News / Spotlights

Monday
Dec182017

Downtown Santa Monica Offers Holiday Shoppers More than Deep Discounts, Officials Say

Santa Monica Lookout:  With more and more shoppers opting to click on their holiday purchases, Santa Monica's downtown is banking on offering those things you can't get at home.

The usual holiday offerings are back -- the Christmas tree, ice rink and, especially, the deep discounts -- but new and hipper holiday features have a new place, as do pop-up stores that generate buzz with special events. Read more >

Monday
Dec042017

Shop Local Santa Monica Video

https://www.facebook.com/visitsantamonica/videos/10155115359240665/SM Travel + Tourism in partnership with Buy Local Santa Monica:  Check out this great video created to promote Small Business Saturday and our small local businesses in Santa Monica!

https://www.facebook.com/visitsantamonica/videos/10155115359240665/

Tuesday
Nov212017

The Santa Monica Gift Guide

City of Santa Monica Blog:  You have the opportunity to "vote with your dollars" this holiday season. Every year, Buy Local Santa Monica puts together the Tis the Season to Buy Local Gift Guide. If you're not familiar, Buy Local is a campaign by the Santa Monica business community and the City of Santa Monica to encourage supporting local businesses. A 2008 study by Civic Economics found for every $10 spent at a Santa Monica business, almost $7 stays in the community. 

The Buy Local Gift Guide is packed with ideas, so we pulled a few of our favorites guaranteed to make any Santa Monica resident cheerful (and pleased that you supported local business). 

Read more > >

Tuesday
Nov142017

Tis the Season to Buy Local Holiday Gift Guide 2017

The Buy Local Santa Monica Committee is pleased to announce the release of the annual Buy Local Santa Monica Holiday Gift Guide for 2017.  This year's guide features over 50 local businesses with gifts in two categories:  1) Buy Local Gifts - Unique/Sustainable/Handmade and 2) Buy Local Gifts on a Budget ($25 or less). 

Also be sure to pick up a copy of the Santa Monica Daily Press' Tis the Season insert, which features an abbreviated version of our Buy Local Holiday Gift Guide.  We will be showcasing our Buy Local buisnesses this holiday season on our @BuyLocalSM Facebook, Twitter + Instgram accounts so please sure to like/follow us there!  Thank you for buying local this holiday season! 

Wednesday
Nov082017

2017 Santa Monica Farmers Market - Thanksgiving Recipe Guide

SM Daily Press:  Be sure to visit our Santa Monica Farmers Markets on November 22nd - likely to be the largest, busiest and for many people, the most important market of the year as customers descend en masse to purchase the final ingredients for their Thanksgiving feast.  All the Santa Monica farmers markets (Main Street, Downtown Weds/Sat and Virginia Avenue Park) are ready to fill pantries with holiday staples. 

Check out this great Thanksgiving Recipe Guide for some great SM Farmers Market farmer, vendor and staff's favorite Thanksgiving recipes - from Raphael Lunetta's "The Best Thanksgiving Turkey Method" to Bezian Bakery's Bread Pudding Recipe, Bareburger's "Farmers' Market Old Fashioned"  and Smith Farms' Butternut Squash Soup with Fried Brussel Sprouts.  You can also pick up a copy of the Guide at any of our SM Farmers Markets this month!

Yum!  #EatLocalSM #ShopLocalSM #BuyLocalSM #SMFarmersMarkets