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We want to thank the community for voting in this year’s Best Of Santa Monica 2021! We had well over 30,000 votes from the community this year and many nominations – it is truly amazing to see the community come together for that! This year, we encourage you to shop local for the holidays – whether they are the “Best” business in their category, a nominated business or a business that isn’t even listed in this publication – small businesses are what makes our communities thrive!
So, as we start to hear more and more news about supply chain issues and big box stores not having gifts for the holidays, we encourage you to look local – shop small this holiday season and support all your community businesses!
From our family to yours, we wish you an amazing end of the year and a happy holiday season! As always, thank you for reading, following, watching and supporting!

Best Restaurant

Winner – Fritto Misto
Address: 620 Santa Monica Blvd #A
Phone Number: (310) 458-2829
Website: thefrittomisto.com

2nd Place Runner Up – Manchego
Address: 2518 Main St
Phone Number: (310) 450-3900
Website: manchegosm.com

3rd Place Runner Up – Father’s Office
Address: 1018 Montana Ave
Phone Number: (310) 822-4340
Website: fathersoffice.com

Best Happy Hour

Winner – The Misfit Restaurant + Bar
Address: 225 Santa Monica Blvd
Phone Number: (310) 656-9800
Website: themisfitbar.com

2nd Place Runner Up – Esters Wine Shop & Bar
Address: 1314 7th St
Phone Number: (310) 899-6900
Website: esterswineshop.com
Esters Wine Shop & Bar is all about curation and fun, without any pretension. Spend an evening leisurely exploring new vintages from the 250+ list of planet-friendly wines, catch up with friends over Happy Hour and dinner, or stock up for a party at home. Think of them as your neighborhood clubhouse…for wine.

3rd Place Runner Up – Michael’s
Address: 1147 3rd St
Phone Number: (310) 451-0843
Website: themisfitbar.com

Best Local Boutique

Winner – Buffalo Exchange
Address: 2449 Main St
Phone Number: (310) 314-7300
Website: buffaloexchange.com/location/santa-monica-los-angeles

2nd Place Runner Up – Jane
Address: 1607 Montana Ave
Phone Number: (310) 395-5002
Website: janeoftarzana.com

3rd Place Runner Up – The Acorn Store
Address: 1220 5th St
Phone Number: (310) 451-5845
Website: theacornstore.com

Best Hospital/Urgent Care

Winner – Brentwood Urgent Care
Address: 1156 26th St
Phone Number: (310) 829-4505
Website: urgentmednetwork.com/brentwoodurgentcare

2nd Place Runner Up – Providence Saint John’s Health Center
Address: 2121 Santa Monica Blvd
Phone Number: (310) 829-5511
Website: providence.org/locations/saint-johns-health-center
Thank you to the readers of the Santa Monica Mirror for voting Providence Saint John’s Health Center the best hospital/urgent care in the city of Santa Monica. For over 75 years, Saint John’s Health Center has provided the Los Angeles community an amazing array of medical specialties and sub-specialties. Our services are provided with an unparalleled standard of care, and our dedication to each and every patient has earned us a reputation for clinical excellence and award-winning care. Providence Saint John’s Health Center along with its staff, physicians and nurses work tirelessly to care for every patient’s physical, emotional, medical and spiritual wellbeing. We make it our mission to provide cutting-edge medicine with unwavering compassion and personalized care.

3rd Place Runner Up – Santa Monica Urgent Care
Address: 524 Colorado Ave
Phone Number: (310) 394-2273
Website: urgentmednetwork.com/santamonicaurgentcare

Best Real Estate Agent/Brokerage

Winner – Pence Hathorn Silver
Address: 1333 Montana Ave
Phone Number: (310) 458-4024
Website: phsrealty.com
Pence Hathorn Silver is proud to have served the Santa Monica community for over 30 years by providing unparalleled real estate services to our neighbors, clients, and friends. With unmatched market knowledge and superb negotiation skills, Pence Hathorn Silver is invested in our clients’ success. Led by Charles Pence, John Hathorn and Loraine Silver, our experienced team of current and former residents of Santa Monica strives to provide the very best representation resulting in record-breaking sales and smooth, stress-free transactions.

2nd Place Runner Up – Maser Condo Sales
Address: 2525 Main St #106
Phone Number: (310) 314-7700
Website: masercondosales.com
Unlike the big tech real estate companies, we have over 20 years experience in the specifics of selling condos on the Westside of LA. That gives us the personal relationships and insider knowledge to anticipate and conquer challenges before they arise, creating a smooth and stress-free sales process.

3rd Place Runner Up – Bulldog Realtors
Santa Monica Address: 2909 Main Street
Phone Number: (310) 770-4490
Website: bulldogrealtors.com

Best Pet Store/Service/Vet

Winner – Santa Monica Pet Medical Center
Address: 1534 14th St
Phone Number: (310) 393-8218
Website: petmedical.com

2nd Place Runner Up – Love at First Sit
Address: N/A
Phone Number: (310) 310-8086
Website: loveatfirstsit.net
Specializing and shelter and rescue pets, Love At First Sit® provides experienced, trusted, and loving pet care and dog behavior and training by people who love and advocate for animals. Experienced with a diverse group of animals and those with special-needs, we provide safe, exceptional, and loving pet services!

3rd Place Runner Up – Healthy Spot
Address: 1110 Wilshire Blvd
Phone Number: (310) 458-2004
Website: healthyspot.com

Best Health Store

Winner – Co-opportunity Market Santa Monica
Address: 1525 Broadway
Phone Number: (323) 990-7020
Website: coopportunity.com
At Co-opportunity community is at the center of everything we do. So, knowing our community voted us Best of Santa Monica AND Best of Culver City means so much! Co-opportunity Market began in 1974 as the Westside Buyers Club and has grown into a thriving natural foods market with two locations featuring 100% organic produce, a full-service deli and the most extensive bulk section around. The best part; our stores are OWNED by 12,000 friends and neighbors who are also our loyal shoppers. but ALL are welcome to shop, regardless of membership status. Delivery and curbside service available. Thank YOU!

2nd Place Runner Up – Erewhon Market
Address: 2800 Wilshire Blvd
Phone Number: (424) 433-8111
Website: erewhonmarket.com

3rd Place Runner Up – Ron Teeguarden’s Dragon Herbs
Address: 321 Santa Monica Blvd
Phone Number: (310) 917-2288
Website: dragonherbs.com

Best Private School

Winner – Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences
Address: 1714 21st St
Phone Number: (310) 829-7391
Website: xrds.org

2nd Place Runner Up – PS1

Address: 1225 Broadway,
Phone Number: (310) 394-1313
Website: psone.org
By attending to each child as a unique and valued individual, PS1 Pluralistic School (grades K-6) builds a kind, cooperative, dynamic learning community that models the larger world as it should be: one that considers, honors, and welcomes every person, so all can joyfully contribute their best selves to the greater good. At PS1, fitting in is about being yourself.

3rd Place Runner Up – St. Monica’s Catholic School
Address: 1030 Lincoln Blvd
Phone Number: (310) 394-3701
Website: stmonicachs.org

Best Auto Dealer/Service 

Winner – Pacific Coast Tire & Service
Address: 2445 Santa Monica Blvd
Phone Number: (310) 828-2555
Website: pactires.com

2nd Place Runner Up – Westside Motors Auto Service
Address: 813 Michigan Ave
Phone Number: (310) 395-3125
Website: None

3rd Place Runner Up – Stokes Tire Service
Address: 1117 Santa Monica Blvd,
Phone Number: (310) 393-0767
Website: stokes-tireservice.com

Best Art Gallery

Winner – 10 Women Gallery
Address: 2719 Main St
Phone Number: (424) 433-8116
Website: tenwomengallery.com
Thank you Santa Monica! As Santa Monica’s only women-owned artist cooperative, Ten Women Gallery is thrilled to be recognized by our neighbors and patrons for its unique, handcrafted, and locally-made art and gifts. We love you too!

2nd Place Runner Up – Robert Berman Gallery
Address: 2525 Michigan Ave A5
Phone Number: (310) 315-1937
Website: robertbermangallery.com
Robert Berman opened his first art gallery in Santa Monica in 1979 and has been at Bergamont Station Art Center, as Santa Monica Auctions, for the last 28 years. He exhibits many New York East Village, LA’s downtown and Venice artists. His auctions are both local and international events. Join Robert for the  Fall (Back) auction Sunday, November 7th starting at 1 pm at Bergamont Station Art Center: Go to smauctions.com

3rd Place Runner Up – 18th St. Arts Center
Address: 3026 Airport Ave
Phone Number: (310) 453-3711
Website: 18thstreet.org

Best Floral Shop/Nursery 

Winner – Marrihew’s Sunset Gardens
Address: 1526 Ocean Park Blvd.
Phone Number: (310) 452-1051
Website: merrihewsnursery.com

2nd Place Runner Up – Plantation House Flowers
Address: N/A
Phone Number: (212) 851.6990
Website: plantationhouseflowers.com
Plantation House Flowers is Jo Halpert’s private, online-only flower delivery studio. Jo’s custom flower designs combine traditional garden flowers and exotic tropicals for a beautiful, lush look. Each floral gift is loose, natural, elegant and considered for each recipient. Jo lives in Santa Monica, with her husband, Scott, their son and their dog, Charlie.

3rd Place Runner Up – Ann’s Flower
Address: 1915 Wilshire Blvd.
Phone Number: (310) 829-7774
Website: annsflowers.com

Best Dry Cleaner

Winner – Flair Cleaners
Address: 720 Montana Ave.
Phone Number: (310) 395-9354
Website: flaircleaners.com
Thank you for choosing Flair Cleaners as Best of Santa Monica 2021 for Dry Cleaners! We are delighted to have served this community for 35 years. Flair is committed to providing high-quality, earth-friendly, convenient dry cleaning and laundry services. Our free Pickup and Delivery service makes dry cleaning and laundry even more convenient throughout Santa Monica and the surrounding areas. And, we use GreenEarth to keep our community and planet safe and your clothes clean and fresh. Call (310) 395-9354 or visit FlairCleaners.com to learn more about our services and how Flair Cares for the community.

2nd Place Runner Up – Ocean Express Dry Cleaners
Address: 625 Montana Ave.
Phone Number: (310) 451-1816
Website: oceanexpresscleaners.com

3rd Place Runner Up – Classy Dry Cleaners
Address: 1803 Lincoln Blvd.
Phone Number: (310) 396-9941
Website: classy-cleaners.com

Best Tailor

Winner – Elias Tailor
Address: 1212 11 St.
Phone Number: (310) 393-4424
Website: N/A

2nd Place Runner Up – Caruso Enzo Custom Tailoring
Address: 3201 Ocean Park Blvd.
Phone Number: (310) 452-5103
Website: N/A

3rd Place Runner Up – Pari Tailoring
Address: 1031 16 St. Apt. F
Phone Number: (310) 739-7513
Website: N/A

Best Dentist

Winner – Santa Monica Family Dentist
Address: 1260 15th St.
Phone Number: (310) 393-8284
Website: alanrubensteindds.com
It is very flattering that so many people have such high regard and appreciation for our dental office. We believe the success of our office can be found in our relationships with our patients. Our philosophy of providing quality dental care without judgement, while encouraging patients to ask questions, makes our office unique. The fact that the average staff member has been with us for over 10 years also is a source of comfort. Check our website, and our more than 570 goggle reviews, and see why our patients think our office is the place to go. Alan Rubenstein DDS

2nd Place Runner Up – ihatethedentist.com – Jason Mirabile
Address: 1304 15th St.
Phone Number: (310) 319-9300
Website: ihatethedentist.com

3rd Place Runner Up – Dr. Jason Ray
Address: 2701 Ocean Park Blvd. Ste 108
Phone Number: (310) 581-5700
Website: jasonrayddsinc.com

Best Pharmacy

Winner – Santa Monica Homeopathic Pharmacy
Address: 629 Broadway
Phone Number: (310) 395-1131
Website: smhomeopathic.com

2nd Place Runner Up – Ocean Park Pharmacy
Address: 2137 Ocean Park Blovd
Phone Number: (310) 452-5705
Website: https://www.yelp.com/biz/ocean-park-pharmacy-santa-monica

3rd Place Runner Up – Pharmaca
Address: 734 Montana Ave.
Phone Number: (310) 451-1414
Website: pharmacarx.com/pharmaca-santa-moinca

Best Home Improvement and/or Design Service

Winner – Universal Tile and Marble
Address: 1431 Colorado Ave.
Phone Number: (310) 451-1900
Website: universaltilemarbleinc.com
Universal Tile and Marble Inc. has been providing the finest tile and stone work to customers in Santa Monica for 25 years. We offer tiles and marble slabs for residential and commercial projects throughout Los Angeles and metro areas. When you work with the experts at Universal Tile and Marble Inc., you can expect a dedicated staff who will take the extra steps to find exactly what you need. We only offer the finest quality materials at highly competitive prices. We are direct importers of natural stones from around the world. Universal Tile and Marble Inc. has been offering a high quality, expansive selection of luxury and natural stone products for residential and commercial settings in Santa Monica and nearby areas. Whether you’re decorating your luxury home, outfitting a hotel lobby, or just want to design a new property using only the world’s finest cuts of natural stone, our expert counselors can help you create a stunning and attractive space. Universal Tile and Marble Inc. products can also be used in any exterior design project from outdoor patios to grand marble entryways. Universal Tile and Marble Inc. is very popular within the design and decorating industry and has become a premier destination point for designers, architects and luxury homeowners alike, who are looking for the finest in natural stone tile, slabs, mosaics, decorative stone pieces and much more. We are also the largest importer of natural stone in America in slabs or tiles. We carry any size in different finishes of slabs or tiles including: Marble, Granite, Limestone, Quartz, Travertine, Slate. We also carry rare varieties of: Natural Stone Mosaic, Glass Mosaics, Subway Tiles, Natural Stone Tiles and Porcelain Tiles. Our slabs are vacuum-polished, a technique that increases the lifetime and quality of the product. The result is a product that is purchased in its purest form and it can be used in art pieces, interior or exterior wall paneling, floor settings, tile inlays and decorative mosaics for high end clientele looking for the latest in interior design trends At Universal Tile and Marble Inc., we pride ourselves on our commitment to exceptional customer service. Whether you are an architect, an interior-designer or a home owner who follows today’s design trends, you are sure to find a unique match for your valuable projects in our warehouses. Our experienced and dedicated staff takes the extra steps to help you find exactly what you need. We are proud to be part of the community since 1989.

2nd Place Runner Up – Breegan Jane, LLC
Address: 620 Santa Monica Blvd. Ste. B
Phone Number: (424) 235-3346
Website: https://breeganjane.com/

3rd Place Runner Up – Sapphire Staging
Address: 730 Arizona Ave
Phone Number: (310) 623-2294
Website: sapphirestaging.com

Best Nail/Hair Salon

Winner – Cha Spa
Address: 1132 Montana Ave.
Phone Number: (310) 999-2688
Website: cha-spa.com

2nd Place Runner Up – Print On Me Pretty
Address: 395 Santa Monica Pl. Ste. 239
Phone Number: (818) 516-8971
Website: vagaro.com/paintonmepretty.com

3rd Place Runner Up – Coco Luxe Nails
Address: 1924 Lincoln Blvd.
Phone Number: (310) 396-2359
Website: coco-luxe-nails.business.site

Best Gym/Workout Facility

Winner – Oak Park CrossFit
Address: 1431 Lincoln Blvd.
Phone Number: (424) 280-4003
Website: oakparkla.com

2nd Place Runner Up – F45 Training Main St.
Address: 2000 Main St. Ste. B
Phone Number: (310) 734-0314
Website: f45training.com/santamonicamainst/home

3rd Place Runner Up – 9 Round Fitness
Address: 1908 Lincoln Blvd. Ste. B
Phone Number: (310) 310-2437
Website: 9round.com/locations

Best Children’s Program/Service

Winner – Santa Monica Tennis Collective
Address: (Homecourts: SMOHI, Douglas Park, Memorial Park, JAMS)
Phone Number: (310) 430-1962
Website: santamonicatenniscollective@gmail.com

2nd Place Runner Up – Cayton Children’s Museum
Address: 395 Santa Monica Pl. Ste. 374
Phone Number: (424) 416-8320
Website: caytonmuseum.org

3rd Place Runner Up – School of Rock
Address: 12020 Wilshire Blvd.
Phone Number: (310) 442-7625
Website: schoolofrock.com

Best Jeweler/Jewelry

Winner – Yale Jewelers
Address: 2839 Wilshire Blvd.
Phone Number: (310) 829-0605
Website: thefacehaus.com
Yale Jewelers, owned by Joe Boiadjian has been serving Santa Monica since 1978. Yale’s philosophy is simple; find something that speaks to you! Yale Jewelers specializes in engagement/wedding rings, custom design, restoration, repairs, and estate jewelry. Custom re-design of your existing pieces or restoration of your antique jewelry and watches is a passion of ours! Our main goal at Yale is not only to provide our customers with beautiful jewelry, but to provide incredible service. From start to finish. Please come in and see for yourself

2nd Place Runner Up – Atelier Edward Avedis
Address: 101 Wilshire Blvd.
Phone Number: (310) 899-4189
Website: edwardavedis.com

3rd Place Runner Up – Moondance
Address: 1530 Montana Ave.
Phone Number: (310) 395-5516
Website: moondancejewelry.com

Best Medical/Day Spa and Massage

Winner – Face Haus Santa Monica
Address: 1426 Montana Ave #6
Phone Number: (310) 893-0583
Website: thefacehaus.com

2nd Place Runner Up – KAO Aesthetics
Address: 900 Wilshire Blvd. Ste. 100
Phone Number: (310) 315-3022
Website: kaoinstitute.com

3rd Place Runner Up – Cienega Med Spa
Address: 902 Broadway
Phone Number: (310) 341-2741
Website: cienegaspa.com

Best Coffee Shop

Winner – Caffé Luxxe
Address: 925 Montana Ave.
Phone Number: (310) 394-2222
Website: caffeluxxe.com
Caffe Luxxe is a local business serving the west side community since 2006, specializing in hand crafted coffee and tea drinks which are always responsibly sourced. Owned by 2 best friends, Mark and Gary, they created Caffe Luxxe to be a European style caffe for friends and family to visit and socialize, and enjoy the best drinks and culinary treats. Winning numerous awards and accolades since opening, Caffe Luxxe continues to be grounded in its community and hand crafts every single drink.

2nd Place Runner Up – Demitasse
Address: 1149 3rd St.
Phone Number: (310) 322-0959
Website: cafedemitasse.com

3rd Place Runner Up – Primo Passo Coffee Co.
Address: 702 Montana Ave.
Phone Number: (323) 546-4702
Website: primopassocoffee.com