A novella steeped in nostalgia for the heyday of Berkeley cinema, a novel written during a BART commute, a report on the young men killed by football and a garden poem anthology are among the recent books with Berkeley ties.
Members of the Golden Gate Live Steamers — located just downhill from the Redwood Valley Railway — make and repair their own engines and give free rides to the public.
Solar Express Car Wash is partially powered by a 67-kilowatt solar array and uses its plentiful greywater to irrigate the property. Catch up on this and other Berkeley retail and small business news.
Gary Gendel built a toy store evoking the ornate style and whimsy of a 19th-century childhood. His wife, Lucia, plans to keep running the candy shop he also opened in the neighborhood in the 1970s.
Jessica Carew Kraft’s new book chronicles her paleolithic Berkeley lifestyle of tracking coyote scat near Grizzly Peak, foraging for loquats and redwood sorrel and feeding her daughters raccoon meat.
The bath that started the hot tub craze was created in a shop opened on San Pablo Avenue in 1915 by a family of Italian immigrants.
Longtime manager Jerry Griggs says the Buggy Bank auto-selling business will continue as a concierge service. Catch up on this and other Berkeley retail and small business news.
Xiaoyan Lin, a designer who emigrated from China, opens up her garage for one of her seasonal sales. Catch up on this and other Berkeley retail and small business news.
The Aug. 23 closure of the Walgreens at Shattuck and Allston Way means Berkeley will be down to just three stores.
Hannah Michell shared what went into writing her second novel, ‘Excavations,’ at a recent Berkeley library talk.
Louise O’Connor’s house burned down. Three weeks later she lost the lease to her longtime auto repair shop. Catch up on this and other Berkeley retail and small business news.
The head shop’s closing symbolizes another piece of Berkeley’s progressive cultural past disappearing on Telegraph Avenue.