Thanks to all who attended our annual meeting!

We had a great turnout for the GABA Annual Meeting on January 19. Board members enjoyed meeting new and returning businesses and sharing updates about upcoming events and opportunities. Special thanks to Tom Forti for hosting the event at Iron Ranger. Join us for our next GABA Happ Hour event in April. Interested in hosting? Let us know! Contact Madisen at

Big things are happening at GABA!

Welcome and thank you to our recent New and Returning Members.

We have so many that we'll list more next month!

Join or renew your membership!

Grand Old Day 2023:

So many ways to get involved!

Sponsorship Packages are now available. View options below and contact Chris or Brian to activate your sponsorship!

Interested in Providing Entertainment? See the Entertainment Inquiry Form Here.

Donate - In this rebuilding year, everything helps as we work to cover the predicted $125,000 public safety costs for putting on a safe Grand Old Day. If you'd like to support the efforts, donate here and your name will be listed on our Grand Old Day Champions webpage.

Our Vendor Form, Parade Entry Form, and Volunteer Form Coming Soon! 

Grand Old Day Fun Run - Registration is now open for the 2-mile Fun Run, presented by The Running Room.

Upcoming Dates to Remember

Contact for Zoom links

Feb 27 | Summit Avenue Regional Trail Community Forum | 6 - 7:30 pm

March 1 | Grand Old Day Task Force Meeting | 3-4:30 pm

March 13 | GABA Board Meeting | 6:30 pm

Show the love!

Display this I Love Grand sign and send us your photo and promote your business!

Show Grand Avenue some love and capture people living, shopping, dining, and enjoying Grand Avenue! Get on the list to host the I Love Grand display and send photos to and include a photo credit and we'll feature more imagery in our monthly newsletters and social media. 

Important Updates

  • Unity Church-Unitarian and its members appreciate Grand Avenue businesses and their support. They are hosting a fundraiser and silent auction on March 4, from 6:30-8 pm, and are seeking business donations of a gift card for their silent auction. Each donation will be listed in the auction catalog and acknowledged on the website, social media, and emails. Donations from neighborhood businesses are gratefully accepted here or at Unity Church-Unitarian, 732 Holly Avenue.

  • Grand Avenue Reconstruction Project - Read the latest on City plans to reconstruct Grand Avenue from Fairview Avenue to Snelling Avenue in 2024. The project includes the demolition and replacement of the pavement, sidewalks, and underground utilities along the corridor. This is the first full reconstruction of this section of Grand Avenue in many decades and presents an opportunity to refresh the historic street to better accommodate all modes of travel to and along the corridor. Learn more at the City webpage for the project here. 

  • Summit Bike Lane Update - The City Parks and Recreation department is working on a draft regional trail master plan for an off-street bicycle connection via Summit Avenue Parkway. Visit the project website, Summit Ave. Regional Trail Master Plan for more information. Public comments can still be submitted here. The Summit-University District Council is hosting a Summit Avenue Regional Trail Community Forum on Monday, February 27 from 6 - 7:30 pm at the House of Hope Presbyterian Church, 797 Summit Avenue.

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Follow Tom and his team on Facebook or call 651.292.8096.

"We do so much more than home and auto! Our new location on Cleveland can be your one-stop-shopping for life insurance and investment planning too.

My team is upbeat, positive, and ready to meet the diverse needs of the community."

Tom Buckholt

New GABA Member and Board Member, Tom Buckholt (pictured above in red with his team) enjoys a special delivery of Nothing Bundt Cakes for new members from GABA Board Member visits.

In the coming year, you'll see Tom at all GABA events, including PAWS on Grand and the Grand Meander, which he has graciously offered to help organize, building on his event planning experience.

With a new office for his State Farm team on Cleveland Avenue, Tom was drawn to this community and everything GABA strives to offer. A thriving business corridor, fun family events, and opportunities to come together as a community, and he's excited to be a new GABA board member and support these efforts.

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