For the past ten years, Mike Frankovich has run NoHo Scooters from a shop in North Hollywood, CA that had a cool neon sign and a fun vintage vibe. Today, Mike posted a notice that the shop is closing at the end of the year.
Shops come and go. It has been a sad fact since 2008 when so many shops couldn't withstand the economic downturn. But NoHo kept on. It's probably a surprise to many who thought that if the shop could weather the past two years that it was in the clear. Mike didn't go into details about the circumstances of the closure, but I know that Mike, who has supported the scooter scene so much and for so long wouldn't make this choice lightly.
Best of luck to Mike and his family. We hope to ride with him again.
Here is Mike's message:
It is with great sadness that I must announce the closing of NoHo Scooters at the end of the year. I started the business with my father back in 2002. I kept the shop open through good and bad times including the death of my father in 2007. We have been LA’s premier scooter shop and have had the pleasure of representing many great brands. Our support of the local scooter scene and the LA Scooter Group has been a highlight of the past ten years. We have had the best customers, many of whom have become great friends.
I’m not going to go into the reasons for the shop’s closure, as there are many. I don’t consider it a failure, as it has been a great pleasure taking care of the scooter riding public in Los Angeles. It has not been an easy decision to close, but I know now that it is the right decision.
Effective immediately we will no longer take in any service or repair work beyond a quick service, tire change, brakes, etc. Anything beyond that will be sent to Route 66 Riders in Marina Del Rey, as they are a dealer for all the same makes as us (except Kymco). We are going to keep the service department open as long as we can to get existing larger jobs finished.
We still have an inventory of new and pre-owned scooters and motorcycles, which will be part of a blowout sale beginning today. Out of respect of other dealers in the area, I will not be advertising our sale prices. On Saturday December 15th, we will be having a going out of business party. Our annual Holiday Lights Ride will take place after closing at 6PM. Our last day of operation for the showroom, and service drop-offs will be Saturday December 22nd. We will keep the service department open the following week to get existing work finished.
Thank you once again to all of our great customers and friends for the past ten years. I’m sure I will see you on a scooter ride in the future.
Owner of NoHo Scooters