Who do you love? The City of Santa Monica, in partnership with the Buy Local Santa Monica Committee, the Santa Monica Daily Press and local businesses, is pleased to announce the launch of the second annual Most Loved Santa Monica contest, which is currently in full swing. Residents, businesses and visitors are encouraged to vote for their Most Loved Santa Monica businesses, with categories ranging from Most Loved Farmers Market Vendor to Most Loved Bike/Surf/Skate Shop to Most Loved Main Street business.

Just by voting you may get a bit of love in return. You will automatically be entered to win some fabulous prizes including gift certificates from local businesses, Buy Local SM T-shirts, Buy Local reusable bags and more! You are also encouraged to share the love on social media. Post pics of you at your favorite Santa Monica businesses using @BuyLocalSM and #MostLovedSM.

Last year over 1,000 people voted. (To date organizers have had over 1,200 vote so far and it’s just one week into the voting). The online survey contest runs through Feb. 28 and can be accessed at www.buylocalsm.com. Winners will be announced in April at a Most Loved Santa Monica Awards Ceremony and Reception at Santa Monica City Hall.

Most Loved SM is part of the Buy Local Santa Monica campaign, dedicated to raising awareness of local businesses and the economic, environmental and community benefits of thinking local first. The contest is sponsored by Downtown SM Inc., Main Street Business Improvement Association, Montana Avenue Merchants Association, Pico Improvement Organization, SM Chamber of Commerce, SM Convention and Visitors Bureau, SM Pier Corporation in partnership with the Santa Monica Daily Press and the City of Santa Monica. To vote for your Most Loved SM businesses and for more information on the contest, last year’s Most Loved Winners and the campaign, visit www.buylocalsm.com.

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