This year marks the 22nd year in business for Closet women’s apparel at 4878 Newport Ave.
“In 1998, we opened the first Closet women’s apparel store in Pacific Beach,” said owner Jessica Han. “Growing up, I would play dress-up with my friends and pretend we were mannequins in the big storefront window and strike a pose.
“When my mom first came to America to attend acupuncture school, she started selling Walkmans and radios in front of a gas station in Compton to pay for school. She then moved to swap meets where she fell in love with women's fashion that was affordable to most and then moved into brick and mortar.”
In 2004, Han said her family opened their Newport Avenue store.
“We provide a safe space where customers can come and fully express themselves with our products that are friendly on the wallet,” said Han noting her current product offerings include women’s clothing, lingerie, backpacks, luggage, bandannas in every color, face shields and more than 30 styles of face masks for kids and older, starting at $1.99.
Closet’s summer hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
“What I love about Ocean Beach is the eclectic community,” said Han pointing out, starting in July that, “Every month we are giving back to the community by contributing to one chosen local San Diego organization. What matters to us is our community, the environment, and empowering others.”
Continued Han: “Plastic Free July is a global movement to reduce plastic pollution. Together, we can start by doing our part in bettering the planet. For the entire month of July, when customers bring their own bag or refuse a shopping bag when purchasing clothes, $1 will be contributed to the Ocean Beach Main Street Association.”
“For August, we will contribute to Detour, a mentoring program for girls of color. Their vision is to see equity and inclusion for teen girls of color in higher education and priority section employment,” said Han.
When the OB farmers market first planned to re-open, Han received a notice stating that a protest was scheduled in OB, which ultimately delayed the market’s opening for another week.
“I saw some businesses boarding up their windows with wood,” noted Han. “But I chose to place quotes from African-American leaders on our window front along with this letter:
“Closet is a local small business. We offer a safe space for people to express themselves through clothes. We hear you, we see you, and we stand with you.
“History is repeating itself and this vicious cycle continues to roll forward. The time is now to break this cycle. The time is now to end racism, systematic injustice, and police brutality. The time is now to see that no one is better or less than another. The time is now to see one another as human beings. We are one race, the human race.”
To schedule a free appointment, call Han at 619-786-1678.
Where: 4878 Newport Ave.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.