Our new monthly “Sprouts & Shutters” column highlights restaurant, retail and other business news in the Piedmont area and nearby.
Oak Common, a men’s and women’s clothing store, opened Sept. 1 on Grand Avenue in Oakland next to Urban Furniture. The new store specializes in mid-priced boutique clothing lines that are trendy yet accessible. You’ll find brands like brands like Alternative, Minkpink, BB Dakota and Comune. Learn more about the new boutique and browse more brands at oakcommon.com.
Soccer, football, marathons…tis the season for sports injuries. If you or your team needs ice wraps, head to Montclair’s Total Ice Therapy before the business closes on Oct. 13. The owner needs to clear his inventory so is offering steep discounts on bulk purchases — perfect for local soccer teams or event giveaways. You can purchase directly from the store, located above Italian Colors or call to order at 800-882-1967.
Recent Rockridge foodie news has centered on Ramen Shop, a gourmet broth-and-noodle eatery expected to open later this year on College Avenue across from Zachary’s. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the new restaurant —headed by three alumni of Berkeley’s famous Chez Panisse — will feature a full bar and affordable house-made ramen dishes merging the traditions of Japan with local ingredients and preferences. We’ll include an update closer to the opening. Meanwhile, you can learn more about the new restaurant and read an interview with the owners at insidescoopsf.sfgate.com.
The Flower & The B opened Sept. 12, replacing Bloomies in Rockridge's Market Hall. Owner and designer Brian McRonald’s was awarded New York Magazine’s “Best of New York” when he ran Studio Artiflora in New York City and worked with Vogue, Gucci, Glamor and Givenchy. He now leads a team of floral designers in his new Rockridge shop, where you can pick up a simple bouquet for your home or order an elaborate arrangement for a special event. Learn more about the new store and view the gallery at theflowerandtheb.com.
Tired of cookie-cutter spinach and cheese ravioli? Berkeley’s soon to open Belli aims to redefine ravioli with a rotating selection drawn from 55 ravioli recipes, such as a black squid-ink ravioli filled with grilled prawn and gorgonzola and ravioli stuffed with pork belly and figs. Belli’s focus is northern Italy but co-owner and executive chef Paul Oprescu says his new eatery will also pull in Spanish influences and different flavors from local, seasonal ingredients. He also plans to reintroduce the traditional American palate to dishes made with squid, liver, tongue and other meats shunned or overlooked by mainstream eateries. The owners plan to open Belli by mid to late October in Green Papaya’s old space on Shattuck.
Looking for more Piedmont-area business news? Read recent Patch coverage about the new Destino Restaurant on Grand, Montclair Arts & Craft Fall Fest, October foodie events and the nixing of BevMo.
The brand new Rockridge Patch also recently covered Rockridge Out and About.
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