Splash Pad News – July 2006

Editor’s Note: This edition of the Splash Pad News was retrieved from back-up files and regrettably links do not work.

Farmers’ Market News:

At the Farmers’ Market, stone fruits are nearing the peak of their season. Tomorrow, the Farmers’ Market booth will host a comparative tasting of peaches. Also, be sure to look for a good selection of heirloom tomatoes offered by Lucero Farms, Tip-Top Farms and Wild Boar. Entertainment will be provided by Fred McCarthy plus a healthy dose of Dixieland from the East Bay Stompers.

On July 11, the City Council’s Public Works Committee unanimously forwarded a recommendation for the approval of an Encroachment Permit for the Grand Lake Farmers’ Market. There were, however, some unresolved questions about parking for vendors and Pat Kernighan pulled this item from the Council agenda until these issues could be fully resolved. According to Jim Fenton, they do now have a workable agreement and approval of the Encroachment Permit when the Council re-convenes in September should be a formality.

Grand Avenue Merchants

If you don’t have plans on your own block for National Night Out, Tuesday August 1, please consider visiting Grand Avenue as another option. The Grand Avenue Merchants’ Association is asking merchants to observe the event between 5:00 and 8:00 PM. Some merchants will be putting out refreshments for area residents and ACB Ballroom will be offering free dance lessons under the stars. For more information, contact Stu Sweetow at 839-2020.

Jon Di Bartolo has just opened a new restaurant next to his well-established coffee house and it looks like it will be equally popular. For more information, check out the >review by Carol Ness in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Lakeshore Merchants

Gymboree is now open and the L’Amyx Tea Shop is still on track for opening sometime soon. Across the street in what used to be Endgame, we now have the services of an audiologist. The vacant Albertson’s is still in limbo. Allegedly, Sansome-Pacific (the current lease holder) received some 200 phone calls and emails from disgruntled neighbors when Pat Kernighan announced they were on the verge of signing a lease with Walgreens. As a result, they are re-doubling their efforts to land Trader Joe’s or another gourmet grocery for the vacant site. After a quick paint job and remodel, Arizmendi will re-open on August 1.