Buy Local Challenge Blog

Buy Local Santa Monica has partnered with the 3/50 Project.TM  What three local businesses would you miss if they disappeared?  Your purchases keep them around, supporting our local economy and a unique, thriving community of businesses. 

It's simple to participate - pick three businesses you absolutely can't live without, and commit to stopping by, saying hello and spending $50 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 Ocean Park Blvd (66)


Bob's, an important aspect in my neighborhood

Santa Monica Business #1:  Bob's

Santa Monica Business #2:  Tacos Por Favor

Santa Monica Business #3:  The Slice

Why I can't live without these three businesses: Bob's:  I went to John Adams and Will Rogers, so naturally, those after-school runs with my friends played a big part in my life.  Not to mention that since I live about 2 blocks away from Bob's, my family practically depends on it.  I have known the manager for probably at least 12 years, and it is an important aspect in my neighborhood.

Tacos Por Favor:  I go to tacos por favor probably a lot more often than I should.  At least once a week, but it's worth it.  I have been eating there for over 10 years I can always count on it for a delicious mexican meal.

The Slice: Like Bob's, the Slice is a few blocks away from my house.  I have many memories of elementary/middle school birthday parties being held there, and I also love it because it's great for a last minute dinner.

Submitted by:  anonymous


Model rocket shop + my favorite ice cream from a community business

Santa Monica Business #1:  Evett's Model Shop

Santa Monica Business #2:  Bay Cities

Santa Monica Business #3:  Treat

Why I can't live without these three businesses:  As a kid I spent almost every Sunday doing the same activity with my family, going to Evett's Model Shop and buying rockets. My dad and I loved to build model rockets and we bonded over how fun it was.  My dad is a really crafty guy and we always looked for cool new ways to do creative things.  Evett's is the shop of my childhood. Every time I walk in there (which isn’t as often as it should be) I get a happy warm feeling of comfort.  I feel a connection to my childhood there because it is how I bonded with my dad.

Bay Cities by far makes the greatest sandwich, ever.  From the meat, to the bread, everything about a sandwich from this local Santa Monica deli screams amazing.  I love heading over there after long school days, ordering a godmother, hanging out with my friends, and watching the sunset over Lincoln and Broadway. Bay Cities has this warm environment even though its always crowded. When ever I have a friend in town who doesn’t live there I make sure we go to Bay Cities so that they have try one of the greatest things Santa Monica has to offer.

I go out for ice cream probably once a week with my friends.  We love catching up on what's going on over an ice cream cone and Treats is the best place to do it.  The family that owns it are our good friends so I like giving them business but its also nice knowing that I am buying from a community family. The people who own the parlor live near me and I would rather support them then a chain place like Baskin Robins that doesn’t really honor and care about their customers.

Submitted by:  Sadie


Living in Santa Monica without these 3 stores just wouldn't be the same

Santa Monica Business #1:  DK's Donuts and Bakery

Santa Monica Business #2:  Betsy & Tracy

Santa Monica Business #3:  Bob's Market

Why I can't live without these three businesses:  I have grown up with all three of these stores, and living in Santa Monica without them would not be the same whatsoever. Honestly, it just wouldn't feel like Santa Monica.

DK's has the city's best donuts and they are open 24 hours... I mean, are you kidding!

Betsy and Tracy is an adorable clothing shop that I have always loved, especially since my name is Betsy and my mom's name is Tracey!

I live down the street from Bob's Market and it really has always been my neighborhood grocery store.  From going there for a quick after school snack when I was at John Adams Middle School to grabbing Fried Chicken and Jo-Jo potato fries for an easy and delicious dinner.

Submitted by: Betsy Mebane


Businesses that are kind to our environment

Santa Monica Business #1: Treats 

Santa Monica Business #2: Nikki's

Santa Monica Business #3: Crossroads

Why I can't live without these three businesses:  Treats:  I always enjoy some fresh frozen yogurt after I workout.  Being that it was right next to JAMS, it was really easy to eat there a lot after I finished practice. They are one of the few quality frozen yogurt places that I've eaten at.  I say quality because all of their toppings are always extremely fresh and delectable, and the staff is very personable.  I also like that they don't print receipts, which is good for the planet.  For these reasons I couldn't live without it.

Nikki's: This is a local soccer shop that has a lot of equipment I've needed to purchase over the years. They also have really helpful staff, so even if you're just getting into the game, it's very easy to walk in and get what you need. They also give me a discount on most occasions because of my previous affiliation with soccer programs and coaches. This leaves me feeling good about buying things in there and makes me want to come back.

Crossroads: This is a thrift shop that I commonly shop at.  I couldn't live without this place because they have  some of the best second hand  clothes out there.  Also, I really couldn't live without thrift shops in general because I think that they are such an important part of society.  There are so many articles of clothing that just get thrown out every year just because they go out of style.  Although to  some this may seem reasonable, it's really not, because everything that is made, should be used to its fullest extent before it's discarded.  I believe that Thrift shops are fantastic because consumers do that ...

Submitted by: Marie Salem


My surf sanctuary...& the Best Steak Sandwich

Santa Monica Business #1:  Sunny Blue

Santa Monica Business #2:  ZJ's Boarding House

Santa Monica Business #3:  Thyme Cafe

Why I can't live without these three businesses:  Awh man, I'm so parched.  Walking in from a long day at the beach, I need some delicious, satisfying cuisine.  Ahhhh, there it is, a palace filled with warm, moist, sticky balls of rice, filled with an array of meats and vegetables, and wrapped in seaweed that tastes like it was sprinkled with the salt of gods.  And then as if that was not enough, the Omosubi  crafter takes a pinch from a container that even today I don't know what it's contents are.  When this wonderful seasoning is sprinkled on my rice balls something magical happens, the room lights up and the world spins around me. The experience is quite  exciting. Thank you Sunny Blue.

As for ZJ's Boarding House, the surf sanctuary where I purchased my first performance shortboard: channel islands flyer.  It still holds a soft spot in my quiver.  Whenever I walk by, I come in to speak with the smiling employees and check out what new boards they've received.  The spot will always be one of my favorite shop for both it's sentimental meaning and also top of the line selection.

Thyme Cafe, the home of guinness world record's Best steak sandwich.  The bread: oh lordddd, the bread, toasted to perfection, then coated with the most delicious horseradish aoli spread I've ever tasted.  Thinly sliced steak is then placed on these brilliant slices and accompanied with arugula crisper than a new hundred dollar bill. And as for desserts...i can't even begin to explain how incredible the desserts are, so I won't.

Submitted by: Alex Harros