It was a story with a happy ending, sealed with an official opening party on Saturday, attended by face painters, balloon artists — and lots of wide-eyed children. A mural was painted on the store’s façade and photographer Richard Friedman chronicled the festivities.

Tracey Taylor

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...

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  1. This was fun to see.  I used to baby sit you, Devin, when you were just a small boy.  The year was 1978-79.  My boyfriend of the era did some landscaping at your parents house.  What a fine looking man you bacame.

  2. Looks like loads of fun and a sweet time! Congrats to you Mr. Moppsians! Cheers for creating a dynamic and wonderful new life for the ol’ institution!

  3. The fun thing, at least for me, is that so many of the parents bringing their kids to the store Sunday were brought there many times by their parents. Mr Mopps has a long tradition in Berkeley, as does the McDonald family. So it’s even more wonderful to see the store “reborn”, even with the missing “o” %-)

  4. I know. We have had a bit of a delay on that- a combination of funds going elsewhere and permit issues. But we are getting a new sign pretty soon. Oh wellsers. Best believe I’ll post pics of it on the facebook page when it happens…