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Daniel and Michael Mazzeo say the Oasis Liquor Store is a family business.
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The Mazzeos have added selections such as craft beers and will accommodate special orders.

Oasis Liquor Store in Adams Under New Management

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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ADAMS, Mass. — The Oasis Liquor Store is under new management and the Mazzeo family looks to bring a new face to the package store.  
 
Michael Mazzeo took over the Spring Street store a few months ago because he saw an opportunity to expand  in the area.
 
"I saw a great opportunity and I decided to invest in Adams and with some hard work and some improvement, we are hoping to accomplish that," Mazzeo said.
 
He is familiar with the retail business and before taking over the Oasis, he updated and operated the Greenridge Variety & Liquor in Dalton, and has owned a tanning salon and a barber shop.
 
"I have been in business over 35 years and I tried to get my boys setup," he said. "This is going to run like a family business."
 
Customer service is important to the Mazzeos and Michael's son Daniel said this is what will set Oasis Liquors apart from other similar businesses. 
 
"I think customer service-wise we are more responsive to that," he said. "Our prices are better and we have done this before. This isn't the kind of store where you come in and there is no acknowledgement."
 
His father added that they are happy to make special orders for patrons and will give discounts to those who order by the case.
 
"We welcome the opportunity to provide any special order that any customer requests," Michael Mazzeo said.
 
He added that they now carry a selection of craft beers, micro brews, and quality cigars.
 
The Mazzeos not only brought a new face to the liquor store but want to refresh the property itself.
 
"We brought in more products in new coolers," Daniel Mazzeo said. "We started remodeling and we have more that we want to do."
 
Michael Mazzeo said they plan to expand in the near future.
 
The Mazzeos brought over experienced staff from their former store who are TIPS and Tobacco Awareness certified.
 
"When they found out about our new location they decided to follow and work with us again," Michael said. "Our employees are like part of our family and that is what makes us a great family business."
 
Oasis Liquor is open Monday through Wednesday 9 to 9, Thursday through Saturday 9 to 10, and Sunday 10 to 7.  Check the Facebook page for more information.

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Three Berkshires Women Named 'Unsung Heroines'


Liz Mitchell and state Rep. John Barrett III at Tuesday's 2019 Unsung Heroine ceremony at the State House. 

BOSTON — Three Berkshires women were named Unsung Heroines for 2019 during a State House ceremony on Tuesday.

State Sen. Adam G. Hinds nominated Donna Cesan for this recognition because of her dedication to community, having served as Community Development Director and interim Town Administrator for the town of Adams for 19 years.

Elizabeth "Liz" Mitchell, a North Adams resident and advocate for domestic violance victims with the Elizabeth Freeman Center, was nominated by state Rep. John Barrett III and Marie Richardson of Pittsfield, a caseworker in the Pittsfield Public Schools, was nominated by state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier.

"Donna has selflessly given countless hours of her time to ensure Adams is moving in the right direction," said Hinds. "She is well-respected in her hometown of Lanesborough, and the town of Adams is well-served by her. She is absolutely an Unsung Heroine for her dedication to our region and her professionalism, which is effortlessly showcased in all of her projects."

Massachusetts Commission of the Status of Women annually celebrates "unsung heroines" who don't always make the news, but who make a difference. They are the women who use their time, talent and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of others and make a difference in their neighborhoods, cities and towns. They are mentors, volunteers and innovators who do what needs to be done without expectations of recognition or gratitude. These women are the glue that keeps a community together and every community is better because of their contribution.   

Hinds said Cesan has dedicated her career to public service. As the director of community development, she has spearheaded economic development projects with big impact, like the construction of a platform for the Adams terminus of the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum's Hoosac Valley Service, the renovation of the Adams Visitor Center parking lot and implementing the community's vision for the Greylock Glen. Since 2014, she has been asked twice by the Board of Selectmen to also serve as interim town administrator, managing every aspect of municipal government for months, while also promoting community development initiatives in town.
 
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