Buy Local Challenge Blog

Buy Local Santa Monica has partnered with the 3/50 ProjectTM and students from Santa Monica High School.  What three local businesses would you miss if they disappeared?  Your purchases keep these businesses around, supporting our local economy and a unique, thriving community of businesses.  Your purchases also make a difference to our schools, our parks and our community.  In 2013, purchases made at Santa Monica businesses raised $7.2 million for our schools. Buying local truly makes a difference.

It's simple to participate - pick three businesses you absolutely can't live without, and commit to stopping by, saying hello and spending money among the three this month to spur our local economy.  Then, go even further to support your favorites by telling us which ones you picked and why

Tuesday
Dec092014

Family market and second homes

Santa Monica Business #1: Bay Cities

Santa Monica Business #2: Yoga Works

Why I can't live without these businesses: I have been going to Bay Cities for many years now, and it is a place I recommend to anyone visiting Santa Monica. It has become a family market. I always see familiar faces when visiting, and the people who work there are always welcoming. Yoga Works is my place of escape. I go there to learn more about myself, get piece of mind, and get a good workout. Yoga is a big part of my weekly routine, and Yoga Works has become a second home.

Tuesday
Dec092014

Good times

Santa Monica Business #1: Pier 212

Santa Monica Business #2: Main Squeeze

Santa Monica Business #3: Main Street Bagels

Why I can't live without these three businesses: These three places are where I spend most of my time, whether it be for coffee, smoothies, to do homework, or to hang out with friends. The same people own Pier 212 and Main Squeeze. They both try to use healthy and organic products. Pier 212 is my favorite because it has become a spot where my friends and I can go to at midnight to play monopoly or get coffee and a late night snack. The cafe is not only amazing for their food and coffee but for their company. The people that go there and work there have been nothing but friendly, and in doing so, it makes me want to endlessly go back.

Submitted by: Mikala Alatorre

Tuesday
Dec092014

Productive and progressive

Santa Monica Business #1: Sunny Blue

Santa Monica Business #2: Crossroads

Santa Monica Business #3: Santa Monica Farms Junior

Why I can't live without these three businesses: I can't live without these businesses because of the feeling of success I achieve after each visit. After coming out of Sunny Blue, I feel both full and creative because I ate something that isn't a typical "hamburger" or "fried treat". When I enter Crossroads, I feel like a smarter person because I get to recycle clothing and even pick up clothing that both fits my style and keeps mass manufacturing down. Finally, SM Farms keeps me eating healthy and local. The ability to eat food that hasn't taken days to get here, hundreds of gallons of gas, and endless fumes, makes me feel more productive and progressive.

Submitted by: Elliot Gross

Tuesday
Dec092014

Local Food Variety

Santa Monica Business #1: Pier 212

Santa Monica Business #2: Sunny Blue

Santa Monica Business #3: Main Squeeze

Why I can't live without these three businesses: I can't live without these businesses because these places bring in foods that won't really be found that local in the community. It provides a variety in the food I can eat and have within my city.

Submitted by: Alberto Alaniz

Tuesday
Dec092014

Just my own legs or a bike if I want

Santa Monica Business #1: Santa Monica Farms Jr.

Santa Monica Business #2: Huckleberry Cafe and Bakery

Santa Monica Business #3: Buffalo Exchange

Why I can't live without these three businesses: There are a myriad amount of reasons as to why I cannot live without these local businesses. Not only are these businesses at convenient locations, but they also have convenient prices. For a girl on a budget for Christmas shopping, I know I can go to Buffalo Exchange for reasonable prices on some great finds. For a quick breakfast on the run or brunch with some friends, I know that Huckleberry will always be a good place to go. The service and the food are always delicious, and the pastries are to die for! The Santa Monica Farms Jr. is a great local mini market with really great cheap prices. They have some snacks that sometimes aren't normally found at chain stores like Mexican sweetbread (conchas). These places are all amazing, and I really enjoy going to them. I don't need a car or a bus just my own legs or a bike if I want.

Submitted by: Jessica Bonilla

Tuesday
Dec092014

Adolescent memories and hangouts

Santa Monica Business #1: Pier 212

Santa Monica Business #2: Sunny Blue

Santa Monica Business #3: Crossroads Trading Post

Why I can't live without these three businesses: I don't think my adolescent years would be the same without Pier 212. I go there to study, and the place welcomes me with the quiet murmur. I go there to spend my nights with friends playing monopoly and eating homemade mac 'n cheese. The place is always welcoming and pleasant to stay in. The vibes there are warm, and people are the kindest and most intelligent. One time, I was struggling with my English assignment for school and when I made a loud noise of frustration a man came up to me. He offered help and appeared to be a really talented writer and the nicest guy.

Sunny Blue has one of the most unique atmospheres as well as outstanding omusubi. Their exceptional Japanese kitchen is very neatly packaged. It is always joyful to eat there and just spend time.

Crossroads Trading Post allows me to buy stylish clothes for cheap. I love that I can recycle clothes that did not bring joy to people anymore but they will for me.

Submitted by: Evgenia Kokareva

Tuesday
Dec092014

My favorite places

Santa Monica Business #1: Bob's Market

Santa Monica Business #2: Sunny Blue

Why I can't live without these businesses: I cant live without these businesses because they are within walking distance from my house and provide everything I could possibly need. My family tries to buy as many things from Bob's Market, not only because it's close, but also because it offers superior quality meat products. Yum!

The other, Sunny Blue, is my favorite place to eat, and I could never not eat there again.

Submitted by: Bennett Zemke

Tuesday
Dec092014

Local and healthy

Santa Monica Business #1: Main Squeeze

Santa Monica Business #2: Groundworks

Santa Monica Business #3: Holy Guacamole

Why I can't live without these three businesses: All of these businesses do happen to be restaurants, but that is not why I chose them. I specifically chose them because Main Squeeze offers me a healthier diet, and my health is important. I enjoy going to Groundworks in the morning because I enjoy supporting locally owned businesses. I couldn't live without Holy Guacamole ultimately because it is consistent, cheap, and really good.