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Berkeley Curiosity Shop, The Bone Room, Is Closing its Doors

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Treasure galore!

Treasure galore!

I’m all for evolution but in the grand scheme of things I would be pretty happy with a more sloth-like pace. It was this reality that I was made to deal with when The Bone Room announced yesterday via Facebook that on June 1, 2016 they will be shuttering the doors of their brick-and-mortar oddity shop on Solano Avenue to focus on their online store, pop-up shops, and special events.

Dental nighmare

Dental nightmare

While this isn’t the final swan song for the Bone Room, it does signal the end of an era. I will miss going there and opening drawers of rainbow colored bugs, poking through their shelves, and talking with their strange and knowledgeable staff. I was working myself up into an acute state of agitation when Bone Room employee, Victoria Vice, sat me down and explained “It’s a natural history store, so I guess if you look at it as evolution, it’s not so bad. We’re losing our tail, but like gaining bipedal-ism.” Suddenly things seemed less bleak, and I began to see that perhaps change isn’t so bad… With that, Bone Room, I look forward to seeing your new manifestation and look forward to being further weirded out, but I will sincerely miss your physical location.

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Get head!

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  1. Lee Newberry
    March 23, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    I’m going to be the pedant who points out that The Bone Room is located in the heart of Albany and not Berkeley. Albany is a different city with a different microculture and we shouldn’t wipe it off the map in the quest for a more recognizable headline.

    With that said, The Bone Room gave a lot of joy and inspiration to the weird kid I was in the 90s. Solano ave is a little bit duller for it’s absence. Thanks for the affectionate send-off.

    • Daniel Seifert
      March 23, 2016 at 11:26 pm

      It’s just over the Albany line, technically in Berkeley. It will be missed. Such a great place to browse and buy butterflies and bones, of course, sad day.

      • Kit Friday -Mild in the Streets
        March 23, 2016 at 11:33 pm

        Agree. It is Albany.

  2. Kit Friday -Mild in the Streets
    March 23, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    You are correct, not Berkeley. I love them too. I will be DJing a Bone Room event April 1 if you check out their FB page for details.