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Cabinet member for small business calls on Americans to visit favorite local businesses and restaurants on Saturday, November 26 

WASHINGTON – Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), is encouraging all Americans to “shop small” at local businesses and “dine small” at local restaurants and bars as part of Small Business Saturday on November 26. “Small Business Saturday is about supporting local businesses, the pillars of economic stability and job creation in communities all across America,” said Contreras-Sweet. “This celebration helps bring vital activity into our nation’s 28.8 million independent businesses during the important holiday retail season. Now in its seventh year, Small Business Saturday is our day to express our economic patriotism and give back to the locally-owned enterprises that do so much for our communities.”

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Holiday Shopping in Santa Monica

SM Daily Press:  From electronics and jewelry to apparel and toys, holiday gift hunting can get crazy.

Through the trend setting stores on Main street, to the high end boutiques on Montana. All the way through the rural streets of Pico heading your way to the iconic Third St Promenade in Downtown, there is plenty of shopping in Santa Monica.

“Even as Black Friday has stretched into a long weekend of promotions, the day itself continues to dominate. In Holiday 2015, Black Friday had the highest sales revenue..." (read more)





Self-Guided Tour of Santa Monica’s Vintage + Resale Shops – Tis the Season to Buy Local!  

Reuse is the highest form of recycling.  Get ready for a day of vintage shopping that’s fun, environmentally sustainable and affordable!  The Buy Local SM Committee has created a fun self-guided tour of Santa Monica's vintage and thrift stores (download below).  You can do the tour by bike, foot, public transit or a combo of the above!

Here’s an idea of what to you may find on your excursion: designer vintage handbags (think Chanel, LV + Coach!), jewelry & accessories (tres chic!), scarves to reuse as gift wrapping, antique silverware & china to dress up the holiday dinner table, beautiful coffee table books, vases that go perfectly with a bouquet of fresh flowers & holiday cd’s & puzzles for everyone to enjoy together!  We’ve also included a few shops that feature gift items made with reused products. 

Happy shopping, happy exploring!  Thank you for buying local - it makes a difference!

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Tis the Season to Buy Local - Perfect Gift Guide 2016 - hot off the press!

Tis the Season to Buy Local!  We have many wonderful businesses located in Santa Monica with great holiday gifts available for any budget.  From Main Street to Montana Avenue, Pico to Ocean Park Boulevard and throughout Downtown Santa Monica, you can find unique and fun gifts for everyone … and have fun at the same time, as you see your friends and neighbors!  Every purchase made in Santa Monica also gives a gift back to the community with sales tax revenue and use tax revenue generated from every purchase to help support our schools, parks, libraries and essential City services.  Buy Local Santa Monica! 

Here are some gifts our local businesses are featuring this holiday season,  click here


Buy Local Give Local Week 2016 Video

SM Mirror:

Spotlighting Buy Local Give Local Week's kick-off event Eat2Give on Saturday Sat. 15th with students from Police Activites League SM and local restaurant owners embarking on cooking demo's and fundraising efforts.  #BuyLocalGiveLocal  #Eat2Give #EatLocalSM #BuyLocalSM

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