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Buy Local Week is Back! Shop, Support Step Up on Second

Santa Monica Centric:  Buy local and give local. That’s the theme of this year’s Buy Local Week (September 22-28), a time when Santa Monicans are encouraged to shop at their neighborhood stores and keep tax dollars in their city to help fund police, fire, parks and libraries.  Read more> > >


Step Up selected by Downtown Santa Monica as nonprofit partner for “Buy Local, Give Local” week Sept. 22-28! 

September 22-28 is Buy Local Santa Monica Week.  This year the theme is “BUY LOCAL, GIVE LOCAL.”  A heartfelt THANK YOU to Downtown Santa Monica for designating Step Up as its non-profit partner!  BUY LOCAl, GIVE LOCAL will promote the fundraising efforts, the participating businesses, and spotlight local business heroes making a real difference in the community. By popular demand, Downtown Santa Monica is also bring back the citywide Buy Local Week Sidewalk Sale to help boost sales activity and visibility.

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The Best Farmers' Markets in the U.S. (Santa Monica!)

Conde Nest Traveller:  Even in midwinter, nothing beats flying in to Los Angeles from icy NYC and finding yourself surrounded by tables full of artichokes, avocados, and an astonishing array of citrus (and all this in mid-February). California is produce heaven and this market, thriving since 1981, is the grand dame of the Los Angeles farm-to-table scene. Look for J.J.'s Lone Daughter Ranch, where Laura Ramirez sells more kinds of avocados than you knew existed (I love a smoky variety called Bacon) alongside variegated pink lemons, tangelos, and Cara Cara oranges. 

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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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