Moe”s book store

Moe's Books on Telegraph Ave (photo by Louis Cuneo)

Telegraph Avenue's Merchants

Berkeley's Telegraph Avenue is a mecca for ideas and the arts. A rich history of cultural activities continues along a street now filled with great cafes and more books than just about any other place in the country.

The four red stars (****) show a recent winner of the "Best Of" category from the 2011 Daily Cal.

 

Book Stores

 

Telegraph is a territory that is rich for browsing for readers of all ages and interests, with a number of bookstores including secondhand bookstores, specialty bookstores, and textbook stores. These stores provide a wide variety of books including quality paperbacks and imported books. An added feature in some bookstores is the in store public reading series. With one of the largest and most diverse selections of books and bookstores in America contained in a few blocks, it is an attraction hard to miss!

Campus Textbook Exchange
2470 Bancroft Way
848-7700

Offers new and used books.

Metro Publishing
2440 Bancroft Way
644-1999

Moe's Books ****
2476 Telegraph
Hours: Sunday - Thursday 10 AM - 11 PM
Friday - Saturday 10 AM - Midnight
849-2087
http://www.moesbooks.com
****Best Bookstore 2011 by Daily Cal****

New and used books. The New York Times, 3/30/08, states "Old and new Berkeley, activists and high-tech workers, all head to Moe's Books. Founded in 1959 and piled high with used books, Moe’s is a reminder that Amazon can’t shut down all the little folks. The store also has frequent in-store readings; check its Web site for coming dates."

More Moe's
2476 Telegraph
Hours: Sunday - Thursday 10 AM - 11 PM
Friday - Saturday 10 AM - Midnight
849-2087

Art and antiquarian books.

Ned's Bookstore
2480 Bancroft
204-0900

This bookstore carries Cal gear, school supplies and an enormous selection of new and used books. They also offer an on-line ordering system.

Revolution Books
2425-C Channing Way
848-1196

Shakespeare & Co.
2499 Telegraph
841-8916
shakespeare and Co. books. blog

Used, art and general interest books. They also have a wonderful blog that gives info about literature, history of Berkeley, upcoming events, etc. It rates high praise.

University Press Books
2430 Bancroft Way
548-0585

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Music Stores

 

Telegraph Avenue, the center of many cultural flavors, beats to a variety of sounds and rhythms. The beat is alive! It captivates and moves you! When you walk on the street, you can feel its unique blend of music harmonizing, exciting, vibrating. With the largest selection of records and famous record stores in the Bay Area such as Rasputin's, Amoeba and Musical Offerings, your choice of music is unlimited. Here you will find the beat of Telegraph - music ranging from jazz, pop, rap, rhythm and blues, and soul to classical, oldies, country, ethnic, bluegrass and much more.

Amoeba Music
2455 Telegraph Ave.
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:30a.m. to 10p.m. and Sunday
11a.m. to 9 p.m.
549.1125
http://www.amoebamusic.com

CDs, records, tapes, videos, posters new and used.

Blue Note Music
2556 Telegraph Ave.
644.2583
644.2585 Fax

The Musical Offering Cafe
2430 Bancroft Way
849.0211

Rasputin Music
2401 Telegraph Ave.
898.9004

Skills DJ Workshop
2566 Telegraph Ave.
704.9876

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Shops

 

Telegraph Avenue has almost every type of shop you can imagine. The range of merchandise reflects the diverse types that inhabit and come to visit the neighborhood. The selections range the gamut: the most extensive hat store in Northern California; computer shops that sell and repair computers; herbal and vitiamin stores that aim to keep you healthy and happy; "head shops" that have changes little since the 1960s; clothing stores that range from fine vintage clothing to the most cutting edge fashions; to jewelry and watch shops. Come visit the shops and find out why people from all over the world want to come to Telegraph Avenue.


Beauty Supplies and Services

 

Berkeley Hair Studio
2556 Telegraph Ave.

Blue Heaven
2312 Telegraph Ave.
Hours: Monday-Friday 9a.m.-7p.m.
Saturday 10a.m.-7p.m., Sunday 10a.m.-6p.m.
848.3448

Campanile Haircutting
2440 Bancroft Way
849.0823

Comb & Scissors
2466 Bancroft
845.8935

Edge Hair Salon
2492 Channing Way

Maxi Hair Care
2489 Telegraph Ave.
486.1916
http://www.maxihairsalon.net/

A neighborhood favorite. This is the place for the great color and cut and where all the neighbors and local politicians go.

Narcissus
2383 Telegraph Ave.
843.3335

Options
2410 Telegraph Ave.
549.3793

Panache
2305 Telegraph Ave.
Hours: Monday-Saturday 9:30a.m.-7p.m.
Sunday 11a.m.-6p.m.
841.5555

Perfect Hair & Nails
2592 Telegraph Ave.
848.3682

Riya Beauty Parlor
2433 Durant

Shear Perfection Hair Salon
2433 B Durant
843.9581

Stars Hair Salon
2592 Telegraph Ave.
848.3682

UC Hair Salon
2440 C Bancroft Way

World Cuts For Hair
2440 Bancroft Way
649.1400

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Clothing and Accessories

 

Adidas
2333 Telegraph Ave.
704-1934

American Apparel
2301 Telegraph Ave.
981.1642

Bancroft Clothing Company
2530 Bancroft Way
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10a.m.-6:30p.m.
Sunday 11a.m.-6p.m.
841.0762

Offers a huge selection of men's and women's clothes. Also has an excellent array of Cal gear and a well-stocked shoe department on the second floor.

Bear Basics
2350 Telegraph Ave.
883.9050
883.9015 Fax

Berkeley Hat Company
2510 Telegraph Ave.
549.2955
http://www.berkeleyhat.com

People come from all over the Bay Area to find that special black fedora or a Kangol beret they have been searching for since this store has the most extensive selection of hats and the best prices anywhere.

Best Choice Backpacks
2433-G Durant Ave
644.0494

Bill's Men's Shop
2386 Telegraph Ave.
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10a.m.-6p.m.
Sunday 12p.m.-5p.m.
848.5436

A favorite store for very good shoes and clothing.

Bows & Arrows
2513 Telegraph Ave.

A very hip store for the latest in athletic shoes.

Buffalo Exchange ****
2585 Telegraph Ave.
644.9202
644.0269 Fax
****Best Vintage Clothing 2011 by Daily Cal****

Lots of vintage, levis, Leather and basics. New and used, buy, sell or trade.

Cal Sports
2384 Telegraph Ave.
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10a.m.-6p.m.
Sunday 12p.m.-5p.m.
644.3667

The Dark Entry
2589 Telegraph Ave.
540.6666

Fashion Plaza
2441 Durant Ave.
848.8585

Filty Dripped
2422 Telegraph Ave.
981.0324

GB Style Engine
2508 Channing Way (around the corner from Rasputin's)
Hours: Monday-Sunday 12:30pm-8:30pm
http://www.gbstyleengine.com

George J. Good
2546 Bancroft Way
Hours: Monday-Friday 10a.m.-6p.m.
Saturday 10a.m.-5:30p.m., Sunday closed
848.1252

Gypsy Trader
2485 Telegraph Ave.
841.6767
841.8054 Fax

Hot Topic
2332 Telegraph Ave.
841.3123

J & J Boutique
2433 Durant
849.2135

Joy's
2400 Telegraph Ave.
644.1719

Kathmandu Imports
2515 Telegraph Ave.
665.8970

Limbo Lounge
2360 Telegraph Ave.
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10a.m.-7p.m.
Sunday 11a.m.-6p.m.
486.1797

Momoca
2450 Dwight
486.8295
http://www.momoca.com

Original clothing designs that you will find nowhere else.

Mars Mercantile
2398 Telegraph Ave.
843.6711

Royalty Couture
2391 Telegraph Ave.
327.1363

Shark's
2505 Telegraph Ave.
841.8736

Shirkh Shoes
2505 Telegraph Ave.
883.9200
http://www.shiekhshoes.com

510 Skateboarding
2506 Telegraph Ave.

Skateboarding clothes and shoes.

Suedehead UK
2556 Telegraph Ave.
848.2755

Mod clothing, shoes & accessories.

Sun Shade Optique
2308 Telegraph Ave
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10a.m.-7p.m.
Sunday 12p.m.-6p.m.
548.3334

Sway
2569 Telegraph Ave.
Honorable Mention for New Clothing 2008 by Daily Cal

Clothing & shoes

Tienda Ho
2493 Telegraph Ave.
549.0876

Beautiful, ethnic clothing with fabrics from Egypt, Bali, India & Thailand

Time Zone
2556 Telegraph Ave.
665.4055

New & vintage clothes and accessories. A nice store.

T Shirt Orgy
2350 Telegraph Ave.
883.9050

Universal Fashion
2422 Telegraph Ave.

Men & women's clothing

Urban Outfitters ****
2590 Bancroft Way
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10a.m.-8p.m.
Sunday 12p.m.-8p.m.
486.1300
****Best New Clothing 2011 by Daily Cal****

Volcom Berkeley
2305 Telegraph Ave.
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. - 7 p.m ( Hours subject to change - call ahead)
ph: 510-704-0860
fax: 510-704-0832

Weaver's Factory Outlet
2570 Bancroft Way
520.5901

Wet Seal
2360 Telegraph Ave.
486.1797

Young's Backpacking
2508 Telegraph
548.7463

The one of the best backpacking stores in Berkeley with top quality gear and clothing, great prices and a knowledgable staff.

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Computer and Electronic Supplies

 

Berkeley's Computer Center
2510 Durant
848.5000

Eid's Electronic
2510 Durant
848.5000

UniTech Electronics
2594 Telegraph Ave.
644.2277

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Specialty Shops

 

Annapurna
2416 Telegraph Ave.
841.6187

Unique gifts and specialty items are offered at this popular
shop.

Avant Card
2580 Bancroft Way
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10a.m.-6p.m.
Sunday 12pm.-6p.m.
644.2227

Bank of America
2341 Telegraph Ave.

Beads & Rocks
2486 Channing Way
981.1947

Berkeley $ Store
2434 Durant

Big Al's
2382 Telegraph Ave.

Smoke shop & gifts

Cal Flowers
2433 G Durant
225.0278

Copy Central
2560 Bancroft Way
Hours:Monday - Thursday, 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM
Friday, 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Saturday, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sunday, 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Tel & FAX: 848.8649/845.4945
http://www.copycentral.com
bancroft@copycentral.com

Dave's Smoke Shop
2444 Durant

The Dollar Store
2575 Telegraph Ave.

Durant Shoe Repair
2432 Durant
644.2040

EB Games
2309 Telegraph Ave.

Elite Copy Center
2588 Telegraph Ave.

Fantasy Jewelry
2440 B Bancroft

510 Skateboarding
2500 & 2506 Telegraph Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510)843-1863
Hours:
m-f 11-7
sat 11-7
sun 11-6
510skateboarding.com

Framer's Workshop
2439 Channing Way
849.4444
http://www.framersworkshop.com

Do-it-yourself custom framing & graphics. Great customer service. Walk in wondering how you can frame your art work, and walk out with the best experience and beautifully framed art.

Frank's Cleaners
2615 Telegraph Ave.
848.4232

Freedom Flowers
2582 Bancroft Way
548.3535

Friends of the Library Bookstore
2433 Channing Way
841.5604
http://www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org

Galaxxi Smoke Shop, Tattoo & Piercing
2431 Telegraph Ave.
981.9500

The Greek House
2433 E Durant

Specialty Gifts & Custom Apparel

Hi Times Smokes
2374 Telegraph Ave.
486.0988

Industrial Tattoo
2434 Dwight Way
295.8189

Jim the Tailor
2436 Channing Way
848.6303

The best tailor shop around. Good European tailoring. All the top politicians and business people, as well as residents, go here for excellent work.

Joji Yokoi Designs
2506 Dwight Way
549.3667

Berkeley's own eccentric artist. He has been here for 30 years and everyone knows and loves him.

Kathmandu Imports
2515 Telegraph Ave.
665.8970
http://www.kathmanduimportsonline.com

Krishna Copy
2595 Telegraph Ave.

Inexpensive, but good quality work. A neighborhood favorite

Land of Bliss
2490 Telegraph Ave.
548.7777

Dharma art, antiques,jewelry, and crafts from around the world Retail & wholesale

Lhasa Karnak Herb Company
2482 Telegraph
548.0380
Mon.-Sat. 10-7, Sun 11-7
http://www.herb-inc.com

The best herb and spice store in the SF Bay Area. The staff is very helpful and well informed and they have the highest quality vitamins and natural care products. This store is the real deal.

Map Center/Wilderness
2440 Bancroft Way
841.6277

Mobile Works
2506 Durant Ave.
548.9508

Moe's Flowers
2446 Durant
849.9039

Moe has the most beautiful flowers at the best prices in town. He is the kind of man who knows and cares about everyone. The Telegraph Area Association gave him an award for being the Best of the Best.

Peet's Coffee & Tea
2501 Telegraph Ave.
Hours: Daily 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
225.7700
http://www.peets.com

Postal Annex
2427 Channing Way

Your home office - passport photos, shipping, postal supplies

Psychic Reader
2424 Telegraph Ave.
841.5355

Reprint Mint
2484 Telegraph Ave

Framing mounting, prints & posters

Rona Floral
2532 Durant
841.7705

501 Skateboarding
25065 Telegraph Ave.

Every type of skateboard available and information from the experts.

Sprint
2307 Telegraph Ave.

STA Travel
2410 Telegraph Ave.
1.800.777.0112

Studio Six
2390 Telegraph Ave.
1.510.665.6021

Original art and jewelry; antique and modern watches; masks for other cultures — this store is highly recommended and patronized by neighbors and fellow merchants. Lee Six is the jewelery designer.

Telegraph Flowers
2454 Telegraph Ave.
548.2765

Telegraph Tatoo
2599 Telegraph Ave.

University Copy
2425 Channing Way

Walgreens
2310 Telgraph Ave.
848-5121
http://www.walgreens.com

Wells Fargo Bank
2460 & 2460 A Bancroft

Whelan's Smoke Shop
2486 Bancroft Way
549.3218

The Works Excercise Studio
2566 Telegraph Ave.
841.1373
The Works

Young's Backpacking
2508 Telegraph
548-7463

One of the best backpacking stores in Berkeley with top quality gear and clothing, great prices and a knowledgable staff.

Zebra Silver Jewelry
2466 Telegraph Ave.

Zee Zee Copy
2431 C Durant

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Crafts

 

Telegraph Avenue is one of the few marketplaces in Northern California specializing in hand-crafted goods. You can find quaint boutiques and various street vendors and artists set up along the sidewalks of Telegraph avenue between Bancroft Way and Dwight Way. Mull over glasswares, ceramics, vases, paintings, framed photographs or colorful textiles for the perfect gift for yourself, friends or family. Choose from a wide selection of attractive jewelry or have a pair of dazzling earrings made by a talented craftsperson to suit your taste.

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Hotels

 

Step into one of the lobbies of Berkeley's finest hotels and return to a bygone era of elegance and luxury. Each of these charming landmarks has its own, unique architecture and style. Rooms are spaciously designed, with your comfort in mind. Services are excellent and the facilities include spas and sport gymnasiums, pubs and restaurants, and also conference facilities. The Durant, Beau Sky, City Club and Gramma's are located in the Telegraph area, minutes away from the University of California campus.

The Beau Sky Hotel
2520 Durant Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94704
540.7688
5408089 (fax)
http://www.beausky.com/

Berkeley Hostel- Piedmont House
2434 Piedmont Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94704
1.800.834.8608
http://www.berkeleyhostel.com
info@berkeleyhostel.com

Berkeley City Club
2315 Durant Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94704
8487800
845.5900 (fax)
email: BerkeleyCityClub@aol.com
www.berkeleycityclub.com

The New York Times, 3/30/08 suggest "For a historical alternative, stay at the Berkeley City Club, a social club built in 1927 and designed by Julia Morgan, the same architect who built the Hearst Castle."

Durant Hotel
2600 Durant Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94704
845-8981
486-8336 (fax)
reservations@hoteldurant.com
www.hoteldurant.com

Rose Garden Inn
2740 Telegraph Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94704
549.2145
http://www.rosegardeninn.com

The New York Times 3/30/08 states this is a good hotel to stay in and the hotel is" housed in five buildings and decorated with every tchotchke imaginable."

 

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