Grand Avenue Merchant News


The best news on Grand Avenue for a very long while is that Freya Prowe, owner of Brother and Sisters Flower Shop, is back – albeit only from 10 am–4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. After twelve long, miserable months of social distancing, it was a delight to step inside her beautiful sanctuary full of color and greenery. We highly recommend that you do the same. 

Ruth Stroup Insurance is celebrating its 15th anniversary  – ten of which have been spent at her offices at 3560 Grand Avenue. During this decade, Ruth has always been extremely supportive of the community, including a substantial donation to help stage Splash Pad Park’s 10th anniversary celebration in 2013 and, most recently, a major sponsorship to help fund the Grand Lake Farmers Market’s Bounty Box food giveaway. 

Ruth has just announced a Free Community Shred Event at her office on Saturday, April 17 from 10 am–2 pm. Shredding will be done on-site using a mobile shred truck. Both families and businesses are welcome to participate with no limit to the amount of documents you want to securely shred. As always, free insurance lady bags will be available. 

Tubi Ho Art

With Alameda County now entering the purple tier for COVID-19, Panorama Framing is pleased to host a show of artwork by Tubi Ho, an abstract expressionist specializing in acrylics and mixed media on canvas. Tubi’s experience as a Chinese calligraphist beginning at age ten helped develop her sense of composition and her use of spontaneous brush strokes. With a background in interior design, Tubi has sold art to collectors nationwide, and her paintings can be found on display in numerous locations across California.

Prices for the stretched canvases range from $200 to $2,000. Panorama is currently offering a 10% discount on materials and labor if you have them mount your purchase in one of their float frames. Please contact them in advance to arrange your visit to ensure that proper social distancing is maintained. 

For our April edition, we’re working on a feature article about Grand Lake district in-street parklets that will cover previous efforts, their present status, and prospects for the future. To whet your appetite, we’re sharing photos taken last week of three of the parklets on Grand and can report that Matt Wingco, co-owner of The Libertine, and Megan Fawcett, manager of Almond and Oak, both indicate that the parklets are one major reason they’ve been able to survive. That’s likely to be the case well into the future. 

The East Bay Express has just announced the winners of their annual Best of the East Bay poll, and both Lakeshore and Grand Avenue (including Adams Point) fared extremely well with six awards for Lakeshore ( Arizmendi, Urban Indigo, Hipline, Silver Moon Kids, Shakewell and Good Vibrations) and eleven for Grand. That’s in addition to the Grand Lake Farmers Market, the perennial winner in that category. Congratulations to all the award winners, including those on Grand listed below:

  • Best Theater: Grand Lake Theatre
  • Best Health Care Clinic AND Best Tele-Health: One Medical
  • Best Book Store New AND Best Book Store Used): Walden Pond
  • Best Clothing Store – Women’s: Knimble
  • Best Green Business: Mudlab
  • Best Insurance Agent: Ruth Stroup Insurance
  • Best Greek Restaurant: Ikaros
  • Best Pizza: Zachary’s Chicago Pizza
  • Best Wine Club AND Best Wine Store: Bay Grape
  • Best Wine Tasting Room: Ordinaire
  • Best Consignment Furniture: Uhuru Furniture & Collectibles