Most Loved Santa Monica Businesses Contest starts on February 1

January 31, 2019

Most Loved Santa Monica Businesses Contest starts on February 1

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Get ready to show your love for your favorite Santa Monica businesses! Throughout the month of February, you are encouraged to vote for your most loved restaurant, gym, farmers' market vendor and more. There are over two dozen categories to vote for.

Vote here: (click on the cupid to link to the survey)

Voting starts on Friday, Feb. 1 at 8 a.m. and closes on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 11:59 p.m. Votes will be tallied by the Buy Local Santa Monica Executive Committee in partnership with the Santa Monica Daily Press.  Buy Local Santa Monica is a partnership created by the City and Santa Monica business community to help promote our local businesses and encourage people to shop, eat, and play local!  The Most Loved Contest winners will be announced on May 7 at an awards ceremony at City Hall and will be recognized throughout the year in the Most Loved Santa Monica Businesses 2019 publication, which appeals to locals and visitors alike.

Vote for as many categories as you can. To qualify for the Most Loved Raffle Prize drawing (gift certificates and cool swag from our local businesses), you will need to vote in at least 15 categories. One vote per person. Good luck and have fun!

WHEN: February 1 – 28, 2019

WHERE: Online -

WHO: This annual Most Loved Santa Monica contest (now in its 6th year) is an initiative of the Buy Local Santa Monica Committee and the Santa Monica Daily Press in partnership with our local business improvement districts (Downtown Santa Monica, Inc., Main Street, Montana Avenue and Pico Boulevard), the Santa Monica Chamber, Santa Monica Pier Corp., Santa Monica Travel and Tourism and the City of Santa Monica. Thank you to our partners for their support!

WHAT: The "Most Loved Santa Monica Businesses" Contest was launched in 2014 by the Buy Local Santa Monica Committee. Now in its sixth year, the contest has grown rapidly. We invite our residents of all ages, local employees and visitors to participate. From most loved coffee bar to the favorite Santa Monica Farmers Markets' vendor, we put the call out to discover and celebrate the Most Loved Businesses in Santa Monica. This year, we have also added a few new categories including “Most Loved Santa Monica New Business” and “Most Loved Santa Monica Legacy Business (30+ years).”  We want to know which businesses our locals cannot live without, which ones put smiles on their faces when they drop in, and the ones we most want to celebrate because they are so awesome.

In 2018, over 3,200 people responded by voting for their favorite local businesses (a three-fold increase from 2016)! For more information on Buy Local Santa Monica and this annual contest, visit To view last year’s winners:

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