Source: LAist -This weekend Unique LA is back in town and ready to open up shop and offer the best in local design. This time the show has a new charity partner, some new inspired food choices and promises to make shopping local the most fun way to spend a day in LA. LAist caught up with a very busy founder Sonja Rasula to get the low down on what's up for Unique LA this weekend.
LAist: How did Unique LA originally come about?
Sonja Rasula: It's funny how things happened actually... The short story is that I landed my dream job, as an on-camera interior designer on the TV show Trading Spaces, but was then let go with a bunch of the crew. Bummer! Because I had no job and I felt one of the most important political times was upon us, I had the rare chance to simply not work and instead I spent much of 2008 dedicating myself to politics (volunteering my time to get people to register to vote and take part in the local elections). But as the summer ended and I realized that Obama would be elected soon and had a moment of panic, "Oh my God, what am I going to do now?!" Pretty instantly I realized that the timing was perfect for me to unleash an idea that had been marinating for awhile in the back of my head... A giant consumer show that brought shoppers a diverse selection of Made in America goods, showed off LA's great designers and helped teach people that their consumerism could count. Making the decision to buy local is tough, but we've made it easy!
Read the entire interview with Sonja Reasula here...