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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 Lights Permanent, Young Christmas Tree

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

Linda Tyer welcomes the crowd to her last tree lighting as mayor. She leaves office in January. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city's permanent Christmas tree was lit for the holidays for the first time on Friday. Though the young tree is currently 9 feet tall, it is expected grow up to 50 feet in time.

"Look at our petite sweet little Christmas tree. I know it's a surprise to all of you to see that we have planted a tree in Park Square instead of our past tradition of having a big tree donated," Mayor Linda Tyer said.

"We really felt strongly that this was the time for us to preserve our natural forests by not cutting down trees and planting a tree here in Park Square that will grow and grow and grow, and I encourage moms and dads and grandparents and caregivers to get a photo with your kids next to this tree every year so you can watch them and the tree grow."

The rain didn't stop the tree-lighting ceremony on Friday. Families gathered with umbrellas around the conifer that was planted in October as they waited for Santa and Mrs. Claus to arrive.

"Here comes Santa Claus," Recreation and Special Events Coordinator Maddy Brown said as the Pittsfield High School chorus sang "Winter Wonderland."

The jolly duo pulled up on firetrucks to a long line of children waiting to recite their Christmas lists.

The tree was lit before the guests arrived, as the city felt due to its small stature it would be more festive to have it that way. Additionally, the shrubs around the fountain were illuminated.

Last year, the tree lighting ceremony returned in person after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19. Over the years, it has become harder for the city to locate a tree and transport it for installation.

This type of fir has a silver blue color, is more desirable under urban conditions, and has the least pest problems of many evergreens, Park, Open Space and Natural Resource Program Manager James McGrath said. It will grow about 10 inches per year and will typically reach 30-50 feet tall and 15-25 feet wide when mature.

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