Future of American food markets found in Berkeley

Always known as a health-conscious state, California’s college town of Berkeley sustains the reputation by holding Farmers’ Markets each week on different days and in different locations around the city. Vendors sell products ranging from produce, meat, and baked goods to coffee, spices, and cooking oils. The markets are not necessarily local as some vendors get…

Berkeley goes gluten-free

BERKELEY, Calif. — When a customer orders a gluten-free item, the staff at Tivoli Caffe in Berkeley knows exactly what to do. The family-owned restaurant on Bancroft shifts into high gear as employees prepare the allergy-friendly food, keeping cross-contamination in mind. “My sister has celiac disease, so we’re very cautious. Every customer that walks in here…

Telegraph true to its roots

BERKELEY, Calif. — If you visit Berkeley, you likely walk down Telegraph Avenue. This central street has a rich history as one of the cities counter-culture hubs. Despite this claim to fame, some people have begun to feel that Telegraph is no longer as relevant as it once was, instead becoming a tourist trap and…

The man with the flowers

BERKELEY, Calif.  — The bustling streets of Berkeley were filled with people busy with their own agendas;  few stopped long enough to notice the man with the basket of flowers. It was a day ordinary as any other, but Tim King decided it was his duty to pass out beautiful flowers to the strangers on…

Ellia captures intricate designs

BERKELEY, Calif. — Ellia Fashion is a small shop founded by Ellia, her preferred job name. She’s been selling handmade jewelry for 20 years and says, “You can walk down the street, you’ll see nothing like this.” adding, they’re “one of a kind.” This small street booth has earrings, necklaces and bracelets ranging from $5…

CREAM keeps them lining up, expands

BERKELEY, Calif. — Jimmy and Gus Shamieh created C.R.E.A.M. (Cookies Rule Everything Around Me) two years ago,  a family business aiming for quality that people could afford. The ice cream sandwiches, which cost $2.50, are made fresh in the store daily, and offer a wide range of choices. Cream is easy to find: a line of loyal…

Rasputin Music: Berkeley icon endures

BERKELEY, Calif. — Along Berkeley’s bustling Telegraph Avenue, amid street vendors and coffee shops, lies a hidden treasure: Rasputin Music. While its faded exterior is easily overlooked, the shop holds a wealth of music merchandise. Covering three floors and dominated by a sea of CDs, movie and record collections, Rasputin Music has attracted music lovers…