New editor named at The Women's Times

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The Women’s Times has named Audrey Manring editor as of May 1. Manring is a former freelance writer and editor with experience in business, technology and community journalism. Before joining The Women’s Times as associate editor in January 2005, she served as editorial director of an IT consulting firm in Stamford, Connecticut, and worked as a management consultant in the financial services sector. In 2001, she co-founded an online children’s art nonprofit and subsequently taught art at Hillcrest Educational Centers in Lenox. “Audrey has been a tremendous asset to The Women’s Times,” said founder and publisher Eugenie Sills. “She possesses very strong writing and editing skills, as well as a deep interest in women and community. We have worked closely together over the past 16 months and share an editorial philosophy—to tell women’s stories and share resources with substance, style and integrity—that we believe serves our readers and advertisers well. I am delighted that Audrey is stepping into this new role. I cannot think of a better person for the job.” Manring, 32, lives in Stockbridge, Mass. She takes over the editorial helm from Sills, who, after 5 years in the editor’s seat, will turn her attention back to marketing and business development. The magazine unveiled a redesigned 4-color cover in March and plans other changes to the magazine this summer. The Women’s Times is the region’s only publication for women. 32,000 copies of the magazine are distributed monthly in two neighboring regions: the Berkshire Region and the Pioneer Valley. Copies are available at venues around the region or by subscription. For more information, call 413-528-5303.
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Biz Briefs: Catherine's Chocolates Changes Name to Mielke Confections

Chocolate changes

Steve and Trent Kinney, the new owners of the Great Barrington landmark store Catherine's Chocolates, have announced a new name, look and logo. The original Catherine's Chocolates Store was named for the grandmother of the former owner, Kathy Sinico, and operated for 40 years under that name. The Kinneys are continuing the tradition of a family-owned local business, creating handmade quality chocolates in the same location, as well as their choice of the new name, which is Trent Kinney’s family name.

The logo, designed by Trent, has a simple upscale look in ivory, chocolate and gold and features a modernist allusion to a chocolate bean. The familiar well-known and well-liked chocolates will still be offered. "We want to stress to our customers that even though our name and look is changing, the quality products and service will remain the same as they have come to expect from the local chocolate shop," Steve Kinney said.

The Kinneys made headlines in April when they purchased Catherine's Chocolates this spring, finalizing the transfer of ownership right before Easter. Trent and Steve met while serving in the Army and stationed in Afghanistan. Steve has retired, and Trent is serving his last tour of duty and will retire in the fall. Steve Kinney grew up in Pittsfield. Kathy Sinico worked closely with the couple prior to the finalization of the sale.

The business makeover also will include a domain and website where Mielke's confections will continue to be available for purchase online. The chocolate shop will remain in the same location, and while outside has been painted dark chocolate brown, the interior has no changes yet. Plans to remodel the inside are in the works, but not immediate. While maintaining Catherine's Chocolate's time-honored hand-made traditions and offerings, some new hand-made products are available, such as Mielke Confections "Turtle Delights" made with the classic "Nut Delight" candy base with the addition of whole pecans, caramel and chocolate drizzle in the shape of a turtle. "We are constantly experimenting with new creations and hope to continue to add more to our menu in the near future," Steve Kinney said.


Stop & Shop Same-Day Online Pick-Up

Stop & Shop has launched same-day online pick-up for Peapod by Stop & Shop orders at its Pittsfield store, located at 660 Merrill Road, and the service will be coming soon in North Adams. The new offering provides local customers with a faster and more convenient way to shop with pick-up available in as little as four hours. Customers can now place an order online, head to the store, and have a Stop & Shop associate load their groceries right into their car.

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