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Currency Coffee Company

Currency Coffee Company follows the money. That is, its coffee, tea, and chocolate products are available in stores across the country wherever a Federal Reserve Bank is located. This is no accident, it’s by design, says owner and founder George Shoemaker.“We’re following a proven model.” Founded in the Stationery Factory in Dalton, they were inspired by the Crane Company. Currency paper leaves the Crane factory in Dalton and eventually ends up at a Federal Reserve Bank. Why shouldn’t another Berkshire product follow the same path?

Monday, March 1, 2021 - 8:45am

BerkShares in the Time of COVID

The small business owners of the Berkshires are my heroes. They have adjusted to the restrictions of COVID; they are meeting the economic challenges brought on by the pandemic with good spirits. I want to support them with the same good spirit and enthusiasm, letting them know the Berkshires are a better place because they are here. A payment in BerkShares means they are not sending off hard-won funds to a distant credit card corporation. A payment in BerkShares means I’m committed to keeping money local for the long run.

When I order takeout from nearby Swiss Hütte or John Andrews, I place my BerkShares payment in a clean envelope and leave it at the table where I collect the bag with my name on it--masked, of course.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - 2:15pm

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Barrington Outfitters
289 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230
(413) 528-0021

When Emily Carlotta goes out to dinner, she recognizes people by their feet. “I think, ‘I helped them get those boots – I knew they’d like them!’” Carlotta is the store manager and buyer at Barrington Outfitters at 289 Main Street in Great Barrington, and she loves where she works. 

 

Brothers Richard and Peter Drucker founded Barrington Outfitters in

November, 2015

The Chef's Shop
31 Railroad Street, Great Barrington
(413) 528 0135

Like any good entrepreneur, Rob Navarino loves what he does and does not mind taking a plunge. Owner of The Chef’s Shop on Railroad Street in Great Barrington, Navarino “always knew” that he wanted to have his own business. In 1991, after “paying his dues” in the corporate world, he snatched an opportunity to fulfill his dream, and started a little store he originally

March, 2015

Stagecoach Tavern
864 S. Undermountain Road (Rte 41) Sheffield, MA
(413) 229 8585

Nestled ’neath the shadow of Race Mountain, the Stagecoach Tavern is tucked beneath layers of history. Few places in Berkshire County have served as a “watering hole” longer than this tavern on Route 41 in Sheffield, and few have accumulated as much character. The oldest parts of the low-slung tavern date back to the early 1770s, while the grand brick “Coach House”

February, 2015

258 Stockbridge Rd. Great Barrington
31 Main Street, Stockbridge
(413) 717-4144

By traditional Berkshire reckoning, Home Sweet Home Doughnut Shoppe is a newcomer. Owners Debbie and John Scalia are transplants from Enfield, Connecticut, and their Doughnut Shoppe at 258 Stockbridge Road (Route 7) in Great Barrington has not yet been open five years. But this new arrival has had no problem integrating into the community. In fact, the

January, 2015

“All of our local businesses should trade in BerkShares,” says Catherine Chester, an attorney at Hellman Shearn & Arienti LLP. In her view, BerkShares help to combat one of the main challenges that face the Berkshires. “We have an aging and a

November, 2014

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