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St. Pete Chamber Aboard Shopapalooza!

Posted By LocalShops1, Monday, October 01, 2012
Updated: Monday, October 01, 2012
Summary: St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce to sponsor LocalShops1's Shopapalooza, the Local Alternative to Black Friday. More than 100 local shops, restaurants and service providers are expected to participate in the annual festival that features music, raffles, prizes, Black Friday-type sales and more. The event takes place 10-4 Saturday, Nov. 17, at South Straub Park in St. Petersburg.

For press inquiries:

Melia Christensen at mchristensen@stpete.com or 727.388.2908
or Ester Venouziou at ester@localshops1.com or 727.637.556

 

 



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE




September 28, 2012 | St. Petersburg, FL – The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce® has teamed up with LocalShops1 to sponsor Shopapalooza, the Local Alternative to Black Friday.


The festival, now in its third year, will feature more than 100 local retail stores, restaurants and service providers, and over 2,000 people are expected to attend. The event is organized like a street fair, offering vendor booth space to local businesses and allowing shoppers easy access to a rich variety of local shopping options. The day will include music, raffles, prizes, Black Friday-type sales, a children’s play area and more.

"We are so excited about this year’s event – we already have the park halfway filled, and we’re starting to feel the buzz around the community,” says Ester Venouziou, founder of LocalShops1. "The new location at South Straub Park will allow us more space to showcase the businesses, while making it easier for shoppers to navigate all Shopapalooza has to offer. We’re putting a lot into the planning and execution of this event, because it serves as an important reminder to our community that buying local really makes a difference.”

Chris Steinocher, President and CEO of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce®, adds: "St. Petersburg has such a unique mix of businesses – we think this event offers an excellent opportunity to highlight our local gems. We’re always looking for ways to promote our members, it only made sense to combine our strengths to make this year’s Shopapalooza the biggest and best one ever.”

Shopapalooza takes place on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 10am to 4pm at South Straub Park in St. Petersburg. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public.

Additional event sponsors include American Stage Theatre, Yelp and Illuminated Publishing.

Vendor applications are now being accepted. For information, contact LocalShops1 at events@localshops1.com or 727.637.5586. Special discounts are available for members of LocalShops1, the St. Petersburg Chamber and the Downtown Business Association.



About the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce
The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce®, originally founded in 1899, now serves over 900 member businesses. Finding ways to create and enhance opportunities to do business in St. Petersburg, the Chamber works to improve the local economic climate and to build a thriving business environment. www.stpete.com

About LocalShops1
LocalShops1 is a coalition of hundreds of independently owned businesses and tens of thousands of energetic shoppers with the mission of advocating, promoting and offering support services to companies throughout Tampa Bay. Founded in August 2008, LocalShops1 is the region's most active voice for small businesses. www.localshops1.com







Shopapalooza 2012!
10-4 Saturday, Nov. 17
South Straub Park, St. Pete
Info? events@localshops1.com


Vendors: Apply for your space today!

Shoppers: Free admission! No need to register, but if you do you might get swag!

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