Business of the Month
In the Berkshires you can find heirloom tomatoes, artisanal cheese, pasture-raised beef... but can you find a real bagel? Thanks to the Great Barrington Bagel Company, the answer to that question is yes. “We’re making an authentic New York-style bagel. It’s a specialty,” says owner Bob Climo with pride.
Lester Blumenthal claims to have lost all his marbles when he decided to make a go of the restaurant business. But anyone who succumbs to Bessie the fiberglass cow’s beckoning glance and follows the arrows to the Route 7 Grill will see that Lester has not lost anything but instead has found
Say hello to the stalwarts of Railroad Street, Great Barrington; say hello to Steve and Tony Carlotta of the Snap Shop. They have been in business since April Fools’ Day in 1972. That’s 41 years, no fooling!
But it’s no wonder that they have held down the fort for so long, even in the face of
Ask anyone in the southern Berkshires where they got their bike, and they are more than likely to answer, “Berkshire Bike & Board.”
Steffen Root was knocking at the door when the local bike shop first opened in 1995 (it was known as Berkshire Bike & Blade then
Locke Larkin, the man behind Berkshire County’s oldest established gourmet food shop, Locke Stock & Barrel, laughs when asked about “the local movement,” because for him it just means that he has been around long enough to see things come full circle. A native of the Berkshires,
332 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, MA
How often can you still find an independently owned bookstore, one with the local flavor leant by a used book section, a large collection of local histories, and books signed by local authors? Less and less often, as Eric Wilska, co-owner of the Bookloft on Stockbridge Road in Great