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Biz Briefs: Couple Returns to Berkshires to Buy Catherine's Chocolates

Catherine's Chocolate owner Kathy Sinico is retiring after more than 40 years of hand crafting chocolates from the same location on Route 7 in Great Barrington. The chocolatier has been a pillar of the South Berkshires, well known for its homey atmosphere and the scent of chocolate. Patrons return year after year for life celebrations in which Catherine’s Chocolate are an essential tradition.

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Biz Briefs: Wild Oats Launches New Catering Website

Wild Oats has been offering catering services for over ten years in their Main Street location, which includes a full-service kitchen and bakery. The ingredients are organic, in-season and locally sourced whenever possible and they use humanely raised, hormone- and antibiotic-free meat and sustainable seafood.

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Biz Briefs: North Adams Restaurants to 'Go Green' for the Month of April

The goal of "Go Green Month" is to reduce waste and practice behavior changes that are more environmentally friendly, with hopes that these changes will have a lasting impact on both the restaurants and the city.

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Biz Briefs: Stop & Shop Workers Still Without Contract

UFCW Local 1459, representing about 2,000 workers in the Berkshires and Western Mass, voted a week ago to authorize a strike if the contract talks continue to bog down. Local 1459's vote is in accord with four other UFCW locals that together represent some 30,000 workers in the grocery chain's New England stores.

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Biz Briefs: Dinner Raises Money to Support WTBR in Pittsfield

The money will be used to help with the costs of moving the station from Taconic High School to the PCTV studios, and rebuilding the studio and transmitter facilities.

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Biz Briefs: Tunnel City Coffee Hosts Art Show

Tunnel City Coffee in Mass MoCA hosts artists Sarah Sutro and Dorothea Osborn for a winter show of ink drawings and large scale paintings through March.

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Biz Briefs: Two Former Prosecutors Open Local Law Firm

The law firm was founded on Feb. 4, 2019, by Gregory M. Barry and Robert W. Kinzer, two former assistant district attorneys in the Berkshire District Attorney's Office.

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Biz Briefs: SVHC Named One of Vermont's Best Places to Work Again

SVHC received the honor for the first time in 2015. It remains the only hospital in the state of Vermont to be recognized by the awards program

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Biz Briefs: Big Y Bag Program Now Benefitting Hillcrest Educational Centers, BCARC

The Big Y Community Bag and Giving Tag Program, which launched in January 2019, is a reusable bag program that facilitates community support with the goal to make a difference in the communities where shoppers live and work.

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BIC Holds Topping Off Ceremony

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Biz Briefs: Berkshire Gas, Avangrid Foundation Supports Girls Inc. STEM Program

Eureka! brings girls in the Berkshires a unique opportunity to explore STEM-related subjects through intensive, hands-on programming over five years.

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Biz Briefs: Balance Rock Investment Group Celebrates 20 Years With Move

Balance Rock Investment Group closed out 2018 with after celebrating the firm's 20th anniversary and move to its new office space on South Street in Pittsfield.

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Watercooler: Company Donates Quilts to Hospital

The quilts were made with around 60 yards of donated fabric coming from donors from as far away as Minneapolis.

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Watercooler: Allium to Close After 12 Years in Great Barrington

After nearly 12 years in the Berkshires, Allium Restaurant + Bar will be closing its doors on Jan. 1.

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Biz Briefs: Pine Cobble School, Northshire Bookstore to Host Book Fair

Books will be sorted into categories, with selections for very young children, picture books, early chapter books, middle grade books, young adult, adult fiction, and a few specialty books. All will be gift-worthy. Twenty percent of all proceeds will go to Pine Cobble's library.

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Biz Briefs: Big Y Helps Fund Books for North Adams, Pittsfield Elementary Schools

The six elementary schools benefiting from this generous donation included Silvio O. Conte Community School, Morningside Community School and Crosby Elementary in Pittsfield and Brayton Elementary, Greylock Elementary and Colegrove Park Elementary in North Adams.

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Biz Briefs: Main Street Hospitality Branching Outside Massachusetts to Rhode Island

When completed in the spring of 2020, the $29 million development will include an 84-room boutique hotel to be managed by Main Street Hospitality, as well as a 4,000-square-foot restaurant and 3,000 square feet of retail space.

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Biz Briefs: Red Lion Inn Partners with Stash Hotel Rewards

Stash members earn five points for each dollar spent on eligible room rates and can redeem them at great independent hotels across North America, including the Caribbean and Hawaii.

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Biz Briefs: Tunnel City Coffee Opens Fall Art Show

Sutro's abstracted realist paintings recall memories of existence among peaceful landscapes, while Osborn's macro-paintings delve into life at the cellular level, sharing the beauty of biology’s smallest divisions.

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Biz Briefs: Humane Society Opening Second Catwalk Boutique

The shop specializes in affordable women’s clothing with an emphasis on designer and upscale labels, current styles, and contemporary fashion.

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Biz Briefs: Three Local Businesses To Be Celebrated For Growth

On Wednesday, Sept. 19, officials from the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center will celebrate three local small businesses that have received free counseling from the MSBDC and successfully acquired SBA financing to grow their business.

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Biz Briefs: Greylock's Lee Wildcats Debit Card Generates $2,130 for School

Lee Middle and High School Principal Gregg M. Brighenti said the funds have been used to purchase furniture for the library, to fund students who couldn't afford school trips, to pay for two dinners the students served to senior citizens, and to buy a small cookie oven for the Lee High School booster clubs to use at games as a fundraiser for their programs.

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Biz Briefs: Williamstown Contractor Named to Big50 Class of America' Top Remodelers

Jack Miller Contractors is a full-service general contractor building distinctive new homes and remodel projects in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont.

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Biz Briefs: Berkshire Bank Unveils MyTeller Interactive Machines

Berkshire Bank is the first bank in Berkshire County to unveil MyTeller – the bank's new Interactive Teller Machine (ITM) technology – to its Berkshire County customers.

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Biz Briefs: Guido's Fresh Marketplace Brothers Named Members of the Year

The Masieros now operate Guido's Fresh Marketplace at two locations in the Berkshires: 1020 South St. in Pittsfield and 760 South Main St. in Great Barrington.

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