Ester Venouziou, founder of LocalShops1, is one of the most vocal advocates for supporting small, locally-owned businesses, makers, and artists in the Tampa Bay region. The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a new burden on those very entrepreneurs who rely on our bustling market scene to reach customers. Venouziou has just launched a new online marketplace for locals to sell their handcrafted products. Welcome to Buy Local Tampa Bay.
LocalShops1’s new online shopping site is designed help local businesses in these especially tough times — and all Tampa Bay-based artists, makers and independently owned small businesses may participate for free.
LocalShops1 is subsidizing costs to develop, maintain, and advertise the site. Payments go directly to the small business, and LocalShops1 is not taking any cut of profit for the time being.
Makers can list up to 5 products each on the website. Current participating businesses include Sticker Bundles by Moonlight Stickers, St. Pete Mugs by MudJoy Pottery, Necklaces by Kapfer Glass Studio, Decorate Your Own Cupcake Kits from JB’s Sweet Addiction, and Hot Sauce from the Saucy Queen.
You can browse the entire selection of locally made items on buylocaltampabay.com.
Those interested in selling products on the site can inquire online. LocalShops1 is behind some of the best food and entertainment events in the region. Tiny Home Festival is set to take place on December 19 and 20 this year.
LocalShops1 is also behind Shopapalooza which. brings together hundreds of makers, artists, and restaurants for an event that provides a major boost to the local economy. The 11th annual event is currently scheduled for November 28 and 29.