Business of the Month
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.
An evening of networking and information on BerkShares for Businesses.
Are you a business that accepts BerkShares local currency?
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The Bistro Box
937 South Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230
On opening day at the Bistro Box, you can expect long lines of people eager to get their hands on tomato-bacon jam, freshly-squeezed lemonade, and crispy hand-cut truffle fries. Perhaps it’s the exclusivity of their seasonal schedule, or maybe it’s because the food is out of this world, but one thing is for sure: husband and wife owners Nick and Birdie Joseph have built a cult following for their twist on the classic American burger stand at their Great Barrington roadside eatery.
BerkShares, Inc. invites the community to experience and participate in “community supported entrepreneurship” at a free event on Wednesday, April 11th where students from the Entry to Entrepreneurship business planning program will present their business plans to the public. The event will take place at Dewey Hall, 91 Main Street, Sheffield, MA from 5:30-7:30pm. Following the presentations, audience members will be invited to ask questions of the students and join a conversation about business opportunities in the Berkshires.
In the heart of Norman Rockwell country, the bright walls, groovy sounds, and eclectic offerings at 7 Arts Gift Shop stick out from the traditional Americana on Main Street. It’s “a little bit irreverant, a little bit funny” says owner Teresa O’Brient of Stockbridge’s premier retailer of vintage clothing, vinyl records, and cheeky accessories, “you just have to laugh.” She and her husband Alan have curated a unique shopping experience for the thousands of visitors that come through Stockbridge each year.
AW Baldwin's Hardware
2 Center Street, West Stockbridge, MA
Henry Baldwin’s hardware business has a genealogy. His great-great grandfather, also by the name of Henry, bought the business 150 years ago, and Baldwin’s Hardware has been a steadfast presence right smack in the middle of West Stockbridge ever since then. From this vantage point, Baldwin has a pretty special perspective on this little—and very walkable—town.
39 Silver Street, Sheffield, MA
Cold hard stone? Not in the hands of master mason Mark Mendel and his crew at Monterey Masonry. When you talk to Mendel you realize that his business has a lot more to do with warmth than you might anticipate. In fact, Mendel’s “bread and butter” since he founded Monterey Masonry in 1982 has been in building fireplaces. Mendel specializes in building energy
7 South Street, Stockbridge, MA
Maurice Peterson’s ambitions did not originally tend toward owning a salon in Stockbridge. “I was going to be a movie star and director,” he explains. But his husband, Mark Johnson, had always dreamed of having his own salon, and after working for some of the top salons in London, Los Angeles, and New York, he knew a lot about the business. So eight
“I don’t think there’s a better place in the world to grow apples than New England and in particular the Berkshires,” says John Vittori, co-owner of Hilltop Orchards and Furnace Brook Winery. Though they grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts, Vittori and his sister Wendy always
Bizalion's Fine Food
684 S. Main Street, Great Barrington, MA
Entrepreneur comes from the French entreprendre. “It’s the adventure of launching yourself into something new” says Jean-François Bizalion of Bizalion’s Fine Food in Great Barrington. When Jean-François and his wife Helen opened their café and specialty food shop a little over ten years ago, in 2003, they were certainly embarking on a new adventure