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Entries in Montana Avenue (18)

Wednesday
Aug012018

How to Spend a Lovely Day in Santa Monica Without a Car

WeLikeLA: Sometimes it’s nice not having car. Sometimes what you really want is to be in a place where you don’t need a car. Santa Monica can be such a place, especially if you’re a visitor just trying to make a day of it.

This beachside city offers a world of opportunities, attractions, and landmarks all concentrated in a central downtown area, and/or easily accessible via public transit. Shopping, art, food, and entertainment are available virtually everywhere you look. But where to start?  Read more > 

Friday
Jul272018

Revamped Montana Art Walk brings change and more to Santa Monica

SM Daily Press:  The annual Montana Avenue Art Walk returns to Santa Monica this year, July 28, bringing change in its size and giving merchants more creative freedom in an effort to expand the event to festival-size and attract more visitors.

For the uninitiated, the Montana Avenue Art Walk is just what it sounds like: a walk around Montana Avenue, supporting local artists and their work as well as merchants along the street. It’s a ten block stretch with typically around 150 shops participating. It has traditionally been held during a weekday evening.

While the Art Walk hasn’t changed much since its inception, this year, Montana Avenue Merchants Association (MAMA) president Ryan Ole Hass wanted to revamp the event.   Read more >

Tuesday
Nov142017

Tis the Season to Buy Local Holiday Gift Guide 2017

The Buy Local Santa Monica Committee is pleased to announce the release of the annual Buy Local Santa Monica Holiday Gift Guide for 2017.  This year's guide features over 50 local businesses with gifts in two categories:  1) Buy Local Gifts - Unique/Sustainable/Handmade and 2) Buy Local Gifts on a Budget ($25 or less). 

Also be sure to pick up a copy of the Santa Monica Daily Press' Tis the Season insert, which features an abbreviated version of our Buy Local Holiday Gift Guide.  We will be showcasing our Buy Local buisnesses this holiday season on our @BuyLocalSM Facebook, Twitter + Instgram accounts so please sure to like/follow us there!  Thank you for buying local this holiday season! 

Friday
Oct142016

Business Pledge to Support Local Charities

SMDP:  To the now famous phrase, eat, pray, love, we should also add ‘give’ and ‘shop.’ Residents of Santa Monica can join in these efforts all to the mutual benefit of the entire community on Oct. 15, for the 3rd Annual Buy Local Give Local Week. The event kicks off with a day focused on local restaurants with the inaugural Eat2Give charity fundraiser on Saturday, October 15. Eat2Give will connect the Santa Monica community with over 24 local charities and 32 Santa Monica food and beverage venues to create a delicious and philanthropic experience. Customers do good while dining and businesses give back to local nonprofits – it’s a win-win.

Each year, Santa Monica businesses generate approximately $130 million in revenue to help support our libraries, schools, parks and emergency services,” said Jennifer Taylor, Buy Local Santa Monica Committee Chair. “Buy Local Give Local Week is a fun way to help raise awareness about the impact of supporting local businesses as well as the non-profits that provide life-changing services and awareness of key issues that are important to our community.”  Read more > >

Tuesday
Jan122016

100.3FM The Sound: Spotlight on Buy Local Santa Monica

100.3 FM The Sound:  Listen to our radio interview spotlight on "Tis the Season to Buy Local...and the Buy Local SM campaign.  Interview by Tina Mastramico, KSWD, 100.3 The Sound with Mackenzie Carter of Downtown SM Inc + Jennifer Taylor, City of SM Economic Development. Click here to listen to the MP3.  This aired on Nov. 22nd.