Congrats to our Most Loved Santa Monica Businesses of 2019!

The #MostLovedSM 2019 Contest was held during the month of February.  Here are our winners and runners-up of 2019!   Thank you to everyone who voted this year. (over 5,000 people!) and for buying local throughout the year in support of your favorite businesses.  It makes a difference!  To download the Santa Monica Daily Press' Most Loved 2019 Guide, click here.  To view images from the #MostLovedSM2019 Awards Ceremony + Reception, click here

Most Loved SM Auto-Related Business:  Stokes Tire Service

   Runners-Up:  Joy Automotive, Startronics 

Most Loved SM Bar/PubWest 4th + Jane 

   Runners-Up:  Father’s Office, Ye Old King’s Head

Most Loved SM Bike/Surf/Skate Shop:  Helen’s Cycles 

     Runners-Up: The Bike Shop, ZJ Boarding House 

Most Loved SM Breakfast/Brunch Spot:  Huckleberry Café + Bakery 

   Runners-Up:  Back on the Beach, Lunetta All Day

Most Loved SM Clothing BoutiqueJigsaw London of Santa Monica 

   Runners-Up:  JANE, Planet Blue

Most Loved SM Coffee Bar/Bakery:  Groundwork Coffee Co.

   Runner-Up:  Huckleberry Café + Bakery. Sweet Lady Jane

Most Loved SM Cultural VenueThe Barker Hangar

   Runner-Up:  The Broad Stage, Morgan-Wixson Theater

Most Loved SM Doctor/Dentist/Health Care Practitioner:  Dr. Kerry Assil (Assil Eye Institute)

     Runner-Up:  Dr. Donna Cooper (Cooper Optometry), Dr. Robert Dickey

Most Loved SM Farmers Market FarmerMurray Family Farms 

   Runners-Up:  Harry's Berries, Weiser Family Farms

Most Loved SM Farmers Market Prepared Food VendorBezian Bakery  

   Runners-Up:  Carbon Grill, The Victorian Pancake Stall 

Most Loved SM Gym/Health/Fitness Studio:   TriFitLA 

   Runners-Up:  Orangetheory Fitness, Sweat60

Most Loved SM Happy Hour:  Enterprise Fish Company 

   Runners-Up:  FIG, Upper West

Most Loved SM Hotel/Motel for a StaycationFairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows 

   Runners-Up:   Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, Shutters on the Beach

Most Loved SM Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt/Confectionary ShopDolcenero Gelato 

   Runners-Up: Rori’s, Sweet Rose Creamery

Most Loved SM Business for KidsSwim with Heart

   Runners-Up: Alonzo Martial Arts, Untitled No.1

Most Loved SM Natural Grocer/Food RetailerCo-Opportunity Market + Deli

   Runners-Up:  Erewhon, Whole Foods Market 

Most Loved SM New BusinessPilateSmith

   Runners-Up: Sweat60, Untitled No.1

Most Loved SM Nonprofit/Charity/Community Service OrganizationSanta Monica Education Foundation

   Runners-Up: Assistance League of Santa Monica, Swim with Heart

Most Loved SM Business for Pets:  Healthy Spot 

   Runners-Up:  Animal Kingdom of Santa Monica, Paws + Effect

Most Loved SM Real Estate Broker:  Brian Maser (Maser Condo Sales)

    Runners-Up:  Kate Bransfield (Coldwell Banker), David Yun

Most Loved SM RestaurantEl Cholo Santa Monica

   Runners-Up:  Dagwood’s, FIG, Gilbert’s El Indio (tie)

Most Loved SM Retailer featuring locally-made productsLarkellen 

     Runners-Up:  Brentwood General Store, Ten Women

Most Loved SM Salon/SpaSalon Tru 

   Runners-Up:  Burke Williams, European Skincare

Most Loved SM Sustainable/Green Business:   TIATO Kitchen + Garden

   Runners-Up: Arthur Murray Dance Center, Co+Opportunity Market + Deli

Most Loved SM Vintage/Consignment/Thrift Shop:  Assistance League of Santa Monica 

   Runners-Up:  Buffalo Exchange, Goodwill Industries SM 

Most Loved Business in Downtown SMSalon Tru

  Runners-Up:  The Apple Store SM, Orangetheory Fitness

Most Loved Business on Main StreetDolcenero Gelato 

   Runners-Up:  PilateSmith, Urth Café, ZJ Boarding House (tie)

Most Loved Business on Montana AvenueJANE of Tarzana

   Runners-Up:  Brentwood General Store, Larkellen 

Most Loved Business on Pico BoulevardSewing Arts Center 

   Runners-Up:  Gilbert’s El Indio, Trader Joe’s

Most Loved Business on the Santa Monica PierThe Albright 

   Runners-Up:  The Carousel, Pacific Park

Most Loved Independent Business in Santa MonicaSewing Arts Center 

   Runners-Up:  CA Rediscovered, Dagwood’s

Most Loved SM Legacy Business (30+ years):  The Barker Hangar

    Runners-Up:  Back on the Beach, Chez Jay

To view our #MostLovedSM Business Winners of 2019 Map  (COMING SOON)


About the Contest

The "Most Loved Santa Monica Businesses" Contest was launched in 2014 by the Buy Local SM Committee and the Santa Monica Daily Press.  Now in its 6th year, the contest has grown by leaps and bounds.   We invite our residents of all ages, local employees and visitors to participate.  From #MostLovedSM surf/bike shop to the favorite Santa Monica Farmers Markets' vendor, we put the call out to discover and celebrate the Most Loved Businesses in Santa Monica.  We want to know which businesses our locals can't live without, the ones that put smiles on our faces when we drop in, the ones we most want to celebrate because they're so awesome.  The contest runs for the month of February.  Once it closes,we tally the votes and announce the winners at the Most Loved SM Businesses Awards Ceremony at City Hall in the spring. 

TO VIEW THE MOST LOVED WINNERS + RUNNERS-UP OF 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 + 2014


THANK YOU TO OUR 2019 MOST LOVED SM CONTEST SPONSORS:  Buy Local SM Committee, SM Daily Press, Montana Avenue Merchants Association, Main Street Business Improvement Association, Pico Improvement Organization, Downtown SM Inc, SM Pier Corporation, SM Chamber of Commerce, SM Travel + Tourism and the City of Santa Monica. 
AND THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING BUSINESSES WHO HAVE GENEROUSLSY DONATED RAFFLLE PRIZES FOR THE 2019 CONTEST:  Arthur Murray Dance Studio, Beach Yoga SoCal, Bezian Bakery, Bollman Hat Co., Essentia Santa Monica, European Skin and Massage Studio, JANE, Make Love With Food, PilateSmith, Santa Monica Farmers Markets, Starline Tours, and Tiato Restaurant + Cafe.  The raffle prize winners will be notified in May. 
THANK YOU TO OUR MOST LOVED SM 2019 RECEPTION FOOD VENDORS:  Bezian Bakery, Chez Jay, Dagwood's Pizza, Erwewhon, Murray Family Farms, Tiato Kichen + Garden and Upper West!!
And last but not least, a shout out to Ross Furukawa (SMDP Publisher), Jenny Rice (SMDP/ Buy Local Marketing Committee), Rob Schwenker (Buy Local Exec Committe/ 6th St Communications), Jen Wilson + Kimberly Gamba (LA Social Karma) Mackenzie Carter (Downtown SM, Inc/ Buy Local SM Exec Committee Member), Ivannia Perez-Schlamm + Susy Borlido (Sustainable Works)  + Jennifer Taylor (City of SM/ Buy Local Committee Chair) for making this campaign a reality!  Photos courtesy of Jonathan Ocon, City of Santa Monica Commications Team + Brandon Wise, SMDP.
  We LOVE our locals! To find out more about the Buy Local Santa Monica campaign & to view our 1,200+ active Buy Local SM businesses, please visit:
MOST LOVED SANTA MONICA CONTEST RULES:  1)  Results are derived from voting that takes place during the month of February via the online Survey Monkey survey.  2) The top vote getter is named the winner of the category and the runners-up are the businesses with the 2nd and 3rd highest vote totals in the categories.  Each business is eligible to be recognized in up to two categories this year.  3) The businesses must be located in the City of Santa Monica (with the exception of the Most Loved SM Farmers Market Vendors, who operate within the City's weekly farmers markets) and have valid City of Santa Monica business licenses.     4) Results are tabulated by the Buy Local SM Executive Committee in partnership with the SM Daily Press.