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Packagine industy lags bethind City's plastic replacement requirements

SMDP:  Local restaurants and cafes have spent the last six months swapping out plastic takeout containers and uttensils for products that can degrade in the nearby Pacific Ocean.

The Santa Monica City Council adopted an ordinance last August banning all single-use plastic packaging for prepared food and beverages that went into effect January 1.  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 > > >


10 Best Dressed Small Cities in America--Santa Monica #1

Movoto:  These towns might not be big in size, but they’ve got fashion to spare and are dressed to impress.

New York, Paris, Los Angeles—when it comes to fashion, some cities are just synonymous with haute couture. They’re also usually bustling metropolises where designers and major brands have set up shop, selling their wares to millions of discerning customers. But there’s nothing that says smaller cities can’t look like a million bucks even if they have less than 100,000 residents.

In the case of small cities and how fashionable they are, we chose the following five:  High-end fashion stores per capita; High-end shoe stores per capita; High-end jewelry stores per capita; Tailors per capita; and Dry cleaners per capita..

Clothes Make the Man—and the Woman

Source: Flickr user relux

...Santa Monica strutted down the runway in this category with one high-end fashion store for every 1,043 residents. Newport Beach was second with one for every 1,360 residents, while Miami Beach was third with one for every 1,849 people.

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