Tampa Bay, FL (PressExposure) September 02, 2008 -- We're happy to unveil our redesigned Web site, [http://www.localshops1.com!]
We are dedicated to promoting locally owned, independent stores in and around Tampa Bay, Florida. That includes Sarasota, Lakeland, St. Petersburg, Gulfport, Tampa and so many more places.
It's always free to browse, and businesses can get listed for free.
We have more than 330 listings in clothes & shoes, arts & gifts, books & music, kids toys & clothes, food & wine, coffee shops, health & beauty, pet treats & groming, and so much more!
And we'd like to present July's contest winner, Shannon Zimmerman.
Zimmerman is pursuing an MFA in creative writing at USF, Tampa. She has written fiction and taught English in the Tampa Bay area for seven years. Here is her winning entry, on her favorite independent coffee shop:
Second-hand may not be the most flattering compound modifier to describe the dÃ©cor at Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse at 4819 E. Busch Blvd. in Tampa, but shabbiness and creativity go hand in hand. After all, the clichÃ© about the starving artist is trite for a reason. (* See Picasso, Renoir, Mozart, Dostoevsky, Chekov, to name a few) Hear local musicians play, go green, get your chakras aligned at the next reiki healing, figure out how to impeach President Bush, or squint through the glare of the neon sign to contemplate USF students' latest and greatest new paintings. Open everyday from 6 p.m. until 1 or 2 a.m. gives you plenty of time to ease into the shabby-chic sofa and feed your inner starving artist (try the chocolate-based The Devil Made Me Do It) while you pen the next classic.