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The Biggest Small Business Saturday in Tampa Bay, Possibly Even Florida

Sunday, November 22, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Ester Venouziou
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Ester Venouziou, LocalShops1 founder

Nov. 23, 2015

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla --- Join us from 10 am to sunset Saturday, Nov. 28. as we celebrate Small Business Saturday at the annual LocalShops1 Shopapalooza Festival.


The event, in its sixth year, is a free community festival featuring all that's awesome about Tampa Bay. Almost 150 local businesses will be there with prizes, raffles and plenty of holiday specials!


Acrobatic performers, strolling entertainers, kids crafts, Why Local Matters banners and a charity silent auction will also help fill South Straub Park in St Petersburg to celebrate the biggest buy local celebration in Tampa Bay, possibly even Florida

Admission is free.

This year’s entertainment includes specially choreographed acrobatic performances by Cirque City in Clearwater, strolling entertainment by Ciara Carinici’s theatrical troupe, dance and tumbling performances by Competitive Dance Edge Academy, music DJ MC White, and more.


Our special sections include the Children’s Zone, sponsored by Great Explorations Children’s Museum, featuring plenty of activities and crafts (check out Great Exploration’s spin art demonstrations!), plus local businesses offering clothing, toys, gifts and services for parents, babies and children. 

Other sections include an expanded Artists Village and a silent auction to benefit The Kind Mouse Productions.  

“Shopapalooza is a way to celebrate and spotlight the great independent businesses that make Tampa Bay such an amazing place,” says Ester Venouziou, LocalShops1 founder. “It gives consumers the opportunity to kick off the holiday shopping season by shopping locally!”
For media and other inquiries, email Ester Venouziou at
Shopapalooza, now in its sixth year, is a production of LocalShops1 and sponsored by the City of St. Petersburg. The event is typically on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, and because of much demand from both businesses and shoppers, this year event organizers decided to double the fun with Shopapalooza Part I (Nov 21) and then a repeat show with even more participating businesses the following Saturday, Nov 28, aka Small Business Saturday.
This year’s nonprofit partners are Rotary Club of St. Petersburg Sunset and The Kind Mouse Productions. Event sponsors are Moorman Photographics, American Stage Theatre Co., St. Petersburg Tribune and Great Explorations Children’s Museum. The VIP party food sponsor is Smokin’ J’s Real Texas BBQ.



Participating businesses: 

Jason's Fire Fusions
Le Anns Cheesecakes
Ashe Couture
Wide Sky
SophiaSky Designs
Clutch Kid
Tampa Living Arts 
Practically Pikasso
Perfectly Posh
Journey Marlers
Cruise Planners
Glassy Lady Jewelry
The Peaceful Warrior Fitness
The Peaceful Warrior Massage
Gallerie 909
Citrus Blossom
Coco and Marie
Evergreen Life Services/HeavenDropt
American Stage Theatre Co.
Wordly Goodz 
Beach Simple Clothing
Soirée Wine & Cocktail Jellies
Little Fish Candle and Clay 
Sister’s Brittle
Annalisa Hats
The Hausler Collection
Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce
It Works, Christina Probeyahn 
The Genesis
Art Le Fleur
Mary Kay, Becca Genna 
Mountcastle Vein Centers
Amazon to Andes
New World Permaculture 
Resort Property Promotions 
Stoned and Charming 
Trades of Hope
Magnis Munchies & More
Rotary Club 
Origami Owl, Windy Lawson
Veterans Health Network
Save Our Strays 
WonderMom Creations
BeautiControl Mobile Day Spa
Azalea Laundry Club
Gopali Imports
Samantha Ness Illustrations
The Rolling Cabana
Funky Town Boutique
Gulfport Merchants Association
Limbo Chihuahuas
IUptown Chic 
Flaming Pearl
Rodan + Fields, Nicole Skeene
Camila Gangotena
Alejandrade arte
Pami Pocket 
Nauti Narwhal 
Kings Arms Coffee
Sweet Life Cupcakes
City of Gulfport
Maroon Thread 
Lu La Roe, K. Barne 
Usborne Books, Erika Davis 
Natasha Lynn Boutique
Detroits Original Cupcake Factory
Jessi's Flaming Fruit Sauces
Pinellas Park Chamber
Captain Joe Fishing 
Sweet Samson
Mindful Minerals
Playing Around the Beaches
Scentsy, Victoria Hyclak
True Vintage Eyewear
The Wren’s Keep
Chipper’s Munchies
The Best Thai Food
El Gran Castillo Latin Cuisine 
Smokin’ J’s BBQ 
The Main Thang 
Johanna Turner, chiropractor
Bejeweled Gifts from Mother Earth
Dancing Buffalo
Gypsy Junque
The Mahaffey Theater
Answered Prayers Cross 
Soul Tree Boutique 
Live Local! Magazine
The Kind Mouse Productions 
DJ MC White 
Cirque City
Competitive Edge Dance Academy 
Great Explorations Children's Museum
David Gruskin Photography 
Vandy Comtois 
Radiant Reflections
Florida Falun Dafa Association 
Radish & Co 
Hip Honey Bee 
Jamene Invitations
Jazzy Jeans 
The Snarf Scarf 
Creative Chaos
Two Gals and a Glue Gun
Useful Buttons
Evan Gatscher Studios 
Franny & Franky Design Co. 
Lotus Leaf Creations 
Sunshine Canning 
Miss Johnny Squirrel 
Molly Dots
Pergamo Paper Goods
PhoenixFire Designs 
Savanna Beach Mosaics 
Spring Green Handbags 
Star and Crossbones
Narwhal Dreams
Mangia Gourmet 
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