Judy and Steve Allman, owners of Allman Promotions LLC/Antiques Shows of Florida, recently announced they acquired the long running, highly successful Sunshine City Antiques & Collectible Show in St Petersburg from founders Susan and Rui Farias. Transfer of ownership will take effect immediately and the Allmans will be in charge of the October show with transition assistance from the Farias to insure a seamless transfer.
The Sunshine City Show has been highly popular with both dealers and customers in part because of the ambience of the location. The Show is held in the historic Coliseum in downtown St Petersburg in the heart of the historic district on 4th Avenue North near local shops, restaurants and hotels. The Coliseum was erected in 1924 and its expansive oak floor was once home to patrons dancing to the swing music of the Big Band era. It has undergone extensive renovation and is one the most unique multi-use facilities in the Tampa Bay area, a very user friendly venue with ample free parking, excellent lighting and plenty of room.
The Tampa Bay area is one of the largest markets in the State of Florida and the Sunshine City Show is the area’s premier event. Both the October and January Sunshine City Shows will boast over 100 quality dealers in a wide range of antiques and collectibles including furniture, art, jewelry, porcelain, pottery, glass, silver, vintage clothing, toys, books, militaria and folk art and the Allmans have plans to add even more high end dealers. The Shows will also feature professional glass repair, daily appraisals and other customer amenities.
The Allmans have been in the antiques show promotion and management business over thirty years having acquired the Holliston Mass Antiques Show in 1978. They currently operate the Syracuse Thanksgiving Antiques Show in Syracuse, NY, Holliston show in Holliston, MA, the Greater Syracuse Antiques Expo, the Round Lake Antiques Festival in Round Lake Village, NY and the Great American Antiquefest in Long Branch Park, of Onondaga Lake Parks, just west of Syracuse.
The Allmans have been residents of Naples, FL for over a decade and decided to add their hometown to their itinerary in 2010 by organizing the Old Naples Antique Show. They also operate three other Florida shows, the Venice Antiques Show, the Delray Beach Antiques Show and the Punta Gorda Antiques Show. The Allmans have always maintained a very low key, dealer friendly approach to shows and they are sure they will fit well with the pattern established by the Farias. Steve Allman says they have a successful track record because they value the dealers and have proven dates and locations reinforced with advertising. The most recent acquisition positions Allman Promotions among the largest show promoters in Florida.
Dates for the upcoming season of the Sunshine City Antiques & Collectibles Show at the St. Petersburg Coliseum are October 21,22, 23, 2011 and January 13,14, 15, 2012.
For more information visit the Allman Promotions website, call or email. Dealer inquiries are always welcome.