The Octopus Literary Salon

Oakland, CA

Rebecca Grove, the owner of The Octopus Literary Salon, launched her business with her partners to create a “third space.  A space that wasn’t work and wasn’t home, a neighborhood joint,” says Rebecca.  Now, The Octopus Literary Salon is mixing ideas, art, music, books, and great food together, offering a community space in Uptown Oakland.

The Octopus Literary Salon was incorporated in 2013, and officially opened their doors in April 2015.  Outgrowing the living rooms that previously held events, the new space hosts musicians, performances, and literary events, reinterpreting the literary salon to fit the 21st century.  Their events calendar is full of fun and creative opportunities to build community and connect.

Rebecca received $150,000 from Main Street Launch (then OBDC), and she used it for construction and equipment, transforming what used to be a Quiznos into a now fun and welcoming space at 2101 Webster Street in Oakland.

Rebecca first heard about Main Street Launch while she was taking business classes.  “I had support from several Main Street Launch staff.  Scott was wonderful in helping me get my loan application together, and he and Rachel both supported us during the construction process.  Paula was amazing in helping me to create financial projections.  They are all encouraging, practical, and realistic.”
The Octopus is truly unique – where else can you find coffee, beer, food, and books?  Check out their events calendar and swing by for lunch.  The food is great and the atmosphere is even better.