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


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.


Crepes and music

Santa Monica Business #1: Cafe Crepe

Santa Monica Business #2: Santa Monica Music Center

Why I can't live without these three businesses: I often go to Cafe Crepe to get food before doing homework at the Santa Monica Library. It's a local cafe that is well known, and I have been going there for years. I go with both friends and family, and it is just an all-around great cafe with a calm environment. Music is my form of escape, and I can't remember a day when I haven't listened to music. I have met great friends there and have explained my musical taste.

Submitted by: Kareem Ahmed


Great food when short on time!

Santa Monica Business #1: Bay Cities

Santa Monica Business #2: Doughnut King

Why I can't live without these three businesses:

Bay Cities: Always a great sandwich and fun time with friends.  Love going there at long lunches or days off to enjoy a good lunch.

Doughnut King: Cheap food - nice and fast. Bagels and cream cheese in time to get back to class that are really tasty.  Clerks have character yelling 'boba' at you all day long.

Submitted by: Cameron M


Healthy, local, and delicious

Santa Monica Business #1: Wildflour

Santa Monica Business #2: M Street Kitchen

Santa Monica Business #3: Bruno's Italian Restaurant

Why I can't live without these three businesses: Wildflour Pizza is the best pizza in Santa Monica. From their pizza to their great salads and the warm heaters in the back patio area, this place is truly the best pizza joint. I've been going there since I was a kid, and I'd have to say Wildflour has always been the local teen spot. I could not live with out Wildflour because it's the best pizza joint and overall the best pizza I've had in all of Santa Monica.

I could not live without M Street Kitchen because it's healthy, local, and delicious. There is no place like M Street, and their only location is in Santa Monica. Not to mention M Street has gluten-free breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. Overall, M Street is unique and a great place to eat.

Bruno's Italian Restaurant is probably the most authentic Italian food located on Ocean Ave. a block from the pier. Everything on the menu is authentic Italian food and delicious! It's an affordable and authentic place to eat! I couldn't live without it because it's the best italian food in SM!

Submitted by: Sofia Arevalo


I can't live without these three businesses

Santa Monica Business #1: Shaka Shack Burgers

Santa Monica Business #2: Bay Cities

Santa Monica Business #3: Pico Barbershop #2

Why I can't live without these three businesses: I can't live without these three businesses because I have to eat a good meal and have a clean haircut at all times. I cant live without a good burger, and that is why I go to Shaka Shack Burgers. They have some savory burgers as well as friendly employees. I cant live without Bay Cities because I do need great sandwiches! Not to mention, you can order in advance so you do not have to get sucked in that long line. Lastly, I need Pico Barbershop #2 because I can't go out without a clean cut, and these guys will give it to you.

Submitted by: Rizal Garcia


Convenient and close to where I reside

Santa Monica Business #1: Coffee Bean

Santa Monica Business #2: Yummy

Santa Monica Business #3: Big Blue Bus

Why I can't live without these three businesses: Each of these businesses are important for one main reason, they are convenient and close to where I reside. I'll start with Big Blue Bus because it isn't exactly a store like Coffee Bean and Yummy are. Big Blue Bus is important because when a car isn't available to me I can get anywhere in Santa Monica or greater LA by hopping on one or two buses.

Yummy is less than a half a block away from my house, i can't live without Yummy because it is my one-stop shop for everything. No matter what I need or what i crave, Yummy usually has it, and it's only a block away.

Coffee Bean on Lincoln and Michigan is very important to me because I stop there before and during school. When I need some energy, I can stroll into Coffee Bean and grab a coffee. Not only is the coffee good, but the people that work there are so nice.


Heaven in the morning when I can barely wake up

Santa Monica Business #1: Ralphs

Santa Monica Business #2: Coffee Bean

Santa Monica Business #3: Pollo Loco

Why I can't live without these three businesses: I can't live without these places because Ralphs is the place I get all my groceries, and it has very yummy snacks. Coffee Bean is heaven in the morning when I can barely wake up. Pollo Loco is healthy and yummy food that I can eat any time of the day.


It is really nice to have it nearby!

Santa Monica Business #1: 7-Eleven

Santa Monica Business #2: Pizza Hut

Santa Monica Business #3: Gamestop

Why I can't live without these three businesses: I love going to 7-Eleven for its slurpees. They are the best thing in the world. They also have a lot of snacks for sale like chips and and sodas. Pizza Hut is nearby my school so it is always great to know that pizza is an option for lunch. Whenever a game is out, Gamestop is the best place to go to buy them. There are not that many video game stores nearby except for this one so it is really nice to have it nearby.