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Who do you love, Santa Monica?

SM Daily Press:  Santa Monica businesses are vying for your affection.

Folks are being encouraged to log on and vote for their most loved local business as part of the Buy Local Campaign, which encourages people to shop in town instead of traveling to neighboring cities, which wastes gas and does not funnel tax dollars back into the community.

The online survey can be accessed at through Feb. 28.

“This is a fun contest we launched … for the first time ever … and we hope it takes off,” said Jennifer Taylor, economic development administrator for City Hall. “It’s a short online survey with 21 categories including Most Loved Main Street Business, Most Loved Happy Hour and Most Loved SM Farmers Market Vendor.  “Whether you live, work, play, shop, eat or are just visiting, you are likely have your favorite ‘locals’ that you like to support,” Taylor said.

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Dishwasher by Bike - A Buy Local, Bike Local Video

The Bike Local, Buy Local Committee wanted to share this video with you:

Produced by our Bike Local, Buy Local Committee member Jerold Mitchell.  Comments + feedback are welcome!


10 Best Dressed Small Cities in America--Santa Monica #1

Movoto:  These towns might not be big in size, but they’ve got fashion to spare and are dressed to impress.

New York, Paris, Los Angeles—when it comes to fashion, some cities are just synonymous with haute couture. They’re also usually bustling metropolises where designers and major brands have set up shop, selling their wares to millions of discerning customers. But there’s nothing that says smaller cities can’t look like a million bucks even if they have less than 100,000 residents.

In the case of small cities and how fashionable they are, we chose the following five:  High-end fashion stores per capita; High-end shoe stores per capita; High-end jewelry stores per capita; Tailors per capita; and Dry cleaners per capita..

Clothes Make the Man—and the Woman

Source: Flickr user relux

...Santa Monica strutted down the runway in this category with one high-end fashion store for every 1,043 residents. Newport Beach was second with one for every 1,360 residents, while Miami Beach was third with one for every 1,849 people.

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48 Santa Monica Businesses Nominated For 2014 Sustainable Quality Awards

SM Mirror:  The Santa Monica Sustainable Quality Awards (SQA) has announced a record-breaking number of nominations and applicants for the 19th Annual Sustainable Quality Awards Program. 

A total of 48 Santa Monica businesses were nominated and a minimum of 20 businesses have confirmed their applications for the 2014 program including local icons such as the Shore Hotel, Yahoo!, and the Rustic Canyon Family of Restaurants with Huckleberry Café & Bakery, Milo and Olive, and Rustic Canyon Wine Bar and Seasonal Kitchen.

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Santa Monica Pub Crawl Returns this Saturday

SM Mirror:  This Saturday, more than 30 Santa Monica bars and restaurants will open their doors to thousands of revelers taking part in the 5th Annual SANTA Monica Pub Crawl.  This year’s event will be held Saturday, Dec. 14, starting at 5 pm.

In 2012, more than 5,000 crawlers celebrated the season at the city’s most cherished holiday event by filling the streets as joyous Santas, reindeer and elves, and raised enough money for 120,000 meals through a partnership with the Westside Food Bank.

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