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  • John Schott doesn’t make a habit of approaching neighborhood eateries for gigs. But the capaciously creative Berkeley guitarist couldn’t resist reaching out to the owners of Giovanni, one of the oldest continually operating restaurants in town, when he stopped by for dinner with his family one night and heard Miles Davis playing on the house sound system. A Berkeley resident since 1988, Schott had eaten at the restaurant before, but that was when it wasn’t owned by the original Schipani family.

  • CRAFTING A LOOK Michelle Nelson has now opened her eponymous home design studio at 2842 Prince Street. The space was formerly Personal Pizzazz clothing store which, as reported in August, moved into the space formerly occupied by The Craftsman Home, around the corner at 3048 Claremont Avenue. Nelson, who began her career in the garment industry with a focus on textiles, worked under leading arts and crafts dealer Isak Lindenauer, and then out of The Craftsman Home, before setting up on her own. She offers full design consultation with a speciality in Craftsman homes.