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2015 Lifestyle & Leisure
Farley’s East may not have the largest or the fanciest parklet, but it’s certainly the most visible. The cafe sponsored the city’s inaugural parklet, which opened in September 2012, with support from customers, neighboring businesses, and the Lake Merritt/Uptown District Association. Since then, customers, pedestrians, and cyclists have taken advantage of the public seating and bike racks to enjoy a cup of joe or just watch the swarms of foot and car traffic pass by. The space fills the parklet mission by providing “green” space in the heart of a busy commercial district. If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by for a sandwich and an Americano courtesy of De La Paz coffee roasters.
2015 Goods & Services
Best Video Store
I’ve got Netflix and Vudu on my TV, but there are still plenty of times that I feel like walking into a bricks-and-mortar video store to peruse the racks and pick up a movie to pop in the machine at home. Apparently enough people like me are still around to keep Five Star Video hopping at two locations in Berkeley—University near Sacramento and an expanded new location on Solano Avenue. The last video stores left in town, Five Star doesn’t take its customers for granted. The erstwhile Quentin Tarantinos who work the counter are happy to help you find what you’re looking for, and the videos are helpfully curated by interest (i.e., Oscar winners, Studio Ghibli, Coen Brothers). Don’t forget to give the gumball machine a spin—you might win a free rental too.