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Best of Manhattan 2021

Thursday, October 21, 2021 at the westdrift Hotel


The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce developed the Best of Manhattan Awards in 2013, with the intent of recognizing outstanding people, businesses, and philanthropic efforts in the City of Manhattan Beach. In an effort to be as inclusive as possible, the categories have evolved over the years. 2020 is unique and has presented countless challenges... many of which have yielded remarkable efforts, innovations, and acts of kindness. We feel it is important to continue the tradition of recognizing the best in Manhattan Beach. Although we'd love to gather in person at the Westdrift for a grand awards ceremony, that will have to wait until October 21, 2021; mark you calendar for next year. This year you will have to tune in on December 13th to find out who wins.

Nomination Rules

There are nine categories this year, six of which are open to your nomination. The nominees must be located in Manhattan Beach... after all, it is the Best of Manhattan Awards. Nominate your favorite in each category. There will only be one round, so nominate the best. Nominations open Wednesday, October 28, 2020 and will close at 11:30 pm on Sunday, November 8, 2020. The top three in each category will become finalists. The one with the most votes wins. Finalists can only win in one category. Multiple votes for the same candidate, from the same email address, will be voided.

2020 Winners (Winners are highlighted)

Woman-owned business

Tabula Rasa Essentials

The Source Cafe

Undisputed Fight Academy

small & mighty

Body Suite Spa

Gum Tree

The Graphic Element

Healthy Living

South Bay Families Connected

South Bay Runners Club

Yoga Loft

Dine MB

Love & Salt

Slay Steak & Fish House

The Strand House

Positive Pandemic Pivot

Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair

Roundhouse Aquarium 

Tour de Pier

Best of Manhattan

Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair


Strand Hill

Chamber Member of the Year


Category definitions

Woman-owned business

The Woman-Owned Business award is presented to an outstanding Manhattan Beach woman-owned business which is independently owned, and operated by a female or females. The enterprise must be at least 51-percent owned by one or more women and one or more women must oversee its day-to-day operations.

small & mighty

The Small and Mighty award recognizes a small independently owned/locally operated Manhattan Beach business, for its quality customer/client service, ethical business practices, community involvement, and the special flair it brings to the local business environment. Its the little business you can't live without! 

Healthy Living

The Healthy Living award recognizes an individual, business, or organization in Manhattan Beach that dedicates time and energy towards helping others enjoy a physically and mentally healthy lifestyle. Now more than ever, this business is helping the community to stay healthy during the pandemic.

Dine MB

The Dine MB award recognizes a restaurant in Manhattan Beach that offers a COVID-19 safe outdoor-dining experience that is pleasant, irresistible, and serves delicious culinary options in Manhattan Beach.

Positive Pandemic Pivot

The PPP award recognizes a business or non-profit in Manhattan Beach that quickly shifted or recreated their operations, in response to the challenges created by the pandemic. 

Best of Manhattan

The Best of Manhattan award distinguishes the very best of Manhattan Beach. It is presented to a business that has a significant presence in the city, excels in quality customer/client service and is a leader in employment creation. The recipient also exemplifies excellent citizenship in giving back to the communities in which it operates and has a culture that enhances the lives of its employees.

NOT FOR public nomination & vote

chamber member of the year

The Chamber Member of the Year award is presented to a business, organization or individual chamber member who goes above and beyond in their involvement with the chamber. They promote and contribute to the economic growth, stability and improvement of the area, which the Chamber serves. The recipient must have been a MBCC member for two or more consecutive years. Since the Chamber membership consists of members from various nearby cities, the candidate or business does not need to be located within Manhattan Beach.

first responders

The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce recognizes all First Responders in the MBFD & MBPD. The Manhattan Beach First Responders are considered Pandemic Powerhouses and a vital part of the Manhattan Beach Community. They risk their lives daily to rescue, aid, and protect the residents and businesses in Manhattan Beach. We are grateful for your service and the special care you take of the city. Your courage, ethics, care, and dedication are the best in the South Bay!

2020 Bom Dates

Nomination Period

Finalists Announced

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