Evidence sample #261 for how Berkeley is secretly like the rest of the U.S.: Berkeley native, Berkeley High alum and west L.A. resident David Wittman (DJDave) raps about how “it’s gettin’ real in the Whole Foods parking lot.”

His eloquent complaints in verse — “You’re the most annoying dude I’ve ever seen, brah, can you move? You’re right in front of the quinoa” —  have become the anthem of loyal Whole Food shoppers everywhere (even Whole Foods tweeted it).

“I’m about to check out, pay my 80 bucks for six things and get the heck out.” Check it out.

Whole Foods Parking Lot [YouTube]
David Wittman – Composer [site]

… And away they’ll grow!

Remember those two fun guys who made a business out of used coffee ground-grown fungi last year? Well, according to former Daily Cal reporter and editor (Holla!) Rachel Gross over at the Bay Area blog, BTTR Ventures recently introduced a new product to their line, which, so far, includes mushrooms and, uh, mushrooms: read more »


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 »