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Repurposed Old Notre Dame Church Breathes New Life To Pittsfield, MA

The old Notre Dame Church on 40 Melville St., Pittsfield MA has become the unlikely agent of economic renewal in the city of Pittsfield, supporting  a whole menu of local businesses and startups while being a great venue for different events.

The transformation from religious to secular space all started when textile artists Crispina French and tree pruner and remover Chris Swindlehurst bought the magnificent church and  the adjacent rectory from the diocese of Springfield in 2006.

Since then, the church has undergone renovations and retrofitting to house a so-called gym for builders where different craftspeople can create and showcase their art, although a change of name to Shire City Sanctuary makes it rather mysterious at first.

What is inside the Shire City Sanctuary? You will find four spaces that you can rent on a monthly or daily basis. These spaces are The Gallery, The Makerspace, The Kitchen, and The Nave.
The Gallery is where artists can showcase their arts and crafts. The MAkerspace is a workshop where you woodworking workshops are regularly held. The Kitchen, on the other hand, features a commercial kitchen that can be used for to host cooking lessons, or to cook for an event that may be held in The Nave.

The Sanctuary currently houses  a fully-equipped cyber office, events space, meeting place, studios, tech labs, sewing labs and screen printing shop, which anyone can access 24/7 with a day pass or monthly membership.  The possibilities on what you can do inside this repurposed space are endless. The best thing about it is that the rates are totally affordable.

The management regularly hosts timber framing workshops, silkscreen printing, and sewing workshops. It also hosts monthly bingo events. If you have an event that you want to host in the Sanctuary, feel free to call the staff for more information. You can also book right on http://shirecitysanctuary.com/spaces/. Just click the Learn More and Book here button found beneath each featured space.

But let us not forget that because it was a church before, you can actually host your wedding there, no matter if you are a Catholic or not. The Sanctuary has retained its glass-stained look and so you really can’t go wrong if you want to impress your guests by hosting your wedding and the accompanying reception there.

Titanium Engagement Rings

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There are a multitude of excellent reasons why anyone should consider titanium engagement rings in favor of gold, white gold, platinum or some of the other choices that are available. In fact, more and more young women are expressing their preference towards titanium when they go shopping for engagement rings, which is certainly a new trend in the world of jewelry. Before we discuss some of the reasons why titanium engagement rings are finding their way onto many a woman’s finger these days, let’s explore what titanium rings are all about.

 Titanium is a metallic element that is known for a few of its characteristics, not the least of which is its strength. The grades of titanium that are used for rings are often stronger than steel, but are substantially lighter. Also, titanium as sourced at Tanzanite Engagement Rings By HQ has a pleasing metallic-white color that is starting to become preferred by many over the traditional color of gold. Sure, there are options such as white gold or platinum, but neither have the pure strength and durability of titanium.

 Another aspect of titanium that makes it a favorable choice for many women when choosing an engagement ring is that it is hypo-allergenic. Many women (and men) who can’t wear other popular types of rings or jewelry can therefore opt for titanium, instead.<BR>

Titanium engagement rings often have gold or platinum prongs within which the center stone can be set, making for an elegant overall look. Of course, all types of different stones can be used, although diamonds are still the overwhelming favorite with most buyers. One last thing to keep in mind is that titanium is hard to resize; so you may want to go with a comfort fit or a curved shape to the inside of the ring for easier removal and a more comfortable fit.<BR>


When you are looking for a hard-to-find combination of style, attractiveness, durability and value, it truly is hard to do much better than titanium engagement rings. Again, this point is proven by the sheer number of couples that are choosing titanium for both engagement and wedding rings. Make sure to take a look at the titanium offerings available the next time you look at jewelry and engagement rings!