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Shopapalooza 2011 Wrapup!

Posted By LocalShops1, Monday, December 12, 2011

Shopapalooza 2011 took place Nov. 19 at the St. Pete Pier and was brought to you by ...

That's us here! We are a grassroots group that promotes Tampa Bay's Buy Local movement. We have more than 300 businesses and 12,000+ shoppers. We help empower and showcase locally owned, independent shops, restaurants and service providers by offering workshops, networking, grassroots marketing, social media and traditional advertising.

• MADHouse Advertising
 Tampa-based advertising and marketing agency is dedicated to growing your brand and targeting your message at the right time and to the right audience.

And presented by ...

• Bright House Networks
Bright House Networks is the ninth largest multichannel video programmer distributor (MVPD) in the US with 2.4 million customers in Tampa Bay and Orlando, Florida; Bakersfield, California; Indianapolis, Indiana; Detroit, Michigan; and Birmingham, Alabama; along with several other smaller regions in Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.

With Our Awesome Vendors!

• My Hope Chest
Non-profit focusing on funding Breast Reconstruction surgery for uninsured breast cancer survivors. We are the ONLY national organization providing this "final step in breast cancer treatment."

• Industrial Arts Center
Tampa Bay's innovative 3-D arts teaching facility. Located in the Gulfport, FL offering classes in glass blowing, lampwork, glass fusion, found metal sculpture, jewelry making, clay sculpture

• Comegys Insurance Agency
Full service independent agent since 1939. We cover all your insurance needs from Auto Insurance to Personal Homeowners and Commercial Insurance.

• Thrill St. Pete
Zombie workshops and flash mobs and part of the worldwide Thriller Dance performance!

• Retro Chair Massage
It's all about a Healing; Relaxation; Paying it forward and Loving our Animals

• ShoutOUT Tampa Bay
Making sustainable connections, one ShoutOUT at a time!

• Avon rep Christine Sullivan
Independent sales rep of Avon makeup, skincare and other products.

• T2 Designs
We create unique one-of-a-kind products using recycled materials such as bike inner tubes, banners, vinyl promotional banners and billboards.

• Tampa St. Pete Kids Club
We offer great promotions to our members through amazing local partners and full calendar of things to do as a family. Family Membership is only $12 / month.

• Mari-Sea Treasures
Custom, Hand Made Jewelry & Novelties from Sea Shells and Marine Life.

• Creations by Christina
I am a Jewelry Design Artist and Silk Painting Artist. I produce "Art You Can Wear" Handmade one-of-kind originals.

• Intensity Academy
"Creating flavors to make the world a saucier place to bottle at a time." ~Michele Northrup, Founder

• Three Birds Tavern
Offering a seasonal menu for you to enjoy fresh ingredients in classic choices, sometimes with a twist. Two beautiful patios under 100+ year old oaks, a wrap-around porch and live music create an atmosphere where you'll want to linger.

• Dove Chocolate Discoveries, chocolatier Kristina Robinson
Dove Chocolate Discoveries is the first home chocolate party business in the US. Many are familiar with the name Dove Chocolate, and I truly feel that Dove has decided they want you to EXPERIENCE your chocolate and what better way then inviting your friends over for a SWEET girls night in?

• Simply Caprine Goat Milk Soaps
A family owned and operated business started by daughter Lily as a way to support her LaMancha dairy goat herd and expand her creative flair. Our goal is to provide affordable natural skin care products using our farm fresh goat's milk and to share with you one of many benefits produced by our lovely Caprine creatures. *Natural *Simple *Fresh. 

• Illuminated Publishing
"We choose what comes out of our mouth, stays in our head and lives in our heart." Choose well. Peace.

• Backyard Getaway
Your Complete Pond Source & More.

• Mail Dog
Mail Dog is the e-mail marketing solution of choice for thousands of organizations around the world, large and small.

• Canvas Zoo
We help preserve precious memories by creating archival quality canvas' of your favorite photos.

• License to Cheat
BiosLife Slim is a clinically proven, safe, effective, natural product for losing FAT and INCHES. *Reduces appetite and cravings*Balances blood sugar*Increases energy (no stimulants)*Regulates bowel function*Lowers cholesterol.

• embRACE Bands
embRACE bands Keep hair and sweat off your face with a headband that stays in place!! embRACE an active lifestyle AND look great doing it!

• Night Sight Apparel
Live the Night Sight Creed: I may see evil, and I may hear evil, but I shall not fear it. I will emerge victorious from the shadows and the dark of night. I cannot be stopped because I will not be stopped.

• American Cancer Society Relay for Life NE/Downtown of St Pete
Relay For Life is a fun-filled overnight event designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs of your American Cancer Society. During the event, teams of people gather at schools, fairgrounds, or parks and take turns walking or running laps. Each team tries to keep at least one team member on the track at all times.

• Cookie Lee Fashion Jewelry rep JoAnne Clay
Cookie Lee offers the latest jewelry styles at affordable prices.

• Savory Adventures
Lured by Venice’s colorful history and its labyrinth of walkways, canals, and bridges, Barry wanted to be more than just a tourist. He convinced his wife Debbie to join him in his Venice experiment, a one-year cultural immersion.

• Stella & Dot, distributors Sandy Sembler &  Shannon Gryder
Our boutique-style jewelry and accessories line is available through in-home Trunk Shows and online.

• 31 Gifts, distributor Trisha Hadley
Unique gift collection with a wide variety of specialty items including monogrammed handbags, personalized stationary, home decor and more!

• Scentsy Wickless Candles, distributor Ashley Dinger
Welcome to Scentsy! Scentsy Warmers use a low-watt bulb to melt specially formulated wax slowly, maximizing the fragrance time of the Scentsy Bar or Scentsy Brick.

• REVA Foods
Reva Foods, LLC is a purveyor of award winning, high quality, unique BBQ sauces, salsas, ketchups, and dry rubs.

•  Kozy Kazual Wears
Online casual clothing store. Local and Independently owned.

• Crystal Mirage

Original glass works, perfume bottles, stemware, paperweights and other unique pieces. The selection of pieces range in style from whimsical to elegant. There is a breathtaking work of glass art for any type of occasion or taste. Each piece is handcrafted, so each purchase ensures a completely unique item.

• Simply Fun, rep Elodie Martin
Tilliwig Best Family Fun Award Winner, 2011 Learning Magazine Best Teachers Choice Award, Parenting Magazine Toy odd the Year, Creative Child Seal of Excellence awards, National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, Games Magazines Family Games Awards, Family Fun T.O.Y. of the year award, iParenting Choice award, Top 10 Toy Award.

• Pampered Chef, distributor Laurie Rose

Direct seller of high quality kitchen tools and part of Berkshire Hathaway. At in-home Cooking Shows, guests see and try products, prepare and sample recipes, and learn quick and easy food preparation techniques and tips on how to entertain with style and ease — transforming the everyday into the extraordinary.

• Cafe Morrow

The Pier's own version of that 'other famous specialty coffee shop' is now open! Cafe Morrow features specialty coffees, fresh bakery items daily and more!

• AAA, St. Petersburg
Founded in 1902, AAA is a not-for-profit organization of clubs serving 52 million members in the United States and Canada. As North America's largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides its members a full range of travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services through a network of 1,100 offices, as well as its full-service Web site:

• Miche Bags, independent rep Karen Wiltshire

One Bag, Endless Possibilities! The Miche Bag presents a new line of designer hand bags like you never seen before! It's chic, fun, stylish and it's all the same bag. With the Miche Bag you can change the look of your handbag by simply changing the shell! Forget all the time and hassle of transferring your things from one bag to another with the Miche Bag you can have a new look in 3 seconds or less!

• Tukie's Cakery
We can offer anything from just the decorated cupcakes to a whole tablescape to include cake or cupcakes, decorations, candy/dessert station, cookie bar, breakfast bar.

• Spinal Correction Centers

• Linda Evans Jewelry
Handcrafted cards, jewelry and accessories.

• Caroline's Gems & Jewels

• Be Hoopful

A positive spin on fitness & fun. Spreading the joy and benefits of hooping with high-quality, hand-made hoops, lessons, corporate health fairs/events, and parties for all ages.

• St. Pete Pride
Tenth Annual Street Festival and Promenade will be held Saturday, June 30, 2012. Events occurring year-round, especially throughout the month of June.

• Dr. Kristine Marshall, dentist
Advanced laser and cosmetic dentistry.

• i9Sports
By focusing on fun and good sportsmanship for kids ages 3-14 and convenience for their parents, we're redefining youth sports across the country.

• Island Flavors And Tings
Island Flavors Is renowned for its original menus and exquisite food presentation. We will produce a final product that exceeds all expectations and reflects the very best of design concept and food art. We will even provide the Island Music!

• The Green Footprint
Tree hugging, people loving clothing and products promoting environmental stewardship and goodwill.

• Mobile Day Spa Creations
Age Defying Skin Care; Instant Facelifts; Mineral Makeup; Pampering, De-Stress & Relaxation Techniques at responsible costs!

• No Limits Underwear
European men's underwear styles to the U.S. market at a reasonable price while keeping the look fresh and sexy. No Limits FITS!

And our Promotional Friends & Partners!

• Yelp Tampa Bay
Yelp connects consumers with great local businesses!

• HobNob St. Petersburg
The people-powered community portal about events and businesses in St. Petersburg.

• St. Pete Chamber
The chamber is one of the greatest informational resource locally for people who visit St. Petersburg and for businesses here.

• USF-St. Pete & Gazelle Lab
Gazelle Lab is a mentor-driven, three-month, seed stage investment program.

• Life Improvement Radio
With over 26 live shows on a variety of topics, each show and show host is dedicated to our mission of "Enhancing Lives Daily"

And of course, all the awesome Pier businesses played along, too!
You can find them all at the Pier, 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Pete:

Bay Breeze
Women's and Men's Tropical clothing and accessories. Shoes, bags, Croks, GREAT fun jewelry, jackets and more!


Picture a cruise ship where those fabulous shirts with the City name on them appear - Cabos, Jamaica, Madrid. Now, you can find those same shirts (tees and polos) here in St. Petersburg featuring the tropical sea creatures we are so familiar with - dolphins, turtles, rays and yes, even sharks.

Tropical beach attire can be found at Sunwatchers from swimsuits to sandals, a wide variety of sunglasses, "Life is Good" tees and unusual jewelry items for the whole family. Located just inside The Pier on your right next to The Hide Out.

Just Hats

Hats of all shapes, sizes and styles. Featuring crazy hats for special occasions, hats for fishing, going to the ballgame, or attending a tea party.

Cafe Morrow & Morrow's Fine Candy & Nuts

The Pier's own version of that 'other famous specialty coffee shop' is now open! Cafe Morrow features specialty coffees, fresh bakery items daily and more! Morrow's Fine Candy and Nuts includes a variety of specialty candies, chocolates, etc. to be purchased by the piece or by the pound. Special gift baskets can be put together and shipping is available.

•  Peppers on the Pier

Food items on the spicy side including sauces, aprons, and gift ideas. Hand-painted items by Michelle for that special wine party or gift.

Pier Winery

Citrus fruit and berry wines, wine tasting bar and other wine and Florida related items. You'll find your chocolate elligators here AND their newest addition - a Humidor - with fabulous cigars for the aficionado!

Lost in Time
Lost in Time resides at The Pier in St. Petersburg and it's an exciting shop to purchase uncommon items or simply to explore. At first glance, Lost in Time appears to be a small history museum hidden away in the levels of The Pier, but as customers browse the store they soon uncover that the special items are for sale. Artifacts, fossils, imported pottery, minerals and gems are sold among a selection of unique Florida souvenirs. The owner of Lost in Time has an extensive background in the field of archeology and the majority of the pieces in the store have been personally acquired by him. Lost in Time is the perfect place to purchase something that will remind you of your stay in St. Petersburg. A mere visit to the store offers a special St. Petersburg shopping experience

St. Petersburg Candle Gallery

Candle lovers will absolutely adore the St. Petersburg Candle Gallery. The candles are available in a wide variety of sizes, colors and scents. Many of the handmade candles light from within and have hand-carved wax decorations included in the design. Visitors can choose candles from a vast selection of themes which include animals, sports, holidays and geometric symbols. Some visitors may even be graced with the privilege to watch the intricate process of making a candle.

Crystal Mirage Gallery

Crystal Mirage Gallery is a gorgeous gem in the St. Petersburg shopping scene. It specilizes in original glass works and includes such Items as perfume bottles, stemware, paperweights and other unique pieces. The selection of pieces range in style from whimsical to elegant. There is a breathtaking work of glass art for any type of occasion or taste. Each piece is handcrafted, so each purchase ensures a completely unique item. The sea-life glass work is the ideal piece to remind you of the sunny St. Petersburg boardwalk.

DD Collectables

DD Collectables has a vast selection of entertainment merchandise and memorabilia. Sports, music, television and movie items are available at the store. Nostalgic Americana items include a selection of James Dean, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis merchandise. Autographed guitars, signed movie posters and even signifcant sports equipment that has been signed are sold at this St. Petersburg shopping staple. DD Collectables only sells authentic autographed pieces, so visitors can make purchases with confidence. This is a wonderful place to get one-of-a-kind gifts. However, make sure that you explore every inch of DD Collectables, because there is a large inventory to see.

MJ Toons
Great for kids, you must see what's here! Tee-shirts, toys, stuffed animals, children's Hawaiian clothing and more. Bike Week Tee-shirts and hats; Corona items - clothing and beach towels -Pirate paraphenalia, Hello Kitty items, Spiderman, Winnie the Pooh, Peace Frogs and a collection of exotic shells.

Rainforest Gifts

Unusual specialty items for the home or for a gift. Great ideas for a housewarming party or any occasion.

Croatian Naive Art Gallery & Museum Store

Unusual treasures from around the world including watches, gold coins, custom made jewelry, "Monkey Rose" designer clothing and a variety of novelties such as cameras, film, electronics, games and toys.

Cha Cha Coconuts

Dine to a different beat! A tropical bar and grill serving great Caribbean food with a carefree island attitude. Fabulous tropical drinks & cuisine in one of the most breathtaking settings on the St. Petersburg waterfront. It's not your typical tropical bar.

Burger Bay

Burgers, sandwiches, sodas and snacks. Greek Gyros and more.

Columbia Restaurant
The world-famous Columbia Restaurant celebrated their 100th anniversary in 2005, and is proud to be Florida's oldest restaurant. The Columbia is still owned and operated by the founding Hernandez / Gonzmart family members, now under the leadership of the 4th and 5th generation family. The Columbia has been a Florida tradition since 1905.

Cones on The Pier

Candy, Ice Cream and Sodas. Cones on The Pier has relocated within the Food Court and has a brand new look.

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
St. Petersburg's Premier Waterfront Dining Experience" Whether enjoying a glass of Sauvignon Blanc on our exclusive waterfront dock, or nibbling on our Black Tiger Shrimp Remoulade in our harbor side dining room, Fresco's is sure to leave the taste of Florida on your palette.

Hong Kong Corner 
Fresh Chinese Food in the Food Court - Next to the Dockside Activity Room at the West End of the Food Court. BEST Chinese food in town!

Jonny Reno's

Jonny Reno's theme is somewhat based on Lucy's "Retired Surfer's Bar" - but without the "retired" part! It is a Florida/California/Hawaii surf and board riders themed bar and grill. It is not your typical tropical bar. The decor combines a surf look with various types of board riding sports, utilizing vintage board, signs and memorabilia, keeping the substance edgy and forever trendy. Combined with great food, special drinks, and themed nights for events, you're going to find Jonny Reno's will soon be your favorite local hangout!

Pier Aquarium
Located on the second level of The Pier and operating out of the Education Station on The Pier approach, The Pier Aquarium has been a part of The Pier for over 15 years.

Dolphin Queen
The M/V Dolphin Queen is a 44' x 18' catamaran that can accommodate up to 70 people and has by U.S. Coast Guard inspected and certified. Pier Dolphin Cruises, Inc. is the only sight-seeing cruise at the St. Petersburg Pier and has a restroom on board. Snacks, beverages, water, beer and wine coolers are available. The cruise lasts 90 minutes and includes a narrative tour of the sights of Tampa Bay and great photo opportunities:

Pier Bait Shop
Welcome to The Pier Bait House at the St. Petersburg Pier in Florida. The Bait House offers full serve to fishermen, women and kids, too! From rod and reel rental to full fishing chargers.  For those not looking to fish, they offer snacks and convenience items, too.  Don't forget about the famous Pelican Feeding - get up close and person with these historic birds. ( Visit The Pier Bait House website for an updated statement about pelican feeding.)

Wheel Fun Rentals
Relax and enjoy beautiful downtown St. Petersburg on one of our exclusive bikes from Wheel Fun Rentals. Your entire family will love riding around our beautiful waterfront parks, museums, retail shops and boutiques, and historic landmarks that St. Petersburg is known for! Hop on one of these specialty bikes built for single riders, or have the whole family on one.

Electric Marina Boat Rentals
Enjoy peaceful rides along the bay.

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