Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church restoration begins in earnest

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GREAT BARRINGTON — The legacy of the town’s African-American community is one step closer to being preserved and honored. Construction began at the former Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church site at 9 Elm Court in Great Barrington on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 23. The work began with a kickoff event at the property, featuring several speakers as […]

Big Y adopts self-checkout machines

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By Hannah Shirley GREAT BARRINGTON — Grocery shopping is all about making choices, and last week, Big Y added one more for customers to make: check out with a cashier or a machine? Big Y World Class Market on Main Street is wrapping up its first week with six self-checkout machines. Though it’s too soon […]

The Berkshire County Bucket List

Welcome to The Berkshire Shopper’s Berkshire County Bucket List —a comprehensive list of things to do and see throughout the Berkshires. Carefully selected by our editorial staff, we combed Berkshire County to put together the ultimate list of well-known and lesser known places to visit and things to do and see this summer. Whether you’re […]

Brothers open head shop for the home grower

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By Hannah Shirley GREAT BARRINGTON— As a burgeoning cannabis industry continues to blossom in Berkshire County, dispensaries aren’t the only new shops to open. Brothers Daniel and Max Lowenstein, who operate the county’s only cannabis accessory shop that also specializes in cannabis growing accessories, said they have high hopes of seeing other new business ...

Come learn about Tree Care at River Walk

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GREAT BARRINGTON — On Saturday, September 28th River Walk is inviting tree-minded community members to Save A Tree, a learning event focused on the best care and maintenance of large trees. Local land care expert, Tom Ingersoll will lead this hands-on workshop aimed at teaching the steps needed to encourage the health of large trees. […]

Tableware shop fills hole in downtown

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GREAT BARRINGTON — When Abby Webster and Andy Pruhenski opened Sett, a specialty tableware shop, they wanted it to be completely separate from their six-year-old store, One Mercantile. But Webster said when longtime customers walk into the new space, which opened in April, they comment that they can recognize Webster and Pruhenski’s distinct taste immediately. ...

Getting a higher education

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By Emily Thurlow PITTSFIELD — As the cannabis industry continues to grow in the Berkshires, an educational institution has developed a curriculum to equip those interested in entering this sector of the state’s newest legalized workforce. Beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 3, Berkshire Community College is launching a cannabis certificate program. The robust training ...

The Miller pub slated to open in Great Barrington

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By Hannah Shirley GREAT BARRINGTON— The Miller isn’t quite a traditional English pub, said co-owner Chris Brooks. Rather, he said, it’s English-American, blending the cultures of all four of its owners. If all goes well, co-owner Kevin Schmitz said The Miller is slated to open in a few weeks in the space formerly occupied by […]

Partners in Wine

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By Emily Thurlow RICHMOND — A winery that traded its urban setting for a more rural one has finally settled into its new space in Richmond. Founded in 2011, Balderdash Cellars is a winery that first called the basement of a Pittsfield-based bakery its home. But even prior to establishing Balderdash as a formal business, […]

Berkshire Food Co-Op welcomes a new store manager

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GREAT BARRINGTON– After conducting an 8-month-long, nationwide search for a new General Manager, the Board of Directors of Berkshire Food Co-op welcomes Troy Bond to helm the newly expanded cooperative grocery store. “We are thrilled to welcome Troy to the Berkshires to lead our Co-op as we grow into our new store. He brings not […]