Business Owner Spotlight: The Blue Flamingo

In this week's Bradenton Business Owner Spotlight, we're excited to catch up with Michael Santus and Andrew Littorno, owners of The Blue Flamingo!

As we continue to encourage all Manatee County residents to #SupportLocal, we think it’s important to get to know the people behind some of the area’s best businesses! Welcome to this week’s edition of Discover Bradenton Business Spotlight. We recently had a chance to catch up with Michael Santus and Andrew Littorno, owners of The Blue Flamingo gift shop in Bradenton. Here’s what they had to say…

Can you tell us a little bit about why you love what you do? What is it about your business that makes you so passionate?

“We enjoy being gift-givers and always strive to obtain unique and interesting gifts for friends and family. Also, we truly believe in shopping local and supporting our community.”

What’s your favorite thing about owning a business in Bradenton?

“Bradenton is surprisingly full of amazing and interesting artists that work with various mediums and are always raising the bar on creativity and design.”

What do you want people to know about your business?

“The Blue Flamingo was born out of a desire to sail our own course and to share our passion for unique, quirky, and one-of-a-kind items. Inside our shop, you will find up-cycled and repurposed goods, renewed furniture, décor, jewelry, and many other unique items from several local artisans. We’re a growing gift and furniture store and we work tirelessly to make The Blue Flamingo a shopping destination.”

What’s your favorite way to #SupportLocal?

“We shop local whenever we can. It sometimes costs slightly more, but we feel good about making sure our money goes back into our community, not to a CFO 5 states away.”

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  • Sharon Burgett 3 years ago

    I shop at this store frequently. It always has something new and unique that you can’t find somewhere else. I call it my happy place because the atmosphere is so relaxed and the owners so friendly and accommodating.

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