Setting the Perfect Table for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving offers a wonderful opportunity for family to gather together each year. But let’s face it—if you’re the host, that opportunity can be pretty stressful, too. If you’re worrying about having the perfect table for Thanksgiving, we can help with these four simple tips from Haddad Nissan.

perfect table for Thanksgiving


When setting the table, remember that the fork goes on the left, and the knife and spoon go on the right. If you’re hosting a lot of guests, you could even consider letting yourself use plastic cutlery for easier cleanup.


If your place setting will have multiple dishes, note that the side plate traditionally goes to the left of the place setting, with the drinks at the right.


If you plan to use elegant cloth napkins, feel free to make them one of the focal points of the table by arranging each on in a unique fold or display on the center of the plate. However, if the plates are what you’re showing off, it’s fine to simply tuck the napkin underneath its edge.

Place Cards

Add one last considerate touch by making DIY place cards for your guests. Not only is it a way to create a little organization in a crazy day, but it’s a personal touch that your guests will appreciate.

Massachusetts Road Trips for Summer 2017

Spring and summer weather inspires everyone to get out of their house and enjoy the outdoors. If you’d like to hit the road, here are some great ideas for Massachusetts road trips.

Go to a Garden Show – With spring and warm weather finally here, flowers are blooming everywhere. Make a point to head to your nearest botanical garden, maybe even for a garden show or other floral event!

Celebrate Your Parents – Late spring and early summer celebrate both Mother’s and Father’s Day, so be sure to respect your parents with some gifts and festivities just for them.

Enjoy the Outdoors – Don’t waste the mild spring temperatures. Hit the local hiking trail or go for a stroll in a countryside vineyard to enjoy the scenic beauty of Massachusetts. If you’re feeling up to it, maybe challenge yourself on one of the state’s mountain trails.

Memorial Day Weekend – Honor American troops all across the country by attending Memorial Day festivities, including local parades and other festivals.

Other Local Events – This guide from Massachusetts’ tourism website lists tons of great events in the state, so make sure you mark your calendars in advance!

Plan summertime Massachusetts road trips using these suggestions and looking up events and attractions in the state! We at Haddad Nissan guarantee you’ll have a great time exploring our home state.

Haddad Accounting Spotlight

A usual visit to Haddad consists of meeting with a sales consultant and perhaps looking at vehicles on the lot or going for a test drive. While these are everyday activities here at Haddad’s, there is a substantial amount of work that may go unnoticed, despite being absolutely crucial to the functionality of our dealerships. Last time, we showcased our Business Development Center, so today the spotlight is on the Haddad Accounting Department!

Haddad Accounting Department

(Left to Right: Michelle Flaherty, Nick Roe, Nicole Kellogg)

Nicole Kellogg has been with Haddad for over 2 years, but became a part of the accounting team about 5 months ago. Haddad is the largest organization she has worked for, so she has developed both a “team effort” attitude as well as many friendships. Nicole believes that these are crucial to a good working environment, and that everyone should be accommodating and willing to help out, even with matters unrelated to work. Nicole is a lover of nature and animals, and particularly enjoys horseback riding. Aside from this, she is also a big fan of NASCAR! Of all the good food located here in The Berkshires, Nicole absolutely loves Koto Steakhouse and Hibachi right here in Pittsfield.

Michelle Flaherty is fairly new at Haddad, working here for around 3 months. Michelle finds that working at Haddad is very rewarding because she can set a goal for the day and almost always accomplish it by the time she clocks out. Michelle has been married for 35 years and has a son that lives all the way across the country in San Diego, California. Swimming, bike riding, and sitting on her deck with a good book are some of Michelle’s favorite activities outside of work. For local eats, Michelle absolutely loves Mario’s Restaurant located in New Lebanon

Nick Roe has been a part of the Haddad team for around 15 months in our accounting department. Similarly to many of our employees, Nick feels that everyone at Haddad works as a team for both work related and personal matters. Nick’s favorite local restaurant to order lunch from is Hot Harry’s in Pittsfield, a common favorite here at Haddad. When he’s not at work, Nick is generally spending time with his family and dogs, or cleaning and detailing his Dodge Ram.

Meet Our Haddad BDC Representatives

Haddad BDC

Left to Right: Teresa, Amanda, Ashley, Nikko

When most people think of a car dealership, they instantly think of a showroom scattered with sales consultants making deals. While this is a typical event here at Haddad in Pittsfield, many people are unaware of the hard work that goes on behind closed doors in our Business Development Center. Our BDC representatives work diligently every day directing calls, following up on leads, setting up appointments for our sales consultants, sending price quotes, and assisting customers with all of their other questions regarding vehicles. Without our BDC representatives, Haddad Nissan simply would not operate as smoothly as we do! That’s why we want to introduce you to our enthusiastic and hardworking representatives:

Amanda Crosby has been with Haddad for just over a year. Amanda is a very family oriented person, which includes her dog, Harper. Eventually, she wants to move to the Adirondacks, which makes complete sense considering her love for hiking, fishing, and hunting. Out of all the vehicles that are sold here at Haddad, Amanda really likes to sell trucks, and eventually wants to get a Nissan Titan with a Cummins engine for herself. Every Friday here at the BDC, we order lunch from a local restaurant. Amanda’s first pick is either Hot Harry’s or Samel’s Deli, both located here in Pittsfield. Working at Haddad has been a great experience for Amanda; she says that her co-workers feel like they are family, and that George Haddad and Mike Coggins are great people to work for. Most notably, Amanda mentions that there is a sense of caring at Haddad that she has never felt at any other job.

Ashley Strack was actually hired at the same time as Amanda, meaning she has been working here for somewhere around 16 months. Also similarly, Ashley claims that the BDC representatives are becoming like family to her. Visiting friends and family, spending time outside in nice weather, watching football, going shopping, and doing creative craft projects are just a few of the ways that Ashley spends her time outside of work. Aside from that, learning about new things every day that she didn’t previously know she was interested is the most rewarding part of her experience working at Haddad. Ashley particularly likes to sell new SUVs such as the Nissan Rogue. Her favorite local restaurant is Patrick’s Pub, despite its opening a bit too late to eat for lunch. Aside from Patrick’s, Ashley absolutely loves both chocolate and coffee.

Teresa Gladu has been with Haddad for just over two years! Teresa is the mother of 4 children, two boys and two girls. Fishing and camping are some of her favorite hobbies, but she spends a lot of her time hanging out at home waiting for a kid or two to come visit with some grandchildren. Teresa’s favorite part about working at Haddad is the wonderful feeling of contributing to sales by doing her job, and Haddad’s coming together to support both the community and employees. On Friday’s for lunch, Teresa’s go-to is a turkey club from Samel’s Deli. Teresa says that she finds herself pushing people towards buying a Toyota RAV4 after buying one for herself and falling in love with it.

Nikko Rodriguez has been with Haddad for around 10 months and was actually a sales consultant at our Toyota store previously. Nikko spent most of his life in Texas and moved to The Berkshires when he was 16. Reading, writing, listening to music, and spending time outdoors, particularly at the beach are some of Nikko’s favorite activities when he’s not at work. To him, the best part of working for Haddad is that he comes across different types of people every day from all over the world and is able to engage them. Nikko’s absolute favorite vehicle to sell is a Toyota Tundra 1794. When the team orders lunch on Fridays, Nikko’s vote is usually for Jae’s Asian Bistro in Lenox.

As you can see, our BDC representatives are like family to each other here at Haddad. They work hard every day to get the best deals for you and to make the showroom operate more smoothly at each dealership. This department is a crucial aspect of Haddad’s business, so the team deserves to be showcased!

2016 Nissan Sentra Debut Reveals New Design Elements at LA Auto Show

2016 Nissan Sentra

The vehicle is schedule to go on sale at in early 2016, so definitely make a note in your calendar!

Nissan stole the spotlight last month at the Los Angeles Auto Show, where they put the radically upgraded 2016 Nissan Sentra on display. The new model is wildly different cosmetically, with a more sleek, modern look.

The tone of the new Sentra is similar to that of the remodeled 2016 Maxima and 2016 Altima, and updates to the 2016 Sentra include changes to the front and rear fascias, grille, fenders, and hood, as well as a new aluminum-alloy wheel design.

Plus, the 2016 Nissan Sentra debut confirmed much of what we assumed about the model’s interior, which hosts a new available driver’s seat with power lumbar and all sorts of other cosmetic detailing.

You can check out tons of images of the 2016 Nissan Sentra here, at Automobile.

The vehicle is schedule to go on sale at in early 2016, so definitely make a note in your calendar! For more information on the 2016 Nissan Sentra or to learn how to get behind the wheel of one, visit us at Haddad Nissan.

Check Out Our Nissan Service Center!

Nissan service centerIf you’re having car trouble, or if you just want to get some routine maintenance done on your car, come see us at our Haddad Nissan Service Center in Pittsfield!

Our dealership is relatively new, but we have a top-of-the-line service center that’s well-equipped to meet all of your car’s needs. We work on everything from flat tires to transmissions, and our highly qualified staff is friendly and efficient.

We have three factory-trained Nissan technicians who are very knowledgeable, and Nissan cars are their specialty. Our 11 service bays ensure speedy service and convenience.

Our dealership participates in the Nissan One to One program, where you can earn points and free service visits from Nissan. Click here to learn more about this great program.

While you wait, we have a comfortable waiting area with free WiFi, refreshments, and a work station if you need to do some business while you wait. Schedule service ahead of time by giving our dealership a call or using our convenient Online Service Scheduler.

So if your car is in need of some service, be sure to think of Haddad Nissan. We’re happy to assist you!

Nissan Ends Pathfinder Hybrid Production For 2016 Model Year

Pathfinder Hybrid Production graphic

After a two year run, Pathfinder Hybrid Production will cease due to consumers’ preference for the V6 version showed here.

Carmakers’ lineups are constantly evolving and Nissan’s is no exception. The Japanese carmaker recently announced that it will be stopping Pathfinder Hybrid production after the hybrid SUVs two-year run. Instead, Nissan will use the 2016 lineup to focus on the 3.5-liter V6 Pathfinder.

While many consumers showed interest in going green by switching to the spacious, yet fuel-efficient hybrid SUV, the gasoline-powered Pathfinder was by far the most popular version of the SUV. June 2015 sales for the Pathfinder nameplate were up 4.9 percent with 41,938 units sold, with the V6 model being responsible for the majority of these. According to Dan Bedore, North American product communications director, “the hybrid was never a big part of Pathfinder sales.”

It is because of this dip in popularity that Pathfinder Hybrid production will cease. Compared to the 3.5-liter V6 Pathfinder, the Hybrid version only received three to four extra miles per gallon.

Do you think that Nissan should end the Pathfinder Hybrid production? Share your thoughts with Haddad Nissan below!