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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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Adams Selectmen Hear From Ale House Owner

By Jeff SnoonianiBerkshires Staff

Nate Girard explains his predicament to the Selectmen on Wednesday.
ADAMS, Mass. — Nate Girard and his longtime friend Erik Pizani decided to buy the Saint Stanislaus Kostka Hall in 2012. The property had a rich history in town and most people had memories of bowling, playing pitch, attending a wedding, or just sitting at an old red leather stool and enjoying a cheap beer.
 
The two partners, along with another investor, spent hundreds of thousands of dollars bringing the structure up to code and restoring the bar and kitchen. The Adams Ale House was born. Both of them ran the restaurant, bought houses, had kids, went into real estate together, and celebrated the boom and even the bust times. 
 
Pizani eventually left the restaurant business and left Girard as the sole owner of the building. Girard decided to lease the restaurant space to focus solely on real estate and his young family. The new operators didn't last long in a tough restaurant market and went out of business in December 2018.
 
The building on East Hoosac Street has sat unused since then. Girard has it listed it on several sources and is still hopeful he can find a taker. The idle liquor license he still holds, however, has become an issue for the town.
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