PHOTOS BY ROB MOORMAN, MOORMAN PHOTOGRAPHICS
More than 150 local business and nonprofit leaders and community activists packed the Vinoy in St. Petersburg for LocalShops1’s 2016 Community Awards.
The event, emceed by 10News WTSP journalist Noah Pransky, featured keynote speaker St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, who praised local businesses, touted the city’s commitment to local, and recognized LocalShops1’s mission to boost local businesses as the biggest buy local organization in the state. The awards included 16 Best in Business winners, four Community Awards recipients, and LocalShops1’s member of the year.
Below it the press release with all the details!
Event website: BestInBizTampaBay.com
For more information: Ester Venouziou, 727-637-5586 or firstname.lastname@example.org
AUG 15, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ST PETERSBURG, FL – More than 150 local business and nonprofit leaders and community activists packed Marchand's restaurant at the Vinoy on Sunday, Aug 14, for the annual LocalShops1 Community Awards and 8th Birthday Bash.
The event was emceed by Noah Pransky, investigative journalist with 10 News, and featured keynote speaker St Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman, who praised local businesses, touted the city's commitment to local, and recognized LocalShops1 as the biggest buy local organization in the state.
The awards spotlighted the Best in Biz finalists and winners in 16 categories, and also honored four Community Awards recipients. The Community Awards recipients were selected by the Awards Committee consisting of LocalShops1 members Andrea Farnum, Mermaid Bay Mercantile Co.; Michele Tuegel, Michele Tuegel Contemporary; and Robin King, Out of the Weeds & Three Birds Tavern. Each honoree received a custom mosaic designed by Gulfport artist Susanne Vernon. The honorees were:
Best social media presence
Staying power (10+ years)
Most iconic style
Best kept secret
Area's biggest cheerleader
Best 501c3 non profit
Write-in candidate for president
Best story/future best-selling author
In addition, LocalShops1 recognized Robin King of Three Birds Tavern and Out of the Weeds as its member of the year.
LocalShops1's Community Awards were made possible with the support of Moorman Photographics, DJ MC White and videographer Jade Taylor Isaacs. Table sponsors included C1 Bank, Great Explorations Children’s Museum, My Hope Chest, St Pete Arts Alliance, Three Birds Tavern and writer Cheryl Hollon
Prize contributors included Beach Drive Inn Bed and Breakfast, Chart 411, C1 Bank, Clothing with a Kiss, D-gallerie, Eco-Musings Soapery and Such, Funky Town Boutique, GateauOChocolat, Grow Financial, Gulfport Chamber of Commerce, Intensity Academy Gourmet Sauces JewelScent by Charis, Mangia Gourmet, Mermaid Bay Mercantile Co, Michele Tuegel Contemporary, Museum of Fine Arts, St Pete, Peace of Yoga, Perfectly Posh Charis, Practically Pikasso, Nauti Narwhal, Olive + Lemon Creations, Out of the Weeds, Radish & Company, Red Hot Tiki Spicy Gourmet Market, Souzou, Stash, Three Birds Tavern and Time Systems.
For media inquiries or more information, please contact Ester Venouziou at email@example.com or 727-637-5586.