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The Berkshire General Store in the Central Block is empty of everything but signs for rent.

Shuttered Berkshire General Store Bought by Property Managers

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire General Store closed its doors for good at the end of 2022 but there may be hope for a similar venture in its space.

On Wednesday, the Board of Health voted to transfer a tobacco permit from the store to Cavalier Management, which has purchased the business.  

Tony Marcella and Richard Altman of the property management company attended the meeting along with Lindsey Tuller, former co-owner of Berkshire General Store.

The new owners aim to make "some improvements" if possible and reported that they are trying to keep it as a general store.  Planning is still in progress and has to be solidified within 60 days per state requirements.

"We have a lot of experience," Altman said. "We just have to see if we can make it work."

The transfer is contingent upon two outstanding application requirements that have not been fulfilled: updated licensure from the Department of Revenue and tobacco training.

"I like your store a lot," board member Steve Smith said. "I didn't know that it was up for sale or that it was being bought or anything."

Tuller has declined comment on the business's closure, disclosing that she would like to move on.

On Dec. 26, the store's Facebook profile picture was changed to a photo of the Looney Tunes closing sequence of "That's all folks!" signaling its end.

The store had been open for more than 10 years, offering an assortment of gifts, snacks, drinks, ice cream, and Boar's Head sandwiches. Being located in the Central Block on North Street, it was a popular spot for tourists and people who work downtown.

On the storefront's windows are Cavalier Management branded "for rent" banners that advertise the space as a 1,700-square-foot prime location.

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Pittsfield Officials Tour ServiceNet's Vocational Farm

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Officials got a first look at ServiceNet's therapeutic vocational farm in the former Jodi's Seasonal on Friday.
"I think it's a great reuse of a property with both a training and education piece and a community development piece," Mayor Peter Marchetti said.
Early this year, the nonprofit human service agency closed on the property when former owners Dave and Andrea Blessing sold  Jodi's after 40 years in operation.  Prospect Meadow Farm Berkshires is an expansion of ServiceNet's first farm in Hatfield that has provided meaningful agricultural work, fair wages, and personal and professional growth to hundreds of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities since opening in 2011.
Vice President of Vocational Programs Shawn Robinson, who helped spearhead the farm from day one, said they aim for a similar operation in Pittsfield.
"The model has been incredible. Families love the work that their loved ones are doing for a variety of reasons. A lot of folks we serve are folks on the spectrum and what we've seen is being outdoors, physical work, and connection with animals have tremendous benefits for that population," he explained.
"And then also, there's a significant population of young people coming through right now where your traditional program just doesn't seem like a good fit for whatever reason that might be and it might even be just the amount of space that that person needs. Being in a building isn't necessarily for everyone."
The 16-acre flower farm on Crane Avenue includes greenhouses, a few buildings, and a great deal of land.  An open house is staged for May and the hope is to have goat and chicken houses completed as well as a full-scale mushroom operation, tomato plants, and cucumbers if weather permits.
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