It’s nearly unheard of to sell a home these days without hiring an official set designer. Known as stagers, these talented folks with an eye for the aesthetic swoop in, clear the clutter, and transform an ordinary house into an enticing haven. Their pragmatic artistry leads to quicker sales, higher bids—and, on occasion, an owner’s decision not to sell after all, but to live happily ever after in the beautified digs.Read More
In the ’60s and ’70s, L. John Harris was like this with the big names of the local food revolution. This month, the inveterate gourmet and cookbook publisher is out with his own Foodoodles, a volume of Ghetto history liberally sprinkled with Harris’s quirky pen-and-ink cartoons.Read More
Making art and exploring the psyche merge in life coach Eva Ruland’s SoulCollage® workshops, offered in an artists’ studio in Berkeley. Convert, in Berkeley’s Fourth Street shopping district, caters to folks who are fond of fashion and the environment. Wooden Window in Oakland is all about restoring old-fashioned doors and windows to their former glory. From sports bras to silver charms, Berkeley’s 21-year-old Title Nine (now in a new Fourth Street location) specializes in outfitting female athletes.Read More
Berkeley Hat Company, open for 30 years, has the largest complete hat collection in California. Modernaire in downtown Berkeley kicks ’50s style into the new century. Bee Healthy Honey Shop in Oakland satisfies your entire bee wants and needs. Arjan Flowers in Berkeley creatively designs custom floral arrangements for all occasions.Read More
Making lanyards is fun but learning how to communicate about differences and discovering self-confidence can be, well, better. That’s what happens at the Mosaic Project’s outdoor school for thousands of fourth- and fifth-graders in the Bay Area.Read More
Faces of the East Bay
The pandemic created the urgency for many East Bay families to set up an estate plan. Richmond Estate Planning Attorney, Sara Diamond answers questions about wills, trusts, powers of attorney and advance health care directives.
Jacomena van Huizen Maybeck’s life began in 1901 on a Javanese sugar plantation and ended ninety-five years later in her house in the Berkeley hills. I met her in 1977, as my boyfriend and I followed the rumors of a unique cottage for rent. From the time of our first...
Ray Darten means for its color clothing to be worn.
A Cal psychologist has a simple prescription for race relations.