The ten best stores on Tennyson Street
It's ironic that nearly all the businesses mentioned when we named Tennyson Street the best neighborhood shopping district in 2011 have left the block or closed their doors (see the link below), including some that were strangled by prolonged street construction in the heart of the district. But now that the street's been put back together, the new Tennyson is blossoming with both new and renewed businesses. Healthy commerce is returning to Tennyson, and here are ten reasons why.
Tenn Street Coffee and Books
- Best Neighborhood Shopping District - 2011: Tennyson Street, Berkeley
- The Bookery Nook, an independent bookstore and ice cream parlor, is closing
- Tennyson Street businesses creating promotions to offset disruptive construction
10. Flesher-Hinton Music Company
Flesher-Hinton is the old man of Tennyson: The old-school, family-owned music store opened in 1951 and still offers the same kind of customer service that people took for granted decades ago. The store keeps a reputable library of both standard and hard-to-find sheet music, and offers instrument rentals, sales, repairs and in-house instruction, making it a go-to for families with an ear for music.
If a perfect cuppa is what you desire, Tracy and Emily Frickey's little side-street shop will ease your jones: A hand-picked, global selection of loose-leaf teas of every ilk -- eighty brands in all -- forms the cornerstone of MODesTEA's mission, accentuated by a savvy selection of brewing accessories and accoutrements to ensure the best tea experience.
8. Alice's Secret Garden
Alice's has the best yard on the Tennyson row, filled with garden whimsies of every size and style. That was reason enough for us to tout the shop as our Best Yard Art Store in 2013. Here's what we said:
Indoors, Alice's is filled with nooks and crannies full of bohemian gowns, beaded evening bags, baubles and bangles, antiques, fleece dolls and sweet-smelling toiletries. But it's outside, in the beautiful front garden, where Alice's really blooms. Among real trees and blossoms enclosed by a cast-iron fence is a trove of fantastical yard art for sale: gazing balls and fabulous, rustic topsy-turvy birdhouses made by Crooked Creations, whimsical sculpted-tin farm animals and fanciful flower stakes. Step inside the gate, and you might come away with something lovely with which to decorate your own garden.
Continue reading for more top shops on Tennyson Street.