LocalShops1 Best in Biz Awards
Presented by C1 Bank
6-9 pm Thursday Aug. 7, 2014
St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 Second Ave. NE
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Fazio's Pizza & Subs
Finalist, Most Community-Minded Business
1414 58th Street S., Gulfport
Fazio’s Pizza & Subs came about in 1991 by Joe and Renee Fazio. The current owner, Tony, and his future wife, Robin, both started working there in 1994 and learned everything they possibly could from Joe. Joe lost his battle with cancer after many years in 2001 and Tony and Robin purchased Fazio’s from his wife in 2002.
Here are excerpts from their application for LocalShops1's 2014 Best in Biz Awards:
We really kind of keep a low profile about the things we do it’s mostly donations of food and/or gift certificates to other businesses or schools doing fundraisers or other events. Some of the groups we have given to include the Gulfport Women's Club, Stetson Law College, Gulfport Police Department (for Gulfport Elementary), Douglas Jamerson Elementary School, Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle School, The Boca Ciega High School, and probably a few more I’m forgetting. Most recently we donated lunch to the Gulfport Neighbors Group that was doing a flash clean-up of a Gulfport residence. They had about 20+ volunteers show up for the event. Another local business owner Randy Craig of Tek-One Computer Services and myself rehabilitated a laptop computer and gave it to Gulfport Little League for keeping records or registrations and other things.
To help promote other business in and around Gulfport we participate in a box-topper advertising effort. There are about 20 businesses that have participated with us in this program, every order that leaves my shop has this flyer attached which advertises our menu on one side and the other business on the other. We are getting great feedback from this and I hope the other businesses are doing so as well. Some of the businesses include O’Maddy’s, Reed Car Care, Mostly Mopar, Cell Phone Solutions, La Cote Basque and many others. In addition to the box-toppers, our social media presence is quite strong especially on Facebook , we do a lot of shout-outs for other businesses all the time.
"I’m a pay-it-forward and help others kind of guy. Constantly looking for people to help and we teach that to our boys. For example, we always offer help to anyone we see broke down roadside or if their hood is up in a parking lot. Our boys even point people out to me if I don’t see them first. At the shop we try to help people as much as we can as well. I can’t tell you how many times we have helped others out in the parking lot whether helping with a jump, tire change, a ride home because a car won’t start. We do what we can when we can."
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