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WMNF, December 2008

Saturday, April 02, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Ester Venouziou
Share | Holds Talent Show in Gulfport

WMNF-88.5 journalist Concetta DeLuca came to Gulfport for LocalShops1's first-ever talent show. Despite heavy rains, parents and local business owners gathered in the coffee shop courtyard to see children of all ages perform.

Excerpts from the story:

David Knoll a local Gulfport singer, serenaded the crowd with an original song about

The audience consisted mostly of parents and the owners of the neighboring shops that line Beach Boulevard and who came to support the website. Pat Largo ( spokesman)  said was launched on Aug. 1. He said the website was created as a resource and alternative method to shop and keep money in our local markets that thrive in Pinellas and the surrounding counties. ...

The founder of, Ester Venouziou said the website helps bring the community together, and the talent show was just an example of their outreach efforts. Shopping locally helps support your neighbors, Venouziou said, instead of helping to support huge corporations.

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The full story and audio is available at WMNF's website.