Category Archives: Montana Ave.

Halloween Hop on Montana Avenue

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4th Annual Halloween Hop Santa Monica
Monday, October 31st, 2011
Montana Ave. Santa Monica
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Kids of all ages will enjoy trick-or-treating all along Montana Avenue, plus all kinds of fun, spooky activities for kids including face painting, temporary tattoos, fortune telling, and of course lots of candy!

Dozens of stores will also showcase special Halloween artwork in their windows created by local kids. A list of last year’s participating merchants can be found here.

Also, don’t miss the Pet Parade and Costume Contest on the 30th. Details here.


Dog Parade and Costume Contest

2nd Annual Pet Parade and Halloween Contest
Sunday, October 30, 2011
1pm – 4pm
Montana Ave. between 6th and 17th in Santa Monica
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Strut your mutt in the 2nd annual parade and costume contest. Judging stations will be set up along Montana Avenue between 6th and 17th and each category has at least $250 worth of prizes!

Most Original
Best Couple

Prizes will be awarded at 4:30pm on 14th and Montana, next to the Whole Foods parking lot.

Registration is $5 per pet and can be done at To Wag For (1123 Montana Santa Monica, CA)

Proceeds and donations will go to Unleash the Beach to ‘get the right experts and legal battles fought so we can have a fun and legal dog beach right here in Santa Monica!’ according to To Wag For.

Now Open: Zouk Los Angeles

Zouk is the tale of two sisters… having only the best of times. Jenny Best and Katharina Tagliaferro, two Swedes with purpose and pizzazz, have always loved traveling together to far off places. Based in Los Angeles, and Australia, respectively, Jenny and Katharina’s love for travel, artistry, and charitable pursuits inspired them to open their truly unique new boutique, Zouk Los Angeles.

Zouk can, of course, be found on Montana Ave., Santa Monica’s Mecca of the marvelous and unusual. The store itself is almost like a portal or a magic wardrobe that transports you to exotic lands filled to the brim with the finest goods from each corner of the world…  Moroccan candles, Turkish towels, Indian pillows, Peruvian alpaca wools, Portuguese ceramics, Thai ice buckets, Swedish jewelry and art… And that’s just a fraction of the bevy of goods found at Zouk. Vintage wares abound, as well as revamped and recycled fabrics, mirrors, and Persian rugs. Plus the shelves of the spacious store are made with re-purposed scaffolding planks. So cool.

Everything in the store is a one-of-a kind gift for someone special. It’s your choice if you tell the recipient you just got back from a trip to Thailand, or clue them in on your new find in sunny Santa Monica. I vote the latter, of course, because it’d be good karma to share this place.

The best part of Zouk, however, is charity. For every item that you purchase, Zouk will donate 3% of the selling price to a charity of your choice. Inspired by international, national, or local causes? Zouk has it all on its charity list—Green Peace, World Food Program, Heal the Bay, and Ocean Park Community Center—beautifully inscribed on the enormous chalkboard above the register. Chic and philanthropic.

Here’s the thing about Zouk—I want to live there. Seriously, I want to bring my laptop and lounge the day away on their lush couches and cushions with imported pillows, in one of their baby-soft bathrobes. With portraits and fabulous artwork adorning the walls, and cases of fantastic ethno-awesome jewelry… what more could you ask?

So next time you find yourself meandering along Montana and you wander into Zouk, and you see a funny brunette girl smelling the bath salts on the coffee table, and reading Luxe Guide books about Singapore and Indonesia—that’d be me. I’m a fan.

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Zouk Los Angeles
(310) 260-1230
1311 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403

About the Author, Annie
Annie is a recording artist/writer who delights in personal alchemy, whimsy, & quantum physics. She can often be found drinking tea, eating cake, or changing the world. She blogs about the delicacies of daily life in the city of angels at

All pictures taken by Buy Local Market photographer, Da Xu.

dineLA 2011 Santa Monica Restaurants

dineLA Restaurant Week 2011 – Santa Monica Edition
Saturday, October 2-7 and October 9-14
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dineLA Restaurant Week is a 2 week dining event established to introduce diners to the vast array of restaurants in neighborhoods throughout LA and to highlight the diversity of culinary experiences available. Local foodies and visitors to LA will have the opportunity to enjoy a selection of specially priced three-course meals from some of LA’s best restaurants during this dining event.

Santa Monica is lucky to have almost 50 restaurants taking part in this year’s dineLA event.
See the list below.

Participating Santa Monica Restaurants

For a full list of restaurants in LA county, please visit the dineLA website.


Participating restaurants opt into one of three dining categories and present a specially priced three-course meal for lunch and/or dinner. Diners choose from three choices for each course including appetizer, entrée and dessert. Prices and meal periods vary by restaurant and meal period and exclude beverages, tax and gratuity.


Diners may make a reservation online at, or they may contact the restaurant directly. Due to the popularity of this event, advance reservations are strongly encouraged, but walk-ins are appreciated. There is no guarantee that walk-in guests will be accommodated.

Coming Soon to Santa Monica – August 2011 Edition

Coming Soon to Santa Monica – August 2011 Edition

Get a sneak peek at some of the new restaurants, shops, hotels and events coming to town in the next 30 days. And for all the latest, you can also subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

New Restaurants

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California Shabu Shabu | 930 Broadway Santa Monica | Menu | Visit Website
CSS brings shabu-shabu, the Japanese take on Chinese hot-pot to Santa Monica. With shabu-shabu, you are the chef. You oversee a pot of boiling water in the center of the table, submerging a variety of thinly sliced beef, noodles, vegetables and spices at your own pace.

California Shabu Shabu expects to open its doors mid-September.

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Greens Up! Salads | 3101 Main St. Santa Monica | Menu (PDF) | Visit Website
Less than a year after Chef Robert Yamarone first brought the ‘healthy, crisp, alternative food’ Greens Up! Salads serves to Montana Ave., Greens Up! is coming to Main Street.

Greens Up! allows you to create your own salad or choose from their chef selections. The produce is locally grown, farmed in an environmentally conscious way and much of it is organic and gluten-free.

Look for Greens Up! Salads on Main St. and Marine soon.

Next Door by Josie | 2420 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica | Visit Website
Josie Le Balch of Josie’s Restaurant is opening a new casual farm-to-table eatery next to the original Josie’s restaurant (featured @ 4:52 above) called, Next Door by Josie. Clever.

The restaurant is expected to open August 26th.

**[Update 9/14/11] The restaurant is now open. See our full review and pictures here.

Tender Greens | 201 Arizona Ave. Santa Monica | Menu | Visit Website
Tender Greens is set to open their 7th location in Santa Monica this August. Known and loved for their commitment to their locally sourced, fresh ingredients, Tender Greens is a natural fit for Santa Monica.

**[Update 9/14/11] The restaurant is now open. Subscribe or check back for our review.

New Shops

giggle Better Basics Happy Hippo

Giggle | 1120 Montana Ave., Santa Monica | Visit Site
Giggle’s newest store opening in early September is your one-stop source for a smarter nursery. Their collection of innovative, functional and health conscious baby products includes baby items from fun, bright bedding and furniture to gear, toys, baby care, cleaning products, and more.

New Hotels

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Shore Hotel | 1515 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica | (800) 599-1515 | Visit Site
Shore Hotel is Santa Monica’s new green, independently owned, luxurious beachfront hotel scheduled to open October 1st. Shore Hotel is the first and only newly constructed Silver LEED registered hotel in Santa Monica. Inspired by the convergence of Southern California’s spectacular natural landscape with a unique urban fabric, Shore Hotel is the destination of choice among oceanfront hotels.

Upcoming Events

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The Good Food Festival | Sept. 14-18 | Various Locations around Santa Monica | Visit Site
The Santa Monica Farmers Market celebrates its 30th Anniversary with the inaugural Southern California Good Food Festival & Conference. This unprecedented 5 day event will focus on regional and national issues integral to building a local and sustainable food system while supporting the needs of California family farmers.

See Our Guide to the Good Food Festival

TEDxYouth@SantaMonica: Define Yourself | Sept. 24 | Visit Site
TEDxYouth@SantaMonica is partnering with Santa Monica High School to create a TED experience for 500 local youth centered around the theme of defining yourself. Together, they are assembling an exciting and inspiring program of live speakers and TEDTalks for a memorable day of fun, insight and revelation.

The conversations will cover such diverse topics as soccer, porn and graffiti, but will always be guaranteed to make you think a little differently about how you define yourself, and are defined by others.

Learn More, Register and Find Tickets

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Now Open: Stacia

I am always on the lookout for the new and beautiful—you might call me a fashion sleuth—and there’s nothing I love more than a new clothing boutique. Boutiques are so much more personal and welcoming than big department stores. They are like the indie-bookstore to a big Barnes and Noble.

So, surely, you can imagine my delight when I walked into Stacia, which just opened last month, perfectly situated just off Montana Ave. It’s bright, airy, and cheery—a perfect light, white canvas to showcase its vibrantly colored sensuous clothing. With gladiolas on the center table, and turquoise lanterns and green apples as accents, you feel like you’re walking into a well-designed zen beach lounge, that just happens to have silky soft clothing all around you.

Equally as delightful is that all of Stacia’s clothing is made from sustainable fibers, and most is made from 100% bamboo, which is washable—no dry-cleaning!—and can last for at least 3-5 years if cared for properly. (Who’d have thought the food of pandas could make such a soft, luxurious knit? I was in tactile heaven!)

The mastermind behind Stacia is, of course, someone named Stacy. Stacy Johnson, a true islander at heart—she was raised both in Hawaii and Alaska, creates what she describes as a “1970s surf culture, beach aesthetic… retro, but contemporary” line. Stacy’s no stranger to the world of fashion—Stacia has been in business since 1999, as a successful global wholesale business, selling to over 300 stores.

Stacy came to Santa Monica for a better quality of life after the birth of her first child. Now, a mother of three, Stacy and her family love being close to the beach, plus, now she finds herself right smack dab in the middle of her clientele. In Santa Monica, every day her target customer is walking down the street, unlike New York, where she had been living, where easy, breezy beachwear isn’t as commonplace.

Stacia is primarily known for its rich colors and fibers. Each piece has a unique pattern due to the space dye technique used for the line. Depending on how the pattern falls, sometimes a piece comes out with a stripe, chevron, or diamond effect.

The beauty of Stacy’s designs is that they are über-versatile. You can layer, layer, layer… You can pair ‘em with jeans just as well as a bikini. Her dresses are perfect for a lazy, Sunday afternoon at the beach, or dressed up with boots for an evening soirée.

Another major perk of Stacy’s new boutique is that she has pieces that you can’t find anywhere else… samples and/or tops that are discontinued, and there’s even a basket of the softest babies duds I’ve ever seen that you can only find at the store. Meaning you can get a one-of-a-kind piece, and usually at a lower price. Aloha!

I love Santa Monica, and evidently… so does Stacy.

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Special Offer: Mention ‘Buy Local’ and get 10% off at Stacia through the end of the week.

(310) 393-7100
808 11th Street, Santa Monica, CA

About the Author, Annie
Annie is a recording artist/writer who delights in personal alchemy, whimsy, & quantum physics. She can often be found drinking tea, eating cake, or changing the world. She blogs about the delicacies of daily life in the city of angels at

All pictures taken by Da Xu for Buy Local Market.

Now Open: Siptea

Recently moved to Montana Ave. from its former Downtown LA home, Siptea is sure to make a refreshing summer splash in every Santa Monica tea drinker’s life. Your source for hand selected organic teas, Siptea not only sells an impressive array of loose leaf tea but also offers a clean, funky space in which to enjoy them – hot, iced, or poured into a cocktail.

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Founded by Laura Stewart with the intent to uphold an environmentally responsible and community-building business, Siptea seems a perfect fit for green Santa Monica. In Laura’s own words, “Siptea is a modern organic tea line.  We have hand-picked the best organic teas, striving to get as many fair trade as possible.  We have a passion for tea and try to instill that passion through education and exposure to the world of tea.”

Siptea’s carefully sourced products, eco-friendly teapots, and dedication to quality make it an interesting alternative to the normal coffee grind.

Stop by Siptea during Montana Avenue’s Artwalk, Thursday, July 21st when they’ll be hosting LA painter Ed Moses.

Early Feedback

“What a fantastic selection of organic teas! Friendly service and very well informed staff.  Love the Earl Grey.” – Amy A (Yelp)

Mon.-Sat. 10:00am-5:00pm
Sun. 12:00pm-5:00pm

(310) 395-2626
1627 Montana Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90403

Montana Avenue Artwalk

2nd Annual Montana Ave. Artwalk

Thursday, July 21st
Montana Avenue between 6th and 17th, Santa Monica, CA
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Montana Avenue will be transformed into Santa Monica’s longest art gallery…just for one night! The Montana Avenue Merchants Association is hosting the 2nd Annual Montana Avenue Artwalk, an evening of art, music, dining and fun! Shops and restaurants along the ten-block shopping district (from 7th to 17th streets) will feature the work of more than 50 visual artists and live musicians, and will offer refreshments, dining specials and other surprises.

Art lovers will see original work in all mediums, ranging from photography and fine art, to woven tapestry and jewelry design. Visitors of all ages will also be able to participate in live art events, either watching new works being produced, or making their own unique creations. Stores will be offering refreshments of all kinds – from champagne & chocolate, to tea & cookies – and many will be offering discounts on merchandise.

Please check back for the list of participating stores, the artists/musicians they will be featuring and other goodies that will be on hand for the evening.

Montana Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90403

Looking for more summer events in Santa Monica? Check out what’s going on in Downtown.

‘Carmageddon’ Deals in Santa Monica

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Stay Local, Play Local and Buy Local during the 405 Closure July 15-17th

[Updated 7/15 11:20am]

Several Santa Monica merchants are offering you special deals valid during the 405 closure this weekend. Please check back often as new discounts will be added up until Friday, July 15th and thank you for thinking local first!

We also suggest viewing our Saturday Date Night specials in Downtown Santa Monica.

Agabhumi The Best of Bali
$30 for $50 Towards In-Store Purchase
Pay just $30 for a $50 gift card towards your in store purchase of unique jewelry, handbags, scarves & accessories all handmade in Bali. Our staff will help you pick out the perfect gift – or something fabulous for yourself!

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Angels Piano Bar
Special Car-mageddon menu
$4.05 special food and booze menu + live music all weekend. Also No cover!

Animal Kingdom
$4.05 off regular doggy daycare rate of $32
$4.05 off our regular doggy daycare rates!  Also enjoy our extended hours for Carmaggedon weekend only!

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Arm Candy
$45 in Arm Candy Cash for $4.05
Stay Local and Buy Local for the 405 closure weekend! Offer is only redeemable in-store 7/15 – 7/17 in conjunction with the 405 closure. Valid on purchase of $200 or more.  Cannot be combined with any other offer.  Limit one per transaction.

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Arts and Letters on Main
2665 Main Street, Suite C | (310) 392-9076
Relax, stay local and enjoy what the neighborhood has to offer!!
Mention the “405 Freeway Closure” and received 20% off any purchase. Offer valid July 15 to July 18, Friday, Saturday and Monday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10:30am-5pm. Cannot be combined with any other offer or on custom printing.

Beachy Cream
$1 off your purchase Carmageddon weekend
Receive $1 off your purchase if you mention “405 closure” at the register during Carmageddon weekend. Valid at the Santa Monica Place location. 395 Santa Monica Place, Suite 341 Santa Monica, CA 90401

Betsy and Tracy Boutique
2929 Main St | (310) 452-6900
Avoid the grid-lock and go shopping!
50-80% off on most items storewide. Excludes already discounted FRYE boots. Valid July 15-17, 2011.

Bike Attack
2400 Main St, C-1 | (310) 581-8014
Ride a bike! Leave your car at home! 10% off on all bikes, except sale items. Valid July 14-19, 2011, Monday-Friday 10am-7pm and Saturday-Sunday 10am-6pm.

The Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center
1310 11th St
Save $5 this weekend
Save $5 on any showing of Neil Patrick Harris’ The Expert at the Card Table on July 16th or 17th. Call 310-434-3200 and mention Carmageddon.

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Double Shaka
405 Closure Sale! All items reg $50 on sale for $40.5
All regularly priced items at $50 will be on sale for $40.5. Stay local and ride your bike to our store 7/15-7/18!

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ESP Wellness Center
625 Montana Ave. (310) 260-0066
Save 10% on Pilates, Yoga, TRX, and more!
Join us at ESP Wellness Center this weekend and receive 10% off any service! We offer private Pilates, Yoga, TRX, Boxing, group classes, and spa treatments!

Green Denim Initiative
2716 Main Street (310) 299-2888
Stop by and save!
We are offering 25-50% off select items in our boutique until Sunday for Carmageddon.


15% off your entire purchase
Stay Local and Buy Local for the 405 closure weekend! Mention the “405 Special” and receive 15% your entire purchase.  Valid July 15-17, 2011, 10:30 am – 7 pm.

Locanda del Lago
Carmageddon specials!
Westsiders – are you ready for Car-Mageddon? From July 15 – 17, we’ll be offering our Stuzzichini small bites for $4.05 each, and our Car-prese Martini, Car-pirinha, and Blackberry Car-garita for happy hour prices ($8 glass, $20 litro) – just mention Car-Mageddon to your server!

1505 Wilshire Blvd.
$25 off a purchase of $50 or more
Purchase this coupon and use it toward thousands of products from a full line of already discounted Apple products to HDTVs and accessories. Redeem this coupon in our Santa Monica Retail Store only. Only one can be redeemed per transaction. One per customer. One per household. Coupon cannot be used on iTunes cards and Gift Certificates.

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Malibu Family Wines

Couples Wine Tasting + Tour (Valid 7/16)
Satisfy your senses and savor unforgettable wine at Malibu Family Wines. As an added bonus, stop by Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar in Downtown Santa Monica within 2 weeks of your private tour at Malibu Vineyards and receive tasting cards. Price per couple is $56.  From 12:00pm – 5:00pm on Saturday, July 16th, Malibu Wines will book hour-long group reservations.  Sign up fast – only 14 couples maximum per hour-long tour.

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2711 Main St | (310) 452-5409
Stay Local, Shop Local!
Mention “405 Discount” and get 15% off during the 405 closure weekend! Valid July 16-17, 2011, 11am to 7pm Saturday; 11am to 6pm Sunday.

The Misfit
$4.05 Libations all Weekend
While the 405 is closed down, The Misfit will be offering $4.05 libations. Whether you’re staying local or brave enough to battle the traffic, The Misfit will be there to help ease the pain.

The Details: $4.05 drinks will includes signature cocktails, well drinks, white sangria, and selected draft beer & glasses of wine. Valid Friday July 15 @ 7 pm until closing on Sunday July 17

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This weekend only
O’Neill will “celebrate” the 405 freeway closure with a special 40.5% discount for all products in the store.

Pedal or Not
$405 off for new Pedego Electric Bikes
Avoid the freeway crush – if you have to ride, make it an electric bicycle ride.

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Peek….aren’t you curious
Carmageddon special
Carmaggedeon is just around the corner, and now is the perfect chance come take a “peek” since you must be “curious” to see what great deals we will be offering! Mention “peek perks” and receive 15% off all NEW full price merchandise. In addition, we are running a huge sale on Spring and Summer merchandise which is 50%  off and includes select shoes, and books!  Stay local, play local!!! Visit for our other amazing deals available online, as well as in stores now.

405 Closure special
Receive 15% off all merchandise July 16, 17 & 18. *Excludes sale items.

Santa Monica Museum of Art: GRACIE
$4.05 off any purchase of $40.50 or more!
“Los Angeles authorities are bracing for a full-blown traffic nightmare”. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS  “Stay the heck out of here,” warns L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.  Mayor  Villaraigosa  suggests, “go on a vacation”

We at GRACIE, SMMOA’s gift shop are not afraid.  In fact we say, BRING IT ON….and to encourage those brave souls who venture out during Carmagaddon we would like to offer a shopping incentive.

Come on in to see our fabulous Marco Brambilla exhibit and then enjoy a $4.05 discount on any purchase over $40.50

Road sign special..from artist Richard Tipping will be discounted from $18  ($4+$5=$9) to $9.00….supplies limited.

Santa Monica Playhouse
Stay in Santa Monica this weekend and still go out on the town! With FREE tickets to “ALL JOIN IN – A FAIRYTALE SING-A-LONG AFTERNOON,” the wildly popular Rudie-DeCarlo Family Theatre interactive musical for Kids 2 to 102. Follow along in song books which you get to keep, win prizes and fill up on complimentary Pirate’s Booty, too. Supported in part by a grant from the City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Arts Commission. “A Must See! Never a dull moment!” says the Tolucan Times. Reservations are a must!

Please call 310-394-9779 to get your tickets.

Shutters on the Beach
The Big Deal Package
Stay three nights (July 15 to 17) for $405 a night — a discount off the standard rate of $610 a night; prices don’t include tax. The Big Delay Package includes $75 worth of dry cleaning and a to-go breakfast Monday so that you can face the reopened freeway with a smile. Make reservations online or by phone. Info: 1 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica; (310) 458-0030.

Twist Clothing

$25 for $50 worth of ANYTHING in the store!
CAR-magedeon weekend Friday July 15th to Monday July 18th…cash in on this fantastic discount! For the 405 CAR-magedeon weekend closure, we are offering our Buy Local customers a “deal to steal” $50 worth of ANY merchandise in the store for only $25! This offer is valid ONLY ON THESE DAYS and cannot be combined with Twist rewards redemption. Offer must be redeemed in person with voucher . No limit to the number of discounts you can buy for this very special offer.

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Yogis Anonymous
Spend Carmageddon doing yoga
All day Saturday, July 16th and Sunday, July 17th get a single class for $10 instead of the usual $17.

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