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St. Petersburg Times, November 2010

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BayWalk Buzzes with Activity for Shopapalooza, a Local Business Expo

St. Petersburg Times staff writer Kameel Stanley covered's Shopapalooza, the alternative to Black Friday, with a story and photograph on the front page of the Metro & State section. The story was published in print and online Nov. 11, 2010.

Excerpts from the story:

BayWalk teemed with activity as 65 vendors, hundreds of shoppers and curious passers-by packed the complex for an inaugural outdoor expo showcasing local, independently owned businesses. ...

Localshops1's Shopapalooza event did what BayWalk officials have been unable to do for the past few years — draw crowds to the struggling complex, which is about 80 percent vacant.  ...

Shoppers got plenty of use out of the space Saturday, as they browsed booths and sampled products from local businesses.

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The story and photo can be seen on St. Pete Times' website,