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Check out what our members are saying about us, and then Join LocalShops1!

Tara Rose The Peaceful Warrior Massage, LLC

"Joined LocalShops1 just 10 months ago. So far to date, we have sold 90 Shopper Advocate cards at our office. Setting aside the 150% ROI from selling the cards in our office, the loyal repeat clientele as a result of LS1 is unbelievable! I would highly suggest EVERY small business owner to jump on board and sign up. You won't find a more active business group in the Tampa Bay area.. GUARANTEED!"

Barbara Langford, Go Big Apps

"I don’t know of any organization that works harder to promote local business ... (LocalShops1 is) simply a visionary organization!”

Cheryl Kirland, Sunset Appliance

"What do we like best about LocalShops1? The Sunset Appliance Service crew has enjoyed the awesome events like the Top Local Chef competition, assorted workshops and  Shopapalooza. We have had the chance to meet and work with so many great people. But our favorites have got to be the chance to team up with groups like Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay, and the Cash Mobs etc...the things that really foster a sense of community growth for us all."

RoCo Traders, St. Pete

"Ester and her LS1 gang are hands-on people who enjoy supporting small, local businesses. Add to that the ability to use LS1 to reach current and potential clients and network with other small biz owners in one spot--well, it makes LS1 a great local resource. And they throw very fun events!"

David Olivieri, Olivieri Plumbing

"LS1 has helped out a lot with referrals! I plan on renewing our membership next year! The LS1 Facebook page is a great place to post ideas, and get business. I think every local business should be a part of LS1! There are always so many great ideas on here and fun filled events. I have gained some awesome clientele through LS1. Thank you LS1 for your support!!"

Tim Horton, Tampa Bay Discount Mattress

"The beautiful thing about LocalShpos1 is it's two-prong approach:

#1 The ShopLocal/BuyLocal story communicates an educational message that is effective, reminding casual shoppers to look for businesses besides the franchise/chain brands. Local businesses are the community support and jobs base of any town or city.

#2 the association and learning opportunities each member business has to share/learn from others in a similar situation. My business Tampa Bay Discount Mattress doesn't compete with Tara Rose and the Peaceful Warrior Massage, but we share many similarities, needs and challenges. LocalShops1 brings us all together is a cooperative, supportive environment."

Cheryl Hinton, Park Lane Jewelry

"Ester, Mo and the entire LocalShops1 community are a fabulous resource. Ester is always quick to support or donate to local charity events. I have met many LS1 members who are now friends. There has been to many helpful situations to pinpoint just one. Everyone is always ready to give you a recommendation or direct you to exactly the right person for your needs."

David Hollowell, Insurance Underwriters

"LocalShops1 is the BMW of business associations: 'The Ultimate Buy Local Machine.'  I have been a member since their inception in 2008, and cannot think of a better organization to promote local businesses. Insurance Underwriters has participated in many networking functions and currently serves on the advisory board. Ester Venouziou, the founder, has a Burning Passion for promoting the Shop/Play/Dine/Save Local Movement, and IUA is proud to be a part of it!"

Linda Evans, Linda Evans Jewelry & More

"The quality of people and businesses involved with LS1 and their care for others is immense! I love the fun contests and meeting other local businesses owners."

Lisa Burns, Backyard Getaway

"We have been members of LS1 since the beginning, in 2008. We have watched Ester's dream grow from just a few biz members to hundreds of biz members and thousands of shopper members. We have met and collaborated with many local business members that we wouldn't have known about if it wasn't for LS1."

Susan Jacobs Leonidas, Your Travel Concierge

"I love the support and friendships that I have through this group. I like to describe LS1 as a rich tapestry of people from all walks of life who connect on multiple levels, offer each other support, friendship, camaraderie, and most of all help build each other's businesses while building rich, true relationships with each other!"