Yogurt Stop has left West Hollywood, marking the end of an era for yogurt lovers in WeHo—“Thank you for 15 years of friendship and support,” reads a post on their official Instagram account, October 1, 2023, the day before they closed. “We love you so much and appreciate you. We would love to be of service to you for the next 15 years, but as we don’t own the land, we don’t have a say in the matter. We love you!!! Come by tomorrow to say hello — not goodbye. We are part of our wonderful community and will always be around. We love you and, again, couldn’t have done it without your love and support.”
Yogurt Stop, located at 8803 Santa Monica Blvd, near Palms Avenue announced they were closing after being open in West Hollywood for the past 15 years. The frozen yogurt shop known for its pump-it-yourself concept and offering various flavors with creative names that tap into the WeHo community opened in 2009.
A moving truck was parked outside of the now former yogurt shop. Owners Marta Knittel and Shoshana Joseph tell WEHO TIMES that they received a lot of support from the community that they were busy up unito their last day this past Sunday. They insist that the reason for their closure is not the hike in minimum wage in WeHo, or because their business is suffering from lack of customers, but because the landlord would not renew their lease, and would not give them the option to sell and extend the lease to a potential buyer of the business.
They said back in August that they had two qualified buyers, but their attorney told them that Yogurt Stop found themselves in an unfortunate position, because they only had a year and a half left on their lease at the time.
A For Lease sign by Southpark Group immediately went up on the building offering the opportunity for a potential restaurant/cafe following their announcement that their tenant was closing for good.
Yogurt Stop and the business next to it now sit empty on that block. Unity Holistics at 8805 Santa Monica Boulevard closed during the pandemic has been empty since. Both empty storefronts are owned by Joanne Nathan and Patt Sefton Hoffen.