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Blog Name / Description No. of Posts Last Activity
Birthday Bash & Business Awards launched Aug. 8, 2008, as a grassroots effort to help connect local, independent businesses with community-minded shoppers.

Every year we like to celebrate our anniversary in grand style, because it gives us an opportunity to thank all the local shoppers and amazing local businesses who keep our communities vibrant and unique.

For event information, go to
82 8/10/2015
Help Spread the Word
Here you will find graphics, fliers and other information that you can download, print and plaster all over the world to show your support for the Local Movement!
9 4/9/2014
Latest 1Card offers
The 1Card brings you hundreds of freebies and discounts all over Tampa Bay! Offers cannot be combined with other coupons or specials. When tipping, please tip on the pre-discounted amount. LocalShops1 is not responsible for changes in offers. We recommend you call ahead to confirm the offer and business hours.

Shoppers: To order or register the 1Card program, go to

Businesses: To join the 1Card program, go to

170 4/17/2016
Local Sales, Events & News
Shoppers: Stay up to date with what's happening in the Local Business World: Here you will find news releases, info on events & more. Want to be the first to know the news? Click "subscribe" and you'll get alerts when new posts are added.

Business, artist and nonprofit members, you may add your news here. It's all included as part of your membership.

For information on joining or adding your news here, please email
608 11/24/2016
Shopapalooza Festival!
LocalShops1's Shopapalooza Festival -- the biggest shopping event of the year -- is Tampa Bay's local alternative to Black Friday. It features more than 130 local businesses and 5.000 shoppers each day! The event also includes free entertainment, free kids activities and many surprises. Admission is free.

Shopapalooza takes place on two Saturdays -- the one before Thanksgiving and then again the one after -- at South Straub Park in downtown St. Petersburg.
For information, email or go to
88 11/14/2016
St. Pete Mayoral Debate 2013
St. Petersburg Mayoral Forum: Small Business Matters, the first mayoral debate between Bill Foster and Rick Kriseman, was presented by USF St. Petersburg and LocalShops1. The event took place at USFSP on Sept. 10, 2013.
Here are links to some of the news coverage.
12 9/11/2013
The Entrepreneurial Life
When I was laid off from the Tampa Bay Times Oct. 6, 2011, I decided to jump in on the world of full-time entrepreneur. After almost 9 years at the Times and 10 more at other newspapers mostly throughout Florida, I knew the transition from the paper/corporate world would be a big one. Friends who had already been through this path told me to expect lots of laughs and lots of tears. And they were right. Thanks for being along for the ride! -- Ester Venouziou, LocalShops1 founder
38 1/5/2014
The Faces of Local
Meet the awesome people, businesses and organizations that are keeping our community unique and vibrant! Here you will find profiles, stories about collaborations and more.
156 10/9/2015
Top Local Chef
Top Local Chef brings together some of the area's best chefs for a fiery competition! Co-produced by LocalShops1 & Intensity Academy hot sauces.
61 4/13/2016
Here are some of our favorite videos, spotlighting the importance of living local!
18 3/29/2014