It looks like the Yogurt Stop is for sale. The only lesbian-owned business in the “Rainbow District” is believed to be “in escrow.” There’s no word yet on Marix and Basix, the other highest-profile lesbian owned business in West Hollywood.
Yogurt Stop, the original “Pump It Yourself” yogurt shop located at 8803 Santa Monica Blvd., is apparently listed for sale. Owners Shosshana and Marta Knittel declined to confirm. A copy of the apparent listing can be seen here.
The Yogurt Stop was founded in 2008 by Marta Knittel and Misti Cooper. The couple worked together until 2012 when Cooper sold her interest. Shosshana joined the Yogurt Stop as Marta’s business and life partner and worked at the shop greeting customers and overseeing the operations most every day.
The listing comes as “Kale Me Crazy” announced they will soon be opening on the corner of Hancock and Santa Monica Blvd. in the space next door to Yogurt Stop.
A copy of the sales listing shows an asking price of $875,000 and total sales of $900,000 per year.
That breaks down to an average sales of $75,000 per month or roughly $2,500 per day.
The listing describes the property as “situated in a trendy, prime West Hollywood location, located on a major boulevard in unique and highly desirable location with great visibility.” It goes on to say “the place is celebrity packed with famous faces all the time.”
Yogurt Stop is the only lesbian-owned business in the Boystown area. Basix & Marix owned by Mary Sweeney and Vickie Shemaria are the other highest profile lesbian-owned retail businesses in West Hollywood, located on the north side of Kings Road and Santa Monica Blvd.
If Basix and Marix were to be up for sale it is believed the City of West Hollywood would be an eager buyer.
The city purchased the Coast Playhouse theater for $2.5 million from its owners Mary Sweeney and Vickie Shemaria, who also own the Basix and Marix property. And the city also purchased the space occupied by Crossroads Trading, Peter’s Cleaners and Joey’s Cafe.
A city staff report discussed the development of an “arts district” in those purchase agreements.
If the property occupied by Basix and Marix came up for sale, the City of West Hollywood would likely jump at the opportunity to own the entire block on the north side of Santa Monica Blvd from Kings to Sweetzer.