I still believe that supporting the businesses in my area mean something. It's part of the reason I enjoy attending Unique LA and one of the reasons I made the pilgrimage to California Mart yet again.
The other reason is the uniqueness of it all. The items I have purchased over the years are pretty cool to say the least and not carbon copy items I'm going to pick at any mall.
It was a good scene this Mother's Day, similar to what you would find at the Holiday show, and no real lines, which was cool.
Some standouts were the terrific team of Heidi & Susie at Rock Scissor Paper who delight in original cards that standout for great occasions.
Also want to mention the great bow tie I snagged from Rodolfo and Andrew, two recent USC graduates who have opened Pocket Square Clothing and are offering gentleman ties, bow tie's and pocket squares handcrafted in DTLA. I picked up a bow tie styled 'The Intellect 2.0', which you can find on tehir online store.
It was great to see a long line of game players for Caine's Arcade, which was a big hit at the event.
Along the rows of artisans and sellers I met Christal Smith from Emergency Kits For All (and Patch blogger), who was offering a wide variety of precautionary safety items for pets, which wasn't something I exactly felt I had to have, but her pitch on 'better to be safe than sorry' worked its charm, as well as her adorable furry friend.
Congrats to the Unique LA organizers on another successful event. We commend your local focus and your energy in bringing us all together.
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