Yoga Tree has taken over Yoga Mandela

YOGA TAKEOVER San Francisco company Yoga Tree took over Berkeley’s Yoga Mandala on Telegraph on October 1. It’s the first East Bay outpost for Yoga Tree which offers a range of classes including vinyasa, hatha, pre- and post-natal and restorative yoga. A spokesperson said the studio would be maintaining the Yoga Mandala schedule until the end of October, after which it will introduce more classes, as well as new instructors. Yoga Tree is honoring all existing Yoga Mandala passes. The studio is at 2807 Telegraph Avenue, Tel: 510 486-1989.

FINAL FORAGE Forage, the jewelry and clothing boutique in Trumpetvine Court (2115 Allston Way between Shattuck and Oxford) is to close at the end of this month, according to the Downtown Berkeley Association. Forage offers home furnishing pieces, women’s clothing and shoes, men’s silk ties, and other gift items. Make an appointment, or visit the store on its final weekend, October 29-30, from 1-4pm. Owner Ana Vertel can be reached at 510.912.1985 or at

Sarber's on Solano closing down

NOT CAMERA READY In April, Sarber’s Cameras vacated the Berkeley store it had occupied on upper Solano Avenue for 18 years to move down the block into Albany. Now David and Jessica Sarber have announced that the new location at 1483 Solano will close October 26. The company will still operate its camera store on Mountain Boulevard in the Montclair district of Oakland. The Albany store suffered from a soft economy, a move to online retailing, and the fact that no enough customers migrated to its new location, David Sarber told Albany Patch.

PUP HUT: Visit Berkeley reports that District Dogs is open at 2109 Milvia Street in the “doghouse” spot that has seen a number of quality but under-appreciated sausage stands in recent times. Call ahead at 549-DOGS to check the hot-dog stand is open.

D-Zire: shuttered

THE CHOP D-Zire hair salon at 2946 College Avenue in the Elmwood, closed its doors on September 25. Some of its stylists have crossed the street, however, and can be found working at La Tour Salon at 2941 College.

Shop Talk is our regular column in which we post updates on Berkeley businesses — openings, closings, new directions, relaunches, relocations. If you’re a Berkeley business with news, or a Berkeleysider who has spotted a change in your neighborhood or on your travels, shoot us an email with the details. Read previous Shop Talk columns here.

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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...