were false, politically motivated and a sitting vice president could not be indicted.

Rough going for MassDOT officials selling new Great Barrington ’roundabout’

"It seems like nobody here thinks this is worthwhile." -- Bill McTeigue of McTeigue and McClelland jewelers

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.

Powerhouse developer envisions similar development for Lee’s old Price Chopper

"We're designing a similar project to the one in Great Barrington. Downtown Lee is like Great Barrington's. It's a vibrant New England downtown. It's where people want to live." -- Michael Charles of Benchmark Development

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.

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.

Civic group aims high for celebration of Du Bois’ 150th birthday

“This isn’t about Black history. It’s about American history. It’s time we bring it into the light where it can be shared and studied.” — state Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli

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.

New Co-op plans challenged by neighbor, Wheeler & Taylor

Wheeler & Taylor owns the building and the bank on the corner of Bridge and Main streets, and construction may block access to a 30-foot right of way that it was deeded access to.

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 Market developers unveil renderings of $15m complex on Bridge Street

“Design-wise, we want the building to fit into the downtown.” -- Benchmark Development Principal Michael Charles

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.
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