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Shopapalooza Festival 2016:130+ Vendors, 'Palooza Bucks, Dream Catchers Art Project, Planet Fun!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Ester Venouziou, LocalShops1 founder

Shopapalooza Festival 2016
More than 130 local artists, shops, food truck and nonprofits
Music, entertainment and special exhibits including Kids Zone; Planet Fun and Artists’ Village!  And one lucky shopper will win $500! Enter at

When: 10 am to sunset Saturdays, Nov 19+26
Where: South Straub Park, 198 Bayshore Dr NE,  St. Petersburg
Admission: Free!
More information:   |   |   727.637.5586

NOV. 1. 2016

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla -- 'Palooza Season is here again! LocalShops1 is excited to announce that this year's holiday shopping extravaganza is bigger than ever, with more than 130 local artists, businesses, non-profits, and community organizations participating each festival day: Nov. 19 & 26.

Shopapalooza Festival takes place from 10 am to sunset in downtown St Petersburg's South Straub Park, between the Museum of Fine Arts and the St Pete Yacht Club. Admission is free, and though registration is not required, shoppers are invited to do so at for an opportunity to win 'Palooza Bucks and $500 cash.


Shopapalooza Festival, known as Tampa Bay’s Local Alternative to Black Friday, features swag, sales, raffles and prizes from more than 130 independently owned businesses and artists in the Tampa Bay region. The event also features live entertainment, demonstrations, live painting and more. Specialty sections include:

  • Dream Catchers, a community art project organized by artist/muralist Tanya Pistillo, aka The Wandering Star

  • Planet Fun! Sponsored by by Chart 411 & St Pete Earth Day, filled with interactive exhibits, animals, prizes, Silly Putty Station and more. The section also features exhibits and giveaways by Keep Pinellas Beautiful (Nov 19 ) and Boyd Hill Nature Center (Nov 26)

  • The Tampa Bay Etsy Red Carpet, with more than a dozen local artists and crafters with one-of-a-kind pieces, in addition to dozens more artists scattered throughout the park, including some painting live!
  • Kids’ Village, filled with games and entertainment sponsored by Great Explorations Children's Museum Nov 19 & La Dee Da Kids Spa Nov 26

  • Acrobatics by Cirque City (Nov 19 only)

  • Music Stage, with the team of DJ MC White, along with performances by Competitive Dance Edge Academy.

Also new this year: LocalShops1, which produces Shopapalooza Festival, is issuing $1,000 in Palooza Bucks, and giving shoppers one or two each, while supplies last, to be spent at participating vendors during both days of the festival. And one lucky shopper will be awarded a $500 Cash Prize to continue shopping local for the holidays!  To learn more and enter to win, go to

“Shopapalooza is a way to celebrate and spotlight the great independent businesses that make Tampa Bay such an amazing place,” says Ester Venouziou, LocalShops1 founder. “It gives consumers the opportunity to kick off the holiday shopping season by shopping locally!”
For more information, contact Ester Venouziou at or go to
Shopapalooza, now in its seventh year, is a production of LocalShops1 and sponsored by the City of St. Petersburg. The event helps benefit and spotlight local businesses as well as local nonprofits, including our partners Chart 411 and Earth Day St Pete. This year’s sponsors include Moorman Photographics, Great Exploration Children’s Museum, and La Dee Da Kids Spa. Sponsors for our VIP Party at Sunken Gardens include Smokin’ J’s BBQ and Pipo’s Cuban Cafe.

For updated list of vendors and other information, please go to

Below is a list of vendors confirmed as of Nov 1, 2016: 

Food Trucks, Restaurants + Desserts
Flip'n Tasty Filipino Food Truck  (Nov 19 only)
Frenchies Touch
Island Flavors And Tings (Nov 26 only)
JB's Sweet Addiction
Le Anns Cheesecakes 'N More 
Mangia Gourmet  (Nov 19 only)
Pipo's Cuban Cafe (full menu Nov 26, snacks Nov 19)
Provisiones-catering to locals
Smokin J's BBQ
The Best Thai Food 
The Surf and Turf Truck

Cirque City (Nov 19)
DJ MC White

Kids Zone
Arts + Crafts, Games, Princesses and More sponsored by Great Explorations Nov 19 & La Dee Da Kids Spa Nov 26

Planet Fun!
Interactive Exhibits, Animals, Prizes, Silly Putty Station and More
sponsored by Chart 411 & St Pete Earth Day
With Keep Pinellas Beautiful (Nov 19 ) and Boyd Hill Nature Center (Nov 26)

Tampa Bay Etsy Crew Village
An Artful Home
Anna Bella Designs   (Nov 19 only)
Beer Cap Trap
Delightful Designs in Clay  (Nov 19 only)
Evan Gatscher
 I am so not cool (Nov 26 only)
Jade Soap Shop
Lola's Handcrafted
My Urban Poncho  (Nov 19 only)
Olive + Lemon Creations  (Nov 19 only)
PhoenixFire Designs
Robin Jennison Art  (Nov 26 only)
Savannah Beach Mosaics  (Nov 26 only)
Star and Crossbones
Studio Kingsley
Warehouse Candles  (Nov 19 only)
SophiaSky Designs
White Pine Studio

More Arts + Crafts
Creative Chaos  (Nov 26 only)
Creative Clay Artist  (Nov 26 only)
Gallerie 909
Gopali Imports
Nauti Narwhal
Sam Ness Illustration
The Hausler Collection

Non-Profits + Community Organizations
Chart 411 + St Pete Earth Day
Evergreen Life Services HEAVENDROPt
Florida Falun Dafa Association
GFWC North Pinellas Woman's Club  (Nov 26 only)
Limbo Chihuahuas Rescue
LocalShops1 + Shopapalooza Info Tent
My Hope Chest (Nov 19 only)
Sweetwater Organic Communtiy Farm  (Nov 26 only)
Wings Bookstore (Nov 19 only)

Clothing + Accessories
11th & Oak Boutique
Agnes & Dora Independent Rep Holli Jones
Annalisa's Hats
Ashe Couture Boutique
FinFish Co
Flaming Pearl Boutique
iuptown chic/Casual Boom boutique
Gray Space  (Nov 26 only)
Gypsy JunQue Bus (Nov 26 only)

LuLa Roe Independent Rep Holly Skrenes
MT Accessories
Pami Pocket
Radish and Co.
The Rolling Cabana
The Southern Love Boutique 
Thread Appeal
True Vintage Eyewear  (Nov 26 only)
X Racewear
Wide Sky  (Nov 26 only)

Fair Trade
Amazon To Andes
Esse Jewels Fair Trade (Nov 26 only)
Kush Textile
Mezo Culture
Trades of Hope
Worldly Goodz (Nov 26 only)

Andrea Dawn Design (Nov 26 only)
Coco and Marie (Nov 19 only)
Bejeweled Gifts from Mother Earth
Dancing Buffalo
Glassy Lady Jewelry
️GOT jewelry
Heywyre Heart
Jen's Jewelry Box
Loved to Pieces

Morningsilver Jewelry, Ann DeBonis
Origami Owl, Windy Lawson
Plunder Design 2 Much Purple
Premier Jewelry Rep Melinda White
Retro Nuevo Jewelry Designs
Stoned and Charming
The Genesis
Tina Koufas-Eisbacher  (Nov 19 only)
Tranquil Abiding  (Nov 26 only)
Zro- strings

Home/Garden Accessories + Decor
Captain Joe Fishing  (Nov 19 only)
Citrus Blossom Soy Candles  (Nov 26 only)
Ellen & Grace  (Nov 19 only)
Harper East
Just Grillin

Kate Michelle Photography
Scentsy Independent Rep Christine Wells
The Fouta Spa  (Nov 19 only)
Twice  (Nov 19 only)

Children/Babies Clothing, Gifts + Accessories
Great Explorations Children's Museum (Nov 19 only)
La Dee Da Kids Spa
Heather's Cheer-Up Boutique
Jazzy Jeans & Snazzy Things
Natasha Lynn Boutique 
Pregnancy Treasures & Boutique
Usborne Books and More Independent Rep Erika Davis

Gourmet Food Products
Aunt Neci's
Dip 'N Good Dips
Intensity Academy Gourmet Sauces  (Nov 19 only)
Jason's Fire Fusions: Gourmet Hot Sauces

Pet Treats + Gifts
Magni's Munchies and More 
Rescue Me Bakery

Health, Beauty + Skincare
Henley Natural Soaps & Creams
Jamberry Emilia Haasch
Mobile Day Spa Creations -- BeautiControl
My Favorite Bath Products
Owen-Li Organics 
Rodan + Fields, Cheryl Sharp
Perfectly Posh Independent Rep Lynn Webb
Younique, Jessica Reeves

Professional Services
Coastal Properties Group International  (Nov 26 only)
City of Gulfport  (Nov 19 only)
Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce (Nov 19 only)
Gulfport Merchants Association (Nov 19 only)
Insurance Underwriters (Nov 19 only)
LocalShops1 + Shopapalooza Festival Info Booth
Playing Around the Beaches 
St Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce

Personal Services + Products
Damsel in Defense Independent Rep Misty Oudshoff
Hood Chiropractic
Mountcastle Vein Centers
Spinal Correction Centers  (Nov 19 only)
The Therapeutic Experience
VseV SkinCare & Acne Solutions (Nov 19 only)

Travel Services
The Vacation Shoppe
Your Travel & Cruise Concierge (Nov 19 only)