From hipsters to Cal girls

BERKELEY, Calif. — It’s impossible to generalize Berkeley’s style because of  its diversity. To describe the town as a haven for “hipsters” would stereotype the majority of the town. Mars Mercantile, the famous vintage thrift store in Berkeley, is at the extreme end of the fashion spectrum. Anastasia Roderigues, a Mars employee for two years, refers to herself as…

Markets draw a crowd

Four times a week, people from all over gather in Berkeley for one reason: to shop. Instead of designer-name stores stand canopies that sell fresh produce, flowers and even those much-needed morning coffees. The Farmers’ Market in Berkeley has been active since 1987 and it has been bringing the community together ever since. The shoppers are…

Incr-Edible: local restaurant has much to celebrate

Walking in downtown Berkeley’s “gourmet ghetto,” it’s easy to pass by a little place by the name of Chez Panisse. This restaurant, though tucked away behind an iron gate and tall, leafy trees, is one of Berkeley’s most talked about restaurants. As you enter the courtyard, you discover a natural and rustic exterior. It’s a simple scene,…