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…

Around the World at NSLC

BERKELEY, Calif. — At the National Student Leadership Conference at the University of California, Berkeley, there are 116 students attending the communications sessions. Of those, 12 are visiting from other countries— Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, France, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Panama and Sweden. Brian Vu, 17, is one of them. He hails from Ontario, Canada, and…

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…

Giant fun for San Francisco baseball fans

There were many different types of fans at the San Francisco Giants game this Wednesday: those decked out in their orange and black jerseys, those there to relax and spend time with their family and even those who work to make the customers happy. They all have a one-of-a-kind way of enjoying the ball park…

One ‘Giant’ family forms at ballpark

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco’s AT&T Park was jam-packed Wednesday night as fans from all around came together to support their favorite team. Covered in orange and black from head to toe, fans of all ages cheered with enthusiasm in hopes to help bring home a victory. “I have been a Giants fan since I…

Mars: Looking back at another world in clothing

BERKELEY, Calif. — Among a variety of restaurants, shops and street vendors, Mars stands out. The  local thrift shop in the heart of Berkeley carries vintage clothing and a wide range of apparel that appeals to both students and visitors in this college town. Mars,established in 1998,  features clothing dating between the  1950s to the…

Low standings? Fans don’t care

SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants have sunk to the bottom of the National League standings.  The team is going through a bad year with injuries and poor performances by usually reliable players. The Giants are really in a slump, but you wouldn’t be able to tell from the fans. “Doesn’t matter how bad…

Why are you a Giants fan?

SAN FRANCISCO — People float around outside choosing between hot dogs and chicken fingers, while the stadium erupts into cheers behind them. The game is the San Francisco Giants vs. the Milwaukee  Brewers, and most everyone has the Giants insignia on their hats and sweatshirts. Iza Bertram included. She has a Giants logo displayed on…