Business Interruption Fund spotlight: Lashes by Shigeru

Lashes by Shigeru is located along Metro’s Purple Line Extension, Section 1 project alignment at the corner of Wilshire and San Vicente. Business owners, Martin Hanai and Shigeru Hanai, have been managing the business on the ground level floor of Salon Republic since 2012.

Lashes by Shigeru has become a community staple and draws in both local and celebrity clients from all over the LA area. After learning about clients’ frustration with the results provided by other salons, Shigeru decided to start his own business that would provide quality services and products to his clients. With its spa-like experience and unique line of top-quality eyelash extensions, adhesives, and growth serums – all imported from Japan – Lashes by Shigeru has created a relaxed atmosphere that provides its customers with results that can last up to 5 weeks!

According to Martin Hanai, Lashes by Shigeru has experienced a decline in business due to Metro’s construction activity that includes street closures, fencing along the building and detours.  “Construction has made it difficult for clients to reach us, but we are thankful for the help the BIF has been able to provide,” Martin said. “We look forward to seeing both our regular and new clients once the subway is open.”

Lashes by Shigeru is located at 8383 Wilshire Blvd, Studio 76, inside the beauty complex of Salon Republic. Business hours are Monday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. by appointment only.  For inquiries or to book an appointment, please call (424) 333-1661 or visit  E-mail inquiries can also be sent to

Metro’s Business Interruption Fund (BIF) provides financial assistance to small “mom and pop” businesses directly impacted by transit rail construction along the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project, the Little Tokyo area of the Regional Connector, and Purple Line Extension, Section 1 and Section 2. For more information about the BIF, visit To apply for a BIF grant, visit Pacific Coast Regional Small Business Development Corporation (PCR) at

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