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Shopapalooza Connects 5,000+ Shoppers with 100 Local Businesses

Sunday, November 18, 2012   (1 Comments)
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NOV. 17, ST. PETERSBURG -- Independent businesses often offer sales and specials during the holiday season, but they don't usually receive the level of media attention given to larger national retailers. In reaction to this, LocalShops1 created Shopapalooza, Tampa Bay's Independent Alternative to Black Friday.  Saturday, Nov. 17 marked LocalShops1's third annual Shopapalooza, which witnessed overwhelming local support for independent businesses in the Tampa Bay area. 

City Park's Department officials estimated more than 5,000 consumers shopped at more than 100 participating business and community partners present.  Supported by strong print and social media campaigns, the event attracted the attention of news outlets including Bay News 9 and the Tampa Bay News Wire. 

In recognition of the event's substantial positive impact on the local economy, the City of St. Petersburg released a Proclamation declaring Nov. 17, 2012 "Shopapalooza Day." 

LocalShops1's Shopapalooza dispels the myth that local businesses don't offer competitive prices, selection and service.  The event featured discounts of up to 70%, along with prizes, giveaways and reduced price gift certificates. 

"We want people to begin their holiday shopping at Shopapalooza and then return to the stores they find throughout the holiday season," said Mo Venouziou, Vice President of LocalShops1.  "Locally owned businesses offer diversity and local character that larger chains can't compete with.  On top of that, every dollar spent at an independent local business has a profoundly stronger impact on our local economy than a dollar spent at a national chain."

LocalShops1 is a coalition of hundreds of businesses and thousands of energized shoppers who understand that to support local business is to support your neighbors, community and regional economy.  Founded in 2008 by Ester Venouziou, LocalShops1 has grown to be the most active voice for small business in Tampa Bay. 

Held every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, LocalShops1's Shopapalooza has grown in tandem, with a 400% increase in attendance from the previous year. The event this year was presented by the City of St. Petersburg and the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce.


Participating businesses and community organizations:

2031 Massage

Accessoreez Studio
Acupuncture & Herbal
American Disaster Relief Fund
American Stage Theatre Co.
Artists Loft
Baby Bootcamp
Barefoot Books
Bell Contracting & Design
Big Red Kettle Corn
Blind Shutter Gallery
Bouncy House sponsored by Grand Kitchen And Bath
Carly Neel, artist
Cerulean Blu
Chart 411
City of St. Petersburg
Clever Container
Creative Catering
Cupcake Spot
Downtown Business Association
Edward Jones
Entertainment Revue
Foundation for Wellness Professionals
Forbes Riley SpinGym
Fred’s Finest Pet Treats
Good to Go Catering
Grand Central District Association
Grand Kitchen And Bath
Graphi-ko Gallery/Jewelry
Grass Roots Creations
Growing Up
Hot ‘N Candy
Illuminated Publishing/I Choose
Inspired Wire Works
Intensity Academy
Island Flavors And Tings
Jonathan Schork, artist
Jordan Essentials
Katherine Koufas, artist
Keane Kreations
Kids Area sponsored by Illuminated Publishing
Lizard Juice
LOLA Health Care
Mash Apparel
Maui Mama
Miche Bags
Mobile Day Spa
Moorman Photographics
Morean Arts Center
Mosaic Mermaid
Neci’s Unique Boutique
Night Sight Apparel
Noetic Sciences
Origami Owl
Pampered Chef
Paulie O’s Italian
Peaceful Warrior Massage
Pipo’s Cuban Cafe
Pink Zebra
Purple Onion Bakery & Deli
Rural Handicrafts
Savory Spice Shop
Scentsy Candles
Sea Breeze Family Magazine
Shea Scensations
Silpada Jewelry
Simply Caprine
Simple Sailing Charters & Sales
St. Pete Bag Lady
St. Pete Community Acupuncture
St. Pete Concessions
St. Petersburg Dream Center
St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce
Stella & Dot
Stone Handy
Sunset Appliance Service
Tamira Powell, artist
Tampabay Massage Therapy
Tampa Bay Newswire
Thai Orchid and Leis
Thirty-One Gifts
Tile Art
Uniquely Original Arts
Uniquely Yours Boutique
Vi Salus
Webster University
Westminster Palms
Wilson’s Book World
Yellow House Event Venue


Jenny Venouziou, Tex Ex Co Inc says...
Posted Sunday, December 09, 2012
Great event ..