Opening of Café Buenos Aires and the Aloha Fun ice rink; Closure of cornology and community food market

A mix of news to report in this month’s local business updates from our January report.

Among those is the news that Moomie’s former space around the corner from Powell & Hollis has a new tenant as well as the sad closing of a grocery store that has relieved a West Oakland food desert.

Meanwhile, the Bay Street “comeback” suffered a setback with the closure of Cornology. To make up for this, the mall announced a roller-skating pop-up and the signing of the lease for a Claire’s jewelry and accessories store.

Photo: @JennifersJungle through Instagram.

Open: Café Buenos Aires

Cafe Buenos Aires, which have a location on Shattuck to Berkeleyopened last week at Moomie’s former location.

Moomie is closed in october last year after about four years of activity.

Like Moomie’s, Café Buenos Aires specializes in empanadas. In addition to empanadas, they offer a host of other Argentinian dishes as well as coffee and pastries.

Browse their full menu and order online on their website.

Soft opening: Aloha Fun Center Roller Rink

Aloha Fun Center held a pre-opening last Saturday after announcing last december they would come to Bay Street Emeryville. They offer roller skating as well as a variety of arcade games.

The roller rink in the former Old Navy space will only be a “seasonal pop-up” though and is expected to last until at least March. The building is slated for demolition to make way for a long-awaited grocery store.

Aloha is the latest addition of entertainment experiences to Bay Street which will also soon include a Flatstick Pub Mini Golf Center which is expected to open later this year.

Their grand the opening is scheduled for this Saturday, February 12. For updated fares and timetables, go to Aloha’s website or follow them on instagram.

Closed: Bay Street Cornology

Gourmet popcorn maker Cornology closed its Bay Street store on January 30.

“Unfortunately, we will be permanently closing Cornology Bay Street,” they posted on a sign taped to their door. “Thank you for all of your support throughout these years.”

Emeryville Cornology became notorious for a while after its CEO used a racial slur back in 2018 who forced the sale of the pitch.

Their Walnut Creek location remains open and has announced a new location in Gilroy.


Closure: Community Food Market

West Oakland Grocery Store Community Foods Market has announced that it will be permanently closing. “We have made the decision to permanently close our store,” they announced in an Instagram post.

They opened in 2019 after a nearly decade-long process supplying fresh groceries to a so-called “food desert” along San Pablo Avenue. 90% of CFM employees are BIPOC as well as 70% of their customers.

Eight months after finally opening their doors, the pandemic hit, creating new challenges for their fledgling business.

The troubled market has sounded the alarm Last year mount a “Save our Store” campaign asking customers to pledge to shop at least once a month, helping to raise awareness of their store to neighbors and contributing to a GoFundMe campaign.

Founder and CEO Brahm Ahmadi said the final nail in the coffin could have been the pace of inflation and ongoing domestic supply chain issues. “The rate of inflation is moving so fast that it’s really hard to keep track of price changes,” he told an NBC reporter in a video segment.

Their last day of activity will be February 13. Everything in the store will be reduced by 50%.

Opening: Claire’s Bay Street location

Claire’s announced the opening of a Bay Street store at the Form Body Shop location. The Body Shop closed shortly after the pandemic.

Claire’s sells jewelry and accessories that are primarily aimed at “tweens” and teenage girls.

Most of Bay Street’s recent listings have been for smaller independent tenants, including Bougie Smoothie, Dipped and Adjusted N Fee. This is the first new “formula retail” tenant since CenterCal Properties took over ownership of the struggling mall. Last year.

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