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Tampa Bay Business Journal readers honor local businesses

Tuesday, September 6, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: LocalShops1 Girl
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Competing against the national chains isn't easy, especially when it comes to online polls that rely heavily on brand recognition. Often people will look at the options and vote for the name they recognize, and that's often big corporations, since they are the ones with the big advertising budgets.
We're especially thrilled to see so many local businesses recognized in Tampa Bay's Business Journal 2011 Reader Choice Awards!

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Sept. 6, 2011 -- is excited to announce that seven LS1 members ranked in the top 10 in their categories in an online readers poll by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. Additionally, made the top 10 among readers' Favorite Business Leads groups.

"This is great news," says Ester Venouziou, founder of "We love seeng local businesses get the recognition they so much deserve."

These are the LocalShops1 Business Members that ranked in the top 10, and the category they were nominated in:

  • Apple Blossoms Floral Designs & Gifts, favorite florist
  • Carrollwood Deli, favorite take-out for busy executives and favorite boxed/catered lunch
  • The Globe Lounge, favorite coffee spot
  • The House of Renee Originals, favorite women’s business clothier
  •, favorite business leads group
  • Number9 Salon, favorite hair salon
  • Tampa Bay Massage Therapy, favorite massage services
  • Urban Body Clothing, favorite men’s business clothier

About is Tampa Bay’s largest and most active group for local, independent businesses and community-minded shoppers. Save money, shop happy, support the community. Businesses and Shoppers always welcomed on a pay-what-you-can plan.