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 services 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.
Business of the Month
Tehd Okun will paint your house, hose out your gutters, scrub your windows, and perform practically any other task you need accomplished. The handyman-for-hire is new to the entrepreneurial scene in the Berkshires, but he’s been an understudy to the vibrant small business community for a while. With a passion for baking, Tehd came to the region to apprentice with sourdough master Richard Bourdon at Berkshire Mountain Bakery. His intrigue for fermented goods led him to work alongside Maddie Elling and Abe Hunrichs at Hosta Hill, the local fermented vegetable business. After many years in food production, the doldrums of monotony set in and Tehd longed for the freedom offered by self-employment.
Congratulations to the graduates of this year's Entry to Entrepreneurship program.
Berkshire Gold & Silversmith
152 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA
Growing up with a silversmith for a father, there was always something for Thomas Parker and his brother to tinker with and they were encouraged to develop their skills from a young age. Armed with a torch, some solder and flux, and scraps of raw metal, Tom says the only disclaimer from his Dad was: “don’t burn the house down!” In 1995 he became an official apprentice at his father Richard Parker's Little Silver Shop in Avon, CT and in 2007 Tom opened his own shop, the Berkshire Gold & Silversmith in downtown Great Barrington.
Joe Roy Sr. & Joy Roy Jr.
12 Main Street, West Stockbridge, MA 01266
When you think of Stockbridge you might think of Norman Rockwell, but there’s another institution that’s just as important to Americana: Chesterwood. The lesser known, yet equally significant Stockbridge mainstay lays claim to the studio, house, and gardens of famed American sculptor Daniel Chester French. You may recognize his work— the Minute Man in Concord, MA, the fountain at Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C., the Continents at the U.S. Custom House in New York City, and, of course, the statue of Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
The Red Lion Inn
30 Main Street, Stockbridge, MA
Rooted on Main Street in Stockbridge, the Red Lion Inn has been a hub in the Berkshires since 1773, says Sarah Eustis. She is a member of the third generation of the family that has been at the helm of the Red Lion since 1968. In that
Great Barrington Bra & Girl
306 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA
“It was our ‘bottle-of wine-idea,’” says April Burch, owner, with her husband Dan Alden, of Great Barrington Bra & Girl, whose name is a cheeky play on ‘Bar & Grill.’ “When I came home from a particularly rough day at work Dan would ask me ‘ok, what would you like to do in an ideal world?’ And I always thought it would be neat to have a cute little
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
14 Castle Street, Great Barrington, MA
What do Darlene Love, John Philip Sousa and BerkShares have in common? They have all held center stage at the Mahaiwe Theater in Great Barrington, a prize possession of the Berkshires and one of the oldest surviving theaters in the United States.
Every community deserves
8 Castle Street, Great Barrington, MA
One Mercantile is, for owners Abby Webster and Andy Pruhenski, the perfect synthesis of their shared interests in design and craftsmanship, their Berkshire upbringing, and their entrepreneurial and artistic training. This is a little home goods shop with a high aesthetics and high
Abbott's Limousine & Livery Service
435 Greylock Street, Lee, MA
“Is this a taxi?” That’s the question that launched Abbott’s Limousine and Livery Service back in 1965. Don Abbott had recently lost his leg in a construction accident, and was looking for a way to provide for his growing family. He had gone down to the town park to people-watch and think about his options. When a visitor to the Berkshires stepped off the