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City of Tampa creates 'shop small database' to help customers find small businesses in the area

Posted at 11:04 AM, Nov 30, 2019

TAMPA, Fla. — Small business in the bay area are getting ready for their big holiday shopping day. The City of Tampa is making it easy for people to look up different small businesses.

Melissa Clements owns Vintage Post Marketplace in Seminole heights and says while Black Friday is slow, Small Business Saturday is huge.

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"Everyone today is at the big box stores but tomorrow is just for us,” she said.

Her store sells all kinds of unique items that are mostly consignment.

"Is it real wood, is it in good condition? Right now anything from the mid 50s and 60s, mid century modern is selling like crazy that’s what people really like,” she said. "You never know exactly what someone is looking for and we have a little bit of everything so there’s something for everyone here."

Seminole Heights’ "Shop Hop" on Small Business Saturday entices customers with prizes when you hit up at least six small businesses.

At the end of the day, they have a party where they draw names, and they also offer live music and food.

"We have trouble competing with the big box stores so tomorrow people come out just to support us and especially this community in seminal Heights,” said Clements.

Elizabeth Graham, owner of Forever Beautiful Salon and Spa, says when you shop local you help the owners in your community put food on the table for their family.

"When you shop local you’re not giving the third house to a corporation or a big name brand,” she said.

The City of Tampa has made a database online that shows all of the small businesses in the area to help folks find them easier.

To find a full list, click here.