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2014 Best in Biz Finalist: Growing Up

Posted By LocalShops1, Sunday, July 13, 2014
Updated: Friday, July 11, 2014

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

Vote for your favorites:

Growing Up
Finalist, Best New Business

c689 MLK St N, Suite B, St. Petersburg

Growing Up, a natural parenting boutique providing organic and natural products for the entire family, opened in 2012 and this year launched their  Learning Center, where they are offering a variety of classes; parenting, music, art, playgroups, and more. "We are very excited to become the destination spot for parents in the Tampa Bay area!" says Melane Nelson, who owns the shop with her husband, Doug Nelson.

Here are excerpts from their application for LocalShops1's 2014 Best in Biz Awards:


"We started this business after we had our second child and found that we couldn't find products locally. We wanted a place where parents could come and touch and feel and get expert advice on what they need in this special time of their lives. It's also very important to us that we teach our kids to take care of our earth and realize that the decisions your parents make ever from birth are important!"


"When new parents stop in with brand new babies to get advice, it warms my heart. The parents know they are going to walk out better when they walk in, I know I'm doing the right thing. Many moms stop in and don't realize the things that can help make that transition into motherhood easier. We help them. Sometimes, it might even involve crying and a hug, but they are happier when they leave."



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For media inquiries or sponsorship information, please email Mo Venouziou at For other information email

Best in Biz is presented by C1 Bank
Sponsors include Moorman PhotographicsPia's TrattoriaI Love Downtown St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg Museum of HistoryImpulse Clics  and Sunshine Automotive



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