ST. PETERSBURG, June 7, 2011 — LocalShops1.com is excited to announce its partnership with several other pro-local organizations to promote July as Independent Retailer Month. "Independent Retailer Month is completely aligned with LocalShops1's mission to connect local, independent businesses with community-minded shoppers," said Ester Venouziou, LocalShops1.com founder. "We're thrilled to be part of this national movement to help break the chain store habit."
Independent Retailer Month is an annual event established to remind all of us of the importance of the locally owned small businesses within our communities. The celebration was organized by Nolcha, which advocates local fashion; and Profits Plus Solutions' Tom Shay, retail expert and adviser. Other sponsors include Independent Retailer, the leading trade magazine for retail shop owners; Vlassified, which offers video classifieds; and Global Fashion Brands, which connects shoppers with independent fashion designers.
LocalShops1.com will be conducting a monthlong contest in July to help highlight the importance of shopping locally. Contest details will be announced at the end of June.
About LocalShops1.com LocalShops1.com, launched in August 2008, connects local, independent businesses and community-minded shoppers all over Tampa Bay. In 2010 LocalShops1.com was recognized as the region's best voice for small businesses. The member-supported organization features an extensive online directory of independent businesses and a shopping card, the 1Card, that offers discounts at participating shops, restaurants and service providers. LocalShops1.com also organizes networking meetings, store promotions and community events.