Anthony Lucas, proprietor of Anthony’s Cookies, strolled through the kitchen of his new Berkeley production center, a cavernous 4,000-square-foot facility meticulously lined with industrial mixers, ovens and enough refrigeration space to last him a lifetime. “I knew one day that I’d need a space like this,” Lucas said. About a dozen blocks down San Pablo Avenue, Eurydice Manning, another black baker, was busy coordinating the opening of a new Oakland outpost of her bakery, James and the Giant Cupcake. Such was the same for Lila Owens, the owner of Berkeley’s Cupcakin Bake Shop, who also happens to be black. She was plotting not one, but two new Oakland branches of her popular business. The booming businesses are indicative of the rise — and proliferation — of black-owned bakeries in the East Bay. Collectively, they represent a quiet truth about a few-mile swath east of San Francisco: It is a hotbed for talented black bakers. 📷: @saltyshortssss ~ ~ #blackbakers #blackownedbusiness #bakery #eastbay #baker
CHP reported that a 22-year-old driver was pulled over twice within 11 minutes Monday for speeding on I-580. The combined tickets cost around $1000 dollars (not to mention the higher insurance rates to follow).