Believe it or not, Berkeley has been sacrilegiously  food-co-op-less since 1988, when the 51-year-old Consumer’s Cooperative of Berkeley shut its doors. Yesterday marked a glorious return to the heady days of tofu puffs and six varieties of sprouts with the grand opening of the Berkeley Student Food Collective.

Their food coordinator, Heather Do, talked about putting it all together:

“The last couple of days the store basically happened. We got all our produce and the shelves up in the last few days. We were inspected in the morning at 10:30, and the first few people started coming in after that. It’s been awesome.”

People trickled in and out of the store all day to gaze at the conscientiously selected and arranged food items that run the gamut from fresh to canned. The selection, already impressive for the small store size, will only improve in the next few weeks, as the BSFC places more food orders. The goal: to fill every inch of shelf space with food, glorious food, double-stacking the cans, utilizing top shelf space, giving students the option of affordable, accessible, nutritious and anti-Panda-Express sustenance.

The Berkeley Student Food Collective consists of eight coordinators, 38 in-store volunteers who do two-hour weekly shifts, and a large general membership volunteer contingent that does work in committees. The storefront is located at 2440 Bancroft Ave., across from Eshleman Hall.

Image source: Sophie Lee

Gamboling about Telegraph Avenue will inevitably land the inquisitive meal-seeker near that street’s very own restaurant row. What ho, though, for the face of it has changed! What used to be Slurp is now newest addition Thai Noodle II, now with added roman numerals and a few less scribbly, paint-blotch works of art mounted on the walls. This intrepid Clogger is happy to report that the new location’s scheduled to open tomorrow; and if not tomorrow, sometime in the following week at the latest.

Thai Noodle II will serve the same steaming plates of cheap deliciousness, but it’s doing a few things different from the original. read more »

volcom-party.jpg Expect a rainbow-haired crowd of punky Berkeley High School students and their university ilk to cram Volcom’s Telegraph Avenue location tonight. The store is having its Grand Opening Party, finally–complete with free beer, free crap and a live band, Totimoshi.

We’re sure the “Youth Against Establishment” clothier picked Berkeley as its Northern California location because of our historically anti-establishment vibes. And they did so at a perfect time, too–considering the treewoks, Code Pink and others are getting louder than ever. We wish Volcom luck as they traverse the currently shaky business district that is Telegraph Avenue, though we have no doubt they’ll be able to sucker lots of trendy activists into buying their overpriced fashion statements.

Alternatively, you could shell out $3 and head to Wheeler Auditorium at 7 p.m. or 9:15 p.m. to enjoy a screening of recent Academy Award winner and all-around awesome film, “No Country for Old Men.” We guarantee it will be better than last Friday’s screening of “Berkeley.”

Image Source: Volcom

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