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Animal Place Takes Over Vegan Store

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Animal Place executive director Kim Sturla with former Republic of V owner Joe Haptas

Animal Place executive director Kim Sturla with former Republic of V owner Joe Haptas

Huge news to report!  Animal Place is the proud owner of Berkeley’s only all vegan specialty store, Republic of V. When you shop to feed yourself, you feed the animals at the sanctuary!

Republic of V stocks vegan groceries including locally made gourmet foods, clothing and accessories, beauty and personal care products, home goods, dog and cat foods, books, and other supplies. The specialty shop, the Bay Area’s only vegan food store and one of only a small handful nationwide, first opened in February 2014 at its 1624 University Ave. location by Joe Haptas and Noelle Callahan.

We couldn’t pass up this opportunity to expand our vegan advocacy to the Bay Area and generate revenue to benefit the sanctuary.

So please welcome Animal Place’s Vegan Republic to our flock! The store is an ideal way to extend our message that the single most important action someone can take to help farmed animals is to adopt a vegan diet.

We will be hosting a grand re-opening July 2015! Details will be forthcoming.

And for those of you in the Bay Area, stop by and present the coupon below. You’ll receive $5 off any purchase over $50…a small way to thank YOU for your support!

1624 University Ave, Berkeley, CA
Open: 7 days a week



23 Responses so far.

  1. Valarie Wolf says:

    Congratulations on this awesome store!

  2. tammy says:

    Awesome! Welcome to the new Vegan Republic and thanks to Joe and Noelle for their foresight.

  3. Gwen DelCastillo says:

    Wonderful..Congratulations !
    Wish we had one here in NYC

  4. Candace says:

    So awesome! When I’m in the Berekley area I will definitely make a stop your store!

  5. Lisa says:

    I sure wish you were here in Tampa, Florida, as well!

    Congratulations to you–and all the animals!

  6. Ann Graves says:

    Congratulations! I love shopping there!

  7. Rebecca Taylor says:

    I hope we can purchase products on line. I do not live close enough to shop at the store.

  8. Linda Reynolds says:

    can we order through the mail? Congratulations!

  9. Jeaneen says:

    This is wonderful! Will we be able to buy online from your new vegan store? Best Wishes!

  10. Kate says:

    I hope you have more fresh/carry out foods where people can stop and get a snack. I think the prior owners weren’t ready for the “grittiness” of University ave in Berkeley. It takes patience. I think having prepped packaged food and a place to sit would be helpful for those of us who want to stop in and get vegan donuts and coffee. Need a community feeling I think.

  11. Julie says:

    I stopped in on Sunday on my way home from SF to Sacramento. The women working there were very helpful and I even was able to sample some cheese and crackers. Nice touch.

  12. kim says:

    What a blessing for the animals and the world

  13. Patricia Poole says:

    I think that is wonderful. I think in time we will begin to see more vegan places for business since people are becoming aware of what they are eating. No one should eat anything that has a face.

    I think Animal Place is a wonder place.

  14. Deb says:

    We’re going on vacation to SF next week and want to stop at the store. What are the hours?

  15. Rebecca says:

    Thank you for Everything you all do; I am beyond grateful for this kind of organization. I wish there was somewhere to volunteer, like this place, near Tampa/Palm Harbor. I’d be volunteering every day of the week:)

  16. Debra says:

    We love this place and I tell all my patients about it. I hope you can continue to thrive and expand. This will be great for Animal Place.