News / Spotlights

Friday
Nov282014

Santa Monica Celebrates Small Business Saturday  

Santa Monica Lookout:  If you shop in Santa Monica this Black Friday weekend, as much as 70 percent of the money you spend, will stay in the community and help grow the local economy, according to “Buy Local Santa Monica” campaign officials.

With this in mind, Santa Monica city officials and business representatives are encouraging residents to participate in the fifth annual Small Business Saturday on November 29, the day after big, nationwide retail stores cash in on “Black Friday.”

Conceived by the American Express Corporation on November 27, 2010, Small Business Saturday was created as a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which promotes large corporate stores and online shopping sites respectively.

By contrast, Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to support and shop at local Mom and Pop stores.  Read more > > >

Thursday
Nov272014

Cash Registers Expected to Ring in Downtown Santa Monica  

Santa Monica Lookout:  Favorable forecasts, both nationally and locally, combined with the usual support from Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. (DTSM) should have area retailers feeling positive going into the holiday season this year.

Holiday shopping is expected to jump 4 to 4.5 percent nationwide over last year, according to the forecasts from the National Retail Federation, the International Council of Shopping Centers and the nationally respected consulting firm Deloitte.

This compares favorably to the 2.9 percent average of the past decade.  Read more > > >

Tuesday
Nov252014

Shop Local. Buy Better Gifts.

Buy Local Santa Monica announced today its endorsement of and participation in the fifth annual Small Business Saturday on November 29th. Small Business Saturday is celebrated the Saturday after Thanksgiving, dedicated to supporting small businesses nationwide. The day has given small business a huge boost. Santa Monica residents are encouraged to shop locally and take part in the Small Business Saturday event on Montana Avenue on November 29th. Stop by to support your favorite small businesses. Shop Small Montana Avenue will take place from 10am to 6pm along Montana Avenue, from 7th and 17th Street. The event, organized by the Montana Avenue Merchants Association, will have live music and special promotions at local retailers to help celebrate local small businesses and the holidays. According to the National Retail Federation, each consumer will spend approximately $750 on holiday related shopping this year. As the holidays approach, Buy Local Santa Monica encourages you to support your local merchants. Local businesses and organizations are what make Santa Monica such a great city to live in.

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Friday
Nov212014

Bubar's Celebrates Sapphire Jubilee: 70 Years of Service in Santa Monica

SM Mirror:  With an intriguing family history that dates back to Santa Monica merchant days in 1945, Bubar’s Jewelers is celebrating 70 years of business success and has the owner and jeweler sparkling with pride.

Bubar’s was opened as a modest jewelry and “accessories” business on Santa Monica Blvd. by Nat Bubar in 1945. Stocking a wide range of items including silverware, porcelain, clocks, watches, pens, and gifts alongside gems and jewelry, Bubar’s quickly grew from a two-person operation to a thriving business and local institution on Third Street.  Read the full article > > >

Wednesday
Nov192014

Thanksgiving at the Farmers Market

SM Daily Press:  November 26 is a significant date for the Farmers’ Market. It’s the largest, busiest, and for many people, most important market of the year as customers descend en-masse to purchase the final ingredients for their Thanksgiving Feast. Think of it as the Black Friday of sustainable food.

All the Santa Monica markets, (Main Street, Downtown and Pico) are ready to fill pantries with holiday staples and there are actually five markets between today and Turkey Day, but many customers specifically wait the final market.

“It’s the biggest market of the year,” said Jodi Low, Farmers Market Coordinator II. “The other big day is once cherries come back. Cherry season is huge because it’s so short and with the drought, it’s even shorter and sparser.”  Read the full article (and check out the Mushroom Pate recipe!) > > >