We had the good fortune of connecting with Emma Hall and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emma, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
At Love the City Thrift Store we are lucky enough to have powerful impact in the lives of our community, ranging from the awesome encounters in our storefront, where we emphasize an environment that is welcoming and loving, to our monthly and quarterly giving that spreads to all ends of the earth. While our emphasis is on outreach to the homeless and assisting low income families through partnerships with networks such as the Culver Needs team through CCUSD (as well as countless churches or organizations), we also get to participate in being a solution for ending fast fashion and fighting climate change by offering sustainable alternatives through secondhand shopping and recycling. As a church owned Thrift Store, it is so important to us to represent love in a way that is tangible in our immediate surroundings. There’s so much more, but these are just a few of the things we get to do here in Culver City.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
When we first opened our doors, we were brand new to the whole idea of a retail store, having been run through estate sales and reselling markets as (mainly) a way to help provide for the physical and household needs of those in our community through our church network. As we have grown, we have learned how literally nothing is impossible, and that any situation can be an opportunity. Never expecting to net positive, we were an experiment anticipated to burn through some money until it became too tough to sustain; however within our second year we were in the black and able to take on more staff, more volunteers, more donations, and grow even more. Seeing how our relationships with the wonderful neighbors and friends in the reselling world have only grown stronger, we are often reminded of where we came from; when we used to not buy hangers and wait for them to get donated so that we could hang clothes. Now we always have more of everything than we know what to do with! Trusting every step of the way that we will be able to do a little more good today and help those less fortunate has always been our driving force, and we credit everything that has worked out to God and our community!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are some amazing spots located right near Love the City; if you’re into the Vintage clothing and collectibles, we recommend Vintage on Venice, a precious spot on Grand View and Venice with a beautiful selection of goods- next door you can hit Time Warp Records. Across the street from us is Pulp Fiction Comics, and they are the most knowledgable and helpful people you could find when it comes to comics and graphic novels. For dinner we always recommend Samosa House, or you can head to Downtown Culver nearby and hit up Platform for the amazing Loqui tacos. Their handmade tortillas are to die for.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
We would not be here without the assistance and partnership of so many. One organization that we will always promote is St. Joseph Center, who we have worked with in the past to assist those who are getting off the streets and into housing and the workplace. We provide work attire, household goods or even furniture as needed to these individuals and in addition we just love everyone we have worked with at St. Joe’s. They are truly making a difference!