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Wednesday
Oct042017

Buy Local Health + Fitness Festival 2017 Highlights Video

 September 9, 2017

Produced by City TV for the Buy Local Santa Monica Committee, the City of Santa Monica + the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce.  Enjoy!

Tuesday
Sep052017

Kick off the Buy Local Health & Fitness Festival with a Walk with the Mayor

SM Daily Press:  This Saturday September 9th, get your blood flowing before the Buy Local Health and Fitness Festival by joining Mayor Ted Winterer on a two-mile loop walk around the neighborhood, which will be led by Adopt-A-Walk. Adopt-A-Walk is a health advocacy organization passionate about creating and promoting walking friendly communities to improve the health of the people in the community in a fun and easy way.

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Thursday
Jun152017

Bergamot Plans Move Forward

SM Daily Press:  Plans to redevelop the Bergamot Station arts complex remain track once following approval of a plan at the June 13 Council Meeting.

On Tuesday, the City Council voted to approve a preliminary plan that preserves several existing buildings, protects current tenants and extends an exclusive negotiating agreement with the developer, the Worthe Real Estate Group. A controversial hotel remains part of the project.

The Council’s vote locked in long-term protections for existing art galleries and arts-related tenants by tying rent increases to the Consumer Price Index for the next three years. Read more >

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 >