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"The reason I like LS1 (as the cool kids call it) and their awards is that I see how founder Ester Venouziou operates, and I think it’s —and sweet baby Jesus, I hate this word — authentic. Over the years, she hasn’t always loved me and I haven’t always loved her, but she’s committed to local businesses."  

Cathy Salustri, Creative Loafing Arts & Entertainment editor


LocalShops1 has been recognized as Tampa Bay's leading advocate for small businesses, and we're a top source for journalists looking for leads on business stories and information on the Buy Local movement. Here are some links to stories about LocalShops1 events, advocacy and more! 



ABC Action News

Foster, Kriseman debate small business economic development
5 things you need to know happening in Florida



Bay News 9

Interview: Importance of Supporting Local Business during holidays
Foster, Kriseman grapple over St. Pete economy in first debate

Celebration makes beginning of the end of the Pier

Shoppers support local businesses at Shopapalooza

The latest craze is a boon to mom-and-pop businesses



10News (CBS)

10 News reporter judges local Top Chef competition
Strong words during St. Pete mayoral forum

SFSP and LocalShops1 to present St. Petersburg mayoral fourm

LocalShops1's 2013 Best in Biz Small Business Awards

LocalShops1's Raise a Toast the Pier- interview with nonprofit partner Chart 411

Chamber kicks off Buy Local Seminole program

Shopapalooza 2012 coming to St. Pete

LocalShops1 celebrates 4 years of promotions

The rise of the Cash Mob

Cash Mob coming to St. Pete

The best time to buy... anything!

Interview: Small Business Saturday encourages shoppers to go local

Profile: Local website encourages shopping local

Swap your old clothes for new ones

Local website helping mom & pop shops

Profile: Networking site helps build businesses



WFLA (News Channel 8)

Shopapalooza offers local alternative to Black Friday

St. Pete mayoral debate brings few surprises



MyFox Tampa Bay

Best In Business

Small business owners irked by big business tax breaks

Big company helps little ones bounce back

One-stop shopping this weekend in St. Pete



Tampa Bay Times:

LocalShops1 opens first brick-and-mortar site 

Search for Pier restaurants goes local 

New Street Market to Debut on Clearwater's Waterfront

Hotel tops wish list for downtown's long-vacant Tropicana block
Pipo's chef wins local Top Chef competition for second consecutive year
Play Tampa Bay: Family in Town?
Foster, Kriseman square off in first debate after primary 

Expect jabs in debates for St. Petersburg mayoral race

LocalShops1 Buy Local movement gains momentum

Tampa Bay's Startup Crossroads

Locals gather for final toast to the Pier

Pier party will be farewell for St. Petersburg icon

Website for independent businesses is off the chain

BayWalk buzzes with activity for Shopapalooza

Small businesses protest proposed Sam's Club tax breaks

St. Petersburg Chamber honors women at its symposium

Secret cash mobs helps small businesses

Social media pow-wow set

Local Shopping 101

Chamber partners with LocalShops1

Some of St. Petersburg's stockings worthy of treats, others not



Tampa Tribune/St Petersburg Tribune/ (now part of Tampa Bay Times):

Local merchants stage Shopapalooza to compete with big retailers 

Letter to the editor: "Destination restaurant" 

State bankrolls USF business school's building
Foster, Kriseman spar on economy, records, Rays

St. Pete mayoral candidates to debate tonight
Discount cards brings together Tampa merchants, shoppers

Seminole wants people to buy local
People turn out to enjoy St. Pete's Pier

Seminole Fairs Entice People to Buy Local



Tampa Bay Business Journal 

Shopapalooza provides local retailers a collective platform

2013 BusinessWoman of the Year: In their shoes

Candidates do little to inspire

Strong collaborations rely on common ground, affinity

BusinessWoman of the Year finalists named staging Shopapalooza to debut at BayWalk



Creative Loafing

LocalShops1 celebrates small businesses

Do this: LocalShops1 Community Awards
Foster, Kriseman clash early and often in first general election debate

Buy Pinellas Park program supports and promotes small businesses
Pipo's wins Top Local Chef

Best of the Bay

New online guide to locally owned businesses 



Community Newspapers & Blogs

The Gabber: Ready, Set, Shop Local

The Gabber: LocalShops1 opens first storefront  

The Gabber: Local businesses honored at the Vinoy

The Gabber: Letter to the editor, "Keep St. Pete Pier Local" (p. 24) 

The Gabber: Pipo's wins Top Local Chef



Community Newspapers & Blogs

La Gaceta: Profile on Ester Venouziou, LocalShops1 founder

Tampa Bay Newspapers: Pierce Street Market Opens

Tampa Bay Newspapers/Beach Beacon: Pipo's wins Top Local Chef

WUSF News: Foster, Kriseman square off in debate

St. Petersblog: Bill Foster and Rick Kriseman to debate on St. 10 at USF St. Pete
The Patch: Mayoral Debates to Focus on Business, Arts This Week

The Patch: Mayor's race heats up
The Patch: 10 business start-up tips from Shop Local maven

The Patch: Call to Action to give back thousands to small businesses

Examiner: Meet the S-H-E-O

Nonprofit Maximizer: Discount card brings together merchants, shoppers