Venice Gets Snapped

Venice Gets Snapped

Venice Businesses Closing Soon or Closed: The G2 Gallery, Brennan’s, Abbot’s Habit, NextSpace Venice, Venice Office Park & MANY More. When will it END?

Venice businesses have been falling like flies – or shall it be said snapped up? It’s no secret that successful Venice startup recently gone public, Snapchat (Snap Inc.) is gobbling up Venice properties  at an alarming rate in the past three years, in addition to taking over leases that have left businesses scrambling for new locations. Part of the fallout is artists and other residents losing their studios and homes and the destruction of the culture and fabric of the community.

While it’s not new at this point and Snap can’t be blamed for it all; the tech wave that gave way to Venice being dubbed, “Silicon Beach” started late 2011, early 2012 when Google setup shop. Other tech companies followed. While Snap started in Venice in a beach bungalow known by locals as the “Jim Morrison” or “Charlie Chaplin” house in 2013,  they have purchased numerous buildings,  in addition to leased property in Venice since that time. What’s the fallout? Residents, artists and small business owners losing leases and getting kicked out  of Venice.

For example, the former Venice office park bungalows (as they were commonly known), located at Venice Bl. just east of Abbot Kinney Bl housed numerous small businesses such as Turning Point Pilates (relocated in Venice), Tilapazola Restaurant (closed), Stephanie Johnson and others got their walking papers as a result of Snapchat’s purchase of the complex. NextSpace Venice coworking was suddenly closed in December of 2016,  as a result of Snapchat taking over the lease (after it was quadrupled); where our office was located. Numerous startups and entrepreneurial businesses were forced to find a new locations asap.

While locating in Venice is one thing, being a catalyst of a mass exodus in the community that has created a huge divide in Venice takes it to another level! It’s well past due for Snapchat to be a responsible part of the community, which extends well beyond efforts made to date; namely contributing to a restoration fund for the Venice Veteran’s Wall, (see the AKFF post on Veteran’s Wall restoration). That’s all good, however, it’s time to follow the lead of other tech companies that have moved to Playa Vista after gaining scale; it’s a move that would be welcomed by many in the Venice community and would be considered as a big contribution to the Venice community.

It’s time to start paying it forward – by giving what was formerly spaces for artists and creatives back  to them in some form, for example, starting a program where artists and creatives that lost their spaces can utilize spaces for free.  If you love the community, set it FREE!

Janet Gervers,
Founder & Editor
Abbot Kinney First Fridays

Got March Madness & Finals on Your Mind? AKFF has More for You!

Got March Madness & Finals on Your Mind? AKFF has More for You!

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March Madness is the hottest topic of the week, especially with UCLA’s big win!  Oh, yeah and there’s finals too!  We’ve been there, done that. The AKFF Team knows how stressful finals can be.  AKFF has a few options for ya!


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How about stopping by Zelda’s Corner in Venice to unwind for  a delish sandwiches! If you’re an AKFF VIP Club Member then you are in luck because VIP Club Members get a special discount. Not in Venice? AKFF VIP Club has specials from food trucks in LA!


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AKFF VIP Club 101: Why You Need It & How You Can Sign Up!

AKFF VIP Club 101: Why You Need It & How You Can Sign Up!

The AKFF Team wants to let you in on all the fun by encouraging you to sign up and become an AKFF VIP Club Member! AKFF VIP Club Members have all access to your fave food trucks and restaurants, shops and exclusive event content!

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The AKFF VIP Club is a login away! AKFF VIP Club is an exclusive page within our blog giving you (the members) promo codes, specials and deals. We have specials for everything ranging from food trucks to apps, retail, health and fitness, coworking and services! The AKFF VIP Club is the AKFF teams’ way of looking out for our fellow foodies, so you can get the best deals even when you’re not at First Fridays! Yes, that’s right! Our special deals, promos, and exclusive content extends outside of First Fridays! Interested? We thought so!

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Some food trucks, restaurants, apps and shops we are partnered up with are Dogtown Dogs, Funky Chef Cafe, Zelda’s Corner, Levitate LVLA, Jagmedia, Turning Point Pilates and AKFF Blog just to name a few. Discounts range from 20% off and promotional offers include deals like buy 2 get 1 free! There is just so much you can save on and benefit off of when you sign up to become an AKFF VIP Club Member! The list of promos, discounts, and specials is only growing bigger and better allowing you to save, save, save! Plus, get exclusive content like Tony Alva’s recent appearance in Venice and more!

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Get the Scoop on Entertainment & Cultural Events in Venice, Santa Monica & Westside

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Just Added! New March Events:

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Her Dream Deferred: On the Status of Black Women

Celebrating the girls and women who dedicate themselves to promoting progressive change, the African American Policy and Hammer Museum present the third annual “Her Dream Deferred” through March 28-30 at 7:30pm. A series which studies black girls and women facing social injustice in the U.S.
10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
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The Not So Silver Screen: Black Women in Media

This panel moderated by professor Kimberlé Crenshaw explores the inequalities experienced by black women in Hollywood. Sitting in on the discussion are Diahann Carroll,  Tonya Pinkins, Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd; April Reign, and Kristen Warner. Catch this special event on March 30 at 7:30pm.
10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
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Say Her Name

This special program will pay recognition to the movement #SayHerName that honors the lives of black girls and women killed by police. Featuring stories from family members and victims of police brutality. Event will take place March 28 at 7:30pm. 
10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
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11th Annual Santa Monica Airport Art Walk

The 11th Annual Santa Monica Art Walk will showcase artist, L.A. Marler’s artwork on Saturday, March 18! Check out her Fine Art Studio and Gallery for exceptional art pieces! Attendees will be treated to a TypO Type- In workshop from 2pm-3pm and live music and food trucks form 12pm-5pm!
Located on the Eastside of 3000 Airport Ave near Walgrove
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Outdoor Swing Dancing

Learn how to swing dance at Tongva Park, Saturday March 18! Don’t know how to swing? No problem! Dance instructors will teach you the basics! Beginners are welcomed, so get out there and dance!
615 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
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All Events Below Are At Beyond Baroque:

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Inaugural LA Punk Film Festival 

Catch L7 new film “Los Punks” at Beyond Baroque and more films about punk in Los Angeles. You can also catch other local artists showcasing local venice art circa 70’s-80’s. This event is in conjunction with the Venice Art Walk and sponsored by BeachDancer Films. Get on out there and support local artists and check out LA Punk Film Festival on Thursday, March 16 at 6pm!
681 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
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LA Woman—Last Performance! 

Don’t miss LA Woman’s very last performance on Saturday, March 11 at 8pm. “A middle-aged actress at the end of her rope recounts her life and career, dramatically building to an explosive confrontation in this debut staged reading of the new work by playwright/novelist Richard Setlowe.” Sound interesting?
681 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
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LAMBDA Lit Fest – Inside the Writer’s Studio 

On Friday, March 10 Lambda Lit Fest brings special guests, authors and influencers Patricia Nell Warren and Felice Picano who speak and write about the LGBTQ community. The panel will discuss Warren and Picano’s writing processes, influences, and their places in LGBTQ literary history. Get involved and don’t miss this great opportunity!
681 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
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International Women’s Day Celebration 

This glorious event will be paying tribute to women who participate in music, film, and poetry. This celebration will feature eight Venice artists who will share their experiences and challenges women face in the art scene. Come together and share your story on Sunday, March 12 from 2pm-4pm and mingle with inspiring women!
681 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
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Family Flicks Film Series: Betty Boop and Friends

UCLA and Hammer Museum have teamed up to bring people of all ages a special matinee show and screening of new and old classic toons! Grab your popcorn and drink and join them Sunday, March 12 at 11am! Early arrival is recommended so make sure to get there early to get yourself a ticket!
10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
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AKFF is Back! Yes, it’s First Fridays Venice!

AKFF is Back! Yes, it’s First Fridays Venice!

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Food Truck Lineup on Abbot Kinney: March 3, Friday

Stroll Abbot Kinney, where food trucks from across LA come together to to serve you the best food in Venice! Come back for updates with more food trucks and special events!

Palms – California

Frach’s Fried Ice Cream
My Delight Truck
Pinch of Flavor Truck
The Chairman
The Grilled Cheese Truck
Boba Tea & Me


California – Santa Clara

Belly BombZ
Son Of A Bun
Sanook Soi 38
Roll’ N Lobster
Street Kitchen LA
Go Fusion N’ Grill
Tender Grill Gourmet Brazilian Kitchen
ZemaTruck Latin Vibes
Blue Nova
Prince of Venice Food Truck
Curbside Crab Cakes

Santa Clara – San Juan

Pizza & Co
LA Wing Co
Marcel Waffle
Ridges Churro Bar

San Juan – Brooks

The Brooklyn Pig

The Brig

Dogtown Dogs – VIP Club Partner
Baby’s Badass BBQ
Border Grill
Kogi Truck
+ more