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Celebration at the Vinoy Honors Local Entrepreneurs

What: LocalShops1 Community Awards 2019
When: 4-7 pm Sunday September 8, 2019
Where: Marchand’s Bar & Grille at the Vinoy, 501 Fifth Ave NE, St. Petersburg
Why: To honor those who do so much to make Tampa Bay an even better place
How: Big party at the Vinoy!

Ticket information:
Media inquiries: Ester Venouziou, LocalShops1 founder, or 727-637-5586

Celebration at the Vinoy Honors Local Entrepreneurs

ST PETERSBURG, FL – Every year LocalShops1 celebrates its birthday by honoring the Tampa Bay community leaders, business owners and local activists who make Tampa Bay a better place.

This year’s celebration takes place 4-7 pm Sunday September 8, 2019, at Marchand’s Bar & Grille at the Vinoy Resort, downtown St. Petersburg. The event features keynote speaker St Petersburg Deputy Mayor Dr. Kanika Tomalin, and is emceed by Carolina Leid, journalist with 10 News. Other speakers include successful St. Petersburg business owners Ray Lampe, Dr. BBQ Restaurant in the Warehouse District; Desiree Noisette, Mermosa on Beach Drive downtown; and Marion Mitchell, Marion’s on Fourth St N.

The celebration is LocalShops1’s 11th anniversary, and this year’s awards recipients are all long-standing businesses, thriving for the past 15 years (or longer!) Here is the list of this year’s awards recipients:

Helena Josephs, Island Flavors And Tings and The Caterer, Gulfport
Jo-Anne Peck, Historic Shed, Brooksville
John Riesebeck, Smokin’ J’s BBQ, Gulfport
Julie Burch + Richard Valmain, Grand Kitchen + Bath, St. Petersburg
Laurie + Marc Georgian , Treehouse Gallery, St. Petersburg
Maddy + Joe Guenther, O’Maddy’s + Botiki, Gulfport
Michele Northrup, Intensity Academy Sauces, Lutz
Ramon Hernandez, Pipo’s Cuban Cafe and Callaloo, St. Petersburg
Rick Shook, Ricks Electronics Boutique, St. Petersburg
Tina + Rob Moorman, Moorman Photographics, St. Petersburg

The event is expected to attract more than 100 of the region’s most influential community, business and civic leaders. In addition to the awards ceremony, guests will be treated to Marchand’s world-famous Sunday brunch. For ticket information go to

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