My Favorite City
GARRETT LEIGHT FROM VENICE, LOS ANGELES
Garrett, what is your favorite city?
My favorite city is Venice. It is the city that I live in and the city that I work in. I love Los Angeles in general however. I don’t mind the traffic whatsoever, the weather is perfect, and I love and hate the people, which is perfect for me. Venice is just a small little community, so it has to my favorite part of L.A.
For how many years have you been living in Los Angeles?
I have been living in Los Angeles my whole life. So that means 29 years I have been here.
What makes your city so special?
The thing that makes it so special is that no one that truly loves Los Angeles will share that information with you. Personally I prefer when people don’t like Los Angeles. More room for me.
Do you have a favorite restaurant?
My favorite restaurant is Gjelina. It is located on Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Which is situated right next to my retail location. They have the best ingredients in the world and amazing food.
Do you like clubs and if yes, where is your favorite one?
I hate clubs. The only kind of club that I might like would be a Country Club. But I wouldn’t want to be a member, just a guest.
Are there any beautiful shopping areas in your city?
There are many great places to shop in Los Angeles. Abbot Kinney is the best, but there are little gems all over the city. I love shopping at RTH on La Cienega. Shopping on La Brea is great. And last but not least the Arts District in downtown Los Angeles is great.
Do you have a favorite store?
Pasadena Flea Market happens once a month. It’s the second Sunday of every month in Pasadena. It has everything you could ever want. They have the best vintage clothing options and the best place to find home furnishing. I try to go every time I am in town.
Which optician shop do you like the most?
Gary Black at Black Optical in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He’s just all around the nicest and we have the most in common. Don’t get me wrong, I like many of customers, but Gary and I almost never talk about eyewear, and that makes me happy.
Who is the most important person in your city?
Wesley Snipes. It’s not even a question. I mean, I’m from Venice. Have you seen ‘White Men Can’t Jump’ He’s Blade!!
What are the three things you have to do in Los Angeles?
Go somewhere else!
Did you experience any extreme situations?
Los Angeles experiences extreme situations every day. Personally I guess I would say the Los Angeles Riots in 92’ or maybe the big earthquake in 94’ Besides that I guess I’d have to say adolescence was the most extreme situation.
What, in your opinion, is the best thing about Venice?
The best thing in my opinion about Los Angeles is the locals.
And what is the worst thing, on the other hand?
The worst thing about Los Angeles is also the locals.
Everything’s going to change!