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Local businesses are hoping residents will spend their dollars at small stores in Berkeley. Why not think about visiting Solano Avenue, the Elmwood, Telegraph Avenue, the Lorin District, downtown Berkeley or Fourth Street before heading to Walnut Creek or Emeryville.
The Downtown Berkeley Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration is on Friday, Dec. 6 5:30-6:30pm at BART Plaza and includes family-friendly festivities, fresh baked goods from Paris Baguette, Almare Gelato’s famous hot chocolate, a visit from Santa Claus, and live holiday music by Berkeley Community Chamber Singers. All of which should get you in the mood for some heart-of-the-city shopping.
Many Berkeley businesses will participate in Small Business Saturday with its motto “Shop Small and Local.” The idea is to entice shoppers to purchase unique and unusual holiday gifts offered in locally owned stores rather than buy mass-produced goods offered by big-box and department stores. … Continue reading »
The beloved 51-year-old toy store Mr. Mopps’ is preparing to open a bookstore this fall just two doors down from its space on Martin Luther King Jr. Way at Rose Street.
Owner Devin McDonald, who bought and reopened the toy store with his partner Jenny Stevenson in 2010 after the previous owners retired, said this is something they’ve wanted to do since then.
“We’ve always wanted to have a good book selection,” McDonald said. “We spent the first couple years of our business really trying to stock up on toys … [Now] we are able to finalize this dream we had.” … Continue reading »
Eduardo Morell says he’s “bringing everything home.” The baker, who lives in Berkeley but currently makes his bread working two days a week with a wood-fired oven at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin, is planning to open his own bakery just six blocks from his home in West Berkeley.
The move will give fans of Morell’s artisan loaves — currently available at Berkeley’s two farmers markets — the satisfaction of buying a truly ‘locavore’ product, while allowing Morrell a healthier lifestyle. He says he currently sleeps only two hours a night after his long baking days in Marin.
The bakery will be housed in Berkeley Kitchens, an emerging commercial kitchen space in an historic brick building on the corner of Carleton and Eighth streets and — all things going to plan — should be open at the beginning of October. … Continue reading »
An attempt by a group of South Berkeley neighbors to halt, or at least delay, the arrival of a Starbucks at 3001 Telegraph Ave. (at the intersection with Ashby) stumbled last week when the city’s Zoning Adjustments Board denied its appeal.
The Bateman Neighborhood Association and Jim Smith, of Dana Street, had collected 1,500 signatures on a petition presented, along with an appeal, to ZAB in late March for the new coffee shop, which is planning to go into the new Telegraph Gardens development. The appeal focuses on concerns about traffic congestion and what are seen as unfair waivers given to Starbucks regarding the provision of parking spaces. The community is also worried about what the presence of a Starbucks will mean in terms of competition to the independently owned Mokka coffee shop two blocks away at 3075 Telegraph.
Last Thursday night, in a close 5-4 vote, the board rejected the appeal by neighbors who questioned the permits granted to the project for extended operating hours and an exception for required parking spots. City staff said it’s common to grant parking exceptions when certain criteria are met — such as ample parking nearby and when the business aims to be “neighborhood-serving” and increase pedestrian activity. Staff said the application did meet those criteria, but numerous community members who spoke against the permits questioned that determination. … Continue reading »