Brewing hope and staying grounded: Skid Row Coffee

That desire must have been visceral. Twenty-three years later in 2016, Park quit a dream job at Nike– where he could work out in a state-of-the-art gym and try out the new products– to start a cafe on Skid Row.

Park has been no stranger to the neighborhood. His family, Korean American, has owned a liquor store in the heart of Skid Row since Park was 9 years old, though they clocked out each evening and hurried home to Downey.

Park grew up in the community, working at the family convenience shop in Skid Row from the age of 9 until departing for school at the Art Center College of Design. He wanted to venture into the design world, and got his wish.

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