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SOULstice Packs Main Street

SM Daily Press:  Santa Monica's Summer Soulstice concert drew thousands of music lovers to Main Street on June 22 and organizers said the event's popularity rebounded from the 2013 date change despite competition from a pivotal World Cup game. 

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Same Day Delivery Becoming More Common in Santa Monica

SM Daily Press:  Santa Monica has a reputation for healthy living.

The city promotes bike lanes, has more yoga studios than fast food outlets and is one of the rare locations where it’s easier to buy organic than conventional. So it’s somewhat surprising that it’s also the center of a David and Goliath battle over which companies will survive by catering to sloth.

Local delivery companies said it’s the final mile that has posed a significant barrier for most online companies.

“This is the nut that people have been trying to crack for a long time, the last mile gap from consumers of brick and mortar and the Internet,” said Noah Arthur Bardach, Founder and CEO of Santa Monica-based Gofer It.  “That’s what we’re seeing right now, Google and Amazon are beginning to roll out a plan to eliminate that last mile gap....For little retailers, this is going to make it that much more difficult to compete,” he said. “They won’t bother driving to Downtown Santa Monica, dealing with traffic and parking if you can have this on your doorstep by three.”

Bardach’s company provides independent retailers with a system for same day delivery to local customers.

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Buy Local SM + Most Loved SM Contest Featured on "5900 Wilshire" 100.3 FM The Sound Radio

On Sunday, April 27 2014 the Buy Local Santa Monica Campaign was featured on 100.3 FM's "5900 Wilshire" show.  Here's the interview by Tina Mica, Host and Jennifer Taylor, Buy Local SM Committee Chair:


13 Santa Monica Businesses To Be Honored at SQA Awards on Wednesday

SM Mirror:  Since the Sustainable Quality Awards (SQA) program launched in 1995, more than 125 Santa Monica businesses have been recognized.

Come this Wednesday, 13 more businesses will be added to that list.

The SQA is a collaboration between the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, the City of Santa Monica, and Sustainable Works to identify and recognize Santa Monica businesses that have successfully incorporated sustainable practices into their operations.

The SQA is intended to educate and inspire local businesses to adopt sustainable practices and support Santa Monica as a sustainable community.  Read more > > >


City Hall Celebrates Santa Monica's Most Loved Businesses

On Tuesday, April 22nd, Santa Monica City Hall hosted a reception and awards ceremony to celebrate the winners and runners-up of the Most Loved Santa Monica contest.  A total of 53 local businesses were honored.

Most Loved Santa Monica was a contest launched this year by the Buy Local Santa Monica Committee in partnership with the Santa Monica Daily Press.  Nearly 1,000 residents, local employees and visitors voted for 21 categories including Most Loved local bike/surf shop, happy hours and pet-centric business to the Most Loved Santa Monica Farmers Markets' vendor.  The contest ran for the month of February in tandem with Valentine's Day.  Online voting ended on February 28th and then students from the Santa Monica High School assisted in tabulating the results.   

The Most Loved Santa Monica 2014 business winners are:  220 Fitness, The Basement Tavern, Bezian Bakery, Books + Cookies, Brat Store, Espresso Cielo, Fairmont Miramar Hotel + Bungalows, gioia, Harvelle's, Locando del Lago, One Life Natural Foods, Nature's Grooming + Boutique, Rudy's Barbershop, Ten Women Gallery and Gift Shop, Trader Joe's Santa Monica, UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica and ZJ's Boarding House. 

Over 150 local business leaders attended the reception at City Hall.  An exhibit on the contest and Buy Local Santa Monica campaign will be on display at City Hall Lobby (1685 Main Street) until April 12, 2014.  Support for Most Loved was provided by the Montana Avenue Merchants Association, Main Street Business Improvement Association, Pico Improvement Organization,  Downtown SM Inc, SM Chamber of Commerce, SM Convention + Visitors Bureau and the City of Santa Monica.

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