It wasn’t too long ago that people shopped for their goods and needs at the Mom and Pop shop down the road. You used to actually know the people you were buying from! Now we associate the brands we love with a logo more so than an actual face. The commercial marketspace is saturated with national conglomerates that produce an excess of lower quality goods for cheap prices, all for the benefit of a select few who many of us will never know or meet.
To be clear, these franchised businesses are not all bad. Everyone falls victim to the expedited speed and easy access that larger companies can provide and some do it better than others. But what these companies can’t replicate is a history and connection to the communities that house them. Local businesses on the other hand, not only have tangible ties to the surrounding area and people, but more often than not, play a role in the formation and character of the city itself. Supporting these local businesses therefore is the most sustainable way to not only boost local economies but continue to provide these cities with the culture and personality that drive others to visit.
Venice Beach, CA is the perfect example of how local businesses preserve the identity of the city. Every restaurant, clothing store, wellness shop and art gallery has a unique and colorful history, one that provides this idyllic neighborhood with the quirky character that people from all over the world flock to its streets to witness. There is no shortage of cool places to visit in Venice which can make it hard for visitors to know where the can’t miss spots are. But don’t worry we got you covered!
Here is a list of some of our favorite spots in Venice that we have come to love, and we hope you will too: