Thursday, March 31, 2011


Have you heard about the Buy Local Santa Monica Challenge? The Buy Local SM Committee has partnered up with the 3/50 Project to launch this fun program.

What three local businesses do you most love? Or put another way, what local businesses would you miss if they disappeared? Your purchases keep them in business. Their business supports the community. It's a win-win for everyone.

Here's how it works:
1) Pick 3 Santa Monica businesses you absolutely can't live without.

2) Commit to stopping by, saying hello and spending $50 total among your chosen three this month. Your purchases are what keep them around!

3) Tell us about it. Nominate your three favorite at:

Each month, we'll select a winner who will receive a PRIZE and get their picture taken with one of their favorite businesses featured in the local paper with a link to their blog. To find out more about Buy Local Santa Monica campaign, click here. Form more on the 3/50 Project, click here. Thank you for supporting your locals

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Groupon L.A. Gets Hyperlocal with “Santa Monica Week”

Groupon LA, a shopping website that offers a daily deal on the best local goods, services and cultural events in Los Angeles, invites customers to enjoy “Santa Monica Week,” April 12 – 18, 2010. In partnership with the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce and Buy Local Santa Monica, Groupon L.A. has dedicated one week to celebrate the culture and sights of Santa Monica with a series of unbeatable deals from the best-loved businesses in the region.

Deals for the week include:
- 4/12: $25 for $50 in California Cuisine at La Cachette Bistro
- 4/13: $55 Enzyme Bath at Willow Spa
- 4/14: $10 Admission to Pacific Park
- 4/15: $20 for $50 in Eats at Border Grill
- 4/16: $219 for 1-Night Stay at Fairmont Miramar and Bungalows

“Santa Monica is an area rich with first-class merchants,” said Groupon founder Andrew Mason. “Groupon is excited to partner with The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce and Buy Local Santa Monica to feature classic favorites and hidden gems representing the best in the city.” Santa Monica Chamber president Laurel Rosen commented, “As President of the Chamber and a committee member of the Buy Local city program, I live the mission of patronizing local businesses. We are very excited to partner with Groupon to showcase the exceptional products and services our businesses of Santa Monica have to offer.”

Using the principles of collective buying, Groupon negotiates unprecedented deals with top businesses. Groupon subscribers receive free daily emails alerting them to the deal. These deals are only activated if a minimum number of people agree to buy, encouraging subscribers to share the promotion with family and friends via social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter. By guaranteeing a large number of new customers, Groupon creates a win-win for local merchants. So far, this innovative approach to e-commerce has generated thousands in revenue for Los Angeles businesses while saving money for nearly 200,000 local subscribers.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Ring in the New Year in Santa Monica!

Many of our local restaurants and bars are pulling out all the stops to welcome in 2010...from multi-course meals to Siberian Elvises, Minibars to bottomless bubbly! Happy New Year's!!

Cache Restaurant, 3110 Main St. New Year’s Eve Celebration Meal. Celebrate 2010 in style with an early seating 4-course dinner for $75 (starts at 5:30 p.m.) or a late seating 6-course dinner for $150 (from 8:30 pm). Live entertainment and party favors for all.

The Daily Pint, 2310 Pico Blvd. Minibar is Back for New Year’s Eve—from 10pm – 1:30am. Cost: $7 presale, $10 at the door.,

FIG Restaurant, 101 Wilshire. Ring in the New Year dinner. Celebrate the transition into 2010 with an early dinner or stay late and enjoy a deluxe menu with a caviar tasting & glass of Champagne. Early seatings (6-7:30 pm) for $75 or late Seatings (9-10:30 pm) for $105 per guest.

Melisse, 1104 Wilshire. New Year’s Eve dinner with First Seating (5:30-6:30 pm) $140 and a Second Seating (8:30-9:15pm) for $250.

Michael’s Santa Monica, 1147 Third St. Great food, Great drink, Great New Year’s Eve Party! Come celebrate New Year’s Eve 2009 with an awesome party at Michael’s Santa Monica. The joint will be jumping, looking more beautiful than ever. The drinks will be flowing, with Champagne included with your meal.

O'Brien's Irish Pub & Restaurant, 2941 Main St. Dine! Drink! Dance! New Year’s Eve 2010. Featuring DJ Martin East and a $20 three-course dinner.

Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar, 104 Santa Monica Boulevard. New Year’s Eve Bottomless Bubbly for $20.10! 9pm to 2 a.m.

Rusty’s Surf Ranch, 256 Santa Monica Pier. Igor & The Red Elvises - Siberian rock. Celebrate the arrival of the New Year with Siberian rock and the customary Rusty's party atmosphere. Tickets are $30 adults / $40 under-21s in advance or $35 adults / $45 under-21s on night of show. Showtime at 10pm.

The Yard, 119 Broadway--8th Annual Yard NYE! Open Bar 9:30pm-2am. DJ Sparkle spinning Top 40 and dance, featuring Specialty Cocktails, including Whiskey Winter, Mistletoe Fizz, Irish Coffee shots, BackYard Lemonade. 6 Beers on Tap, Champagne, boutique wines by glass. Dancing, Party Favors, Special Treats. $75prepay, $90 at the door Early: Special Menu by CJ available. Regular menu will be avail until 10:30 – everyone entering after 8 to eat will have to sign up and pay for the party as well. Call 310-395-6037 to reserve or email

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Super Saturday Holiday Event on Dec 12th!

Tis the be sustainable! Shop with a reusable bag on Saturday, December 12th and receive a special treat!

Happy Holidays from Buy Local Santa Monica!

Participating Businesses + Holiday Buy Local Offers (remember to bring your reusable bag!)

Acapillow Home Furnishings, 3018 Pico Blvd
Home Furnishings + Gifts
Acapillow will offer 25% discount on all vintage & new fabric pillows & gifts for the Buy Local Super Saturday (all from green sources!). Come shop for a truly unique gift or come in just to chat about old times in Santa Monica. Ho ho ho!!!

The Acorn Store Natural Toys + Treasures, 1220 5th Street
10% off discount

Agabhumi The Best of Bali, 2665 Main St. Suite A
Jewelry, Clothing + Accessories
�Be Seen in Green�! We're offering 15% off any green item in the store so you can be green, wear green & save green. This includes jewelry, handbags, belts, scarves, you name it! In an effort to help customers take advantage of the reusable bag offers in the area, we will also be bringing back our popular promotion of 50% off Tie Dye Hobo Bags (regularly $18). Make a purchase that day of $75 or more & we'll throw in a fully punched Frequent Buyer Card worth 20% off your next purchase. In addition, Agabhumi offers a 5% discount on all purchases daily when you bring your items home in a reusable shopping bag. Join our mailing list that day and be entered in a raffle to win 1 of 2 $50 gift cards!

Allen Janitorial Supplies + Equipment, 1420 Santa Monica Blvd.
Cleaning Supplies
For Buy Local Super Saturday, with purchase of any gallon of soap ranging from $8.50 to $12.50 our customers can get a set of soap dispenser and brush holder... for free!

ARTFUL handcrafted gifts, 1726 Ocean Park Blvd
Jewelry + Gifts
We're offering 20% off everything in the store! Artful will also have delicious chocolate chip cookies and warm cider on hand December 12 for everyone to enjoy.

Caffe' Bellagio, 1400 Third Street Promenade,
Caffe Bellagio is offering a 10% discount for Buy Local Super Saturday!

Cherry Picked Thrift Shop, 2807-2809 Pico Boulevard
Thrift Store�Clothing, Home Accessories, Toys + Treasures!
We'll be offering 10% off all helps to support local charities!

Clark Adams Co. - Renewal by Andersen, 3215 Pico Boulevard
Windows + Doors, Green Products
Catch the end of the year sale on Renewal By Andersen�s SmartSun Glass windows, which qualify for the Federal Energy Tax Credit! Stop by our showroom on Buy Local Super Saturday, 12/12/09 to get our Holiday Gift Certificate � worth $500 on purchases to new customers! This is a great combination money saver!

Downtown SM Farmers Market, Arizona + 3rd St (FM Info Stall) 20% off "I LOVE SANTA MONICA" water bottles...a great gift/ stocking stuffer!

El Cholo, 1025 Wilshire
Give the gift of History for the Holidays & get 20% back. Purchase a $50 gift card + get a FREE $10 gift certificate for yourself!...or buy a $100 gift card & get a $20 gift certificate on us!

Espirit Santa Monica, 1349 Third Street Promenade
Buy Local at your Third Street Espirit store--come shop + have fun! Exclusively for Buy Local Super Saturday we are offering a great 20% off your entire purchase (offer valid on regular price merchandise only).

JJ Design, 1307 Montana Avenue
Jewelry + Accessories
We are already on sale up to 50% off. For Super Saturday, get an additional $10 off on any purchase of $100 or more!

Kreation Kafe, 1023 Montana Avenue #B
Restaurant/ Cafe
10% off your meal on Super Saturday! For the perfect gift, purchase a Kreation Kafe gift certificate at 25% off ($25 value for $20!)

La Foto, 806 Pico Blvd
Photography Studio/ Gallery
Receive a complementary gift of TWO FREE 8x10 prints and 10% off on Reprints when you purchase a photo session on 12/12. Plus receive 30% off when you book an event photography package for your Wedding, Barmitzva, or any party event photography in 2010. Please contact Marissa for event photography packages specials by 12/12/09 and book before 12/31/09. Also...La Foto is having a end of the year HOLIDAY PARTY from 8-11pm!

Laser Away Santa Monica, 514 Wilshire Boulevard
Beauty/ Laser Services
10% off all any service, along with some chocolate gold coin treats + an invite to the Dec 16th Heart of Gold charity event to raise funds for children born with heart defects. Laser Away is also offering a great holiday gift "Gold Package" for a hugely discounted rate (ask for details).

M'attias, 1403 Montana Avenue
Clothing + Accessories
Receive a special gift with purchase of any regularly priced merchandise.

Natural High Lifestyle, 2400 Main Street, Suite A-3
Natural apparel + lifestyle accessories
Get a free organic cotton beanie with any $50 purchase (retail value $22!)

O2 Max, 1639 11st Street #170, Save the bag & save the drive by going online to purchase one of our four Super Holiday Specials on December 12th! Deals include our $100 MAX U gift certificate for teenagers + young adults; PRIMP FOR PROM program (buy now & get 3 weeks FREE: just $50 for 15 weeks starting February), Family Fitness (F2) year-long membership with monthly weekend events sponsored by local businesses ($50 for 1 year membership), MAXracing, the training club for youth. For more information, check us out on the web at

PAINT:LAB, 2912 Main Street
Painting/ Art Class Studio + Supplies
15% off all supplies. We are also offering gift certificates in all denominations with $5 off any certificate of $50 or more.

Patagonia Santa Monica, 2936 Main Street
Clothing + Outdoor Gear/ Adventure
Free gift wrapping using our remnant fabric reusable gift bags!

Platino, 909 Montana Avenue
Jewelry + Accessories
12% discount on all merchandise on 12/12/09!

Readers Fine Jewelers, 5th Generation--311 Wilshire Boulevard
Jewelery Sales + Repairs
20% off our entire stock including diamond jewelry, special orders + repairs!

Santa Monica Visitor Information Cart, 3rd St Promenade (between Arizona Ave & Santa Monica Blvd)
Visitor Information Center/ Gifts
50% off Santa Monica logo-ed merchandise

Santa Monica Visitor Information Kiosk, 1400 Ocean Avenue
Visitor Information Center/ Gifts
50% off Santa Monica logo-ed merchandise

Santa Monica Visitors Information Center, 1920 Main Street
Visitor Information Center/ Gifts
50% off Santa Monica logo-ed merchandise

T. Heritage Art Gallery, 3219 Pico Blvd
Gallery + Frame Shop
20% off everything (sorry our cat is not for sale). The perfect holiday gift is to dig around your friends and family's photo collection and find a special meaningful photo that never made it to the frame shop. There are 1000's of photos tucked away never enjoyed. Sneak one down to our frame shop for a surprise gift. Starting prices are only $45!

The Green Life, 2409 Main Street
Green Products + Gifts
10% off for those who bring in their own bag + mention "Buy Local Super Saturday. We will be donating 5% of sales to local SM-based charities Global Green + Sustainable Works.

Whole Foods Market, 2201 Wilshire Boulevard
We'll provide shoppers with a delicious treat from WFM when they shop with a re-usable bag on Dec. 12th! Get your taste buds ready...

Wrap it Up!, Santa Monica Pier. Clothing Boutique. 20% off all our beautiful, fashionable clothing items (including tops, sweaters, skirts, yoga pants, shawls, belly dancing coin belts + more). Free holiday gift bag with purchase.

ZJ Boarding House, 2619 Main St, Surf + Skate Retail-- With mimum of a $10 purchase, you are entitled to $1 off your purchase with a reusable bag.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Thanksgiving Tips from the Santa Monica Farmers Market

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. A celebration of food, family and friends that also provides a great opportunity to get back to the roots of Thanksgiving by shopping locally this year.

1. Think Outside the Turkey
If you weren’t able to get your hands on a local, Farmers Market turkey this year don’t despair – get creative and sustainable! How about trying a chicken from Lily’s Eggs (all four Santa Monica Farmers Markets) or Healthy Family Farms (both Saturday and the Sunday Markets), beef from Rocky Canyon Farms (Wednesday, Saturday Downtown and Sunday Markets) or J&J Ranch(Saturday Pico Market), pork from Rocky Canyon Farms, bison from Lindner Bison (Wednesday and Saturday Downtown Markets), lobster from Charlie Graham (Wednesday and Sunday Markets), fish from Anjin (Wednesday and Saturday Downtown Markets), shellfish from Carlsbad Aquafarm (Wednesday and Saturday Downtown Markets) or lamb or goat from Jimenez Farm (Wednesday Market).

2. Local Produce
We all know side dishes make the meal. This year, find out where your produce comes from. For your green bean casserole, yams, mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts, chestnuts, apples and pumpkins for pie, vegetarian main course, and any other vegetable or fruit need you can dream up, get all of your produce from the Santa Monica Farmers Markets. Don’t forget juice and cider, too. Your fruits and veggies will be tastier, fresher and better for you and the environment.

3. Sweet Dreams
For a sweet ending to your feast pick up some tasty pecan pies from The Sweet Spot (Sunday Market) and exquisite handmade chocolate from Guanni Chocolates (Sunday Market). Paso Almonds and their famous almond brittle won’t be at the Market this year (unfortunately their trees didn’t produce any almonds this year) but they are still making their fantastic almond brittle with other almonds. You can find it at Rockenwagner Bakery on Arizona Avenue.

4. Set the Scene
Save yourself a trip and get your food and decorations in the same place – the Santa Monica Farmers Markets. Keep your table simple and elegant. Beautiful gourds, winter squashes and pumpkins are bountiful at farmers’ stands this time of year, and pomegranates add burst of seasonal flavor and color. The Markets are blooming with local flowers and succulent plants and wreaths from Sugar Bush Proteas (Wednesday and Saturday Downtown) are unique and gorgeous.

5. Thank Your Host
If it’s your turn to be a guest and not a host it’s always nice to bring a small gift. Beeswax candles and handmade soaps from the honey vendors, scrumptious jams and jellies from your favorite farmers, artisan olive oil from Adams Olive Ranch, beautiful herbs, soaps and jams from It Began in the Garden (Wednesday and Saturday Downtown Markets), houseplants from Casa Blanca (Wednesday Market), or even a seedling from Hayground Organics (Wednesday and Saturday Downtown Markets) all make perfect thank you’s for a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Buy Local SM presents...Perfect Gifts for the Holidays!

Shop sustainably and locally this holiday season! Buy Local SM businesses were asked to submit the “perfect gift” idea for the holidays. We have some great suggestions and truly something for everyone! Happy shopping, happy holidays!

Acapillow—3018 Pico Boulevard
The perfect gift? How about a wonderful collection of Moroccan tea cups, some hand-made organic Santa Monica soaps or a hand-sewn pillow from Acapillow? Or perhaps a vintage scarf, vintage aprons, some very cool art or a custom soft blanket?

Agabhumi The Best of Bali--2665 Main St. Suite A
Agabhumi The Best of Bali is truly a one stop shop for the “perfect gift” for your sister, mother, wife, girlfriend, best friend AND grandmother! Two “must haves” this holiday season are: The Studded Cargo Belt , perfect for anyone who does a lot of walking, has eyelets all along the belt making it practically a one-size fits all. It also allows you to carry your cell phone (including iPhone), keys and lip gloss, with a hidden zipper pocket for safekeeping of an ID, passport, credit card or cash. Only $44.

Got all the gifts in order and need to add a little something to the stocking? Does your daughter have 6 friends she really wants to give something to but you don’t want to go overboard? The Peace Stretch Bracelet is the perfect inexpensive option. Featuring a carved shell peace sign and stretch beads for easy on/easy off, at $10 each it’s a no-brainer! If you shop with your own bag, Agabhumi will offer 5% discount on any purchase.
ARTFUL handcrafted gifts, 1726 Ocean Park Blvd
"Perfect" gift from Artful: any piece of jewelry from their extensive selection, including many recycled pieces; a piece of Magdalena Suarez Frimkess's imaginative and unique ceramic art.
Clark Adams Co. - Renewal by Anderson, 3215 Pico Boulevard
What gift could be more enjoyed than a cozy, energy efficient and environmentally healthy home with Renewal By Andersen Replacement Windows & Doors expertly installed for you & your loved ones? Their products are Energy Star rated & Green Seal Certified plus they have certification to meet the cleanest indoor air quality standards set nationally & in California.
Right now you can catch the end of the year sale on Renewal By Andersen’s SmartSun Glass windows, which qualify for the Federal Energy Tax Credit too!

J J Design Jewelry and Accessories—1307 Montana Avenue
Best gift ever for under $50…a stunning bracelet, available in many styles and colors!
JJ Design has some great sales going on now, too!
Kreation Kafe--1023 Montana Avenue
A $25 gift certificate to Kreation Kafe.
La Foto, Inc--806 Pico Blvd
To help you get ready for the holidays….La Foto is offering a custom holiday card photo session package. Holiday Special Offer: Purchase a photo session, with your choice of in-studio or outdoor photography, and receive 24 beautiful custom holiday cards + a 5x7 for free (special price $199, normally $399). If you refer a friend, you’ll also receive a free make up and retouching, with both purchasing a photo session. If you refer 2 friends, you’ll receive all of the above plus two free 8x10s with all three purchasing a photo session + all receive special 20% discount on print orders.
Laser Away Santa Monica--514 Wilshire Blvd
The perfect holiday gift is a Laser Away "Gold Package" featuring 3 Laser Away services at a hugely discounted rate. Call them for details--310-393-2929.

Lula Cocina Mexicana-- 2720 Main Street
Give the gift of food! Tamales are the traditional treats for the Christmas season in Mexican households and within the Hispanic community. The Masa dough treats are stuffed with yummy fillings such as chicken in Mole Poblano, pork in a green chile sauce or fresh vegetables with Mexican cheeses. Sold by the dozen, they make a great hostess gift! ($48/ dozen)

Know someone who loves to cook? Treat them to a cooking class at Lula Cocina’s Rancho Chiquita kitchen featuring recipes using local, flavorful ingredients supporting local farmers markets and wineries. Classes from $85/ person ($150 per couple), including demonstration, sampling of all the dishes and sipping local wines!

Enquire about the Lula Cocina Rewards Program. Earn points every time you use their reward card.

Mom's The Word--910 Montana Avenue
Looking for the perfect gift for a mom-to-be? Mom’s The Word has a gift set from Basq Skincare Products for Maternity. The set is a "Try Me" set which included stretch mark hydrating oil, sugar body polish and body butter. The set retails for $42.

Natural High Lifestyle-- 2400 Main Street, Suite A-3
How about a bamboo lap top table...great for DJays, students, facebookers, cooks and designers! Anyone that works on their laptop will gain from using this heat diffusing, stable lap table! Bring yours into the store, and enjoy free wireless networking by typing in password “shoplocal”.

PAINT: LAB-- 2912 Main Street
The perfect gift is the one that you make--either through a workshop that Paint:Lab offers, or through uninstructed use of the lab…or something you create at one of their paint, wine and cheese nights! Make your gift at PAINT:LAB and it’s guaranteed to be unique!

For the aspiring painter you know, how about giving them a PAINT:LAB gift certificate?

Patagonia Santa Monica—2936 Main Street
The perfect gift is a Patagonia Men's or Women's Wetsuit: Warmer and More Environmentally Conscious. Patagonia wetsuits use the highest quality Japanese neoprene. It has a 98% closed-cell ratio, which adds dead air space and with it, warmth. It is made with chlorine-free wool, recycled polyester, PVC-free kneepads and thinner neoprene layers (without sacrificing warmth retention) to reduce our impact on the environment. Patagonia wetsuits are available as full suits (front-zips and back-zips), spring suits, tops, vests, hoods and gloves.

Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar-- 104 Santa Monica Boulevard
The Pourtal Wine Tasting Card......The gift that keeps giving this Holiday Season and long after. Load up a pre-paid Pourtal Tasting Card in any amount you wish and give someone special a trip to every wine region without the passport! Pourtal's forty wines available by the taste are grouped into “Tasting Tours” which provide fun and educational “itineraries” into the varied world of wine. Pourtal Tasting Cards can also be used for our rotating Wines-by-the-glass list, Farmer's Market Food Menu, and even for retail.
Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar offers a Bag Trade-In Promotion. Bring in your used bags (no “grocery store” plastic or paper, they must be sturdy enough for 2 wine bottles) and get up to 10% off your final bill (see for more info).

Readers Fine Jewelers, 5th Generation--311 Wilshire Boulevard ideas for the lady in your life…'Hot Diamond' brand and ELLE silver jewelry, fancy yellow diamond jewelry, right hand rings (in white and yellow gold with colored gemstones), gold bracelets and exquisite 18kt gold Brazilian Jewelry

Gift ideas for the gentleman in your life: "William Henry Handcrafted Knives," "M Clip" money clip (the world’s finest money clips) or Edward Avedis Collection watches

Santa Monica Farmers Market—Downtown Farmers Market (Arizona @ 3rd St), Pico Farmers Market (VA Avenue Park—Pico @ 23rd Street) + Main Street Farmers Market
Shop sustainably and locally this holiday season! All of the following is grown and/or produced in California:
· It Began in the Garden: handmade soaps, jams, beautiful herb baskets, etc. At the Wednesday and Saturday Downtown Markets · Ranch La Vina: walnut and walnut oil, Wednesday and Saturday Downtown Markets
· Santa Barbara Pistachios: gift packs of pistachios in assorted flavors, pistachio oil. Wednesday and Saturday Downtown Markets
· Ken Harris: handmade sopas, beeswax candles, honey at the Wednesday and Saturday Pico Market
· Adams Olives: artisan California olive oils. Wednesday, Saturday Downtown and Saturday Pico Farmers Markets
· Handmade jams and jellies from various farmers at all 4 Santa Monica Farmers Markets
· Sugar Bush Proteas : Succulent plants and wreaths at the Saturday Downtown Market
· Arria Brasseur: fresh lavender and lavender products, Sunday Main St Market

T. Heritage Art Gallery—3219 Pico Boulevard
The perfect holiday gift is to dig around your friends' and family's photo collection and find a special meaningful photo that never made it to the frame shop. There are 1000's of photos tucked away never enjoyed. Sneak one down to our frame shop for a surprise gift. Starting prices are only $45 ( call for details).

The Green Life--2409 Main Street
The Green Life has a lot of great green gifts for the holiday season. The great thing about shopping at this store, besides being local, everything they sell supports a planet friendly lifestyle. On top of that, 5% of total in-store sales in December are being donated to Santa Monica based environmental non-profits, Sustainable Works and Global Green! The perfect gift this holiday season is…an Earthlust Stainless Steel Water Bottle. These water bottles come in stylish designs and are BPA and chemical free. Switching to a reusable water bottle can save up to 15 pounds of plastic from being wasted per person each year. Various designs available!

Another great gift is the Mini - Garden in a Pail Planters. Grow your own mini herb garden or tomato plant in your kitchen. These self contained planters are great gifts for those who like to cook or have a green thumb.

The Trapeze School—370 Santa Monica Pier
A perfect gift is a gift certificate for a flying trapeze class. Gift certificates are a great way to share the experience of flying on the trapeze. Classes are $47, $57 or $65 per person (varies with the day and time of the class).

Whole Foods Market Santa Monica--2201 Wilshire
Local independent publisher Hearth & FireLight Press is proud to present an Award Winning Children’s Book for your holiday gift list …Clarence The Clown and his Not-So-Special Day is a humorous and moving story about the adventures of a kid who feels out of place … VERY out of place. Local Author/ Illustrator Jim Figueroa and his coauthor Orlando Hobechi are committed to creative and meaningful storybooks, which are easy on the planet (it is green), and which also benefit non-profit organizations (e.g. Profound Dyslexia). It was recently recognized with an award by The Young Voices Foundation. For kids of all ages - $18.99 at Whole Foods Market

ZJ Boarding House—2619 Main Street
ZJ Boarding House has great flannels and hoodies to keep your loved ones warm for the holidays—they come in plenty of styles all around the $40-60 range for men, women and children. (featured items L to R: Billabong Asylum Flannel $44.99, ZJ Boarding House Zip up Fleece Hoodie $49.99 *available @, Hurley Lamont Woven $58.99)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

4th Annual Pico Art Walk + Car Show

It's autumn and time for the 4th annual Pico Art Walk + Vintage Car Show! Enjoy the best that Pico has to offer in art, food and vintage cars on October 17th 10am-5pm.

The festival features everything from glass-blowing, ceramics, costumes, frame-making, poetry, photography, wood carving, sculpture, jewelry making, live music and some awesome classic cars.

Many of our local businesses along the three mile stretch of Pico Blvd (from Centinela to ocean) are taking part in the event. Points of interest along the way include galleries, some of which are usually closed to the public, who will showcase their stunning works of art.

Some personal favorites for the festival are: Eames Office Gallery (850 Pico Blvd) exhibiting "Ray Eames: Notes for a Celebration," La Foto (806 Pico) with the "Images of Pico" photography exhibit, Oaxacan Folk Art + Gallery (2919 Pico) featuring amazing handcrafted folk art (note--Fernando Cervates and some of his gallery's artists will also be giving art demonstrations in the park, pictured above), SMC Drescher Hall Photo Gallery's "Third All Alumni Exhibit" and Jennifer Joyce Pottery Studio & Gallery (3028 Pico) with pottery demonstrations throughout the day and a little ceramic gallery in the front. Unurban Coffeehouse (3301 Pico) is hosting the Pico Short Video Contest and Poetry Contest. For a very cool live painting demo, head to "A Night View Collaboration"(Pico @ Dorchester) to see the work of photographer Helen K Garber and the Virginia Avenue Park Teen Center T. Heritage Art Gallery (3219 Pico) will have an opening reception with new artworks by the gallery's artists and Artistic Picture Frames/ Blue 7 Gallery (3129 Pico)'s has the very popular "The Scary Picture Frame Show" annual frame sale at scary prices. And of course, there will be over 50 artists exhibiting and offering demonstrations at Virginia Avenue Park (Pico & 23rd St).

For smaller guests, Virginia Avenue Park will host artists, children's art activities, local Pico Blvd vendors, plus a stage for musical performances all day, including a finale performance by recording artist, Jordan Johnson. Classic cars will be on display throughout the day at the Auto Show at 2601 Pico Blvd.

And all good festivals offer excellent eating and grazing opportunities. The Pico Farmers Market at Virginia Avenue Park will host some excellent food vendors during the festival. Mis Padres has a growing LA following queing up for their delicious tacos. Taqueria Chihuahau holds the title of 2008 Pico Festival Salsa Champion of the year. Pico Boulevard's very own Le Pain du Jour serves croissants and tartes to die for, judging by their growing demand of French restaurants as customers. For a culinary adventure, head up to Caprice Fine French Pastries (3213 Pico) for a behind-the-scenes look at turning food into art (chocolates anyone?) and offering special festival pastries and goodies to taste and purchase. If you're feeling thirsty, The Daily Pint (2310 Pico) is a great pit stop and will be offering 10% discount on their excellent assortment of beers.

Too difficult to decide? Then start off with a FREE festival shuttle tour of Pico Boulevard aboard Starline Tour's double decker English bus. IT's a great way to explore Pico Blvd and you can hop on and off to visit all the great venues!

The festival is organized by the Pico Improvement Organization and supported by the City of Santa Monica, SGI-USA, Trader Joe's, Starline Tours, Hope Wine, Santa Monica College, Pico Farmers Market and Virginia Avenue Park.
For more information about the event, see the commercial at: or visit Or just head straight to Virginia Avenue Park this Saturday--the Pico Festival Booth (near the basketball court) will have all the info you need and help guide you to your day of Pico Blvd discoveries! Hope to see you there!