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Sharing the Local Love

Posted By LocalShops1, Monday, December 17, 2012

One of the things we love best about local businesses, and especially LocalShops1 members, is how supportive they are of each other. A prime example? All the shops and restaurants that use local suppliers whenever possible. Here is what we’re talking about ... 


Three Birds Tavern, St. Pete, uses a local supplier for seafood, and currently is shopping local for dairy products. Also: fresh bread from St. Armands Baking Co. in Bradenton, meats from Pinellas Wholesale Meats in St. Pete,  veggies from Glory Road Gardens in Lutz,  "and of course, fellow LS1 member Trinity Graphics, Big Sea Design, ClearPH, Vernon & Vernon, and many more,” owner Robin King says. "We will continue to spotlight our local purveyors, and plan to host a dinner soon featuring all local products.”

Above Promotions, Tampa, uses local writers, printers, promotional personnel, event planners, caterers and photographers for projects.

Cerulean Blu, St. Petersburg, uses as much local as makes sense. Right now they have four local jewelry designers (Leslie Belcher - Accessoreez, Gail MacAuley, Bisi Adeshina and Annette Kapfur) and three local clothing designers (Renee Renee Scarborough - Two Coconuts, Jacqueline Hutcherson - Tan True and Alla K - Alla K Designs).

Historic Shed, Brooksville, reports that all its wood is locally sourced for our sheds. "We use a local sawmill for our cypress and a local millwork shop who buys from a local wood supplier for our siding and beadboard,” says owner Jo-Anne Peck.

Tampabay Massage Therapy, Seminole, uses local photographers for promo shots, Local heating a/c at home and office as well as carpet cleaning. Laundry service and local restaurants and caterers for events. Musicians, Florists and of course local massage therapists. I’m sure there’s more too. "I always look to my local peeps for anything I can,” owner MeLanie Neumann says.

Backyard Getaway, in Manatee County, uses local printers, local food vendors/caterers, local artists/musicians, local photographers for our events and marketing. They also use local plant growers and grow their own plants, owner Lisa Burns says.

St. Pete Community Acupuncture, St. Pete, tries to get all its supplies as locally as possible. "We use local artists to decorate our walls whenever possible and play music from local bands in our reception area,”  owner Greg Jones explains.

Fred’s Finest Pet Treats owner Robin Wood says it’s not always easy to get all her products locally, but she does her best, "I can say my Fred’s sign was made by a local St. Pete artist and my banner was also made by another local St. Pete artist. The only businesses that can sell my treats are independently owned local businesses. No chains for Fred’s Finest!” she says.

The Yellow House Event Venue/Accessoreez Studio, in St. Pete, has preferred vendors that it recommends to clients are all local event planners, entertainment companies, restaurants, photographers, bakeries.

Paulie O’s Italian Gourmet, Largo, purchase local supplies as much as they can.


Does your business use locally sourced food or other local suppliers? Please feel free to include info in the comments. Yes, links to your websites are welcomed.


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.

Membership is open to artists, businesses, shoppers, and nonprofits. 



Local Love graphic, below, from family-owned Nugget Markets, which is committed to supporting farmers and businesses within 100 miles of the company’s corporate offices in Woodland, Calif.

Tags:  eat local  local artists  local products  local sources  locally sourced food  shop local  tampa bay 

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Rick's Electronics Boutique says...
Posted Monday, December 17, 2012
I use a local sign company, Compas Banners and Signs, for signage, printing and business cards, Symphoni for SEO and Hype Group that created my website and local agencies for my accounting and insurance needs!
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