Newsletter'S ARCHIVE

  • On Valentine’s Day, let’s pause to say How much we love the shops we frequent every day. Our neighborhood merchants bring us gifts, coffee, flowers, and bread, Shoes, books, smoothies, yoga, and hipster threads. Thanks for everything you do. Merchants of Grand and Lakeshore Avenues We love you! xxx      

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  • Editor’s Note:  This first-ever Special Edition of the “Splash Pad News” simultaneously gives a nod to the past and to the future.  As for the nod to the past, ninety percent of the content in this Special Edition is focused on Splash Pad Park and the Grand Lake Farmers Market – as was the case […]

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  • Editor’s Note:  When I issued a plea for assistance last month, I should have thought to quote John Lennon, whose lyrics fit me to a T. Help! I need somebody. Help! Not just anybody. When I was younger, so much younger than today, I never needed anybody’s help in any way. But now these days are […]

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  • A sociologist and an anthropologist sat down to talk about retail, and the conversation inevitably spread out in ever larger circles from its starting point: the imminent closure of the colorful Collage Clothing Lounge at 3344 Lakeshore Ave. This sad kernel of a recent conversation between me and Collage owner/sociology major, Amanda Robinson, jumped quickly […]

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  • Editor’s Note:  My apologies for the brevity of this month’s newsletter.  During the holiday season,  with family visiting from San Diego, I’ve had a hard time marshaling  the time  to do more.  In the longer term, this is going to be an ongoing problem since I’ve yet  to liquidate my remaining antiques inventory  and also […]

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  • Editor’s Note: Many years ago, I alienated a number of friends and neighbors when I used the Splash Pad Newsletter as a vehicle to endorse a specific candidate for City Council and, as a result,   swore I’d never do so again.  I kept that pledge this year even though, judging by the figures Oakland Magazine […]

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  • Editor’s Note: A few hours after this month’s newsletter was published, I found a sign in the entrance to Grand Fare saying that they had closed permanently – although Freya’s Flower Shop will remain open Tuesdays through Sundays. This is a very disappointing end to a project in which Doug Washington had invested a tremendous amount […]

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  • GRAND AVENUE MERCHANT NEWS Alyce on Grand has a special trunk show scheduled for today, October 1 from Noon – 6:00 PM featuring  handmade leather goods imported directly from Ethiopia by UNOETH.      The trunk show also coincides with an opening reception for a show of vibrant photographs by Geoff Wycoff which shoppers can view while […]

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  • EDITOR’S NOTE: Overall, this month’s newsletter is once again going to be a bit on the slim side but we’ll compensate with lots of information about the Grand Lake Neighborhood survey with particular focus  on the Farmers Market questions.  Since the survey closed on August 9.  Eric Hughes and I have been sorting and summarizing […]

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  • EDITOR’S NOTE Our apologies for a somewhat skimpy newsletter this month.  LZ, our intrepid Grand Avenue West of 580 blogger, is on vacation and I’ve been preoccupied with other obligations.  You’ll also note that we’re publishing a couple of days early in order to provide some last-minute publicity for three neighborhood events on Saturday. GRAND […]

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