Hands off
Well, it looks like real-life underdog stories sometimes do take heartwarming turns of primetime television-inspired proportions.

In a victory for marginally competitive, financially brittle and endlessly lovable mom and pop shops everywhere, ruthless corporate giant Whole Foods has decided to think about sparing Ashby Flowers from being booted and replaced by a snazzy coffee/juice bar. Exhale—we’ll all rest a little easier tonight.

The real victors in this showdown, however, are the relentlessly obnoxious citizens of Berkeley, whose adamant protesting and rabble rousing spurred Whole Foods to reconsider their plans. read more »

No flowers for Algernon ... or anyone else. Finally, some brave corporation is taking the initiative to combat Berkeley’s appalling shortage of coffee shops and juice bars. Whole Foods, it’s good to know we can count on you to satisfy our left-wingin’-intellectual beverage needs. And in such a primo location—that aromatic little hut at the corner of Ashby and Telegraph avenues—we can’t help but wonder why on earth there wasn’t a coffee/juice bar in that exact spot sooner! Oh, wait.

Whole Foods will be opting not to renew the lease of the little neighborhood florist, Ashby Flowers, in order to make room for their intended business venture.  Now, one could, if one so desired, call attention to just how bitterly perfect an example this is of Big Corporate Bully bullying Little Family-Run Landmark. And, being Berkeley, that is exactly what happened. read more »