News / Spotlights

Thursday
May042017

Who do you love?

SMDP:  On Tuesday, May 2, City Manager, Rick Cole along with residents and local businesses gathered around City Hall to celebrate the Most Loved ceremony. Winners were announced and formally recognized with a certification and an award plaque.

The 4th Annual Most Loved Santa Monica Business Contest is organized by Buy Local Santa Monica. The goal of the campaign is to celebrate local businesses and put a spotlight on some of the best practices in customer service.  Read more >

Monday
Apr172017

Red, Ripe and Renegade: Berries That Break All the Rules

The New York Times:  It ought to be easy to find a single ripe strawberry to sample in a 20-acre field. But Rick Gean picked two bright-red specimens and looked dubious.

“This one should be O.K.,” he said, sounding not quite convinced. Then again, his definition of ripe is more stringent than most.

Mr. Gean and his wife, Molly, own Harry’s Berries, a strawberry farm on the inland edge of this coastal city north of Los Angeles, where they do nearly everything wrong, at least according to the gospel of modern commercial berry farming.

The Geans grow Gaviota and Seascape strawberries, known for sweetness and flavor but not for productivity or the ability to survive shipping and days in a supermarket produce department. Until five years ago, the only place to find Harry’s Berries was at Southern California farmers’ markets — and today, the markets still make up 70 percent of the farm’s sales.  Read more >

Friday
Mar102017

Ocean Friendly Restaurants

SM Mirror:  The West Los Angeles and Malibu chapter of The Surfrider Foundation has recently begun a program titled Ocean Friendly Restaurants, offering a certification for restaurants whose practices are determined to be environmentally sustainable. On Saturday, March 4, the Ocean Friendly Restaurants program gathered at Bareburger on Main Street, an Ocean Friendly Restaurant, to discuss the program amongst both program veterans and prospective volunteers, as well as offer hands-on experience within the restaurant itself....

“It was an easy fit,” said (Bareburger) restaurant co-owner Christopher Crouch. “What they are doing is exactly what we are trying to do.”  For more information about the Ocean Friendly Restaurant program, visit wlam.surfrider.org/programs/ocean-friendly-restaurants.  Read the full article > > >

Tuesday
Jan032017

The Albright celebrates 40 years on the Pier

SM Daily Press:  This month The Albright will not just be celebrating the New Year but also their 40th anniversary and owners Greg and Yunnie Morena are taking pride in their title as the longest running restaurant on the Santa Monica Pier.

When the restaurant opened in 1977 it was named Santa Monica Pier Seafood, and owned and by Yunnie’s parents who emigrated to the U.S. from Korea.

Yunnie and Greg, both Santa Monica natives took over the family business in 2013 as Yunnie’s mother felt it was her time to retire and pass down the family business. Since then the couple modernized the look, but still able to preserve the original atmosphere. They felt the need for a new name and decided on, The Albright, referring to the nautical Albright Knot, which symbolizes two generations of a local family business.

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Friday
Dec162016

Westside Family Health Center Gives Back with Food & Toiletries Drive

Westside Family Health Center’s employee-driven food and clothing drive, Heart2Heart is currently in full swing. Heart2Heart began when Hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck and WFHC team members wanted to do something to help Gulf Coast area residents. Since then, Westside Family Health Center (WFHC) has selected worthy community partners in need of food and clothing donations for their clients. This year, Heart2Heart will collect food items and toiletries, and distribute them to its patients and to the newly created Bruin Shelter that serves homeless UCLA and Santa Monica College students. The drive runs until February 11, 2017. Donations can be brought to Westside Family Health Center’s - 1705 Ocean Park Boulevard. Food items and toiletries needed include...

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