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.