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Santa Monica holds festival to promote buying local

ABC Channel 7 News:  Good health and good food were on tap in Santa Monica. 

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Perfect Gift Ideas for the Holidays 2015

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


Vote for your most loved local business

Santa Monica Centric: Do you have a favorite coffee shop where the barista gets your half double decaffeinated half-caf, with a twist of lemon, going before you even have to order it? Or a dry cleaner who you exchange holiday cards with because you consider the owner a friend, especially since he repairs buttons for free? What about a hair salon where your stylist has become your most trusted advisor, and knows you never should have bangs?

If so, here’s your chance to pay them back for years of great service. It’s the Buy Local campaign’s Most Loved Santa Monica Businesses contest. Vote now for your favorite local business in more than a dozen categories and be entered to win some pretty cool raffle prizes like gift cards, T-shirts and branded reusable bags.  Read more > > >


Santa Monica Celebrates Small Business Saturday  

Santa Monica Lookout:  If you shop in Santa Monica this Black Friday weekend, as much as 70 percent of the money you spend, will stay in the community and help grow the local economy, according to “Buy Local Santa Monica” campaign officials.

With this in mind, Santa Monica city officials and business representatives are encouraging residents to participate in the fifth annual Small Business Saturday on November 29, the day after big, nationwide retail stores cash in on “Black Friday.”

Conceived by the American Express Corporation on November 27, 2010, Small Business Saturday was created as a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which promotes large corporate stores and online shopping sites respectively.

By contrast, Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to support and shop at local Mom and Pop stores.  Read more > > >


Santa Monica Businesses Help in the Effort to Collect Clothing for Distribution at the Westside Thanksgiving Dinner and Celebration

Santa Monica, CA – Ten businesses around Santa Monica have volunteered to become collection points for clothing donations to benefit the guests at this year's Westside Thanksgiving Dinner and Celebration at the VA campus in West Los Angeles. With each BID represented, the Buy Local community truly understands the need for this philanthropic effort as the Westside Thanksgiving organizers anticipate welcoming approximately 3,000-5,000 guests at this year's event. 

Each of the donation locations display signage designed by GY Creative Studio, a local Santa Monica design house.  Further, Sears in Santa Monica donated the empty boxes from their appliances to be reused for the collection and storage of the clothes until Thanksgiving.  This charitable effort is completely local and sustainable.

The locations below will be collecting clothing through November 23rd.


716 Montana Ave.

Groundworks Coffee

1601 Montana Ave.

Berkshire Hathaway

1308 Montana Ave.

10 Women

1128 Montana Ave.

p32 Gallery

3129 Pico Blvd.

Kronovet Realty

3019 Pico Blvd.

Dance Doctor Studio

1440 4th St.

Georgian Hotel

1415 Ocean Ave.

SM Chamber of Commerce

1234 6th St., Ste. 100

SM Convention and Visitor's Bureau

2427 Main Street

For more information about the event, visit

Contact:  To learn more about Westside Thanksgiving Dinner, please contact Albin Gielicz, t. 310-717-6221 or email: