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    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


    Studious on Sundays

    Santa Monica Business #1: Bagel Nosh

    Santa Monica Business #2: N.Y. Bagel

    Santa Monica Business #3: Bru's Wiffle

    Why I can't live without these three businesses: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and Bagel Nosh, N.Y Bagel, and Bru's Wiffle are my favorite local breakfast joints in Santa Monica. Each breakfast place has a unique breakfast meal that I love - N.Y Bagel has the bacon egg and cheese bagel, Bagel Nosh has the breakfast burrito, and Bru's Wiffle has the waffle hamburger that is unbelievable. After a long Saturday night, Sunday breakfast is essential for me to have the energy and motivation to go through my day. Being a procrastinator, like most students in the U.S, I leave all my homework till Sunday and therefore have to sit for hours in concentration. Without a healthy and full meal, that is also affordable, I would never be able to complete my work. Thank you N.Y Bagel, Bagel Nosh, and Bru's Wiffle.

    Submitted by: Efe Toros


    Good food for the late night

    Santa Monica Business #1: Izzy's Deli

    Santa Monica Business #2: Bagel Nosh

    Santa Monica Business #3: NY + C Pizza

    Why I can't live without these three businesses: Each of these businesses is very close to my house, which is on 14th and California. All of these businesses are within walking distance, and I couldn't live without good food right next to my house that is easy to get. Bagel Nosh is a great place to go for breakfast, and I go there at least once a week. Izzy's Deli and NY + C Pizza are both open really late, and Izzy's is open 24/7 so they are both great for the late night. These businesses are all local and not chains. Izzy's has been here forever and is somewhat of a Santa Monica landmark. NY + C is somewhat new, but it is a great place for pizza in Santa Monica and has some culture to it. All these places represent a different part of Santa Monica and bring residents together.

    Submitted by: Andrew


    Hangouts and meeting spots

    Santa Monica Business #1: Bob's Market

    Santa Monica Business #2: The Slice

    Santa Monica Business #3: Thyme Cafe and Market

    Why I can't live without these three businesses: These are the three most important businesses in my neighborhood.  Since I was a young kid, I've been a regular of The Slice and Bob's MarketThe Slice served as a hangout and meeting spot for me and my friends, and they never failed to serve a great slice of pizza. Bob's Market has served for both snacks for me and groceries for my entire family.  The butchers at Bob's Market are some of the best in Santa Monica, and the produce is always fresh. Thyme Cafe and Market is much more new, but we were ecstatic to have it as an addition to our community.  The salads and sandwiches are great, and the desserts are amazing. Overall, I can't image my life, or my community without these businesses.


    Great go-to place for a quick bite to eat

    Santa Monica Business #1: The Farms

    Santa Monica Business #2: Di Dio's Italian Ice

    Santa Monica Business #3: Spumoni

    Why I can't live without these three businesses: The Farms is a local and convenient market, one that I couldn't live without. It has everything you need including an excellent meat market with fantastic sandwiches. It's a great go-to for a quick bite to eat or for that ingredient you're missing. Di Dio's Italian Ice is a great family owned treat. When I was younger, I would beg my parents to take me there after dinner to get blue ice. Every now and again, I fulfill my craving for some sweet, local Italian ice. Without Di Dio's, I would feel as if a part of the community had been lost. Spumoni is a great little Italian eatery that I couldn't live without. It's our family's choice when we are craving Italian food. My favorite dish is the Casa Della pizza.

    Submitted by: Jeffrey Tyre-Vigil


    Amazing food and variety

    Santa Monica Business #1: Bob's Market

    Santa Monica Business #2: Cafe Bolivar

    Santa Monica Business #3: Stella Barra Pizzeria

    Why I can't live without these three businesses: I could not live without any of these businesses. I enjoy to eat, and more importantly, I love good food. Bob's Market is a great local grocery store. I love how I can get almost anything I need quickly. Whether it is a pastrami sandwich, sushi, or empanadas, Bob's has it. Cafe Bolivar is an amazing cafe. The coffee is amazing, and they have amazing areas. It is amazing that I can get great areas in Santa Monica. Finally, Stella Barra Pizzeria has great gourmet pizzas. I love all the different styles that they have. It is nice that they have so much more that just pepperoni or cheese.

    Submitted by: Max Levenson


    Very diverse compared to many other popular businesses

    Santa Monica Business #1: Sushi Sho

    Santa Monica Business #2: Di Dio's Italian Ice

    Santa Monica Business #3: Sunny Blue

    Why I can't live without these three businesses: They are diverse - very diverse compared to many other popular businesses here in Santa Monica. Growing up here for the past 18 years, I started going to these businesses at a young age and love them. If they were to close, it would be a huge disappointment.

    Submitted by: Alex Attwater


    Necessary daily items

    Santa Monica Business #1: Benihana

    Santa Monica Business #2: Petco

    Santa Monica Business #3: Bay Cities Deli

    Why I can't live without these three businesses: These three businesses provide me with necessary daily items. Each one is in close proximity to me, and I enjoy the wide variety of businesses Santa Monica has to offer. Having 3 furry animals at home, Petco is my one stop shop for everything they need. It's right around the corner from my house, and I love being so close to it. Bay Cities Deli is so wonderful and has amazing food. It is a place  unique to Santa Monica - with no chains - and I love being able to support my community through these businesses.


    Forming customer relationships with owners

    Santa Monica Business #1: Sunny Blue

    Santa Monica Business #2: Grey Block Pizza

    Santa Monica Business #3: Eddie's Liquor Market

    Why I can't live without these three businesses: These places mean a lot to me because they are where I go most frequently. Sunny Blue is my first choice for getting a bite to eat with friends. Their food is bomb, and their customer service is good. I like Grey Block Pizza because other than the pizza, the restaurant is nicely themed and it's a chill enviornment. Also, it's really close to my house. Eddie's Liquor Market is important to me because I go there almost every day for snacks and what not and I've formed a customer relationship with the owners.

    Submitted by: Mallory Spieth

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