Stores are always opening and closing in Berkeley. Here are the latest details.
A concentration of like-minded shops at the intersection of Ashby and Adeline has been Berkeley's very own antiques district since the 1930s.
After 37 years Nolo Press is closing its bookstore but will continue selling its books online; new to town: a new bike shop and an IT solutions business.
A new running shoe company that takes its inspiration and name from the culture and community of Berkeley has opened. Two closures to report too.
This week: news of a new calligraphy academy in Berkeley, a fine silk-ware store on Solano, and a pivot for the former Welcome Stranger.
A new clothing design studio, a dog daycare business and the return of Patelco: all this and more in our regular update of local business news.
Several new businesses have opened, or are about to open, locally, including an artisanal craft shop, a co-working space, a barber and a consignment store.
New openings to report this week include businesses for local artists, small-breed dogs and eyeware.
Safeway converts two former Andronico's into Safeway Community Markets, new event space opens.
Two longstanding businesses have closed, Red Bird and The Treehouse, while two others have just opened: the Coder School and Urban Remedy.
It's all happening on Fourth Street with two current Berkeley stores, Lululemon and Stella Carakasi, relocating to a new development there, and an incumbent, Flight001, closing up shop.
BODYROK STUDIOS Berkeley is getting fit in all kinds of ways with new gyms and clubs popping up all over town, as Berkeleyside reported in September. Open since late May, BodyRok is in full swing in West Berkeley at 1601 University Ave. (at California). “We are the first franchise location for BodyRok and the first studio in the East Bay,” said owner Caroline Johnson. “Berkeley is the perfect place to introduce ourselves and focus on building a tight-knit community focused on health and fitness.” According to its website, BodyRok offers “high intensity, low impact workouts that will tone, sculpt and redefine your body and mind in just 40-50 minutes. Bring on the heart-pumping music, high-energy instructors, beautiful studios, and your muscles will be pushed to the limit.” With an emphasis on cross-training, the studio is getting rave reviews on “Yelp” and encourages members to sign up in advance or add your name to wait listed classes. BodyRok Studios, 1601 University Ave., Berkeley 94703. Tel: 510-900 9234. Open weekdays, 6 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (select days) and 4:30-8 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., weekends from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Connect with them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. (more…)