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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Great walks in and around Central Station

The San Francisco Chronicle, In Oakland blog published Oakland North “10 great walks in Oakland.”

In this post, Oakland North states “It’s well known that the Bay Area has great hiking, parks and wilderness areas nearby, but what about right here in the city? Oakland North has picked out 10 great walks that are all easily accessible, either by a short drive, bike ride or bus trip. Look at the photo slideshow to learn about each place.”

Going through these photos, I found 4 in and around the Central Station community. Of the 10 great walks, 9 are within 15 minutes and 1 within 20 minutes away.

Below are pictures of the 4 found in and around the Central Station community:

Mandela Parkway
Mandela Parkway, from 8th Street to 32nd Street

Middle Harbor Shoreline Park
2777 Middle Harbor Road

Jack London Waterfront
2 Broadway, at Jack London Square

Lake Merritt
568 Bellevue Avenue

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Cafe Van Kleef gets visit from Dutch consul-general

If you happened to be anywhere near downtown last Friday (Dec. 10) you might have seen something that looked like a multitude of Dutch tourists riding bicycles converging on Oakland. It was actually the Netherlands Consul-General Bart J.M. van Bolhuis and his staff rolling up in front of Café Van Kleef.

"It's the Dutch way," the owner Peter Van Kleef said. He meant the bicycles. The group, which works in the San Francisco consulate, included the eclectic bar in its tour of East Bay wineries because Van Kleef's parents came from Rotterdam in the Netherlands. So technically the bar is not Dutch-owned. But close enough.

Café Van Kleef is listed in "Lonely Planet" tour guides erroneously under a Berkeley address. "But the Dutch people find it," Van Kleef said. The group drank, ate and laughed. Van Kleef mixed up his famous greyhound cocktails and "tried to be as gracious as I could representing Oakland."

He said as a joke he walked in with a couple bottles of gin -- a Dutch invention -- and greeted the group in Dutch. Speaking the language took him back to his childhood. Van Kleff said his mother spoke English and Dutch intertwined, "like a rope. I never paid attention, I could understand her both ways."

When she died at the age of 93, Van Kleef said then-Mayor Jerry Brown proclaimed July 16 "Elizabeth Van Kleef Day."

Van Kleef wanted the city to proclaim Dec. 10 "Holland-Oakland Day" in recognition of the visit by the consul-general "It's a wonderful honor," he said.

Source: Oakland Tribune

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Panera Bread Bakery Cafe to open

In January of this year we learned Target Corp. had struck deal to open a big store (expanding the existing 117,000-square-foot building to a 140,000-square-foot building) on 40th Street near the Emeryville border.

The actual location of the Target's new store (formerly a Home Expo site) is in the Oakland portion of the East Bay Bridge Shopping Center. About two thirds of the retail complex is in Emeryville, and one-third is in Oakland. The two cities share the revenue that the center generates.

Today we learn Fancher Development Services Inc., is attempting to build a 4,000-square-foot building to house a Panera Bread Bakery Cafe with a drive-thru, at the corner of 40th and Horton Streets currently Target’s parking lot for the East Bay Bridge Shopping Center.
The developer will go before Emeryville’s planning commission on Thursday night for a design review of the building, which could be up and running in summer 2011.

Once again, the two cities (Emeryville and Oakland) have an agreement under which Emeryville is responsible for the planning permits and Oakland is responsible for building permits for the site.

For those not familiar with Panera Bread, they are a quick service restaurant that is part cafe, part bakery and has close to 16 stores in the Bay Area including San Francisco, Fremont, San Rafael, Millbrae and Antioch. Once open, the restaurant will have 30 to 40 employees.

To see their menu, click here.

Source: San Francisco Business Times

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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Pilates classes come to Pacific Cannery Lofts

Amy Redmond will be offering Pilates classes at the Pacific Cannery Lofts beginning in January 2011. She has set up her loft as a studio where she will be teaching small, attentive mat pilates classes in addition to one on one reformer instruction.

Amy, owner of Central Station Pilates, who has been dancing since the age of seven, went on to study under a former soloist for the San Francisco Ballet and continued her studies at UC Santa Cruz where she graduated with a theatre degree with an emphasis in dance. In addition to performing she continued her studies at the University of Hawaii, Manoa where she received a MFA in dance. Her interest in kinesiology and anatomy while in graduate school lead her to pursue a certification in Pilates with a goal of injury prevention and rehabilitation.
Well....lucky us! As a former exercise physiologist myself, who worked in workplace health promotion for over 10 years, I love to see fitness opportunities arise near home and the workplace. Please check out this fabulous opportunity by going to the Central Station Pilates website for schedule and pricing.