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Several guests and town officials were at the salon on Friday for a ribbon cutting to celebrate its opening.
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Inside the salon are three new tanning beds, which include one lay-down bed and two standing units, as well as several options for lotions and other skin-related products.
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Secret Sun Tanning Salon Opens in Adams

By Brian RhodesiBerkshires Staff
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ADAMS, Mass. — Secret Sun Tanning Salon has opened at 96 Summer St., giving residents the opportunity to get tanned year-round. 


Inside the salon are three new tanning beds, which include one lay-down bed and two standing units, as well as several options for lotions and other skin-related products. Salon manager Emily Durant explained that the machines are adjustable, allowing users to change the intensity based on their skin complexion and sensitivity. 


"All of our machines can actually play music through your phone," Durant said. "We have cords that plug right into them, so you can play your own music while you're in there and jam out to whatever suits you." 


Several guests and town officials visited the salon on Friday for a ribbon cutting to celebrate its opening. 


"We just wanted to say thank you very much to you and the Nocher team for your investment here on Summer Street," said Christine Hoyt, vice chair of the Board of Selectmen. "We're very excited about this opening."


Durant said the salon's location should be perfect for Adams residents, who she explained do not have many options for tanning salons nearby. Aside from Secret Sun, the closest tanning salons for residents of Adams are in Pittsfield and Bennington, Vt. 


The salon is part of 1Berkshire's "Pop Up, North Berkshire" program, which gave funds to support opening four pop-up businesses in Adams and North Adams this year. A one-time grant from the state Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development provided the funds the program. 


"We're just excited to see the redevelopment of this whole corridor, and this being another great asset," said Ben Lamb, director of economic development at 1Berkshire, who was also in attendance to celebrate the opening. "Knowing the market is here, there's a need, and you guys are filling it. What you've done, it's a perfect space for it." 


The Adams Incubator, which opened earlier this year, was the first business in town to open as part of the project. Lamb said all four have remained open after the end of the program.

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Multiple Fundraisers Started for Richmond Street Fire Victims

By Brian RhodesiBerkshires Staff

ADAMS, Mass. — A week after a Thanksgiving morning fire destroyed an apartment building on Richmond Street, multiple community fundraisers have, combined, raised more than $50,000 for the victims of the fire. 

While none of the occupants were injured, the fire caused significant damage to the attic, second floor and front facade of the building. Fire Chief John Pansecchi said the cause of the fire was undetermined after an investigation by the State Fire Marshal's office.

"Nobody was hurt. Great job by everybody that was there," Pansecchi said. 

Two separate GoFundMe fundraisers, one for resident Jacob Anderson-Hall and another for residents Marie Ellis and Jake Hall, have raised a total of $13,350 as of Nov. 30. A spaghetti dinner benefit, hosted by the Bounti Fare on Dec. 18 from noon to 4, is being held on support Hall, Ellis and the other victims. 

"We are thankful for each and every person in their kindness through donations, prayers, kind words, and sharing the gofundmes that are set up," Ellis said in an update on the fundraising page. 

Another fundraiser, organized by Susan Bloom for her in-laws Paul and Vanessa Mazzantini, has raised more than $40,000. 

"Yesterday, we spent the day sorting through donations and cleaning them. We appreciate everyone who has donated, it means so much after this loss," Bloom said in an update on the fundraising page. 

The century-old building at 16-18 Richmond caught fire in the early morning, with Firefighters from Adams, North Adams, Cheshire, Dalton and Savoy responding to the scene at about 9:30 a.m. By about 11:30 a.m., the fire was contained but hotspots were still sending smoke into the air. 

A lower-level apartment was being rented out as an AirB&B and the occupant, Kelsey-Lynn Corradetti of Canada, was able to flee and later get her documents out. 
iBerkshires received an email from the guest's mother, Tosca Reno, who said there was a hero to this story and her name is Sabrina Fortier. 
It was Fortier, another Richmond Street resident, who saw the smoke while walking her dog and ran to the house and started banging on doors. The Mazzantinis and their 3-month-old daughter were having breakfast, unaware of the fire. Paul Mazzantini broke down the door to the AirBnB unit to get Corradetti out, Reno wrote. It was just in time as the windows began to explode. There are numerous photos on Facebook showing the ferocity of the blaze and how fast it spread.  
"I have so much gratitude on this day, for Sabrina's alertness and for Paul's quick action.  My daughter is alive and well, albeit in a state of shock and for this, on this Thanksgiving day, I am beyond grateful," Reno wrote us. "I can't even begin to contemplate what would have happened otherwise."

The nearly 7,000-square-foot structure is listed as a three-apartment building that the Mazzantinis bought in January 2021 and renovated.

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