With Tampa Bay shoppers in a flurry tax weekend, some shop owners are taking a lunchtime break to be honored by LocalShops1. The annual Best in Biz awards event takes place at 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. today at the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa's Four Springs Ballroom.
So if you have a little time and spare cash before your back-to-school pilgrimage to corporate-owned big box stores, stop in for brunch and to give props to cool, local businesses and organizations that give us a sense of community and identity — businesses that distinguish us from other cities.
Besides the traditional awards presentation and food spread, LocalShops1 will host its second annual floppy hat contest.
The event's keynote speaker, USFSP's Daniel James Scott, was named Small Business Advocate of the Year by the Small Business Administration's Florida chapter.