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  • Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

    POCKETME STUDIO POPS UP A Berkeley couple opened their startup PocketMe’s first portrait studio in Downtown Berkeley last month. PocketMe offers customers a 3D full body portrait of themselves. The studio uses 72 cameras to take pictures of the subject from all angles, and PocketMe sends the 3D print-out to the customer. According to the website, a PocketMe can replace or complement photos for family portraits, holiday gifts, wedding cake toppers, keepsakes of grandparents, graduation portraits, fashion shoots, video game models and more. The couple is testing the local market for interest and hopes to expand. “We live in Berkeley so we wanted to start up in Berkeley and figure out where to go from here,” said co-founder Allison Saloner. “We’ve gotten a lot of interest so far. A lot of people have stopped in to see what we’re doing, and a lot have ordered their own PocketMe.” The studio is located at 2225 Shattuck Ave. (at Kittredge). It is open Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday through Friday by appointment. Schedule an appointment online or by phone at 510-900-1441. (more…)

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  • Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

    BIJA COLLARS  If any city can support not one, but two dog-collar shops, it’s canine-friendly Berkeley. We have written about Paco Collars on Shattuck. Now comes news of Bija Collars, which has opened an appointment-only store on University Avenue. Described as “a two dog and one woman shop” by owner Apryl Guisasola, who lives nearby, Bija has been selling its custom, hand crafted collars, leashes, and belts through other retail outlets, including Redhound in Oakland. Bjia Collars is at 1640 B University Ave (between California and Jefferson). Send a message to the store via its website to make an appointment.

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