They discovered Dog Beach, fell in love with OB and have never looked back.
“My wife and I both left corporate jobs and advancement opportunities in Phoenix to purchase the OBBC,” said Chris, adding, “Jo left most of her family, and I left my two eldest daughters, 11 and 7, to move here to run this business.”
The Peregoys have worked hard ever since to clean up the old building at 4836 Santa Monica Ave., turning it into "a warm, welcoming, helpful community hub.”
The couple’s full-service store provides an array of copying, printing and shipping services, plus offering supplies, marketing materials, fliers and brochures, bulk mailers, binding, lamination and custom-designed orders.
Lazy Hummingbird coffee shop also leases space in part of the OBBC building.
“We like to call ourselves the one-stop shop,” said Chris, adding, “We are the only location in OB for single-page print jobs. We’re also a main shipping center. We have Fedex, UPS and the post office right around the corner at our disposal.
“Seventy-five percent of our top-line sales is shipping. Even though we’re a business center, we’re as much a shipping center.”
The Peregoys had three goals in moving to OB.
“We wanted to get out of Phoenix, be by the beach and own our own business. This came up and checked off all three boxes. So we said, ‘Let’s do it.’”
The Peregoys have created a synergy with other OB small-businesses.
“We work really closely with Vintage Revivals,” noted Chris. “Their customers buy stuff and send them to us to package, because some of these things are 100-year-old antiques that need to go clear across the country. They trust us to bring their items here, have us package them up then find the best shipping rate.”
The Peregoys are laser focused on OB.
“We’re very community oriented and we see a lot of local small-businesses come in and out of this building,” said Chris. “We support them, post on social media and tag their media accounts.”
Peregoy offered one successful local networking story.
“We helped a guy who used to sell pasta at the farmers market, printed out his paper menus,” he said. “Now he’s got a storefront on Voltaire Street and is one of the most popular Italian restaurants.”
The couple also give back.
“We have donated hundreds of boxes to the OB Toy and Food Drive in our first two holiday seasons here,” said Chris, adding, “We attended meetings and contributed to the planning of the OB Holiday Parade last year. We support local OB artists. We have four fellow OBecians with products for sale in our shop.”
Looking ahead, the Peregoys would like to expand more as well as creating more self-serve space for customers to do packaging.
The pair refer to their business as “our legacy we want to share with our kids.”
“We’re doing this because we love this place,” said Chris. “We’re here for the long haul. This is going to be a generational business. We intend on passing it down.”
Ocean Beach Business Center
4876 Santa Monica Ave.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday.