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Vote Now: Most Loved Santa Monica Contest 


From most loved local surf shop to the favorite Santa Monica farmer, we are putting the call out to discover and celebrate the Most Loved Businesses in Downtown Santa Monica! Which local business can you not live without? Who puts a smile on your face when you drop in?

The winners will be announced in an upcoming "Santa Monica's Most Loved..." issue of the SM Daily Press and celebrated throughout the year by the Buy Local SM campaign, the City of Santa Monica and Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. So tell us who you love and be entered to win some fabulous prizes including gift certificates from our local businesses, Buy Local SM T-shirts, Buy Local reusable bags + more!

To vote, visit Vote all throughout the month of February and share your favorites on social media with the hashtags #mostloved #DTSM #SantaMonica. Make sure to tag us @DTsantamonica on Twitter and Instagram. 

For businesses, please download the handy Most Loved Social Media guidehere. It includes sample posts and tips to help you spread the word to your customers.

Good luck! 

About the Buy Local Santa Monica:
Buy Local Santa Monica campaign was created by representatives of the Santa Monica business community and the City of Santa Monica to support local businesses and raise awareness of the community, economic and environmental benefits of choosing local first.  View the article > > >


City of Santa Monica 2014-2015 Annual Report ....featuring Buy Local SM!

City of SM:  Explore this snapshot of the last year to find out what makes Santa Monica a vibrant City. Watch the video summary and check out the “Find Out More” tab above to dive deeper into accomplishments by category.

The Buy Local SM campaign is featured in this video!  Check it out > > >


100.3FM The Sound: Spotlight on Buy Local Santa Monica

100.3 FM The Sound:  Listen to our radio interview spotlight on "Tis the Season to Buy Local...and the Buy Local SM campaign.  Interview by Tina Mastramico, KSWD, 100.3 The Sound with Mackenzie Carter of Downtown SM Inc + Jennifer Taylor, City of SM Economic Development. Click here to listen to the MP3.  This aired on Nov. 22nd.


Local shoppers keep millions centered in Santa Monica

SM Daily Press:  Buy Local Santa Monica is celebrating 2015 as another successful year for the economic development program with $45 million generated for the local community.

The Santa Monica Buy Local program is a partnership between local businesses and the City that encourages shoppers to spend money within city limits, particularly at mom and pop stores.

Any business located in Santa Monica is eligible to join the program but organizers say their priority is to support locally owned, independent businesses. Members receive marketing and promotional support, discounted advertising rates, exhibitor opportunities and event discounts.  Read more > > >


Perfect Gift Ideas for the Holidays 2015

The Open Santa Monica Daily:  See our local coverage!  Read more > > >