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The new site, which also include meat and seafood, will allow customers to begin their order online with a few clicks and get a preliminary quote in real time, anytime of the day or night.

Biz Briefs: Wild Oats Launches New Catering Website

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Catering website

Wild Oats Market, a cooperatively owned natural foods grocery store, bakery and cafe, has launched a new catering website that will streamline the ordering process for customers. The new site, which also include meat and seafood, will allow customers to begin their order online with a few clicks and get a preliminary quote in real time, anytime of the day or night.

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.

The catering options at Wild Oats include breakfast, lunch and dinner items as well as party platters and custom cakes for birthdays, retirements and graduations. Customers can also special-order meats and seafood from the new website, including beef tenderloin and salmon by the pound and special holiday menus, when available. Visit the website to place an order.




Catwalk opening

Berkshire Humane Society will celebrate the grand opening of Catwalk Boutique in downtown Lenox on Saturday, April 6. Patrons are invited to stop by between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to shop and enjoy special promotions and refreshments. Weather permitting, BHS will host a satellite adoption outside on the store’s lawn.

Located at 26 Church St., Catwalk Boutique specializes in women's fashions and accessories. From designer brands like Gucci and Channel to stylish casual wear, the shop boasts something for everyone. All proceeds from the shop benefit Berkshire Humane Society.

The Lenox store is the second Catwalk Boutique, modeled after the very successful Great Barrington location (325 Stockbridge Road across from the Price Chopper shopping plaza). Since its soft-opening in early December 2018, the store has exceeded expectations for sales and has received a warm welcome from the community. All merchandise – along with the store's fixtures and artwork – were donated by supporters. Donations of gently, like-new women's clothing will be accepted on an ongoing basis and can be dropped off during store hours or at the shelter in Pittsfield.
As part of the grand opening, BHS will refresh Catwalk Boutique's brand, rolling out a new logo on April 5 at a press and donor event.


Architecture collaboration

Two long-established Berkshire County architectural firms are working in collaboration under one roof to provide even better services for clients in the Berkshires and beyond. Berkshire Design and Bradley Architects, are now one year into a combined arrangement at their newly renovated office at 8 Bank Row.

As a principal and architect with both Berkshire Design and Bradley Architects, Robert E Harrison is involved in and oversees projects at all levels of design, management, and production. In 2018, Mark S. Eichorn joined Bradley Architects as a principal and Kerry Bartini joined Berkshire Design as a principal architect. The two firms have a combined 157 years of doing business in the Berkshires; Bradley Architects was established in Pittsfield in 1898 and Berkshire Design  was formed in 1983 in Lenox.

The partners take great pride in mentoring architectural licensing candidates in the area and within their firms, providing assistance with study materials, resources, contacts and guidance. This year they were named an "Emerging Professional Friendly Firm" by AIA New England.

Bradley Architects's projects in Pittsfield include the build out of Wayfair's call center in the Clock Tower Business Center; the adaptive reuse of the former St. Mary's church, rectory, convent and school into 29 apartment units; and The Powerhouse Lofts (adaptive reuse of the former Holy Family Church into luxury apartments). Additional projects include the renovation of the Berkshire Block Building and a third-floor addition to the Holiday Inn Express, both in Great Barrington.

Berkshire Design's projects include private residences throughout the Berkshires, an addition and renovation for the Pediatric Development Center in Pittsfield, a new community building for Gould Farm in Monterey, renovations for the Guthrie Center in Great Barrington and the Egremont Village Inn in Egremont.

The two firms will host an open house and reception at their office at 8 Bank Row on Thursday, June 27, from 5 to 7 p.m.eam and learn more about this exciting collaboration. Refreshments will be served.


Northshire care

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center's Northshire Campus in Manchester, Vt., is now offering appointments with several specialists, including a cardiologist and orthopedic surgeons. Expanding the availability of appointments closer to patients' homes makes receiving specialty care more convenient for Northshire residents.

Cardiologist Dr. Paul Wangenheim is certified in both internal medicine and cardiovascular disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He sees patients at SVMC Northshire Campus one day a week. Appointments may be scheduled through the SVMC Cardiology office at 802-442-0800.

Orthopedic Surgeons Dr. Matthew Nofziger and Dr. Michaela M. Schneiderbauer practice in Bennington and at SVMC Northshire Campus. Both are accepting new patients. They offer preventive and non-surgical treatments, minimally invasive surgery, and surgery for sports injuries, painful joints, and complicated fractures. They execute complete joint replacements, rotator cuff repair, and surgeries on hands, knees, wrists, feet, elbows and ankles.  Patients can call 802-442-6314 to make an appointment.

SVMC Northshire ExpressCare, a convenient walk-in clinic, has been serving both patients of the practice and visitors since the summer of 2017. At ExpressCare, family nurse practitioner Arlene Law and others provide care for illnesses and injuries, including coughs, colds, and flu; eye and ear infections; pulled and strained muscles; cuts and scrapes; bites, stings, and rashes; stomach aches; and other conditions. Patients experiencing chest pain, however, are directed to go directly to the nearest Emergency Department. It is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. No appointment is necessary.

Physical therapy has been available at the Northshire Campus since 2016. Holly McKenzie is the primary physical therapist at the Northshire Campus and the physical therapy team leader for SVMC. McKenzie sees patients at the Northshire Campus three days a week. To make an appointment for physical therapy at SVMC Northshire Campus, call 802-447-5140.

Primary care for patients of all ages is provided by family medicine physicians, including Dr. Robert Schwartz and Dr. Natacha Jager, and family nurse practitioner Carolyn Goodwin. X-Ray and blood draw services are available, as well.

In addition, Dr. Lynn Mann provides pediatrics care at SVMC Northshire Campus. She provides consultation regarding child development, newborn care, well child and adolescent care, acute illness visits, immunizations, asthma management, ADHD, weight management and nutrition, contraceptive management, and behavioral health. To make an appointment with Dr. Mann at SVMC Northshire Campus, call 802-362-4440.


'Women and Work'

On Thursday, April 4, and Friday, April 5, the Williams College Center for Development Economics will host its 2019 conference, with a keynote address titled "Women and Work: The Role of Norms" by Rohini Pande. All events will be held in Griffin Hall, room 3. The conference is free and open to the public.

Christine Lagarde, managing director and chairwoman of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), has recently emphasized that lowering gender gaps in health, education, wages, financial access, and labor market opportunities; improving women's access to infrastructure, sanitation, and clean water; and reducing gender discrimination in day-to-day life in developing and developed societies will create a "virtuous cycle" for the global economy. The 2019 CDE conference at Williams College will focus on significant gendered dimensions of economic development to shed light on the policies necessary for unleashing such "cycles."

The conference begins 8 p.m. Thursday, April 4, with the keynote address by Rohini Pande from Harvard University. Pande will discuss how formal and informal customs and rules act to constrain female labor market opportunities in developing countries, and how policies may be leveraged to increase women's economic activity in such settings. Sessions on Friday, April 5, begin at 9 a.m. The full schedule is online. The conference is sponsored by the Williams College Center for Development Economics with the support of the World War II Memorial Lecture Fund.


NORAD Mill updates

Moresi & Associates continues its significant economic development investment in the North Berkshires with the expansion of a former textile mill at 60 Roberts Drive in North Adams. The NORAD Mill - named for its historic past as the North Adams Woolen Mill - is being completely updated and filled with tenants, including businesses that have moved to the Berkshires from out of state.

Moresi & Associates has also moved their business offices to NORAD and with more than 6,000 square feet of office space will be expanding their business lines of commercial development, HOA and condo management, and residential and commercial leasing. Moresi Real Estate Partners, a new real estate sales firm representing both buyers and sellers throughout the area, will also have offices in the renovated space. With this expansion, the Moresi family of companies is able to provide a wide array of real estate management services.

Moresi & Associates has made a significant private investment in the project, believing it is a catalyst for other high growth investment in the area. Offering a variety of retail and business services the NORAD Mill presently is home to over 35 companies such as a coffee roaster, a winery, a yarn manufacturer, and a healthcare staffing agency, with many more opening soon. Other exciting developments for Summer 2019 include the opening of The Candy Mill, a nostalgic candy store, and 3 West Events, a new event venue for weddings, corporate and nonprofit events, as well as a cafe and coffee bar.

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