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Small Business Finalists Announced

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What: LocalShops1 Small Business & Shopper Awards

When: 6-9 pm Aug. 8
Where: St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 Second Ave. NE
Why: To spotlight the contributions small businesses have on the local community and to honor businesses and shoppers who go above and beyond to make Tampa Bay a better place. The event is open to the public.
For information: LocalShops1.com (check Events tab)
                             events@localshops1.com or 727.637.5596


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JULY 14, 2012


ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. --  Thirty local businesses and shoppers have been named finalists in LocalShops1's annual Small Business and Shopper Awards, which will be presented in August in St. Petersburg.

The event, coinciding with LocalShops1's fourth anniversary, spotlights the contributions locally owned businesses make to the community. More than 200 businesses and shoppers were nominated for the awards.

"Cutting the choices down to 30 finalists (six per category) was not an easy task," said Ester Venouziou, LocalShops1 founder. "We spent days poring over the entries, checking out the local business nominees' websites and Facebook pages, and debating amongst ourselves."

The winners will be chosen by an independent panel of judges and the awards will be presented during a banquet celebration 6-9 pm Aug. 8 at the St. Petersburg Museum of History.  The event will be catered by Island Flavors And Tings,  an award-winning restaurant specializing in Caribbean cuisine.

This year there will also be the People's Choice winners, based on an online poll now under way.

The evening's host will be LocalShops1 Advisory Board member  Ebony T. Grimsley, owner of Above Promotions, a publicity, marketing and promotions company in Tampa.

Moorman Photographics in St. Petersburg is the official event photographer.

Event reservations are available through LocalShops1's Event calendar or by calling 727.637.5586. Sponsorship, advertising and other promotional opportunities are also available. For more information, email events@localshops1.com or call 727.637.5586.

 

The finalists are:

BEST NEW BUSINESS:
We were looking for businesses that launched in the past five years, and are already the talk of the town! Businesses that are innovative, creative and daring. Afterall, these are businesses that launched during the recession. Most of all, we're looking for living proof that dedication pays off.
Past winner: Three Birds Tavern, St. Petersburg

The Ale and the Witch, St. Petersburg
ARTPool Gallery, St. Petersburg
Kozy Kazual Wear, Gulfport
Lux Magazine, Palm Harbor
The Peaceful Warrior, St. Petersburg
T and Me Tea Company, Gulfport

BEST ESTABLISHED BUSINESS

Lasting power is what this one is all about. Despite the economic ups and downs, these are shops, restaurants and other businesses that have carried on and continue to make our neighborhoods happier and brighter!
Past winner: Write One Creative Services, Tampa
Being, St. Petersburg
Domain Home Accessories, Gulfport
Grand Kitchen and Bath, St. Petersburg
Island Flavors And Tings, Gulfport
Pipo’s: The Original Cuban Cafe, St. Petersburg
Simply Caprine, Floral City

MOST COMMUNITY-MINDED BUSINESS:
These business owners go above and beyond to help local charities and other local businesses. These are the ones who organize fundraisers, donate to silent auctions, help tech-challenged neighbors and give shoutouts to emerging entrepreneurs. Why? Because they care.
Past winner: Illuminated Publishing, Lutz

Absolutely Beautiful Flowers, St. Petersburg
Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market
Life Improvement Radio, St. Petersburg
Marion’s, St. Petersburg
No Name Java, St. Petersburg
St. Pete Community Acupuncture


BUSINESS BEST AT GRASSROOTS MARKETING:
There’s no huge advertising budget, but this business doesn’t need giant billboards to get the message out. Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, email marketing, cross-promotions, and good old-fashioned word of mouth bring in customers.
Past winner is Intensity Academy, Lutz

Backyard Getaway, Manatee County
Bo-Tiki, Gulfport
Grandma’s Auto Repair, St. Petersburg
Hartley Chiropractic Center, Feather Sound
ShoutOut Tampa Bay, Indian Rocks Beach
St. Pete Bagel, St. Petersburg

BEST LOCAL SHOPPER
We're looking for LocalShops1 Girl's BFF, the conscientious shopper who likes to support his or her neighborhood shops and restaurants. Now, we're not saying this person NEVER goes to the chains and Big Box stores. But this Shopper makes an effort to support the Mom & Pops whenever possible, and loves telling the world about the cool places around.
Past winners: Linda Evans of Tampa and Holly Furlong of Clearwater
Courtney Caton, St. Petersburg
Dawn Termani-Lawrence, Tampa
Karen Lanigan, St. Petersburg
Sandy Hanna-Duffy, Gulfport
Susan Leonidas, Brandon
Terry Foster, St. Petersburg
 
For more information, visit LocalShops1.com or contact Ester Venouziou at events@localshops1.com or 727.637.5586.

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