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    Candy company, arts center partner to support OPCC

    Santa Monica Daily Press:  Apparently, once you p.o.p., you can’t stop looking for ways to make a difference.

    A local candy company is partnering with a Santa Monica performing arts organization to help feed hundreds of people in need every day.

    The toffee treats that p.o.p. candy co. makes in small batches will soon be sold at Edgemar Center for the Arts on Main Street, and half of the proceeds will be donated to OPCC’s food program.  Read more > > >


    Travelodge Santa Monica GM Recognized as 'General Manager of the Year"

    SM Mirror:  Moe Paknahal, general manager at The Travelodge at 3102 Pico Blvd. in Santa Monica, has been recognized as “General Manager of the Year” for the fourth time since he's been the hotel’s General Manager. Paknahal has won top honors as “Manager of the Year” for the fourth time since 2004.  Read more > > >


    Record Votes Cast in Santa Monica’s Most Loved Local Business Contest  

    Santa Monica Lookout:  An art gallery with a gift shop selling only locally crafted wares, a surfboard shop and a cycle “pathic” fitness center were among the dozens of winners of Santa Monica’s second annual Most Loved contest, officials announced Tuesday.

    “Eclectic” was the term one official used to describe the winners in such categories as most loved art gallery, bike/surf/skate shop, kid-centric business and most loved business with that “special Santa Monica vibe.”

    Three thousand votes were cast in the online contest  -- far more than the 1,000 cast during the contest’s first year, officials said.

    The contest was part of the Santa Monica’s “Buy Local,” campaign. Run by the local business community and the City, “Buy Local” encourages residents and tourists to try out the local community’s shops and eateries.  Read more > > >


    DTSM's Most Loved SM Businesses 2015

    Downtown SM Inc:  Buying locally supports a sustainable Santa Monica! 

    You voted and here are the results of the Most Loved Santa Monica Businesses contest for 2015. Several Downtown businesses topped the list. They are:

    Most Loved Business in Downtown SM:  Salon Tru

    Santa Monica Farmers Market Vendor:  Bezian Bakery 

    Santa Monica Hotel/Motel:  Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

    Santa Monica Live Music/Entertainment Venue:  Harvelle's  

    Kid-Centric Business:  Swim With Heart

    Salon/Spa:  Salon Tru

    Don't forget to support your favorite places on social media with the hashtags #MostLovedSM and #BuyLocalSM.


    2015 Santa Monica Sustainable Quality Awards Bike Sponsorship

    The Santa Monica Bike Center aims to encourage this years Sustainable Quality Award attendees to travel the emission free way to the most notable sustainable business event in Southern California. This year's initiative will bring attention to the importance of bicycling as a direct way to reduce auto trips, meet GHG emission reduction commitments, and promote active living. Register to ride your bike at, and join the employees of the Santa Monica Bike Center and other locals for a short ride to the event. Meet at the Santa Monica Bike Center on 4th and Broadway at 10:30am to roll together. Contact for more information about the ride.

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