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…

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…

Berkeley market builds close relationships

BERKELEY, Calif. — The weekly farmers’ market downtown here, held every Saturday year-round, continues to provide locals and tourists with fresh goods and new relationships. The market, founded in 1987 by the Ecology Center, is a friendly and open area where California farmers spend five hours selling their organic and locally grown products to the community. Dante…

Chez Panisse: French style brought to America

BERKELEY, Calif. — The American restaurant with a very French style of dining, Chez Panisse, founded by Alice Waters and friends, will celebrate its 44th year Aug. 28. Recently, the Teen Observer staff did a walk-through of the early-morning set up to see how the staff approaches an average day. The earth-tone cedar shingles, as well as the…

Build Pizzeria recovers from fire

BERKELEY, Calif. — BUILD Pizzeria at the corner of Shattuck and Bancroft streets has been a well-received hot spot since opening 15 months ago. The restaurant that offers a sophisticated, modern twist on  pizza was forced to shut down for a week after a small kitchen fire broke out on July 26. General Manager Jonaten Martinez said no one was hurt, but all the…

What brings people to the farmers’ market?

BERKELEY, Calif. — At the corner of Center and Milvia streets each Saturday morning is the inviting aroma of fresh fruit, multicultural cuisine and friendly chatter. The Berkeley Farmers’ Market, consistent with the city’s diversity and individualism, is the perfect settling ground for vendors, shoppers, street artists, city officials and street people looking for help. Farmers,…