SOLE REPAIR Back in January, we reported that Marmot Mountain Works, near Ashby Station, was due to close. And indeed it came to pass last month. But, be aware that climbing shoe repair services are still being offered there. How? Because Tom Wandall, the chap who had operated that service as a Marmot staff member, has taken over the lease of the space (which is in the building also occupied by 5th String, next door Marmot), bought the equipment and is now operating as Berkeley Resole. Wandall offers repairs and custom work for climbing shoes, approach shoes, technical mountaineering boots, Birkenstocks, and more. Check Berkeley Resole out in situ or on Facebook.
FASHION MOVE Designer boutique Keneuoe Vivere, which opened its store at 2951 College Avenue in the Elmwood in 2009, is closing its retail operation in order to focus on personal design services. The store’s last day was Sunday March 18. Keneuoe Designs is holding its first Retail Account Opening celebrating spring at Rue Atelier (just down the street from the former boutique, at 2981 College), on Saturday March 24, from 1-5pm. There will be a sale as well as complimentary wardrobe styling.
It isn’t only the people behind NBC series Parenthood who feel Berkeley is a choice spot to shoot a TV series. Yesterday, the Elmwood neighborhood paid host to a film crew shooting scenes for Hacienda Heights, a night-time drama (not a soap opera, one of the crew insisted) which takes its cues from the popular Latino telenovela format.