2018 Most Loved Santa Monica Businesses Contest Update

Thank you to everyone who voted for their #MostLovedSM Businesses of 2018!  We are busy tallying the results now.  The winners will be announced on May 1, 2018 at our Most Loved Santa Monica Businesses 2018 Awards Ceremony, which will take place at Santa Monica City Hall.  The business finalists will be contacted by the SM Daily Press starting the week of March 19, 2018 to schedule an interview for the Most Loved 2018 publication (which will be released citywide on May 2, 2018).   Resutls will also be posted on this webpage on May 2nd.  Also at this time we will announce the winners of the Most Loved SM raffle prizes + contact them via email/phone.  Stay tuned!....


2018 Most Loved Santa Monica Businesses Contest start Feb. 1st!

Get ready to show your love for your favorite Santa Monica businesses.  Throughout the month of February 2018 you are encouraged to vote for your most loved restaurant, gym, farmers' market vendor and more. There are over two dozen categories in all.

Only one vote is allowed per IP address.  Vote here: (or you can click on the cupid banner from our homepage -

Voting starts on Feb. 1st at 8 am and closes on Feb. 28, at 11:59 p.m. Votes will be tallied by the Buy Local Santa Monica, a partnership created by the City and Santa Monica business community to help promote our local businesses and encourage people to shop, eat, play local!  The Most Loved Contest winners will be announced in May at a special ceremony at City Hall. 

Vote for as many categories as you can.   To qualify for the Most Loved Raffle Prize drawing (gift certificates + cool swag from our local businesses), you'll need to vote in at least 10 categories and list at least three different businesses.  Good luck + have fun!

This annual Most Loved Santa Monica contest (now in its 5th year) is an initiative of the Buy Local Santa Monica Committee and the SM Daily Press in partnership with our local business improvement districts (Downtown SM, Main St, Montana Ave + Pico Blvd), the SM Chamber, SM Pier Corp., SM Travel + Tourism and the City of Santa Monica.   Thank you to our partners for their support!


Most Loved Santa Monica Businesses Contest (Annual)



Art Gallery/Gift Shop featuring locally-made productsTen Women Gallery     

     Runners-Up:  CHRIS + MARY, HaleARTS Space

Auto-Related Business:  StayJax

      Runners-Up:  More Joy Auto, Stokes Tires

Bike-Centric Business:  Helen's Cycles Santa Monica

     Runners-Up:  Bike Attack, Raleigh Bikes

Clothing Boutique featuring sustainable/reused products:  Assistance League of Santa Monica

     Runners-Up:  American Cancer Society Discovery ShopBuffalo Exchange 

Coffee Bar/Bakery:  Groundwork Coffee Co.

     Runners-Up: Dolcenero GelatoThyme Cafe

Fitness/Yoga/Pilates/Dance Studio:   Orangetheory Fitness

     Runners-Up:  The Pretender's Studio, Vie2 Cycling Studio

Happy Hour:  Enterprise Fish Company

     Runners-Up:  FIG, Santa Monica Seafood

Hotel/Motel for a StaycationFairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

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

Kid-Centric BusinessSwim With Heart

     Runners-Up: The Pretender's Studio, Zaniac

Live Music/Entertainment/ Comedy Venue:  Harvelle's

     Runners-Up:  Rusty's Surf Ranch, TRiP

Mural located on a business/commercial property:  "She Who Sees" by Kirsten Lerman (Location:  ZJ Boarding House, OP Blvd @ Main St).

     Runners-Up:  "Anything Can Happen" by Ruben Rojas, Beautify Earth (Location:  Books + Cookies, Main St). + "Beach Day" by Bumblebee Loves You (Location:  Mendocino Farms, Wilshire),

Natural/Organic/Health Food StoreCo-Opportunity Natural Foods

     Runners-Up: Dolcenero Gelato, Whole Foods Market SM

Pet-Centric Business:  Healthy Spot         

     Runners-Up:  Centinela Feed + Pet Supplies, StayJax

Restaurant/Cafe featuring locally-sourced ingredientsSanta Monica Seafood Co.

     Runners-Up:  Local Kitchen + Wine Bar, Thyme Cafe

Santa Monica Farmers Market Farmer: Murray Family Farms

     Runners-Up:  Garcia Organic Farms, Harry's Berries

Santa Monica Farmers Market Prepard Food VendorBezian Bakery 

     Runners-Up:  Carbon Grill, The Victorian Pancake Stall

Salon/SpaSalon Tru

     Runners-Up:  BOMBshell, Burke Williams 

Surf/Skate Shop:  ZJ Boarding House

     Runners-Up:  Jack's Surfboards, Rip City Skates

Tech StartupNimble Inc.

     Runners-Up:  General Assembly, Zip Recruiter

Business in Downtown SMSalon Tru

     Runners-Up:  HaleARTS Space, Orangetheory Fitness

Business on Main Street:  Dolcenero Gelato

     Runners-Up: Weego Home, ZJ Boarding House

Business on Montana Avenuem0851

     Runners-Up: Montana Eyes, Ten Women Gallery

Business on Pico BoulevardSewing Arts Center

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

 Business on the Santa Monica PierThe Albright

     Runners-Up:  Pier Burger, Rusty's Surf Ranch      

Business with the Best SM Vibe Orangetheory Fitness

      Runners-Up:  Santa Monica Seafood Co, The Pretender's Studio

Most Loved Locally-Owned/ Independent Business in Santa Monica:  Sewing Arts Center

     Runners-Up: Salon Tru, Swim With Heart

 About the contest:  

YOU VOTED, WE LISTENED!  The "Most Loved Santa Monica" Contest was launched in 2014 by the Buy Local Santa Monica Committee and the Santa Monica Daily Press.  Now in its 5th year, the contest has grown by leaps and bounds.  We invited our residents of all ages, local employees and visitors to participate.  From most loved 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 wanted to know which businesses our locals can't live without, which ones put smiles on their faces when they drop in, the ones we most want to celebrate because they're so awesome.  

To download the Santa Monica Daily Press' Most Loved SM 2017 publication, click here  >


 Thank you to everyone who participated in this fun competition. 

THANK YOU TO OUR 2018 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. 
Also a big thank you to the following businesses who generously donated raffle prizes for the 2018 contest.  The raffle prize winners will be notified in May:  Bollman Hat Co., Capital One Cafe, CHRIS + MARY, Corrective Skincare, Essentia Santa Monica, Make Love With Food, Morgan-Wixson Theater, Orchestra Santa Monica, Pooch DogTown & Santa Monica Seafood Company.  
And last but not least, a shout out to Ross Furukawa (SMDP Publisher), Jenny Rice (SMDP/ Buy Local Marketing Committee/ MSBIA), 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) + Jennifer Taylor (City of SM/ Buy Local Committee Chair) for making this campaign a reality!  Photos courtesy of Brandon Wise, SMDP. 
  We LOVE our locals! To find out more about the Buy Local Santa Monica campaign & to view our 800+ active Buy Local SM businesses, please visit:
MOST LOVED SANTA MONICA CONTEST RULES:  1)  Results were derived from voting that took place during the month of February via an online Survey Monkey survey.  2) The top vote getter was named the winner of the category and the runners-up were the businesses with the 2nd and 3rd highest vote totals in the categories. 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 SM business licenses.  4) Businesses are not allowed to win more than two categories.  In the event a business has won more than two categories, their highest two vote totals were used to determine the categories they won.  5) Results were tabulated by the Buy Local SM Executive Committee.