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Saturday, July 11, 2015   (0 Comments)
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LocalShops1 Best in Biz Awards
Presented by C1 Bank
5-8 pm Thursday Aug. 6, 2015
Fine Arts Museum, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg

Info: or 727.637.5586




ST PETERSBURG, Fla. – Forty-one local businesses are in the running for LocalShops1's annual Best in Biz awards. The finalists were selected from hundreds of businesses nominated by local shoppers and business owners. 


Finalists and winners will be honored on Aug. 6, 2015, during a cocktail reception and awards ceremony at the Museum of Fine Arts in downtown St. Petersburg. There will be two winners per category: judges vote, selected by an independent panel of journalists; and the people's choice, selected through an online poll on

The eventing's keynote speaker is St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, who took office in January 2014 and literally hit the road running with his Small Business Tour to follow through on his campaign pledges to help cut the red tape and make St. Petersburg a friendlier place for small businesses. 


The show's emcee is 10 News award-winning journalist Noah Pransky. He joined 10 News in 2009 and has since won several awards for news and sports reporting, including national recognition in 2013 for exposing safety issues on youth soccer fields and in 2014 for exposing red light camera abuses. 

Tickets are available at



The Finalists!

Best Established Business

Bella Babies

Big Sea Design & Development

Grand Kitchen And Bath

Jessi's Restaurant

Rick's Home Theatre Store

Rubin Health Center

The Peaceful Warrior Massage


Best New Business

Big T Printing

Central Oddities


Johanna Turner, Chiropractor

La V

Locale Market

Mangia Gourmet

Out of the Weeds

Roadside Attraction

St. PetersBARK

Best at Grassroots Marketing

Degrees of Success

Pipo's Cuban Cafe

Richter Publishing

Stash, a Place for Yarn

The Fashion Movement

Michele Tuegel Contemporary

Most Community-Minded

Backyard Getaway

Cerulean Blu

Fresh Threads

Gallerie 909

Gold & Diamond Source

Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce

Smokin' J's BBQ

Time Systems

Best Non-Profit

Birds of Paradise

CASA - Community Action Stops Abuse

Creative Clay


Fulfill Your Destiny

Grand Central District Association

Limbo Chihuahuas

Paws for Friendship

The Kind Mouse Productions

Toastmasters District 48



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LocalShops1's Best in Biz: Small Business Awards is presented by C1 Bank.  Our photography sponsor is Moorman Photographics


Contact Information

For media inquiries, please contact Ester Venouziou at or 727.637.5586.



About LocalShops1

LocalShops1 is a coalition of hundreds of independently owned  businesses and tens of thousands of energetic shoppers with the mission of advocating, promoting and offering support services to companies throughout Tampa Bay. Founded in August 2008, LocalShops1 is the region's most active voice for small businesses.


About the Best in Biz Awards

LocalShops1 celebrates its birthday by honoring the small businesses that make Tampa Bay such a great place. After an open online nomination period, businesses are pared down to a list of finalists in four categories: Best New Business, Best Established Business, Best at Grassroots Marketing and Most Community-Minded. Winners are selected through an online poll and by a panel of judges.

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