The Monkey House: in a secret location

CLANDESTINE CLUB An all-in-one theater-nightclub-recording studio-writing workshop just opened its doors on University Avenue. It describes itself as “an intimate performance space… offering quality entertainment for adults and children.” The exact location can’t be disclosed since the venue is also musician Ira Marlowe’s private home, but email The Monkey House before an event, and you’ll be granted the address and a secret password. The performance space seats 50, and monkey-themed decor abound.

Visit Berkeley has a new storefront. Photo: Natalie Orenstein

A MORE VISIBLE VISIT Visit Berkeley, the city’s tourism information center and film production office has moved from its secluded location at 2030 Addison to the storefront suite in the same building. The move was intended to increase visibility, and the office is already getting a lot more foot traffic, said CEO Barbara Hillman.

PBG gets a larger office

NEW REAL ESTATE FOR REALTOR PBG Real Estate is moving from its current Claremont Avenue haunt to a larger office at 2987 College Ave. Owner and broker Daniel Stea said the move is a necessary one, since the firm, which serves clients across the East Bay, is expanding. PBG takes over the space formerly occupied for more than 42 years by Trips Out Travel. Trips Out went online in April. PBG will be up and running on August 1.

A San Pablo store would be Berkeley’s second Dollar Tree
A San Pablo store would be Berkeley’s second Dollar Tree

SEED PLANTED ON SAN PABLO? Berkeleysider Alan Tobey said a new Dollar Tree store is coming to San Pablo Avenue. City representatives couldn’t be reached to confirm the news, but Tobey said the shop will occupy what was once the site of a bingo parlor. It would be Berkeley’s second Dollar Tree — the other is downtown on Shattuck Avenue.

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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Natalie Orenstein reports on housing and homelessness for The Oaklandside. Natalie was a Berkeleyside staff reporter from early 2017 to May 2020. She had previously contributed to the site since 2012,...