TAMPA INDEPENDENT BUSINESSES PLAN TO CELEBRATE INDEPENDENT'S WEEK06/28/07 Robert Lorei
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NEXT WEEK IS THE SIXTH ANNUAL INDEPENDENTS WEEK, A WEEKLONG, NATIONWIDE CELEBRATION OF LOCALLY OWNED BUSINESSES. WEâ€™RE JOINED NOW BY THREE MEMBERS OF THE TAMPA INDEPENDENT BUSINESS ALLIANCE: TIBA (www.tibatampa.org) IS AN AFFILIATE OF THE AMERICAN INDEPENDENT BUSINESS ALLIANCE (AMIBA: WWW.AMIBA.NET), PART OF THE NATIONAL MOVEMENT TO REVERSE THE TREND OF NATIONAL CHAINS DISPLACING LOCALLY OWNED BUSINESSES.
MARY ANN FERENS- A CO-OWNER OF MIS EN PLACE RESTAURANT,
LEE WOLFSON OF VINYL FEVER, JESSICA RAIA-LONG OF THE NOHO BISTRO.
FROM A TIBA PRESS RELEASE: "June 25, 2007 (Tampa, FL) â€“ The Tampa Independent Business Alliance (TIBA: www.tibatampa.org) invites the community to a TIBA EXPO this Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., inside Natureâ€™s Harvest Market, 1021 N. MacDill Ave. Visitors will be wined and dined with plenty of free food and drink samples from Natureâ€™s Harvest Market. Also, visitors have a chance to win raffle prizes generously donated by TIBA businesses to celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurship and local self-reliance.
â€œAs stewards of our community, we all must step up to support our locally owned businesses that give us so much economically,â€ said David Taylor, co-owner of Natureâ€™s Harvest Market and host of the EXPO. â€œLocal businesses help set the definition of what makes our community unique.â€
The TIBA EXPO offers the community a chance to find out about a wide-array of local businesses by simply strolling around the informational booths set-up inside the store. In addition to an official TIBA booth, Tampaâ€™s businesses slated to have booths are: Bay Coffee & Tea Co., Inkwood Books, Mise En Place, The NoHo Bistro, Kaleisia Tea, Priceâ€™s Writing & Editing Services, Renew Life Wellness Center, WMNF Community Radio, Vinyl Fever, and Old Tampa Book Company.
â€œWe want to encourage the community to support the efforts of unique, independent businesses that are improving the quality of life in our neighborhoods,â€ said David Brown, co-owner of the Old Tampa Book Company, which has donated 500 books to be sold at the EXPO this Saturday for $1 each to benefit TIBA."