The Independent Business Alliance, Keep Saint Petersburg Local, will celebrate its 2-year Anniversary with LOCALTOPIA, “A Community Celebration of All Things Local,” presented by Mazzaro’s Italian Market featuring:
• Over 100 vendors/participants from St. Pete’s favorite independent businesses for arts & culture, shopping, eating & drinking, health & wellness + service providers and non-profits * Full list here: http://keepsaintpetersburglocal.org/localtopia-vendors-participants (many will be having their debut at Localtopia/are online businesses based in St. Pete that have never been vendors elsewhere)
• Local craft beer garden with the “Drink Like A Local” draft beer truck serving beers from St. Pete and other carefully selected Florida craft breweries * Beer Garden Sponsor: Brown Distributing * (there will be beers served that are not available anywhere else)
• Live music/entertainment all day on the Williams Park bandstand * Stage Sponsor: Hideaway Cafe * Link to lineup here: http://keepsaintpetersburglocal.org/localtopia-lineup
• Vignette seating areas created by St. Pete’s beloved antique and vintage shops
• Children’s area with special, engaging experiences from the following (and yes, there will be a bouncy castle too!):
· Creative Clay (Valentine’s arts & crafts)
· DMG School Project’s Mobile Glass Lab (etching glass plates)
· Hoola Monsters (hooping)
· Music & Me, Bay Street Music Studio and the St. Petersburg Music Factory (musical education)
· Pathfinder Outdoor Education (tie ropes)
· Thank You Mama (plant seeds)
· Wee Gallery (rubber stamping)
· Wonderland Floral Art and Gift Loft (Valentine’s floral art project)
• The St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club will bring a mini roll-out shuffleboard court (for play by all ages)
• Live painting by artists (Sebastian Coolidge, Derek Donnelly and James Oleson) on unique canvases that will then become an art installation in the park
• NEW VILLAGES ADDED:
- Skate Village featuring vendors and a skate ramp and tricks by Schoolyard Skatepark
- St. Pete Indie Market Village with over a dozen vendors
Sponsors: Presenting Sponsor – Mazzaro’s Italian Market / Local Craft Beer Garden Sponsor – Brown Distributing / Stage Sponsor – The Hideaway Café / Additional Sponsors: City of St. Petersburg, Ferman MINI of Tampa Bay, Rent-All City, Rollin’ Oats / Visual Impact by CONCEPTBAIT GE+FDG/ Media Sponsors: Creative Loafing, iLovetheBurg, St. Petersburg Tribune/tbo.com
QUOTE FROM OLGA BOF, KEEP SAINT PETERSBURG LOCAL FOUNDER/PRESIDENT:
“One of the event’s goals is to help change the community’s mindset about Williams Park. It was our city’s first park and it’s a beautiful park. This is where the community used to gather together. We want to bring Williams Park back to what it once was – it will not always be a hub for buses in future transportation plans. We hope to delight those attending Localtopia with our version of what the park can be. What better way to do that than by showcasing our city’s favorite locally-owned, independent businesses, our local non-profits, our artists and musicians? On February 1st, Williams Park will look like the vintage postcard we’ve been using as the image for this event – it will be filled with people from all over our city and beyond, young and old, listening to music on the bandstand, walking around enjoying all the wonderful, local things that have put our city on the map. We hope this celebration acts as a catalyst for more more events and activities so that that image doesn’t just represent yesteryear, but the present.” Bof says.
About Keep Saint Petersburg Local:
Keep Saint Petersburg Local is a non-profit organization, affiliated with the American Independent Business Alliance, working to build a thriving local economy and a unique community. The Alliance does this by nurturing connections for and acting as the voice of locally-owned, independent businesses and by raising awareness of the importance of buying local.
About Local Businesses:
Independent, locally-owned businesses are essential to a vital local economy and community character. They use the goods and services of other local businesses. They’re owned by our friends and neighbors, or maybe even you (they employ our friends and neighbors too). Community-serving businesses are the backbone of local economies, civic life, local charities and wealth creation for millions of citizens, as well as a training ground for future generations of entrepreneurs.
The problem is that today, independent businesses face unprecedented competition from larger chain competitors, internet merchants and franchises that enjoy national or international branding power and major economies of scale. As a result, community-based businesses comprise a smaller portion of our economy than ever before. We’ll lose much more than places to shop, dine or do business if we allow current trends to continue.