Making It Here

Best of Connecting Point: Making It Here

Best of Connecting Point: Making It Here

Making It Here profiles people’s passions for what they do in western New England. In this “Best of” episode, our producers share their favorite local businesses and creators from the past seven seasons. Six Depot Coffee Flavio Lichtenthal’s love of coffee...

Making It Here: Crooked Stick Pops

After considering several business ventures in the food and beverage industry, Julie Tuman realized that the Valley was already saturated with bakeries, bars and restaurants, so she set her sights on something that would be fresh and healthy with brilliant flavors. It...

Making It Here: Berkshire Stringed Instruments

Nick Lenski is passionate about guitars – so much so that he builds his own, oftentimes out of local wood sourced in the forests surrounding his Berkshires home and workshop. Not content with crafting instruments for himself, Nick passes on his knowledge by teaching...

Making It Here: Goat Peak Strings

Vintage stringed instruments are said to be works of art and, if kept in good condition, will often maintain or increase in value over time.  At Goat Peak Strings in Easthampton, owners Jane Hamel and Alex Gray are veteran luthiers and collectors with over 75 years of...

Making It Here: Spot 22

Stacy Waldman has been collecting and selling vintage photographs for years, while artist Amy “Banner Queen” Johnquest is known for her sideshow-style banners. When they met a few years ago, they quickly realized they shared a similar quirky sensibility, which led...