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Call for Arists, Crafters + Makers

Tuesday, April 25, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Ester Venouziou
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APRIL 25, 2017

To further our goal to promote the #LiveLocal lifestyle, LocalShops1 is now providing a retail venue for us to show, sell and market LocalShops1-member merchandise that is locally handcrafted, sourced and curated.

Our shop, at 2908 Beach Blvd S on the main strip in downtown Gulfport, will have initial hours of 11-5 Tuesday through Saturday, with longer hours during special events including Art Walks and annual events. The shop will be fully staffed and merchandise will be carried on a consignment basis. We offer a 60/40 split on revenue (you keep the 60 percent; we take 40 percent, and we take care of the credit card processing fees). We will be rolling in merchandise over the next several weeks!

Jewelry   •   Bath + Beauty Products   •   Candles  
Home Decor   •   Upcycled   •   Florida-themed vintage  
Pet Treats + Gifts   •   Functional Art    •   Food Products

Special consideration will be given to art and gifts with St. Petersburg/Gulfport/Tampa Bay themes, and those using locally sourced materials.  All items must be produced in the Tampa Bay region. Jewelry, decor, etc, must be handcrafted. Food products may be produced at co-packing facilities within the Tampa Bay region. Please note that we are NOT accepting hot sauces/rubs. Our business neighbor Red Hot Tiki Gourmet Market has all that covered.

Products will be selected by a committee led by Michele Tuegel, LocalShops1’s Shop Artistic & Merchandise Director. Michele Tuegel has been one of the driving forces in establishing downtown St. Petersburg as an arts & cultural destination. She has more than 30 years experience as arts administrator, juror, exhibit curator and gallery owner/director, and was the founding executive director of Florida Craftsmen Gallery, now Florida Craft Art.

In addition to the 60 percent revenue share, selected vendors will receive monthly reports detailing sales, comments from consumers, and suggestions from our team on marketing, packaging and presentation to further help increase your sales. Our vendors also will be invited for special “Meet the Artist/Maker” events and have the opportunity to participate in collaborative marketing plans and special business workshops.

To apply for a spot, please email photos of two items, along with product description, suggested retail price, contact information, artist/maker bio and your website/social media links. Completed applications should be mailed to Ester Venouziou, Products will be reviewed on a running basis, with the initial review for applications received by May 1. Applications received after that, and those not selected for the initial launch, will be reviewed and considered for inclusion in the future, or in special shows. Those selected to participate will be asked to join LocalShops1, if they are not yet members.


We look forward to working with you!




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.