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Ocean Park Businesses Give Back To Westside Family Health Center During Buy Local, Give Local Week

SM Mirror:  The second annual Buy Local, Give Local Week held Sept. 12 to 20 was a huge success for Ocean Park Boulevard and Westside Family Health Center (WFHC).  Buy Local, Give Local week is sponsored by the City of Santa Monica and encourages the community to support both local business and local non-profits.

For Ocean Park Boulevard, the number of participants supporting WFHC went from three businesses to 13.

WFHC, located at 1711 Ocean Park Blvd., partnered with Artful, Bob’s Market, Brooke Rodd, Give + Take, GOODS, Laura Korman Gallery (Bergamot Station), Love Coffee Bar, rumba/Kimba Hills Design, Santa Monica Yoga, Shaka Shack Burgers, The Hairbrains, and The Sofa Company (Lincoln Blvd). Thyme Cafe and Market also did a pre-week fundraiser for WFHC.

So far, WFHC has raised more than $2,000 through Buy Local, Give Local and is still collecting donations from the businesses.

“These generous donations made by local businesses along Ocean Park Boulevard mean a great deal to us,” said Deb Farmer, WFHC’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

Buy Local, Give Local not only helps non-profits, but local businesses attract new customers looking to support the community in a mutually beneficial way. Some of the businesses said they definitely saw new faces during Buy Local, Give Local week.

Lafayette James, Store Supervisor at Bob’s Market, said on the first day of Buy Local, Give Local Week he noticed some new customers.

"Some said they did not know that Bob's Market was such a 'hidden gem' within the surrounding neighborhoods and were here in an effort to support local businesses who were participating in Buy Local, Give Local for WFHC," James said. "This confirms that people really believe in supporting their community and Buy Local, Give Local gives us an opportunity to give this case, to WFHC."  Read more > > >


Wellbeing Buy Local Festival Recap

A big THANK YOU to everyone who participated, attended and supported the 2nd annual Wellbeing Buy Local Festival.  Here's a link to the image library:

Enjoy!  We look forward to another great festival in September 2016!


Nonprofit shops participate in Buy Local, Give Local Week

SM Daily Press:  This year, participants in Buy Local, Give Local Week will have the opportunity to give nationally by visiting the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop and Cherry Picked Thrift Store. 

Located at 920 Wilshire Blvd., the Discovery Shop accepts donations of gently used clothing, jewelry, collectibles, furniture and antiques for resale. Funds raised from the sale of these donated items are used by the ACS to support the fight against cancer.

At 2807 Pico Blvd., Cherry Picked Thrift Shop is a volunteer nonprofit store that supports charities and other organizations on the Westside. Purchases made here during Buy Local, Give Local Week will help support SAVES Food Bank in Culver City and the New Direction Vets Program.

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Pico Boulevard businesses support the Samohi Viking Fund during Buy Local week

SM Daily Press:  Pico Boulevard based-businesses are partnering up to raise money for the Santa Monica High School Athletic Booster Club, also known as The Viking Fund.  The donations drive will run from September 12-20 as part of the Buy Local/Give Local campaign orchestrated by Buy Local.

The Viking Fund is a nonprofit corporation, which operates as a volunteer support group for the Santa Monica High School athletic programs by providing financial assistance and moral support to Samohi students, athletes, coaches and teams.  The fund works closely with the Samohi athletics administration and coaches. The booster club also works to maintain the quality of the school’s athletic programs, improve their athletic facilities and coordinate fundraising activities.

Santa Monica High School parent and Viking Fund football mom, Lori Whitesell, couldn’t be happier that Pico businesses will be supporting the fund.  Read more > > >


Wellbeing Buy Local Festival: A Free Day Of Family Fun

SM Mirror:  The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the City of Santa Monica’s Buy Local present the Wellbeing Buy Local Festival this Saturday, Sept 12 at the Civic Center Parking lot from 11 am to 4 pm.

This free event brings together local businesses, services, and non-profits for a fun filled day while raising awareness about the economic and community benefits of thinking local first and making healthy choices.  Read more > > >