The married owners came out of retirement to open a restaurant a year before the pandemic hit. They’ve thrived thanks to devoted family members.
Owner Sima Dehestani added Persian dishes to the menu and a small Middle Eastern food store at the Albany restaurant.
La Crepe a Moi owners opened their dream brick and mortar in Berkeley’s Northside neighborhood in May 2020 and are determined to hold on until Cal students return.
For decades, the jewelers — whose founder helped start the Solano Stroll — has been an intimate part of many Berkeley residents’ lives.
When the pandemic closed offices and breweries, Kolobok started serving its “Russian soul food” to apartment complexes and offering delivered holiday meals.
Peter Kemel has used every penny of his retirement money to keep Model Shoe Renew afloat during the pandemic. His loyal customers are grateful.
Revenue is down at 1951 Coffee by 90%, but the nonprofit is hopeful it can survive the pandemic and continue helping refugees through its barista training program along the way.
These Berkeleyans are crafting beautiful messages outside their homes — sharing information and offering hope.
Sonny Han, owner of Payn’s Stationery on Solano Avenue, talks about survival and his fortuitous decision to install mailboxes before the pandemic lockdown.
Berkeley’s Noodles Fresh serves a wide selection of dishes from all over China; once indoor dining resumes, it will also focus on tea.
For $50, the Berkeley-based sake brewery gives attendees five different sakes and a one-hour live Zoom lesson on drinking and pairing sakes.
Immigrants often face disadvantages in the food industry. This nonprofit is working to change that.
Renowned for its fresh dim sum and seafood, the eatery is also a social hub for Oakland’s Chinese community.
The celebrated Oakland chef was the first Native contestant to appear on the Food Network’s ‘Chopped.’
Joan Gallagher’s company Nourish You made hot lunches for students at three Berkeley schools, but since the pandemic, she’s found a new calling feeding low-income, senior and homeless communities.
A therapist, photographer and hairstylist have innovated to continue their practice in quarantine.