Two stores are closing in the Elmwood: one of them, Boss Robot Hobby, has been a destination for fans of model airplanes and radio-control toys for 15 years.
Mary Corbin is a writer and artist who has lived in Berkeley for over 30 years. Mary moved to the Bay Area from St. Louis to attend California College of the Arts in Oakland where she completed her BFA in painting and printmaking. A natural storyteller, she is currently working on a collection of short stories. As a writer for Berkeleyside and lead writer for YourBerkeley.com, Mary loves finding something new to write about just around the next corner while out on a walk, biking in the hills, or chatting with locals about food or fun events around town. Visit her cycling blog, MommaWheelie, for essays on biking for recreation and utility and view her work as an artist at marycorbinart.blogspot.com.
Shop Talk: Darling Flower Shop; Maker’s Row; Sock Pop; The Coder School
After 85 years in business, Darling Flower Shop closed its doors on Dec. 31, after its owner retired. Catch up on this and other local biz news.
Shop Talk: Site for Sore Eyes; Tenzing Collections; Body Time; Copy Central; Cricket Wireless
A Site for Sore Eyes in on the move in downtown Berkeley; Tenzing Collections has crossed town. Catch up on this and more local biz news.
Shop Talk: Bewilder Floral; Holiday Open Studios; The Coder School event
A new floral shop that moved over from SF; artisan and artist open studios this month; free coding for kids; and rugs galore at a store that’s closing after 48 years.
A magic carpet ride: Emmett Eiland’s Oriental Rug Company in Berkeley
After 48 years in business, Emmett Eiland reflects back on his career as the day swiftly approaches when he will close the doors of his Berkeley rug store for good.
Shop Talk: Shop Local Day; Five Little Monkeys; Trickster; Urbanity; Faiz International
Downtown will mark Shop Local day Tuesday; there’s a new toy store on Fourth Street; and we have news of a relocation, a closure, and a re-invention.
Shop Talk: New Target; car charging at the library; Jeffrey’s Toys; more
Target has opened its second small city store, Jeffrey’s Toys on Fourth Street has closed and an electric charging station is now available at the library’s West Branch.
Shop Talk: Terra Outdoor Living; Morning Tide; Tenzing Collections; Dick and Beany’s
Catch up on the latest news about local business openings and closings.
‘Little Big Steps’: A life-enhancing story born of a life-altering event
Arash Bayatmakou’s book, which reads like a novel, tells of unbridled courage and achievement in the wake of a sudden and frightening life-altering event.
Shop Talk: StoneFire Berkeley; Blick Art Supplies; Beauty Center; Toot Sweets
The large StoneFire apartment and retail complex, a move by Blick, Toot Sweets has closed, and more news about Berkeley businesses.
Shop Talk: Sock Pop, Poet’s Corner, Oh Shirt Yeah, Nest
A pop-up sock shop is open in the Elmwood, an eclecetic home decorating store closes on Fourth Street and more news about Berkeley businesses.
Berkeley’s BioFuel Oasis sells alternative fuel, but also a DIY way of living
BioFuel Oasis on Ashby Avenue has launched a fundraising campaign to help it create an online store, get better signage, and buy a shipping container to use as storage on the site.