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Shop philanthropically on Third Street Promenade

SM Daily Press:  I was in the Apple store last week to pick-up a small tripod for us to record our first Facebook Live presentation.* The team member asked me how I planned to use it and when I told him I was making a recording for the Santa Monica Lions Club, he was curious. “What is a Lions Club?” he asked. I told him we were a service club serving the needs of Santa Monica and the Westside. On an international level we focus on vision, feeding the hungry, children and the environment. His next question was, “What is a service club?” I was not surprised.  Read more > > >


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 > > >


Coming Up: Next's Last Event of 2015, Buy Local Holiday Sidewalk Sales, Meet Me Under the FIG, and Santa Monica Pub Crawl 2015

SM Next:  Buy local and save this weekend with several sidewalk sales in town. Keeping your shopping nearby means less driving and stress. It also means supporting local businesses, schools, and city services. So, instead of driving to a distant outlet mall, hop on a bike, a bus, or take a walk to your neighborhood commercial district when shopping for gifts this year.

The Buy Local for Holidays Sidewalk Sale on Main Street, Montana Avenue and Pico Boulevard is taking place the weekend of December 4 to 6 and “includes free family festivities and exciting events for Santa Monica locals and visitors alike to enjoy the holiday season in each of Santa Monica’s neighborhood commercial districts,” according to a press release put out by Buy Local Santa Monica.  Read more > > >


Downtown Donates to SMMEF

SM Daily Press:  Businesses in Downtown Santa Monica are collaborating to support local education initiatives through the upcoming Buy Local, Give Local Week.

From Sept.12-20, participating businesses in several business districts will donate a portion of their proceeds to various local charities. Downtown Santa Monica is supporting the Santa Monica Malibu Education Foundation (SMMEF).

Established in 1982, SMMEF’s mission is to engage the community to invest in a vibrant educational experience for all students in the Santa Monica and Malibu public schools, according to a Buy Local press release.

The nonprofit provides financial support for academic and arts programs, field trips and other services for SMMUSD students. Funding during Buy Local, Give Local Week will be used to purchase new textbooks and fund teachers and afterschool programs.

For participating businesses, supporting neighborhood establishments strengthens the bond between commerce and community.  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 > > >