Every year in November, the City of St. Petersburg spotlights the importance of buying local and honors LocalShops1's efforts to support small businesses by declaring Shopapalooza Day. LocalShops1's founder, Ester Venouziou, and her brother, Mo Venouziou, vice president of LocalShops1, accepted the award along with Shopapalooza 2013 nonprofit partners Chart 411's Lucinda and Howard Johnston and Chris Dixon.
Following is the text read by St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster during the City Council session at City Hall:
WHEREAS, locally owned businesses have long been known as the heart and soul of this city and its neighborhoods. They along with the cultural vibe make this place a unique shopping destination and a big part of why people want to live, work, eat and shop here; and
WHEREAS, LocalShops1 is a coalition of hundreds of independently owned businesses and thousands of energized shoppers, with the mission of advocating, promoting and offering support to companies throughout Tampa Bay; and
WHEREAS, LocalShops1 recognizes that dollars spent in locally owned businesses have three times the impact on our community as dollars spent at national chains. When shopping locally, you simultaneously create jobs, fund more city services through sales tax, invest in neighborhood improvement and promote community development; and
WHEREAS, to further support local businesses, local residents are invited to beat the holiday shopping rush and crowded parking lots by attending the fourth annual SHOPAPALOOZA festival, to be held from 10 to 4 Saturday, November 23, at South Straub Park in St. Petersburg;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Bill Foster, Mayor of the City of St. Petersburg, do hereby proclaim Saturday, Nov. 23, as Shopapalooza Day in St. Petersburg, Florida, and encourage all our residents to visit South Straub Park and participate by shopping locally.
LocalShops1's Shopapalooza 2013 takes place 10-4 Saturday, Nov. 23, at South Straub Park in downtown St. Pete! Our nonprofit partner this year is Chart 411 and the event is presented by TBO.com/ St. Petersburg Tribune and the City of St. Petersburg.
Admission is free and open to the public! For more event information, including how to become a vendor, please go to LocalShops1.com/Shopapalooza or email firstname.lastname@example.org.