Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

Body Time’s Telegraph store is designed to set a new style for the chain. Photo: Lance Knobel

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.

Builders Booksource’s George Kiskaddon. Photo: Niclas Ericsson

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.

Shop Talk is Berkeleyside’s 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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  • SarahS

    Looking at this issue of Berkeleyside, the light dawns. You don’t want to be the kind of newspaper that investigates or sheds light on what public officials are up to (with a rare exception like the chief of police scandal). You want to be a features journal, pleasant for the most part, keeping readers and advertisers feeling good. Fair enough, but sad because Berkeley needs more.

  • L.

    SarahS, are you high?  This isn’t a newspaper!  What are you even talking about?!

  • Completely_Serious

    I remember the Body Shop on Telegraph, around Sharks used to be, when CIL was a car dealer.  Many a time I picked up some massage oil with a custom scent in anticipation of a rollickingly fun time at Unit 3.

  • The Sharkey

    I think you’re being overly critical. Berkeleyside does some good investigative pieces, but also understands that some people are more interested in reviews, basic information about goings-on-about-town and that sort of thing.

    I think they put together a good mix of serious and lighthearted pieces.

  • Chris