Mars touts out-of-this-world vintage styles

BERKELEY, Calif.— Mars Mercantile, one of the most popular vintage stores here is home to a multitude of retro clothing items. Managed by Ian Long, a 24-year-old Berkeley resident, the store and its image have gone through a journey of self-discovery. Long spent his childhood in Shasta County, California, where his family ran a small…

Why Berkeley?

BERKELEY, Calif. — When visiting the campus of the University of California, Berkeley  one sees and hears a diverse and passionate culture. The famous green-arch entrance at Sather Gate stands for new beginnings. Some are drawn here for academics or the eclectic laid-back city, but what else causes people to stay? Viry Cabral, a 19-year-old…

Gabriel Farms remains true to its roots

BERKELEY, Calif. —  If you go to any two farmers’ markets, a lot looks similar. There are vendors with fresh food and smiling faces. At first glance, the Berkeley Saturday Farmers’ Market may resemble any other market, but the variety and different kinds of vendors sets them apart. Starting in 1987, the Berkeley Saturday Farmers’…

A kite glides in Berkeley

BERKELEY, Calif. — The last weekend of July brings a world of color down by the  Berkeley Marina, where children, families and friends have been going on for more than 30 years to the Berkeley Kite Festival. The day begins at 10 a.m. with a few kites, and kite enthusiasts  finishing setting up. Within a…

UC’s Crossroads keeps pushing boundaries

BERKELEY, Calif. — Green initiatives have been sweeping the nation, and as the first organic-certified college dining hall in the country, Crossroads continues to push the boundaries of sustainable eating here at the University of California. Bettye Bols, service manager of Crossroads, said, “We need to be careful… there aren’t enough resources in the world……

Sweet, savory or spicy — it’s all the farmers’ market

BERKELEY, Calif.— Cultured, a family business established in 1996 that specializes in sauerkraut, pickled vegetables and kombucha, strives to provide its unusual organically fermented products at the weekly North Berkeley Farmers’ Market to the diverse community that shops there every Thursday.     Cultured is one of the many companies that follow the policies set by…

Eco-friendly market creates sense of community

BERKELEY, Calif. — “Free samples! Free samples!” a woman proclaims as we pass her fruit stand at the Berkeley Farmers’ Market, organized by the Ecology Center here in and just north of the University of California sprawling campus. Underneath a bright blue sky, cradled in between a grocery store to the east and a busy…

Comic books climbing high

The daily reads of Patrick McAuliffe have flourished into a multi-billion dollar entertainment phenomenon. “I got into comics young, but the super hero movies started when I was young, too,” said McAuliffe, 27, of Orlando. He has been watching and reading since the trend of comic book movies started lightly in the early 2000s with…

More students opting for first two years at community college

Michaelyn Hoeres is unsure what she wants to study in college.  The Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18-year-old, who graduated from Freedom High School in June, worried about paying thousands of dollars per credit for general education requirements. So, she’s spending her first two years of higher education not on a sprawling University campus, but instead at Northampton…