About The Grand Avenue Business Association of Oakland, California

The Grand Avenue Business Association represents merchants in the Grand Avenue corridor between MacArthur and the Piedmont border. Most of the stores on Grand are independently owned and owner-operated, so shoppers can be assured of top-quality service as well as excellent merchandise.

GABA Officers:
Nicholas Eveleigh, Grand Lake Smoke Shop, President
E. G. Yang, General Computer, Vice President

Robert Townsend, Chiropractor, Secretary

Stu Sweetow, AVC Video Production, Assistant Secretary

Joel Hamburger, Uhuru Furniture, Board Member
Aziz Khatri, Keller Williams Real Estate, Board Member

Ruth Stroup, Farmers Insurance, Board Member

Grand Avenue is one of the oldest retail corridors in Oakland. The Grand Lake Theater is over 80 years old, as is the Grand Lake Smoke Shop. Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream started at 3315 Grand in the building in the rear, behind Grand Fare Coffee House.

In the 1950s, mothers would decorate their baby strollers and parade up Grand to the Morcom Rose Garden, just off Jean and Grand, for the annual Mother of the Year Award, that still takes place to this day. In 2005, GABA updated this event to include fathers, grandparents, gay parents, step parents and all sorts of care givers. Called the Proud Parents’ Stroll, you can see a video of it on YouTube. Or view it from our home page.

Today, Grand Avenue is a microcosm of Oakland, with a diverse mix of residents and an exciting array of stores and services that cater to nearly every interest.