Young entrepreneurial couple opens new Dollar Store in OB
by Ethan Orenstein
Mar 06, 2013 | 2595 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Stephany Cunanan and Zack Meyer saw the need for a Dollar Store in Ocean Beach and jumped at the business opportunity. 
                                                                                                                                                                             Photo by Ethan Orenstein I The Beacon
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Before they get married in July, Zack Meyer, 23, and Stephany Cunanan, 24, decided to start their own business.

The O.B. Dollar Store, located at

1919 Cable St., opened Feb. 7. The shelves are stocked with a large variety of items ranging from beach toys to tools, and to stay true to the name, everything is priced at $1 or less.

Meyer has lived in Ocean Beach for about three years. After Cunanan came to visit a few times, she realized there was no dollar store in the vicinity and she wanted to open one.

“We’re trendy,” said Cunanan. “We’re up to date. We’re not like other dollar stores. You can go in here and get what you need and you can grab stuff that you didn’t realize you could go to the dollar store for.”

She said they want to cater to the wide range of people in Ocean Beach and carry something for everyone. For them, serving the community is a top priority.

“It still has that mom-and-pop feel, but it’s run by two young people, so we bring a new twist to it,” Cunanan said. “It’s O.B., so we definitely keep it O.B. and bring in things that the community would want and need.”

Meyer said customers have given them a lot of good feedback, and it’s the store’s customer service that really sets it apart from other dollar stores.

“We’re not just a store,” Meyer said. “We converse with our customers. If customers find something that they want us to sell, we’ll get it for them. If they need something that’s more than a dollar, but at a cheap price, we’ll get it for them.”

Meyer said they plan to always keep prices low. This is the couple’s first time running a business. And so far, it has been an exciting learning experience, Meyer said. He said they’ve been getting used to everything that goes into it, in addition to working behind the counter.

“We’re looking to help everybody out,” Meyer said. “We’re opening a store and that’s exciting for us, and at the same time we want to have low prices so that helps out other people.”

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