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Behind a simple storefront on San Pablo Ave in El Cerrito, CA you’ll find a treasure trove of buttons. Those in the know visit Exclusive Buttons to pick out little gems of buttons in all sort of colors, shapes, sizes and materials (except for plastic). Store owners Vincent & Mary Sortile took great pride in their wide selection. Vincent, known as the Button Man, passed away on February 16. Mary is keeping the store open as much as she can, since she knows that is what her husband of 65 years would want her to do. LucasFilm and the Seattle Opera have come calling in the past to embellish their costumes. Word of mouth among crafters and button collectors have kept the store and Vincent Sortile’s fascination alive.

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