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Nabolom Bakery to close after 40 years in Berkeley

Many patrons attributed the closure to a changing culture where worker-owned collectives with an authentic down-home vibe were getting squeezed out by bright, corporate coffee shops. They speculated that the bakery is struggling financially.

“They are just not making money,” said Cynthia Wilson, who has been playing drums at Nabolom every Saturday for 12 years with the band Friends of Old Puppy. “The corporate takeover of our country is part of it. Nabolom is a rather funky kind of place. That’s not the thing anymore, although I like it. It has so much character, but they haven’t kept the place up. It needs a paint job. I don’t know how long since the floors were steam-cleaned. It’s definitely alternative and the people who work there are delightfully alternative — dreamers of a better world.”

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