Business #1: The Counter
Business #2: Helen's Cycles
Business #3: Rip City Skates
Why I can't live without these three businesses: The Counter on Ocean Park is a fun place to visit every couple of weeks. Upon entering, you are greeted by a friendly host, Jordan who usually can sit you right away. The burgers and fries are delicious. I enjoy The Counter because it seems to be the best sit down burger joint in southeast Santa Monica. It also is conveniently located near clover park and ice cream and coffee shops. Without The Counter, I would have the make the tedious drive to West LA to get to Islands.
I have always depended on Helen's Cycles for bike related needs. My family has purchased several bikes there and they have a reasonable policy for tune-ups and repairs. They hire locally and workers are reliable and concerned for their customers. Sometimes, they will even fix bikes for free if they feel the repair was too simple to require a payment.
Although I haven't been here recently, Rip City Skates is a wonderful small family business for skateboarding. The man who owns the shop is friendly and very patient. I never even had to look around because he always knew exactly what I needed. I also like how it is located away from commercial traffic on Santa Monica Blvd. It makes the shopping experience less stressful and parking is easy.
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