Day Without Immigrants — hashtag #daywithoutimmigrants — aims to highlight, through a strike, the contributions of immigrants to the US.
The Village on Telegraph Avenue strongly conveys Berkeley’s local color and personality and we should find ways to ensure it dodges the wrecking ball.
New openings to report this week include businesses for local artists, small-breed dogs and eyeware.
More than 200 neighbors have signed a petition against Berkeley Honda moving into their area.
The 3000 block of Claremont Avenue is one of the quirkiest in Berkeley, with a strip of unusual stores.
Canadian Gildan purchased the bankrupt American Apparel, but will not retain the retail stores.
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.
Residents have long been concerned about odors and other pollutants emanating from Pacific Steel Casting on Second Street, lodging hundreds of complaints with local and regional bodies.
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…)
JEREMY’S DEPARTMENT STORE Jeremy’s in the Elmwood is no more. The discounted designer apparel store had been at its 2967 College Ave. (at Ashby) location since the 1990s and closed for good on Nov. 20. According to a farewell letter that was posted on the store’s website, Jeremy’s did not have financial difficulties and was in profit when it shuttered. Owner Jeremy Kidson opened the first Jeremy’s store in 1987 in San Francisco’s South Park. He closed that store last year and made plans to consolidate both the SF and Berkeley stores into a converted church after buying the First Church of Christ Scientist at 1701 Franklin St. in Uptown Oakland. But, according to the East Bay Times, Kidson hit several roadblocks while trying to develop the space for retail, including permit delays, and he ran out of steam on the project. Kidson said: “From here, I will work on establishing a foundation to help kids from underprivileged backgrounds and continue my never-ending pursuit to help the underdog, along with some other ideas I have. I will still be finishing the Franklin building to serve as my home base and maybe even open a little café.” No news yet on new tenants for the vacated space on College and Ashby. (more…)
HG Rugs is closing its West Berkeley store with a liquidation sale after 88 years in business; catch up on this and more local business news.
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