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Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

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ALEMBIQUE APOTHECARY Alembique Apothecary, a store selling herbs and botanicals for the kitchen and for the body, is set to open at 901 Hearst Ave. (at the corner of Seventh Street), in mid-June. Owner Babak Nahid is remodeling a space on the first floor of one of the oldest buildings in Berkeley. He says customers will be able to create their own soaps and lotions, using ingredients like carrot-seed and sea buckhorn oils. “We purvey predominantly non-GMO, organic, local, wild-crafted/wild-harvested, food-grade and petrochemical-free products, including natural botanical, herbal and mineral ingredients for our bodies and our homes,” the store says on its website. Plans include offering a refill station, an organic blending bar, and a series of workshops at the shop.

LHASA KARNAK HERB CO. Lhasa Karnak Herb Co. has two stores in Berkeley and one of them has just moved one door down the street and taken over the former Body Time location at 1942 Shattuck Ave. Lhasa Karnak says it offers the “largest selection and the highest quality herbs, essential oils, and other natural products to be found anywhere.” They specialize in Western medicinal herbs and culinary spices, but also stock traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic herbs. Its second store remains at 2482 Telegraph Ave. … Continue reading »

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LA BOTELLA REPUBLIC La Botella Republic, a wine shop and tasting studio which we tipped you about in August of last year, is set to open in mid-April at 2055 Center St. (on the street level of the Berkeley Central building) in downtown Berkeley. Owners Christopher Clarke and Lauren Brody-Clarke, a husband-and-wife team, are in full countdown mode, including hiring staff. The pair describe La Botella Republic as “a down-to-earth spot where enterprising East Bay locals can learn more about California’s outstanding local wines by taking a virtual tour with their taste buds. Our wine bar and shop will offer a curated selection of premier NorCal wines and beers to pair with clever, seasonal bites in our tasting studio. Regular special events and workshops with guest chefs, sommeliers, vintners and others will expand and refine the horizons of wine and food pairings for the people of Berkeley.” Clarke was formerly a design director at the Food Network, and Brody-Clarke is an actress who most recently managed a wine shop. The couple, who hail from Brooklyn, have an affinity with Berkeley, Clarke told us last year. He studied at the Academy of Arts in San Francisco and lived in the East Bay, and his family lives here. He cites many reasons for choosing their new location: likeminded folk who love good food, the proximity to wine country, and the accessibility of downtown. Connect with La Botella Republic on Facebook for progress reports and details of the positions they are looking to fill. … Continue reading »

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Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

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CUGINI MANZONE Giuseppe and Michele Manzone opened Cugini Manzone last Thursday night in at 2930 College Ave. in the Elmwood. The restaurant features an Italian wood-fired oven for thin-crust pizza and calzone (the Manzones are also cooking eggplant parmesan and roast chicken in the wood-fired oven), as well as a full menu of Italian antipasti and pastas. The restaurant is only open for dinner at the moment (5 p.m. to 10 p.m.), but plans to open for lunch and mid-afternoon snacks soon. … Continue reading »

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Bites: What’s new in East Bay food, XXXIV

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BOTELLA REPUBLIC You heard it here first: A new wine bar and shop is coming to downtown Berkeley. Botella Republic (pictured, top) will open on the street level of the Berkeley Central building at 2055 Center St. Owners Christopher Clarke and Lauren Brody-Clarke, a husband-and-wife team, plan to serve small production wines, craft beers and locally sourced artisanal meats and cheeses, as well as seasonal fruits and breads, in a Napa-style dining room. There will be hand-selected old world and new world wines for under $15 per bottle, as well as a reserve selection of small production premium wines. Wines customers will also be able to buy bottles of wine they love to take home. “We will be championing Californian wines within a global context,” said Clarke, who was formerly a design director at the Food Network. Brody-Clarke is an actress who most recently managed a wine shop. The couple, who hail from Brooklyn, have an affinity with Berkeley, Clarke said. He studied at the Academy of Arts in San Francisco and lived in the East Bay, and his family lives here. He cites many reasons for choosing their new location: likeminded folk who love good food, the proximity to wine country, and the accessibility of downtown. “Berkeley is the West Coast equivalent of Brooklyn — we feel we’re making a lateral transition,” he adds. The plan is to open in early 2014. … Continue reading »

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