Empress Vintage has been on the block of Alcatraz Ave. in Berkeley, CA, for 5 and a half years. Our presence is very important to the other small businesses on the block, as we create a synergy together and support one another. Recently, a startup non-profit took up space in the storefront next door (same building & landlord as Empress). It has come to our attention that this office wants to take over the whole building, pushing Empress Vintage out. In the Bay Area, we are experiencing a major loss of culture at every turn. Empress Vintage is an important part of keeping the spirit of Berkeley alive.