These business owners go above and beyond to help local charities and other local businesses. These are the ones who organize fundraisers, donate to silent auctions, help tech-challenged neighbors and give shoutouts to emerging entrepreneurs. Why? Because they care.
Past winner: Illuminated Publishing, Lutz
The winners will be announced Aug. 8 at the Awards Ceremony at the St. Petersburg Museum of History.
The finalists for Most Community-Minded Business are ...
Life Improvement Radio, St. Petersburg: Eric Remmel and Jaime Armstrong have shown a commitment to the community through a variety of shows that help spotlight local businesses, local people and local charities. "If the community won’t come to them, they will go to the community," one fan writes.
Absolutely Beautiful Flowers, St. Petersburg: The florist is one of the new kids on the block, but it's already making a huge impact and helping local organizations put on absolutely beautiful affairs, including Keep St. Pete Local's launch party at NOVA 535 and St. Pete Pride's gala event at the Museum of Fine Arts. "They're making St. Pete an even prettier place!" says one fan.
St. Pete Community Acupuncture: Their mission is to make healthcare accessible and affordable, and one way they do that is with a no-questions-asked "pay-what-you-can" sliding scale plan. "It's refreshing to find a place that really cares, a business that's really successful by really putting people before profits," one fan writes.
Marion’s, St. Petersburg: The family-owned and operated retailer has been serving St. Petersburg since 1987. One fan remarks: "They give to every school, every group; they do fundraisers for non-profits and support anything they are asked to."
Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market: The market serves as a community hub, and draws residents and visitors to Gulfport every week, year-round. For the past two years, the market has been hosting monthly clothing swap, which have raised 150 bags of clothing, shoes and accessories for CASA, benefiting women recovering from violence and abuse. The market also offers free vendor spots for nonprofits every week.
No Name Java, St. Petersburg: Brigitte Whitaker is one who walks the talk. Immediately after taking over No Name Java she made sure to immerse herself in her neighborhood, supporting her fellow businesses and community. She greets customers by name and with smile, and often knows what they want before they even order. She's currently working on ways to help local non-profits on a grand scale.
Meet the other finalists:
Best at Grassroots Marketing
Best Established Business
Best New Business Best Local Shopper (aka, LS1 Girl's BFF Award)