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Thursday
May032018

Most Loved Santa Monica Businesses Contest (Annual)

Congratulations to our Most Loved Santa Monica Business Winners + Runners-Up of 2018! 

Most Loved SM Art Gallery/Gift Shop featuring locally-made products:  Ten Women Gallery 

   Runners-Up:  LarkEllen, Mindfulnest 

Most Loved SM Auto-Related Business:  Stokes Tire Service

   Runners-Up:  Joy Automotive, Toyota Santa Monica 

Most Loved SM Bar/PubWest 4th + Jane 

   Runners-Up:  The Misfit, Ye Old King’s Head

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

   Runners-Up:  Shoop’s Delicatessen, The OP Cafe

Most Loved SM Clothing Boutique featuring sustainable/reused productsAssistance League of Santa Monica 

   Runners-Up: Buffalo Exchange, Goodwill Industries SM 

Most Loved SM Coffee Bar/Bakery:  Groundwork Coffee Co. + Philz Coffee (tied)

   Runner-Up: DogTown Coffee 

Most Loved SM Farmers Market FarmerMurray Family Farms 

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

Most Loved SM Farmers Market Prepared Food VendorBezian Bakery  

   Runners-Up:  Carbon Grill, The Victorian Pancake Stall 

Most Loved SM Green Certified/Sustainable Business:  Bareburger 

   Runners-Up: Co+Opportunity Market, The Albright

Most Loved SM Grocery/ Food Retailer featuring organic + healthy foodCo-Opportunity Natural Foods 

   Runners-Up:  Trader Joe’s SM, Whole Foods Market SM

Most Loved SM Gym/Health/Fitness Studio:   Orangetheory Fitness 

   Runners-Up:  Pure Barre, TriFitLA 

Most Loved SM Happy Hour:  Enterprise Fish Company 

   Runners-Up:  FIG, The Misfit 

Most Loved SM Health Care PracticeUCLA Medical Group, Santa Monica 

   Runners-Up:   SM Homeopathic Pharmacy, The Institute of Classical Five – Element Acupuncture

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/Froze Yogurt/Confectionary ShopDolcenero Gelato 

   Runners-Up: Sweet Rose Creamery, Treats Frozen Yogurt + Dessert Bar

Most Loved SM Business for KidsThe Pretenders Studio    

   Runners-Up: Puzzle Zoo, Sewing Arts Center

Most Loved SM Business for Live Music/Entertainment/ Comedy VenueBareburger 

   Runners-Up:  Harvelle's, Mi's Westside Comedy Club

Most Loved SM 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: Main St). + "Beach Day" by Bumblebee Loves You (Location:  Mendocino Farms, 7th/Wilshire)

Most Loved SM Nonprofit/Charity/Community Service OrganizationHeal the Bay 

   Runners-Up: Dance for a Difference (The Pretenders Studio), Ocean Park Community Center (OPCC) – The People Concern

Most Loved SM Business for Outdoor Enthusiast:  Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) 

   Runners-Up: Helen’s Cycles, ZJ Boarding House 

Most Loved SM Business for Pets:  Healthy Spot 

   Runners-Up:  Animal Kingdom of Santa Monica, Centinela Feed + Pet Supplies

Most Loved SM Real Estate Firm:  Engel & Volkers Santa Monica  

   Runners-Up:  Maser Condo SalesPartners Trust /Pence Hathorn Silver

Most Loved SM RestaurantEl Cholo Santa Monica

   Runners-Up:  Bareburger, FIG

Most Loved SM Salon/SpaSalon Tru 

   Runners-Up:  Bombshell Salon, Corrective Skincare

Most Loved Business in Downtown SMOrangetheory Fitness  

  Runners-Up:  Pure Barre SM, Salon Tru

Most Loved Business on Main StreetDolcenero Gelato 

   Runners-Up:  Bareburger, Bombshell Salon

Most Loved Business on Montana AvenueLarkellen 

   Runners-Up:  Father’s Office, Ten Women

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:  Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Pacific Park

Most Loved Locally-Owned, Independent Business in Santa MonicaSewing Arts Center 

   Runners-Up: Atelier by Edward Avedis, Ocho Salon

Download the Santa Monica Daily Press' Most Loved 2018 Guide (with details on all the winners + runners-up). 

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

 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 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 800+ active Buy Local SM businesses, please visit: www.buylocalsm.com
 
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 Santa Monica 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.