Santa Monica Business #1: Dagwoods Pizza
Santa Monica Business #2: Santa Monica Farmer's Market
Santa Monica Business #3: Big Blue Bus
Why I can't live without these three businesses: Dagwoods: Santa Monica has a lot of pizzeria's to choose from, and as a result it is important to look for several key traits of a good pizza joint, traits that I believe Dagwoods symbolizes perfectly. Firstly, a pizzeria must treat their customers with the upmost respect, whether it be how helpful and cooperative they are over the phone, how the deliverers greet the customer at their door, or how they talk with them in person at their shop. Secondly, the pizza joint must charge fair prices for their product: two large pizza's and a 2L soda for $30 and 10% off any purchase over $30 cover that point. And most importantly, the pizza must be TOP quality. With a perfect ratio of cheese to toppings to crust, and the care with which each pizza is cooked in only 20 minutes, I have yet to see another pizza place get both of these aspects down perfectly. Dagwoods, I am so glad to have been a loyal customer over the years and will continue to eat your delicious grub every time I desire that fine Italian cuisine.
Santa Monica Farmers Market: I grew up eating food from here. The sheer variety in vegetable, fruit, and other grown items available is absolutely astounding. To this day, all the fruit in my home comes from the Farmers Market. Not only do these growers deserve every penny they get, but I feel satisfied as a customer to each vendor because I know I am getting some of the best food I have ever eaten in California. From their strawberries to their apples and exquisite grapes, there's never a shortage of yummy eats at the Farmers Market.
Big Blue Bus: This is by far the cleanest busing service I have ever seen. Not only is each bus kept sparkling clean by a dedicated staff, but BBB is constantly refining and upgrading their fleet of blue machines in order to prove to the rest of the world that Santa Monica stands firmly on our title as a clean city. It is nice to be able to ride public transportation that you know is not causing nearly as much harm as the car you could be driving. With routes all across LA county, I can't wait to see what the next great leap they make will be!
Submitted by: Maximilian Daggy