Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

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A new CVS has opened on Telegraph in the space formerly occupied by Andronico’s. Photo: Ted Friedman

CVS PHARMACY The CVS pharmacy that has been under construction at 2565 Telegraph Ave., the site of an old Andronico’s, opened its doors over the weekend. The 26,455-square-foot space carries a wide variety of goods including beauty supplies, seasonal items, household goods, alcohol and a huge selection of drinks. The chain will officially launch the store on Saturday, June 1, with a celebration event. This is the third CVS pharmacy in Berkeley. The chain is locked in a head-to-head battle with Walgreens.

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NextSpace’s new Berkeley place. Photo: NextSpace

NEXTSPACE OPENING Co-working space NextSpace is opening its new downtown Berkeley location on Monday, June 3, and it’s holding a grand opening party that day for the local community to check it out. The 9,000-square-foot space, at 2081 Center St. in the historic Wells Fargo building, is currently being transformed into a lively shared working hub, with orange walls and doors and fun design elements. Eventually, it will be able to host more than 200 members. On offer: 11 individual offices, 18 workstations, and a holistic room for massage, acupuncture and services from other one-on-one therapists, in addition to a large, open café space. The Berkeleyside team will be based at NextSpace for the summer, starting next week. The ribbon cutting party, which will be attended by Mayor Tom Bates as well as other city officials, is June 3, from noon to 2 p.m. [For more details on NextSpace and co-working spaces, read our April 11 story.]

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Lululemon: back on College. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel

LULULEMON RE-OPENS For the past three months, the Lululemon Athletica store in the Elmwood has squeezed itself into an alternative storefront on Ashby while its retail space at 2956 College was renovated. The remodel is done, and Lululemon opened its doors May 21. Bright colors leap from the store windows — magenta seems to be a theme — and the clothing selection, ranging from yoga pants to tennis dresses — has been re-organized.

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Keter Salon expands to Fourth & U. Photo: Keter

KETER SALON EXPANDS Keter Salon has been a fixture at 1815A Fourth St. for many years, so long, in fact, that the upstairs business has outlasted a number of its downstairs neighbors. Now Keter is expanding. Construction has started on a second space just a few blocks away at 2020 Fourth St. That’s the site of the Fourth & U apartment complex, the anchor for a new extension of the Fourth Street shopping district. Sketch Ice Cream is there and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is constructing a beer tasting room across the street, right next door to Title Nine. The new Keter Salon space will be finished sometime this summer. Check its Facebook for updates.


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Truitt & White: recognized for waste reduction. Photo: Truitt & White

STOP WASTE AWARDS Two Berkeley businesses, UC Berkeley’s Cal Dining, and lumber yard and hardware store Truitt & White, have been recognized for their oustanding achievements in waste reduction. Earlier this month, local public agency StopWaste included them in singling out 12 businesses and institutions from around the county for outstanding achievements in waste reduction. StopWaste said Truitt & White has had “a leading role in promoting green building products as alternatives to traditional materials.” As a co-founder of local non-profit Build It Green, Truitt & White also educates professionals about green building practices. Meanwhile Cal Dining was recognized for preventing food waste in its four dining halls on campus.

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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