Dave Kloski will catch his patrons, at the least the ones who came to 33 Revolutions in El Cerrito for the vintage vinyl records, on the flip side.

Kloski closed the combination coffee shop-record store at Central and San Pablo avenues on Christmas Eve, even though he has a little time on the lease.

"Unfortunately, we are not able to stay in business in this challenging economy," reads an online announcement, but Kloski says that's not entirely accurate.

"There were other, personal reasons why we closed," he said Monday while packing things up at the corner location. "It's disappointing, but sometimes life takes over and you do what you have to do."

Kloski and a partner opened 33 Revolutions in spring 2008 in the large space after the closure of a previous coffeehouse tenant. The plan was for Kloski to concentrate on the trade in vintage and collectible LPs and other vinyl while his partner concentrated on serving organic coffee, sandwiches, salads and the like.

"My partner bailed after six months, so I spent my time making lattes, which was OK, but it wasn't what I signed up for," he said.

If everything goes as planned, Kloski and his collection of thousands of records will relocate to a store space on San Pablo near Carleton Avenue in Berkeley and he'll finally be able to put his focus where he intended.

"I expect to sign the lease in the next day or two and open in mid-January," he said.

The site is a couple of doors away from the newly reopened Black Oak Books, he noted, likening the relocations to "two Phoenixes rising out of the ashes."

Kloski is closing 33 Revolutions with some resignation.

"I put a lot of work into this place, but several factors converged," he said. "I think the location's great, and we definitely had a lot of great regulars."

Kloski said a new tenant, likely a restaurant/cafe, "will be moving in here pretty quick."

His farewell message: "Thanks for the patronage. We had some really good times here, and we'll miss the people a lot."

WEST COUNTY NOTES: The volunteer fire department in Port Costa has a new engine at the ready to handle calls. The 27-foot-long International Truck fire engine is custom-designed, according to the Port Costa Preservation Society newsletter, with pumps and coach work by Pierce Co., four-wheel drive, electronic controls, automatic foam system and quick-release air masks.

The equipment is capable of joining an emergency strike force team, but perhaps most important, it is able to meet safety regulations by providing all-cab seating for Port Costa's 10 volunteer firefighters. No hanging on to the outside of the truck like you see in old movies.

The newsletter notes the engine is 10 feet tall, "barely clearing the door at Station 77." It was received from the Crockett-Carquinez Fire Department in early October and promptly was celebrated with a community barbecue.

  • Poets have eight categories to choose from in the 84th annual Poets Dinner contest, and the entry postmark deadline is Jan. 20. Categories are Beginnings and Endings, Light or Humorous, Nature, Love, Spaces and Places, People, Theme (Action) and Poet's Choice.

    Entries should be sent to Andrew MacRae, 421 De Leon Ave., Fremont, 94539.

    There is no entry fee, but entrants must attend the March 20 awards luncheon at Francesco's Restaurant in Oakland to claim a prize.

    Lunch costs $28 in advance or $29 at the door. To get tickets in advance send a check and meal preference (red snapper, chicken breast or eggplant parmigiana) to Richard Angilly, 1515 Poplar Ave., Richmond, 94805.

  • Last week's column about the Charles Reid Memorial Christmas Party noted that one of the major supporters was financial firm Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, which was described as based in Walnut Creek. The firm does have a location there, but it is headquartered in St. Louis.

    Reach Chris Treadway at 510-262-2784 or ctreadway@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/christreadway.