The Unique Space, LA

The country's largest locally sourced bazaar is setting up permanent digs

Unique LA started in 2008 and quickly became the largest buy-local shopping event in the country. Attendees got the rare chance to meet and shop directly from hundreds of carefully selected designers and artists all in one space. Community leader and head designer Sonja Rasula pushed forward with the local-made design and art idea to support the small businesses and the Made in the USA …

Interview: Jacob Henley of Salemtown Board Co.

A Tennessee-native changing lives with skateboards

by Madison Kahn Last November, all that Tennessee-native Jacob Henley had was a tank of gas, some reclaimed wood and a big idea: to mentor inner-city Nashville youth by teaching them how to build one-of-a-kind skateboards. Now, six months later, Salemtown Board Co., named after the low-income neighborhood where the company is based, has sold nearly 100 hand-painted, solid-oak skateboardsand employed one very special high …

First Container: Collision Works Story Box

Help kickstart a community-driven shipping container center in Detroit's Eastern Market

We’ve seen several creative applications for shipping containers in the past, and the fact remains that these steel structures are unparalleled in terms of durability and availability for a recycled building material. Friend of CH Shel Kimen has been hard at work in an effort to open Collision Works, a 36-room boutique hotel and creative space that will be located in Detroit’s Eastern Market. The …