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Monday, October 1, 2012
Updated: Monday, October 1, 2012
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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.
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Melia Christensen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 727.388.2908
or Ester Venouziou at email@example.com or 727.637.556
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.
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.”
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.”
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
Additional event sponsors include American Stage Theatre, Yelp and Illuminated Publishing.
applications are now being accepted. For information, contact
LocalShops1 at firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
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
10-4 Saturday, Nov. 17
South Straub Park, St. Pete
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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