The owner of a hair salon that has operated in Berkeley for 30 years and is closing, says the risk and liability of running a small business today is “mind-numbing.” Catch up with other openings and closings.
The latest local business news for Berkeley.
A concentration of like-minded shops at the intersection of Ashby and Adeline has been Berkeley’s very own antiques district since the 1930s.
Lots of independent businesses to report on this week, including a new kids’ dance school; a revamped hotel and a 47-year-old Telegraph Avenue store that’s relocating.
Longtime art supplies store Aaron Brothers is closing; Wells Fargo on Bancroft is no longer and a new co-working space offers meditation along with desks and chairs.
Nordic House is closing after operating in the East Bay for 57 years, as is jewelry store Kiss My Ring. Women’s clothing boutique Lobelia shuttered in January.
Several new businesses have opened, or are about to open, locally, including an artisanal craft shop, a co-working space, a barber and a consignment store.
The new proposal could result in hundreds of housing units on the Ashby BART parking lot, narrower tree-lined streets, and new intersections. Learn more at a community meeting tonight.
For 17 years, Ana da Silva has made flower arrangements from her store on Gilman Street. When neighbors learned she was shutting down, they volunteered to repair an old kiosk so she could continue to operate.
New co-working space The Office has opened in downtown Berkeley, joining several other similar shared workspaces that are helping meet the city’s need for more office space.
No-one knows yet if the store will sell books or convenience items, and it may bring more foot traffic to this Berkeley shopping destination, but local merchants are still wary.
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.