Thanks to all who participated in Grand Meander!

Big things are happening at GABA!

Be among the first to learn about GABA's growing momentum and be sure to RSVP for the GABA Annual Membership Meeting on January 19, 2023, at Iron Ranger. Special thanks to Tom Forti for hosting!


GABA is pleased to announce we have signed a new contract with the St. Paul Area Chamber Workstream Consulting Division to continue to provide support for the Grand Avenue Business Association. WorkStream is the Professional Services division of the St Paul Area Chamber, offering client-partners trusted experience in creating connections that count.

WORKSTREAM will provide:

  • Support for general requests and inquiries from GABA Board and Members.
  • Coordinate Quarterly GABA Membership events, promote events, attend monthly Board meetings, and provide administrative support for Grand Old Day Task Force.
  • Provide Communications Support, including managing the GABA website and creating and distributing monthly GABA newsletters.
  • Strategic Consulting Support Advise Board on an outreach strategy to grow membership, sponsorship, and non-dues revenue through grants and contracts.
  • Marketing support for Grand Old Day 2023.

We are grateful for this partnership as we continue to rebuild GABA! Earlier this year, WorkStream helped GABA create a new strategic plan and goals for the organization. See more here.

Upcoming Dates to Remember

Contact [email protected] for Zoom links

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

January 9 | GABA Board Meeting | 6:30 pm

January 19 | GABA Annual Membership Meeting | 4:30 - 6:30 pm

Check out the new mural at Pet Evolution in the former Creative Kidstuff space.

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 [email protected] and include a photo credit and we'll feature more imagery in our monthly newsletters and social media. 

  • Grand Old Day 2023 - Plans for Grand Old Day 2023 continue to take shape! We are finalizing sponsorship packages and will release information and major updates early next year!

  • The State Small Business Credit Initiative - The State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) was part of the American Rescue Act (ARPA) of 2021 and included $10 billion for business finance programs. Minnesota has been approved by the U. S. Department of the Treasury for up to $97 million for small business financing support. Learn more and apply for programs that fit your business needs here.

  • Grand Avenue Reconstruction Project - The City of Saint Paul 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. 

  • Grand Avenue Overlay - View more details on the project and Zoning Study here and see notes of the first committee meeting 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.

Trust A. Johnson & Sons to provide beautiful arrangements without any concern for quality or misrepresentation of products, especially when ordering online!

1738 Grand Ave

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A. Johnson & Sons florists was family run for nearly 90 years. Now the shop is run by three long-time employees who are running the shop with the same family values and service excellence.

What do you want people to know about your business?

We do it all - whether a single red rose, or a complete bouquet; we deliver your message in style.

  • We offer a vast selection of the best flowers from around the world.
  • Exotic orchid plants or flowering green plants - we have alternative gifts that make the right statement.
  • Fresh, elegant, and traditional designs to match any decorating style.
  • Our staff of dedicated professionals can help you select the right gift to meet your needs. We are poised and ready to create a fresh, innovative, and distinctive floral arrangement that will impress the recipient.
  • We deliver to the entire Saint Paul / Minneapolis metro area directly from our shop and we can place orders anywhere throughout the world via our network of florists and delivery outlets.
  • Our commitment to our customers is simple, we offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee that your floral arrangement will be fresh and of the highest quality or we will cheerfully have it replaced.

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

We've been here since 1936 and treasure being a part of the community in this area of St. Paul.

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