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Win a Month at the LocalShops1 Shop

Tuesday, December 27, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Ester Venouziou, LocalShops1 founder

Win a Month at the LocalShops1 Shop!
Local artists and businesses are invited to enter a free contest for an opportunity to win a month at the LocalShops1 shop, courtesy of This Life Photography in St. Petersburg. Enter at

When: Deadline to enter is midnight Friday, Jan. 13, 2007. Winner will have 24/7 access to the LocalShops1 for the entire month of February 2017.
Where: Enter online at The LocalShops1 is at 2908 Beach Blvd. S, Gulfport FL 33707.
Cost to enter: Free!
More information:   |   727.637.5586

DEC 26, 2016

GULFPORT, Fla -- A St. Petersburg photography company is passing it forward and making another local business's dreams come true this holiday season by sponsoring a free month at the LocalShops1 Shop.


Back in September, Melinda Workman, owner of This Life Photography, booked the window-front space at the LocalShops1 Shop for February 2017. Over the past few months, though, her life got incredibly busy and she didn't think she would be able to adequately make use of the space.


Instead of trying to sublet the space and recover her costs, though, she decided to pass it forward to another local business.


"Local businesses are very important. They’re really the heart of our community," says Melinda Workman, explaining why she decided to give away her month at the shop. "I also know from experience that owning a business can be challenging at times. If I can give another entrepreneur a little boost -- an opportunity that they may not have had otherwise -- it would make me very happy."


One lucky artist, business or nonprofit will now win the window-front space for the entire month of February 2017, at 2908 Beach Blvd S, Gulfport.


"This is the perfect opportunity to test out the brick-and-mortar world, or, for those already with a gallery or retail shop presence, an opportunity to try out a new market," says Ester Venouziou, founder of LocalShops1.


The winner is responsible for running the business and determining his or her own success, by setting hours, staffing, decorating, planning marketing and promotions, and so on. It's just like running their own shop, but not having to worry about rent/utilities.


The business owner will keep 100 percent of his or her sales.


The space is 8 feet wide and 7 feet deep, and also comes with bonus outdoor space just outside the shop (about 8 feet wide, 3 feet deep). Free WIFI is included. The winner will be responsible for their own insurance, as well as cleaning, supplies, and everything else that would come with having a brick-and-mortar, other than paying rent and utilities.


Local businesses are invited to enter by midnight Friday, January 13, 2017. Melinda Workman will review all entries and select the winner based on who she thinks would be a best fit for the shop. The winner will be announced by the end of day Friday, January 20, 2017. The contest is open to locally owned businesses in Tampa Bay. No purchase necessary to enter.


The winner will have access to the shop from 11 am Wednesday, Feb 1, 2017, through midnight Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017. Winner must sign vendor agreement/liability form before taking possession of space.


To learn more about This Life Photography, please go to




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.