Berkeley's bohemia

Change your home (and yourself) along the city's now-thriving San Pablo Avenue

Ohmega Salvage

Ohmega Salvage

Martin Sundberg

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Reinvention is the philosophy behind Ohmega Salvage General Store on San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley. Transform your humdrum living room with a bird's-eye maple mantel rescued from a failed restaurant, the idea goes. And lately the shop's neighborhood in west Berkeley is experiencing its own renaissance.

Anchoring the resurgence is the newly opened third outpost of Caffe Trieste, the coffee shop and opera house founded in the 1950s in San Francisco's North Beach. Near Trieste, on Dwight Way, a copse of inventive home stores has emerged, with handmade furniture, antiques, and custom lighting shops sharing space with a groovy ecology center, an excellent nursery, a global range of restaurants, and plenty of car-repair shops. Along these blocks, a shopper could transform her whole life.

Arias with lattes.
WHAT: Opera to blues concerts at Caffe Trieste. Plus Italian coffees, sandwiches, pastries.
WHEN: Concerts Fri night and Sun afternoon; cafe open daily. HOW MUCH: $.
WHERE: 2500 San Pablo Ave.; 510/548-5198.



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