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 Ocean Park Blvd (87)

Tuesday
Dec162014

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

Tuesday
Dec162014

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

Tuesday
Dec162014

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

Monday
Dec152014

Well worth the wait

Santa Monica Business #1: Box N Burn

Santa Monica Business #2: Bay Cities

Santa Monica Business #3: The Slice

Why I can't live without these three businesses: These three businesses are very important to me because I use them often and am always happy with the service. I go to Box N Burn Santa Monica almost every morning to get a work out before school, and I love the trainers that I work with there. Bay Cities is easily my favorite sandwich place in town. Whenever I have someone visiting from out of town, I ALWAYS make sure to take them to Bay Cities. Although it takes a long time to get your food, it is well worth the wait. The Slice is located right down the street from where I live. I always like to go there when I need a quick, cheap bite to eat.

Submitted by: Jake Beare

Monday
Dec152014

After I got out of practice

Santa Monica Business #1: Sunny Blue

Santa Monica Business #2: Bob’s Market

Santa Monica Business #3: Main Squeeze

Why I can't live without these three businesses: I can't live without Main Squeeze because to me it's better then Jamba Juice. I love how fresh and refreshing they are. Sunny Blue is by far the best sushi restaurant you could ever go to, and if they closed, I wouldnt know what to do. The taste of the sushi just leaves your mouth watering. I love Bob's Market because it's where my dad would love to go after I got out of practice.

Submitted by: Terrance Jackson

Friday
Dec122014

Getting a quick bite to eat when I need it

Santa Monica Business #1: 24 Hour Fitness

Santa Monica Business #2: Bob's Market

Santa Monica Business #3: The Slice

Why I can't live without these three businesses: I can't live without 24 Hour Fitness because going to the gym is a big part of who I am what is important to me. Having a gym in a convenient area helps me stay in shape and happy. I can't live without Bob's Market because it is a local market very close to me. Having a supermarket nearby helps when I need to get food quick or ingredients for cooking. It also has a good barbecue on the weekends which is a good place to have lunch. I can't live without The Slice because it is a good pizza place that I can go to after games or if I'm just craving pizza. It's good to have a pizza place close to me so that I can get a quick bite to eat when I need it.

Wednesday
Dec102014

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.

Wednesday
Dec102014

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