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Shopping, Food and Beer: Sonja Rasula Brings Cool and Community to the Masses at this Weekend's UNIQUE LA

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Detroit Sprinkles is one of the 275 vendors at UNIQUE LA. Photo by Emily Lerman/LAist

LA is an amazing and dynamic place. Complain if you want, but it's impossible to deny that the city is full of people doing great things to foster an increased sense of community and exploit LA's finest assets. Sonja Rasula, founder of this weekend's UNIQUE LA, is one such individual.

LAist first met the Echo Park native at GOOD's Community Leader's Event, where she received an award for her work with December’s UNIQUE LA and the upcoming CityLabs volunteer fair.

While some of us don't need much convincing to take a trip down to the fashion district, Sonja says the goal of UNIQUE LA is to provide an event that offers something to everyone, from the designers to the consumers. Based on our experience last time, she has you covered. Like shopping? Score deals at the 275-vendor booths. Like beer? Hang out, admire the view, drink PBR, grab margs and tacos from the Malo pop-up restaurant and then dress up for the photo booth. Eco-green freak? The Green Room features over 20 green, sustainable-minded vendors. Have kids? Visit the Etsy craft area for some family A+C time.

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With the event a few days away, Sonja took the time to speak to LAist about the importance of conscious consumerism and community building, promoting downtown LA and it's thriving art and fashion scene, volunteering and the amazingness that is LA's taco trucks and fruit stands.