Big Corporations Bad for Small Business?
Red Hill Shopping Center has new owners and word is the corporation is not only not local, they aren’t even in the state of California. And, unfortunately, it appears that hasn’t been good for a lot of businesses in the shopping center.
was a tenant for 10 years when they were given short notice to make changes and would see an increase in their rent when their current lease was up. Jeff Johnson, an investor in the business, said that the previous management of Red Hill was local and great about working with the tenants and their needs, however “the new management is not interfacing with the current residents.”
The studio prized the Red Hill location because of the neighborhood and they would not have moved, but they said they tried to communicate and work with the new owners on numerous occasions and were continuously ignored. When it was clear that the new owners would not be looking out for the current tenants, the studio owners chose not to renew their lease and now have a new bigger studio for a lower rent and things are working out fine on Greenfield Avenue. But, it seems that hasn’t been the same for others in the shopping center.
’s lease was also ending. The store will be closing its doors after two years on May 31, if not before. They are currently selling everything at huge discounts and great deals can be had for sure, so you’ll want to stop in and you’re sure to find some treasures.
It looks like the whole place will be getting a makeover as permits have been pulled and plans are on the table in one of the store fronts next to , where lived for a short time before they moved to the other side of It's appears clear that changes will be made around the shopping center.
Speaking of Treasures
Trouve in Fairfax on Bolinas Avenue is having their Grand Opening on Saturday, May 28. This is such a lovely shop and the owner, Leyla, buys and restores antiques. She is also an artist and everything is for sale inside the very blue building. Trouve will be offering a great deal on prints - buy two and get a third free - at the open house and I am sure there will be other deals to be had and treasures to be found.
Stripe and Sofas
Zebra's, a sofa store, just opened its doors on the Miracle Mile at 42 Red Hill Ave. This location is where the Renu clean energy place used to be, but it is now filled with beautiful and comfortable sofas. The owners, Dave and Teresa, have an incredible selection. And the best part is that every sofa is custom-made in California to fit every customer's needs and it only takes about two to three weeks for delivery.
If you need one or just want to buy a new one, you’ll definitely want to check out their showroom, because they have hundreds of shapes, sizes, styles, materials and more to choose from. And they have a great sense of humor, too: check out their picture and you’ll see why they named their shop Zebra. Best of luck to them both!