BACK IN TIME Body Time, which was founded 42 years ago on Telegraph Avenue, has found its way back to its roots with a new store on Telegraph, just north of Channing. “I love Telegraph,” said Terra De Almeida, president of Body Time. She said the recent opening of The Melt, and the lines at the nearby ice cream sandwich specialist Cream, give her a lot of confidence about the location.
The Telegraph Avenue store, which opened today, is Body Time’s fifth, and the third in Berkeley, which is where the company is headquartered. De Almeida said the company hopes to expand to San Francisco, which used to have four Body Time stores, and “through the tunnel”, possibly to Walnut Creek.
THE NOT SO BIG STORE Builders Booksource, the specialist architecture and design bookstore on Fourth Street, is reducing the size of its retail space. Construction work is splitting the store lengthwise, but the store plans to maintain its full inventory in the smaller space. Appropriately, Builders Booksource is making the most of the building work. As they say on their website: “In addition to buying books on design and construction, you’ll be able to experience the thrills of an active construction site! If you hear drills and hammers when you call you’ll know you have reached the right store.”
In the midst of its redesign, the store is also organizing a walking tour of West Berkeley with Berkeley historian Richard Schwartz. The tour will be this Saturday at 11 a.m. and will cost $10.00. RSVP required: details on the store’s event site.
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