Business of the Month
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.
Catherine and Bill Kane
2 Sheffield Road, South Egremont, MA
Multi-generational family businesses make up the fabric of the Berkshires and Kwik Print, Inc. is no exception. Cheryl and John Raifstanger Jr. launched their family print shop in 1973 in the basement of the Mahaiwe Theater with a second-hand press and scrappy entrepreneurial spirit. Now under the direction of their son John III, the business continues to flourish and serve the Southern Berkshire community in a new technological era.
Gert and Cindy Alper
Swiss Hütte Inn and Restaurant
Route 23, Hillsdale, NY
At the base of Catamount Ski Area sits an alpine-style building. In the front garden a Swiss and American flag wave proudly in the wind. It is a view that could have come straight out of an advertisement for idyllic ski chalets in the Swiss Alps. The building is home to the appropriately named Swiss Hütte, a 14-room inn and restaurant serving international cuisine that is owned and operated by Swiss-born chef Gert Alper and wife Cindy.
Evergreen Fine American Arts
291 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230
Drive through downtown Great Barrington in the summer and you’ll immediately recognize Evergreen by the windsocks fluttering in the wind, the colorful Vermont-made tube-like kites hanging from the awning.
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