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SPONSORED CONTENT: For all intents and purposes, wellness comes from within. Research has shown that managing stress and promoting happiness begins with self care — the practice of protecting one's own well-being, particularly during periods of stress. To conclude National Wellness Month, a pair of experts — from Berkshire Food Co-op in Great Barrington and Wild Oats Market in Williamstown — weigh in on the meaning of wellness, and simple ways to carve time out of your busy schedule to incorporate feel-good routines (with products from sources you can feel good about supporting!)

SPONSORED CONTENT: Breezy days and cool nights mean fall is in the air. With back-to-school (and work!) just around the corner, put the waning days of summer to use boosting your body’s natural immunity. Already ingesting echinacea and elderberry? Kudos to you! If not, rest assured: ‘Tis the season to prepare for the onslaught of cold and flu that winter inevitably brings.

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SPONSORED CONTENT: "Growing up, helping the community— and contributing to their well being — was a highly-regarded value in my upbringing,” says Dr. Tracy who, with his wife and two grown children, is at the helm of Berkshire Cannabis Connect, a small family business of medical professionals keen on increasing their patients’ quality of life through the healing power of cannabis.

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“The minute I moved out of my parents’ house I got a dog, and I’ve had one ever since,” explains Dodds, a Lanesborough native who returned to the Berkshires to launch Love Us and Leave Us, a doggy daycare and boarding facility that has become the premiere choice of dogs throughout the County. What began in Pittsfield more than 15 years ago has recently expanded to include a second location in Lee, both of which are based on a basic premise: pet owners deserve to know their canine companions are having a fun, safe time while they are at work or play. Period.

In 1983, just a scant half-mile from their very first digs, Matt and Chris debuted Guido’s Fresh Marketplace. There, vendors specializing in meat, fish, flowers and prepared foods joined forces with produce to assemble a comprehensive, old-world style food emporium that hinged on the Italian concept of abbondanza, or abundance.

Keen on getting your bike to the beach this summer? Let the experts at Berkshire Bike and Board help hatch a plan. No matter the destination — be it the boardwalk, the bike path or some stellar single-track — your local bike shop will help you hit the road with bikes in tow for the Grand Tour of your design.

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SPONSORED CONTENT: Lucky enough to be in the Berkshires this summer? Plan a trip to your local food co-op — Wild Oats Market in Williamstown and Berkshire Food Co-op in Great Barrington — and head straight to the freezer section where a trio of sweet, frosty treats (each of which travelled 80 miles or fewer to get there) awaits. Go ahead, taste the difference local makes: Less time on the truck and more time in the field is enough to make everyone scream for local ice cream — All. Month. Long.

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Is your once-lush landscape having a mid-summer slump? Rest assured: mid- to late-July is the perfect time to refresh your growing perspective. Thankfully, the knowledgeable team of professionals at Ward’s Nursery and Garden Center are poised to ward off ho-hum and usher in ta-da! — all month long.

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Education is in the bedrock at the corner of Elm Street and Livingston Avenue. It’s where Dawes Elementary School once stood (before it was razed in the early 1980s) and the very locale Jim Bronson chose for his burgeoning business. Since opening Your CBD Store last October, he’s made educating consumers his passion — especially when it comes to the benefits of cannabidiol products.

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