Lakeshore – Lake Park News'S ARCHIVE

  • 10:15 pm on a Tuesday night and Lakeshore Avenue is dead. A few cars whiz past on the street and some stop to park outside closed shops and restaurants. The thick, sticky, sweet scent of sugared treats wafts down the sidewalk pulling people into the only business that’s open at this end of the block. […]

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  • An anthropologist went to a town hall meeting at Lakeshore Baptist Church and experienced her first encounter with the Chief of Police of a major American city. Impossibly shiny black shoes, crisp black uniform, four gold stars on each collar, gun, broad stance, hands on hips, red granny glasses. Overheard saying, ‘I love my Mama, […]

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  • A biologist and an anthropologist sat down to talk about coffee, and the conversation spread out in ever larger circles from its starting point under a palm tree: the popular Anfilo Ethiopian coffee tent at the Grand Lake Farmers Market, where customers “come in, sit down, chat, and move on.” (Spoiler: there is no “to go” […]

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  • 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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  • 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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  • By BID Director, Pamela Drake Lakeshore Thrives but Parking Still Available Lakeshore and LakePark Avenues are so popular these days that you might see cars backed up in the Trader Joes lot waiting for another car to leave, but this is no longer necessary! The lot is owned by the City but run by Sansome […]

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  • LAKESHORE BLOG by Pamela Drake, BID Director   The 27th Annual Lakeshore Easter Parade & Derby Decorating Contest & the 6th Annual Lakeshore Baptist Church Spring Children’s Festival Please join us for this free, non-denominational event. Bring your kids, your grandkids, or your neighbors kids. Every child receives a prize! Or just take a seat […]

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  • Lakeshore Avenue Business Improvement District February 2014 Blog It isn’t very often that Lakeshore sees so many new businesses open in such a short period of time, but over this spring four new businesses have done just that. This and other improvements to the Avenue should significantly raise our profile and enhance your neighborhood shopping […]

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  • The Lakeshore-Lake Park News is a monthly feature authored by Pamela Drake, the Director of the Lakeshore Business Improvement District. The Lakeshore BID The Lakeshore Avenue Business Improvement District is the oldest BID in Oakland-a vehicle that property owners use to tax themselves to pay for improvements to the retail district they are part of. […]

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  • When you want to get hammered (and sickled), Scarecrow Popcorn is the place to be. Their Leninade soda is “a taste that’s worth waiting in line for”. While you’re at it, pick up a bag of popcorn. Jalapeno Cheese is one of Tish’s five current flavors. Incidentally, when you get hungry at the 10th Anniversary celebration, there’s about forty […]

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