International Tiki Marketplace brings in 43
vendors of tiki ware for Dec. 6 SoCal event
Chris Garland, co-creator and promoter of the International Tiki Marketplace in Huntington Beach, admits a large creative debt to two successful men of mid-century Los Angeles: Donn Beach and Arthur Snyder.
The three-year-old marketplace occurs on a specified weekend day every two months or so, including this upcoming Saturday December 6. Reflecting on the tripled attendance and number of vendors since the first one, Garland recalls brainstorming the concept with his wife and co-creator Karen, and also Snyder.
Although some suggested that Garland start an outdoor marketplace for his beloved tiki culture, "I always loved the International Marketplace in Waikiki. I said, 'No, it's going to have that International Marketplace vibe.'"
Donn Beach, born Ernest Gantt, was founder of both the original Don the Beachcomber in Hollywood in 1934 and, much later, the International Marketplace in Waikiki. Art Snyder was the attorney and longtime Los Angeles City Councilman who bought and...