In a U-turn, organizers of the Berkeley Flea Market say it will not be closed until April and will open this weekend if the weather cooperates. But even without rain, storm clouds rumble over the market’s future.
The 46-year-old market will be closed in February and March due to financial struggles, but should reopen in April. The hiatus will give organizers time to regroup and strategize to attract more customers.
By Andrew Stelzer, KQED You can hear the rumble of a drum circle from more than a block away, and it grows louder and louder as you approach Berkeley’s Ashby BART Station. Every Saturday and Sunday — except when it rains — a freewheeling jam session brings together drummers and other musicians in the BART parking […]
A 21-year-old Berkeley man was shot and injured Sunday night at the Ashby Flea Market and Ashby BART shut down for the evening. BART police received multiple reports of gunfire at 5:54 p.m., according to BART Lt. Paul Qwan. When BART and Berkeley police arrived on the scene, however, no victim could be found, he […]
By Niclas Ericsson The downturn in the economy may be a threat to many small merchants in Berkeley, but the 35-year-old Berkeley Flea Market is still alive and kicking. With its ethnic and lively environment, and diverse array of used goods, the market offers a distinct alternative to the more commercial enterprises in the city. […]