Black Oak

Black Oak Books, which closed its wonderful store on Shattuck in June this year, will be resurrected on San Pablo. The booksellers are renovating the space at 2618 San Pablo formerly leased by Rountrees (hat tip: Jim).

Since the closure, Black Oak Books has been buying and selling books out of a warehouse on San Pablo. A reopening would mark a step forward for bookstores in Berkeley after the serial closures of Cody’s (on Telegraph, Fourth Street and Shattuck) and Barnes & Noble on Shattuck.

In its previous incarnation, Black Oak had a good selection of new titles, but its strength was in secondhand books. I’ll very much look forward to seeing what the new store offers. It will also be another improvement in the neighborhood around San Pablo and Dwight. The anchor of Caffe Trieste (just noticed they don’t use the accent on caffè — what’s up with that?), the excellent Sea Salt, a decent Thai restaurant, Anchalee, and some interesting retailers make this a very lively district.

Photo by Dave Winer from Flickr

Lance Knobel

Lance Knobel (co-founder) has been a journalist for nearly 40 years. Much of his career was in business journalism. He was editor-in-chief of both Management Today, the leading business magazine in Britain,...

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  1. I live in this area, so I’m looking forward to this.

    Before we get too excited, we should understand that this neighborhood has its challenges especially at night. The Covenant Worship Center is next door to this location. This small church has an uniformed armed guard at its front door for its weeknight service. This past week, the small boutique custom dress shop at the corner south of the location was ransacked at night. And prostitution has been a long time problem.

    On the other hand, the Missouri Lounge at the corner of San Pablo and Parker appears to be very lively and doing well by offering live music as well as drinks.

    We’ll see what happens.

  2. Hi Lance. You’re welcome to use the picture of course, it’s Creative Commons licensed. But could you make a couple of changes.

    1. Link from the use of the picture here to the picture on Flickr, so others can see the full picture.

    2. Change the attribution from “ScriptingNews” to “Dave Winer.”

    Thanks! 🙂