BerkShares Business & Bank updates during COVID-19
BerkShares Business & Bank updates during COVID-19
At BerkShares, Inc. our goal is to foster economic self-reliance and support the locally-owned business community in the Berkshires. Our local businesses are proving their resilience during the COVID-19 crisis by adapting to local, state and federal regulations to limit contact and encourage social-distancing by offering modified service like curbside pick up, take out, and delivery. Below you'll find a list of retail-based businesses in our local currency network and modifications to their business operations. If you are able, please demonstrate your support for the local economy during such a difficult time by patronizing these businesses. Please also consider utilizing our local businesses' online shopping platforms, purchasing gift certificates, pre-paying for services, making donations to local food banks, and contributing to local relief funds and non-profits providing assistance.
If you are a local business or an employee of a local business seeking financial assistance, the Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, 1Berkshire, and Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire have compiled lists of resources for those in need.
If you are a consumer or business looking to purchase or redeem BerkShares, exchange remains available at the drive-up window at participating branches of Lee Bank, Pittsfield Cooperative Bank and Salisbury Bank and Trust. As a courtesy, we suggest calling ahead to alert the tellers of your intention to make an exchange.
-Lee Bank, Great Barrington: Lobby access by appointment only through March 28, 2020
-Lee Bank, Lee: Lobby access by appointment only and drive up encouraged through March 28, 2020
-Lee Bank, Lenox: Lobby access by appointment only and drive up encouraged through March 28, 2020
-Lee Bank, Pittsfield: Lobby access by appointment only through March 28, 2020
-Lee Bank, Stockbridge: Lobby access by appointment only and drive up encouraged through March 28, 2020
-Pittsfield Cooperative Bank, Great Barrington: Drive up only through March 28, 2020
-Salisbury Bank & Trust, Egremont: Drive up only until further notice
-Salisbury Bank & Trust, Great Barrington: Drive up only until further notice
-Salisbury Bank & Trust, Sheffield: Drive up only until further notice
Farms and Producers:
-Braise Worthy: Offering free delivery. For every 5 meals purchased, they will donate 1 meal to the local food pantry.
-Hilltop Orchards: Farm store will remain open with limited hours (11 AM - 5 PM seven days a week). Offering curbside pickup and delivery for any farm store product.
-Indian Line Farm: Visit website for an announcement of any pop up markets
-Justamere Tree Farm: Open for online sales
-Many Forks Farm: If it is still necessary in May, they will offer a drive-thru pick up or home delivery service.
-Mountain Girl Farm: Expanding free monthly delivery service to accommodate anyone who wants it. Pick-up is still an option as well.
-North Plain Farm: Farm store is open and offering pick up or delivery
-Sky View Farm: Contact for delivery
Restaurants and Markets:
-Assembly Coffee Roasters: Offering pick up, home deliveries, and shipping.
-Baba Louies: Closed
-Berkshire Food Co-op: Curbside pick up available. Fill out the online form at berkshire.coop/curbsidepickup.
-Berkshire Mountain Bakery: Take-and-bake Pizza curbside pick up; Delivering breads, pastries, butter, spreads, and take-and-bake pizza in South County Thursday-Sunday
-Bizalion’s Fine Food: Open for shopping and take-out
-Blackberry River Baking Company: Closed
-Desperados: Open for take-out Wednesday through Saturday, 4 - 8 PM; Delivery available Friday and Saturday 4:30 - 8PM
-Fuel: Open for take-out; suspending the use of personal reusable mugs
-Garden Gables Inn: Closed
-Great Barrington Bagel Company: Curbside pick up 7AM - 3PM
-Gorham & Norton, Inc: Open 9AM - 5PM. Will prepare groceries and sandwich orders for customers ahead of time.
-Hummingbird Cafe: Closed
-John Andrews Restaurant: Take-out can be ordered from special take out menu Thursday-Monday; Local delivery within 10 minute drive
-Local 111: Pick up option on Friday, offering full meals ready to heat and eat, cheddar cheese bread, and wine.
-Number Ten: Open for take-out
-Olde Heritage Tavern: Offering take-out and delivery, in addition to new Cook-at-Home Frozen Meals.
-Red Lion Inn: Limited take-out menu, including family meals for four
-Rubiners Cheesemongers and Grocers: Open and offering free delivery
-Rubi’s Coffee and Sandwiches: Open for take-out
-Stagecoach Tavern: Open for take-out and delivery Thursday through Sunday, 5 - 9PM
-Swiss Hutte: Closed
-Berkshire Mountain Distillers: Taking online and phone orders for curbside pick up & making hand sanitizer for $6 per 5oz bottle!
-Big Elm Brewing: Taking online orders for to-go and curbside pick up, every day 10AM - 5PM
-Furnace Brook Winery: Offering curbside pick up and delivery for ciders and wines.
-Wandering Star Craft Brewery: Open on weekends for growler and can take-out sales.
Per order of Governor Baker, all non-essential businesses are required to close their doors effective March 24, 2020 at 12 PM through April 7, 2020. Below are the following retail operations that are considered essential and/or are still fulfilling online orders.
Books, Music, and Gifts:
-Baldwin Hardware: Open
-Berkshire Emporium and Antiques: Online viewing sale
-Grenadier Pottery: Online sales
-Lauren Clark Fine Art: Art available on website
-Magic Fluke Company: Online sales
-Yellow House Books: Can ship books; Order at 413-528-8227 or [email protected]
Clothing and Accessories:
-Anni Maliki: Online sales
-Berkshire Gold and Silversmith: Online sales
-Busymom’s Closet: Online sales
-Krag Silversmith: Online sales
-Saskia Larraz Designs: Online sales
-Berkshire FOUR Poster: Online sales
-Campo De’Fiori: Online sales
-Chef’s Shop: Products available at Guido’s Marketplace locations in Great Barrington and Pittsfield.
-Daniel Bellow Porcelain: Closed until spring, but currently taking orders.
-Davistudio: Online sales
-Inner Vision Studio: Online sales
-Ward’s Nursery & Garden Center: Open from 9 AM to 5 PM and offering curbside pick up and delivery.