Biz Briefs: Carr Hardware Opens 'Store of the Future'
Carr Paint opens
Carr Hardware, a family-owned Western Massachusetts business for more than 90 years, in conjunction with Benjamin Moore, has opened an all-new paint and decorating showcase store located at 358 Cooley Street, Five Town Plaza, in Springfield. The new store, Carr Paint, is a state-of-the-art "Store of the Future" collaboration with Benjamin Moore and will exclusively carry an expanded line of premium and professional grade Benjamin Moore products.
"We are truly proud to partner with Benjamin Moore and bring to Springfield a paint decorating center like no other in the market today. The store is specifically designed to serve the needs of local municipalities, institutions, contractors, interior designers and homeowners, alike," said Carr Hardware President Bart Raser.
Carr Paint also stocks the full line of fine Graber brand window treatments and offers in-home measuring, consultation and professional installation. Also featured are indoor and outdoor rugs by Kaleen, top quality rugs with fashion-forward designs. For the contractor, property manager, institutional and commercial customer, Carr Paint offers free local job site delivery, very aggressive pricing, convenient early store hours and a dedicated outside sales force.
Carr Paint is an approved supplier to the commonwealth of Massachusetts and Mass Higher Education Consortium (MHEC) through their statewide contracts. Store hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The store's direct phone line is 413-266-8235.
Berkshire Bank offices will close at noon on Wednesday, June 5, for employees to participate in volunteer projects as part of its Xtraordinary Day of Service. The day highlights the company’s commitment to supporting all of the communities that Berkshire Bank serves.
Berkshire Bank Employees will participate in 36 service projects across six states. In Berkshire County, employees will work with the Outreach Program to package over 100,000 meals, which will be provided to the Food Bank of Western MA and benefit those in need. Volunteers will help with everything from unloading and measuring supplies to weighing and packing meals for shipment.
MountainOne Insurance and Investments open
MountainOne Insurance and Investments has opened its doors at the company's newly renovated and expanded space at 85 Main St. in North Adams, adjacent to the bank's main office and headquarters. The significant investment in downtown North Adams enables MountainOne to bring all its financial service offerings of banking, insurance and investments together.
MountainOne Investment's North Adams team has moved back into the newly renovated space at 85 Main St. after a temporary move to its headquarters at 93 Main St. MountainOne Insurance’s North Adams team has relocated from 26 Union St. to the new 85 Main St. location. MountainOne Insurance’s Employee Benefits division and its partners from OneDigital, formerly located at 795 Main St. in Williamstown, have also relocated to 85 Main St., North Adams. MountainOne’s presence in Williamstown, which includes banking and Investments at 795 Main St., and Insurance and Investments at 296 Main St., remains unchanged.
"With this expansion, we look forward to better serving existing and prospective bank, insurance and investment customers. Having a convenient, one-stop, full-service experience, where our team of banking, insurance and investment professionals can completely and efficiently serve the needs of individual and commercial accounts will be a significant benefit to our customers," said Robert Fraser, MountainOne president and CEO. "Through this major investment in downtown North Adams, we continue our long-term commitment to our community."
WCMA Summer Space
The Williams College Museum of Art Summer Space gallery and shop is now open at 76 Spring St. in Williamstown. Summer Space will replace the museum’s permanent home in Lawrence Hall while the building closes from June 3 through Sept. 5 to undergo a series of renovations.
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Sept. 2, and free of charge, Summer Space will be a place for visitors to gather, shop and sip a cold beverage while surrounded by works from the WALLS collection. WALLS, which stands for “Williams Art Loan for Living Spaces,” is a special collection of original artworks that go on loan to Williams students every semester.
WCMA also will continue its popular summer series, Ologies, with programs at different unique locations around the Williams College campus on Thursdays from July 11 through Aug. 15. A reception back at Summer Space will follow each program, which will include topics such as physiology, campanology and etymology. For complete program information, visit the website.
With an emphasis on contemporary design and local makers, the WCMA shop offers art and design-inspired books and zines, home goods, jewelry and gifts for all ages. It features local and international designers including poketo, areaware and Chronicle Press. This summer, a newly debuted selection of beverages by Yes Folk Kombucha, Green Bee sodas and Quivr coffee will be available for visitors to purchase and enjoy in Summer Space.
The main WCMA galleries in Lawrence Hall will reopen Friday, Sept. 6.
For the seventh year in a row, in honor of Flag Day, Big Y is collecting worn, torn, faded, or badly soiled American Flags for proper retirement. Big Y is working with local Boy Scouts, American Legions, VFW’s, and military organizations to properly retire the collected flags.
Through June 12, all Big Y locations, including Fresh Acres and Table & Vine, will have special receptacles for accepting the worn flags. These flags will be delivered to the local organizations listed above to ensure proper retirement with dignity and respect. Since 2012, Big Y has collected close to 46,000 American flags for proper retirement.
The collecting organizations will hold a special flag retirement ceremony that conforms to the United States Flag Code. "United States Federal Law provides that "fhe flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning." (36 U.S.C. 176(k)) The burning symbolizes purification and rebirth when performed during a ceremony. After a final tribute, a flag is cut in 13 strips that represent the original 13 colonies, and the 50 stars to pay homage to the 50 states. The strips are then respectively placed on a fire. The ashes are then collected and buried after the Pledge of Allegiance is recited and a moment of silence is observed.
Flag Day was established in 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson. It is celebrated every year on June 14 to observe the adoption of the first national flag in 1777.