Yarnbombing by a group associated with Berkeley's Knit One One on the "Here There" artwork on Berkeley-Oakland border

The San Francisco Chronicle decided to mark Independence Day with a slide show of Bay Area independents — the original people, businesses and ideas that make the Bay Area so special. Out of the 48 chosen independents, there are five with clear Berkeley provenance (which we think is a bit stingy).

Here are the Berkeley originals.

  1. Yomi Wrong and the Center for Independent Living. The Chronicle correctly calls Berkeley “the birthplace of the disability rights movement”.
  2. Knit One One and the yarnbombers that it inspires (a phenomenon Berkeleyside has been tracking from the start).
  3. Good Vibrations, which has “revolutionized the sex toy shopping experience”.
  4. Moe’s Books, a “neighborhood icon with hundreds of thousands of titles for readers to peruse”.
  5. Amoeba Music, “one of the larger independent music stores around”.

Who or what from Berkeley would you add?

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...