The design has changed some since this early rendering, but the concept is to have a small, wooden dark brown or charcoal structure to serve coffee during the summer.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Todd Fiorentino is looking to open a coffee kiosk at the First Street Common in a few weeks.
The city has approved a lease agreement allowing Fiorentino to set up the 6-foot by 8-foot wooden kiosk on the sidewalk in front of the park to sell coffee.
Poseidon Coffee is expected to be open on Sept. 10.
"The proximity to a major parking lot in Pittsfield, plus being right next to a park that has a huge draw with a splash pad and various summer events should prove to be a winning combination," Fiorentino said.
"Coffee culture is burgeoning; it's a social drink and makes The Common more of a destination. You can read a book, take a walk, play chess and enjoy a latte all the while."
The kiosk will be open from 8:45 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. during the week and every other weekend from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. He plans to offer an array of drinks from coffee to iced-cappuccino to hot chocolate in the fall.
Fiorentino has an agreement to sell Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters coffee and espresso and Rick Gillespie of Creekside Woodworking is currently constructing the kiosk.
The stand will be removed from the park on Dec. 1 but will return in March, provided the city and Fiorentino feel it is still working out.
"It is closed for three months, it is pulled out, and on March 1 it goes back in," he said.
Fiorentino submitted his proposal but because of some clerical errors in the bid, the Purchasing Department couldn't accept it, according to Parks and Open Spaces Manager James McGrath. The city went to bid again and Fiorentino again was the only application.
McGrath said a group of three reviewed the application and made a recommendation to award the contract to Fiorentino. Now, eight months later, everything is in place for the kiosk to open.
On Tuesday, the Parks Commission gave another approval of the kiosk's location, although Commissioner Cliff Nilan felt the board should have had a say in the crafting of the lease.
"The contract should have come before the commission for us to look at and approve because it is parkland," he said.
Nonetheless, the agreement includes leasing the space and an estimated cost for the electricity. McGrath said there are nearby electrical hookups he can use.
Being new to the city's park system, McGrath said the lease has multiple clauses giving the city an out if it doesn't work out. He said in both parties have to agree to bring it back next year.
"This is kind of an experiment to see how these things work," McGrath said, but added, "this is an example of a small, start-up business in our downtown. I think it is worth propping up."
Fiorentino said the first week he is open he'll be giving 12-ounce coffees for free to all police, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians and coffee for the public will be $1.
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EforAll Ask The Experts Series
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) Berkshire County is launching an educational workshop series over Zoom targeted to small business owners.
Funded by a Resiliency Grant from Mass Growth Capital Corporation and the Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corporation (PERC), all programs will be free of charge to participants.
"We are so pleased to be able to award this MGCC Resiliency Grant to EforAll Berkshire County," Jay Anderson, the President of PERC said. "Small business owners will be able to connect with top professionals at no cost and address their own critical business needs. We hope that many EforAll alumni, minority and immigrant businesses that are vulnerable from the impact of the pandemic will take advantage of this great opportunity."
Beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 13 from noon-1:30pm, EforAll will give participants a chance to break into small groups on Zoom to consult with and learn from area professionals. Attendees can come to any or all of the sessions. Every week will feature a different topic and different experts as follows:
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