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Name: Tonya Buford (Singles Pop Up)

Posted By Megan Holmes

Are you single and tired of wasting time on dating apps? Tonya Buford's hustle is for you. She's the founder of Singles Pop Up, a new way to find love in St. Petersburg and Tampa. Buford hosts events at local businesses with the perfect vibe to find that special someone. Check out her upcoming events in St. Pete on the Singles Pop Up Instagram page.

Years in Tampa Bay

3 1/2

Hustle (job)

Creator & Owner

What do you do?  

Singles Pop Up is St. Pete’s newest hosted event devoted to connecting unattached professionals in the most ambient locations our city has to offer.

Why do you do it?

With modern technology and dating apps we’ve gotten away from human interaction. I want to connect by creating intimate connections hosting events.

What was your Catalyst? (How did you get started?)

I am single. I was frustrated with meeting potential suitors. So I just reached out to popular bars, restaurants, etc. to find out their slow nights and asked to host a singles event. This ensured space without paying.

What’s a common misconception or unknown aspect of what you do?


What’s the most challenging part of your Hustle?


What’s the most valuable piece of business advice/insight that’s helped you?

Just do it!

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