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April 29-May 5, 2014 LocalShops1 Newsletter

Posted By LocalShops1, Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Live Local! Magazine is Almost Here!

Our new magazine is just about to go to press, and now we're working on our big launch party!!! Our red carpet affair takes place Thursday, June 12, at Michele Tuegel Contemporary Gallery downtown. Come pick up your complimentary copy of the first issue of  Live Local! and enjoy appetizers by Three Birds Tavern anddesserts by I Love Cupcakes. For more details and to register for our Red Carpet Launch Party, check out our events calendar. For other information

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Top Local Chef to Compete in Worldwide Food Challenge

Eight of the area's top chefs competed in our fourth annual Top Local Chefcompetition, and one of them now gets to go to Las Vegas for the World Food Championship!!

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Places to Go, People to See

Engage St. Pete, April 30:  Young professionals and community leaders connect in an intimate, casual setting starting with a cocktail hour with complimentary foodand drinks, and followed bybreakout sessions focusing on topics ranging from transportation to the waterfront to starting a new business and more. 

Second Thursday Social, May 8: Businesses and community-minded shoppers are invited to our Second Thursday Networking Social, featuring appetizer, prizesand the best conversations in town! Our next social is May 8 at Mangia's Gourmet in Gulfport. Admission is free with your LocalShops1 1Card!.

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Printing Specials: We now offer car magnets!  Get two full-color ones for just over $50.

Faces of Local: We're featuring dozens of businesses in our video series. Are you next?

Sales & Events: Want to share your news and events? Free service for LocalShops1 Business, Artist& Non-Profit members, paid options for non-members. Email Ester at for details.

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LocalShops1 offers memberships for businesses, artists, nonprofits and shoppers. For more information, go to or email us at

Fazio's Pizza: The place to go for arguably the best pizza and calzones in Gulfport.

St. Pete Community Accupuncture: With a pay-what-you-can sliding scale, accupuncture is affordable to everyone.

Live Curly Live Free: Dump that flat iron and learn to love your curly or wavy hair with one of the world's leading stylists.

Vistra Communications: This full-service PR & marketing agency can help your business or nonprofit grow.

Aflac Independent Agent Dana Callahan: Ask about insurance options and you could win an Aflac duck!

ProjectFREE: Non-profit provides opportunities for people with disabilities.

Gulfport Senior Center Foundation: Non-profit gives seniors access to healthcare, meals and social services.

North Shore Wealth Management Group of Raymond James GregoryHelck: Asset management, estate planning & more.

Terra Nova Club: Non-profit provides clean, safe meeting environment for people in recovery.

Ruff Life Charities: Non-profit helps with medical expenses for dogs after they have been adopted.

Clearwater High School Football: Program needs new uniforms & safety equipment Innovative click-on-the-front design ensures you'll never lose your glasses again.

Charlie Tulums Dos Tacos Food Truck: Largo restaurant offers delicious fare, including gluten-free options

Country Harvest Craft Studio: Gulfport shop features handcrafted soaps, lotions, gifts and local art 

Arbonne International, Nilda Vale: Health, beauty and weight-loss products

Moorman Photographics:  Full-service studio in St. Pete specializes in portraits and events

Three Birds Tavern: Restaurant in St. Pete offers classic menu with a twist and a full bar

007 Computer: Web design and SEO services for small to medium-sized businesses

Insurance Underwriters & Associates: All your insurance needs including home, health and liability

Bananas Music: The world's largest record store is in St. Pete

Brew D'Licious: St. Pete coffeeshop offers more than a dozen varieties of beans

Everything Dolce: St Pete shop offers savory menu, decadent desserts, gourmet coffee and tea

Neptune Grill: Greek specialties in a waterfront setting in downtown Gulfport

Evoke Strategy: Local SEO, online marketing, strategic thinking and PR

Bruner Fitness: Bootcamp classes for moms and their babies

Just wRight Entertainment Services: Full-service company offers DJ, bartending, catering, theming

Fashion Scrub Depot: One-stop shop for all your favorite scrubs

A Sweet Statement: Professionally designed candy buffets, gifts and more

Chris Kuhn: Author's debut novel, "The Muse Unlocked," is the perfect beach reading

Shannon's Web: St. Pete shop offers candles, home decor and unique gifts

Accounting Results: Tax preparation for individuals and small businesses

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Thanks for Making Tampa Bay a Better Place!

A recent study reports that more than 75% of businesses in cities with active Local First campaigns such as LocalShops1 reported increased customer traffic or other benefits from these initiatives! 

Thanks to our many friends, partners & sponsors who help push forward our mission. Special shout-outs this week go to BeachLife magazine for supporting our efforts since the very beginning; and to our Top Local Chef collaborators, Intensity Academy Gourmet Sauces and sponsors Gerardo Luna Photographs ShoutOUT Tampa Bay and the Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce.

For information on advertising, sponsoring or partnering with LocalShops1, email us at

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LocalShops1 features member news, events and promotions as a free service. LocalShops1 is a coalition of hundreds of independently owned  businesses and tens of thousands of energetic shoppers with the mission of advocating, promoting and offering support services to companies throughout Tampa Bay.  Founded in August 2008, LocalShops1 is the region's most active voice for small businesses. 

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