Jenny West is shown here personing the store, Abeba, in the Pelton Shopping Center in San Leandro. Her friend, Abeba Wright founded and owns Abeba, but was not in when we stopped by. She has owned the store for 13 years. Featuring “culturally inspired wearable art” and nail care, the store is a wonderful find……many African accents!
West has lived in San Leandro for 3 years, graduated from Skyline High, worked for P.T.&T. for 20 years in S.F. and Pleasanton and East Bay Mud in Oakland for 8 years. She has three sons: James and Jamil West live in San Leandro, as does Demaurea Smith.
West attends the Bay Area Christian Connection Church in Oakland and volunteers with the Lend A Hand Foundation, where she is a member of the Board and the Secretary.
Photo and text by Barbara Fluhrer.