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Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

New: The Toaster Oven

ALL THE FIXINGS You can get “the Kitchen Sink” at The Toaster Oven, a sandwich shop that just opened at 2309 Telegraph Avenue, right by Cal (as tipped by Shop Talk in November). It’s better than it sounds, since it is a sandwich with all the toppings — roast beef, turkey, ham, salami, and cheese. And, like most sandwiches from the five-outlet chain, it only costs $4.99.

Shuttered: A La Folie

SLIPPING AWAY Lingerie boutique A La Folie closed its store yesterday after five and a half years at 1844 Fourth Street. Owner Shelley Grubb said the lease was not renewed. It’s possible Grubb will open another brick-and-mortar business elsewhere. Meanwhile, bras, camisoles and swimwear from makers such as Aubade and Nina Ricci, can be bought on A La Folie’s website, and the store will continue to hold trunk shows at The Claremont Hotel. Grubb adds that individual appointments for fittings can be made by telephoning 510-356-4477. [Hat tip: Melissa Bottrell.]

Mr. T Experience, on the Lookout Records’ label, which is closing down

WHEN IT’S TIME Lookout Records, the Berkeley label that launched Green Day, is going out of business. In a blog post titled “Hard to say goodbye”, owner Chris Appelgren said the business had being suffering since 2005 when the label ended its long relationships with Green Day, Operation Ivy and a few other artists. It was also then that Lookout moved from its Berkeley HQ to a small warehouse. Lookout was started in Berkeley by Larry Livermore and David Hayes in 1987, and, according to a report today in the Oakland Tribune, was a “tremendously influential and successful label in the ’90s”. Its roster once included Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, the Donnas, Mr. T Experience (pictured), Pansy Division and the Groovie Ghoulies, among others. Appelgren said Lookout will be closing its doors over the next few months.

Shop Talk is our regular column in which we post updates on Berkeley businesses — openings, closings, new directions, relaunches, relocations. If you’re a Berkeley business with news, or a Berkeleysider who has spotted a change in your neighborhood or on your travels, shoot us an email with the details. Read previous Shop Talk columns here.


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