looking for LocalShops1 Girl's BFF, the conscientious shopper who likes
to support his or her neighborhood shops and restaurants. Now, we're
not saying this person NEVER goes to the chains and Big Box stores. But
this Shopper makes an effort to support the Mom & Pops whenever
possible, and loves telling the world about the cool places around.
Past winners: Linda Evans of Tampa and Holly Furlong of Clearwater
Please note that though past winners and LocalShops1 staff and advisory board members were nominated, they are not eligible for the awards.
The LocalShops1 Girl BFF nominees are ...
"Karen Lanigan (of St. Petersburg) has changed providers for many services such as vehicle
repair and maintenance, air conditioning and cooler service and supports
nearly all local businesses. ... She goes out of her way to support other local
"Dawn Termani-Lawrence (of Tampa) frequents locally owned businesses
regularly and always supports online contests, posts, promotions, etc.
I've never heard a bad thing out of her mouth about any business, owner,
Susan Leonidas, Brandon: "I love LocalShops1 Girl, and really wish that she'd come out to
the Brandon/South Shore area more often so that more of my friends can
not only join us, but also get to know us!"
"Courtney Caton (of St. Petersburg) is the ultimate Local Shopper. I don't even know when the last time she went to a chain restaurant!"
"Terry Foster (of St. Petersburg). She talks the talk and walks the walk of keeping it
local. And she is vocal about it too, encouraging others to follow her
"Sandy Hanna-Duffy (of Gulfport) is always around town helping local businesses and helping coordinate volunteers for events for the chamber and the merchants association. She's making a big impact here."
Check out the finalists in the Business categories!
Best at Grassroots Marketing
Best New Business
Best Established Business
The winners will be announced Aug. 8 at the awards ceremony at the St. Petersburg Museum of History.
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