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Solano Avenue: The pressure is on for North Berkeley shopping district to up its game

By Gill South When French-style bakery La Farine abruptly closed up shop on Berkeley’s Solano Avenue this summer, there was an outcry from local residents. Its departure also created another empty storefront on a street that has its fair share of them, particularly in its easternmost stretch, near The Alameda. But La Farine owner Jeff Dodge said he misses […]

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Berkeley to consider restricting large drugstores, future of proposed Solano Ave. Walgreens store in the balance

Berkeley is set to consider whether to limit the number of larger drugstores in the city, at least in certain neighborhoods, which may put a halt to disputed plans by Walgreens to open a new store on upper Solano Avenue. The issue will be discussed at the city’s Planning Commission meeting Wednesday, March 19. If the commission, a […]

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Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

TRACKERS BAY Outdoor education organization Trackers Bay has taken over the distinctive building formerly occupied by Marmot Mountain Works at 3049 Adeline St. in Berkeley. Trackers’ regional director, Jess Liotta, describes the company as offering training in old-school skills and story-based immersive experiences for kids and adults. She tells Berkeleyside: “Think archery, foraging, wilderness survival, zombie apocalypse […]