BK Tile & Stone
New Greenfield store offers variety of tile, stone and tile-setting materials
A new business has opened on Federal Street in Greenfield and its owners say they feel right at home in the “mosaic” of downtown Greenfield.
“Everyone’s been very welcoming and really supportive; they want to see us succeed,” said Billy Whitaker, co-owner of BK Tile and Stone.
“We really feel like part of the community.”
He and his wife Kelly have lived in Charlemont for eight years, and orchestrated a “soft opening” of the Federal Street shop in October. They plan to hold a grand opening once they finish renovations.
Their showroom is fully stocked, though, and they’ve already begun to do some business with walk-ins and contractors. They’re supplying all the tile for an addition at Berkshire East Ski Resort, and were happy to get the contract.
They offer a full line of tile-setting materials in addition to tile and stone.
“We’ll have much better materials than you’ll find at the big-box home improvement stores,” said Whitaker.
He was a tile setter for 23 years, and plans to use that knowledge to run a contractors’ counter downstairs. Their 50 Federal Street location also has the convenience of a loading dock, as well as plenty of free, off-street parking out back.
Though he won’t be installing what he sells, Whitaker will offer referrals to contractors, and share his know-how with do-it-yourselfers.
He’ll also have tile saws available for rent, so homeowners don’t have to invest $1,000 plus in tools for a one-time project.
Kelly Whitaker will be in charge of the showroom, and has years of experience in the tile business herself.
“We’re a mom-and-pop shop,” she said with a smile.
They have three children. Their oldest son is stationed in Germany with the Air Force and his younger brother plays football as a senior at Mohawk Trail Regional School, where his sister is a junior.
The couple say they were happy to be able to open the shop without having to take out any loans. They said their vendors and landlord were extremely helpful in doing that.
“Robbie Cohn, our landlord, was excellent to work with,” said Billy Whitaker. “He really gets what we’re trying to do, and was able to offer some great advice.”
“It’s great to have support when you have a vision,” Kelly added. “It’s something you don’t find everywhere.”