Teak Me Home Furniture Store is All About Indonesian Wood



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teak me home

Teak Me Home has opened a new showroom in West Berkeley featuring reclaimed Indonesian teak wood furniture, recycled from structural beams used in homes built in the 1800s. Teak wood is known to have an oil strong natural which makes it suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Each piece of Teak Me Home furniture is handcrafted.

This is Teak Me Home’s second location; its first opened in 2012 in Emeryville.

Owner Alex Elsinga said he couldn’t find any solidly constructed furniture made from recycled or reclaimed wood. Around 2010, he therefore decided to design them himself. “The things they [sellers] said was solid wood, was not solid wood, ”Elsinga said. He said he started his business with referrals and then grew.

teak me home, 1500 San Pablo Ave. Telephone: 510-725-7258. Hours: Every day by appointment only

Discounted fabrics

Discount Fabrics, which sells bulk clothing, upholstery and costume fabrics, has moved from its location on Ashby and San Pablo avenues to a new location a few blocks west of Fourth Street.

The retailer, which has a flagship store in San Francisco, has been in business for more than 30 years.

Discounted fabrics, 1805, Eastshore Road. Telephone: 510-423-0699. Email: [email protected] Hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Sunday

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Rockridge Furniture

A furniture and design store that was based in Rockridge for half a century has moved to Berkeley.

Owner John Knight said the move was necessary due to the cost of space and changes in demand due to the pandemic. The new showroom on Claremont Avenue is a bit smaller than the one in Rockridge. The store specializes in custom furniture.

Rockridge furniture and design, 3048 Claremont Ave. Telephone (call or text): 510-652-5753. Hours: 10 am-6pm Monday to Saturday; 11 am-6pm Sunday

Soon closing

Framed by floor. Credit: Zac Farber

Floor frame

Over the decades, Storey Framing has framed paintings, documents, and personal memorabilia. It’s also flanked by antique horse stirrups, bridles, fishing lures, collections of flutes, antique rifles, powder horns, musket balls, and carved or cast reliefs, according to its website.

After 47 years in the business, owner James Storey is about to retire. He hasn’t hired any new customers since April, although he doesn’t yet know when he will close his framing store in North Berkeley for good.

Floor frame, 1645, rue Hopkins Telephone: 510-524-3422


Land goods

The women’s clothing store closed in August after 40 years in business. Earthly Goods had a large selection of women’s clothing, shoes and accessories, such as the Eileen Fischer and Dansko clogs.

Land Goods, 2100 Vine St., Berkeley. Email: [email protected]

In the spotlight

Mahmoud Hosseini, who sells flowers outside the Monterey Market. Credit: Brandy Collins

Hosseini’s flower cart

Mahmoud Hosseini has been selling flowers in a cart on the sidewalk of Hopkins Avenue outside of Monterey Market for over 15 years.

“He really is a member of the community and he is a very kind and generous person who makes tiny bouquets of fallen flowers from the stems and gives them to little children,” wrote a customer in an email to Berkeleyside.

As an independent salesperson, Hosseini does not have health insurance and when he found out he needed dentures he could not afford the expense of $ 7,100. Hoping to help their local flower seller, a group of neighbors led by Nick Morgan started a GoFundMe campaign that raised over $ 12,000. Besides paying for Hosseini’s dental care, it was enough money to repair and upgrade her flower cart with new wood.

“I really appreciate your kindness; Hope I deserve it, ”Hosseini told GoFundMe organizers.

Hosseini Flower Basket, 1550 Hopkins St. # 2711, Berkeley. Hours: 10 am-6:30pm Monday to Sunday

Bay area nearby

At the height of the pandemic, as local small businesses struggled to stay open, Brett Rounsaville and April Underwood came up with an idea: What if there was an alternative to Amazon that offered products like jewelry, clothing, spices, art supplies, toys and more, from local brick and mortar stores?

Their solution, Keep Oakland Alive, was an online shopping platform that enables free delivery of goods from local stores to people’s homes, all in one package, within one to four days. It launched in September 2020 in Oakland and is now expanding to Alameda and Berkeley under a new name: Nearby Bay Area.

Launched with more than 20,000 items in 17 stores across the city, the shopping platform has now grossed more than $ 200,000 in sales and has partnered with more than 60 stores. Retailers share a percentage of each sale with the platform to help cover the cost of shipping, administering and processing credit cards.

Emily Goldenberg, owner of GoldenBug, a children’s shoe store in Rockridge, said she was happy with Keep Oakland Alive and was excited about the opportunity to add her Berkeley store, which offers clothing and gifts for children, to the platform. “It’s silly not to be involved; it’s so easy, ”Goldenberg said.

Sign up for Bay area nearby.

– CJ Hirschfield

Berkeley dollars

Berkeley shoppers can now purchase meals, wine, hotel rooms and more using Berkeley Bucks, the city’s very first digital “e-gift card”.

The gift card program was started by Visit Berkeley and aims to stimulate local spending. Launched in June, Berkeley Bucks are now accepted by more than 50 businesses, from the Berkeley Repertory Theater to Easy Creole to Hotel Shattuck Plaza.

“We really wanted to find a way to keep our community alive and thriving,” said Visit Berkeley’s Jeffrey Church, “especially for our minority-owned businesses that don’t have the time, energy, money or even the expertise to market.

Incentives to buy Berkeley Bucks include a free beer with the purchase of a shot of mezcal at El Patio and $ 5 off the purchase of plants at the Pamana Plantas Nursery.

The program is a collaboration between the neighborhood business districts, the city’s economic development office and the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce.

Buy Berkeley Bucks and see where you can spend them on the gift card website.

If you’re a Berkeley business with news to share, or you’ve noticed a new business or closure in Berkeley, send an email [email protected]. Read more from Shop Talk chronicles. Follow food and drink related business news on Nosh.

Brandy Collins is a freelance arts and culture writer and self-proclaimed professional aunt, born and raised in the Bay Area.

Twitter: Mrs BrandyCollins.


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