NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The path for Bohemian Road pointed north as the gift and novelty traveled from Adams to the city's downtown Eagle Street last month.
"I live in Adams and I love the town ... It is a beautiful town but my girlfriend and I would come to North Adams and go to Mass MoCA and eat at different restaurants and we noticed there were always a ton of people walking around," owner Randy Cormier said of his decision move from Park Street. "That is not the case in Adams and this was just a business decision."
Cormier, who used to operate Brighter Daze at the Berkshire Mall, said his new location is just about the same size as his Park Street store but the ceilings are higher so he can hold more product.
Brighter Daze was closed in 2006, a couple years after he purchased the Depot in his hometown of Dalton. After selling the Depot, the singer-songwriter had concentrated on his music and run a landscaping business with his brother.
He describes his items as "hippy/bohemian," a mix of colorful "world" clothing and items.
"Clothing and gifts from around the world ... we do a lot of women's clothing. Whatever is in season," he said. "Crystals are big, tapestries, incense, and a lot of gifty stuff."
The store has a media section and Cormier, a musician, has a large selection of used CDs and vinyl.
Cormier said he also sells CBD oil, or cannabidiol, a non-pyschoactive compound from cannabis plants that's become popular as a natural remedy.
"We started selling it in Adams because it is such a health and wellness thing ... We sell a lot of it and I stand behind it," he said. "We don't carry anything that isn't federally legal to sell and we are not a dispensary. We are mindful — even though I don't have to I don't sell to anyone under 21."
Cormier is excited to be next to Bird Song Gallery and said there is a natural synergy between the two stores.
"We carry some of the same stuff but nothing is exactly the same," he said. "When there are more stores like you in an area that is packed full like Eagle it's better. People stop there and then come over here. You have to be cool with your neighbors.
"The more business the better."
Cormier urged passers-by to stop in his shop and said he likes to really get to know his customers.
"We have a great knowledge of our products and for 20-something years we have always taken care of our customers," he said. "If I have returning customers who come in and always buy multiple records they are going to get a discount."
Bohemian Road is located at 48 Eagle St. and is currently open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 to 4. Contact information: 413-841-0616.
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.
North Adams Library Trustees to Look at New Policies
By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The library trustees will update some policies to address filming patrons in the library and political events in the meeting room.
The trustees addressed an American Library Association memo in response to filming in the library and agreed to hold off on penning a policy until next month.
"Let's think about it and look at this next month," trustee Don Pecor said at last Wednesday's meeting. "It sounds like we are a little split on this."
The memo was in response to a group of First Amendment advocates across the country who enter public buildings with cameras. When given a building policy mandating that they not film in the building, they hand over a copy of the Constitution and continue.
Trustee Chairwoman Robin Martin told the rest of the board last week that she has solicited input from the public and those close to Cariddi and there was a consensus that something visual should be done to memorialize the late state representative at the library.
click for more
And now Honig and a group of other regular contributors on the page are targeting one specific need in the community: resources for those without housing stability. That grew from a post on the page where someone was searching for a tent to provide shelter while they were without permanent housing. click for more
Much of that will be directed back to NBUW's 20 member agencies, but Collier on Thursday also wanted to highlight some of the other work the agency had been doing above and beyond those allocations. click for more