Berkshire Emporium & Antiques News, Events, & Tid Bits

I run my own home daycare so I get to play with children all day long! So juggling my family and a business is nothing new to me.


But a few years ago I needed to figure out how to make myself a priority in the equation as well. I was morbidly overweight and unhappy, I couldn’t play with my kids or my daycare kids like I wanted, I was always tired and always had some ailment. I knew I needed to exercise. I knew I needed to make better food choices.


I changed my life. It wasn’t easy, it’s never easy. But as the old saying goes “if its easy it isn’t worth it” I started walking, then I started running. Now I’ve logged over 14 5k races and 2 10k’s!!! Me!! Couch potato to race mom!! I lost 85lbs in just over 2 years by changing my life style.


It's that time a year when chowder recipes fill our downtown. Save the date on your calendar for North Adams Winterfest 2014. Berkshire Emporium & Antiques will sponsor another ice sculpture, and offer samples of some of their edibles inside.


Several restaurants will square off in a chowder competition, while quests can toast marshmallows, and participate in other activities to be announced.


More information will be added as we receive it, or contact the North Adams Tourism & Cultural Office at (413) 664-6180.

Winterfest - February 15, 2014

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More than berries go into each jar

I work out a minimum of an hour a day at least 6 days a week. My doctor told me I have the resting heart rate of an athlete!! ME!!


But the biggest change was my eating habits. I have made it an obsession to know what my food is made of. I eat as clean as I can. Don’t get me wrong I still love sweets and I’m a sucker for a good steak but its all about moderation now and I have to know what my food is made from.


That’s what began my passion for jellies and jams. I KNOW what I put in my jars. The list of ingredients is short and sweet (no pun intended). I love to cook, I love to bake and I love to share with my friends! I feel good knowing what I’m feeding my kids, what I’m sharing with my friends and family. I know that every jar I make is made from the best fruits I can find. It’s a good feeling :-) I hope you think so too!

Inspiring words from Tanya - supplier of Tanya's Country Kitchen jams and jellies available in our store

Another reason to shop local businesses

Significantly more money re-circulates in your community when you buy from locally owned, rather than nationally owned, businesses: More money stays in the community because locally owned businesses purchase from other local businesses, service providers, and farms. Purchasing locally helps grow other businesses as well as your community’s tax base.


Local businesses provide most new jobs: Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally, and in most communities provide the most new jobs to residents.

What started in Rochester Vermont back in 1978 when artist Helene Lehrer created simple silkscreen cards featuring her pet rabbit Oatmeal, has grown into one of the top humorous greeting card companies in the world.


Oatmeal Studios continues to delight shoppers with unique cards that feature bright, colorful artwork and on-the-mark humor. With over 250 designs and frequent new releases covering numerous occasions, they help you say Happy Birthday, Get Well, Happy Anniversary, etc. your way!


Oatmeal Studios was purchased by the North Adams Massachusetts based printer Excelsior Printing Company in 2011.

Oatmeal Studios brings lots of unique, hilarious cards to market with new releases almost every month of the year.


BE&A is proud to carry Oatmeal cards which supports local jobs and the economy.


Oatmeal - not just for breakfast. It makes a fun card

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