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LocalShops1 is Tampa Bay's leading voice for small businesses in the Tampa Bay region. Its mission is to provide advocacy, support and education to locally owned businesses in and around St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Tampa.

Established in 2008, LocalShops1 has been selected to serve as the Tampa Bay network for BALLE, the national Business Alliance for Local Living Economies.

Shopper Advocates enjoy discounts through the LocalShops1 1Card program and participate in cash mobs, fantastic special events and more.

Partner Businesses join hundreds of businesses and thousands of shoppers for networking and social events educational opportunities, vendor expos and more.

Together LocalShops1 Shoppers and Businesses are strong, competitive and make a difference in our communities.


  • Business Alliance for Local Living Economies
  • Gulfport Chamber of Commerce
  • St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce


LocalShops1 started Cash Mobs in the Tampa Bay region, bringing together shoppers and businesses to raise awareness for small businesses. LocalShops1 organizes an annual Shopapalooza,the local alternative to Black Friday, and annual Small Business Awards. The group has a huge social media following and is often a source for media when it comes to local business matters. Last year the organization launched a high-end website giving small businesses a powerful platform to market themselves.

LocalShops1 is a leader for small businesses. It is instrumental in forging cooperations and cross-promotions and in raising awareness for the importance of shopping locally. The grassroots organization was started by Ester Venouziou, a journalist, while she worked a full-time at one of the nation's largest newspapers. LocalShops1 has been recognized for its efforts by all the local newspapers and TV stations, as well as several local chambers and business organizations.


Website @localshops1com


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