MSNBC's Your Business - Great Barrington, MA is a beautiful town tucked away in the Berkshires, and shopping small is at its core. Just two hours away from both New York and Boston, the downtown area has an active buy local movement, its own currency, and plans to kick off the holiday shopping season with a bang on Small Business Saturday.
Al Jazeera America - GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Whenever Alice Maggio opens her wallet, she never hesitates about how to pay. It’s always cash, and it’s rarely dollars.
“They’re beautiful,” she coos as she shows off the colored bills, which are unlike any other. “You can take pride in spending them.”
Maggio frowns on dollars, preferring something else, called a BerkShares. The currency is available only in the Berkshires region of western Massachusetts.