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Keneuoe Vivere: changing. Photo: Nancy Rubin

FASHION MOVE Designer boutique Keneuoe Vivere, which opened its store at 2951 College Avenue in the Elmwood in 2009, is closing its retail operation in order to focus on personal design services. The store’s last day was Sunday March 18. Keneuoe Designs is holding its first Retail Account Opening celebrating spring at Rue Atelier (just down the street from the former boutique, at 2981 College), on Saturday March 24, from 1-5pm. There will be a sale as well as complimentary wardrobe styling.

Chocolatier Blue Parlor on 4th Street

FROZEN REDUX The Fourth Street spot once occupied by the much loved Sketch Ice Cream is now offering frozen goodies, so all is well with the world. The Chocolatier Blue Parlor is serving gourmet ice cream and ice cream based treats under the supervision of pastry chef Danyelle Forte. Market-fresh, often locally sourced and organic ingredients go towards making a menu of sundaes, shakes, floats and freezes. Current ice cream flavors, which change monthly, include Young Ginger; Goats Milk with Ennis Hazelnuts; Sweet Lime with Lemon Thyme; and Green Apple Yuzu; plus Blood Orange with Rose Geraniums sherbet. The Chocolatier Blue chocolates are still there, as is a selection of specialty cookies, hot chocolate and coffee. The Chocolatier Blue Parlor is at 1809 Fourth Street, open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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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