New: Michelle Nelson design studio

CRAFTING A LOOK Michelle Nelson has now opened her eponymous home design studio at 2842 Prince Street. The space was formerly Personal Pizzazz clothing store which, as reported in August, moved into the space formerly occupied by The Craftsman Home, around the corner at 3048 Claremont Avenue. Nelson, who began her career in the garment industry with a focus on textiles, worked under leading arts and crafts dealer Isak Lindenauer, and then out of The Craftsman Home, before setting up on her own. She offers full design consultation with a speciality in Craftsman homes.

Safeway on Shattuck

MARKET MAKEOVER Safeway, which is remodeling its store on Shattuck Avenue near Rose, will close the building in late February for five to six months to complete construction. Safeway plans to reopen in late summer 2012. The company has been doing demolition and soil compacting at the site, but will not do any construction between December 24-26 and December 31-January 2 to give neighbors a break. For updates, click here, and for a live view of the construction, click here.

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