This Weekend, Nov 28, Shop at Montana Avenue's Small Business Saturday Event in Santa Monica!

The holidays are rapidly arriving…and the malls will be crowded after Thanksgiving….so why not head to Small Business Saturday on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica?

The event is a nationally recognized campaign and encourages people across the nation to shop at local stores and small businesses on this black Friday/Saturday shopping weekend. Small Business Saturday takes place from 7th Street to 17th Street from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, (with restaurants offering extended hours)  Live music will run from 12:30pm to 4:30pm on the Avenue.

Texture: A Sweater Store and More, will be open and offering specials on its gorgeous merchandise. It's a perfect time to buy a warm sweater.

Owner, Jane Walker said that this event is important for so many reasons. Locals come out to hear music and enjoy a casual day of shopping…all the while giving back to their own neighborhood. She went on to say when people buy directly from local shops, the money goes right back into the community…into the police department, the fire department, etc.
See Texture’s FB page.

Texture will offer live music featuring guitar player Peter Skrabak. 

The musician was classically trained and started playing at just seven years old. He played his first professional gig at fourteen, then worked as a bassist as well. Skrabak has played just about every style of music.  http://www.peterskrabak.com

Ten Women on Montana offers some wonderful gift giving ideas for the upcoming holidays (both inside and outside in front of the gallery). 

Enjoy savings with 40% off bamboo & cashmere scarves, 10-25% off fine art, prints & photography. Ten Women Gallery, 1128 Montana Ave., in Santa Monica; 310-393-6254; http://www.tenwomen.org

Kat & the Jazz Birds will be performing on the northwest corner 13th Montana, next to Partner's Trust (1333 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403) from 12:30 – 4:30 pm.

The band will perform jazz standards as well as some old time swing. Well known songs such as All
of Me, Stormy Weather, My funny Valentine, Fever, Fly me to the Moon, Almost like Being in Love and more will take you back to a nostalgic time when the sound of legendary artists like Peggy Lee, Etta James, and Ella Fitzgerald, filled the airwaves. For more info about Kat & the Jazz Birds, visit http://www.KathyLeonardo.com.

For info on Partner’s Trust call or visit the website. (310) 382-8500; http://www.thepartnerstrust.com/

Located at 1631 Montana Ave., Sweet Lady Jane has been in business for the past twenty-five years. It offers all types of desserts such as cookies, brownies, lemon squares, layer cakes, cheese cakes, pies tarts and more. 

Guitarist Milo Gonzalez will perform. A self-taught classical guitar and flamenco guitarist, Gonzalez’s music derives influence as much from guitar masters, such as Paco De Lucia and Andres Segovia, as it does from modern day heavy metal and psychedelic music, such as Black Sabbath or The Mars Volta. You can find out more about Milo Gonzalez’s music by visiting

Sweet Lady Jane is located at 1631 Montana Ave. 310 254-9949; http://www.sweetladyjane.com/

This is just a taste… more stores will be open offering special sales. Montana Avenue is home to over one hundred and fifty businesses and many will participate in the  event from 11am to 5pm (restaurants will offer extended hours) running from 7th Street to 17th Street. For more info about the Montana Avenue Art Walk and Music Festival check out http://montanaave.com/

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