LAB Holding, LLC weaves community, culture, commerce and consciousness into real estate innovation and place making. LAB, an acronym for Little American Business, specializes in assisting the newborn retail entrepreneur in setting their roots in a nurturing environment.
In 1991, Shaheen Sadeghi, creator and founder of LAB Holding, LLC, transitioned from a well-respected career in the fashion industry with the VF Corporation, Gotcha Sportswear and as President of the Quiksilver action sportswear company, to create a revolutionary community for the youth culture. The LAB Anti-Mall breathed life into an abandoned factory in 1993 and offered an outlet for local students, emerging artists, musicians and like-minded retail entrepreneurs. Now more than 20 years later, the recycled LAB construction and thoughtfully selected, synergistic boutiques and restaurants attract the local community as well as international travellers from around the globe. The LAB is the creative heart of the SoBECA arts district in Costa Mesa (acronym for South on Bristol, Entertainment, Culture, Arts) boasting retail sales to rival those of nearby South Coast Plaza, the nation’s largest and most successful mall.
LAB Holding grew with the construction of The CAMP eco retail campus in 2002 and now includes properties within the SoBECA District, the Anaheim Packing District, Center Street Anaheim and the historic Casino in San Clemente.
Criteria for LAB Holding projects include individuality of purpose (no formulaic solutions), historic preservation, environmental sensitivity and establishment of a permanent base within each locale for a mutually-beneficial long term investment. To that end and to avoid conformity, LAB Holding does not rely on outside agencies or brokers for key operational responsibilities. Instead, LAB Holding trains and places its own staff on-site for the purpose of community relations and development, day-to-day property management and local business and tenant development.