News / Spotlights

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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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!) > > >

Monday
Nov172014

Santa Monica Businesses Help in the Effort to Collect Clothing for Distribution at the Westside Thanksgiving Dinner and Celebration

Santa Monica, CA – Ten businesses around Santa Monica have volunteered to become collection points for clothing donations to benefit the guests at this year's Westside Thanksgiving Dinner and Celebration at the VA campus in West Los Angeles. With each BID represented, the Buy Local community truly understands the need for this philanthropic effort as the Westside Thanksgiving organizers anticipate welcoming approximately 3,000-5,000 guests at this year's event. 

Each of the donation locations display signage designed by GY Creative Studio, a local Santa Monica design house.  Further, Sears in Santa Monica donated the empty boxes from their appliances to be reused for the collection and storage of the clothes until Thanksgiving.  This charitable effort is completely local and sustainable.

The locations below will be collecting clothing through November 23rd.

Texture

716 Montana Ave.

Groundworks Coffee

1601 Montana Ave.

Berkshire Hathaway

1308 Montana Ave.

10 Women

1128 Montana Ave.

p32 Gallery

3129 Pico Blvd.

Kronovet Realty

3019 Pico Blvd.

Dance Doctor Studio

1440 4th St.

Georgian Hotel

1415 Ocean Ave.

SM Chamber of Commerce

1234 6th St., Ste. 100

SM Convention and Visitor's Bureau

2427 Main Street

For more information about the event, visit www.westsidethanksgiving.org.

Contact:  To learn more about Westside Thanksgiving Dinner, please contact Albin Gielicz, t. 310-717-6221 or email: albin@global.t-bird.edu

Thursday
Nov062014

20th Annual Sustainable Quality Awards Call for Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the 20th Annual Sustainable Quality Award Program, an award honoring distinguished Santa Monica businesses that have incorporated sustainability practices into their operations. The nomination period closes Wednesday, December 10, 2014. For more info + to download the nomination form: www.smsqa.com

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Tuesday
Nov042014

10 Easy Ways to Buy Local for the Holidays

1)  Head to your SM Farmers Markets and stock up on ingredients for your holiday meals.  Eat fresh, eat local!

2)  Lace up your walking shoes and walk to your local stationery store to stock up on holiday cards for loved ones. 

3)  Snag some great early deals at Small Business Saturday on Montana Avenue (Nov 29th).

4)  Ice skate under the pam trees!  Head to Downtown SM’s ICE (or drop off your family while you do some important holiday shopping!).   Buy a hot chocolate to get in the spirit!

5)  Meet up with your coworkers or friends for some holiday cheer at a Santa Monica pub or coffee bar.

6)  Looking for a great venue for a holiday office party?  We’ve got over 120 Buy Local SM restaurants to choose from (click here).  Keep them in mind, also, for catering the holiday meals that you don’t have time to cook!

7)  Have friends or family visiting?  Treat them to a night at a Santa Monica hotel and enjoy the local discounts of the Extra Bedroom Program.

8)  For some free family fun, attend the Main Street, Pico Boulevard, Montana Avenue and Downtown SM holiday events and find the perfect gifts for your mates!  (buylocalsm.com/events)

9)  Bike Local, Buy Local.  To avoid hassles with parking and traffic, grab your bike and enjoy exercise while you do your holiday shopping.  Treat yourself to a little something with the $ you just saved on parking! For safe routes, visit bikesm.org.

10)  Buy Local, Give Local this holiday season.  Help support one of Santa Monica’s many local charities this holiday season by shopping at a Santa Monica charity shop (great for holiday decorations, cool scarves as wrapping paper, etc.), provide gift donations to a SM-based non-profit or volunteering some time to help your neighbors in need. 

Happy Holidays from Buy Local Santa Monica!