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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: www.buylocalsm.com
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.