Goin’ Local: The Hop Stop Diner

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LORRAINE ZOMOK, Goin' Local

Photos by Lorraine Zomok
Andrea Shobe holds a platter of fresh-baked treats on the menu at Hop Stop Diner.

A life-size Betty Boop greets customers at Hop Stop Diner.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” —Maya Angelou

Andrea Shobe treasures her Arizona roots. She was born and raised in the Valley. The youngest of four daughters, Shobe attended Cortez High School and Grand Canyon University.

Her roots run deep in Glendale. She always loved visiting the historic downtown and several of her family members have owned businesses in the area. Andrea met her husband, Doug, while both were students at Cortez High. The high school sweethearts are celebrating their 26th wedding anniversary this year.

After college, Shobe became a first-grade teacher. She enjoyed working with children and valued the importance of education. When she became a mother to Brooke and Cody, Shobe said it was important for her to be home with her children.

Shobe is filled with energy and enthusiasm. She is goals-driven and is always ready to take the next step. Shobe said she might not know what is at the top of the steps, but she never gives up.

With their two small children at home, The Shobes built a family-owned construction business. Shobe grew the business from one employee to nearly 50 on staff. After a few years, when the housing industry took a hit, Shobe looked to her next step and downtown Glendale called.

Her daughter never liked a traditional birthday cake, so Shobe designed a special recipe cake made from crisped rice cereal. Those delicious birthday treats blossomed into her first downtown business. Shobe worked on a solid business plan, bought a building in downtown Glendale and opened her first shop, Krispy Creations, in 2012. The shop featured a variety of cakes and treats made from crisped rice cereal along with a collection of gift items.

But it wasn’t long before Shobe was ready to grow her business. Her sister collected Coca-Cola products and that collection inspired the next step in Shobe’s journey. The Hop Stop Diner opened in 2014. The 1950s-inspired diner is “happiness on a plate.” The cheerful setting features Coca-Cola décor, a polka dot awning and Betty Boop front and center as customers enter the restaurant. The menu is filled with delicious options — all from Shobe’s kitchen. Customer favorites include the turkey avocado sandwich grilled on a signature parmesan butter sourdough bread and the chicken salad served on homemade molasses bread. The portions are huge and most times, I take a box home. Customers will want to save room for the fresh-baked daily desserts. Sweet favorites include the banana bread and peach cobbler.

Shobe said she loves being a part of the downtown Glendale community. She said each business is a part of the puzzle that makes the area so special. She values the friendships with her business neighbors. Shobe wants her customers to feel at home in her restaurant. Most days, you will see her father, Oscar, who helps with the day-to-day operations. Shobe said she loves talking and sharing stories with her customers, who have quickly become friends.

Make plans to stop by soon for a hearty and delicious meal. Shobe will quickly make you feel like family in her home-inspired Hop Stop Diner.

The Hop Stop Diner is at 7013 N. 58th Ave., in Historic Downtown Glendale. For more information, call 623-915-0100 or visit www.hopstopdiner.com. Restaurant hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

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