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Posted inArts, Business, Crime & Safety, Events, Video

Fundraiser will help artisans burned out in Berkeley fire

By many accounts, the Joshua Tree Artisans’ Collective was a special place to work. Taking up two floors on a building on Second Street, the collective had individual spaces for woodworkers, metal fabricators, inventors, interior designers, furniture makers and mixed media artists to work. The craftsmen, though, were all free to use the communal hand tools […]

Posted inCrime & Safety, Fires

Berkeley warehouse fire started accidentally; Wooden Duck not insured for content loss

The fire that erupted in a West Berkeley warehouse on Saturday, seriously damaging or destroying numerous businesses, started accidentally, according to fire officials. “There didn’t seem to be any indication this was a malicious fire,” said Berkeley Fire Department Deputy Chief Avery Webb. “The investigation is ongoing but they have ruled out a malicious origin.” […]

Posted inBusiness, Community, Crime & Safety, Fires, Video

After a West Berkeley blaze, praise for the firefighters

Eric Gellerman, owner of The Wooden Duck furniture store, says he has nothing but thanks for the firefighters who fought the blaze that engulfed a building on Second Street in West Berkeley on Saturday night. The store’s warehouse is “a total loss,” he said Sunday. However, The Wooden Duck’s showroom and store, which fronts Eastshore Highway, was saved. […]

Posted inBusiness, City, Crime & Safety, Fires

West Berkeley fire causes $5 million in damage, destroys 20 artisan businesses

The huge fire that ripped through a building on Second Street in West Berkeley on Saturday night not only affected well-known businesses like Import Tile and The Wooden Duck, but destroyed the livelihood of more than 20 artisans. The business condominium at 1802 Second St. that was destroyed was home to a collective of small artisans […]

Posted inBusiness, Crime & Safety, Fires

4 Berkeley businesses, including Wooden Duck, Import Tile damaged in 5-alarm warehouse fire

This breaking news story was updated as more information became available. Watch this feed on Twitter — no account needed — for live updates. Frances Dinkelspiel, of Berkeleyside, reported from the scene. Scroll down for a video of the fire taken by freeway travelers. We posted an update Sunday, April 13, shortly before noon. Update, April […]

Posted inBusiness

Tech nerd, nature lover, quits job, reinvents the headlamp

By Hannah Long On a recent weekend, Berkeley inventor Dan Freschl could be found climbing the boulders of Yosemite while testing the rechargeable, environmentally friendly headlamp he has designed. The headlamp is the signature product of Bosavi LLC, the outdoor equipment company that Freschl founded in 2010. Freschl’s love for the outdoors began when, as a […]