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.
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.