BUSINESS BRIEFS: Great Barrington Dispensary debuts; Marketplace opens new Great Barrington specialty shop; new Berkshire Co-op GM: WAM adds to board; Delta S Performance opens in Lenox; Downtown Pittsfield hires director; BCC adds staff; Salisbury Bank employee awards

Great Barrington Dispensary now opens on Main Street

GREAT BARRINGTONGreat Barrington Dispensary, Berkshire County’s newest recreational adult-use marijuana dispensary, is now open at 454 Main Street, the landmark Gothic Revival mansion that most recently housed McTeigue & McClelland Jewelers. Locally, it was known as “Indiola Place”Now known as “The Named One” “The Cannabis Castle,”The dispensary offers customized, “client-first”Local experts offer cannabis services in a welcoming space.

Great Barrington Dispensary, Berkshire County’s newest recreational adult-use marijuana dispensary, is now open at 454 Main Street. Photo courtesy of the Dispensary

“Great Barrington and its surrounding towns have a rich history of innovation, a connection to the natural world, and an engaged community,” said the dispensary’s co-owner Pepe Breton. “As one of the newest cannabis dispensaries in Berkshire County, we are proud to be part of a progressive movement and to continue these traditions.”

Grown outdoors in Wareham, Massachusetts, the dispensary’s No. 9 Collection is committed to using environmentally-conscious cultivation methods, including the use of on-site artesian well water, custom soils with natural amendments, and traditional organic farming practices. The Dispensary team has decades-long experience in the licensed cannabis industry in Massachusetts and nationally. They are leveraging their knowledge to bring the best cannabis selections to the Berkshires and provide the best customer service.

“Our mission at Great Barrington Dispensary is to create a customer-first retail space where the community can connect with an expert for a personalized cannabis experience”Breton was also added. “We want every customer to feel comfortable and be treated like royalty.”

Owners of Great Barrington DispensaryThe four owners of Great Barrington Dispensary during the opening celebration. Left to right: Jarrad Glennon (Krishna Gandhi), Benjamin Smith (Pepe Breton), and Jarrad Glennon (left to right). Photo by David Scribner

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The dispensary features carefully selected products from local family farmers who are committed sustainability and natural cultivation methods.

The store is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m.–9:45 p.m.

—A.K.

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Great Barrington’s new Marketplace location opens serving its famous specialty foods

The new home of The Marketplace Specialty Food ShopThe Marketplace Specialty Food Shop is now located on Route 7, in the same building that used to house Locke, Stock & Barrel. Photo courtesy The Marketplace.

GREAT BARRINGTON – The Marketplace, known for its menu of high quality, specialty foods, will celebrate the grand opening of its newest location at 265 Stockbridge Road, called The Marketplace Specialty Food Shop, April 1 through 3.

The Marketplace is run by Chefs David Renner and Kevin Schmitz, Douglas Luf, Christopher Brooks, and offers a wide range of delicious options for breakfast and lunch. The Marketplace has a pastry department that is fully staffed and offers cookies, brownies pies, custards, cakes, and special-day custom cakes. The Specialty Shop also sells Artisan cheese. Market-placekitchen.com offers a full menu, as well as specialty food options, catering options, and cafes. This is the place to go for quick meals every day.

Three chefs from The MarketplaceThree of the four Marketplace chefs are L. to R. Douglas Luf (Kevin Schmitz) and David Renner (David Renner). Christopher Brooks is missing from the photo. Photo courtesy of The Marketplace

“We are excited to offer familiar and beloved savory and sweet items as well as prepared foods that will be new to those familiar with our offerings,” said Renner. “We’re looking forward to greeting our regular customers and meeting new ones in our newly remodeled location.”

“Food is our passion,”Luf. “The best food starts from scratch, which is what our 20 talented chefs prepare every day for our customers using many local ingredients. Our goal is to be the community’s everyday source for take-out food and your first thought when you need catering for your special event. We love being a part of the community and are thrilled to continue our traditions in our new location.”

The 265 Stockbridge Road location is open Monday – Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 —M.L.S.

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Berkshire Food Co-op has appointed Jessica Bosworth to be its new general manager

Jessica Bosworth Berkshire Co-opJessica Bosworth, General Manager Berkshire Food Co-op. Photo courtesy of the Co-op

GREAT BARRINGTON — The Berkshire Food Co-opThe company announces Jessica Bosworth as the new general manager. She brings over 20 years experience in management, leadership, and grocery. Previously serving as the center store manager, she’s overseen steady growth in her departments and is ready to bring that same attention to detail to her new role.

Bosworth will be the first woman to lead the Co-op as GM. She is an expert at materializing Berkshire Food Co-op’s mission to bring good food to everyone in the Berkshire community. Her relationships with local vendors stretch back decades. This is at a time when Co-op is reinventing its initiatives to highlight more local farmers, producers, and makers in more unconventional ways.

“We [the board of Directors] came together as one voice wishing to hire talent from within, recognizing that Jessica knows our culture, our ownership and greater Berkshire community,”In her announcement, Board President Phyllis Webb said. “She is eager to empower her team, help us to grow responsibly, and make sure we are achieving our organizational ends.”

—A.K.

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WAM Theatre announces new board members

L to R in clockwise order: Megan Sandberg Zakian and Donna Haghighat. Kim Stauffer and Nicole M. Young Martin. Image courtesy WAM

LENOX — Producing Artistic Director Kristen van Ginhoven, Managing Director Molly Merrihew, and the WAMBoard announces four new members to their board WAM Board of Directors. Donna Haghighat will be joined by Megan Sandberg-Zakian and Kim Stauffer. Board President Wendy Healey will also be joined by members Erica Barreto Toni Buckley Carolyn Butler and Margaret Fluhr.

Donna Haghighat currently serves as the Executive Director of the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts. Under her leadership, the Women’s Fund has successfully launched The Young Women’s Initiative for girls and young women of color in Springfield, focused on gender and racial equity, and moved from direct programming to partnerships and community investing.

Megan Sandberg – ZakianShe is a theater director and author. She is also a facilitator. Her passion lies in the development of vital American plays for the stage. She has directed many productions for WAM, including its 2016 Fall Mainstage production. “Holy Laughter,”The upcoming Fresh Takes Playreading of “The New Galileos”Amy Berryman. She has directed shows at the New York Theatre Workshop and Huntington Theatre as well as the California Shakespeare Theatre.

Kim StaufferEmilie played the role of Emilie “Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight” in WAM Theatre’s 2013 production and 2017 remount. Her Berkshire credits include Barrington Stage Company and Chester Theatre Company, and her regional work as an actor has taken her to New York Classical Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, the Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC), Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, and beyond. As a director, she has worked with Berkshire Playwright’s Lab, UAlbany Theatre, and Union College Theatre. She is the Head of Acting for the UAlbany Theatre Program.

Nicole M. Young-MartinShe is a performer and writer, as well as a musician, producer, musician, nonprofit manager, educator, and writer. She has been a practicing artist for more than 25 year and spent more 10 years working in higher education. Young-Martin serves as the producer and host of the web series Black Writers Read; teaches literature, developmental writing, and theater for Bard Microcollege Holyoke; and works as the Community Investments Manager for the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts.

The new trustees join WAM’s stalwart Board Members Erica Barreto (multicultural educator, arts administrator, and creative placemaker currently working at MCLA), Toni Buckley (higher education administrator and storyteller working as the Director of Alumni Relations at Berkshire Community College), Carolyn Butler (not-for-profit fundraiser of 20 years with a focus on arts, culture, and social services), and Margaret Fluhr (clinical social worker for 37 years).

WAM is grateful to the recent services of Arwen Lowbridge (Financial Planner and Advisor Baystate Financial), Diane Scott, Director of Artist Services at Mid-America Arts Alliance, and Ellen Ring (retail specialist for 30 years), who have just completed their terms on board.

—A.K.

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Delta S Performance announces the opening of a Functional Neurology Clinic

Lenox Dr. Greig Andrews Delta S PerformanceLenox Clinic Director Dr. Greig Andrews

LENOXDelta S PerformanceThe Lenox Functional Neurology/Concussion clinic has been opened. This clinic will be able to provide care for concussion, autoimmune, neurological and concussion patients as well as children with neurodevelopmental disorders like Dyslexia, Autism, Dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyslexia, Dyslexia, Dyslexia, Dyslexia, Dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyslexia, Dyslexia, Dys The Senaptec Sensory System, a top piece of equipment, has been recently acquired by the Lenox Clinic.

Lenox Clinic Director Dr. Greig Andrews is a graduate of Life West Chiropractic College, holds three additional master’s degrees, and has completed three post-doctoral programs in Clinical Neuroscience, NeuroDevelopmental Disorders, and Traumatic Brain Injury/Concussion.

Dr. Andrews is a successful doctor in treating MS, concussions and spinal cord injuries, Lyme Disease, Lyme Disease, migraines vertigo, epileptic seizure, ADHD, autism and addiction. Andrews has also improved the performance of professional dancers and personal trainers, athletes as well as stage actors, opera singers, classical musicians, and stage actors. “Functional Neurology, in my humble opinion, is the future of non-surgical, non-pharmacological, evidence-based, leading-edge scientific brain-based healthcare,” said Dr. Andrews. “Delta S Performance is the team that is here to deliver it, now.”

The Clinic is now open at 12–A Church Street in Lenox, and accepting new patients. Please call 413-217-0711 or email [email protected] to make an appointment.

—A.K.

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Downtown Pittsfield welcomes a new managing director

Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. Managing Director Rebecca Brien. Photo courtesy DPI

PITTSFIELDDowntown Pittsfield, Inc.(DPI) has named their new Managing director. Rebecca Brien will take over the position left vacant by Cheryl Mirer in February 2022. Brien will work with DPI’s Board of Directors to tackle strategic areas including public safety, quality of life, increasing foot traffic and decreasing vacant storefronts, and promoting equity, diversity and inclusion.

Brien was most recently the Director of Marketing & Sales at the Hilton Garden Inn Pittsfield. She brings a combination of business, sales and hospitality experience to her new position, as well as a passion for fundraising, volunteering, and customer service. Her hospitality career included key roles at Canyon Ranch and Cranwell Resort. Brien worked in the business industry for Country Curtains (KB Toys), managing inventory, analyzing sales and maximising revenue.

Born in Richmond, Massachusetts, she attended local high schools and studied Culinary Art and Hotel Restaurant Management at Berkshire Community College. She sits on the boards of the Pediatric Development Center and the Pittsfield Parade Committee and is a member of the Berkshire Business & Professional Women’s group and a graduate of the Berkshire Leadership Program (‘19).

—A.K.

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BCC announces new faculty and staff

BCC sign campusBerkshire Community College. Photo courtesy BCC

PITTSFIELD Berkshire Community College(BCC), announces the addition to seven full-time staff members and the change of employment status for one staff member.

Dominic Castagna joins BCC as Testing Center Clerk. Castagna has been a student worker at BCC and a part-time temporary employee for the past five years. Castagna previously worked in youth development at Hillcrest Educational Centers. Castagna received a certificate from BCC in music production and plans to continue his education in order to earn an associate’s degree in music.

Debora EllsworthAs an administrative assistant to the Director of Facilities in Administration and Finance, she joins BCC. She has experience in office management, project management, and banking. Ellsworth, an avid painter, teaches at paint parties and is also a face-painer for events in the Berkshires.

Peter FarkasAs Associate Director of Workforce Development and Community Education, he joins BCC. He has over 15 years of community and workforce development experience. He has worked at two MassHire Workforce Development Boards in Greater Boston and at a MassHire Career Center. Farkas was previously the Executive Director of MassHire Greater Lowell Workforce Board before joining BCC. He holds a MBA from Suffolk University as well as a BA from UMass Amherst.

Justine FitzgeraldAs Coordinator of Learning Services, she joins BCC. She has been working in higher education for 23+ years, most recently as Associate Prof of English at Helene Fuld College of Nursing in Manhattan. She taught literature and writing courses at The City College of New York (CCNY) for many years. Fitzgerald holds a BA and MA in Creative Writing/English degrees from CCNY. In May, Fitzgerald will receive her EdD from Fordham University in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Administration.

Cheryl MirerAs an Enrollment Counselor, she joins BCC. She holds a bachelor’s degree from UMass Amherst in Studio Art and Art History and a master’s degree from Boston University in Arts Administration. Most recently, Mirer was Executive Director of Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. She has also worked at Clarkson University as Assistant Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations and at Bard College at Simon’s Rock as Alumni Affairs/Advancement Associate, among other positions.

Debra Sarlin joins BCC as Executive Director – Workforce Development. She has worked closely with educators for nearly two decades and has extensive experience in developing formal programming as well as informal community-based educational offerings at several colleges. Most recently, she was Education Director at The Foundry – Net Positive Inc., a makerspace and hub for entrepreneurship located in Buffalo, New York. Sarlin holds a BA degree from Hampshire College, an MFA degree from Columbia University, as well as a PhD in Education at The State University of New York at Albany.

Judith WeinerBCC welcomes her as an Administrative Assistant to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute’s (OLLI) program. Prior to joining BCC, she was the administrator and leader for community education at a synagogue. Weiner holds a master’s degree in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary in America, with a specialty in informal education. She also holds a Certificate of Virtual Experiential Education Facilitation from Institute for Experiential Jewish Education.

Matthew MartinThe former Coordinator of Learning Experience Design at Greenfield Community College shared his time with BCC, but now he holds the same position full time at BCC.

—A.K.

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Salisbury Bank and Trust announces employee rewards

LAKEVILLE, Conn.Salisbury BankAnnounces 2021 Employee Award Winners The virtual award ceremony was held on March 15, 2022.

The Employee of the year award recognizes, celebrates and honors employees. “outstanding employee”whose customer service and leadership, professionalism, enthusiasm and knowledge really stood out throughout the year. Gary CopeThe bank employees selected Cope to receive this award. Cope joined Bank in 2012 as an Information Technology Specialist. He has continued to share his knowledge with others to ensure they are well-equipped to assist others in future. Cope was named Employee of Year for the second time, the first being 2015.

The President’s Award was presented to Betsy Summerville, Executive Vice-President, Chief Retail and Loan Operations Officer. Summerville has been an integral part of the Bank’s success for the past 18 years. She has been a great leader in her team, providing inspiration, guidance and support to everyone she works with, as well as bank-wide.

The Rookie of Year Award went to Brian LegerHe was appointed Vice President, Loan Servicing Management Manager in November 2020. His vast experience allowed him to manage everything. He seamlessly joined committees and took over projects while providing valuable support for Loan Servicing as well as the Bank as a whole. Leger is currently a member of the Bank’s Leadership Development Program.

The Volunteer of Year award, which recognizes employees who volunteer consistently for the Bank, was presented to Natalie Allyn. She joined the Bank in September 2019 as a Risk Management Specialist. During the past year, she generously volunteered for five bank sponsored events.

—A.K.

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