The owners of Touchstone Climbing, who met 39 years ago while climbing Indian Rock, want to transform the Oaks into an indoor climbing facility.
The new parklet, built by a Boy Scout troop, is expected to open in front of Zachary's Pizza and Pegasus Books in the next few weeks.
The Oaks Theatre, once a central hubbub of Solano Avenue, is one of several properties owned by developer and realtor John Gordon.
Berkeleyside broke the news Sunday about two men tied to a bank robbery in February. Monday, authorities said the brothers from Oakland have actually been tied to five bank heists.
Armed robbers have been hitting Berkeley cafes and taking laptops and other items from their customers this month, authorities report.
Berkeley police officers are on the scene after a bank robbery on Solano Avenue late Thursday morning.
With 12-year District 5 Councilman Laurie Capitelli setting his sights on the mayor’s seat, Sophie Hahn and Stephen Murphy have gone head to head this election season to convince the community who will lead North Berkeley best.
It wasn’t a conspiracy, and it wasn’t by design. There were no portable toilets at the Solano Stroll on Sunday due to “a simple error,” event organizer Allen Cain of the Solano Avenue Association told Berkeleyside this week.
"I feel the Stroll represents the best of Berkeley — such good feelings, such diversity — of both humans and animals," said Berkeleyside contributing photographer Nancy Rubin commenting on this year's event.
Find the Berkeleyside team Sunday in our usual spot, between Pegasus Books and iScream, where northbound Colusa Avenue hits Solano Avenue. We hope you’ll come by to say hello.
Longtime Berkeley resident Lu Charlotte passed away peacefully in her home on The Alameda Aug. 9, 2016. She was 92.
WILLIAM STOUT CLOSES/RELOCATES Architectural bookstore William Stout has closed its Berkeley store, at 1605 Solano Ave., and is merging the business with its publishing arm on the Richmond waterfront. Owner Bill Stout told Berkeleyside the North Berkeley store never really met his expectations. “Moving means we can consolidate our inventory and service our mail-order customers quicker,” he said. Stout, whose flagship store has operated on Montgomery Street in San Francisco for more than 40 years, opened the Berkeley store in fall 2010. At the time, Bill Stout said he chose Berkeley because of the store’s publishing collaboration with UC Berkeley, and because he saw the Solano district as being “a more vibrant residential neighborhood than where we are now.” Stout also homed in on Berkeley because he believed there were more bibliophiles in the East Bay. “In San Francisco an interest in books is dying,” he said in 2010. Stout is hopeful that this latest decision”should be a good move.” William Stout‘s East Bay outpost is now at 1328 South 51st St., Richmond. (more…)
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