Chemical-free products lead deep-cleansing raids upon dirt-infested carpets beneath the seasoned supervision of Mother Nature’s technicians. Eagle-eyed purifiers inspect each room for stains, odors, and obvious traffic patterns, which could be a sign of excess dirt tracked in by shoes or door-to-door dirt salesmen. Furniture takes a rare vacation to an adjacent room as human-friendly compounds pretreat entrenched grime or spots before a hot-water extraction system boils away mold, mildew, and spots. Guided by their noses, customers choose the deodorizer or protector that best befits their home, as floor doctors restore the room’s rightful order, occasionally placing protective pads between the freshly cleaned carpet and grubby-fingered couches.
Far more than an emporium of colorful textile patterns, Urban Burp holds over 5 tons of vintage fabric dating back to the early 20th century, collecting original vintage threads that weave memory and nostalgia into their very fabric. The studio takes its unusual name from the intense experience of recognition that seeing and touching a piece of familiar pattern can bring. "All that emotion has been shoved down into the lower chakras and all of a sudden it takes one piece of fabric to bring you back to that place," owner Electra Skilandat told The San Francisco Chronicle. She continues to elicit that response with bolts of cloth decorated with the floral designs and abstract art of the 1920s, or the bold color mixtures and fractal patterns that were popular in the ‘50s and ‘60s.
Skilandat traces her love affair with textile design back to her childhood in Boston, where her mother lovingly hand-crafted all of her clothes for school and play. Over the years, Electra amassed a collection of over 1,000 bolts of fabric and experience in interior decor. After the death of her only son, she rediscovered her creative instincts, opening the fabric shop with upholstery and drapery services that would precede Urban Burp's stunning display of warp and weft. As guests peruse the studio's ample supply of original vintage pictorial and patterned designs, sewing patterns, and notions, Skilandat unfurls her decades of wisdom during interior decor consultations.
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Paint-your-own pottery
Pro Tip: The price you see is the price you pay. There is no studio fee, no up-charge for special paints.
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
What sets your business apart from your competition?
We have over 160 options of pottery, almost 90 paints to chose from and hundreds of stamps and stencils. We also have glass and clay options.
What was the inspiration for starting this business?
We are a family run business. You will see myself and my children in the studio almost every day. This is a joy for us not a job.
What?s your favorite part about your job?
It's a new experience every day. Some days, we're getting seasonal items together. Other days, we're helping parents preserve baby memories or creating a special gift for a parent or a grandparent. This job allows us to share in people creating memories and enjoying each other's company.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We want every experience to be enjoyable. We welcome both compliment and criticism. With that we will learn and grow.
For more than 29 years, the shelves and displays of AFTOSA have brimmed with both popular and hard-to-find art supplies. Specializing in ceramics, AFTOSA's staffers decorate the venue with clay-based works of art from various artists, and offer a variety of products, including ceramic, polymer, and resin, as well as books on ceramic design and tools such as pottery sealants and turntables.
Along with ceramic gear, AFTOSA equips customers with premade wood and metal tile products, glazes, and display products.
Moe's Books tempts readers with a massive selection of more than 200,000 used, new, and rare books . Named for the firebrand founder Moe Moskowitz, the four-story space sits blocks from the Berkeley campus, a location that's played a significant role in shaping the store's vibe. The shop has sheltered anti-war protestors, hosted readings, and put on events such as midnight Pynchon releases with Pynchon-themed snacks, drinks, and anti-interview shrouds. Today, the spot continues to attract book lovers, who remain free to peruse the ever-changing stock or sell back their own books in order to even out collections or wobbling tables.
The dedicated framers at Artistic Expert Picture Framing protect artwork, personal photographs, and mementos with a vast array of shapes and moldings that prepare them for display. The framers walk customers through the creative, and often confusing, process, consulting with clients before custom-sizing the frame or shadow box to fit paintings or war medals of any size. Conservation grade materials, such as acid-free archival paper and UV-protecting glass, ensure timeless treasures keep guarded against fading and bleeding.