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Cash Registers Expected to Ring in Downtown Santa Monica  

Santa Monica Lookout:  Favorable forecasts, both nationally and locally, combined with the usual support from Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. (DTSM) should have area retailers feeling positive going into the holiday season this year.

Holiday shopping is expected to jump 4 to 4.5 percent nationwide over last year, according to the forecasts from the National Retail Federation, the International Council of Shopping Centers and the nationally respected consulting firm Deloitte.

This compares favorably to the 2.9 percent average of the past decade.  Read more > > >


Bubar's Celebrates Sapphire Jubilee: 70 Years of Service in Santa Monica

SM Mirror:  With an intriguing family history that dates back to Santa Monica merchant days in 1945, Bubar’s Jewelers is celebrating 70 years of business success and has the owner and jeweler sparkling with pride.

Bubar’s was opened as a modest jewelry and “accessories” business on Santa Monica Blvd. by Nat Bubar in 1945. Stocking a wide range of items including silverware, porcelain, clocks, watches, pens, and gifts alongside gems and jewelry, Bubar’s quickly grew from a two-person operation to a thriving business and local institution on Third Street.  Read the full article > > >


Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. & Buy Local Santa Monica Partner on Storefront Beautification Project 

Local Photographer Paula Goldman Pairs Vintage Muscle Beach Photography with Excerpts from a Famous Orator to Fill Empty Retail Space

SANTA MONICA, CA (October 8, 2014) -  Riding on the wave of a well-received opening year, Downtown Santa Monica's state-of-the-art, eco-conscious Parking Structure #6 continues its growth as not only a source of 400 new parking spaces for combustion and electric vehicles, but also as a retail shopping destination as brands begin to lease its new retail spaces.  As merchants commence construction on their respective interior spaces, Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. and Buy Local Santa Monica partner with local photographer, Paula Goldman, to create a storefront window installation that conceals the construction inside with an exhibit that includes vintage 1940s Muscle Beach photography juxtaposed with an excerpt from 19th century orator, Thomas Fitch.

Buy Local issued a grant of $1,000 with match-funding support from Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. as part of the Buy Local Artist Storefront Improvement Project aimed at matching Santa Monica-based artists with local merchants in order to create temporary and permanent storefront visuals, painted facades, interior window displays and other interventions that will enhance the properties and promote local businesses. In response to a request for proposals for Santa Monica artists, the Buy Local Santa Monica Committee and Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. staff selected photographer Paula Goldman to create an installation that would engage passers-by and activate the street level spaces of Parking Structure #6 in the interim while the ground floor retail spaces are under construction. 

Goldman's vision was to use historical iconic imagery and text to remind viewers that Santa Monica has always been part of the cultural imagination. Inspired by the photos of Muscle Beach performers, including legend Abbye “Pudgy” Stockton—“Queen of the Barbelles”-- Goldman juxtaposed the images with an excerpt from Thomas Fitch’s rhapsodic speech on the day the first plots of Santa Monica soil were auctioned in July 1875.

“Muscle Beach culture in the 1940’s may have seemed like a fantasy to the rest of the country,” states Goldman, “but these were real Californians.” Referring to Pudgy Stockton, she says, “It was really important to me to include a strong woman, and great to find someone instrumental in promoting Santa Monica’s image, both real and perceived. She wore the first two-piece bathing suit, opened one of the first ‘women only’ health clubs, and pioneered women’s strength training at a time when the field was dominated by men.”

About SM Artist Paula Goldman:  Paula Goldman’s photographic work involves reinterpreting cultural manifestations of natural and emotional phenomena. After receiving her BFA from the University of Michigan School of Art, she relocated to Houston, Texas, where she became a founding member of the Houston Center for Photography.  She received an MFA in photography from the California Institute of the Arts. Her exhibitions and publications include the LACE Annuale, Los Angeles, CA; Px3, Paris; The World From Here, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Time Capsule, Creative Time, NYC; Photometro, San Francisco; the Houston Center for Photography; Framework, LACPS, Los Angeles; and Women and Their Work, Austin. Her work is in various private collections; the Museum of Fine Art, Houston; and Metro Art/MTA, Los Angeles. Paula lives and works in Santa Monica, CA.

For More Information on Pudgy Stockton, Santa Monica's "Barbell Belle":  click here

Special Thanks to the Santa Monica History Museum for sharing their photo archives with us on this project!  For more info on the SM History Museum and their Santa Monica historical photo archive collection, click here.


Buy Local Week is Back! Shop, Support Step Up on Second

Santa Monica Centric:  Buy local and give local. That’s the theme of this year’s Buy Local Week (September 22-28), a time when Santa Monicans are encouraged to shop at their neighborhood stores and keep tax dollars in their city to help fund police, fire, parks and libraries.  Read more> > >


Step Up selected by Downtown Santa Monica as nonprofit partner for “Buy Local, Give Local” week Sept. 22-28! 

September 22-28 is Buy Local Santa Monica Week.  This year the theme is “BUY LOCAL, GIVE LOCAL.”  A heartfelt THANK YOU to Downtown Santa Monica for designating Step Up as its non-profit partner!  BUY LOCAl, GIVE LOCAL will promote the fundraising efforts, the participating businesses, and spotlight local business heroes making a real difference in the community. By popular demand, Downtown Santa Monica is also bring back the citywide Buy Local Week Sidewalk Sale to help boost sales activity and visibility.

To learn how you can participate and for more details, please visit   Read more > > >