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Thursday
Oct092014

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.

Monday
Sep222014

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> > >

Wednesday
Sep102014

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 http://www.buylocalsantamonica.com/buy-local-give-local/   Read more > > >

Wednesday
Apr232014

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.

For more information:  www.buylocalsm.com/most-loved.

 

 

Friday
Nov092012

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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