Pamana Plantas, family plant shop, opens on Solano Avenue


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Open Avenue Solano

Pamana Plantas opens with a helping hand from mom and dad

Dom Morales in front of a plant wall in his boutique, Pamana Plantas. Courtesy of Pamana Plantas

During the pandemic, at the height of houseplant mania, Pamana Plantas quietly opened in June 2021. Owner Dom Morales said she didn’t start the shop to take advantage of the trend but to honor her uncle, who died in March of that year. .

He was also a plant lover and resilient, she said, like the other members of his Filipino family. That’s why she named the plant store “pamana,” which means “heritage” in Tagalog.

“I inherited that resilience that they all have,” she said.

The small, oddly shaped display case is full of plants (less than $10-$250) that hang from the ceiling, are part of a living wall, or spill out onto the sidewalk. Most are common houseplants – like pothos, ferns, and monstera – and that’s intentional. Morales chose low-maintenance offerings well-suited to beginners.

“I’m the plant store you go to when you don’t know anything about plants and want to learn,” she said.

Like the Plant Queen, another new plant store, Morales allows the space to be used as a pop-up for other small businesses and offers a full calendar of events that includes workshops on topics ranging from basic plant care to candle making. It also offers a selection of products from small local vendors, including body care, jewelry, candles and car air fresheners.

Pamana Plantas’ offerings spill out onto the Solano Avenue sidewalk. Courtesy of Pamana Plantas

Morales also offers a curbside potting station so customers can repot their plants in larger containers without having to buy a big bag of soil. The store provides soil amendments ($4 to $17, depending on size) so you can “ensure your plant has the most suitable soil for optimal growth,” Morales said.

Although the store is his own, running it is a family affair. Both of her parents (Vernon and Elma) are active. Her mother creates the kokedamas, or Bonsai arrangements, sold at the store ($15-$150). And both parents helped build the living wall, counters and displays.

“They’re always updating the space, sometimes without even telling me,” Morales said, but she doesn’t mind. “They want it to be beautiful.”

Plantas de Pamana, 1615 B Solano Ave., (near Ordway Street) Berkeley. Phone: 510-292-9719. Opening hours: Wednesday-Friday, noon-7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Connect via instagram.

Open Downtown Berkeley

Berkeley doctor’s new practice promises patients more one-on-one time

Dr. Jayshree Chander in the offices of her new direct primary care practice. Courtesy: Beyond Holistic Health

Your first clue that Dr. Jayshree Chander does things differently is when you ask her what she specializes in and she replies “listening and kind.” The practicing physician is board certified in family and community medicine, as well as occupational and environmental medicine, and opened Beyond Holistic Health in early October in what is likely the first direct primary care practice in Berkeley.

Unlike a traditional fee-for-service model for primary care, where physicians can treat an average of 1,400 to 2,000 patients, according to a 2012 study, direct primary care physicians have a much larger patient list. small so they can spend more time with each other. their. Dr. Chander, for example, plans to limit his practice to 100 or 150 patients.

The other main difference is how doctors are paid. Under fee-for-service, patients pay a copayment and their insurance is billed or out of pocket. If you don’t show up for an appointment, the doctor doesn’t get paid. So there may be an incentive for doctors to see as many patients as possible to generate more fees.

In direct primary care, patients pay a monthly fee (because Dr. Chander charges $165 per month for a single person). Thus, the doctor is paid whether the patients come or not. As a result, DPC physicians can spend more time with patients and not worry about generating more fees.

“I can take all the time I need. We can have a 15-minute appointment or an hour-long appointment,” Dr. Chander said. “We can do it, but we have to do it.”

CPD practices also differ from concierge practices, which bill medical insurance companies on a fee-for-service basis. In DPC practices, most services are covered by the monthly membership fee. Concierge care is generally more expensive, up to $10,000 per year, according to Forbes, and includes specialists.

CPD physicians are not intended to substitute for medical insurance coverage. Since these doctors provide primary care, their patients still need insurance to treat more complex conditions that may require specialists, surgery, or hospitalization.

Dr. Chander’s approach emphasizes preventative care, examining a patient’s lifestyle, nutrition, toxic exposure and stress, and may incorporate principles of traditional Chinese medicine, ayurvedic and nutrition. “From my point of view,” she writes on her website, “all human activity is related to health.”

Beyond holistic health, 1911 Addison St., Suite 201, Berkeley. Telephone: 510-600-3175. Hours: flexible, depending on patient needs. Login via Facebook, instagram and Twitter.

Moved Avenue Solano

Now in a larger space, the wind and brass instrument repair shop has started offering courses

Owner Shawn Jonutz poses with one of his repair jobs. Credit: Joanne Furio

Trumpet, French horn, saxophone, clarinet, flute. Here are some of the wind and brass instruments that Shawn Jonutz knows how to play and repair, which he does at his 6-year-old shop, Wind & Brass, which moved from 1315 San Pablo Ave. at 1621 Solano Ave. in August.

Jonutz said the advantage of being both a player and a fixer is that he knows how the instrument is supposed to sound and how it is supposed to feel, “satisfying even the pickiest player”.

Winds and brass instruments on Solano Avenue. Credit: Joanne Furio

Wind & Brass also repairs stringed instruments. Jonutz doesn’t fix them (or play them), but employs someone who does.

Moving to a larger 1,600 square foot store allows Jonutz to provide lessons in all wind instruments as well as rent them out, which has long been a goal. Currently, string instrument lessons aren’t offered, “but if there’s a demand, we would be open to that,” Jonutz said.

Wind and Brass, 1621 Solano Ave. (near Ordway Street), Berkeley. Phone: 510-225-9547. Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday, noon-7 p.m.; Saturday, 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Connect via instagram.

Open North Shattuck

Mani-pedis back in a new redesigned showcase

Polished Nail Spa is back after being closed during the pandemic and then renovated. Credit: Joanne Furio

Polished Nail Spa had been on Shattuck Avenue for over a decade when it was forced to close at the start of the pandemic. Then the building it was in underwent a major renovation, so the salon remained closed for another year and a half. Now the salon is back, having opened in a brand new storefront on October 7.

The new salon has six massage chairs, “really good”, said manager Lee Pham, which customers can take advantage of when getting their nails done. (Manicures are $45; gel nail polish, $30-$35.)

In addition to nail services, the spa also offers eyelash extensions ($70), waxing ($10-$35), and facials ($70 for an hour).

“We offer full service here,” Pham added.

Spa for polished nails, 1792 Shattuck Ave., (near Delaware Street) Berkeley. Phone: 510-644-4975. Opening hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 11am-6pm

Firm elm wood

Myth & Scissors, shop offering ‘vegan taxidermy’ and alchemy workshops, closes in Elmwood

Myth & Scissors, a funky boutique with a goth vibe, didn’t work in Elmwood. Credit: Joanne Furio

Myth & Scissors, which sold tarot cards, glass jewelry and memento mori, and offered workshops in paper marbling, box-making, astrology and personal alchemy, failed to Elmwood.

On September 21, owner Bethany Carlson Mann announced on Facebook that her idiosyncratic store with a pronounced goth vibe would be closing after a year and began selling its inventory and accessories. The last day of the store was October 16.

The store was also known for its innovative window displays, the latest featuring life-size images of suffragettes carrying signs with slogans such as “Keep your hands off our bodies”.
Myth and scissors, 2991 College Avenue (near Ashby Avenue), Berkeley. Login via Facebook and instagram.


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