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.
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.
Design Within Reach has opened the brand’s first ever outdoor showroom in the former HAY space, while Nike has opened a wellness concept store next door. Catch up on this and other Berkeley retail and small business news.
Opened in 1972, the shop is full of Tibetan ikats, Czech headdresses, Japanese paper surprise balls and the ambient cooing sounds of the store’s two white doves, Bianca and Zephyr.
A little chardonnay with your feature presentation? Berkeley’s last remaining commercial movie theater, the Rialto Cinemas Elmwood, bets on a beer-and-wine license to lure back movie-goers.
PG&E has restored power to most of the homes and businesses that lost it during Tuesday’s storm, but some outages remained Thursday evening.
About 20 people lived in the two encampments, and around 60% accepted housing offers.
Animal Farm Discount Pet Foods was a mainstay on the corner of San Pablo Avenue and Cedar Street for 35 years. Even the owner’s parrot felt it was time to go.
College, Solano and North Shattuck would be zoned for greater density under the eight-year housing plan adopted by the Berkeley City Council.
Northern California cities are racing to meet a January deadline to adopt their Housing Elements, which are facing close scrutiny from state regulators.
PG&E said 665 customers lost power in the Claremont area after a tree made “contact with an overhead line.”
After a two-year break due to COVID-19, crowds returned to Russell Street in the Elmwood neighborhood for candy, costumes and mischief.