Category Archives: Buy Local Santa Monica

Virginia Avenue Park FALL FESTIVAL

Please join us at the Virginia Avenue Park FALL FESTIVAL

  • FREE Kids Bike Rodeo / Skills course (bring a bike or use ours)
  • Sign the Buy/Bike Local Challenge and be entered to win A Beach Cruiser Package from Santa Monica Spoke and our local partner at Lululemon!screen-shot-2016-09-30-at-10-07-42-am

Interactive Activities (3:00 – 6:00 pm)

  • Pumpkin Carving, provided by Santa Monica Farmers Market and Parent Connection Group
  • Hay Bale Maze
  • Fall Games Area with Santa Monica Police Department
  • Santa Monica College Glass Pumpkin Sale
  • Bike Rodeo with Kids Skills Course with, SM Spoke, & City of SM SRTS
  • Family Bike Test Rides – SM Bike Center
  • No Flame Campfire Storytelling Teepees, Santa Monica Public Library
  • Scarecrow Making with reDiscover Center
  • Harvest Corn Drawing with Pastel by KidZone artist in residence, Deborah Reilly
  • Dia de los Muertos Picture Frames presented by Familias Latinas Unidas
  • Trick or Treat Bag Decorating sponsored by Pico Improvement Organization
  • Haunted House Booth, by VAP Teen Leadership
  • Costume Swap presented by Resource, Recovery and Recycling and SMPL, Annex


September Handlebar Happy Hour: Border Grill

boarder-grillThis Month Handlebar Happy Hour : Border Grill!

End of every month we like to get together for fun, and to celebrate all things bike.bike_local_sticker
Always fun, always family friendly!
Socialize, talk bikes, give input ….
We’ll be treated to some specials

DAY:     Thursday
DATE:   September 29th
TIME:    5:30pm -7pm (HH $)
PLACE:  Boarder Grill Santa Monica
1445 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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!

This month, we’re excited to visit our “Too Hot Tamales” and Master Chef Champions + to celebrate a Buy Local SM institution.  To view the Happy Hour specials >

As always our Handlebar Happy Hours are a Family Friendly Events. Come one and all!

#HBHH #BikeLocalSM #BikeSM #SMSpoke #DrinkLocalSM #EatLocalSM

Go Public – Ice Cream Ride: Part Deux!

Go Public Ice Cream Ride

They’re doing it again, because WHY NOT!?!

The first stop will be the Portland transplant, Salt & Straw Ice Cream! Now open in Venice, located on Abbot Kinney. Salt & Straw features ice cream flavors you never knew were possible and it also showcases a slew of specialty flavors that change every month which are co-created and inspired by local chef’s, restaurants and establishments. Salt & Straw will be giving every rider a FREE kids scoop! Learn more about Salt & Straw here:

The final stop will be their neighbors’ down the street, Kippy’s Ice Cream Shop! Kippy’s is unique in that it specializes in organic, non-dairy ice cream; healthy and delicious. Their ice cream is made by hand, daily using fresh raw coconut sweetened with honey. Yum! Kippy’s has been kind enough to offer every one on the ride a “yogi” sized scoop of ice cream ON THE HOUSE!! Check them out here:

*This will be a 3-4 mile ride round-trip through the streets and neighborhoods of Santa Monica and Venice. Family friendly and fun for all ages (youngsters + toddlers recommended to ride with a parent). The ride will start and end at the PUBLIC Bikes Santa Monica store location.

**BYOB (Bring Your Own Bike) OR hop on a Breeze Bike Share bike on Ashland Ave, one block from the PUBLIC Bikes store, OR rent a bike with the Santa Monica Bike Center and receive 20% when you mention the bike ride!

Eventbrite link (RSVP Here):

BUY LOCAL Health & Fitness FESTIVAL 2016


The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce presents the BUY LOCAL Health & Fitness FESTIVAL 2016 on Saturday, September 10th from 11:00am-4:00pm celebrating the services and products of Santa Monica businesses locals and visitors at the Civic Center Surface Area. Local businesses and non-profits gather at the festival to provide expertise, advice, and product samples promoting a healthy and happy lifestyle for the entire Santa Monica community. Stores and restaurants from every neighborhood will have food and vendor booths.

Kids Bike Skills Course and win a Cruiser Bike!

We will again host a Bike Rodeo – Kids Skills course with our City partners / Safe Routes to School. Additionally we will be giving away a few Beach Cruisers – enter to win by signing the Buy Local #BikeLocal Challenge to “Shop Local by Bike”!
The BIKE area will also have some super cool new special attendees: Warbler Coffee Bike Cart and maybe even Moma’s Pops!

Enjoy food and all kinds of vendors, lots of give-a-ways and meet your neighbors. Visit interactive booths featuring friendly therapy dogs and take charge of improving your total health with blood pressure screenings, health education and body mass index readings. Build your own disaster kit with the Santa Monica Red Cross and learn about CPR and pet First Aid.

This free event brings together our local businesses, services and non-profits for a fun filled day while raising awareness about the economic, environmental and community benefits of thinking local first.

Event cost/ tickets: Free to the public
Parking Info : Lots of Parking at Civic Center Lots

August Handlebar Happy Hour: Gilbert’s El Indio, August 31st

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End of every month we like to get together for fun, and to celebrate all things bike.bike_local_sticker
Always fun, always family friendly!
Socialize, talk bikes, give input ….
We’ll be treated to some specials
•  $12 Pitchers of Margaritas
•  $ 5 food menu items

DAY:     Wednesday
DATE:   August 31st
TIME:    5:30pm -7pm (HH $)
PLACE:  Gilbert’s, El Indio
2526 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405,
On the patio – lock up out front or welcome to bring your bike in!

Established in Santa Monica in 1974 Gilbert’s El Indio is casual, friendly, Mexican Restaurant + Bar that feels like home. They are a Buy Local Business

Think Santa Monica First
….  Buy “Bike” Local

Bike Local, Buy Local – Eat/shop/play local by bicycle!  It’s fun, healthy and good for the environment.  Join us for our monthly Handlebar Happy Hour events (generally the last week of the month, check the Calendar!) organized in partnership with Buy Local SM to help showcase our BLSM businesses and the joy of bicycling!

For every $10 spent at a Santa Monica business, as much as $7 stays in the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditure (Civic Economics, 2008).  Spending locally ensures that your sales taxes are reinvested right here in Santa Monica.
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