College Ave

College Avenue: Merchants' Years of Service, Part 5

Saturday, January 10, 2015

•    Duck Soup Family Playschool, 5304 Bryant Avenue at the Broadway end of College, is visible as the rainbow-colored home on the corner and known as "the cuddlesome place for children." Operating the playschool since 1980, Becca Rae Calato has been the owner and primary teacher since 1986 and lives in the home.

Art on the Avenue: Thelma Harris Art Gallery

Saturday, January 10, 2015

On the southeast corner of College and Harwood Avenues, up a short flight of exterior stairs bordering Barclay's pub, you will find the Thelma Harris Art Gallery, Rockridge's destination for master works by African American artists. In 2015 the gallery marks its 25th year in business and its 23rd year in Rockridge.

Rockridge's Restaurant Row Broadens Its Footprint

Saturday, January 10, 2015

If 2013 was the banner year for the opening of new restaurants along College Avenue in Rockridge - 10, count them, 10 - 2014 might be characterized as the year of planned expansions, completed remodeling and increased hours.

New: Just one new restaurant, opened as High Peaks Kitchen at the southern end of College, moved seamlessly into the digs of what was Currylicious, improving the outdoor patio and serving up better Indian food, by way of Tibet. Tsultrim Dorjee told me that he and his fellow owners are Tibetan exiles who grew up in India.

The Neighborhood Merchant: Changes on College

Sunday, January 11, 2015

It's been a while since we've rounded up some of the shops and services on College Avenue. Here are a few, some new, some here for awhile...

Bella Vita
New home: 5511 College Avenue

Cotton Basics
Moved to 2907 College Avenue in Berkeley

I Do Bridal
5332 College Avenue
By appointment only

Cole Hardware Readies for Rockridge Opening

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Contacted by The Rockridge News for details about the January Rockridge store opening, Cole Hardware owner Dave Karp reported the following: "On our first day, Friday, January 2, we'll open at 9 a.m." After that, he said, the store will be open, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. until 8 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.

2014 Holiday Security, College Ave

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Rockridge District Association is pleased to bring extra security to College Avenue for the holiday season.

Many Merchants Have Been on College for Decades: Years of Merchants' Service, Part 4

Friday, December 12, 2014

Following is the fourth in our series on businesses in business on College Avenue at least 25 years. We are nearing the end of our series and don't want to miss anyone. If you have been "on the Avenue" and haven't seen your name yet, drop us an email at We want readers of The Rockridge News to know about you and to stop in to see what you offer.

Rockridge Halloween Parade — Grab Your Kids, Costumes and Candy Bags

Event Time: 
Sunday, October 25, 2015 - 11:45am - 2:00pm
Start at College Avenue Presbyterian Church, 5951 College Avenue, Oakland,

Rockridge Halloween Parade: Grab Your Kids, Costumes and Candy Bags


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