Huffington Post recently posted a sa-weet article entitled “19 inexpensive ways to spruce up your kitchen.” It caught my eye because some of these tips were super easy, such as adding colorful floor mats and using nice jars for organizing.
If you aren’t able to get rid of those 70′s cabinets perhaps you can put on new knobs and pulls to create a stylish, more updated look.
It has now been, what, 3 or 4 weeks since Off the Grid North Berkeley made its debut at the North Berkeley Bart station? I think so! A couple of weeks ago we did the evening walk to check it out. It was a beautiful night, the air was crisp and clear. As soon as we arrived we heard the tunes of the live band, saw the twinkling of the lights strung above, and noticed the lines. Oh the OTG lines. About 9 or 10 food trucks created a semi-circle, and people filled in the space, eagerly awaiting their dinner.
Interested in joining us one night? Let us know!
I was dropping my car off at the Toyota dealership on Broadway the other day and as I passed by Oakland Tech I looked across the street and I noticed that the W.C. Morse building was not only looking clean and beautifully renovated but it was filled with people. I made a mental note to check it out on the way back – I’ve always loved that building and to see filled with light and people warmed my heart. As I drove home from the dealership, I noticed a tiny blue bottle on the door of the entrance. And it clicked — what a perfect spot for a Blue Bottle Coffee Shop. I did some research and here is what I found out both about the building itself and the opening of Blue Bottle in Oakland.
* Built in 1920 this beautiful building used to house a auto showroom. The dealership went out of business in the 40′s and since then has been used for a variety of reasons — one of which was a frozen food delivery franchise.
* It is a historic building with amazing 20 ft ceilings and almost floor to ceiling windows that bring in a tremendous amount of light. Blue Bottle moved into the space on February 6th, 2014. For more info on the Blue Bottle Coffee and their opening in Oakland, check this out.
Look at what Kensington will be getting…the Country Cheese Company!
I was driving my daughter to preschool and passing through the small business district when I saw the sign go up: Country Cheese Company. Even Kaia noticed it.
“What happened to the Arlington General Store?” I said to Kaia. ”They have been there forever.” Turns out they were there for 80 years. The Country Cheese Company is a favorite local business. They have a large variety of cheeses, meats and sandwiches. As soon as it opens I will be sure to report.
Walking down College the other day I noticed that the Bakery that used to be across from Zachary’s is going to be a Smitten Ice Cream shop soon! So I did some investigating and it turns out Smitten is made-to-order organic ice cream. The woman-owned (yea!) shop opened in Hayes Valley in 2011 after she designed and built (wow!) a totally new ice-cream making machine that uses liquid nitrogen. Check out her story and their really interesting concept at the website: http://smittenicecream.com
I think Smitten will be a great addition to our little community, perfectly located right across from Zachary’s! I can’t wait to go try it out!
A minute in the life of Berkeley Real Estate Agent, Krista Miller. Hold on tight and check back often! The real estate market in the East Bay is movin' and shakin' and will surely keep you on your toes…