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Gainesville Sun, September 2010

Saturday, April 02, 2011   (0 Comments)
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Website offers list of local businesses

Mom-and-pop businesses are finding new audiences with

The website, an online directory of independent businesses that began in Tampa Bay in August 2008, helps customers find local businesses in their area. ... came to Gainesville through a Twitter conversation between (LocalShops1 founder Ester) Venouziou and Haydee Santana, who followed on Twitter. Santana became the website's Gainesville director after a series of "tweets" and a 30-minute phone conversation.  ....

"Something just clicked with me because Gainesville is already very interested in sustainability," Santana said, "and I feel like the community's pretty active when it comes to the whole buy-local trend that's happening right now."

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