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Keep Saint Petersburg Local News & Press https://www.keepsaintpetersburglocal.org/blog Copyright 2016 Keep Saint Petersburg Local http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification ExpressionEngine v2 http://expressionengine.com/ en Wed, 14 Dec 2016 09:01:38 GMT Do You Know What an Independent Business Really Is? https://www.keepsaintpetersburglocal.org/blog/post/do-you-know-what-an-independent-business-really-is Keep St Pete Local KSPL News https://www.keepsaintpetersburglocal.org/blog/post/do-you-know-what-an-independent-business-really-is#comments PLEASE READ! Do you know what an “independent” business really is? For starters, *Local Doesn’t = Independent* - they’re not interchangeable! Independent means:

• The majority of the business’ ownership is private, not publicly traded 

• The business is registered only in its home state, and has no affiliation with an out of state headquarters or corporate office. *In the case of a Keep Saint Petersburg Local member, it means it is a business in the City of St. Petersburg, Florida, with no corporate headquarters outside Pinellas County*

• The business relies solely on its unique name and reputation (i.e, it does not “wear” a regionally or nationally recognized brand name)

• The business makes independent decisions regarding its name signage, brand, appearance, purchasing, practices, hiring, distribution, etc. 

• The business is solely responsible for paying its own rent, marketing, and other business expenses - without assistance from a corporate headquarters

Here’s what an independent business is NOT:

• A franchise

• An “independent distributor” - just because independent may form part of their title, a representative/distributor/ambassador of a multi-level-marketing/network marketing/direct sales company (some examples: Arbonne, doTerra, LuLaRoe, Mary Kay, Origami Owl, Rodan + Fields, Scentsy, Stella & Dot) is NOT an independent business - they are a representative/distributor/ambassador of a national/international company that has its corporate headquarters outside our area

Our Independent Business Alliance ONLY has locally-owned, independent businesses as members. We do NOT have franchises nor independent distributors represented in our membership/at our events. We’re not saying you shouldn’t support these businesses; we ask that you Think *Independent* First and want to clarify what an independent business truly is! Franchises and nationally-based companies have an advantage over indies (purchasing power, brand recognition/marketing, etc.). 

We’re working on behalf of independent businesses because 1) they can only rely on themselves/they don’t get help from a corporate headquarters and 2) their uniqueness contributes to the awesomeness of our city.

Thanks for reading. We felt it important for you to know who we represent. #KeepStPeteLocal #KSPL

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#MeetStPete https://www.keepsaintpetersburglocal.org/blog/post/MeetStPete Keep St Pete Local EventsFeatured MembersKSPL News https://www.keepsaintpetersburglocal.org/blog/post/MeetStPete#comments Keep Saint Petersburg Local presents its new series, #MeetStPete, featuring panels & workshops led by some of our city’s favorite local business owners + socials. The series provides unique opportunities to meet, learn from and really connect with existing & aspiring local business owners; as well as other dreamers, doers, shakers and makers.

Each month will highlight a particular theme/industry. Whereas all events are open to everyone in our community, those who are already part of/want to be part of that month’s highlighted industry are especially encouraged to attend. Learn more here: KeepSaintPetersburgLocal.org/MeetStPete

https://www.keepsaintpetersburglocal.org/blog/post/MeetStPete#When:11:44Z Wed, 31 Aug 2016 11:44:20 GMT
Indie FamFest https://www.keepsaintpetersburglocal.org/blog/post/indie-famfest Keep St Pete Local EventsFeatured MembersKSPL News https://www.keepsaintpetersburglocal.org/blog/post/indie-famfest#comments Keep Saint Petersburg Local Presents Indie FamFest at Open Streets St. Pete

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Festival from 12-5 pm at Williams Park | Open Streets from 1-5 pm - Streets around Mirror Lake & Williams Park

IndieFamFest is a family-friendly & pet-friendly festival at Williams Park, sponsored by Happy Feet Plus, with a Pet Corner (pet blessing, pet costume contest, pet photo booth & more) presented by the Cathedral Church of St. Peter

The festival will include a food truck rally, family & pet-friendly vendors, family-friendly entertainment on the Williams Park bandstand, bike valet + a bike decorating station and engaging activities for all ages hosted by our local arts & culture organizations

Join the Facebook event HERE for updates!  //  Link to the main Open Streets Facebook event HERE

*** INTERESTED VENDORS REGISTER HERE: *** KeepSaintPetersburgLocal.org/indie-famfest-vendor-signup-2016

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BurgBorn - Celebrating St. Pete’s Success Stories https://www.keepsaintpetersburglocal.org/blog/post/burgborn-celebrating-st.-petes-success-stories Keep St Pete Local EventsKSPL News https://www.keepsaintpetersburglocal.org/blog/post/burgborn-celebrating-st.-petes-success-stories#comments BurgBorn - Celebrating St. Pete's Success Stories - June 16 at The Mahaffey Theater
BurgBorn - Celebrating St. Pete’s Success Stories - June 16 at The Mahaffey Theater

Keep Saint Petersburg Local and The Greenhouse present BurgBorn, an event celebrating St. Pete’s success stories.

Get inspired by these BurgBorn individuals and businesses that have received national and international recognition. Learn from their journeys. Celebrate their success stories.

☛ GET YOUR TICKETS/LEARN MORE HERE: http://BurgBorn.com/ ☚ 

Opening remarks will be made by Mayor Rick Kriseman. The keynote speaker is Producer Will Packer, who has established himself as one of Hollywood’s blockbuster hit makers and is one of the only African American producers in the world who has had eight of their films open number one at the box office. Collectively, his films have grossed nearly $1 billion. Packer is also the Executive Producer of “Roots,” a remake of one of the most celebrated TV programs of all time that will premiere on Memorial Day on The History Channel, A&E and Lifetime networks; as well as ABC’s upcoming comedy series “Uncle Buck,” that will premiere on June 14. Mr. Packer was born in St. Pete and will be introduced by Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin, who went to school with him.


9:00 - 9:45 am – VIP Breakfast with Keynote Speaker, Will Packer * VIP Ticket Required *

9:30 - 10:00 am – Registration & Networking (General Admission Tickets)

10:00 am - 4:00 pm – Conference


4:00 - 7:00 pm – Networking Social

☛ During breaks, attendees will be able to connect with The St. Petersburg Greenhouse, an entrepreneurship and small business assistance center offering training, consultation, liaison services, networking, promotion, and that manages the Small Business Enterprise program. ☚ 


Early bird prices until 10 am on May 31st: 

$90 General Admission Ticket: Conference (including lunch) + Networking Social (including 1 free drink &


$135 – VIP Ticket:  VIP Breakfast with Keynote Speaker, Will Packer + Conference (including lunch & access to 2nd floor VIP area) +

Networking Social (including 1 free drink & nibbles)

$30 Networking Social Ticket: Does NOT include Conference - ONLY Networking Social (including 1 free drink &


Retail Prices from 10 am on May 31st until 5 pm on June 15th:

$100 General Admission Ticket | $150 – VIP Ticket | $35 – Networking Social Ticket

Day of Prices:

$115 General Admission Ticket | $170 – VIP Ticket | $40 – Networking Social Ticket


Sponsored by:

Great Bay Distributors

with support by: 

iLovetheBurgIndustrial Strength, Tampa Bay Business Journal, Todd Bates Creative & Urban Catering 

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Localtopia 2016 https://www.keepsaintpetersburglocal.org/blog/post/localtopia-2016 Keep St Pete Local EventsKSPL News https://www.keepsaintpetersburglocal.org/blog/post/localtopia-2016#comments

Keep Saint Petersburg Local is bringing back LOCALTOPIA to Williams Park for its 3rd year! This family-friendly “Community Celebration of All Things Local” also commemorates KSPL’s 4-Year Anniversary! * Link to Facebook event HERE  |  https://www.keepsaintpetersburglocal.org/blog/post/localtopia-2016#When:11:15Z Wed, 13 Jan 2016 11:15:03 GMT Keep St Pete Local T-shirts Now Online! https://www.keepsaintpetersburglocal.org/blog/post/keep-st-pete-local-t-shirts-now-online Keep St Pete Local Featured MembersKSPL News https://www.keepsaintpetersburglocal.org/blog/post/keep-st-pete-local-t-shirts-now-online#comments ​You can now purchase our Keep Saint Petersburg Local T-shirts online!        

Buy them here:  http://stpetethreads.com/shop/keep-st-pete-local/ 

☛ Men’s T-shirts in black & white | Ladies’ v-neck T-shirts in black & white | Ladies’ tank tops in black 

We’ve teamed up with KSPL member, St. Pete Threads, whose mission is to curate and create St. Petersburg branded merchandise that showcases our awesome artists, businesses, groups & non-profits. They support our community by sending 50% of their profits back to the people and organizations that help make St. Pete great.

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The Heart in Localtopia https://www.keepsaintpetersburglocal.org/blog/post/the-heart-in-localtopia Keep St Pete Local EventsKSPL News https://www.keepsaintpetersburglocal.org/blog/post/the-heart-in-localtopia#comments PLEASE READ ALL THE WAY TO THE END, THANKS!

You may have noticed the heart hovering over the “i” in our Localtopia logo and wondered why it was there. Since its inception Keep Saint Petersburg Local (KSPL) has promoted the idea of *local love* - showing that you love St. Pete by your support of our local businesses and community organizations. 

Localtopia takes place a week before Valentine’s Day and is one of the best opportunities for you to show that *local love* and not just by your support of the vendors/participants. There will be a variety of engaging activities that will allow you (and your children) to express your love for our city and its residents.

This event is KSPL’s greatest “love note” to St. Pete. You’ll be given the opportunity to contribute your very own “love letter” to St. Pete via the “PASSAGES” creative installation that premiered at First Night. The installation is presented by Keep St. Pete Lit, the NOMADstudio Art Bus and the Bluebird Books Bus and you’ll find it in the Arts Village.

NOMADstudio also invites you to add to their mobile mural by painting a visual symbol of your love for St. Pete on the side of their Art Bus. In addition, they’ll be addressing the growing problem of intolerance by highlighting the importance of UNITY within our community and will be teaching Localtopians how to fold origami hearts as a symbol that “hate cannot drive out hate, only LOVE can do that”

Love books? Then head over to the Bluebird Books Bus! They’ll be offering FREE books all day and you are also welcome to bring books to donate & share with others!

Many non-profits will have booths at Localtopia – advocacy, animal welfare, arts & culture, economic development, health & human services and LGBT organizations will be represented. We believe that you should “give where you live.” It’s as important to support our local non-profits with your donations and volunteer time as it is to support our local businesses with your spending.  


We’re asking the community to bring non-perishable items to donate to both Hannah’s Homeless and The Kind Mouse Productions. They both help feed hungry children in our community. You’ll find more information about The Kind Mouse’s “Mouse Nibbles” program HERE

In the Family Village area there are a couple of activities that allow for our children to show their *local love* too! makeme studio will be creating heart necklaces and handmade Valentines for patients at All Children’s Hospital and other local hospitals. Wonderland Floral Art and Gift Loft will also be creating Valentine floral projects with the kids like they did last year. 

We’re incredibly pleased to showcase a mini Heart Gallery of Pinellas & Pasco exhibit. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if at least one of their foster children was adopted by a Localtopian who was so overcome with *local love* that they offered a child a forever home?

Last, but we hope not least, is the way you can show your love for Keep Saint Petersburg Local. Besides being “A Community Celebration of All Things Local,” Localtopia also serves to commemorate KSPL’s anniversary. With this 2nd Localtopia, KSPL celebrates 3 Years (!) of working to build a thriving local economy and a unique community. We’ve done this with just a few unpaid volunteers and zero grants or special funding! Localtopia is a pretty massive and costly event to put on, but we want to continue to grow it and keep it as a FREE community event.

There are several ways you can show your love to KSPL! You can come to the Welcome Center and buy raffle tickets. Each vendor/participant will have a basket/prize at their booth/table. As you walk around the park you can drop the raffle ticket/s you’ve purchased in the bag/s of those whose prize/s you wish to win. This is a win-win because you’ll get to check out all of the booths/tables to see what they have! The bags look like this (paper bag with a KSPL sticker):

The other way you can help KSPL is by donating! As you enter the park you’ll find donation towers.  We’d greatly appreciate you giving from the heart so that Localtopia happens every year, it remains a FREE community event and we can continue with our mission to Keep Saint Petersburg Local!


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LOCALTOPIA 2015 https://www.keepsaintpetersburglocal.org/blog/post/localtopia-2015 Keep St Pete Local EventsKSPL News https://www.keepsaintpetersburglocal.org/blog/post/localtopia-2015#comments

Keep Saint Petersburg Local is bringing back Localtopia to Williams Park for its 2nd year! This FREE family and pet-friendly “Community Celebration of All Things Local” also commemorates KSPL’s 3-Year Anniversary! * Link to Facebook event HERE (updates will be posted on event wall) LINK TO THE “ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW” EMAIL  HERE 

* Event features:

·   100+ vendors from St. Pete’s favorite independent businesses & non-profits

·   Local craft beer garden featuring the “Drink Like a Local” draft beer truck serving beers from St. Pete’s breweries & other carefully selected FL craft brewers 

·  “LOCAL FOOD COURT” with local restaurants & LOCAL BUDS Artisan Collective vendors

·   Live music all day on the Williams Park bandstand  

·   VILLAGES:  Arts Village |  Family Village with special, engaging experiences | St. Pete Indie Market Village | Skate Village with Skate Ramp & Tricks

·   More surprises to be revealed!

PRESENTING SPONSOR:  Mazzaro’s Italian Market


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KSPL Members’ Black Friday | Small Business Saturday | Cyber Monday Deals, Offers, Events & More! https://www.keepsaintpetersburglocal.org/blog/post/kspl-members-black-friday-small-business-saturday-cyber-monday-deals-offers Olga Bof https://www.keepsaintpetersburglocal.org/blog/post/kspl-members-black-friday-small-business-saturday-cyber-monday-deals-offers#comments ​Here’s our yearly round-up of Keep Saint Petersburg Local members’ Black Friday | Small Business Saturday | Cyber Monday deals, offers, events & more!


https://www.keepsaintpetersburglocal.org/blog/post/kspl-members-black-friday-small-business-saturday-cyber-monday-deals-offers#When:18:33Z Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:33:24 GMT
LOCALICIOUS Eat LOCAL Drink LOCAL Week (Oct 12-19) https://www.keepsaintpetersburglocal.org/blog/post/localicious-eat-local-drink-local-week-oct-12-19 Keep St Pete Local EventsKSPL News https://www.keepsaintpetersburglocal.org/blog/post/localicious-eat-local-drink-local-week-oct-12-19#comments Savor our local flavor all week and beyond as we highlight our locally-made food & drink + local restaurants, breweries, growers, markets, community gardens and more! KeepSaintPetersburgLocal.org/Localicious

***LOCALICIOUS Week is presented by Rollin’ Oats***



SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12 - 11 AM TO 3 PM at Pinellas Pioneer Settlement Inc (3120 31st Street South, 33712)

LOCALICIOUS COMMUNITY POT-LUCK/PICNIC KICK-OFF - https://www.facebook.com/events/901349879892726/

  • Let’s break bread together at this family-friendly event
  • Bring a dish/dishes made with local ingredients to share with others
  • Tour the Community Garden
  • Live music with Gypsy Wind at the General Store
  • NEW: Tree Climb with Pathfinder Outdoor Education 
  • Money-stamping party/kids crafts at the Print Shop - NEW: The Southern Letterpress will be there with letterpress keepsakes 

  • Be among the first to collect the Localicious Week “plantable seed coaster” souvenir

*** NEW EVENT JUST ADDED:  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14 - 6-8 PM at St. Pete Brewing Company (544 1st Avenue North) *** 

Beer + Chocolate-Covered Bacon! + Stout Beer Ice Cream Floats! Sample the following delights:

Sweet Divas Chocolates’ chocolate covered, thick-cut, applewood smoked gourmet bacon *We’re giving away 1 piece per person - get there early to nab this crazy good stuff!* (Sweet Divas will also be selling some of their yummy sweet treats!)

~ St. Pete Brewing Company Stout Beer Floats with Tropiccool ice cream * $4 beer + $2 ice cream scoop = only $6 for awesomeness! *

Local craft beer + locally-made ice cream and sweet treats (and did we mention the FREE chocolate-covered bacon?) - oh, what a night!


LOCAL MELTDOWN, “A Grilled Cheese/Mac-n-Cheese/Anything Awesome with Cheese Throwdown” at NOVA 535 (535 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street North)


  • 9 amateur chefs compete in 3 cheesy categories (grilled cheese/mac-n-cheese/anything awesome you can create with cheese)
  • Your “tasting ticket” also allows you to vote for the best creation in each category (People’s Choice)
  • Guest judges (Chef Jeffrey JewJanet KeelerTampa Bay TimesMeaghan HabudaCreative LoafingAndy Salyards, owner of Urban Brew and BBQ – serves “the Tampa Bay area’s best mac and cheese” according to Laura Reiley, Times Food Critic) will select the Judges’ Choice winners
  • VIP Tasting Experience upstairs with Mazzaro’s Cheese Room
  • Special brews from Brewers Tasting Room & Justin Grant
  • Live music by LoungeCat - “sophisticated party band” plays old school blues, New Orleans jazz, swing, ska, standards, Motown & Latin

*** Winners in each category will have their winning recipes added to the Brewers’ Tasting Room menu for a month with a beer pairing ***

*** LINK TO PURCHASE REGULAR & VIP TICKETS (purchase before October 14) ***

$10 for General Admission/Tasting Ticket | $20 includes VIP Tasting Experience upstairs with Mazzaro’s Cheese Room - Tickets are $20 for GA | $30 for VIP after Oct 14

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17 - 6-10 PM in the Grand Central District

“The Grand Treats & Tunes Trolley Hop” -  https://www.facebook.com/events/802275163169707/

A local “sweet treats” vendor (think cakes, cupcakes, donuts & more) + a local musician pop-up in front of the locations below in the Grand Central District.  Your wrist-band will allow you to hop aboard the open-air Looper Trolley to travel from stop to stop and it will also get you drink specials. 

*** Enjoy music by Justin Vilardi of Paint The Town Red aboard the trolley!  ***

Have dinner at the restaurants before buying your sweet treats.  Pop into the local shops that are staying open late that evening.  Experience the all-local taps take-over and concert at Urban Brew and BBQ.  Listen to some of our best local musicians as you stroll through Grand Central/ride the trolley.  Eat/Drink/Buy/Listen and Be Local!


The Burg Bar & Grill + The Hideaway Cafe

•  Treats by:  The Hole Donuts – small batch, gourmet donuts made from fresh, whole ingredients

•  Tunes by:  Jim Gilmour (6:30-9:30)\

 Urban Brew and BBQ

Drink Like A Local” All-Local Taps Take-over inside & outside at beer truck! *Tap list to be announced*

•  Tunes by:  UNRB – Best of the Bay Award Winners for Best Local Reggae/Ska Band & Best Local Ska Act (Concert starts at 8 pm)

•  Treats by:  TBC

~  Tropiccool

•  Treats by:  Tropiccool - all-natural gourmet popsicles, sorbet, gelato & more

•  Tunes by:  Gale Trippsmith (6:30-9:30)

~  Community Cafe  

•  Treats by:  Granny Smith Kitchens –  all vegetarian homemade fudge, cookies and cakes

•  Tunes by:  Michael J Weiss (6:30-9:30)

~  The Queens Head  

•  Treats by:  Bread Winners Bakery – Saturday Morning Market vendors – will have bread pudding

•  Tunes by:  Acoustic Valley  – a big hit at WMNF’s 35th Anniversary Bash

~  Casita Taqueria 

•  Treats by:  It’s Icing on the Cake – will have cupcakes  

•  Tunes by:  John Holt (6:30-9:30)


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18 - 3 PM-MIDNIGHT at Green Bench Brewing Co. (1133 Baum Avenue North)

LOCAL BUDS: An OctoBEER Farmer’s Market - https://www.facebook.com/events/1485815084991725/

  • Farmer’s Market 3-9 pm - 20+ local businesses unite with Beer-centric Collaborations (showcasing locally made food & drink, local growers + organic products)
  • 4-7 pm Nick Boutwell, St. Pete’s famous street musician, will be performing on his accordion
  • 7 pm-midnight - live music in collaboration with the Don’t Stop St Petersburg Music Festival
  • All day & night - exclusive beer releases + uber ridiculous drink specials to be announced

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19 - 2-5 PM at the Museum of Fine Arts

An event with artist and chef, Ernesto Piloto-Marquez Piloto-Marquez, (of ART + FOOD + EXPERIMENT + SOCIETY), that aims to help erase the preconceived ideas about what separates the culinary arts and the visual arts 

*** All week long select bars & restaurants will be featuring local ingredients ***

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