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RECENT PRESS

MINNEAPOLIS ST. PAUL MAGAZINE OCT 2017 : UNIQUE MARKETS COMES TO MINNEAPOLIS

MINNESOTA MONTHLY OCT 2017 : UNIQUE MARKETS COMES TO MINNEAPOLIS

OC WEEKLY AUG 2017 : THE BEST OF UNIQUE LA'S 2017 SANTA MONICA SHOW

LOS ANGELES TIMES AUG 2017 : BEAT THE HEAT, SHOP LOCAL AS UNIQUE MARKETS LA RETURNS TO BARKER HANGAR

THE ART OF MANUFACTURING PODCAST JUNE 2017 : SONJA RASULA: THE UNIQUE EMPIRE

THE GREAT DISCONTENT MAY 2017 : AN INTERVIEW WITH UNIQUE MARKETS FOUNDER SONJA RASULA

TIMEOUT LOS ANGELES MAY 2017 : FIVE MINUTES WITH UNIQUE LA FOUNDER SONJA RASULA

 

HISTORY

Our mission is to provide opportunities that help entrepreneurs, designers and artists grow, increase success and become sustainable (happy, fulfilled and profitable), while helping the public discover and support local small business/art/design. Our very first market, Unique LA, started in December of 2008 and instantly became the largest 'buy local' shopping event in the country. Every year close to 50k attendees come to discover independent designers/artists and buy local at our markets (an estimated $1 million is spent at each two-day show). We hold three shopping events in LA per year and hold smaller one-off events, and have produced our markets in SF and NYC.

UNIQUE was created by community leader, creative director and former TV design personality Sonja Rasula as a way to bring local-made design and art to the masses while helping to grow and support the US economy and small businesses.The idea of a giant trade show-sized shopping event came to her as she sat in traffic, frustrated with having to drive across the city to numerous shops to buy gifts for a friend. "It dawned on me that there needed to be a large-scale community shopping event where you could buy loads of cool, curated items in one place." Hailed the fresh face of a growing conscious consumerism movement, Sonja’s mission is simple: “I want to bring modern, independent design to the masses. My goals are to help designers and small businesses grow, to inject money into the local economy, and to teach shoppers the value of conscious consumerism..."