43 Grand Avenue
Numbers of Years in Oakland: 2.5
Harper Greer has a great collection of clothing for curvy women sizes 10-24. We also carry jewelry, scarves, handbags, socks for men and women, shoes and neckties made in Oakland. We offer alterations and shipping plus personalized shopping services.
From owner Terry Kiskadon,
Q: What inspired you to start your business?
We were inspired by John’s mother to make clothing for plus size women. We started out wholesaling our line to department stores and specialty stores all over the country. After 5 years we switched to retailing directly to our customers. It was more fun having contact with the end buyers. Our original stores were in SF and Berkeley.
Q: Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business.
Our customers love our sense of humor and how we make shopping fun!
Q: What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
The best things about doing business in Oakland is the variety of great people we meet every day in our store! We often walk to work from our home in Jack London Square and love watching the transformation take place.
Q: What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
Some of our favorite businesses in Oakland are our neighboring restaurants like Farley’s, Luka and Hawker Fare. Our favorite restaurant in Oakland is Bocanova at Jack London Square. We walk there frequently.
Q: What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
The one thing we can’t live without in Oakland is the diversity. Ever changing and fascinating.