Like any good entrepreneur, Rob Navarino loves what he does and does not mind taking a plunge. Owner of The Chef’s Shop on Railroad Street in Great Barrington, Navarino “always knew” that he wanted to have his own business. In 1991, after “paying his dues” in the corporate world, he snatched an opportunity to fulfill his dream, and started a little store he originally called Berkshire Cottage. Though at first Navarino intended to supply goods for the whole home, he found that what customers really wanted was a good supplier of kitchen equipment. Since he has always enjoyed cooking, that suited his tastes. Once he found that niche, he says, “it just clicked.” Twenty-four years later, Navarino is still a proud part of the economic fabric of the Berkshires.
Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 2:45pm