Faces of Local spotlights the cool people and businesses that make Tampa Bay such an awesome place. The video series is produced by LocalShops1's community relations director, Cherlene Willis. To find out how you can be involved, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet Suzin Carr, author of the I Choose book series and founder of Illuminated Publishing in Lutz. The books, written by a Mom and illustrated by her son when he was 7 years old, feature family-friendly messages. "I Choose" & "Yo Elijo" is suitable for all ages & those who work with small children. "I Choose Too!" is a journal for grownups.
Suzin is one of the most involved people in her community, and is the only one to have ever served as Lutz Guv'na for two years. The honor goes to the person who raises most money for a local charity.
Her company has received numerous awards, including LocalShops1's Best at Grassroots Marketing (2013) and Most Community-Minded Business (2010), and Royal Palm Literary Award (Florida Writers Association, 2009).
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.