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Berkshire Block’s company owner lands new ’boutique’ tenant

The Berkshire Block not long ago underwent $2.5 million in renovations. Photograph courtesy Philips Intercontinental

Excellent BARRINGTON — The New York-dependent Philips Intercontinental, operator of the Berkshire Block developing at the corner of Major and Bridge streets, has secured a new tenant for an empty storefront, the firm stated in a penned assertion.

Fluff Alpaca has signed a 5-year lease for a 2,000-square-foot retail room on the floor ground, formerly occupied by an antiques retailer. Fluff Alpaca is a spouse and children-owned boutique showcasing products created from alpaca yarn sourced domestically from the owner’s Hudson Valley-centered farm, Environmentally friendly River Hollow. The firm suggests it feels passionately about regional artisans, the significance of agriculture in the Berkshires and Hudson Valley and, of system, alpacas.

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Fluff Alpaca, now located at 319 Primary Street in downtown Excellent Barrington. Image courtesy the Fluff Alpaca Facebook page

“Fluff Alpaca was seeking for more house following its profitable launch in New York a few many years in the past,” Philip Pilevsky, chairman and CEO of Philips International, is quoted as declaring. “The company desired a key location in a quality, course A creating that’s quickly obtainable to locals and travelers.”

Originally constructed in 1893, the historic Berkshire Block is a blended-use class A office environment building found in the coronary heart of Great Barrington. Philips suggests the creating now features a new elevator, digital directories, sound-suppressed corridors, MERV 13 air filters, two waiting around rooms with coffee bars, and absolutely free wi-fi.

Philips, which bought the residence in 2016 from Avcorm Realty Have faith in for $2.45 million, has spent $2.5 million renovating the making into somewhere around 30 upstairs workplaces, two convention rooms, and 50 percent a dozen or so retail spaces, which includes the preferred Patisserie Lenox coffee and pastry shop. A Subway sandwich store occupied the corner retail area until eventually it closed abruptly previous month.

The parking lot guiding the previous Foster’s components retail outlet bought by the house owners of Berkshire Block was closed to the community immediately after the business was denied a particular allow. Photo: Terry Cowgill

Philips also designed an sick-fated endeavor previous 12 months to buy the great deal on College Street previously occupied by the Specific Laundry laundromat. Phillips needed to demolish the structure and develop a gated parking lot of some 38 new spots for the exceptional use of upstairs business office tenants and shoppers of the street-degree retail institutions in the Berkshire Block.

Just after the selectboard denied its essential specific permit for the proposed new private good deal on University Road in Might 2020, Philips created great on its promise to near to the community the existing lot it owns guiding the previous Foster’s components store, angering some city officials, which includes selectboard member Leigh Davis, who experienced earlier characterized it as a “threat.”