The holiday season is upon us, and we've compiled a list of amazing local businesses to help you fulfill your shopping list this year. You will find boutiques, salons, spas, children's products, handmade designs, and more!
The holidays are quickly approaching, and personalized gifts are a great way to make an ordinary gift, extraordinary! Lou specializes in creating custom hand-lettered designs on wood, canvas, chalkboards, print, and other media for your home, business, or special event. Let her help make your vision come to life.
SWEET & SOUTHERN LIFESTYLE
Customized gifts with a southern twist! From tumblers to coozies to cute accessories, Southern Style by Lo Etsy Shop is the perfect place for you. Contact Lauren at firstname.lastname@example.org with any inquiries.
TOOTH IN THE BOOTH
Meet Tiny the Tooth, the Tooth Fairy’s most special friend, whose mission is to promote dental hygiene and healthy habits to families. Tiny, a once-grimy baby tooth who cleaned up his act and specially commissioned by the Tooth Fairy herself, is a plush doll who suction cups to your bathroom mirror. His presence will remind your children to always brush and floss because Tiny is watching. He is “The Tooth in the Booth.” Tiny’s story, told in an accompanying hardcover book, will captivate your child and help instill life-long dental hygiene habits.
CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES
INDIA HICKS ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR - CHRISTINA THOMPSON
Christina is your exclusive India Hicks Ambassador. Her India Hicks collection of well-crafted gifts, beauty and accessories, along with her personal touch creates a more meaningful shopping experience for you. Each India Hicks piece is designed by India Hicks herself, and is inspired by India’s British heritage and Bahama island life. Be sure to ask Christina about how she can personally shop for those on your list or help you find the perfect gift for you!
Two ways to shop:
Personal Shopping Service contact Christina directly at email@example.com
Shop India Hicks Collection at www.indiahicks.com/rep/christinathompson
Based in St. Petersburg, Thread Appeal is an online women’s clothing boutique offering the latest trends with a mix of everyone’s favorite classic styles. Thread Appeal offers personalized trunk shows for you and your girlfriends to shop in the comfort of your own home, where a personal stylist will help you curate that special look for a specific occasion, event or just everyday life. In addition to online shopping and personalized trunk shows, you can shop in person with Thread Appeal each month at your favorite local market; stay up to date on where to shop with their Upcoming Events page online!
First & Oxford
First & Oxford is an online luxury swimwear boutique located in St. Petersburg, Florida. We provide chic, high-quality products found in the world's most exotic places.
Our holiday special is Buy 2, get 1 free! One promotion code per order. Promo code: XMAS2017.
CHANGING FACES HAIR BOUTIQUE
Changing Faces was created with the professional woman in mind who wears a lot of hats and does not have time to spend hours in a salon. We dedicate our service to be timely, creative, and professional. Giving you the look to be successful. We are CHANGING lives one head at a time.
Salon Norrell AVEDA
Located in The Fresh Market Plaza at the corner of Fletcher and Dale Mabry, in the heart of Carrollwood, Salon Norrell is a quaint salon in the heart of Carrollwood, combining passion and craft to master both classic and modern techniques. From the Concierge who greets you with a cup of Aveda comforting tea or glass of wine, to the Stylist to whom you entrust your tresses, they are a team committed to excellence.
Level Salon Spa
Level SalonSpa is an Aveda Lifestyle salon and day spa located in the heart of Tampa’s Hyde Park Village. The manner in which we serve our guests is a life philosophy that extends far beyond the walls of our salon. It’s based on the belief that a person can positively influence the world around them by the simple act of making someone else’s day.
BELLA MIA MEDICAL AESTHETICS AND LASER INSTITUTE
Bella Mia Medical Aesthetics and Laser Institute of Tampa provides medical aesthetics and medical services to the Tampa Bay area and surrounding cities. What makes them unique is that all of their treatments are executed or directly supervised by our physicians, ensuring the best care in a safe environment.
-Botox, Dermal Fillers and Injectables
- Laser Skin Treatments (wrinkles, pore reduction, sun damage, scars, etc.)
- Laser Hair Removal
- Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
- Testosterone Replacement Therapy
- Medical Weight Loss
- Sclerotherapy for Spider Veins
- Medical Grade VI Peels
- Skin Care
This is a sponsored post of our featured businesses in the Tampa area. We thank our partners for this shop local feature!
It is so refreshing to meet business men and women who you immediately know are doing it for all the right reasons. Jacqueline Briggs and Gregory Sistrunk with Nspire Network are on a mission to help women understand the harmful effects of sanitary napkins and tampons. It is not glamorous work, but it is important, and they shows their drive and passion day after day. We've been lucky to have Jacqueline and her business partner Greg share information at many of our monthly events, and I am excited to reveal more of their story today on the blog.
Tell us about your business and how you became the successful business woman you are today.
Now We No is the campaign that is informing men and women all over the world about the harmful effects that some of today’s sanitary napkins and tampons may have on women’s bodies. It is the brainchild of Nspire Network’s founders and is consistent with the philosophy of being mission-driven people. Nspire Network is one of the fastest growing home-based projects in the world and is proud to offer Cherish Premium Sanitary Napkins to the world as a safer, more comfortable option than what is currently available on the market today. Nspire is committed to developing first-class nutritional and wellness products, while simultaneously creating an awareness and a mission that educates individuals to live healthier and more fulfilling lives.
Describe yourself in three words:
Motivated, Honest and Spiritual
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
Building a team of like minded entrepreneurs ensuring they have the support and empowerment necessary to build their Business through structure following the leadership principles of Nspire Network to ensure long-term success.
What are your professional goals for the next six months?
Having a team of 100+ Distributors and 1000+ customers
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Network marketing (of which we're having great success) has always been my dream profession.
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
Processes, systems, structure and time management
What websites do you visit every day?
Nspire Network, Facebook, Youtube
What are your top three favorite people/places/things to do in your city?
Attend Networking Events, Amusement Parks and Family Time
What is your goal for retirement?
Retire within the next 18-36 months.
Do you have any advice for women who'd like to start their own company?
Do your due diligence and have specific goals to measure progress.
Any final comments?
Thank you for the opportunity to share our global mission to save lives.
Follow along and learn more about Jacqueline's mission and products:
Website: nspirenetwork.com/pmsresolve and nspirenetwork.com/healthyhabits
Facebook: Entrepreneurs of Bay Area (Sistrunk, Briggs, Forbes and Growing)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
This the first time ever the Florida State Fair Mega Pass has been offered. The new ticket option for the 2018 Florida State Fair is a savings of over $500! Very limited quantities available.
This Florida State Fair Discount Flash Sale begins at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, November 8, while supplies last. To purchase the flash sale combo package, visit the Florida State Fair Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/floridastatefairgrounds/
General Admission tickets are $65 per person, per day. All guests will receive a limited-edition wine glass, custom tote bag and enjoy the Grand Tasting Village with unlimited tastings from 1 to 4 p.m.
VIP Access is $95 per person, per day. Guests who purchase a VIP ticket will also enjoy one-hour early admission to the Grand Tasting Village and exclusive access to the Spirits Pool Lounge at the Wyndham Grand pool deck from 1 to 5 p.m. to sample exciting and intriguing crafted libations.
Want to score General Admission tickets at a discount?? Use the Clearwater Beach Uncorked promo code CLBU17 to purchase tickets for only $40 each (savings of $25 per ticket!!).
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Our charity spotlight for our November 2 event is Alpha House of Tampa, and I am in awe of the service that this Tampa non-profit provides to our community. Alpha House of Tampa was founded in 1981 to offer homeless pregnant women and mothers with young children safe housing and the tools they need to become self-sufficient and effective, responsible parents. To meet this mission, they provide a safe, temporary place to stay and assistance with housing and employment, as well as address the underlying issues that contributed to homelessness.
Alpha House of Tampa has a comprehensive residential program serving an average of 100 homeless pregnant and parenting women and their infants and children each year in 39 units of emergency shelter.
Pregnant women and mothers with young children experiencing or at risk of homelessness are provided with safe housing along with an array of support services while living in emergency shelter. Each mother works with her case manager to connect to community resources, develop a plan to secure permanent housing, access counseling, participate in parenting support and healthy child development programs, and pursue education and employment opportunities. The campus is staffed 24 hours a day/365 days per year.
The most important goals of the Alpha House of Tampa are healthy births, maximizing each child’s developmental potential, improving the mother’s ability to become and remain employed, and securing safe housing upon leaving the program.
Be sure to take the time to read some of the powerful success stories of women who have been helped by the Alpha House.
Support Alpha House of Tampa
Alpha House of Tampa relies on generous donations of time and money. At our monthly event on November 2 at Cantina Laredo at the Shops of Wiregrass, we are collecting new women’s panties (sizes M – XXL, with an emphasis on the larger sizes) and new Children’s underwear (2T-6T/X, boys and girls). You can also see the list of needs on their website: http://www.alphahouseoftampa.org/how-you-can-help/donate/wish-lists/
Additionally, Alpha House is preparing for the Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week during November 11-19. “No one should have to worry about whether they will have food on their plate or a roof over their head. But the reality is that hunger and homelessness are widespread problems that affect far too many people.” The Alpha House of Tampa offers 39 units of shelter to pregnant women and parenting mothers who are homeless. In addition, they assist women to access government assistance that helps to purchase food for themselves and their children. Help them get the word out about their services and the all too widespread issues that are facing too many people today.
Thank you to all who were able to attend our September 25th Girls Night Out! Our Roux event was a big success! I loved the great networking I saw and can’t wait to watch the connections and friendships develop! I’d like to give a big thank you to Roux for the great service and delicious food they provided!
Below you will find an index of the amazing businesses with a spotlight at our September Girls Night Out; including their information to connect. This is a great opportunity to connect with those vendors that you might have missed networking with at the event. I also encourage you all to like each other's pages to keep the love going; as we all grow together! Oh, and don't forget to keep them in mind for your shopping and event needs.
PREMIERE CENTER for Cosmetic Surgery
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PremiereCenter/
PREMIERE Center is the pioneer of affordable, safe, high-quality, patient-focused, cosmetic surgery a reality for thousands of patients from all over the world.
The plastic surgeons, as well as the entire staff, at PREMIERE Center take the time to get to know their patients. If you are not looking for cosmetic surgery, PREMIERE Center offers a Medical Spa at each location. The Medical Spa provides popular non-surgical treatments (like Botox®, Juvederm®, laser hair removal, Microdermabrasion) plus medical-grade facials and skin care and a lot more - all in a relaxing environment.
Nspire Network with Jacqueline
Now We No is the campaign that is informing men and women all over the world about the harmful effects that today’s sanitary napkins and tampons may have on women’s bodies. Visit the websites to learn more about the movement and view the innovative products that Nspire Network offers.
Camp Gladiator of Tampa
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/cgtampabay/
CampGladiator is more than a boot camp! They are a movement that is sweeping across the country. All classes are run by Certified Personal Trainers. "It's like recess for adults that gets results" CampGladiator is an amazing outdoor fitness program that welcomes you as part of their community. It is always fun, challenging, and positive!
They have numerous convenient locations across the Tampa Bay area, including:
GNC at Britton Plaza
Palma Ceia Little League
Palma Ceia United Methodist Church
Tampa Preparatory School
Visconti at International
Join Amy’s Group | Join Linda’s Group
Amy and Linda shared their inventory of colors from LipSense. LipSense is the premier product of SeneGence and is unlike any lipstick, stain or color. LipSense is a long-lasting (4-18 hours!) liquid lip color that is formulated to molecularly bond to your lips. LipSense is Waterproof, 💋Kiss-proof, 👶🏻Kid-proof, 🌿Vegan and🙈 Cruelty-free. In addition to LipSense, SeneGence has a complete long-lasting cosmetic and skin care line. Join their groups to learn about new colors and see their up-to-date inventory!
Discover Younique’s Royalty skin care, Touch Mineral foundations, and Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes+ lines, and so much more! Jennifer is a great resource of information on how to look your best using these fantastic products! She can help you to find the combination of cosmetics to help you feel and look your best. Be sure to ask about their lip stains and Fiber Lashes!
Join Alicia's Group
Alicia is a go-to source for shopping with Pure Romance! At your Pure Romance party, Alicia will come to your house and provide a night of unforgettable fun for you and your girlfriends. From innovative ways to spice up your relationship to sexual health information that you wished you learned a long time ago, a Pure Romance party is anything but typical. And unlike shopping at a store or online, your guests will be able to learn exactly how each product works and how it can enhance your most intimate moments. The best part? Ordering is confidential so your guests can ask questions and shop in private. Join her group or visit her website to learn more!
Spa Treatments by Hadley
Massage Therapy, Skin Care, & Body Treatments
Hadley has been in the spa industry for 24+ years specializing in Relaxation Therapy and Body Treatments. Make your appointment today for a high end quality massage without the high end prices. Enjoy aromatherapy, hot towels, eye pillow, hot pack and high quality massage products in every service without the extra price! Don't forget to give your skin and body a real treat with a body scrub or other amazing body treatments using Farmhouse Fresh Goods products.
Cherry Family Chiropractic
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/cherryfamilychiropractic/
Cherry Family Chiropractic has a unique and highly advanced system of both analyzing and adjusting the spine. They take pride in offering specific and scientific chiropractic care. They use the Pierce Results System as a way of evaluating your spine and noticing how it moves through what should be normal ranges of motion. They are conveniently located on South MacDill Ave in South Tampa.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Made2Macro/
Made2Macro is your Premiere Personalized Meal Prep Service in the Tampa Bay Area. Alexis and her team are so excited to deliver freshly prepared food that is catered to your daily caloric intake. Each meal is unique to you and perfectly portioned! Like their Facebook page so you don’t miss any discounts or specials!
The Art of Pixeling
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/pixeling2/
Angel and her team set up a high-quality Step and Repeat setup for our guests to enjoy. They offer professional photography services for weddings, showers, events, ceremonies, and more with beautiful results!
The Florida State Fair, always in Tampa, always in February – announced a one-day flash sale for the upcoming fair, February 8-19, 2018. In celebration of four months until opening day, the Florida State Fair is offering a combo package of one admission and ride armband good for unlimited Midway rides for only $20. The combo package is good for any day for a savings of up to $28! Limited quantity available.
The Florida State Fair is 12 Days of Fun featuring rockin' rides, amazing agricultural exhibits featuring over 5,000 animals – and fantastic Fair food. The Fair also showcases great games, superior shopping, cultural exhibits and FREE entertainment. Go to www.floridastatefair.com for more info.
Flash Sale begins Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.
TICKET INFO: To purchase the flash sale combo package, visit the Florida State Fair Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/floridastatefairgrounds/
Our charity spotlight for October is My Hope Chest, founded by Alisa Savoretti. We are so thrilled to bring attention to this non-profit during Breast Cancer Awareness month. My Hope Chest is the only national breast reconstruction organization working to help uninsured and under insured women heal completely after undergoing cancer treatment.
My Hope Chest was founded by Alisa Savoretti. A breast cancer survivor and Las Vegas Showgirl, she was 38 and without insurance at the time of her diagnosis. Following a mastectomy and only 5 months after finishing her chemotherapy, Alisa returned to the Las Vegas stage and her career as a professional dancer – this time however, minus one breast.
Billing herself as the “Lop-sided Showgirl”, Alisa shared her personal story and plans for an organization as a result of it, gaining media attention through a news story on the local CBS affiliate. Alisa had to wait nearly 3 years to acquire her own reconstruction. She realized then that there is a huge gap in treatment that existed for “uninsured” women suffering from a mastectomy.
“I realized how my own self-esteem, confidence and self worth as a woman returned when I could look in the mirror and see my whole “physical” being once again. It was my healing, a restoration in body mind and spirit.” – Alisa Savoretti
Experience shows that most advocates and donors to breast cancer organizations believe every aspect of the disease is covered by the larger few breast cancer charities. Unfortunately, this is not true. Thankfully, nearly 10 years since My Hope Chest began, the problem is getting press.
In 2010, they learned that an estimated 22,000 women a year lose their breasts and are uninsured or under insured. Each passing year, we uncover the epidemic proportion of the problem. The reality, there are probably millions of survivors/women and men who gave up hope long ago to ever afford this surgery.
The problem expands as in this economic climate we are seeking a growing number of insured applicants applying for assistance with their Co-pays of $2500-$5000. The good news today… there is hope for survivors who had none. My Hope Chest has changed lives and is diligent continue their mission to heal more survivors heal every year.
How can you help
Their waitlist is long, and funding is their major hurdle. My Hope Chest is looking for corporate sponsors to create long-lasting, win-win partnerships.
In addition to donations, My Hope Chest appreciates volunteer assistance and has multiple upcoming events. Check out their Facebook page for all of the details! Be sure to save the date for their amazing Glo Walk 5K Fun Run on Tampa's Riverwalk on April 14, 2018!
They are also looking for new members for their board, which is a great opportunity to change the lives of their waiting list of women. Meet Alisa at our Hofbrauhaus event on Oct. 12 in St. Pete to learn more about this organization and see how you can help.
What a crazy 10 days Hurricane Irma put us through. Floridians know that hurricanes are an unfortunate way of life for us in exchange for the amazing months of weather we have from November to May. But as this Washington Post article pointed out in July, the Tampa area has been largely spared from major damage from a hurricane for quite a long time. Perhaps for that reason, many people feared that this was going to be the big one.
Was your experience like mine?
Labor Day Weekend There is a hurricane they're talking about out in the Atlantic. They're saying it's big and strong. Eh, I'll worry about it later. Time to relax and party with friends. I will look more closely after the weekend is over.
Tuesday morning after Labor Day After a Disney trip and a morning at the Florida Aquarium over the weekend, I need gas so I head to Costco. I also plan to pick up a few random grocery items like Cheerios. I arrive to the lot to see that there are no grocery carts, and the gas line is backed up into the parking lot. Apparently people are concerned about this storm and need to buy all. the. things.
Tuesday afternoon Okay, maybe I should go ahead and grab some non-perishables. If we don't need them for this storm, my family will use them soon. I shop for crackers, bread, peanut butter, spaghetti sauce, and pasta. Water is already hard to come by so I plan to grab some as soon as I see it. Obviously they will restock.
Wednesday Irma is all over the news. I discover Denis Phillips and Mike the Weather Guy and start watching their coverage because national news makes it look like Florida is a lost cause and we're all done for. My friends who are not from Florida start to look pretty concerned, but I tell them that we can prepare, but it's still early. There is talk of plywood and generators. My dad, who lives on the Gulf in Palm Harbor, doesn't seem concerned yet, so I don't need to worry since we're not even in a flood zone.
Thursday School has been cancelled. We still have not found bottled water and I am starting to formulate a plan that includes a "safe room." I'm glued to the spaghetti models and concerned about my friends on the west coast of Florida. I hate that I know what a "cone of uncertainty" is. I-75 is a parking lot and gas is hard to find. I've never evacuated for a hurricane, and my new mantra is, "Run from water, hide from wind."
Friday morning We never found bottled water so we pulled items such as milk containers from our recycling bin, cleaned them, and decided to fill them with water for cooking if needed. My mother-in-law called me to ask what our plan was. "Still staying put, and we have an emergency plan. All is well. Don't worry about us! The news is making it look worse than it is! We live in a block house!" She's not impressed and I'm confident she questioned my sanity. ;)
Friday afternoon Panic has begun to set in with this Florida native. I watch every update from Denis Phillips, Paul Dellegatto, and Mike the Weather Guy. Then comes the 5 pm update. Irma's projected track puts her at a Cat 4 and aimed directly at Tampa. As in, the eye coming THROUGH Tampa Bay. She's not messing around, and now decisions must be made. My husband comes home from bowling with my two oldest boys, and we labor over the decision. We finally decide that we should pack up the boys, drive overnight, and take advantage of the situation to visit our family in Rochester, NY. We wanted to visit them this fall anyway, so we may as well get out of Irma's path.
Friday night The trip itself was fine - not too much traffic; we didn't have any gas trouble. But the emotional toll was great. I cried for our community, our friends, our family. We were leaving with no idea what we would come home to. We saw full rest stops of families who were leaving Florida, and it was just surreal.
Saturday and Sunday passed in a blur. We were weary travelers, safely away from the storm, but I felt like I left my heart behind with our city. I was grateful to know everyone back home had a plan, including my dad, who in fact did leave his home before the storm. I feel like I am in a unique position where in the past year, I have met so many Tampa business owners, mothers, professionals, citizens, and we were all connected in the uncertainty of this storm. Every shift of the track was felt by us all, and we hoped for a miracle.
Monday morning The Tampa Bay area was the grateful recipient of that miracle. After all of our worrying, many people's prayers, our preparations, everything we did in the week before the storm, we were spared from the wrath of a Category 4 storm.
There exists some guilt after this storm as well. As we watch our neighbors in our own state repair and deal with power outages, devastating flooding, downed trees, and more, we are still relieved that it wasn't worse. We see images of areas that were hit harder and imagine what could have been, what almost was, and we know that Irma spared us.
None of the images featured on this post are my own. Sources unknown.
Our spotlight charity for September is Grow Into You Foundation, a Tampa-based non-profit that supports teens who have been part of the foster care system. Erin NeSmith is the founder who has a strong desire to make a positive impact on at-risk youth through relationship building, coaching and mentoring to support them in reaching their full potential. She holds a Professional Coaching Certification as a Life Coach and her passion for helping these teens shines through as she speaks of her work with them.
Learn More About Their Work
The majority of teens that find themselves in foster care live in residential facilities rather than traditional homes because families are fearful of taking in a teen.
These same teens often age out of the foster care system at 18 years old with little to no support. The possibilities ahead of them don't look like college, starting a family and financial stability. Their possibilities look more often like homelessness, human trafficking, hunger, drugs, jail and returning to the same foster care system- this time as a parent.
Think of a teen you know...can you imagine he or she stepping into the world alone knowing that they don't have a soul to turn to? No family support system that cares about where they go or what they do?
These teens need guidance. They need support. They need someone to empower them to pursue education, employment and shelter. They need the perspective that allows them to seek out wise choices, create healthy plans for the future, learn life and leadership skills, implement coping strategies and experience what success can and does look like for them.
How Does Their Coaching and Mentorship Help the Teens?
It can be difficult to know what kind of difference you are making with teens. They may not open up or express themselves. Grow Into You Foundation has direct feedback from those they have worked with, and it truly shows how important their work in our community is!
How Can You Get Involved?
Grow Into You Foundation would love your help and support as they guide these teens into adult life. They are seeking volunteers, donations for their organization, and gift cards for their teens. Additionally, they are hosting a Halloween Masquerade Ball on Oct. 27th with the Fred Astaire Dance Studios. Plan to support them if you can!
Please plan to meet Erin at our Roux Girls Night Out on September 25 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. She can answer all of your questions and is excited to share more about the foundation with you. If you are able to donate, she will be collecting gift cards for the teens. Gift cards can be for anything from Publix to fast food, to restaurants, etc. Erin uses them to celebrate “little wins” that the teens accomplish and to provide them with when they are struggling.
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