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Sunday, August 30, 2009


You can feel the creativity as soon as you walk into Jeremy Otis’ Grove Loft! This talented identity, packaging and web designer is originally from Ohio by way of Chicago, but the minute he stepped off the plane at SFO he felt like he was home. Inspired by the original Grove, designed with a live/work web developer in mind, Jeremy also runs his brand development and design business, Force and Form, from his new loft space. Jeremy has turned his loft into one of the most cleverly flexible spaces by the simple addition of a curtain that can ride around on a lengthy track that runs from the front door and windows, past his working space and in front of his kitchen allowing him to partition off selected spaces in his loft. Really cool!

Jeremy was renting an Emeryville loft space when he read about PCL in Oakland Magazine. PCL was the only website that Jeremy bookmarked as he scanned residential possibilities and when his parents came to visit they too loved the place. He is a participant in the first time homebuyer program offered by the city of Oakland and was very complimentary of the information sessions he attended. Jeremy’s loft is frequented by his dog Sadie, cat Mimo and elusive yeti Martin. He regularly visits the new Galatea Café on Wood Street and says that $1 muffins will be the death of him. Add a latté by the barista Ember and call it breaky! Jeremy recognized the potential of West Oakland immediately and cocks his head when people ask him why he moved there. Friends that have come to visit love his place and he no longer has to explain. He says he has met quite a few new community members both from PCL and homes in the neighborhood where he says that neighbors are always coming off their front porches to say hello.

Please help in extending a warm welcome to Jeremy. Congrats on the purchase of your first home.

Here are some neighborhood businesses that Jeremy recommends are worth the short walk:

Art Gallery

LoBot Gallery



Galetea Café


Revolution Café



Pretty Lady


Groceries and Produce

City Slicker Farms


Mandela Food Coop



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