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Where to Shop Small Businesses on Saturday

The Westside Patch editors recommend their favorite small business shopping districts in their neighborhoods.

Small businesses contribute to the character and feel of a neighborhood and during the holiday season, small businesses are at their prime. When I think about my favorite memories from the holiday seasons past in my hometown, I remember epic window displays at the indie toy store, great buys at small boutiques, and special holiday menus at my favorite neighborhood hangouts.

To kick start the holiday season and Small Business Saturday, the Westside Patch editors (from Culver City, Westwood-Century City, Brentwood, Santa Monica, Venice, Mar Vista, Marina del Rey and Pacific Palisades) are sharing their favorite places to shop small in the neighborhoods they cover. We all live in these communities, and shop there too. We hope you enjoy our picks, and please tell us your local favorites in the comments below.

Sara Fay (Associate Regional Editor for the Westside, former Westwood-Century City editor): Some of my favorite small business haunts are within walking distance of my Westwood apartment—dangerous, I know. I love shopping in Westwood Village and on Westwood Boulevard and Pico. Some of my favorite places are Flax Pen To Paper (so many unique gift ideas and I'll never send a boring greeting card again), Wally's Wines and The Apple Pan and Junior's for gift certificates. Classic Westwood.

Kelly Hartog (Editor Culver City Patch). Love downtown Culver City for all its great eateries (and drinkeries - is that a word?). Where to start??? Lentil burger at Rush Street, EVERYTHING at Native Foods, Pasta Pesto at Ugo and a cocktail at the Culver Hotel - and that's just to start with. I'm also partial to the shops along Washington just past Overland. Samosa House anyone? Essential Chocolate Desserts? What are your favorite small businesses in Culver City?

Matthew Sanderson (Editor of Pacific Palisades Patch and Brentwood Patch): It doesn't take long to discover the heart of Pacific Palisades thrives in the Village District along Sunset Boulevard at Via de la Paz, Antioch Street and Swarthmore Avenue, where you can find a variety of food options, such as the new Matthew's Garden Cafe, Cafe Vida and Modo Mio. Check out some great gift ideas at Palisades Playthings, The Prince's Table or Gift Garden Antiques, and don't forget to grab a frozen yogurt at Toppings or The Yogurt Shoppe.

In Brentwood, I especially like the three bustling districts of Brentwood Village, the San Vicente corridor and the strong vibes from the Brentwood County Mart at 26th and San Vicente. Each district has an array of cafes, restaurants, ice cream shops, high-end fashions and aparrel and athletic and exercise specialty stores. Where are your favorite small businesses in Pacific Palisades and Brentwood?

patti black November 24, 2012 at 02:56 PM
how did you decide what stores you listed here ??? we are participating in small business saturday and no one contacted us!! i own black ink on swarthmore.....did you draw out of a hat??? just wondering! patti black
Kevin N. Sabin November 24, 2012 at 04:47 PM
the yogurt shoppe is 'sweetening' the "shop small business" deal by offering a $40 gift card for $25. so, after AMEX credits you *$25 you just got $40 worth of yummy goodness for FREE! *Enroll your eligible American Express® Card to GET $25 BACK ONE TIME WHEN YOU SPEND $25 OR MORE at a qualifying small business location on November 24th.
Deborah Lashever November 24, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Come shop in Venice! Bohemian Exchange on Abbot Kinney always has great prices for local, independent designers and artists' designs but now we have a Shopwide Super Sale up to 50% off gifts (and great stuff for yourself too!) that you won't find anywhere else! Support local small businesses and local artists and designers at the same time! And Abbot Kinney will have our Holiday Stroll on December 8th in the evening and our Holiday Celebration all day December 9th with snow for sledding, carolers, parties in every shop, a Holiday window contest and Santa too! Cheers!
nick November 24, 2012 at 11:25 PM
draw out of a hat, yes!
Eric November 25, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Essential Chocoalte Desserts is offering Small Business Saturday Specials today: We're open until 10PM BUY 4 of our Housemade Treats & get up to over 30% OFF! ~ Brownies will be 4 for $6.50 ~ Cupcakes will be 4 for $10.00 ~ Ding Dongs will be 4 for $15.00 Plus discounts on Cake Truffles, Cookies & More!!! ~ 15% OFF any of ECD Gift Boxes (order & pay for Sat 11/24, but pick up/ship at a later date excluding 7 days prior to Christmas and Valentines day.) Gift Boxes with our famous Brownies, Cookies, Moon Pies, Ding Dongs and more! We even have "Total Indulgence" Gift Boxes with Belgian Chocolates, Candles, Body Butter, Soap & Bath Bombs) ~ Dine In Special: 4 Cake Truffles with a Latte or Cappuccino for only $6.00! ~ $5.00 Pints of Ice Cream ~ Belgian Chocolate Single Origin Bars $4.00 each OPEN SATURDAYS FROM 10:00am - 10:00pm There is parking behind the bakery (just walk around to the front) plus plenty of meters & residential parking all around. Become a Fan on Facebook!!! We will be doing additional deals throughout the day - you wont want to miss out!!! www.essentialchocolate.com
Linda Androlia November 25, 2012 at 04:22 AM
We visited Coral Beach Cantina and Pt Pizza--American Express thank you for your support of our neighborhood businesses

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