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 (72)

Thursday
May082014

All about the bread

Santa Monica Business #1: Sunny Blue

Santa Monica Business #2: Bay Cities

Santa Monica Business #3: Treats

Why I can't live without these three businesses:   Sunny Blue is a very cute, quick, and thoroughly enjoyable experience. Any time I crave something, but nothing too big and time consuming, I run over to Sunny Blue's and am always greeted with friendly people. I think it is a staple to Santa Monica now, and a place that should be cherished due to its friendly and tasty addition to the community. It's also so good, very addicting- and I may or may not have gone there more than twice a week at one point..

Bay Cities is an institution to Santa Monica, and without it's bread- I just can't imagine a future without Bay Cities bread. Walking in there is always a fun experience, dodging through the tiny store and the copious amounts of people. It's a place that Santa Monica would seem so empty without, the same kind of feeling without the Omelette Parlor. It's also fairly priced, which makes it easy to over indulge ( I don't mind that one bit).

Treats is a great, neighborhood oriented, and teenage employee welcoming place with really good frozen yogurt. I love going there to hang out with my friends and have a very neat, and pretty looking cup of frozen yogurt. I like their unique touch of putting the toppings in the middle of the cup of yogurt and, even better, on top. You really do get nice quality stuff from there, and it is always milling with people from the community on a hot day. I especially like that it brings the sunset park community together more than it has been before, and much more centralized in one place.

Submitted by: Aoife Hayes

 

Saturday
May032014

Neighborhood oriented eateries

Santa Monica Business #1: Sunny Blue

Santa Monica Business #2: Bay Cities

Santa Monica Business #3: Treats

Why I can't live without these three businesses: Sunny Blue is a very cute, quick, and thoroughly enjoyable experience. Any time I crave something, but nothing too big and time consuming, I run over to Sunny Blue's and am always greeted with friendly people. I think it is a staple to Santa Monica now, and a place that should be cherished due to its friendly and tasty addition to the community. It's also so good, very addicting- and I may or may not have gone there more than twice a week at one point..

Bay Cities is an institution to Santa Monica, and without its bread- I just can't imagine a future without Bay Cities bread. Walking in there is always a fun experience, dodging through the tiny store and the copious amounts of people. It's a place that Santa Monica would seem so empty without, the same kind of feeling without the Omelette Parlor. It's also fairly priced, which makes it easy to over indulge ( I don't mind that one bit).

Treats is a great, neighborhood oriented, and teenage employee welcoming place with really good frozen yogurt. I love going there to hang out with my friends and have a very neat, and pretty looking cup of frozen yogurt. I like their unique touch of putting the toppings in the middle of the cup of yogurt and, even better, on top. You really do get nice quality stuff from there, and it is always milling with people from the community on a hot day. I especially like that it brings the sunset park community together more than it has been before, and much more centralized in one place.

Submitted by:  anonymous 

Wednesday
Apr302014

Where everyone is treated as a friend

Santa Monica Business #1:  The Slice

Santa Monica Business #2:  Campos Tacos

Santa Monica Business #3:  ZJ's

Why I can't live without these three businessesThe Slice has pretty much been the go-to pizza place for as long as I can remember.  Plus they have fries, wings, pasta, salad and plenty of other delicious options.  Whether it's after baseball or soccer practice, or a last minute dinner, Slice never disappoints.

One of the first foods I can remember eating is a bean, rice and cheese burrito from Campos.  While back then I could barely finish half of the burrito, I have finally worked my way up to a full one, and could probably eat two.  Especially since the one in Venice closed, we need the Santa Monica one more than ever.

Last but not least ZJ's Boarding House is a staple in the Santa Monica (mainly Ocean Park) community.  Everyone who works or generally hangs out there will instantly treat you as friend and offer great advice on surfing, skating or pretty much anything.  

Submitted by: Paul Miller

Tuesday
Apr292014

Iconic businesses + inexpensive meals

Santa Monica Business #1:  The Slice

Santa Monica Business #2:  The Carousel

Santa Monica Business #3:  Bob's Market

Why I can't live without these three businessesThe Slice has been such an iconic business.  After Santa Monica Pony League baseball practice, my teammates and I would go head across the street from our practice location (John Adams Middle School) to enjoy a fun time with friends and family.  It would be devastating to see this business go down for all the future athletes that practice at John Adams.  This location is so convenient and makes everyone feel welcome.

Another business that I could not live without is the Carousel at the Pier.  I do not know if this is one business or if it is a series of businesses on the pier but this is such a landmark of Santa Monica that if it were even brought up as an idea to close it at City Hall, it would be shot down very quickly. 

The last business I could not live without in Santa Monica is Bobs Market on Ocean Park and 17th (the same block as The Slice). This is another place to get a pre practice or game snack.  My sister currently practices at John Adams with her baseball team and somedays I tag along and throw the baseball with my dad.  After a good nice practice we usually stop at Bobs to get a Nesquik chocolate milk. Bobs Market also has full meals for inexpensive prices which help the students at John Adams and SMC get a meal for a great price.

Submitted by:  anonymous

Saturday
Apr262014

One of a kind items @ the SM Farmers Market + meeting friends

Santa Monica Business #1:  Treats

Santa Monica Business #2:  Urth Cafe

Santa Monica Business #3:  Santa Monica Farmer's Market

Why I can't live without these three businessesTreats is my favorite place to go for a quick study break. After studying for hours with my friend, we love dropping everything and walking to Treats for a nice mental break. The delicious frozen yogurt is the perfect way to reword ourselves for studying for so long, and gives us a nice boost to keep on working once we finish. The service is always fantastic and quick. The best part is walking in and seeing your friends working behind the counter because its a nice way to have a small chat and it makes the whole experience more enjoyable.

Urth Cafe is a go to place for my friends and I if we want to have a cute breakfast of delicious tea and croissants. Or for a nice Friday after school meal after a long stressful week. The food is always delicious and the courtyard in the back is the most relaxing place to sit and chat.

Santa Monica Farmers Market: Going to the farmer's market on Sunday morning for breakfast has been my familiy's tradition ever since I was 6 years old. My parents enjoy delicious omelettes while I go for a crepe with chocolate, strawberries, and bananas.  Although now we do not go as often as we used too I still get excited when my mom announces that we are going.  I love talking to the people there and sampling all their products in search of new kinds of cheese and fruit. My favorite is buying fresh nut-free pesto with sun-dried tomatoes because it is one of a kind and impossible to find at grocery stores.

Submitted by: Liza

Saturday
Apr262014

Family dinners + frozen yogurt treats

Santa Monica Business #1:  Bob's Market

Santa Monica Business #2:  Treats

Santa Monica Business #3:  Gilberts

Why I can't live without these three businessesBob's is super convenient for my family's grocery shopping.  It's close and the service is great.  We go there about once a week and rely on it for snacks and meals when I'm on work breaks!  If it was gone I wouldn't be able to enjoy my fresh quinoa and almond salad, something I look forward to every week.  My family has been going to Bob's for as long as we've lived in Santa Monica.

Treats is the local frozen yogurt/ shaved ice spot, and after coming often to enjoy their well known salted caramel flavor, I started working there and love it!  We get kids coming in after school (John Adams is right across the street), local families, couples, and people just driving by.   It has a great atmosphere, great product, and I couldn't live without it.

I grew up with Gilbert's.  I remember family dinners going back to when I was elementary school.  I would go after soccer games, concerts, volleyball practice, birthday celebrations, just about any time we needed to meet 

Submitted by: Cora Schutz

Tuesday
Mar252014

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

Monday
Mar242014

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