Show Your True Colors:  Where to Buy Art Supplies in Berkeley

February 9, 2016 Posted by: Mary Corbin

Berkeley and our neighboring city of Oakland are home to an inspired and thriving art community. California College of the Arts in Oakland / San Francisco develops the talents of artisans of every ilk who settle in the lesser expensive East Bay in a variety of work and live/work studio spaces. But who supplies these […]

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December 22, 2015 Posted by: Mary Corbin

West Berkeley is in transition from its mostly industrial and manufacturing personality to a new destination in Berkeley so you may have noticed some recent changes in the look and feel of this neighborhood. Let’s take a look around to see what’s happening in the Gilman Street Corridor Project. I guess there is always room […]

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Strawberry Creek Design Center

November 24, 2015 Posted by: Mary Corbin

Berkeley, CA is a mecca of arts & culture; we know that for a fact. With our temperate climate, natural beauty and Cal as an academic hub, creative minds arrive here and take up residence. One of the places that has become a location for such folks to thrive is the Strawberry Creek Design Center. […]

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For Your Eyes Only – in Berkeley

September 21, 2015 Posted by: Mary Corbin

If you were ever called “four eyes” in school, you’ll relish the fact that fashion has finally caught up with you. For eyes in Berkeley, we’ve got chic, mod, re-purposed and fashion-forward eyewear for all tastes and styles. Here are a few of our great shops for unique eyewear: Focal Point Opticians in the Elmwood […]

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Berkeley Design Center – an Eco-Resource for Your Home

July 31, 2015 Posted by: Mary Corbin

Have you just moved into your new home in Berkeley? Meeting with an architect on a new build? Or are you about to renovate on a small or large scale? Well, look no further than Berkeley Design Center, a great local resource for all things necessary to improve the life of your home. In business […]

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Mumbai by the Bay – Asian Indian Shopping Extravaganza in Berkeley

July 17, 2015 Posted by: Mary Corbin

Living in Berkeley is a multicultural experience and today’s tour is to West Berkeley to a neighborhood I call “Mumbai by the Bay”.  Amble west on University Avenue towards San Pablo and you will find a sprinkling of Indian merchants selling traditional clothing, groceries and prepared foods, baubles and more. It’s a literal masala, or […]

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Pegasus Books – Summer Reading Starts Here in Berkeley

July 6, 2015 Posted by: Mary Corbin

It’s time to start checking things off the summer reading list and a great way to kick it off is with a visit to my favorite book seller, Pegasus Books in Berkeley. With three perfectly situated locations in the East Bay, you’ll never be in need of the perfect place to buy new and used […]

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Vintage, Consignment and Used Clothing in Berkeley

June 15, 2015 Posted by: Mary Corbin

If you’re into the re-use, recycle, re-purpose philosophy even when it comes to  how you style yourself, you’re in luck. Berkeley has a range of consignment, vintage and barely-worn clothing stores scattered around town. Choose from an assortment as wide as chain merchants to boutique designer or vintage style shops. In a college town like […]

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Third Thursdays in Berkeley’s Elmwood

April 13, 2015 Posted by: Mary Corbin

Thursdays just got brighter in Berkeley and not just because of Daylight Saving Time, but because of Third Thursdays in the Elmwood. As the days get longer, so do shopping ops in this part of town, radiating out from the intersecting avenues of College and Ashby. Each Thursday, merchants in the area stay open for […]

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Sowing Seeds: Horticultural Nurseries in Berkeley

March 23, 2015 Posted by: Mary Corbin

The days are getting longer. The air is warm and the birds are chirping. Spring has sprung in Berkeley, CA and we’re lured outside to pull some weeds and sow some seeds, breathing new life into our home gardens! Here is a handful of horticultural nurseries in Berkeley with provisions for the tasks ahead: Berkeley […]

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