Category Archives: Buy Local Santa Monica

Most Loved Santa Monica Contest: Vote for Santa Monica Spoke

Voting for your Most Loved Santa Monica Businesses of 2018 starts Feburary 1st!

Buy Local, Support Local – It keeps dollars in Santa Monica’s economy, supporting our schools, parks and vital community services.

We’d LOVE to have you VOTE for Santa Monica Spoke
Category #20, advocacy/non-profit! 

VOTE HERE


 

View last year’s Most Loved Santa Monica Business Winners + Runner-Ups (2017)
click here. 


Buy Local for our Schools
:  Did you know that any purchase you make at a Santa Monica business directly helps support our schools?  Last year, we collectively raised $8 Million for the SMMUSD just by buying local!

SUPPORT Buy Local.  If you are a Santa Monica business, click here to JOIN this free campaign.  If you are a resident, local employees, business owner or frequent local visitor, show your support for our community by signing the pledge.  If you live in Santa Monica, we’d also be greatful if you could take 3 minutes to complete the Buy Local SM Resident Survey to help inform Buy Local Santa Monica of the goods and services you need in town!

 Bike Local, Buy Local – Eat/shop/play local by bicycle!  It’s fun, healthy and good for the environment…and it’s easy to do, thanks to all our great bike shops and Breeze Bike Share program.  Join us for our monthly #BikeLocalSM Handlebar Happy Hour events (last week of the month, check our Calendar for details!).  Organized in partnership with Buy Local Santa Monica to help showcase participating #BuyLocalSM businesses & the joy of bicycling!

January Ride with the Mayor and MORE!

CELEBRATION:
A Year of Monthly Rides & Walks with the Mayor
This will be our Anniversary Ride with the Mayor & CalBike!
…. but there’s more!

Click image for flickr gallery

Not only will the Mayor and the City of Santa Monica Mobility Team be there, but we are excited we will again be joined by the Board and staff of the California Bicycle Coalition (who joined us on our very 1st Ride with the Mayor)…

But also another special guestJeffrey Tanenhaus of Countri Bike!!

You may remember Jeffrey and his Epic Cross County Adventure on a Citi Bike – We welcomed
Jeffrey and his Countri Bike with a Finish Line Celebration two years ago at the Santa Monica Pier.

On this Anniversary Ride we have a Trifecta! Santa Monica Mayor / CalBike / Countri Bike
— followed by a HandleBar Happy Hour “Brunch” #HBHH+B

Join Santa Monica Spoke, Mayor Ted Winterer, City of Santa Monica Mobility Team, California Bicycle Coalition and Jeffrey Tanenhaus for this 3x’s the FUN CELEBRATION!

Surely to be a day of fun and excitement, you’ll experience some of Santa Monica’s amazing bike infrastructure, maybe hear about new projects and if you like, chat with the Mayor, City Management / staff, CalBike or Jeffrey on a socially paced bike tour of Santa Monica to BRUNCH! The ride is around 3 miles along the Expo Bike Path and Colorado Ave – is planned to be less an hour in length. We will end our ride at the ‘top of the Santa Monica Pier for a “PHOTO OP” – then continue onto our no-host HBHH Brunch Social at Chez Jay.

Chez Jay became the social crossroads of an incredible cultural revolution that has impacted movies, television, music, art, politics and more. In recognition of its importance Chez Jay was declared a Santa Monica Historic Landmark in 2012. We will be in the new “Jay’s Landing” patio that opens onto the fabulous Tongva Park — “Jay’s Landing” offers it’s own menu to be eaten there or take out for a stroll in the Park.
Chez Jay: 1657 Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica, California


January 2017 we led Santa Monica’s first official “Ride with the Mayor”
— Mayor Ted Winterer, City management, staff and The California Bicycle Coalition (CalBike) board and staff took a wonderful bike tour of Santa Monica. We are so happy CalBike is joining us again this year on the anniversary of our very first Ride with the Mayor!

Our local leader Cynthia Rose brings it all together as she is not only the Director of Santa Monica Spoke, she is also a Vice President on the CalBike board of directors as well as a former board member of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) and the primary catalyst for LACBC’s Local Chapters with Santa Monica Spoke being the founding chapter way back in 2009.

January 2017 Ride with the Mayor was joined by community members of all ages and the CalBike Board & Staff             — click image for flickr gallery

December: Ugly Sweater Holiday Ride with the Mayor!

December Ride with the Mayor Holiday Ride and Ugly Sweaters!

For December, put on your ugliest sweater and join us, Mayor Ted Winterer and City staff for holiday ride from the Main Street Holiday Tree to the Trio of Holiday Celebrations on Pico Boulevard at the Virginia Avenue Park Farmers Market. The 4-mile ride will meet at  The Victorian (2640 Main Street) 9:30am and plan to roll at 10am – the ride  will be about 45 minutes long.

Don’t have the right sweater? Our Buy Local partners at Make Believe Costumes have Ugly Sweaters and will give you a 25% discount when you mention BIKE LOCAL! Just tell the clerk at the register.

Make Believe Costumes
3240 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
310.396.6785
http://www.makebelieveinccostumes.com
Sales Dept. Hours:   12-6 Tuesday-Sunday


Bring your ugliest sweater (or not), your own bike, helmet, lock & water bottle. Children should be capable of street riding or in an appropriate child seat or trailer. There is no cost to participate.

No bike? No problem! Just grab a Breeze Bike Share Bike.

About the Mayor’s Ride:
Biking (AND WALKING) is better with friends! The monthly Mayor Ride was born last year at the Breeze One year Anniversary Event with a proclamation from our City Manager Rick Cole. We led the 1st Ride with the Mayor which was joined by the California Bicycle Coalition Board of Directors in January 2017 – This free local event has continued with monthly community bike rides and walks with Mayor Ted Winterer and City Staff since January with a different theme monthly. Come meet the Mayor, City staff, and your neighbors while enjoying the Santa Monica sunshine!

About the Trio of Holiday Celebrations on Pico Boulevard:
Celebration of Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa – 3 holidays featuring foods, music, library readings and crafts. Along with Buy Local Holiday Shopping Ideas from our Santa Monica Farmers Market, Pico Boulevard merchants + Buy Local Santa Monica. Grab bag of giveaways to stores + Photos with Santa! For more information contact Pico Improvement Organization.

Stay up to date on events all over Santa Monica and the Westside at SMSpoke.org, and on our calendar. You can also check out Santa Monica City Planning on Facebook

We look forward to seeing you there!

November 30th, HandleBar Happy Hour: TRiP

For November our #HandleBarHappyHour will be at TRiP  This venue takes pride in that they strongly support local music and prides themselves in assisting up and coming artists.  They book 30 to 40 acts a week, most of which are local.  So… just like we say “buy local and support local” — including music!  Places like this are indeed what make our community a great place to live, work and play.

5:30-8pm & onward
TRiP: 2101 Lincoln Blvd, SM, 90405 
Calendar Event HERE

Since 2013:  TRiP’s wine list has been comprised of ONLY wines grown locally in the Malibu region. Niiiice!


This months HBHH ties into a Movember fundraising event with one of our own – RideShare Jeff!

The show at TRiP begins at 8pm. Facebook event HERE
This event is to raise money and awareness for men’s health related isses. Featuring Rideshare Jeff, CeyJay, Keith and Scorpion Wolf Shark. $5/door, $4 goes to Movember Foundation, 21+


End of every month we like to get together for fun, and to celebrate all things bike.bike_local_sticker
Always fun, always friendly!
This months venue may not be family friendly.

Socialize, talk bikes, give input ….

If it’s on your way don’t forget to pass the Bike Counter!


Big thank you to last months host El Texate – we had great food and GREAT FUN!

Celebrate #BikeLocalSM, our Buy Local SM businesses, happy hour + new friends at these monthly events!  Learn about upcoming local bike events + find out about and connect with us at SM Spoke… as we visit and introduce you to some of our Buy Local SM businesses.  Eat Local, Drink Local, Buy Local AND Bike Local SM!

 

Saturday, November 4th: Bike Ride with the Mayor, Breeze Turns 2 Celebration, Party at The Albright!!

Breeze Bike Share is turning 2!

Event is on our Calendar HERE – RSVP HERE

We are proud of all we have accomplished together in our first two years and hope you’ll come celebrate the part you’ve played in the success on a community bike ride. Ride Breeze or your own steed – all are welcome!

Join us Saturday, November 4th on a bike ride with Mayor Ted Winterer, City of Santa Monica and Breeze Bike Share on a Community Ride followed by a brunch time birthday celebration at The Albright on the Santa Monica Pier.

Special menu! $6 Breakfast Burritos & Mimosa!
Check these out:

•  Strong to the Finish
    Spinach Tortilla, Pesto, Eggs, Spinach, Corn, Red Peppers, Black Beans
•  Classic
    Flour Tortilla, Eggs, Pinto Beans, Bacon, Avocado, Breakfast Potatoes,  Cheddar,  Pico de Gallo
•  Cali-for-nia
    Spinach Tortilla, Turkey Sausage, Eggs, White Cheddar, Mushrooms, Breakfast Potatoes, Avocado, Salsa
•  Viva la Vegan
    Spinach Tortilla, Breakfast Potatoes, Black Beans, Avocado, Pico de Gallo, Mushrooms, Spinach

Meet at 9:30 am, depart at 10:00 am from the 17th Street Expo Station. The ride is approximately 5 miles and will end at The Albright (258 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401) at 11:00am. If you can’t make the ride you can still join us for the party at The Albright!
Always FUN, Always Family Friendly!

Breeze is offering free ride time all day November 4th to Celebrate!
RSVP and you can request a free Helmet!


In 2015 Santa Monica launched LA County’s first bike share system, Breeze.
Since then together —

  • We’ve ridden nearly 1.3 million miles!
  • We’re almost 78,000 Breezers
  • We’ve ridden over 607,000 trips
  • We’ve biked around the world 51 times
  • We’ve burned the calories in 22,502 pizzas, and
  • We’ve prevented greenhouse gas emissions from 401 cars driven for one year from entering the atmosphere.