The economy continues to claim more of our beloved stores: this time, longtime Berkeley boutique Dish (2981 College Ave.) and Walnut Creek store Hush (ironically, like Dish's Eastside counterpart). Both boutiques specialized in gorgeous clothes with a feminine, sophisticated aesthetic: silks, cashmere, tried-and-true names, as well as some independents graced the racks. And they were always counted on for gorgeous, last-minute, I-need-to-look-fabulous-without-trying-too-hard events (or moments). Pricey, yes, but Dish in particular helped transform the values of Elmwood locals from campus-casual to casual-elegance, cheap-and-disposable to treasure-this-piece-for-years. It was - an arguably still is - the only destination for such finds, so it's with a heavy heart that we wave farewell to our old friend. Saturday, January 31, 2009 will be the last day for the Berkeley store (due to a most untimely rent increase), though luckily we'll still have its Hayes Valley store to fulfill us. Stop by to pick up deeply discounted finds from recent and not-so-recent days. Hush's last day will be Feb. 7.