On September 28, Venice Airbnb hosts came together for one of the largest home sharing events in the city of Los Angeles. Over 103 hosts and their families toured 20 local businesses in three simultaneous merchant crawls down “America’s coolest street,” Abbot Kinney Boulevard.
The local business owners treated hosts to samples, walkthroughs, special deals and discounts for hosts to offer their guests as they perused the colorful and unique Venice shops.
“Getting to know some local merchants was fun and something long overdue on my part,” says Venice Host Mary Vaj. “Thanks to Airbnb, I am learning more about my own community and have more knowledge to relay to my guests. Especially wonderful were the discount coupons offered by some of the merchants. It’s a win-win.”
One of the tastier stops of the evening was N’ice Cream, a local creamery that serves fresh, organic gelato and sorbet. The scoop shop was founded in 2008 by Laura Nielsen after moving to Venice from Copenhagen, Denmark.
N’Ice Cream co-founder, Laura Nielsen
The crawl sparked a renewed interest into the bustling boulevard for many hosts.
“No matter how many times I walk the streets in my Venice neighborhood, I’m always reminded that there’s discovery and wonder each and every time,” says Venice host Molly DeBower. “The merchant crawl got me to go into places I usually just pass by while I’m on my way to my regular spots. Getting to meet the owner of Hal’s Bar & Grill was a treat. And mingling with my fellow Airbnb hosts is always a trip – we’re neighbors so why haven’t we met yet?!”
The three merchant crawls converged to close out the evening at local Venice staple, Hal’s Bar & Grill. Hosts were treated to a delicious spread of bites and drinks, capped off with kind words from co-owner Don Novak.
“Airbnb guests get to experience a local eatery that has been serving this community for over 30 years.”
Hal’s Bar & Grill co-owner, Don Novak
“Airbnb is bringing a lot of guests into our restaurant. When Airbnb travelers stay in Venice, they patronize and support our restaurant. Airbnb guests get to experience a local eatery that has been serving this community for over 30 years.”
The night was a smashing success, providing a great opportunity for hosts to interact as a group. And business owners were thrilled with the attendance and look forward to building even stronger relationships with the Airbnb home sharing community in Venice.
“The Abbot Kinney Crawl was a thoroughly enjoyable evening,” exclaims Venice host Ed. “What a marvelous opportunity to get to know our local businesses in a casual and informative format. We are often asked by our guests to refer them to local shops and restaurants, and knowing the people behind the business makes it so much easier to recommend with confidence. Special thanks to Fala Bar and Hal’s for the magnificent feasts and wonderful hospitality. We are eagerly looking forward to the next one.”
Take a closer look at the local businesses on the merchant crawl.