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 localshops1.com.
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 (LocalShops1.com spokesman) said Localshops1.com 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 Localshops1.com, 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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