The Berkshire Block recently underwent $2.5 million in renovations. Photograph courtesy Philips Worldwide

Good BARRINGTON — The New York-centered Philips Global, operator of the Berkshire Block building at the corner of Principal and Bridge streets, has secured a new tenant for an vacant storefront, the enterprise explained in a penned assertion.

Fluff Alpaca has signed a five-yr lease for a 2,000-square-foot retail room on the ground flooring, formerly occupied by an antiques retailer. Fluff Alpaca is a relatives-owned boutique featuring things manufactured from alpaca yarn sourced domestically from the owner’s Hudson Valley-dependent farm, Environmentally friendly River Hollow. The corporation suggests it feels passionately about area artisans, the value of agriculture in the Berkshires and Hudson Valley and, of system, alpacas.

Fluff Alpaca
Fluff Alpaca, now positioned at 319 Principal Street in downtown Fantastic Barrington. Photo courtesy the Fluff Alpaca Facebook site

“Fluff Alpaca was looking for more place following its profitable launch in New York a couple many years ago,” Philip Pilevsky, chairman and CEO of Philips Global, is quoted as declaring. “The organization wanted a prime location in a excellent, course A making which is very easily obtainable to locals and travellers.”

At first developed in 1893, the historic Berkshire Block is a blended-use course A workplace making situated in the coronary heart of Terrific Barrington. Philips claims the setting up now characteristics a new elevator, electronic directories, seem-suppressed corridors, MERV 13 air filters, two waiting around rooms with espresso bars, and free wi-fi.

Philips, which acquired the residence in 2016 from Avcorm Realty Trust for $2.45 million, has invested $2.5 million renovating the making into roughly 30 upstairs workplaces, two convention rooms, and half a dozen or so retail areas, which includes the well-liked Patisserie Lenox espresso and pastry store. A Subway sandwich store occupied the corner retail room right up until it shut abruptly past thirty day period.

The parking lot guiding the former Foster’s components retail store ordered by the entrepreneurs of Berkshire Block was shut to the public right after the enterprise was denied a exclusive allow. Photo: Terry Cowgill

Philips also designed an ill-fated try previous calendar year to invest in the lot on College Road previously occupied by the Personal Laundry laundromat. Phillips wanted to demolish the construction and make a gated parking good deal of some 38 new places for the exclusive use of upstairs office tenants and clients of the avenue-amount retail establishments in the Berkshire Block.

After the selectboard denied its expected unique allow for the proposed new non-public great deal on Faculty Road in May perhaps 2020, Philips made great on its assure to close to the general public the existing lot it owns behind the previous Foster’s components keep, angering some city officials, like selectboard member Leigh Davis, who had earlier characterized it as a “threat.”

By Amalia