VIDEO NO MORE After 22 years in business, Video Maniacs at 1482 University is shuttering its doors at the end of the year. Owner Henry Bhukhan said rentals are half what they were two years ago because of Netflix and online streaming. The closure leaves only two freestanding videos store in Berkeley — Five Star at 1550 University Avenue, and Blockbuster at 2390 Shattuck (near Channing). And, as we reported last month, the latter is scheduled to shut down in 2012 when a branch of Chase Bank takes over the space.
Popular Los Angeles frozen yogurt chain Pinkberry is set to open a store at 2400 Telegraph this winter. Pinkberry will be entering an already crowded market in Berkeley where fro-yo, as it is commonly referred to, has taken off big time in recent years. The three most popular destinations seem to be Yogurt Park, Yogurtland, and Yogurt Harmony. With school out and the warmer months ahead of us, Berkeleyside decided to some some taste-testing.