Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

New: Q & Q Jewelry. Photo: Nancy Rubin

NEW JEWELS Brothers John and Moshe Quillinan, just 22 and 24-years-old respectively, have opened Q & Q Estate Jewelry at 1751 Solano Avenue. The brothers, who have been in the estate jewelry and antiques business for over 15 years combined, specialize in fine jewelry, objets d’art, antiques, silverware, precious metals, precious gemstones, pearls, coral, jade, ivory carvings, and fine art. The store is open 12:00-6:00 pm, Tuesday to Saturday, or by appointment by calling 510-846 1521. Q & Q Jewelry will be holding a Grand Opening event, with refreshments and 15% off selected items, on Saturday, February 4th, 6:00-10:00 pm. [Hat-tip: Nancy Rubin]

Shoes on Solano: expanding

BIGGER SHOES Shoes on Solano, at 1774 Solano Avenue, will be expanding into 1770, the space being vacated by Ideologie, a reincarnation of the former Ideas for Elements, which was on Solano for 22 years. The shoe store will add children’s shoes and more stock overall. (Hat-tip: TONA.)

NEW EATERY Adagia restaurant on the corner of College and Bancroft opposite the Cal campus has been closed for many months, ostensibly for renovations. However we  hear from tipster Andrea Foley that a new eating spot, called Freehouse, will open there soon with more “pub-like foods,” such as sandwiches and salads. At the time of writing, Berkeleyside has been unable to confirm details, but we’ll keep you posted — and, as always, we welcome your input.

Old Freight building being transformed into 1111 studio

FENCING FENCE Tipster Sandy Friedland sent us a photo a few days ago of what she describes as “a lovely new entrance and fence” which is going up at the former Freight and Salvage building at 1111 Addison Street. Fittingly, the fence belongs to a new fencing studio being built in the space, which will be called 1111, the address of the venerable building. Workers told Friedland it should open next month.


Multiple Threads: total recycling

PRETTY REUSE Everything at Multiple Threads, at 1820 Solano Avenue, is made from recycled materials — be it leggings made from the arms of sweaters, skirts made from ties, or book covers incorporated into bags. Owner Diane Austen aims for all her offerings to be as “cute as heck” and the products run the gamut from men’s, women’s and children’s clothing to home accessories. The store opened in October 2011 [Hat tip: TONA.]

PHONE IN Looking ahead, the Thousand Oaks Neighborhood Association (TONA) also reports that Verizon Mobile will be opening at 1831 Solano Avenue, the space once occupied by Front Row Video.

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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