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City Hall Celebrates Santa Monica's Most Loved Businesses

On Tuesday, April 22nd, Santa Monica City Hall hosted a reception and awards ceremony to celebrate the winners and runners-up of the Most Loved Santa Monica contest.  A total of 53 local businesses were honored.

Most Loved Santa Monica was a contest launched this year by the Buy Local Santa Monica Committee in partnership with the Santa Monica Daily Press.  Nearly 1,000 residents, local employees and visitors voted for 21 categories including Most Loved local bike/surf shop, happy hours and pet-centric business to the Most Loved Santa Monica Farmers Markets' vendor.  The contest ran for the month of February in tandem with Valentine's Day.  Online voting ended on February 28th and then students from the Santa Monica High School assisted in tabulating the results.   

The Most Loved Santa Monica 2014 business winners are:  220 Fitness, The Basement Tavern, Bezian Bakery, Books + Cookies, Brat Store, Espresso Cielo, Fairmont Miramar Hotel + Bungalows, gioia, Harvelle's, Locando del Lago, One Life Natural Foods, Nature's Grooming + Boutique, Rudy's Barbershop, Ten Women Gallery and Gift Shop, Trader Joe's Santa Monica, UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica and ZJ's Boarding House. 

Over 150 local business leaders attended the reception at City Hall.  An exhibit on the contest and Buy Local Santa Monica campaign will be on display at City Hall Lobby (1685 Main Street) until April 12, 2014.  Support for Most Loved was provided by the Montana Avenue Merchants Association, Main Street Business Improvement Association, Pico Improvement Organization,  Downtown SM Inc, SM Chamber of Commerce, SM Convention + Visitors Bureau and the City of Santa Monica.

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Fresh + Local for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the high point of a long year at the Santa Monica Farmers Market. On Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, farmers enjoy record crowds of cooking enthusiasts who pull out all the stops for the biggest food day of the year. Here's a list of the great seasonal items you can buy at the Santa Monica Farmers Market for your Thanksgiving feast!

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Santa Monica Beat: Highlights from the 2nd Annual Buy Local Expo

SM Beat Episode 13:  Click here to view


Buy Local Expo This Saturday On Third Street Promenade 

SM Mirror:  The second annual Buy Local Expo will be held this Saturday, March 31, on the Third Street Promenade after rain forced the event to be postponed earlier this month. The Expo will be at the same time and place as originally planned on March 17 – from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Third Street Promenade – and feature more than 80 local exhibitors and food booths, interactive activities, and live music and entertainment on two stages.

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Macerich Reopens Santa Monica Place as Open-Air Retail Ctr

$265 Million Upgrade Replace Frank Gehry-Designed Mall. 
CoStar Pipeline: In one of the largest retail redevelopments of recent years, The Macerich Co. (NYSE: MAC) Aug. 6 officially reopened Santa Monica Place as a 524,000-square-foot open-air retail center in Santa Monica, CA, anchored by Bloomingdale's and Nordstrom.

Following the $265 million redevelopment of the mall, which was originally designed 30 years ago by iconic L.A. architect Frank Gehry, the three-level project is 92% leased with Nordstrom and Tory Burch opening Aug. 27, Tiffany & Co. slated to open in September, and The Market at Santa Monica Place planned for the first half of 2011. Retailers opening alongside Bloomingdale's this past week included Louis Vuitton, Barneys Co-op, Nike, CB2, Ted Baker, Betsey Johnson, Disney, Hugo Boss, Michael Kors, Juicy Couture and Kitson LA.