October 23rd, 2013

The Power of Local: Top Spots for Locally Sourced Goods In and Around Marina del Rey

There’s nothing wrong with a global economy. I mean, who doesn’t like exotic fruit from Brazil or a nicely priced Ikea side table for that guest room. On the other hand, there’s something wonderfully civic-minded about supporting the local economy. Buying from restaurants that use only locally sourced foods, filling your home with furniture that’s been built right in the store’s workshop out back, drinking a cup of java that’s roasted on the premises; that’s home-style goodness right there and there’s really nothing quite like it. Take a look at some businesses in and around Marina del Rey that walk the home-style walk with great success.


We’re proud to have them in the neighborhood and think they’re definitely worth a visit. Check it out:

1. Furniture Goodness

Cliff and Leigh Spencer started Cliff Spencer Furniture in 2004, carefully developing a business that encourages “sustainable design, materials and construction”—and 10 years later they’re a bonafide hit with furniture fans. So much so that they’re a 2013 Audience Choice Nominee for Martha Stewart “American Made.” All of the furniture is made on-site in Cliff’s Marina del Rey workshop and some of the shop’s “Projects of Note” include Casa del Mar Spa, James Perse Hollywood and Los Angeles Magazine Green Design Home (among many others). Address: 13435 Beach Ave., Marina del Rey

The American - Deus America. Michael Woolaway

2. Motorcycle Mayhem

To the delight of manly men everywhere, Deus Ex Machina  opened its first U.S. store right in nearby Venice. If a business can double as a man-cave, this is it, with surfboards and motorcycles mingling with flannel shirts, trucker hats and artwork in that oh-so-cool way. What gives Deus its local edge, you ask? That would be the awesome motorcycles. Michael “Woolie” Woolaway custom-builds “motorbikes” on-site and counts actor Orlando Bloom among his devoted fans. Address: 1001 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach

3. Community-Minded Dining

Isn’t it a cool feeling when you’re shopping at the Farmer’s Market and see a chef from your favorite restaurant filling his basket just a couple of stands away? There are quite a few dining spots that favor locally sourced foods in our neck of the woods, and some of our favorites are Paichẽ, Mendocino Farms, Tender Greens and burger joint—The Counter. A little further north in Santa Monica, there’s also the fabulously fresh Urth Caffé.


4. Dessert Decadence

Gelato might be pure Italian, but Gelato Lounge is family owned and all about locally sourced ingredients. Fresh flavors like Strawberry, Mango, Lemon and Pineapple are all made daily with local organic fruits…and they even have a special house-made gelato just for dogs!

5. Coffee Cravings

The coffee beans might not be grown on the premises, but Venice’s Groundwork Coffee roasts every one of those beans right on-site for their fabulous signature blends. The popular spot also features a new farm-fresh menu that includes everything from Yogurt and Granola Parfaits to Buffalo Chicken & Blue Cheese Panini.

Does the local stamp influence your outing destinations? Let us know some of your favorite places to frequent in the Marina del Rey area!