We're excited to partner with the Summit Hill Association to promote the First Annual Trick-or-Treat on Grand event!

WHEN:  Sunday, October 30th from 12:00pm - 4:00pm

WHERE: Grand Avenue 


  • Trick-or-Treat scavenger hunt along Grand Avenue
  • Photo ops/other activities encouraged
  • All families are encouraged to pre-register HERE so we'll know how many trick-or-treaters to expect. 

HOW: Business/organization participation options:

  • Host a trick-or-treat table in front of or inside your business 
  • Host a trick-or-treat table somewhere along the route (select this option on the sign-up form and you will be contacted to confirm your location).
  • Pop-up booth/table at start or end of scavenger hunt route.
  • Other ideas? Contact Monica at the Summit Hill Association!

This is a premiere event for families in Summit Hill that offers great exposure for your business. We hope you consider participating!

Questions? Contact Monica Haas, Executive Director, Summit Hill Association

Register as a Trick-or-Treat Location 

Grand Old Day Reimagined - Updates on Progress for 2023

Grand Old Day 2023 plans are underway and the Reimagine Grand Old Day Task Force has come a long way in the past 45 days. The group continues to work to mesh the “old” with the “new” vision for changes based on our strategic planning.

In our November Newsletter, you'll learn more about sponsor opportunities. Our new Volunteer Coordinator, Nancy Berger will share the sign-up link with details about 2023 Grand Old Day volunteer opportunities. If you just can't wait until November and are interested in joining our Task Force, please email info@grandave.com with your preferred Committee Role(s) and a brief description of your interest and qualifications.


We look forward to bringing back this great tradition in a new and improved format that supports our members and community! 

"At Abbott Paint and Carpet, it’s a family affair, as many of our employees and customers have been with us for the past two generations. Why? Because our experience makes the difference and people know we are here to help them through every project; before, during, and after. From consultation to completion, Abbott Paint and Carpet is here for you."

Your Abbott Paint

& Carpet family

1808 Grand Ave





MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Abbot Paint & Carpet

Abbott Paint & Carpet was founded in 1945 by Howard (Mike) Abbott Jr., father of seven children, including the four proud sons who now run the day-to-day operations: Kevin, Steve, Tim, and Dave. 

This week they are celebrating Mike Abbott's 98th birthday in all stores for the week. Come in 10/17-10/23/2022 and see what they're offering to celebrate Mike!

The Abbott family loves what they do, and are motivated by helping customers. Their knowledgeable, trained personnel offers one-on-one customer support, still matching the majority of paints by hand because computers cannot achieve what they do by eye. Abbott may be the only retailer that still does custom-stain matches!

Abbott also offers a full staff of design professionals who can help bring your Pinterest vision to life. See something you like online? Bring it in and they will help you find the exact same product or a perfect match.

What do you want people to know about your business?

Abbott has from the very beginning been family owned and operated. We love our customers like family, as many of them have been with us for multiple decades.

Why did you choose to locate your business on Grand Ave?

Our original location was on Marshall Ave as it was close to both metro areas, but the founder, Mike Abbott quickly realized that Grand Ave was about to explode and moved the business to the avenue. 

Upcoming Dates to Remember

Contact info@grandave.com for Zoom links

October 24  | Grand Meander Planning Meeting | 1:00 pm 

October 27  |  Summit Bike Lane Community Open House | RSVP HERE

October 28 |  GABA & SPPD Public Safetye Meting  |  9-10 am

November 2 | Grand Old Day Task Force Meeting | 3-4:30 pm

November 7 | GABA Board Meeting | 6:30 pm


December 3 | Grand Meander

December 7 | Grand Old Day Task Force Meeting | 3-4:30 pm

January TBD | GABA Annual Membership Meeting

Important Updates for Grand Avenue Businesses:

Concerned about public safety along Grand Avenue? Join GABA and SPPD Western District Leadership on October 28th

Join GABA and SPPD Western District leadership for a presentation on crime prevention on the avenue, followed by an open discussion and Q&A session. This meeting is an opportunity to express your thoughts and concerns and learn about policing efforts to combat crime. We hope you can join us.

Friday, October 28th, 9 am - 10 am

St. Paul Western District

389 Hamline Ave North

Grand Avenue Reconstruction Project Update and Public Meeting Notice

An open house was held in September with updates and a presentation on the project. You can view the Open House Video Recording and the Open House Presentation and learn more at the City webpage for the project here. 

Grand Avenue Overlay

Find out more about the East Grand Avenue Overlay here and read more about the Grand Avenue Overlay in the Villager here. 

Summit Bike Lane Update - REMINDER - Community Open House on 10/27

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. Learn more at a Community Open House on Thursday, October 27 from 5-7 PM at Hidden River Middle School | 1700 Summit Avenue. The City of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation invites members of the public to view design concepts, share feedback, and engage with the project team to learn more about the draft master plan. Register HERE to RSVP. If you are unable to attend the Open House, please refer to the project website, Summit Ave. Regional Trail Master Plan for more information. 

Apply now for Planning Commission!

The Planning Commission makes recommendations on city plans and makes decisions about zoning which impact how Saint Paul lives, works and plays.

There is one vacancy in Ward 2 (West Side, West 7th, Downtown, or Summit Hill). Applications are due November 2nd. Learn more.

Membership Matters!

The future is Grand! Be part of the rebuilding effort and renew your membership or join today and help implement our new Strategic Plan, reimagine Grand Old Day, secure staff, financing, and oversight necessary to achieve these goals AND reengage businesses through enhanced communication (like this newsletter).

Welcome to these new GABA members. Thank you for your support! Check out their websites below and support our local businesses. 

Become a GABA Member!

Help rebuild our photo library and promote your business!

Send us your photos of people living, shopping, dining, and enjoying Grand Avenue! Send photos to info@grandave.com and include a photo credit and we'll feature more imagery in our monthly newsletters and social media. 


Grand Avenue Business Association