The Gray Shop sold fashionable women's clothing and was owned by Arthur C. and Mabelle Kennedy from 1919 until they sold it in 1949 to Leon Z. Mandelson. The first location was at 15th and Clay Streets, and there were locations in Berkeley and Long Beach at one time. They commissioned a new building at 2000 Broadway in 1930,1 described as "conservative modernistic" in style by architect Alben Froberg, but now recognized as Art Deco. The door was unique and used a step motif repeated throughout the store.

Mr. Mandelson operated the store at least until the mid-1970s (need documentation). Now it is the site of Kaiser Permanente's research facility.

"Special Page for the Gray Shop", Oakland Tribune, 16 Jan 1931, p. 27Gray Shop panel by Jacob Berg, courtesy of Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Links and References

  1. New Building for Downtown Oakland Area Oakland Tribune 24 August 1930, p. 96