A bittersweet adventure, as Catherine’s becomes Mielke’s

U.S. Army helicoptor pilots Trent (not in photo) and Steven Kinney, of Lenox, Mass., have taken over the venerable Catherine’s Chocolates in Great Barrington. While respecting tradition, they have changed the name to Mielke’s, and added ice cream to the menu. Photo by Debra A. Aleksinas

GREAT BARRINGTON — In the movie “Forrest Gump,” Tom Hanks’ character metaphorically compares life to a box of chocolates. “You never know what you’re gonna get.”

For Steven and Trent Kinney of Lenox, Mass., life unexpectedly led them from piloting attack helicopters to working with a whole lot of chocolate. An entire chocolate shop, to be exact.

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