It’s all about small-batch, locally roasted brews at Alchemy Collective Café on MLK at Adeline. Photo: Joel Ramirez

The news that an award-winning pastry chef would be opening a new bakery in the space occupied for 38 years by The Bread Garden in Berkeley’s Claremont neighborhood was greeted with unanimous approval. “Cannot wait,” said reader Annie Painter. Frank Sally hopes to open Fournée Bakery before year-end.

Local business happenings are always a hit with our readers, and the reports in this week’s Shop Talk — including news of a new Greek restaurant, the closure of Zaika on University, and the arrival of a new coffee cart at Whole Foods — proved as popular as ever.

In the same vein, Sarah Henry’s profile of Alchemy Collective Café (pictured above) prompted insightful comments and positive feedback. “Good work fellas!  Keep it up!”, said RedMilitant of the six baristas who are helping perk up a Berkeley neighborhood in transition.

Also this week: The Berkeley School board agreed to appoint two interim superintendents and moved into new headquarters; Solano Avenue got a makeover; and a female mountain lion and her cubs put Berkeley Lab employees on alert.

“The Brain That Wouldn’t Die”

Don’t forget: Tonight, starting at 7:30pm, there’s a free outdoor movie screening in Berkeley (courtesy of Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive and Downtown Berkeley Association), part of the Summer Cinema on Center Street series which Berkeleyside is sponsoring. On the big screen: “The Brain that Wouldn’t Die”.

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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...