At a time when there’s understandable angst about stores closing and vacant retail spaces, perhaps Berkeley can expect more ventures like the Pop Up Shop. It opened on November 12 and will close on December 24 in Gilman Village on 10th Street in North Berkeley. The store sells an eclectic range of items, many sourced from France. (And it provides an excuse to direct readers to the astonishing story of the young Dane who was the likely inspiration for Tintin.)

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Lance Knobel (Berkeleyside co-founder) has been a journalist for nearly 40 years. Much of his career was in business journalism. He was editor-in-chief of both Management Today, the leading business magazine...