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40+ Businesses Honored at Annual Best in Biz

Sunday, August 04, 2013   (0 Comments)
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Ester Venouziou, r=or 727.637.5586

AUG. 4, 2013

ST. PETERSBURG, FL -- More than 40 local businesses were honored Sunday Aug. 4 during LocalShops1’s fifth birthday bash and annual Best in Biz contest.





There were four categories – Most Community-Minded, Best in Grassroots Marketing, Best New Business and Best Established Business. Winners were chosen through an online poll, in which more than 1,000 people participated; and by a panel of judges including local journalists and college professors.


And the winners are …

Best Established Business, Judges Vote (tie)

Bananas Music, St. Petersburg
Time Systems, St. Petersburg


Best Established Business, Popular Vote (tie)

Craftsman House Gallery, St. Petersburg

Three Birds Tavern, St. Petersburg


Best New Business, Judges Vote

Chart 411, St. Petersburg


Best New Business, Popular Vote

The Ale & the Witch, St. Petersburg


Most Community-Minded, Judges Vote

Illuminated Publishing, Lutz


Most Community-Minded, Popular Vote (tie)

America’s Disaster Relief
Gulfport Tuesday Market


Best at Grassroots Marketing, Judges Vote (tie)

Forbes Riley Studio, St. Petersburg

Gulfport Tuesday Market


Best at Grassroots Marketing, Popular Vote

The Cupcake Spot, St. Petersburg



In addition to the business awards, LocalShops1 presented its annual Floppy Hat Award, which goes to a community member who goes above and beyond to support local businesses and the Buy Local movement. This year’s recipient was Susan Robertson, events director of the Birchwood and former marketing director of the St. Pete Pier.

Keynote speaker was Daniel James Scott, of USFSP Entrepreneurship Academy, who was recently named Florida's Small Business Advocate of the Year by the Small Business Administration.


More than 100 people attended LocalShops1's event, held at the Safety Harbor Resort & Spa. Sponsors included Chart 411, Moorman Photographics, Nivlac Solutions, Safety Harbor Resort & Spa and Three Birds Tavern.  The event was featured on Fox 13 and CBS 10 News.

The other contenders in the Best in Biz contest: 


Finalists, Best Established Business

Bell Contracting & Design, Seminole

Jacqueline R Maltry, Largo

O’Maddy’s, Gulfport

Pam’s restaurant, New Port Richey

Sea Breeze Manor B&B, Gulfport
Small Adventures Bookshop, Gulfport

Tampabay Massage, Seminole


Finalists, Best New Business

America’s Disaster Relief, St. Petersburg

Blowfish Bar & Grill, Seminole

Brew D’Licious, St. Petersburg

Clay Center, St. Petersburg

Felicitous Tea, Tampa

Growing Up, St. Petersburg

MASH Apparel, St. Petersburg

Michele Tuegel Contemporary Gallery, St. Petersburg

Neptune Bar & Grill, Gulfport

SmartCookee Co., St. Petersburg

Sombra Coffee, Seminole

Sunset Appliance Service, Clearwater

Teaza Energy, Clearwater

The Rande James Spa, St. Petersburg

The Iron Pelican Antiques, St. Petersburg

Your Travel & Cruise Concierge, Brandon


Best at Grassroots Marketing

America’s Disaster Relief, St. Petersburg

City Bike, Tampa

Illuminated Publishing, Lutz

ShoutOut Tampa Bay, Largo

Sunset Appliance Service, Clearwater

The Car Shop, Tampa

The Sophisticates, St. Petersburg


Most Community-Minded

Chart 411, St. Petersburg

Cheryl Hinton, Park Lane Jewelry

Heartland Payments, K. Cleary, St. Petersburg

Jacqueline R Maltry, Largo

Kaleisia Tea Shop, Tampa 
La Cote Basque, Gulfport

About LocalShops1

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.