A plants and design store has opened in Trumpetvine Court downtown; Jest Jewels and Sola Lucy are closing up shop; and Title IX is on the move.
Four hair stylists who worked together at Festoon have come together to open a new salon; there is a new store to buy art and crafts made from recycled materials.
More shops are closing or moving because of lagging sales than are opening this month.
Declining sales contributed to the decision to shutter Molly B in North Shattuck, but not before a close-out sale. Urban Outfitters faced the same issue, while Papyrus has shut its 254 shops nationwide.
Neighbors in West Berkeley are celebrating a new hardware store; a sporting goods store that served the community for over 50 years has closed; and a spot specializing in antique plumbing parts is relocating.
Also: Gift store Pot-Pourri will open in North Berkeley in mid-January; and Radbird Fashion will move temporarily so its space can be retrofitted.
A party supplies store that has operated in Berkeley for 41 years across several locations is closing, but not before a blow-out sale; meanwhile there’s a new rock-n’-roll school in town.
This week: A decades old College Avenue store that took over from a gun shop is consolidating; candies pop up for the holidays; and a co-working/events space has opened in West Berkeley.
The East Bay real estate market is getting a shake-up with the second merger of two independent brokerages this year, while a little boutique has opened in a shipping container in Westbrae.
Changing demographics and difficulties in finding architectural salvage has cut into Ohmega Salvage’s business.
The downtown Staples is closing; Berkeley Vacuum has a new home; new arrivals include a fashion school, a kids’ clothing store, a replacement for OSH and a career mentoring retreat workshops company.
Comcast exits downtown; the owners of a downtown laundromat cite rent hikes and chronic problems with homeless individuals as reasons for closing down; new spot for Mr. Mopps’ bookstore; a new hair salon in SW Berkeley.