Mack said he hopes to open up the dispensary in December or January.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Hydroponics is fully integrated and the gardening supplier has not only expanded into marijuana cultivation but now is working to open up a dispensary.
"We have been very fortunate to be able to keep on growing," owner Tim Mack said. "Everything is coming to fruition."
Mack started with Berkshire Hydroponics, an indoor/outdoor gardening supplier focusing on GMO-free, organic gardening, about seven years ago.
The well-stocked store has shelves of soils, nutrients, teas, and whatever else a beginner or experienced gardener may need.
Mack said over the years, they have served a loyal customer base well but found over time there was more that they could do. So they spread beyond the four walls of suite 1 to suite 3 and 4 in their 1450 East St. location.
The next steps turned Mack's business into a vertically unified business. With the help of his business partner Sonia Orenstein, just a few hundred feet down East they opened Mass Yield Cultivation - a 5,000 square foot marijuana cultivation center.
Now to complete the journey from seed to the store counter, they plan to open up Potency, a marijuana dispensary in suites 1 and 2
"Everything really fell into place, and the spaces became available. I never envisioned it going that way," he said. "Now we supply everything starting with seeds. I am the only one in the state that is fully integrated from seed to end product...I am working on building a respectable small business for my kids' future."
Mack has two boys, Lukas age 10, and Greyson, age 6.
Mack said he hopes to open up the dispensary in December or January. He pointed to the new sign atop the storefront excited to eventually see the storefront busy with customers.
Mack kept coming back to his loyal customers who make Berkshire Hydroponics more than a store, but a family.
"I like to keep everything local and everyone has been so supportive," Mack said. "The environment here is very friendly. People come in and they start talking. They exchange numbers and tips. I like my business to run like a family, and that is what I want at Potency."
He said Potency will sell products from other vendors as well as their own products.
"It is definitely, from what I see, a different style build-out," Mack said. "We want to have our own in-house brand...we want to put out a quality product."
Mack said he hopes to have a vendor day to help promote other small businesses once Potency opens.
At his core, Mack is a gardener and is most passionate about Mass Yield.
"The growing is where our passion really is," he said. "Gardening is a passion. It is more about that than the money. We want to help people. We want to do our part."
He said he plans to expand into outdoor and greenhouse cultivation.
He said he makes a point to hire local contractors and local people to handle each phase of the business. He attributes his tight-knit team and customer base to the business's success.
"I appreciate everyone that has been here and has shopped here from the beginning and those who continue to come here," he said. "Because of them, we have grown beyond our one small suite, and we are excited to continue to serve our community as we expand."
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Pittsfield to Unveil Plaque for Buddy Pellerin Ballfield
By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A commemorative plaque will officially designate the Clapp Park ballfield for former coach George "Buddy" Pellerin.
The name change was approved about seven years ago after Pellerin passed away at the age of 77. The plaque's set be unveiled at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14.
"Chairman [Cliff] Nilan has been involved with this effort to site a permanent plaque at the Buddy Pellerin Field which is of course the main baseball field and Clapp Park where Buddy Pellerin coached and played for many, many years," Park, Open Space and Natural Resource Program Manager James McGrath explained to the Parks Commission on Monday.
"And this is a permanent recognition of his contribution to the city."
The plaque, currently covered up, is just behind home plate on the backstop behind the walking track. It was pointed out that the public is welcome to join the unveiling to remember a "literal Pittsfield giant."
Pellerin was head coach of the Pittsfield High baseball team for 19 years, leading the team to the state title in 1966 and taking the team to the 1974 title game. He also served as athletic director and head softball coach during his time at PHS.
He handed over the reins of the baseball team in 1982 but remained active in the sport. He went on to coach softball at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and the former St. Joseph's High as well as the city's Babe Ruth League all-star team. He was inducted into the Massachusetts Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1988.
The park has seen major improvements after the city partnered with the Rotary Club and the Buddy Pellerin Field Committee on a state grant.
During the meeting, it was also reported that the Berkshire County Historical Society has been working with the city to plant a commemorative elm tree in Park Square. It will replace the iconic one that was planted in the 1990s to emulate an elm that was admired by Pittsfield residents in the city's early days.
There will be a dedication ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 5:30 p.m. The event will fall on Nation Plant a Tree Day.
"This year we have been working with [McGrath] to plan a special planting of an elm to commemorate the elm that was obviously very famous here in Pittsfield and was chopped down but was first saved by Lucretia Williams," Executive Director Lesley Herzberg explained.
About halfway through polling, mayoral candidates Peter Marchetti, Karen Kalinowsky and John Krol were feeling hopeful while holding signs in front of Providence Court, the polling location for Ward 3A.
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