Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

Gorgeous and Green

Gorgeous and Green’s new store on College Avenue

GORGEOUS AND GREEN Gorgeous and Green, which specializes in local flowers and local, sustainably made gifts, cards and jewelry, has moved from San Pablo Avenue to 2946 College Avenue in the Elmwood. Owner Pilar Zuniga says her vision “is to provide thoughtful gifts, floral designs and events that illustrate love, happiness and joy while allowing those feelings to permeate the environment and people they touch.”

STELLA NONNA Stella Nonna, which has focused on catering and company lunches since its founding in 1997, is opening a full-service restaurant at 1407 San Pablo Avenue, just south of Camelia. A Berkeleyside reader reports that the construction has “nice wood, brushed stainless, etc.” Chef/owners Tim Carlon and Sarah Nasgovitz plan a neighborhood restaurant “with unique regionally accented cuisine  at high-value prices, encouraging repeat visits.” 


Ensler Lighting

ENSLER LIGHTING Ensler Lighting, locally owned and operated since 1971, has recently changed hands to another local, Ed Mahr. Mahr said he will maintain the Solano Avenue retailer’s strengths in lamp repairs and “the largest selection of lampshades in the Bay Area.” He also plans to build Ensler’s business in restoration of old light fittings, he said. Ensler is at 1793 Solano Avenue.

Honey oil

This is not your typical breakfast honey bear

TEASE ME BOUTIQUE Tease Me Boutique has moved from its original University Avenue store (which Berkeleyside covered two years ago) to 3217 Adeline Street, just north of Harmon. Tease Me sells lingerie, adult sex toys and numerous lotions and potions for massage.

SUN LIGHT & POWER Sun Light & PowerSun Light & Power, the oldest solar company in California, was recently one of three companies awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award as a “Rockstar of the New Economy” by Fast Company. Berkeley-based Sun Light & Power was joined by household and personal care manufacturer Seventh Generation, and America’s oldest flour company, King Arthur Flour. Fast Company noted that Sun Light & Power, unlike many of its competitors, does not subcontract installation work: “the company hires full-time employees and provides a living wage, health benefits, a retirement plan, and paid time off. Additionally, more than 10% of its net profits are donated to local nonprofit organizations active in affordable housing, community development, and green building.”

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.

If you’re interested in restaurant and food businesses in particular, check out Bites, Berkeleyside Nosh’s regular column in which we post updates on East Bay food news.  

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  • serkes

    Sun Light & Power installed our 24 Panel PV System with Battery Backup over 6 years ago, and did a great job.

    The battery backup lets us have power even when the grid goes down. We put our on-demand water heater (electric ignition), refrigerator, bathroom/bedroom lights, and server/cable modem on the battery backup outlets.


  • David

    Yay…finally a Shop Talk without notice of a local business closing!

  • bingo

    I’m really sad that G&G moved. san pablo was much more accessible, but i’m sure they’ll get more business on 4th street.

  • kelly

    Does anyone know what is going on at 2501 San Pablo (the old home of Bacheeso’s)? There seems to be some sort of renovations going on inside…

  • Guest

    Regarding Stella Nonna, does anyone know the expected opening date?

  • Chris

    BEC’s looks to be closed. I walked by yesterday and it was dark, with ‘For Lease , 8000 SQ. FT. Restaurant/Bar’ signs in the windows. Also, the web site says that it is down for development.

  • We did reach out to Stella Nonna to ask for more details, but we haven’t heard back yet.

  • EL fan

    Yay for Dr, Mahl!!!! He is going to do great things with Ensler Lighting!

  • Nikita

    Absolutely informative article. They are doing perfect and I’m sure they will grow more. Anyone looking for unusual Gifts for men?

  • 4eenie

    Nikita is a troll/spammer.

  • We deleted it and marked it as spam. Thanks.

  • Nikita

    What I did to you @4eenie? So you opposed me a spammer. If you didn’t like my comment, you can just ignore me. Thx