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Best New Business Finalists

Posted By LocalShops1, Sunday, July 8, 2012
Updated: Saturday, July 7, 2012

We were looking for businesses that launched in the past five years, and are already the talk of the town! Businesses that are innovative, creative and daring. Afterall, these are businesses that launched during the recession. Most of all, we're looking for living proof that dedication pays off.
Past winner: Three Birds Tavern, St. Petersburg

Please note that though past winners and LocalShops1 staff and advisory board members received many nominations, they were not eligible for awards.

The Winners will be announced Aug. 8 at the Awards ceremony at the St. Petersburg Museum of History.


The finalists for Best New Business are ...

T and Me Tea Company, Gulfport: The town fell in love with owners James and Tania Clark when they first came as vendors at the weekly market. When a storefront opened up, residents rallied behind them with fundraisers and painting parties to help get them up and running fast.  "What (they) have accomplished is a small business wonder," writes one resident. "In just over one year, they have become one of the most beloved business entities in the community."

The Ale and the Witch, St. Petersburg: With dozens of American-brewed craft beers on tap, nightly entertainment and no cover charges, this downtown spot quickly became one of the trendiest places in St. Pete. "I love this place!" says one fan. "It's fun to go with a bunch of friends, or even going alone, because I know I'll always run into someone I know there."

The Peaceful Warrior, St. Petersburg: The Peaceful Warrior came to St. Pete strong, bringing massages to a whole new level. If you're looking for assembly line massages, they like to say, this is not the place for you. "I was hooked after my first massage," one customer writes. "I'd never go to anyone else!"

ARTPool Gallery, St. Petersburg: The gallery and vintage clothing boutique opened four years ago and helped shape St. Pete's art scene with outrageous parties, including its annual Muse Body Art and Trashion Fashion. This year it moved to a much bigger and brighter location, in a prime spot on Central Avenue. "ARTPool brought new energy to St. Pete," one shopper writes. "I can't imagine downtown without it."

Kozy Kazual Wear, Gulfport: Kozy Kazual, a casual clothing shop featuring the Peace Frog line, went from online to brick-and-mortar earlier this year. "I admire (owner Jeff Moore's) willingness to try what he’s doing as (other) businesses are closing," a friend writes. "He’s thinking out of the box, and looking for business in non-traditional places."

Lux Magazine, Palm Harbor: "Kim (Cass) and Lux are daring, innovative and creative," one fan writes. The online magazine launched in August 2011 with the "goal to enlighten, encourage, make you laugh, save you money, live healthy & fit, eat fabulous foods & keep your finger on the pulse of pop culture." 

 

Meet the other finalists:

Best Established Business

Most Community-Minded

Best at Grassroots Marketing

Best Local Shopper (aka, LS1 Girl's BFF Award)

 

The Winners will be announced Aug. 8 at the Awards ceremony at the St. Petersburg Museum of History.

Get your tickets today.

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