After an excruciatingly long wait, Ordinaire is celebrating their Grand Opening or, as they choose to say, “L’ Opening Grande” from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. tonight. In a happy coincidence, Ordinaire and the First Thursday event are the feature story (with a big color photograph) on the front page of today’s Montclarion. Reporter J.M.Brown describes Ordinaire and Panorama Framing as the most recent in a long chain of new businesses that have “sparked upper Grand Avenue’s transformation from a functional neighborhood marketplace to a hip dining and shopping destination”.

Ordinaire, Panorama Framing and Michael Mischer Chocolates (all of which were mentioned in the above article) are hosting a Wine and Chocolate Musicale on Sunday, October 13 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. This is a fundraising event to benefit the non-profit, James Toland Vocal Arts Program.

Russell Moore at Camino generally hogs the media spotlight even when he’s not roasting pork over an open fire. This month, his wife, Allison Hopelain was instead in the spotlight courtesy of the SF Chronicle’s article about how she dresses in style for dinner.

Studio Grand has just announced a series of seven Flamenco Dance workshops intended for children ages 6 to 12 that will begin October 30th. Classes will be taught by La Tania, a Grand Avenue resident with thirty years of experience as a Flamenco teacher/dancer/choreographer.

Oak Common was the subject of yet another glowing review. This time by virtue of a Diablo Magazine article.

Neighborhood pet owners are enthusiastic about to the return of Dr. Eleanor Dunn and Dr. Lauren Knoebel to Grand Avenue. They’ve purchased the Grand Lake Veterinary Hospital and will be re-opening shortly.

Day of the Dead Cafe has closed. According to Lydia from Grand Flowers, the new owners are planning to install an open kitchen and will be offering a limited menu based largely on their in-house sausages.