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|Deadline Nears for Santa Monica’s “Most Loved” Business Contest|
By Niki Cervantes
February 22, 2017 -- The deadline is near, but you can still send an online vote of love to your favorite local business in Santa Monica.
Next Tuesday, February 28, at 11:59 p.m. is the last chance to cast votes in the 4th Annual “Most Loved Santa Monica Business” contest sponsored by Buy Local Santa Monica, contest organizers said. Vote at click here.
The contest is meant to help boost the local economy, enhance a sense of community and serve as a guide for tourists who want to visit the places where locals like to go, organizers said.
Since launching in 2014, the “Most Loved” contest has quickly built a following. Last year, nearly 3,400 people voted, a three-fold increase from 2014.
In addition to choosing a favorite business in each of Santa Monica's four business districts and the Pier, the contest allows participants to vote businesses in 21 categories.
They include everything from favorite surf/skateboard shop and most bike, kid or pet-centric businesses to best hotel/motel for a staycation or business with best “Santa Monica” vibe.
Voters also can choose their most beloved local eateries (including those with locally-sourced ingredients) or galleries featuring the work of local artists and clothing boutiques that boast sustainable/reused products.
Categories for the most loved “Happy Hour,” tech start-up and venue for live entertainment and/or comedy also are included.
Voters can weigh in on as many categories as they please, but can only cast their ballots once.
Last year’s winners included Orangetheory Fitness, as most loved downtown business, Pedego Electric Bikes Santa Monica for Best Business on Main Street, m0851 as Best Business on Montana Avenue and Crossfit Reflex as Best Business on Pico Boulevard. Rusty's Surf Ranch won best business on the Pier.
Voters who submit contact information are automatically entered into the Most Loved SM Raffle Prize Drawing for a chance to win prizes donated from “Buy Local” businesses, including a Make Love With Food Hoodie featuring Santa Monica Farmers Market farmer Harry's Berries strawberries, tickets to the Orchestra Santa Monica's season finale concert and a gift certificate for a shopping spree at m0851.
Votes will be tallied by the Santa Monica High School Statistics Class students, in partnership with the Buy Local Santa Monica Executive Committee.
The #MostLoved winners and runners-up will be announced on May 2, 2017 at the Most Loved Santa Monica Businesses ceremony at City Hall. The raffle prize winners will also be announced.
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