Business of the Month
Catherine and Bill Kane
2 Sheffield Road, South Egremont, MA
Multi-generational family businesses make up the fabric of the Berkshires and Kwik Print, Inc. is no exception. Cheryl and John Raifstanger Jr. launched their family print shop in 1973 in the basement of the Mahaiwe Theater with a second-hand press and scrappy entrepreneurial spirit. Now under the direction of their son John III, the business continues to flourish and serve the Southern Berkshire community in a new technological era.
Gert and Cindy Alper
Swiss Hütte Inn and Restaurant
Route 23, Hillsdale, NY
At the base of Catamount Ski Area sits an alpine-style building. In the front garden a Swiss and American flag wave proudly in the wind. It is a view that could have come straight out of an advertisement for idyllic ski chalets in the Swiss Alps. The building is home to the appropriately named Swiss Hütte, a 14-room inn and restaurant serving international cuisine that is owned and operated by Swiss-born chef Gert Alper and wife Cindy.
Evergreen Fine American Arts
291 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230
Drive through downtown Great Barrington in the summer and you’ll immediately recognize Evergreen by the windsocks fluttering in the wind, the colorful Vermont-made tube-like kites hanging from the awning.
An evening of networking and information on BerkShares for Businesses.
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The Bistro Box
937 South Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230
On opening day at the Bistro Box, you can expect long lines of people eager to get their hands on tomato-bacon jam, freshly-squeezed lemonade, and crispy hand-cut truffle fries. Perhaps it’s the exclusivity of their seasonal schedule, or maybe it’s because the food is out of this world, but one thing is for sure: husband and wife owners Nick and Birdie Joseph have built a cult following for their twist on the classic American burger stand at their Great Barrington roadside eatery.
BerkShares, Inc. invites the community to experience and participate in “community supported entrepreneurship” at a free event on Wednesday, April 11th where students from the Entry to Entrepreneurship business planning program will present their business plans to the public. The event will take place at Dewey Hall, 91 Main Street, Sheffield, MA from 5:30-7:30pm. Following the presentations, audience members will be invited to ask questions of the students and join a conversation about business opportunities in the Berkshires.
In the heart of Norman Rockwell country, the bright walls, groovy sounds, and eclectic offerings at 7 Arts Gift Shop stick out from the traditional Americana on Main Street. It’s “a little bit irreverant, a little bit funny” says owner Teresa O’Brient of Stockbridge’s premier retailer of vintage clothing, vinyl records, and cheeky accessories, “you just have to laugh.” She and her husband Alan have curated a unique shopping experience for the thousands of visitors that come through Stockbridge each year.
289 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230
When Emily Carlotta goes out to dinner, she recognizes people by their feet. “I think, ‘I helped them get those boots – I knew they’d like them!’” Carlotta is the store manager and buyer at Barrington Outfitters at 289 Main Street in Great Barrington, and she loves where she works.
Brothers Richard and Peter Drucker founded Barrington Outfitters in
The Chef's Shop
31 Railroad Street, Great Barrington
(413) 528 0135
Like any good entrepreneur, Rob Navarino loves what he does and does not mind taking a plunge. Owner of The Chef’s Shop on Railroad Street in Great Barrington, Navarino “always knew” that he wanted to have his own business. In 1991, after “paying his dues” in the corporate world, he snatched an opportunity to fulfill his dream, and started a little store he originally
864 S. Undermountain Road (Rte 41) Sheffield, MA
(413) 229 8585
Nestled ’neath the shadow of Race Mountain, the Stagecoach Tavern is tucked beneath layers of history. Few places in Berkshire County have served as a “watering hole” longer than this tavern on Route 41 in Sheffield, and few have accumulated as much character. The oldest parts of the low-slung tavern date back to the early 1770s, while the grand brick “Coach House”
258 Stockbridge Rd. Great Barrington
31 Main Street, Stockbridge
By traditional Berkshire reckoning, Home Sweet Home Doughnut Shoppe is a newcomer. Owners Debbie and John Scalia are transplants from Enfield, Connecticut, and their Doughnut Shoppe at 258 Stockbridge Road (Route 7) in Great Barrington has not yet been open five years. But this new arrival has had no problem integrating into the community. In fact, the
“All of our local businesses should trade in BerkShares,” says Catherine Chester, an attorney at Hellman Shearn & Arienti LLP. In her view, BerkShares help to combat one of the main challenges that face the Berkshires. “We have an aging and a