Bringing home a little souvenir from Santa Monica, that tangible thing that will serve as a reminder of your time there?
It might be a bit of sand still clinging to the bottom of your feet (and, of course, dusting the inside your shoes).
It might be a bit of a tan, or a few freckles, from your time on the beach, or, perhaps, a stuffed animal you won by playing Skee Ball on the Santa Monica Pier.
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But there are other Santa Monican mementos beyond sand and Skee Ball toys, the kind of goodies that evoke the aura, briny bliss, and laid-back-a-tude of the beachside burg.
To help locals and visitors find items that truly say "Santa Monica," if not with letters than in spirit, there is the brand-new Shop Santa Monica online store, from Santa Monica Travel & Tourism.
"We are delighted to have launched Shop Santa Monica in celebration of our charming oceanfront city," said Misti Kerns, President/CEO of SMTT. "Inspired by a destination that is truly like no other, our collection allows people from around the world to enjoy a piece of Santa Monica."
Items currenctly for sale include t-shirts, Route 66 coffee mugs, a book about Santa Monica Pier, and limited-edition Orlebar Brown board shorts that rock a photo of the iconic over-the-ocean destination.
Did you have an uplifting, sunshiny sojourn in the city? Did you mean to bring something home, besides the sand on the bottom of your feet?
There's now a store for that, one focused solely on Santa Monica and its pier-pretty, Route 66-ish, at-the-beach charms.