We had the good fortune of connecting with Ktown Corner Store and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ktown, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
A few years ago, we gave ourselves a DIY project and made our first tile table. We have never built furniture before, and learned woodworking and grouting by watching YouTube tutorials. Ktown Corner Store is a quarantine baby. Like so many other people, we really got into house plants at the beginning of quarantine. When we saw Etsy’s plant community selling one cutting for $30, we decided to make an online shop selling plants, vintage home goods, and the tile table. The purpose of this online store was for anyone to sell their art. It was a communal marketplace. Eventually the table became the most popular item and we transitioned to selling the tables only. We’ve evolved since then and now offer different furniture pieces like shelves and consoles, and have expanded our mediums, as we also work with acrylic and wood. We never expected our very small store to become what it is today, how much we would learn, and we especially didn’t expect how many other furniture people we would meet in the process. It’s a loving community and has been a loving journey.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
We build custom furniture using wood, tile, and acrylic. We differ from our peers because we offer customization – the customer can design their own piece that we bring to life. We’re most proud of our personal growth. We got to where we are today because of consistency, commitment to improving, and YouTube tutorials. We’ve learned to trust our instincts. We’d like people to know we are 2 women of color, and we want other women of color in industries that don’t welcome us to not be held back by insecurities and adversities placed onto us by the rest of the world.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
When our friends visit, we have a picnic at The Getty garden, we have a field day at the park, we go to the beach, and we drive around Hancock Park to look at the mansions. Places we love to eat include Ahgassi Gopchang for kbbq, My Dung Sandwich Shop for banh mis, and Sap Coffee Shop for Thai food.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
We’d like to dedicate our shoutout to the book “Furniture You Can Build” (A Sunset Book, 1962).