Photos by Juan Ocampo for LA Metro
The Hob Nob Shop is located in the Little Tokyo Area of the Regional Connector in the historic Japanese Village Plaza. The business was established in 2000 by Song Nam An. Ms. Song has managed business and retail operations with her daughter since opening the shop that specializes in women’s clothing and accessories.
The Hob Nob Shop is one of the only women’s clothing boutiques in the Japanese Village Plaza and caters to a younger generation of shoppers. It offers the latest in fashionable shirts, dresses, purses and sunglasses. The shop originally opened as a gift shop, but when Ms. Song discovered her true passion for selling women’s clothing, she re-branded her store in 2012. Since then she has been focused on making her business a favorite among local shoppers and visitors of Little Tokyo.
Ms. Song recalls her business being impacted when construction was active on 2nd Street. The construction equipment that was brought in and the street closures that occurred caused a decline in customers. “With the k-rail and fencing going up, my business had fewer customers. It was during that time that we increased our social media to get customers back. I am just glad the Business Interruption Fund was able to assist us,” she said.
The Hob Nob Shop is located at 141 Japanese Village Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Business hours are Sunday through Thursday noon – 9 p.m. and Friday through Saturday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. For more information, please call (213) 626-7207 or visit shophobnob.com.
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 metro.net/bif. To apply for a BIF grant, visit Pacific Coast Regional Small Business Development Corporation (PCR) at pcrcorp.org.
Visit metro.net/bif to view additional business spotlights in the BIF’s Community Footprint.