Santa Monica Business #1: Nature Aquarium
Santa Monica Business #2: Sushi King
Santa Monica Business #3: ZJ Boarding House
Why I can't live without these three businesses: Nature Aquariums is not only a place where I can go to get my fish tank supplies, but it is a gallery of salt, planted, and freshwater aquariums that amaze me every time I go in. The Asian owner doesn't speak English perfectly, yet still does anything he can to be as friendly and as helpful as possible when you are asking questions. It helps me relax going into the store, making me come back every week to see what is new.
Sushi King is a sushi restaurant on Wilshire that my family has been going to for years. Their sushi is a traditional Japanese style, unlike many new sushi restaurants that are opening up in Santa Monica. Yes it may be a bit expensive but you definitely get your bang for your buck. The chefs behind the sushi bar are extremely friendly, being almost offended if you don't start up a conversation with them. The fish is fresh, you feel like you are in Japan when you go; it's not some "wanna be" japanese restaurant, it makes you feel like you have stepped into another world.
ZJ Boarding House has been my surf/skate/snowboard store since I was a kid. My dad has been shopping there for years before I started any of these boarding sports and takes me there to get all my new surfing supplies. Recently I searched all over California to find a new surfboard that was perfect for me. After about 30 different shops, ZJ boarding house was my place. I have never been more pleased in a surfboard in my life. The people there are the beachy-bums that love to talk about surfing or anything related to California really. It is a great place to learn how to surf/snowboard/skate or get a new board!
Submitted by: Dylan Kleinman