Saturday, October 11, 2008

Bike Fest 2008 in New Port Richey

Come and join the fun! The Cotee River Bike Fest is taking place right now. Lots of bikes, food, and fun. It runs until 9pm tonight and goes on tomorrow from 9:30 - 6. This is a great event to go to. And considering that the weather has been a little bit cooler, it makes the evenings so nice. They have live music tonight at the bandshell. If youre in the area come and check it out. Hope to see you there...

Your Local Shopper


Friday, October 10, 2008

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo a little early...

I absolutely love Mexican food - authentic Mexican food, not the chain stuff! One of favorite Mexican restaurants in Tampa is Casa Mexicana Bar & Grill, located at 4115 E. Busch Blvd.

Not only do the goblet-sized margaritas make this place memorable, but the food makes you feel you slipped away to Mexico for an hour or two. The menu is like a book, with several pages of mouth-watering, authentically spiced dishes to choose from! My favorite? Hm. That's a hard one seeing there's so many delicious choices! I'd have to say it's the fajitas or the enchiladas verdes (my "old faithfuls"). The sirloin is cooked to perfection, the salsa is homemade - I mean, really, what more can you ask for?

Oh, you want all you can eat you say? Well, go there for lunch and you can get all-you-can-eat lunch combos, burritos, quesadillas and more! can only go on Wednesdays? Have no fear! All-you-can-eat Wednesdays from 4 to 11 p.m. offer specials on appetizers, soups, salads, tacos, quesadillas, burritos and more for $7.95 per person! Bring the kiddies on Wednesday - they eat for $3.95!

Jeez, I'm getting hungry just talking about this place, and I know you are too! So after you and your friends spend the day at Busch Gardens exploring the Eastern world, head down to Mexico for a bit at Casa Mexicana. Trust me, you won't be disappointed!

ConsumiciĆ³n feliz,
Lauren the Intern

P.S.: here's the link for their site and menu.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Think Pink!

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There is so much information out there on the Internet about breast cancer, but it seems as though we dont really pay attention to it until it hits close to home. I, too, am guilty of this. But once I was aware of all of the issues that can afflict a cancer patient I was hooked on spreading the word. Im not going to torture you with the details, but there are issues above and beyond just having cancer. I know that may sound callous, but it is true. Insurance coverage, hospital stays, early discharges from hospitals are just a few. Please check out these websites for some more information. I believe it is a worthy cause considering at least half of our population is women. (this site offers a way for you to "click" for free to donate) (very informative site, a must see for any woman)

Dont forget your pink ribbons...

Your Local Shopper


Is this the time to shop?

The situation out there with the economy is scary, and we're all following the markets and our 401ks. The job market is grim. If you're out looking for a job, the prospects aren't all that promising, the wages and benefits not that great. And if you have a job, you might be seeing coworkers get laid off, and might be worrying about what might happen to you.

So at a time like this, it might seem weird to even think about shopping. We understand, of course. For many of us, this isn't a time for frivolous spending.

But a time like this also means it's even more important for us all to stick together and support each other. We're not asking you to run up credit cards or go on a shopping spree. We just want you to consider, before you shop, where your money is going. Money spent locally is more likely to stay locally.

"Study after study confirms that local stores and restaurants generate more than three times the local economic activity of remote controlled national chains," Tampa Independent Business Alliance writes in its Web site,
"The "multiplier effect" of taxes collected from such local expenditures bringing up to five times the revenue, while up to 80% of money spent in national chains leaves town in the night deposit. On a typical November shopping day, if all taxable purchases in Hillsborough County were made at locally owned independent businesses instead of national chains, it would make a $39 million dollar difference to the local economy. Locally owned independents circulate the money right here, for local goods and services from banking and health care to printing and cabinetmaking, while taxes support our schools, parks, law enforcement and more."

Yesterday we were at the Tuesday market in Gulfport, and were happy to see the community helping each other, shopping from each other. Someone told us, "No one is really making any money here. We're just circulating the same money back and forth."

And that, at times like this, might not be such an awful thing.

It's your money, your decision, of course. We're not here to preach. We just want to give you the options, and make it easier for you to find an independent shop, if you'd like to support one.

We welcome your feedback, and hope to see you around town.

-- Ester Venouziou

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

How 'Bout Them Rays?

Well if you couldnt tell yet, I am a big sports fan. Especially when it comes to hometown teams. Unfortunately I didnt get to watch the actual game last night, but we all know the outcome...the Rays won the game 6-2. Which means they get to move on to play Boston on Friday night at 8pm. Now we are all about supporting our communities, so lets get together and support our home teams too. Go Rays!!

Your Local Shopper (and sports fan)