Grand Avenue Merchant News – March 2022

by Ken Katz

Radbird Fashion and Consignment, which just celebrated the 5th Anniversary of their location in Berkeley next to the Claremont Hotel, quietly opened its second location at 3223 Grand a couple of weeks ago. The owner, Lori Tiedemann, chose Grand Avenue for a number of reasons. One being that the new shop is within walking distance of her home in Adams Point. Another factor was her long-time friendship with Freya Prowe, the owner of Brother and Sisters Flower shop. Lori was also attracted by the sense of community and the amount of pedestrian traffic she saw on Grand–something that is lacking on Domingo Avenue. When we talked to her this past Friday, she expressed delight over the number of people who had already dropped in, shopped and asked about their consignment policies. Those policies are spelled out on their website but can be summarized by saying that they occasionally accept exceptional vintage pieces but are primarily interested in current, high quality women’s fashion. The split for consignments is 50/50.

FYI: The walls currently are pretty much bare but over time, they will hanging lots of local art. Lori also mentioned that the Victorian sofa she’s sitting on was originally her Great (or maybe, Great-Great) Aunt and the set has been in the family for over one hundred years. Initial shop hours are Friday through Sunday from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Last month, we reported that two exercise studios, Studio FitLife and Bay Functional Fitness were just about to open. As it turns out, all the talk about problems with the supply lines due to the ongoing pandemic was fully justified. Both are still (impatiently) awaiting delivery of needed equipment. Hopefully, by next month, the doors will be open and we can introduce you to our newest Grand Avenue neighbors.

News in Brief: 

  • Brite Cleaners at 3349 Grand has closed and the space is now available.
  • Freye at Brother & Sisters Flower Shop is now offering flowers that they are drying on site employing an overhead rack.
  • Qi Dumpling Lounge currently has a Special Menu that features seven items including Honey Glazed Shrimp and Ginger Sauce Eggplant.
  • In addition to being open from 9 am – Noon Friday through Sunday, Bake Sum is now open on Mondays from 9 am – Noon. We can also report that lines are far less daunting than they were previously.
  • Urban University, the nonprofit that operates Urban Furniture and Boutique, just celebrated their 24th Anniversary. Congratulations!
  • Merchandise is visible through the front windows of the shop at 3234 Grand that specializes in hand-embroidered caps–so watch for them to open in the next couple of weeks.

Editor’s Note: We first ran the photo at the bottom of this page in the April 2020 edition of the News. It was one of half dozen photos I took on Lakeshore and Grand to document the empty streets at 8:30 pm as a consequence of the shelter-in-place quarantine that had just been imposed. It’s been a tough two years and our condolences go out to those who’ve lost loved ones and only hope that one way or the other we will emerge stronger and more united than before.

Ken Katz founded the Splash Pad Neighborhood Forum in late 1999 and, in his role as Chair, coordinated the community efforts to lobby for a new park and subsequently served as a liaison to the City of Oakland and to Walter Hood’s office during the planning process. The first Splash Pad Newsletters were emailed beginning circa 2006. Currently, he acts as a contributor to—and publisher of—the monthly Splash Pad News. Keila Diehl proofreads all the copy, filters content as needed, and makes everyone involved look good.

March 30, 2020 at 8:50 pm