Best Voice for Small Businessees Award, September 2010
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Creative Loafing Best of the Bay award:
"Best Voice for Small Business”
Tampa, FL (September 2010) – LocalShops1.com and its founder, Ester
Venouziou, recently received the Best of the Bay award for Best Voice
for Local Businesses.”Not only does Ester live the local mentality, she
spends her days and nights helping small businesses succeed in a tough
economy,” said the editors of Creative Loafing, which presented the
award on September 15 and published the list of winners the next day in a
special edition of the newspaper.
"She’s working hard to rally the spirit of shoppers to buy local and
business owners to support each other, and the small businesses of the
area owe her a debt of gratitude” The award is a huge honor for
LocalShops1.com, a grassroots effort founded just two years ago that has
already become the area’s largest network of independent businesses and
"We’re extremely excited that LocalShops1.com is recognized by one of
the area’s top newspapers,” Venouziou said. "We’d love to thank all the
editors and readers who voted for us, and the Tampa Bay community for
being so supportive the past two years.” Venouziou recognized the
efforts Creative Loafing extends daily on local businesses, especially
for putting the spotlight on local businesses with the awards, thus
increasing awareness of the unique shops located in the local community.
"Shopping locally makes a difference!” Venouziou says.
In November, LocalShops1.com is planning its biggest event ever,
Shopapalooza, the ultimate shopping experience on November 20th at
BayWalk in St. Petersburg that will kick off the holiday shopping
season. The event is just another effort to present the multitude of
small business owner goods and services available to the shoppers in the
Tampa Bay Area.
LocalShops1.com features Tampa Bay’s most comprehensive directory of
independent businesses and a shopping card, the 1Card, that offers
discounts at more than 125 member businesses. The company also organizes
networking meetings, store promotions and community events. The company
launched a branch in Gainesville September 2010.