It was a story with a happy ending, sealed with an official opening party on Saturday, attended by face painters, balloon artists — and lots of wide-eyed children. A mural was painted on the store’s façade and photographer Richard Friedman chronicled the festivities.

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...