Posts Tagged ‘Telegraph Avenue’

Video rental, antiques, shoe repair: Old-fashioned shops struggle to hang on

A glimpse to an aisle at the Video Room in Piedmont Ave. on Friday December 2, 2016. (Yesica Prado/Oakland North)

A big red house stands in the middle of Telegraph Avenue, two blocks from the Berkeley border with Oakland. It resembles Santa’s workshop: fun, colorful and packed with a massive amount of “stuff.” The building is two stories high and even on a normal day, found objects hang all over the property. From giant drive-thru Jack in the Box signs, to headless mannequins, vintage Victorian furniture or small quirky ceramic figurines, James Cross, the owner of the Antique Centre has it all—hidden somewhere in a corner of his store.

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Temescal business owners see effects of neighborhood change

Universal Beauty Supply and Salon, which has operated on Telegraph Avenue for 35 years, worries its longtime customers can't find parking in busy Temescal

Adnan Ahmed, a Pakistani immigrant in a blue plaid shirt, looks gloomily around the 41 St Discount Store, just south of 41st Street on Telegraph Avenue in Temescal. At 10 a.m. on a recent Wednesday morning, the aisles of the small grocery and liquor store are devoid of customers, and the only thing that seems to cheer Ahmed up is having somebody listen as he recounts his tale of woe.

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The Nightcap: Partying with the owner at Kim’s Backyard

The Nightcap is a new series that will feature a favorite Oakland drinking establishment every Friday afternoon. This week, it’s Kim’s Backyard. Kim Okwa Janke opened up Kim’s Backyard, a bar on Telegraph at 24th Street, because she was retired and wanted to party. She insists it’s really as simple as that.

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The Nightcap: Punk rock, PBR and Barbies at The Stork Club

Meet the next watering hole in our new bar series, The Nightcap: The Stork Club has live rock music every night it’s open and looks like a typical dive bar from the outside. But The Stork is also owned by a sweet, 74-year-old woman who shows off her Barbie collection at the bar and used to decorate a Christmas tree year-round.

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Second annual Taste of Temescal sells out

Gazpacho served at Dona Tomas

The second annual Taste of Temescal, an event celebrating a smorgasbord of culinary delights, sold out to hundreds of attendees on Tuesday. For $30, locals sampled signature items from each of the 23 participating restaurants on Telegraph Avenue.

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