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Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

1011 Gilman
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TERRANOVA BODY After operating in Berkeley for 43 years, TerraNova Body, a manufacturer of natural bath and body care products, is moving to Richmond on June 21. Its building at 1011 Gilman St. was sold and the new owner is tearing part of it down to make room for a parking lot for the new Whole Foods.

“I’m sad,” said Kathy Saunders, who runs the company with her sister, Ann Saunders Gordon. “I grew up here.”

Saunders said she thinks it is getting increasingly difficult for manufacturers to stay in Berkeley because rents are high and the city doesn’t seem to care if businesses like hers stay. “They have done nothing to motivate us to stay,” she said.

Dave Fogarty, who works in the city’s economic development program, said the office often works closely with businesses to help them relocate within the city limits. Saunders said she contacted the city a few years ago, but Fogarty said no-one in the office remembers working with her. … Continue reading »

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Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

Thread Lounge 1/1 1.28.13 Photo: Tracey Taylor
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THREAD LOUNGE Opening today in downtown Berkeley: Thread Lounge, an upscale fashion store offering discounted designer clothing for women, men, and children, as well as limited home furnishings. Owner Colleen Schmidt, a former buyer for Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan among others, already has two stores — in San Francisco and Chicago — and is testing the waters in Berkeley with a popup version of the bohemian-style shop in the old Fed Ex-Kinkos corner building at Shattuck and Bancroft Way. “We are like a designer sample sale,” Schmidt says. “We work with over 400 designers worldwide.” Local labels currently in stock include Laurel B (sweaters that retail for $250-$400 are $80) and Wendy Katlin ( $200-$450 tops and dresses for $50-$100). Schmidt works in partnership with her boyfriend, Jon Vohr, who creates the artwork and fixtures in the store, although Schmidt is quick to point out that the décor will be much more appealing if they decide to settle here. “Everyone asks me why I didn’t go to Fourth Street but I think there’s room for growth in downtown Berkeley. There aren’t a lot of fashion options here,” she says. Thread Lounge is throwing a “Meet & Greet” opening for the public with wine and appetizers on Thursday, Jan. 31, 7-9pm. Thread Lounge is at 2295 Shattuck Ave. Open: weekdays, 12-7, Sat. 11-7, Sun. 12-6. … Continue reading »

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Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

Body Time's Telegraph store is planned to set a new style for the chain. Photo: Lance Knobel
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BACK IN TIME  Body Time, which was founded 42 years ago on Telegraph Avenue, has found its way back to its roots with a new store on Telegraph, just north of Channing. “I love Telegraph,” said Terra De Almeida, president of Body Time. She said the recent opening of The Melt, and the lines at the nearby ice cream sandwich specialist Cream, give her a lot of confidence about the location.

The Telegraph Avenue store, which opened today, is Body Time’s fifth, and the third in Berkeley, which is where the company is headquartered. De Almeida said the company hopes to expand to San Francisco, which used to have four Body Time stores, and “through the tunnel”, possibly to Walnut Creek. … Continue reading »

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