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

Entries in Lincoln Blvd (114)


I will continue to buy local as often as I can!

Santa Monica Business #1: Bay Citites Deli

Santa Monica Business #2: Nancys Nails

Santa Monica Business #3: Unurban Coffee

Why I can't live without these three businesses: They have amazing customer service.  They have been in the neighborhood for years and I couldn't see not being able to have them in my life!  I wish I had more than three options but I will continue to buy local as often as I can!

 Submitted by:  Anonymous


Delicious Japanese food with happy hour

Santa Monica Business #1: Whole Foods

Santa Monica Business #2: Hikari Sake House

Santa Monica Business #3: Bay Cities

Why I can't live without these three businessesWhole Foods: I have been a customer of Whole Foods ever since I was a little girl, I basically grew up at this place. I really enjoy shopping here because there are many food options to choose from that are both healthy and delicious. Anything from sandwiches, pizza, a juice bar, baked goods, home-made style food, and even international dishes!  The quality of their products is worth the crowd of people you might stumble upon on a work day but the customer service is great and I always feel welcome with every visit.

Hikari Sake House: The atmosphere at this restaurant allows one to have a cultured experience just a few blocks from home. The Japanese food is delicious and always offering happy hour, it is also located right by the promenade which makes it very convenient to stop by for some tasty food after a shopping spree.

Bay Cities: The sandwiches are amazing and being there reminds me of being in a small deli in Italy. It's a really cool place and I appreciate being able to shop there for lunch.

Submitted by: Natalie Serrano


Sweet satisfaction

Santa Monica Business #1: Bay Cities

Santa Monica Business #2: Buffalo Exchange

Santa Monica Business #3: Dunkin' Donuts

Why I can't live without these three businesses: Bay Cities has the best bread that I have ever had the sweet satisfaction of tasting. Their meat and veggies are fresh, and crunch as I bite down on the Italian delicacy. Without the heaven for my mouth that is Bay Cities, I do not know how I could ever eat bread the same way again. Buffalo Exchange has amazing clothing for extremely affordable prices that are rare, or even non-existent, at other clothing stores. I once bought a Member's Only windbreaker for ten dollars. While Dunkin' Donuts is a new addition to the Santa Monica community, their New York style coffee and donuts have made me feel so warm inside even if it's pouring outside my window. These businesses give me satisfaction, and I can't imagine life without them.

Submitted by: Tal Weiss


Made just right

Santa Monica Business #1: Bagel Nosh

Santa Monica Business #2: Poom Thai

Santa Monica Business #3: Fromin's Delicatessen Restaurant

Why I can't live without these three businesses: Bagel Nosh has all kinds of bagels. Their bagels are hand made fresh every day! They do not just have bagels, but they also have breakfast burritos, sandwiches, and fresh juice and coffee. Although they have limited amount of parking and space inside their business, they are worth the wait. Their food is also affordable! I always leave this place happy with a full tummy!

Poom Thai chefs cook the best Pad Thai for me! They know how to make the noodles, taste just right! Although it can become pricey and they can be rude at times, it is worth it because their food is extremely delicious! They are also very quick when you call in orders for pick up. I am always on the go and usually need my food to be ready on a little amount of time.

Fromin's Delicatessen and Restaurant has really good matzo ball soup. If I am ever feeling sick or just in the mood for great soup, I go to Fromin's! Their soup reminds me of my mom and makes me feel better. Their food is very expensive, but when I have extra money, I usually come here for their soup.

Submitted by: Nagel Martinez


Places I go to very often

Santa Monica Business #1: Bay Cities

Santa Monica Business #2: Starbucks

Santa Monica Business #3: The Slice

Why I can't live without these three businesses: I can't live without these three business because they are the places I go to very often. Bay Cities - I couldn't live without because they make the best godmother and their sandwiches are perfect on a hot summer day. It's a great place to get great food. Starbucks - I can't live without because they have the best passion tea lemonade and frappacino. Also, I can't live without their cake pops because that's what makes them different from Coffee Bean. The Slice is a great place to get pizza after a long day of playing sports or after a game. But another great thing about this place is that they also help support SAMOHI.

Submitted by: Briauna Dishner


A great place to grab a bite

Santa Monica Business #1: Hole in the Wall

Santa Monica Business #2: Santa Monica Donuts

Santa Monica Business #3: Bay Cities

Why I can't live without these three businesses: Without these three businesses, I wouldn't know where to find a great place to grab a bite. I can guarentee you that there isn't a week that I don't stop by one of these three businesses. Hole in the Wall by far is one of the best burger joints in all of Santa Monica, and it's one of my favorite places to go to after school. The Santa Monica Donut Shop, which happens to be located a couple blocks from my home is a nice convenient place to pick up freshly baked donuts. Lastly there's Bay Cities, home of the most savory sandwiches. This local deli brings you the best quality sandwhich for a cheap price.

Submitted by: Carlos Suarez


3/4 for me and 1/4 for her - it's perfect!

Santa Monica Business #1: 24 Hour Fitness

Santa Monica Business #2: The Slice

Santa Monica Business #3: Jersey Mike’s

Why I can't live without these three businesses: 24 Hour Fitness - I'm an athlete trying to build strength to get to the next level. 24 Hour Fitness is super convenient because it is right by my house and always has open equipment for me to use.  I can go there any time of the day or night.  It's a really clean gym, and the staff are friendly and helpful.  It's a great way to meet new people who are also interested in bettering their fitness.  The monthly price is reasonable. There's a great snack bar that sells all of the food and drink you might need after your workout.

The Slice - This is a place I go with my friends all of the time after school.  It's small but has some of the best pizza and wings in Santa Monica.  They offer 5 specials that have something for everyone.  My favorite is the #5 which is a slice of your choice of pizza and 5 wings. Of course, you can buy can buy a whole pizza if you want, and they also deliver too.  We've celebrated in the back patio after we've won baseball games.  Behind the patio, there is free parking.  Parents like it too

Jersey Mike's - I eat Jersey Mike's at least 2 times a week.  They make the best, most reasonably priced sandwiches. I usually go for the largest one, called the giant.  I get the Italian with roast beef and bacon added.  They deliver to SAMO so I can share the sandwich with my girlfriend for lunch:  3/4 for me and 1/4 for her - it's perfect!  We get it "Mike's Way" but with no tomatoes. That means we get lettuce, onion, oil, vinegar, and seasonings.

Submitted by: Matt Kassowitz


It is that good!

Santa Monica Business #1: Bob's Market

Santa Monica Business #2: Lares Restaurant

Santa Monica Business #3: Bay Cities

Why I can't live without these three businesses: First of all, I can not live without Bob's Market because it is my community's local market. I always see the same workers there every day, and they will remember you. The feeling I get when I walk into Bob's is like walking into my own house. I have grown up going to this market; and every time I go, I will see someone I know. The food in the deli and the hot foods are always top quality. It is more personal than going to a supermarket because you really feel connected to the store and you know that the workers really care.

I cannot live without Lares because my family has been going there for longer than I have lived. My grandpa fell in love with the restaurant because it has such a warm and welcoming atmosphere. He would talk to the workers there and pretty soon they knew his name. Now, my dad takes our family there all the time, and they know us because of my grandpa's tradition of going to eat there all the time. The food is always great at Lares, and I can always count on having a good time there.

Bay Cities is another business I cannot live without because the food there is amazing. It is the only place I will want to go when I am craving a sandwich. It is a place where you can go only to get a loaf of bread because it is that good. It is really close to my house and school so I can walk over easily. The service is really quick even when they have a line of 15 people or more waiting for sandwiches. This is another place that I grew up with, and I can't imagine what I would do without it.

Submitted by: Maddy McCarthy