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.
iBerkshires.com welcomes critical, respectful dialogue; please keep comments focused on the issues and not on personalities. Profanity, obscenity, racist language and harassment are not allowed. iBerkshires reserves the right to ban commenters or remove commenting on any article at any time. Concerns may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
iBerkshires.com welcomes critical, respectful dialogue. Name-calling, personal attacks, libel, slander or foul language is not allowed. All comments are reviewed before posting and will be deleted or edited as necessary.
Comments are closed for this article. If you would like to contribute information on this article, e-mail us at info@iBerkshires.com
Eagle Newspaper Group Sells Off Vermont Publications
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — New England Newspapers is selling off its Vermont publications and a regional lifestyle publication to a Vermont company lead by entrepreneur Paul Belogour.
The sale consists of dailies Brattleboro Reformer and Bennington Banner, the weekly Manchester Journal and the 3-year-old award-winning UpCountry, a bi-monthly magazine. Both the Banner and Reformer date back more than a century.
The terms of the sale were not disclosed other than that the transfer will take effect on May 14 and that The Berkshire Eagle will not only continue to print the publications for at least five years, it will also continue to provide pagination, ad development and customer service for classifieds and circulation.
The papers will be operated by Belogour's newly established Vermont News and Media LLC and all current employees of the Vermont papers will retain their positions.
Slaughter is the Central Massachusetts regional director for U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and as a Pittsfield native has "strong relationships with several children, families, elected officials, and community leaders in the city."
click for more
"Stop Telling Women to Smile" — her debut book — was released in February 2020 and uses visual art and storytelling narratives to address the daily oppressive experiences of marginalized people.
click for more
Not yet ready to settle on a final plan, the Ordinance and Rules subcommittee unanimously voted to table a petition from Ward 1 Councilor Helen Moon requesting that city and council continue to offer a virtual and call-in option beyond COVID-19 for all public meetings.
click for more