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Buy Local T-Shirts are Here!


Buy Local Santa Monica t-shirts are here! Thanks to the Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau we can now offer the newly designed Buy Local tee shirts for men and women.

The shirts are great quality, incredibly comfortable and make great stocking stuffers! Show your support for Santa Monica and Buy Local with a new shirt! And best yet, 4% of your purchase will be donated to Santa Monica public schools via the Education Foundation.

The shirts are $12 and can be purchased here and picked up at the CVB’s store near the corner of Main and Pico. (1920 Main Street Santa Monica, CA 90405)

Sizes Available
Women: S, M, L
Men: S, M, L, XL, 2XL

*The shirts tend to run a little small and are a 65% polyester, 35% cotton blend.

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Back to School Specials

Photo Credit: Leland F.

Summer is coming to an end and another school year is approaching. Several businesses are now offering specials to make it easier for parents to get their kid’s school supplies in Santa Monica. “People can make their Back-To-School purchases count even more this year,” said Linda Greenberg Gross, Executive Director at SMMEF. “What many people don’t realize is that for every $100 spent in Santa Monica, $45 stays in the community.  That figure jumps up to $68 when we shop at a locally-owned independent store.  Buying locally really helps the schools.  Everyone can contribute just by buying what they need right here in Santa Monica.”

Back-to-School Specials in Santa Monica

Agabhumi: The Best of Bali 2665 Main St. | (310) 396-2422 | Visit Site
Agabhumi has two great items for back to school shopping.  The Tie Dye Tote ($18) is the perfect solution for carrying around your soccer equipment, text books, or dirty laundry! Or how about some Friendship bracelets ($6-$8), available in hundreds of styles and colors, in cord or leather (buy 3 or more and they’re just $5!  Mention “Buy Local” and receive a 15% discount.

Arm Candy Handbag Boutique 2717 Main St. | (310) 392-7492 | Visit Site
Mention ‘Buy Local’ to get $50 off a purchase* of $300. * Regular price only. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Expires 9/31/11

Cherry Picked Thrift Shop 2807-2809 Pico Blvd. | (310) 998-5858 | Visit Site
Cherry Picked has all kinds of great back to school items for the entire family including lunch boxes, bicycle helmets, and huge discounts on all clothing while the weather remains warm!  If you head there soon, you can catch Cherry Picked’s Summer Clearance Sale (through mid- August).

Classic Kids Photography 1627 Montana Ave. | (310) 395-1468 | Visit Site
Book a Classic Kids Photography mini-session anytime before September 30th and receive a specially discounted sitting fee of just $125!  Beautiful custom artwork, holiday cards, products and more will be available for purchase following the shoot. Call to schedule an appointment, 310.395.1468.

GoodsLA 1748 Ocean Park Blvd | (310) 392-3922 | Visit Site
This international gift store has all kinds of great items for back to school, including eco-friendly sustainably harvested birch journals; wooden Japanese multicolored pens; colorful striped plastic pencil cases, wallets, key chains, storage cubes; and lunch bags made by a women’s co-op in Bolivia.

McCabe’s Guitar Shop 3101 Pico Blvd | (310) 828-4497 | Visit Site
Squier Mini Stratocaster Guitars for kids discounted by 40%.

Michael Stars 1233 Montana Ave | (310) 260-5558 | Visit Site
Casually luxurious and oh-so-chic, the Michael Stars Fall collection has finally arrived! Visit Michael Stars on Montana Ave and shop fall at its finest.  For the back to school shopping must-haves for teenage girls, we’ve got the Michael Stars Free Spirit Suede Tote (Available in Brown and Pumpkin) for $115 and Michael Stars Suede Flats (Oxide Grey and Camo Green) for $85.

Peek…Aren’t You Curious 1015 Montana Ave | (310) 434-9700 | Visit Site
Stock up on amazing Peek essentials all under $25, including boy’s short sleeve solid tees $16 and girl’s ribbed leggings $19.50 (available in a variety of colors and great for ages 2 – 12yrs). And check out fun accessories like Vapur Anti Water bottles, $10, and Mini Lunch Notes to brighten up boring bag lunches, $9.95.

Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar 104 Santa Monica Blvd | (310) 393-7693 | Visit Site
Pourtal  will be donating 15% of all tasting sales to the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation as part of its Angel Shares Happy Hour.  Specials include $6 glasses and $6 appetizers, Monday (all night), Tuesday-Friday, 4-7pm.

Scribble Press 1109 Montana Ave | (310) 899-0495 | Visit Site
Design your own planner or calendar to keep track of homework assignments, play dates, lessons… perfect for all ages, from little ones to college students. Create a custom notebook for taking notes, scratching out math problems, or practicing for art class.  Be the talk of the cafeteria with a custom-designed tin lunchbox.  Draw a picture in their art studio and in a few days, you’ll have your very own lunchbox!

Siptea 1627 Montana Ave | (310) 395-2626 | Visit Site
Parents…you know you need that cup of coffee to get the kids off to school in the morning!  Siptea is offering hot and cold travel mugs at a discount to the Buy Local For Our Schools Program. Eco Cup on Ice regularly $7.95, is only $6 and regular Eco Cups, regularly $8.95, are only $7. Save some money and save a cup from being put in a land fill. Learn More about Siptea

The Closet Trading Company 2708 Main Street | (310) 396-5013 | Visit Site
This new resale and consignment boutique has all the brands girls love, like True Religion, Juicy and Free People at 70% off department and chain store prices. Even better, girls and moms can trade their own lightly worn fashion for a whole new wardrobe. Learn More about The Closet

Twist 2601 17th Street | (310) 314-9161 | Visit Site
This season’s must-have accessory for that first day of school is…feathers! Twist on 17th has feather earrings, necklaces and YES, even, feather hair extensions! They also have cute canvas flats…similar to those pricey ones with the fancy label… for just $22.

ZJ Boarding House 2619 Main Street | (310)-392-5646 | Visit Site
Santa Monica’s premier local and online surf and skate shop is having a 4 day sale on all apparel and accessories in store from Thursday – Sunday August 11th-14th. They’ll be discounting apparel, backpacks, shoes, watches, shades, hats and more from all your favorite surf and skate brands.  And on Sunday, August 14th they will be donating 5% of all purchases that are made to your favorite local school.

Looking for a thought-provoking event for you and your teens? See TEDxYouth@SantaMonica