The San Francisco Chronicle decided to mark Independence Day with a slide show of Bay Area independents — the original people, businesses and ideas that make the Bay Area so special. Out of the 48 chosen independents, there are five with clear Berkeley provenance (which we think is a bit stingy).
Here are the Berkeley originals.
- Yomi Wrong and the Center for Independent Living. The Chronicle correctly calls Berkeley “the birthplace of the disability rights movement”.
- Knit One One and the yarnbombers that it inspires (a phenomenon Berkeleyside has been tracking from the start).
- Good Vibrations, which has “revolutionized the sex toy shopping experience”.
- Moe’s Books, a “neighborhood icon with hundreds of thousands of titles for readers to peruse”.
- Amoeba Music, “one of the larger independent music stores around”.
Who or what from Berkeley would you add?