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Birthday Bash & Business Awards launched Aug. 8, 2008, as a grassroots effort to help connect local, independent businesses with community-minded shoppers.

Every year we like to celebrate our anniversary in grand style, because it gives us an opportunity to thank all the local shoppers and amazing local businesses who keep our communities vibrant and unique.

For event information, go to
82 8/10/2015
Help Spread the Word
Here you will find graphics, fliers, videos and other information that you can share in your social media circles or download, print and plaster all over the world. Show your support for local businesses, and help spread the message of Why Local Matters.
13 12/22/2016
Latest 1Card offers
The 1Card brings you hundreds of freebies and discounts all over Tampa Bay! Offers cannot be combined with other coupons or specials. When tipping, please tip on the pre-discounted amount. LocalShops1 is not responsible for changes in offers. We recommend you call ahead to confirm the offer and business hours.

Shoppers: To order or register the 1Card program, go to

Businesses: To join the 1Card program, go to

165 12/28/2016
Local Business News
Shoppers: Want to be the first to know the news? Click "subscribe" and you'll get alerts when new posts are added.

Business, artist and nonprofit members, you may add your news here. It's all included as part of your membership.

For information email
613 14 hours ago
Shopapalooza Festival!
LocalShops1's Shopapalooza Festival -- the biggest shopping event of the year -- is Tampa Bay's local alternative to Black Friday. It features more than 130 local businesses and 5.000 shoppers each day! The event also includes free entertainment, free kids activities and many surprises. Admission is free.

Shopapalooza takes place on two Saturdays -- the one before Thanksgiving and then again the one after -- at South Straub Park in downtown St. Petersburg.
For information, email or go to
88 11/14/2016
The Entrepreneurial Life
This blog features the stories of local entrepreneurs, including my own: When I lost my newspaper job in a round of layoffs in 2011, I decided to change focus and concentrate fully on LocalShops1 and my freelance editing and design projects. After almost 9 years at the Tampa Bay Times and 10 more at other newspapers, I knew the transition from the paper/corporate world would be a big one. Friends who had already been through this path told me to expect lots of laughs and lots of tears. And they were right.

Thanks for being along for the ride! If you would like your story featured, please email me at

-- Ester Venouziou, LocalShops1 founder
40 12/24/2016
The Faces of Local
Meet the awesome people, businesses and organizations that are keeping our community unique and vibrant! Here you will find profiles, stories about collaborations and more.
156 10/9/2015
Top Local Chef
Top Local Chef brings together some of the area's best chefs for a fiery competition! Co-produced by LocalShops1 & Intensity Academy hot sauces.
61 4/13/2016