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UNIQUE Notes & News

After You Shop Unique LA

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Not sure what to do after an afternoon of shopping? Don’t worry, we got you covered. Downtown Los Angeles offers a variety of restaurants and bars within WALKING distance of the California Market Center. 

Terroni

Terroni transformed a 1924 bank rich with history into an elegant and chic restaurant located in Downtown Los Angeles. On top of the delicious, authentic Italian food, Terroni offers an array of remarkable cocktails. 

802 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Located less than 2 blocks from the CMC


Preux & Proper

Preux & Proper is a two story establishment that serves up New Orleans inspired delicacies. Hang out downstairs in the barroom to enjoy good vibes and great cocktails or head on upstairs to the dining room to enjoy a decadent meal.  


840 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Located 1 block away from the CMC

Ace Hotel

 The Ace Rooftop was inspired by Hollywood’s famous Les Deux Café and offers an array of wine, cocktails & beer with a handful of snacks and sandwiches.  

929 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Located less than 2 blocks away from the CMC

Pecking Tavern

Pecking Tavern is where Chinese gastropub greets authentic Beijing street food. Every Saturday night, Pecking Tavern brings their noodle artist in to hand pull the noodles in their glass wall kitchen. 

806 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Located less than 2 blocks from the CMC

Pattern Bar

 A bar located within LA’s Fashion District who pays tribute by naming specialty cocktails after fashion designers – McQueen, Cartier, Kara, Chanel, Jacobs, etc.  

100 W 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Located across the street from the CMC

 

Unique LA Fall 2016 Lookbook!

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Crooked Calligraphy 

Crooked Calligraphy 

The Wicked Boheme 

The Wicked Boheme 

One, two and a good afternoon to you! We are happy to announce that our Lookbook is up and ready for your viewing eyes. Catch a list of our vendors and a sneak peek at the products available for the #UniqueLA Fall Market September 10th & 11th at the California Market Center on the 10th floor. 

Pre-sale tickets can be purchased online today for $12 or at the door upon arrival for $15.

Can’t wait to see you there!

The Loved Co. 

The Loved Co. 

Hyjewelry 

Hyjewelry 

This Fall Shop Small!

Unique USA

We are beyond thrilled for The First Unique LA Fall Market! Mark your calendars for September 10th and 11th at DTLA’s California Market Center. We have a great curated selection of over 125 vendors lined up alongside DIY watercolor projects, Oh Snap Studio photo booth portraits, a cozy lounge area to kick back and a play area for the kids. Additionally, we have snacks to munch on and complimentary drinks from Honest Tea & GT’s Kombucha.

You can purchase pre- tickets online for $12 or tickets can be purchased at the door upon arrival for $15. Remember, kids under the age of 12 get in free. Click here for more event details.

Want to keep up with the latest news and see behind the scene footage? Be sure to like our page on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Snapchat - @theuniqueempire.

 See you soon!                 

The 90's Are So Now

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Trend Alert! We all know that history tends to repeat itself and that is definitely true when it comes to fashion. There are a ton of noticeably 90s inspired street style trends happening in the world right now. See below for our roundup of what's in so you can get the look!  

1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11

1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11

The Lazy Chef's Guide to the 4th

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Your plans are made, your outfit is on point, now it's time bring the best burgers, salads, and frozen star-spangled treats to your July 4th bbq or picnic. See below for our roundup of the of quick, easy and festive recipes. 

Coconut Pops

Triple Threat Burgers

Red, White and Blue Ice Cubes and Berry Cones 

9 No Work Sandwiches

Fast and Easy 3 Ingredient Appetizers

Upgrade Your Summer Hot Dog

Watermelon and Feta Skewers

American Flag Vegetable Tray

Red, White and Blue Quinoa Salad

Red, White and Blue Wine Spritzer

How to Have a Unique Summer

Unique USA

Summer is here and we are ready! Make the most of the next few months by checking out suggestions from The Unique Team!

Go Forth! Visit 3 places you've never been before. Maybe you plan a road-trip to a city or town (Sonja is planning to plot-out a day of antique shopping in nearby small towns, and also plan to go to an area she's never been to in Mexico.). Perhaps you visit a local museum or restaurant that you've never been to. Wherever you go, adventure and new experiences await!

Dance Your Ass Off! Join the Unique team along with our friends at Cocktail Academy & Smilebooth SATURDAYS ALL SUMMER at EL CHAVO DJs will be playing all the Hip Hop, Soul and Top 40 Pop Jams from 10pm-2am

Give Back! I know, I know, summer is for relaxing not volunteering. Wrong! It's the perfect time to dedicate some of your time and expertise to others. Whether you commit a full day to volunteer at a local charity or start volunteering regularly, there are organizations in every city and town that could use your help. 

Get Outside! Take advantage of warm weather and longer nights by taking your usual activities outside. Picnic in the park, attend outdoor movie screenings or concerts and head to the beach to watch the sunset.

Eat Up! Summer is for bbq’s, picnics and farmer’s markets. Take advantage of the seasonal offerings and eat corn off the cob, slice up some watermelon or pineapple and make freshly squeezed lemonade.

Take a Dip! Just because you might not live near the beach doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to cool off. Investigate hotels in your area with amazing pools and dive in.  

#Staycation! Traveling to a tropical destination isn't your only vacation option. This summer, plan a “staycation” and relax unwind within your neighborhood or just within your own four walls.

Get the Popcorn Ready! Summer is a time for Hollywood blockbuster hits and the perfect time to cool off inside a dark air conditioned movie theater. (Bonus if you can find a drive-in!)

Summer Indie Market Roundup!

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With the official start of summer right around the corner we looking for new ways to refresh our homes and wardrobes for the warmer months ahead. Discover new makers and check out the list below for our roundup of 10 Summer Indie Markets!  

Renegade Craft Fair: Austin, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York City, Portland and San Francisco

Parachute Market: Los Angeles, CA

Indie Craft Experience: Atlanta, G

Market Collective: Calgary, AB

Bust Craftacular: London, Los Angeles, Boston, New York 

Urban Craft Uprising: Seattle, WA 

Firefly Handmade: Boulder, CO 

Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles: Los Angeles, CA 

Smorgasburg: Brooklyn, NY and Los Angeles, CA

Craft Lake City: Salt Lake City, UT 

 

   

Gifts for Grads

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When congratulations are in order, share your best wishes to the grads in your life with one of these unique picks from our Unique Market vendors. 

May 28th Dream Big watch 

May 28th Dream Big watch 

The original yarn wrapped lucky horseshoe from marley&alfie

The original yarn wrapped lucky horseshoe from marley&alfie

Hadron Epoch Holographic Notebook 

Hadron Epoch Holographic Notebook 

Make it. Pack it. Eat it. We all grow up, but there are some things we should never grow out of. Take your midday meal with you in one of these durable and reusable lunch totes from WAAM Industries. 

Make it. Pack it. Eat it.

We all grow up, but there are some things we should never grow out of. Take your midday meal with you in one of these durable and reusable lunch totes from WAAM Industries. 

Congratulations card from Crooked Calligraphy 

Congratulations card from Crooked Calligraphy 

Personalized keychain from Shop Miguez 

Personalized keychain from Shop Miguez 

Father's Day Gift Guide

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Still trying to figure out what to get Dad this year? We've got you've covered! Remind him why you're his favorite with these rad finds from Unique makers. 

Cedar Wood Print black ink on white paper from Andre Mirzaian 

Cedar Wood Print black ink on white paper from Andre Mirzaian 

Chile Spiced Old Fashioned Cocktail Kit from Twist Your Spirits

Chile Spiced Old Fashioned Cocktail Kit from Twist Your Spirits

Gift pack featuring leather carryall, keychain and pocket square from Clarke and Barba 

Gift pack featuring leather carryall, keychain and pocket square from Clarke and Barba 

Chef's Collection Gift Set from Hepp's Salt. Collection includes: 2oz. glass jars of Hickory Smoked Sea Salt, Black Truffle Sea Salt, Himalayan Pink Sea Salt, Garlic Sea Salt, Black Lava Sea Salt

Chef's Collection Gift Set from Hepp's Salt. Collection includes: 2oz. glass jars of Hickory Smoked Sea Salt, Black Truffle Sea Salt, Himalayan Pink Sea Salt, Garlic Sea Salt, Black Lava Sea Salt

Bearytail Leather Co's pet version of a friendship bracelet. This set includes a custom hancrafted collar for your "best furiend" and a matching braclet for you.  

Bearytail Leather Co's pet version of a friendship bracelet. This set includes a custom hancrafted collar for your "best furiend" and a matching braclet for you.  

Compass Ultrasoft Varsity Heather tri-blend Everyday Explorer Tee

Compass Ultrasoft Varsity Heather tri-blend Everyday Explorer Tee

 LetterPress Chocolate handcrafted small batch bean to bar chocolate 

 LetterPress Chocolate handcrafted small batch bean to bar chocolate 

Desktop Wallpaper!

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You may remember some of our rad desktop wallpapers from a few years ago, we loved them so much we've decided to bring them back! Here is our very first round of images...your desktops and phone screens have never been so unique! Enjoy...

Outdoor Entertaining Roundup!

Unique USA

Happy May y’all! Spring is here and even though we’ve have been experiencing some pretty gray weather here in LA we are ready for picnics, bbq’s and outdoor entertaining. With Memorial Day around the corner we have rounded up some of our favorites DIYs and recipes for you to check out!

Studio DIY Pom Pom Picnic Blanket 

Studio DIY Pom Pom Picnic Blanket 

The Best Memorial Day Recipes from Food and Wine 

The Best Memorial Day Recipes from Food and Wine 

Clip-on Picnic Utensils from Oh Happy Day 

Clip-on Picnic Utensils from Oh Happy Day 

Shop Local at Unique LA!

Unique USA

We can't wait for The 7th Annual Unique LA Spring Market this weekend! Save the date for April 30th and May 1st! Aside from shopping our curated selection of over 250 vendors, we've lined up some pretty rad perks for shoppers who attend over the weekend, including free mini mani's, watercolor DIY's, Oh! Snap portraits and gift wrapping - plus free drinks and snacks from GT's KombuchaPop Chips and Luna

You can buy your pre-sale tickets here or buy tickets at the door (cash only). More event details can be found here. Make sure to follow @uniquemarkets on Instagram and Snapchat for the latest news and behind the scene photos.

We are also launching our exclusive Snapchat filters for you to use at the event...try them all!

See you soon! 

Unique LA is April 30th and May 1st!

Unique USA

The 7th Annual Unique LA Spring Market is coming up! That means it's time to start planning your visit and figuring out what to buy for mom (don't forget about Mother's Day!). Check out the look book and list of participants and join us April 30th and May 1st at DTLA’s California Market Center for a day of shopping, drinking and snacking from over 250 vendors!

Have you heard? We are on Snapchat and Instagram! Go behind-the-scenes with vendors, check out unique office life, and all our crazy shenanigans by following us @uniquemarkets 

Spread the Love

Unique USA

 

We are spreading the love this Valentine’s Day by sharing some of our favorite DIY projects. Skip the typical flowers and chocolates and make your own unique gifts or gather a few friends and make a party of it! Click the images below for links to a few of our favorites!

 

Printable Tattoos from Studio DIY 

Printable Tattoos from Studio DIY 

Crafting Party Ideas from Oh Happy Day 

Crafting Party Ideas from Oh Happy Day 

DIY Chocolate Ring Pops from Brit + Co  

DIY Chocolate Ring Pops from Brit + Co  

9th Annual #UniqueLA Spring Market

Unique USA

Vendors! Applications are now available online for the #UNIQUELA 2016 Spring Market! It takes place April 30th and May 1st at the California Market Center in DTLA. Applications will be available until midnight February 29th. For more information click here. 

We are very excited to announce that Unique Markets is expanding in 2016! New York City, New Orleans, Toronto and Vancouver we are coming at you! Stay tuned for details as we lock-down venues and finalize show dates!