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15 COVER STORY: The A to Z LIST The ultimate luxury lifestyle list, BY DAVID WARNER from Art to Zinfandel and everything in-between. 38 The A to Z Directory Where to find the businesses that landed on this year’s A to Z List.



A to Z EXTRA: V IS FOR VERY VERY VIP Taking the VIP experience BY ERIC SNIDER to the next level in Tampa Bay.


FAMILY TRAVEL: HEART OF PALM Palm Coast’s Hammock Beach Resort is a hub of multi-gen family fun. BY MEGAN PADILLA


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AUTO: MAC ATTACK Take a spin in McLaren’s 710-hp 720S supercar.



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“From Art to Zinfandel and everything in between.” Well, almost! It would be difficult to inventory and write about all the luxurious amenities available in the Tampa Bay area. Our community is overflowing with events, experiences and more. This year our A-to-Z List has taken a more whimsical look at the luxurious lifestyle, and we’ve also included an index of the enterprises our editorial department wrote about. Speaking of providing extra value to our media partners, please turn to page 96. It provides you with a glimpse of our upcoming, a wonderful and effective way to keep our media partners in front of our readership at all times. For a one-time fee, you can have the name, address and contact information of your business listed for a year on our special landing page and in each print edition of the magazine. Our social media engineers will help increase exposure for every business on the list. Be sure to ask your partnership representative for special pricing for active print advertisers. On another note, please keep an eye out for our TWO regular blogs. You are already familiar with our event update dR DAILY. David Warner is always refreshing our listings with the newest events and activities for your enjoyment. Just launched is our new WEEKEND WHEELS blog, published every Thursday by Howard Walker. Howard’s experiences and expertise as a career automotive journalist give the rest of us a unique look at the driving experience from the eyes of a true enthusiast. So join us every other month, every week and every day as we strive to provide the best that the Tampa Bay area has and is — from A to Z. Happy Living in Tampa Bay,

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FROM THE EDITOR It seems hard to believe — at least it does for me — but I just marked my 1-year anniversary as editor-inchief of this here magazine. That means it’s also the first anniversary of “The A to Z List,” which we inaugurated in the July/August 2018 issue, the first one I edited. A few words of explanation are in order, in case our “A to Z” concept is new to you. It’s more or less our version of a “Best-of” list, which we decided to change up from the rest by taking the alphabetical approach — deciding on a category for each letter and then brainstorming what businesses are exemplary in that category. The first time around, the brainstorm was more like a brain typhoon, since, to be honest, we didn’t come up with the concept all that far in advance of publication. For this second edition, we gave ourselves a lot more time and space — and I think you’ll see a distinct difference in the way it looks and reads. A word about those categories: As you might imagine, they’re both a chore and a kick to come up with. A typical discussion around the editorial board conference table went something like this: “OK, we did ‘A is for Autos’ last year, so let’s not do that again.” “How about ‘A is for Art’ — much broader than last year’s ‘M is for Museums’ and we can fit in a lot more that way.” “But cars… we need to do cars.” [Note: The motorcar, as they call it in fancy automobile ads, is an important part of any lifestyle that calls itself luxury.] “How about ‘C is for Cars?’” “What was ‘C’ last year?” “Oh yeah, cocktails. Important.” “OK, then, how about ‘H is for Happy Hour’ and maybe ‘R for Rooftop Bars’ — if we can find another way to talk about last year’s R, Resorts — or maybe we just give them a rest this year?” And so on, and so on, for many more or less happy hours. And yes, I know we may well have overlooked something central to the Tampa Bay luxury lifestyle experience, but that’s what makes living around here fun, doesn’t it? There’s always something new and luxurious to discover — and as I said last year, the luxuries we enjoy aren’t only what we can buy but the everyday beauty we enjoy just by living here. But if you wanna argue categories — and I guess more to the point, who we chose for those categories — have at it. I’m at, and I categorically invite your input.

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is for ART

The Dali Museum

Looking for art that’s thoughtful, moving or just plain gorgeous? Here’s where to look. GALLERIES: Chad Mize made his mark as one of St. Pete’s top muralists and as the creator of the ubiquitous “Paris London Tokyo St. Pete” t-shirt. His MIZE Gallery in downtown St. Pete is tops for creative curating, affordability and packed-to-the-rafters opening receptions. CASS Contemporary in South Tampa has a similarly up-to-theminute vibe, with an emphasis on haute street art from around the world. Syd Entel Galleries/Susan Benjamin Glass is a family-operated gallery complex in Safety Harbor with deep roots in the local arts scene; ARTicles/Leslie Curran Galleries in St. Pete’s EDGE District, owned by one of St. Pete’s pioneering arts supporters, is a hot spot for emerging and mid-career artists; the Gallery at Creative Pinellas is a hidden gem in Largo’s Pinewood Cultural Park; and Tempus Projects taps into the cutting-edge attitude of Tampa’s burgeoning Seminole Heights neighborhood. MUSEUMS: As the Tampa Museum of Art enters its 100th anniversary year in 2020, look for eye-opening surveys of its permanent collection. Across the bay, the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg is as lively as ever, with shows on self-taught artists and origami. (Plus, there’s one of the treats of summertime, the MFA’s Marly Music Series.) The Dalí is entering the world of augChad Mize Chad Mize


mented reality with its Visual Magic show (and nowadays you can actually talk to Dalí himself via the miracle of technology). The museum with the most stunning interior in the Bay area, the James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art, is home to a fascinating collection that explores the Western frontier and Native American heritage. Another recent arrival on the scene, the Imagine Museum, confirms St. Pete’s status as a major center of glass art. And downtown Tampa’s iconic “Cube” building is an exquisite setting for the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts’ provocative exhibitions. ART CENTERS: Beehives of art activity, the Dunedin Fine Art Center, the Morean Arts Center (which includes the Chihuly Collection) and the ArtsXchange in the Warehouse Arts District hold stimulating exhibitions, host classes and workshops, and enrich the cultural life of their communities. STORAGE and TRANSPORT: If your visits to these A-list local arts emporia stir the urge to buy and buy some more, you’re going to need A-list assistance in transporting and storing your new artworks. Enter City-Wide Self Storage & Commercial Services, which combines expertise and elegance in a climate-controlled warehouse with the ability to receive and store anything from Portuguese tile to artwork from Africa, plus a nicely appointed showroom and a team of uniformed storage “valets.”


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is for Beer The Bay area has become a craft beer mecca, with 80-plus breweries and tasting rooms to choose from. We can’t list them all, but we can’t not list these: the pioneers at Dunedin Brewery and TBBC (formerly known as Tampa Bay Brewing Company), who’ve been brewing since the mid-’90s; Cigar City Brewing, whose national reach and local mentorship arguably jump-started the craft beer scene as we know it; the St. Pete successes Green Bench Brewing Company and 3 Daughters Brewing, who not only make great beers but have also created family-friendly environments that feel quintessentially St. Pete; Ybor’s Coppertail Brewing Co., known for tasteful collaborations with artists and a tasty partnership with S&V Kitchen; Big Storm Brewing Co., whose creative ambitions and award-winning beers have launched taprooms in Clearwater, Odessa and Cape Coral; and St. Pete’s Cycle Brewing, whose Cream and Sugar Please is better than breakfast.

Rolls-Royce Phantom The Phantom is an icon in the automotive world, representing beauty, grace and power in one stylish package. Its luxurious presence can be measured in a multitude of ways, like its adornments, craftsmanship or even its ability to provide a silent drive for p assengers. Proceed with haste to Rolls-Royce Tampa Bay.

Ferrari F8 Tributo Ferrari has replaced its 488 GTB with the new F8 Tributo, a model designed to c elebrate the Italian automaker’s V8 prowess. The twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 packs a heavy punch that’s worth 720 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque. A ll of that power translates into a 0 to 60 mph time of just 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 211 mph. Ferraris are not for everyone, so if you want to be somebody, and quickly, just visit Ferrari Tampa Bay. You’ll find an awesome display of Ferraris to suit almost anyone’s taste.

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ The Raging Bull enthusiasts have been looking for. Raw power, active aerodynamics, rear-wheel steering and other technology work together to provide the most exhilarating drive Lamborghini has ever offered. It should be mentioned that it broke the Nürburgring lap record. The Aventador SJV is so new you will have to wait in line. In the meantime just zip on down to Lamborghini Sarasota to find a Raging Bull o f your choice.

It’s also the first letter of “commute.” But this is not about getting to work. It’s about living the luxury lifestyle on wheels. Here are four of the best examples of automotive artistry around.

Bentley Continental GT New life has been breathed into the Continental GT in the model’s third generation. Its engine, exterior and interior have all been revised, making the car all-new. Most importantly, its potent twin-turbo 6.0-liter W12 pushes out a mighty 626 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque. A brand new Continental GT is almost impossible to find, but you can find one just like it (or order one) at Bentley Tampa.

At Mavilo, the promise is clarity — not just in the diamonds they sell, but in their relationships with customers. At Gold & Diamond Source, the family feeling shines as bright as the merchandise, and the Weintraubs’ generosity to charitable causes adds extra sheen to the brand. For rings with a unique twist (literally), there’s no place like the Todd Alan Gallery in Sarasota. And if you’re looking for a ring that glows like the sun, Cappello & Company has a vast collection of yellow diamonds to choose from. Finally, if you’re not in the market for new jewelry but are interested in selling a piece you already own (or using it as collateral on a loan), contact Diamond Banc; they make the process surprisingly easy, efficient and quick.

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is for Eyes

Shopping for eyeglasses at The Optic Shop is an eye-opener; in both South Tampa and Downtown St. Pete, the selection is wide and the proprietors are unfailingly helpful, perceptive and patient (even if you’re one of those annoying people who have to try on every frame in the store). The boutique-y feeling and designer looks at Belleair Opticians are right in keeping with the casual chic of Belleair Bluffs. And if you think eyeglasses make you look brainier, you’ll love shopping at Warby Parker at the Oxford Exchange, which shares its space with OE’s smartly curated bookstore. (Warby Parker’s prices, convenience and Home Try-On policy will make you feel pretty smart, too.)


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is for Flowers

Popping up everywhere from Palm Harbor to Hyde Park Village (and at the occasional wedding, where the flower-filled truck makes for Insta-ready photo ops), Posies Flower Truck is a fresh and welcome addition to the landscape. The Potting Shed has been making floral dreams come true in Tampa Bay for more than four decades; quality is key, and a keen eye for beauty, from knockout orchids to tiny terraria. At The JillTed Florist in Clearwater, the arrangements (and the flower-arranging classes) are as bright and light-hearted as the name suggests (yes, there is a Jill and a Ted, though it would be pretty great to send breakup flowers from a place called JillTed, wouldn’t it?). In Largo and environs, customers from near and far depend on the keen eye and one-extrastep service at Carlson Wildwood. And we can’t leave this category without mentioning Botanica and Ian Prosser: after all, he doesn’t just do weddings, he does presidential inaugurations!


is for Golf

Black Diamond Club

“You could be in Scotland as easy as Florida,” Streamsong Resort’s general manager told dRTB last year, describing the terrain of the golf resort southeast of Tampa built on the remains of an old phosphate mine. With three championship-level public courses plus high-end dining and lodging, it’s a golf-cation must. If you like to gaze at jaw-dropping scenery while you’re waiting for the other guys to play through, head north to Lecanto’s Black Diamond Club; of its three Tom Fazio-designed courses, the most renowned is the Quarry Course, where holes 13 through 17 were built around the rims of two canyons up to 80 feet deep. Or maybe you’re looking for something on a smaller, if no less spectacular scale? Congo River Miniature Golf in Clearwater, with its waterfalls, caves and gators (!), is a mini-golf course like no other. You’ll need gear for your golfing adventures, of course, and you’ll find everything you need and more at Golf Locker, Tampa’s golf superstore. And you like to watch as well as play, right? As so many of us have discovered first-hand over the last few years, the Valspar Championship at Palm Harbor’s Innisbrook Resort is Tampa Bay’s chance to get up close and personal with some of the greatest golfers in the world while enjoying the fantastic amenities of a top-flight resort. Mark your calendars: Next year’s tournament takes place March 16-22, and as always it’s for a good cause; last year, the Copperheads raised almost $2.3 million for local charities.


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is for Happy Hours

For us, the happiest happy hours are the ones at restaurants we already love, so getting a bargain is a bonus. Tops on our list is Haven in South Tampa and its $6 bar bites during “Haven Hour” (5-7 p.m.). In downtown St. Pete, Annata Wine Bar and its next-door sister Alto Mare make for a fine pair (4-6); Cassis, c’est magnifique (M-F 4-7, with additional deals on Tuesdays and Thursdays); and there’s no more elegant place to belly up to the bar than Rococo Steak (T-S, 4-6:30). At St. Pete’s Sundial complex, the happy hours at Sea Salt (3-6), Ruth’s Chris (M-F 4:30-6:30, S 3-6:30) and FarmTable Cucina (M-F 4-6) are legendary. In Tampa, Seminole Heights’ top-ranked Rooster & the Till discounts charcuterie, wine and beer from 4-6; Bernini of Ybor’s $3 Finlandia martinis (every day until 7) are deliciously dangerous; and downtown Tampa’s classic after-work gathering spot is Hotel Bar (weekdays 4-6). On the beaches, we like Pass-A-Grille’s Grace, where the small plates are big in taste (W-M, 4-6). And Datz, natch, gets the prize for most creatively titled (and dependably delicious) happy hour treats, with weekday deals from morning to evening.



is for Ice Cream

July 21st is National Ice Cream Day, declared in 1984 by none other than Ronald Reagan. Win one for the Gipper at Strachan’s, which has been dishing out deliciousness since 1999, with outposts in Dunedin, Palm Harbor and Countryside. On St. Pete Beach, Larry’s Olde Fashioned Ice Cream & Gelato has been a favorite for 35 years, making their own waffle cones (and mini-donuts, too). And in Seminole Heights, Tampanians have been lining up for Bo’s Ice Cream since 1954. A newer arrival on the scene, Revolution Ice Cream Co., has been winning awards since opening in Brandon in 2012 (and in Seminole Heights in 2016), living up to its revolutionary moniker with flavors like chardonnay caramel. Prefer your ice cream rolled rather than dipped? We like Sweet Charlie’s in St. Pete’s EDGE District the best. On Beach Drive in St. Pete, a post-prandial stop at Paciugo Gelato is de rigueur. The Hyppo Gourmet Ice Pops chain has, thankfully, popped up on both sides of the bay; we think of it as St. Augustine’s greatest discovery since Ponce de Leon found that fountain. Finally, at Lightning and Rays games and street festivals from St. Pete to Ybor, we recommend you seek out Bradenton’s Lickity Splits Ice Cream, lickety-split.


is for Jets

VistaJet is like a luxury hotel in the air, complete with butler-trained flight attendants and gourmet dining. Locally based ExecuJet Charter, founded in 1994 at St Pete-Clearwater Airport (PIE), is known for its safety record, round-the-clock service and attention to detail. And if you have your own jet but need a place for it to hang, there’s Sheltair, a nationwide aviation services company that leases hangar space in Colorado, New York, Georgia and Florida, and last year built its fifth hangar at Tampa International. A 32,000-square-foot, $6.5 million affair, the new hangar boasts 28-foot-tall doors to accommodate jets that verge on jumbo. 25


is for Kicks

There are all kinds of ways to get your kicks. Going to a Tampa Bay Rowdies game, for instance; kicks are not only plentiful on the field, it’s a kick just watching this team. If you’re more into heart-stopping chills and thrills, then you gotta get your kicks at Busch Gardens’ twisted, twisty new Tigris, Florida’s tallest “launch coaster.” But if all you want are some new kicks for your feet, make yourself happy at Happy Feet Plus, where the service and the shoes will make your morning workouts feel a lot less like work.


is for Landscape Design

The Argentine Group

When it comes to landscaping in Tampa Bay’s challenging climate, you either go big or go home — or both. Phil Graham Landscape Design has had a hand in too many big public projects to mention here, from the Harborwalk at USF St. Pete to the RiverWalk in Tampa, but the firm also applies its expertise to private homes and estates. For dramatic tableaux, gemoetric precision and lush tropical plantings, The Argentine Group’s design work is without peer. And Practical Gardening Services, Inc. in northern Pinellas does it all, from arbor construction to xeriscaping and everything in between.


is for Marinas

Marina Pointe

Seems like local waters are churning up marina news every other week in these parts. The municipal marinas in both Clearwater and St. Pete announced this spring that they’re looking into major upgrades. Meanwhile, there have been some stellar developments on the private front. Following its own $25 million dollar renovation, Maximo Marina is now the shining star of St. Pete’s Skyway Marina District, with new slips for larger boats, fresh landscaping and a waterfront restaurant, The Getaway (an outpost of the popular hangout on Gandy). In Tampa’s burgeoning Westshore Marina district, the Marina Pointe community (with its $1 million-plus condos, many already sold) will be centered around a yacht basin with a full-service marina. And if you’d prefer just to gaze at big boats rather than own one, the prettiest marina view around — because it looks down upon the very pretty Renaissance Vinoy Resort Marina — is from the terrace at Paul’s Landing, the resort’s upscale casual restaurant. (And if you do need to dock your yacht before lunch, the Vinoy’s marina features 74 concrete boat slips and accommodates vessels of up to 130 feet.)



is for New Digs

Renderings courtesy of ICON Central Apartments

The multi-family residential boom in Tampa Bay means that a shiny new edifice seems to be sprouting up every other week. But a select few of these works-in-progress stand out. In downtown St. Pete, the 15-story, 368-unit ICON Central Apartments building takes up an entire city block, with retail spaces that include a beautifully rehabbed 1926 bank (which could be a snazzy site for a restaurant). In South Tampa, two luxury condos under construction on Bayshore Boulevard are causing jaws to drop and pocketbooks to open: Virage, which will be the tallest condo tower on Bayshore, with 24 stories and 71 units on the former site of the Colonnade restaurant; and the 17-story Sanctuary at Alexander Place, which will be the only luxury condo tower with just one residence (or, ahem, “condominium estate”) per floor (except for the penthouse, which will take up two). Across the bay in Tierra Verde, Sunset Pointe at Collany Key offers a deluxe version of island life, including a “sunset pavilion” and a kayak launch, and in Belleair, the condo owners of Belleview Place will enjoy access to the amenities of a fabled inn and golf club.



is for Outdoor Living

Decker Ross Interiors

You’ve got a beautiful backyard space and the pool to go with it — now what? You’re going to need top-of-the line furnishings, not some tacky collapsible plastic numbers. Outdoor options from Ethan Allen like its Vero Dunes line achieve a satisfying balance between traditional and contemporary, while Restoration Hardware styles like Balmain and Aegean set a mood of gorgeously austere modernity. Need help pulling it all together? No one does coastal chic better than Suzan Decker Ross, whose outdoor designs (pictured) are as up-to-date and inviting as her interiors. You have to make sure you’re pool-ready, too. The folks at Pinch A Penny can not only give you expert advice on cleaning and maintenance (and the best possible equipment to go with it), they’re also a resource for poolside furniture and fun, including pool floats made especially for dogs.



is for Pets

OK, we’ll fess up from the get-go; for the editor writing up the winners in this A-to-Z list category, pets = dogs (and okay, cats). We recommend that dog and cat owners trust their furry companions to the care of Dr. Aimee Burke of Clearwater’s Sunshine Animal Hospital. Burke and her staff treat their charges with genuine affection and expertise; she’s the kind of vet your pet will want to visit. Cats and dogs also share the love at St. Pete’s Pawsitively Posh Pooch/ Classy Cats, Too, where the puns never stop (treats from Coco’s La Paw-risian Bistro, trims at the Gucci Pucci Spaw) and the ambience is pawsitively awesome — especially during Thursday Yappy Hours. If you prefer to have the pet spa come to you, arrange a visit from Doodle Dog; Lynn Parkhurst will pull up to your door in her white van and beautify Fido in a jif. And when you’re shopping for dog or cat food, head to St. Petersbark; the staff is extremely helpful and the brands they carry are top-notch.



is for Quesadillas

Such a simple and ubiquitous dish, the quesadilla — a flour or corn tortilla filled with cheese and whatever else the chef wants to add, then cooked on a griddle. Like any other staple, though, the quality rests on ingredients and imagination. For many aficionados, Lolis Mexican Cravings (soon to have a total of three locations in Tampa) is favored for its authentic flavors. In St. Pete, you can’t go wrong at any of the Red Mesa restaurants, whether your taste leans toward the orange braised duck confit quesadilla at Red Mesa Cantina or a belly-filler like Red Mesa Mercado’s breakfast version. The top-rated beach restaurant Marina Cantina serves the ultimate Florida variation, the grouper quesadilla. And for a true but no less tasty departure from the norm, try the spinach and mushroom quesadilla at the veggie/vegan-centric Cider Press Cafe, served with salsa, cashew crema and pickled jalapeños. Deliciosa! 31

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is for Rooftop Bars

Remember when Pass-A-Grille’s venerable Hurricane was the only game in town when it came to rooftop bars? Well, it’s still a good spot to watch the sunset from, but it’s got plenty of company in the aerial libations department, including a brand new neighbor — the Berkeley Beach Club, the gleaming new Corey Avenue establishment from Maryann Ferenc of Mise en Place fame, which in addition to guest suites features a lovely rooftop bar with a 360º view of the Gulf. Speaking of 360, the Hotel Zamora’s 360 Rooftop Lounge is another fine perch above the beaches, with a lounge menu reflective of the excellent quality of the hotel’s Castile Restaurant. In downtown St. Pete, The Canopy atop the Birchwood Inn is the place to sip cocktails while gazing at the bay. South Tampa stretches out as far as the eye can see when you’re imbibing at EDGE, the rooftop lounge at the Epicurean Hotel. An old favorite among downtown Tampa rooftops has been reborn under a new name; where once there was Fly Bar, there’s now Mole Y Abuela. And the newest addition to the rooftop scene literally hits the Heights: M. Bird, the restaubar atop the sprawling and wildly popular Armature Works in Tampa Heights. 32


A to Z S- Style is for Style

For women’s fashions, the 600 Block of Central Avenue in downtown St. Pete is one sweet serendipity after another. The mustshop spots include MISRED Outfitters (whose mix of smart selection and moderate prices has been so successful they’ve expanded next door); Cozette’s Boutique (which totally lives up to its slogan, “eclectic elegant fashions with street sense”); White Owl Market (where you can dress up your home as well as yourself); SaltLight Art (hand-crafted jewelry and a warm welcome) — and many, many more. A few blocks west on Central in St. Pete’s EDGE District, discover a great new addition to the menswear scene, Atlas, where affable co-owners Tony Loeffler and Michael Griffin have assembled a colorful, high-quality assortment of casual clothing that can take you “from the beach to Beach Drive.” Speaking of which, head down to the corner of Beach and 4th Avenue NE to visit Mermosa Winery & Boutique, perfect for beachwear and a bit of bubbly, and Sartorial Inc, where the expertly curated men’s collection runs the gamut from shoes to suits to sunglasses. In Safety Harbor, Seersucker Sassy is a sunny charmer, stocked with flipflops and sundresses in classy designs that work just as well in the office as they do by the pool. In South Tampa, fashion mavens know to shop at Apropos, a unique boutique with clothing for all occasions, from high-fashion gala to Kentucky Derby bash. And in the heart of downtown Tampa, Greiner’s Fine Men’s Clothing has been outfitting local gentlemen since 1981 (and now they’ve expanded to Beverly Hills). 33

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is for Travel

How’d you like to tour Tuscany and the Alps in a 2020 Porsche with stays at 5-star hotels and the chance to prove your driving mettle on the Autobahn? That’s just one of the many Porsche Driving Tours offered by Oldsmar-based Fast Lane Travel. Do you dream of visiting Paris for the first time — or experiencing it anew? Then you will love American Concierge, a Tampa- and NYC-based company that arranges personalized itineraries for American visitors geared to their specific interests, guided by Americans living in Paris. Do you like the idea of world travel that helps change the world? Then consider a private 5-day African experience as a donor to Water 4 Mercy, a nonprofit founded by Clearwater businesswoman Nermine Rubin that is dedicated to bringing life-giving water and drip irrigation farming to remote African villages. During the trip, donors join the celebrations as the taps are opened and clean water flows for the first time.


is for Unplugged

“Unplugged” traditionally means “electric music played on acoustic instruments.” But if you’re looking for music that’s unplugged right from the get-go, consider these two cherished venues on St. Pete’s Central Avenue: the Hideaway Cafe and Recording Studio, a home for original folk, indie, jazz and more since 2009, and the Craftsman House, a gallery that doubles as a cozy performance space for acts like John Gorka and David Wilcox. if you’d like to get really up close and personal with the artists, go to a concert in someone’s home or host one yourself during the annual Listening Room Festival, which culminates in one of the best musical events of the year at the Palladium (whose Side Door Cabaret is also a prime venue for acoustic and jazz performance). And we can’t forget the most gloriously unplugged sound-makers of them all: the members of the world-class Florida Orchestra and Palladium Chamber Players and the singers of Opera Tampa and the St. Petersburg Opera Company, who regularly remind us of the amazing power of the unvarnished human voice. 34


is for VIP

Turn to p. 44 for tips on some next-level VIP adventures in Tampa Bay and beyond — many of which are known to only a select few (which is part of the point).


is for Watches

A fine timepiece is at once a small wonder of engineering and a work of art you can wear on your wrist. Collectors know they’ll find the quality they seek at Mayors Jewelers, a national luxury chain that’s been in business for over 100 years; its International Plaza store is mecca for such vaunted brands as Tag Heuer, Breitling and, of course, Rolex. Old Northeast Jewelers (based in St. Pete with a branch at International Plaza) has been buying, selling and repairing fine watches since 1979, including Hamilton’s distinctively asymmetric Ventura, a favorite of Elvis and now part of the wardrobes of Men In Black. If you own a vintage watch that needs a tune-up, you’ll want your jeweler to treat it like the precious object it is; that’s why many chronophiles rely on the careful, efficient service of Pasadena Jewelers.



A to Z T-Travel

is for Xtreme Sports

is for Yachts

Why get a mere yacht when you can get a mega yacht? Like, for instance, Odyssey — the 131-foot, multi-million-dollar boat from Princess Yachts available from Tom George Yacht Group. Did I say boat? It’s more like a floating mansion, with five staterooms, dining tables for 10 and 12, salons with plush sofas and surround-sound, LED TVs, an outdoor Jacuzzi, a bathing platform, and timber finishes available in materials like cherry, oak and ebony. Looking for something a little roomier? Head to MarineMax, where they’re touting the 155-foot trilevel Ocean Alexander; called a “boat made for boaters,” the OA boasts six staterooms and a choice of traditional or contemporary interiors. But if these would be too tight a fit in your boatslip, consider the Regal 42 Grande Coupe from Quality Boats; it’s a sleek, handsome 42 feet in hues of “Tahitian Beach White” and “Mediterranean Blue” with walnut flooring, Belgian linens and plenty of other nautical amenities. 36 36

Tom George Yacht Group


Jogging? Meh. Softball? Nah. Golf? Yawn. If you share these sentiments, chances are you’re the kind of athlete who wants exercise with an extra jolt. Little Everglades Ranch, a 2,050-acre working ranch located just north of Dade City, hosts all kinds of roughand-tumble action, including obstacle-course races with names like Rugged Maniac and Savage Blitz. If you like your adventures to take place on two wheels and a board, head to Skatepark of Tampa, the skateboarding venue just east of Ybor City. SPoT is known internationally for competitions like the Tampa Am (now in its 26th year), but it also holds regular clinics and meetups for people of all ages whose idea of fun is a 360-degree flip trick in mid-air. And if you want to get really airborne, there’s a plane you can jump out of at Sky Dive City in Zephyrhills. Start with a tandem dive from about 5,000 feet up and maybe you’ll eventually graduate to night jumps and even wingsuit school.


Nelson Construction & Renovations

is for Zinfandel

Tampa Bay is a barrel of fun for oenophiles, starting with Bern’s Steak House, which boasts one of the largest wine collections in the world. The atmosphere at a Total Wine & More store is a bit less posh, but the selection is wide — an inventory of more than 8,000 wines, plus a concierge team which will locate hard-to-find wines on request. Shop and sip at Belleair Bluffs’ Bella Vino Wine Market, which also sells a delectable lineup of imported cheeses and charcuterie. “Curated and guided hospitality communicated through wine” is the philosophy of Cru Cellars in Tampa, and it’s delightfully evident in the food they serve and the wines they sell. Speaking of guides, Pinellas County native Brian Seel is a whiz at discovering artisanal West Coast wines not distributed in Florida; become a member of his wine club, Vineration, and he’ll ship wines to your house every month. And if you’re wondering how to store all your bottles, Nelson Construction & Renovations can create a spectacular wine room for your home (pictured) that’ll dazzle your guests almost as much as that 1787 Chateau Margaux.

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THE A TO Z DIRECTORY Here’s where to find all the businesses awarded a place on this year’s A to Z List. For this special issue, the dRTB editorial board chose the categories and the winners based on recommendations from respected sources and our own experiences. This is separate from our upcoming, which will list participating businesses on multiple platforms, including the internet, print and social media. Contact your representative at duPont REGISTRY Tampa Bay for details.

ART Arts Xchange


Crown Jaguar/Land Rover

515 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg, 727-826-7211,

6001 34th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33714, 877-283-6306,; 727-228-3963,

CASS Contemporary

Dimmitt Rolls-Royce/Bentley

2722 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa, 813-839-7135,

City-Wide Self Storage & Commercial Services

661 40th St. S., St. Petersburg, 727-350-3350,

Dali Museum

1 Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg, 727-823-3767, the

Dunedin Fine Art Center

1143 Michigan Blvd. , Dunedin, 727-298-3322,

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts 400 N. Ashley Dr., Tampa, 813-221-2222,

Galleria Misto The Plaza, 100 Indian Rocks Rd. N., Suite A, Belleair Bluffs, 727-559-7767,

Gallery at Creative Pinellas 12211 Walsingham Rd., Largo, 727-582-3600,

Imagine Museum

1901 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-300-1700,

James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art

150 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-892-4200,

3255 Gandy Blvd., Pinellas Park, 727-608-5768,

Fields BMW Lakeland

4285 Lakeland Park Drive, Lakeland, 863-816-1234,

Reeves Porsche/Audi

103 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, 813-936-2222,

DIAMONDS Cappello & Company

12941 Park Blvd. N., Seminole, 727-585-5700,

Diamond Banc of Tampa

2202 N. Westshore Blvd. Ste. 200, Tampa, 813-367-3372,

Gold & Diamond Source

3800 Ulmerton Rd., Clearwater, 727-573-9351,


3410 Henderson Blvd., Ste. 300, Tampa, 813-877-8663,

Todd Alan Gallery

506 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, 941-217-4969,

MIZE Gallery

689 Dr M.L.K. Jr. St. N., St. Petersburg, 727-251-8529, @mizegallery

Morean Arts Center

719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-822-7872,

Museum of Fine Arts

255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, 727-896-2667,

Syd Entel Galleries/Susan Benjamin Glass

247 Main St., Safety Harbor, 727-725-1808,

Tampa Museum of Art

120 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa 813-274-8130,

Tempus Projects

4636 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, 813-340-9056,


Big Storm Brewing Co.

12707 49th St., Clearwater, 727-201-4186,

Cigar City Brewing

3924 W. Spruce St, Tampa, 813-348-6363,

EYES Belleair Opticians

100 Indian Rocks Rd. N., Belleair Bluffs, 727-584-0730,

The Optic Shop

533 S. Howard Ave., Tampa 813-254-5050; 109 2nd St. N,, St. Petersburg, 727-822-2020

Warby Parker at Oxford Exchange

420 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa 813-981-5100,

FLOWERS Botanica

1713 W. Cypress St., Tampa, 813-831-0965,

Carlson Wildwood

1488 Clearwater Largo Rd N.., Largo, 727-446-4610,

Posies Flower Truck

4946 4th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33703, 678-313-6823,

Coppertail Brewing

The JillTed Florist

2601 East 2nd Ave., Tampa, 813-247-1500,

1425 S Ft. Harrison Ave., Clearwater, 727-461-9055,

Cycle Brewing

The Potting Shed

Dunedin Brewery


534 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, 727-320-7954,

937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin, 727-736-0606,

Green Bench Brewing Co.

1133 Baum Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 727-800-9836,


1600 E. 8th Ave., Tampa, 813-247-1422,

3 Daughters Brewing

222 22nd St. S., St Petersburg, 727-495-6002,


4127 S MacDill Ave., Tampa, 813-831-1969,

Black Diamond Ranch

3125 W. Black Diamond Cir., Ste. 100, Lecanto, 352-746-3440,

Congo River Miniature Golf

20060 US Hwy 19 N., Clearwater, 727-797-4222,

Golf Locker

6200 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa, 813-265-8999,

Innisbrook Golf Resort

36750 US Hwy 19 N., Palm Harbor, 727-942-2000,

Streamsong Golf Resort

1000 Streamsong Dr., Bowling Green, 888-294-6322,

Valspar Championship

HAPPY HOURS Annata/Alto Mare

300 Beach Dr. NE #128, St. Petersburg, 727-851-9582,

Bernini of Ybor

1702 E 7th Ave., Tampa, 813-248-0099,


170 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg, 727-827-2927,


2616 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa, 813-831-7000 / 180 Central Ave., St. Pete, 727-202-1182,

FarmTable Cucina at Locale Market

179 2nd Ave. N.. at Sundial, St. Petersburg, 727-523-6297,


120 8th Ave., Pass-a-Grille Beach, 727-317-4770,


2208 W. Morrison Ave., Tampa, 813-258-2233,

Hotel Bar

200 N. Tampa St., Tampa, 813-533-2650,

Rococo Steak

655 2nd Ave S., St. Petersburg, 727-822-0999,

Rooster & the Till

6500 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, 813-374-8940,

Ruth’s Chris

131 2nd Ave. N. at Sundial, St. Petersburg, 727-821-4139,

Sea Salt St. Pete

183 2nd Ave. N. at Sundial, St. Petersburg, 727-873-7964,

ICE CREAM Bo’s Ice Cream

7101 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, 813-302-9644

Larry’s Old-Fashioned Ice Cream & Gelato

6595 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, 727-360-4259,



Paciugo Gelato

300 Beach Dr. NE #120, St. Petersburg, 727-209-0298,

Revolution Ice Cream Co.

6701 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, 813-513-5053,


310 Main St., Dunedin, 727-733-3603,

Sweet Charlie’s

1010 Central Ave. #102, St. Petersburg, 727-502-9154,

The Hyppo Gourmet Ice Pops


Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

10165 McKinley Dr., Tampa,

Happy Feet Plus

Multiple locations,

Tampa Bay Rowdies


111 2nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, 813-837-8023,

Phil Graham Landscape Architecture

535 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-821-5225,

Practical Gardening Services Inc.

61 Citrus Ave., Dunedin, FL 34698, 727-797-2090


Marina Pointe

4900 Bridge St., Tampa, 813-421-9148,

Maximo Marina

4801 37th St. S., St. Petersburg, 727-867-1102,

Renaissance Vinoy Marina

501 5th Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, 727-824-8022


Belleview Place

275 Belleview Blvd., Belleair, 727-469-7070,

ICON Central Apartments

855 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-456-5108,

The Sanctuary at Alexander Place

2619 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa, 813-213-0212,

Sunset Pointe at Collany Key

1110 Pinellas Bayway, Tierra Verde, 727-865-1000,

Virage Bayshore

2905 W. Julia St. , Tampa, 813-336-3460,

OUTDOOR LIVING Decker Ross Interiors

1445 Court St., Clearwater, 727-442-9996,

Ethan Allen

Pinch A Penny Pool Patio Spa

Restoration Hardware

International Plaza, 2223 N. Westshore Blvd., Ste. B221, Tampa, 813-258-9062,


Dr. Aimee Burke

Sunshine Animal Hospital, 2807 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater, 727-791-7242,

Doodle Dog

Lynn Parkhurst, 727-455-9260

Pawsitively Posh Pooch


St. Petersbark

Execu Jet Charter

4751 Jim Walter Blvd., Tampa, 888-635-9538,

Sheltair Aviation

4751 Jim Walter Blvd., Tampa, 813-319-8000,


1425 4th St. N., St. Petersburg, 727-892-9303,

2435 9th St. N., St. Petersburg, 727-217-5366,

QUESADILLAS Cider Press Cafe

601 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-914-7222,

Lolis Mexican Cravings

8005 Benjamin Rd., Tampa, 10011 W. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa, 3324 W. Gandy Blvd., Tampa 39 39

Marina Cantina Tequila Bar & Grille

25 Causeway Blvd., Clearwater Beach, 727-443-1750,

Red Mesa Cantina

128 3rd St. S., St. Petersburg, 727-896-8226,

Red Mesa Mercado

1100 1st Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 727-954-7430,


360 Rooftop Lounge at Hotel Zamora

3701 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach, 727-888-4291,

Berkeley Beach Club

109 8th Ave., St Pete Beach,

The Canopy at the Birchwood Inn

340 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg, 727-896-1080,

Edge Rooftop Cocktail Lounge at The Epicurean 1207 S. Howard Ave., Tampa, 813-999-8731,

The Hurricane Seafood Restaurant

Listening Room Festival

Opera Tampa

Palladium Chamber Players/Side Door at the Palladium

St. Petersburg Opera Company

2145 1st Ave. S., St. Petersburg, 727-823-2040,

VIP EXPERIENCES Innisbrook Ultra VIP Club

727-942-2000, (Mike Williams, Managing Director)

The Mahaffey/Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts

727-892-5716, (Lori Belvedere, Membership Manager); Bill Edwards Foundation: 727-300-2000, (Amy Miller, President)

Ruth Eckerd Hall Friends of Music

9th Ave. & Gulf Way, St. Pete Beach, 727-360-9558,

727-712-2720, (Suzanne Delaney, CFRE, Chief Development Officer and VP of Development)

M. Bird at Armature Works

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Annual Flyaway

1910 N. Ola Ave., Tampa, 813-250-3725,

Mole Y Abuela

1202 N. Franklin St., Tampa, 813-370-1000,

813-998-3877, (Carey Cox, Director of Marketing and Brand Strategy)


Mayors Jewelers


2223 N Westshore Blvd #165, Tampa, 813-354-8080,


2102 S. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa, 813-251-8180,


919 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-873-3500, @atlasbodyandhome

Old Northeast Jewelers

1131 4th St. N., St. Petersburg, 727-898-4377, (also at International Plaza)

Pasadena Jewelers

Cozette’s Boutique

South Pasadena Shopping Center, 6856 Gulfport Blvd. S., South Pasadena, 727-345-3337,

Greiner’s Fine Men’s Clothing


645 Central Ave., Suite #1, St Petersburg, 813-317-1241,

117 E. Whiting St., Tampa, 813-226-3207,

MISRED Outfitters

615 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-827-8310,

Mermosa Winery & Boutique

400 Beach Dr. NE #161, St. Petersburg,727-498-8984,

SaltLight Art Boutique

649 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 334-341-1035,

Sartorial Inc

400 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg, 727-290-6783,

Little Everglades Ranch

17951 Hamilton Rd, Dade City, 352-521-0134,

Skatepark of Tampa

4215 E. Columbus Dr., Tampa, 813-621-6793,

Sky Dive City

4241 Sky Dive Ln., Zephyrhills, 813-783-9399,


Marine Max St. Petersburg

6810 Gulfport Blvd., St Petersburg, 727-343-6520,

Seersucker Sassy

Quality Boats

White Owl Market

Tom George Yacht Group



Belleair Bluffs Plaza, 100 Indian Rocks Rd., Belleair Bluffs, 727-584-5552,

801 Main St., Safety Harbor, 727-723-7277,

683 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-235-4706,

American Concierge Fast Lane Travel

Oldsmar Town Center, 3980 Tampa Rd., Ste. #203, Oldsmar, 813,343-3001,

Water 4 Mercy


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UNPLUGGED Craftsman House C

90 St. Petersburg, 727-323-2787, 2955 Central -Ave.,


Florida Orchestra

244 2nd Ave. N, #420, St. Petersburg,

The Hideaway Cafe

1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-892-3337,


17389 US 19 N., Clearwater, 727-530-1815,

17116 US 19 N., Clearwater, 727-734-8707,

Bella Vino Wine Market Bern’s Steak House

1208 S Howard Ave., Tampa, 813-251-2421,

Cru Cellars

2506 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa, 813-831-1117,

Nelson Construction and Renovations

1174 Court St., Clearwater, FL, 727-596-9006,

Total Wine & More

1720 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa, 813-350-9601,



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V is for Very Very VIP

Tampa Bay has a bounty of next-level VIP packages, some of which you may know nothing about. STORY BY ERIC SNIDER


ou’ve probably heard: We’re living in a world where experiences matter more than stuff. Social scientists say that this is especially true of Millennials, but it’s rubbing off on Boomers and GenXers, too. A last-minute trip to see the Lightning play in Vancouver has more value than another upgrade to your SurroundSound system. Tampa Bay has no shortage of terrific experiences to offer, some more special than others. And then there’s the next level, stuff a lot of us haven’t even heard about. If you’re willing to put down some plastic, you too can enter the rarefied air of ultra-VIP experiences. Here are a few we like — and were new to us.

UP CLOSE: Toby Keith plays an intimate Friends of Music concert in Odessa.

Friends with benefits The music buffs among us have all fantasized about witnessing a performance by one of our favorite bands along with just a couple hundred of our closest friends. What if you could be a guest at an intimate concert where, say, Counting Crows or Maroon 5 or Sheryl Crow or Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band were performing right there in front of you, almost touchable, and instead of rows and rows of seats, there’s a dance floor? What if, along with the show, there were terrific eats, an open bar, pageantry — all adding up to one splendid party? That fantasy has been a reality in Clearwater since 2010. Ruth Eckerd Hall’s Friends of Music Appreciation Concerts are exclusive events held three times a year and open to donors only. Proceeds

go toward the $1 million a year that Ruth Eckerd spends on its expansive education program, the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts. These events far exceed mere VIP access to a concert. The Ruth Eckerd staff goes all out to turn them into spectacles. Each show is themed. For Earth, Wind & Fire, which closed the 2018-19 season on May 4, the Hall was decked out in a Studio 54 motif. The Ringo Starr show was held in an “Octopus’s Garden.” In March 2017, Toby Keith played an outdoor show at a lakeside estate (pictured above), followed by fireworks. The Blues Traveler concert at the Capitol Theater in 2016 had a Blues Brothers theme, complete with donut truck. That attracted frontman John Popper, who stopped by to partake and hung around to kibbitz with fans for about an hour.

BREATHE IT IN: The scenic 18th hole in the Jack Nicklaus-designed Ocean Course at Hammock Beach. 44 44

A to Z EXTRA For Bruce Bicknell, a former touring musician (and the creative director for duPont REGISTRY Tampa Bay ), the Friends of Music Appreciation Concerts are one way he and his wife, Nikki, choose to spend their charitable dollars. “It doesn’t take a crapload of money for us to do this,” he says. “This is what’s important to us. You pick your own seat, stand in front of the stage, hit the dance floor. All the ones we’ve attended have been unforgettable experiences.” The program has five levels, starting with Silver Circle ($3,000 donation) that provides access for two to a single Appreciation show. For the go-big-orgo-home crowd, there’s the top tier, Superstars. A $24,000 donation grants entry to all the concerts, plus access to VIP perks like meet-and-greets with the acts, photo opportunities, Q&A sessions and lots more. What makes the Friends of Music Concert program all the more exclusive is that it’s one of a kind. “The idea of a private concert club is pretty sexy, and a lot of venues have tried it,” says Laura LeBlanc, the venue’s membership director. “But we’re the only ones that I know of that have been able to sustain it.” According to Suzanne Delaney, Ruth Eckerd Hall’s chief development officer/vice president of development, the donor club had, at last count, 187 members. She’s looking to expand that number — but not too much. “We don’t have an official cap on membership,” Delaney says. “But we want to keep the numbers low, to maintain the intimate part that makes it so special.” Fore! Earlier this year, a small braintrust at Innisbrook Golf Resort noticed an opportunity to set their property apart from the country’s premier golf destinations. “There are so many out there — Pebble Beach, Pinehurst, Kohler — and we want Innisbrook to be mentioned in that same great company,” says Mike Williams, the club’s managing

director. “We noticed that none of them had an ultra VIP package. By and large, they were all similar — three days, two nights, how many holes, how many meals.” The group set about concocting a golf-cation for people for whom “money is no object.” They swung into action, chipped in ideas for a list of experiences and swag — with no price tag in mind. They came up with a doozy of a package, and introduced the Innisbrook Ultra VIP Club in June. Here’s the rundown: A foursome gets four days of golf — 18 holes on any of Innisbrook’s four championship courses, including Copperhead, daily, if they choose; a personal caddie for each player; a lesson with the director of golf or director of instruction; and a private area on the Copperhead range with a nameplate. For accommodations and indulgences, Ultra VIP-ers get three nights in a three-bedroom luxury suite that overlooks the 18th hole at Copperhead; a dinner in the suite prepared by the resort’s executive chef, plus a dinner for four at Packard’s Steakhouse with a custom menu, plus all other meals; a daily massage or other spa service, at the resort spa or in the suite; an exotic rental car for the entire stay plus a luxury car service; a pair of custom Footjoy golf shoes, a personalized Scotty Cameron putter, a dozen personalized Titleist ProV1 golf balls, plus several other upscale touches. “Then it was, ‘OK, get the calculator out,’” Williams says with a chuckle. The total: $29,999. (And up. The resort is happy to add stuff.) Remember to divide by four, Williams suggests. “Clearly, the Ultra VIP Club is for high-wealth individuals,” he adds. “My guess is it’ll appeal to corporate people who can afford to spend seven to ten thousand on a weekend. They know each other well. Perhaps they make an annual trek to one the great golf resort destinations. We want Innisbrook to be included in that rotation.”

45 Four: Relaxing by the firepit at Innisbrook.

A to Z EXTRA Membership has its privileges The Mahaffey Theater offers an array of elevated concert experiences, some of which benefit the Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts, an affiliate organization that raises money for children’s arts programs and subsidizes the fine arts performances at the venue. The topper thus far was last November’s Christina Aguilera Experience, which included four seats in a box, a steak-and-lobster dinner, a meet-and-greet with the artist for 20 people, framed memorabilia and other perks. The tab: $15,000. According to Amy Miller, the new president of The Edwards Foundation, the Mahaffey presents these types of events about three times a year. Unlike Ruth Eckerd Hall, the St. Pete venue does not set a yearly lineup, and the VIP deals can be purchased à la carte. Donor/members of The George Clinton Edwards Foundation got first dibs on the Aguilera gala, and they get first crack at all red-carpet opportunities. Memberships currently run from $500 to $25,000. Premier members ($10,000-$25,000) can pre-buy up to 14 elite seats, and the entire group can indulge in the VIP Member Lounge, enjoy select meet-andgreets with artists, complimentary VIP valet parking, plus other goodies. Finally, certain shows co-promoted by the Mahaffey and Live Nation offer VIP packages. Two are coming up: funk

master George Clinton on August 29 and The Doobie Brothers on November 15. Both include a seat in the first five rows, VIP early entry to the venue, an exclusive meetand-greet (including a photo op) with the artist, and other swag items and collectibles. The Clinton package costs $225 per, the Doobie Brothers run $375 (front row) and $325 (rows 2-4). A suite trip Tampa Bay Buccaneers luxury suites offer panoramic views of the action throughout Raymond James Stadium, air-conditioned comfort, privately catered food and drinks, new HD TVs that show all NFL games, open-floor plans, open-air seating … That’s all good, Bucs, but what else ya got? As it happens, there’s more. The bonus experience that stands out to us is the Annual Flyaway, where a suite member and a guest travel by chartered jet for a trip to a Bucs road game — an all-expenses-paid, first-class weekend jaunt that includes a stay at a four-star hotel, meals, a tour of the host city, and, best of all, prime seats for the game. They may not be quite as nice as the ones back in the home suite, but they’ll more than do. The Buccaneers are keeping this year’s destination under wraps for the time being, but the big reveal is due any time. The flyaway experience is open to all suiteholders, whether you lease one for eight, 16 or 36 of your closest friends, family and business associates. Wait, there’s more. Bucs suite members can also participate in an array of other experiences that include VIP Training Camp Day, interactions with players and staff, a tour of One Buc Place, exclusive Suite Tasting events, pre-game sideline passes, and the opportunity to take part in the annual Bucs-themed poker tournament. Membership has its privileges, indeed, but we think the sexiest privilege of all is the Annual Flyaway.

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Heart of Palm

Palm Coast’s Hammock Beach Resort is a hub of multi-gen family fun. STORY BY MEGAN PADILLA


taycations have their merits, but when family or friends come to visit, a change of scenery means you get to be on vacation, too. Just a couple of hours away on the Atlantic Ocean is a pristine stretch between St. Augustine and Daytona called Palm Coast. With little in the way of development, the cinnamon sugar-colored beaches are largely bordered by dunes and hammocks — “hammocks” being the ecological term for elevated stands of trees in coastal wetlands, not the hammocks you take a snooze in. But you may well find both at Hammock Beach Resort — the heart of the area since its construction in 2000. It’s an ideal destination for spending quality time with your extended family and friends, however big your group — a bit like being on a cruise, but with plenty of room to roam.

BREATHE IT IN: The scenic 18th hole in the Jack Nicklaus-designed Ocean Course at Hammock Beach. 48


WIDE WORLD: An aerial view of the resort, with The Lodge boutique hotel at left.

Our Sunshine State is flush with oceanfront hotels, playing with your family and friends. No tennis experience but Hammock Beach Resort stands out for its unique required. Join an existing clinic on Tuesday and Thursday pairing of spacious condo-style lodgings with golf-andmornings at 8 a.m. or schedule your own as a group lesson. beach-resort amenities including a spa. Since the individual units are privately owned, about Holes for the whole fam-damily half (currently 327) are part of the rental program. Even if golf isn’t the center of your group’s interests, They include one-bedroom suites with kitchenettes the Ocean Course at Hammock Beach is the property’s and a living room as well as three- and four-bedroom crown jewel, especially since its $3.8 million, 13-month condos with fully equipped kitchens and comfortable long renovation after Hurricane Matthew. living quarters. Want to have a family dinner “at home” There’s a full mile of oceanfront golf that juxtaposes but don’t want to cook? The resort’s crashing waves, pristine beaches and executive chef can come and cook dinner healthy dunes with the emerald green for you (maybe the kids can help, too). carpet of wall-to-wall, tightly mowed It’s a bit like being on a Slightly separate are the 20 hotelpaspalum turf over the rise and fall cruise, but with plenty of style rooms at the Lodge, a boutique of the sculpted ground. The last nine room to roam. hotel within the hotel that is owned and holes include some of the hardest: #15, operated by Hammock Beach Resort. #16, #17 and #18 are known as the The ocean-view and oceanfront rooms are Bear Claw (Nicklaus is known as the above the picturesque Atlantic Grille (serving three meals Golden Bear). They are also the most scenic. each day) and the pro shop that serves the Jack NicklausTalk to the pro shop about how you can involve your designed Ocean Course at Hammock Beach. The Lodge whole group in a golf experience. The Family Fairways is a quieter experience and closer to the ocean, but with program offers free clubs and discounted greens fees equal access to all of the amenities, including a tucked- after 3 p.m. Each hole now has a closer tee to make the away pool that feels private and has its own boardwalk to game more approachable for beginners and juniors (kids). the beach. Honestly, most newbies will play “best ball” which means The resort is a sprawling property, as expected when that after every player takes a turn, everyone moves their it offers so much: indoor and outdoor pools (multiple), ball to the position of the “best ball” — the one nearest fitness center, kids club, dining outlets, pro shop, activity to the flag. You can arrange for a group lesson or even to lawn, putt-putt golf, beach club and more. The tennis have a pro join your group on the course. club and marina are nearby at a sister property. There’s also a putt-putt golf course included in the The tennis club offers another option for a fun family resort fee. Glow Golf, a chipping exercise set up with activity: the Cardio Clinic. It’s basically a fun way to get a glow-in-the-dark targets, is a regular on the extensive little exercise, with music, and to find yourself laughing and Activity Schedule. 49 49

FAMILY TRAVEL Spanish, English and Confederate — firing cannons upon Ye Olde St. Auggie Just 45 minutes north of the resort, cross the Bridge of unwelcome ships sailing into the protected harbor. Kids Lions from Anastasia Island into the heart of historic St. also love pocketing 20 bucks to spend as they wish in the Augustine. Find out what legions of Florida fourth graders endless sweets shops along St. George Street (warning: it’s already know: America’s oldest continually settled city a bit of a cavity-fest). Park at the city’s main visitors’ center and plan your (1565) offers something for everyone. Grownups love the brick streets lined with historic day. The hop-on, hop-off trolley tours are a great way to see it all. Dog-ear a time slot to spend at Ponce buildings that house endless shops, restaurants, de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archaeological indoor and outdoor venues for live music and America’s Park, where actors interpret the daily life of more. It’s like a little bit of Europe right here oldest continually the Timucua Indian settlement as well as in Florida. Henry Flagler transformed this town settled city offers of the Spanish who arrived with explorer from a sleepy swamp into a glittering, seasonsomething for Pedro Menendez 42 years before the English long getaway for America’s wealthiest families everyone. founded Jamestown. You’ll definitely see the from the late 19th through early 20th centuries. white peacocks and taste the famous mineral His Ponce de Leon Hotel — whose interior water. There’s a terrific barbecue joint called designer was Louis Comfort Tiffany (of Tiffany lamp fame) — for the rich and famous is now Flagler Hall, Smoked Southern BBQ near the entrance that will refuel a girls’ dorm (and more) for Flagler College. The dining your own troops. If you drove to the park, another end-of-day dining room is said to have a “Hogwarts quality,” but the only way to see it is on the Legacy Tour, daily at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. tip is to continue north on A1A another 10 minutes Kids love to climb up the stairs to the top of the to Cap’s on the Water, directly on the Tolomato 17th-century fort, Castillo de San Marcos, where they River. There’s a dock for boaters to tie-off and come can easily imagine soldiers — at various times French, in to eat, and it’s a great spot to catch a sunset.

BAYFRONT SKYLINE: St. Augustine from the water.



SURFING SIBLINGS: Hammock Water Sports is popular among young aquanauts.

Plan Your Trip

DELUXE DORM: Flagler Hall, formerly the Ponce de Leon Hotel.

FUN AT THE FORT: Kids (and grandpas, too) love the 17th-century Castillo de ALL BETTER: The author with Sigrid Olsen. Photo courtesy Mia Olsen. San Marcos.

Visit Old-Florida attractions: Marineland Dolphin Adventure is near the resort and has an outstanding location beside the ocean. They offer various dolphininteraction programs for the whole family at this park that is celebrating its 80th year. On the way to St. Augustine is the Alligator Farm Zoological Park that was founded in 1893; now you can also zipline across the zoo. Across the street is the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, where a resident ghost has been the subject of an episode of Ghost Hunters and a regular ghost tour offered at the lighthouse. Feed your crew: Most people take advantage of the full kitchens in the multi-bedroom suites at Hammock Beach Resort (there’s a Publix near the entrance off A1A as well as Hammock Wine & Cheese). There are several dining options on the property, but you can work with banquet services before your trip to plan daily meals or events to bring the whole group back together after full days of play. A nearby, low-key option is Captain’s BBQ, whose screened patio overlooks the Matanzas River and whose owners bring some delicious expertise: Cheesecake Mike makes all desserts in-house and Captain Chris runs fishing charters. The BBQ is fed and tended nearly 12 hours a day with kilndried blackjack oak and turns out an array of meats that taste like they were grilled with love. Play on the beach: Hammock Water Sports sets up its tent just south of the hotel’s beach zone and is run by the Palazzottos, a father-son duo both named Peter, who are stoked to get everyone in the water whether surfing, or kayaking on the nearby river. Call in advance (386-7957873) and one of the Peters will help you create lasting memories for your entire group. Snag a deal: Hammock Beach Resort is offering Florida residents 10 percent off the best available rate; complimentary self-parking and internet access; one-hour daily bicycle rentals; and pool and beach service, including lounge chairs and umbrellas. Getting there: Hammock Beach Resort is about three hours from Tampa, one hour and 40 minutes from Orlando’s attractions, a similar distance from Jacksonville’s airport, and just 45 minutes from Daytona’s. 51 51


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herever you spend your Julys and Augusts, whether cooling it in the mountains or sweltering on the sand, you want clothes as easy as a summer breeze and as cheerful as a kid on vacation. Our sunny stylista Tracy Negoshian shopped Nordstrom, J. Crew and Keds for fashions that suit the season. l — The Editors

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Mac Attack!

Grab a deep breath and we’ll take you for a spin in McLaren’s 710-hp 720S supercar. STORY & PHOTOS BY HOWARD WALKER

FLAUNTING IT: Dihedral doors, teardrop roofline and air-gulping intakes so big they could swallow a small Labradoodle. 70



ike anyone who’s ever had to commute across it, I love to hate that masterpiece of constricted civil engineering called the Howard Frankland Bridge, aka the Howard Frankenstein. But occasionally, very late at night, when it seems not a soul is hindering my restrained 65mph progress — yeah buddy, I stick to the limit — I imagine myself hitting the gas as if I were on the back straight at Daytona. Kinda like now. That’s because I’m behind the wheel of a 710-horsepower screamin’ meanie projectile called a McLaren 720S. This little bundle of British-built carbon-fiber joy costs a cool $299,000 or, in the case of the car I’m driving, $353,140 very nicely loaded. It’s what’s known as a “supercar.” Which means it can go very, very fast. Whereas a Toyota Corolla will take a yawning week of Tuesdays to accelerate from standstill to 60mph, the McLaren does it in 2.7 seconds. Ponder that for, er, 2.7 seconds. Right now, however, I’m pondering the mighty McLaren’s ability to pierce the atmosphere at a mind-warping 212 miles per hour. With the aid of a calculator and my buddy Alexa, I worked out that covering the Howard Frankland’s 3.011-mile span at that speed would take — wait for it — just 50.9 seconds. Right now, however, I’m pondering the mighty McLaren’s ability to pierce the atmosphere at a mind-warping 212 miles per hour. Less than a minute to cross the HF. Just think what that could do for your morning commute. Of course the big dilemma is whether you’d have to come off the gas at the hump or risk crash-landing into WestShore Plaza. I’m sure there’s a NASA app that could work that out. So why does the world need a car capable of hitting 212mph? Of course it doesn’t. In the same way the world doesn’t need

Nike MAG Back to the Future sneakers at $42,500 a pair. Or a $16-grand Hermès Birkin leather handbag. But in the immortal words of Max Bialystock in The Producers, “When you’ve got it, flaunt it!” And flaunt it it does with those wild, dihedral doors that, when raised, look for all the world like a cormorant drying its pits; that bubblesque teardrop roofline; and air-gulping intakes so big they could swallow a small Labradoodle. Yet despite the McLaren’s wild, look-at-me racecar styling, the 720S is a true thinking-person’s supercar and the opposite of a gold-chain-and-chest-wig Lamborghini. It’s built by an offshoot of the company that constructs cutting-edge McLaren Formula One race cars. The technology that goes into sportscars like the 720S is truly other-worldly. From its full carbon-fiber body structure that’s the lightest and strongest in the industry; to the world’s most advanced suspension system; to one of the world’s most potent twin-turbo V8 engines, it defines cutting-edge. So what’s it like to drive? A single word: stupendous. It’s designed for one thing, and one thing only: to go insanely fast. And standing on the gas from standstill is like riding a lightning bolt, or being catapulted from a circus cannon. And to steer it through a fast, tight curve — maybe the onramp to I-275 South from the Gandy — feels like the car is running on invisible rails, with tires endowed with more adhesive grip than a case of Fixodent. Yes, it’s an on-demand adrenaline jolt for the rich, a rolling tub of testosterone for the lucky few. But to drive it is to fall head over heels in love. I was smitten. Seven hundred and 10 horsepower kinda does that to you. Ask very nicely and McLaren Tampa Bay on Gandy in Pinellas Park might let you test drive a 720S. Or at least sit inside. Look for Howard Walker’s online column, “Weekend Wheels,” every Thursday at

THE NEED FOR SPEED: The McLaren can pierce the atmosphere at a mind-warping 212 miles per hour. 71


Thanks, Ms. P!

Suzanne Pomerantzeff’s ballet academy has been grooming professional dancers for 50 years. STORY BY MITZI GORDON PHOTOS BY TOM KRAMER

CLASS ACTS: Suzanne Pomerantzeff, aka Ms. P (center), with students at the Academy of Ballet Arts. Tom Kramer



ifty years is a long time to keep dancing. In 1969, Suzanne and ABA co-founder Lester Jacobsen As this milestone anniversary nears at her rented their very first space, opening two days a week at Academy of Ballet Arts, Artistic Director Suzanne the Garden Club on St. Pete’s Sunset Drive. One parent Pomerantzeff remains undimmed. Affectionately known donated $50 to buy them an ad in the then-St. Petersburg to her students as Ms. P., the 71-year-old arts leader keeps Times. They charged $10 a month for admission to onceher feet moving forward, and speaks passionately about weekly classes, kicking off with just “two students, one the lives that dancing has transformed. barre, a very old record player and two records,” Suzanne “Part of the philosophy of the school is that I’m teaching said. a whole child,” she explained from her Kenwood studio’s “We made our own costumes, our own masks, our own lobby. “Choreography, combinations, the self-discipline sets,” she said. “Everything we’ve done, we’ve earned of the body, the commitment, but also kindness, sharing, through our hard work.” self-motivation — all of that is a part of being trained.” The grassroots operation received a few city and state Literally thousands of students have moved along the barre arts grants, but never depended on them. Everything under her guidance during the Academy’s decades-long Suzanne earned went back into the business. She supjourney. The institution now serves as home base for the ported herself teaching at Gibbs High School (and its arts St. Petersburg Ballet Company and the St. Petersburg Folk magnet, Pinellas County Center for the Arts) until retiring Ensemble of Russian folk dance. from there five years ago after developing the dance deThe occasion of ABA’s 50th birthday will be marked with partment. During that time she did not draw a salary for a two-day gala event Sept. 7 and 8, 2019. Master classes any of her Academy classes or choreography. fill the first day, culminating “Every penny counted for something,” she with a performance at the St. Academy of Ballet Arts said. “Everybody went without paychecks at Petersburg Palladium starting first, to make sure we could make the rent.” 50th Anniversary Gala at 3 p.m. Sept. 8, featuring She got students of all skill levels engaged The Palladium, Sun., Sept. 8, performers such as Helen in real shows with distinct roles, rather than 3 p.m. Adults, $30; students & recitals where each dancer performs the Hansen French, Jared Brunson seniors, $15. 727-510-5262. (Complexions Contemporary same steps. This honed professional skills, as Ballet), Jalen Williams they presented audience-friendly numbers in (Maryland Ballet Theatre), Marquis Floyd (Dance Theatre Pinellas County schools, retirement centers, hospitals, local of Harlem), and many others who are lined up to celebrate museums, and any other venues Ms. P. could book. five decades of superior dance training. “Not one of my kids will ever be turned down for a pro“That’s a very long time to be in business, and I intend fessional job because they lack performance experience,” to be here when we get to 75,” said Ms. P., tilting her long she said. ponytail with a sly smile. “I tell my kids I’m going to be Many dancers attribute their success to working with Ms. P. teaching when I’m 195.” She nurtures each talent and sees herself taking the stage For a time, it seemed like she might never dance at all. As a child, Suzanne took ill with rheumatic fever. She was confined to bed with painful muscle contractions from age 2 to 6 years, watching a mobile of dancers circle above while getting massages from her mom. When she recovered, Suzanne attended ballet school to learn how to walk, and threw herself vigorously into the task. Her efforts prevented a subsequent spinal defect from crippling her, doctors said. “I did everything as fierce as I could,” she said. “All that stuff the teachers taught, I did it 30,000 times harder than anybody else.” She went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in ballet from the University of Utah, performing with the San Francisco Ballet, Ballet West, Tampa Ballet, and Virginia Ballet. When Suzanne came home to Florida from college, there was no classical ballet studio in the St. Pete area, and other dance spaces were shuttered for the slow sumFEELS LIKE HOME: Ms. P (left) with Daniel Johnson and Marsha Wilson, former season. Her dad suggested filling the gap by mer academy students who have returned to teach and perform there. Tom Kramer opening an independent studio.



DANCING FOR MS. P: Helen Hansen French and Erik Wagner are among the many dancers who will be performing at the Academy gala in September. Tom Kramer

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through her students, who have danced with dozens of prestigious companies, including American Ballet Theatre, Cirque du Soleil, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Kiel Opera Ballet, Riverdance, and San Francisco Ballet. Her former pupil Calvin Royal III is making history as a principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre, where he and superstar ballerina Misty Copeland were the first black dancers at ABT to perform a lead couple’s roles (in Harlequinade), while Ephraim Sykes (a 2019 Tony nominee for Ain’t Too Proud…) has danced across dozens of Broadway stages. Many of these protégés keep in touch with Ms. P, sharing good news with her and the Academy as it continues to grow. The school relocated four times before settling at its current space in December 2001. The bright, mural-covered building stands out along 1st Avenue North at 29th Street. Roughly 130 students are on the current roster, and everyone gets individualized support. The going monthly rate for classes is now $60 — still a bargain, and Ms. P. has always kept a generous scholarship policy. That’s how instructor Daniel Johnson, 29, got the support he needed when first arriving at the studio to train as a boy. On scholarship, he earned his keep taking out trash, cleaning mirrors, sweeping floors, and replacing light bulbs. “I built this studio with my bare hands,” he laughs, pointing out that the help he received was always more than just monetary. “All the things that people told me I would never be able to do, I did, because Ms. P. stood by my side my whole life, encouraging me,” Daniel said. “When I first started dancing, most people told me, ‘You should look into another profession.’ But [she] encouraged me to keep going.” When Daniel was 12 he studied under Edward Villella at the Miami City Ballet’s summer program. He went on to attend The Boston Conservatory on full scholarship, graduating as a dance major and joining New York’s Nai Ni Chen Company for two years. Like many former Academy students, he returned to teach and perform after coming home to St. Petersburg. Marsha Wilson, who also studied under Ms. P. on partial scholarship, did the same thing after dancing professionally with Milwaukee Ballet and Southern Ballet Theatre (now known as Orlando Ballet). Marsha began her lessons at age 10, and at 56 she’s now the Academy’s longest-serving instructor. “That’s a great telling of what [Suzanne has] given to so many students, that they want to come back,” she said. “In order to develop a dancer you have to get them to a certain point, and then kind of shove them out of the nest and let them fly. But then look at how many have wound up still coming back. They feel like this is home.” A dRTB series: How Did We Get Here? Photographer Tom Kramer and writer Mitzi Gordon want to know. Together, they are charting the Bay area’s creative renaissance by meeting with transformative and inspiring arts leaders. Their stories share perspective on how the region shifted from sleepy suburbs to thriving cultural hub in just a few decades.



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CHOW HOUND: William Wegman, Waiting for Dinner, on view this summer at the Tampa Museum of Art in Tableau and Transformation: Photography from the Permanent Collection.




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Kellie Rhianne and Daniel J. Moldanado star in freeFall’s Pippin. STAR POWER

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Jobsite Theater’s Constellations is about the romantic relationship between a beekeeper and a cosmologist, but it branches out into everything from quantum mechanics to ballroom dancing as it explores the many directions two lives can take. Two powerful actors, Giles Davies and Georgia Mallory Guy, take the leading roles (through 8/4, Singers have been reaching for their corner of the sky ever since Stephen Schwartz’s Pippin landed on Broadway in 1972; now freeFall Artistic Director Eric Davis is putting his own spin on the material, with a must-see cast that includes Alison Burns-Jackson and Matthew McGee, who plays Pippin’s father and grandmother (through 8/11, The Lab Theater Project is tapping into the laugh-getting power of two wellknown playwrights and one local luminary with LAB Laughs, “an evening of adult humor” featuring one-act plays by David Mamet, Doug Wright and Owen Robertson (7/18-21 at Stageworks Theater, labtheaterproject. com). Bill Maher — speaking of adult humor — brings his political barbs to Ruth Eckerd on 8/4 (, and John Cusack drops by the Straz for a discussion and screening of Say Anything on 7/24. If we’re lucky, he’ll bring his boombox along and play “Your Eyes” for, like, an hour (

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The Tampa Bay pop music scene is Testerone City this summer. At the Amalie Arena, you have your choice of new — Shawn Mendes on 7/27; newish — the reunited Jonas Brothers on 8/10; ageless — Lionel Richie on 7/28; and a combination of both — Queen + Adam Lambert on 8/18. The Dave Matthews Band hits the Mid-Florida Amphitheatre on 7/24, followed not long after by country bro Luke Bryan on 8/2. And George Clinton and ParliamentFunkadelic beam down to the Mahaffey on 8/29 from whatever celestial sphere they’re currently occupying; see p. 46 for information on VIP access to the show. (amaliearena. com;;


In the dog days of summer, consider chilling out with the goofy canines in Florida CraftArt’s Woof, Meow, Chirp and Slither: Artists Interpret the World of Pets (through 8/10,, or contemplate the solemn countenances of William Wegman’s beloved Weimeraners at the Tampa Museum of Art; his photos are part of the TMA’s fascinating survey of contemporary photography from its permanent collection, Tableau and Transformation (through 10/20, Across Curtis Hixon Park, the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts is exploring other modes of transformation in Contemporary Performance, curated by art star and USF grad Kalup Linzy (through 8/24, The consummate performer Salvador Dali is live (sorta) and loquacious in the new AI display at the Dali Museum, which is also showing haunting prints and paintings by his aesthetic ancestor in Goya — Visions and Inventions (through 11/3, A pairing of artists from our own time and place should prove intriguing at the Gallery at Creative Pinellas; Babette Herschberger and Ry McCullough met only last year, but their work in Tongue and Groove, curated by Arthouse3’s Kathy Gibson, has a strikingly complementary aesthetic (through 7/28, For Pivot, the Imagine Museum put out a national call to artists for glass artworks that reflected a pivotal moment in the artist’s career path, process and/or artistic direction (through 12/22, You can try your hand at a pivotal artistic moment yourself by attempting to create a paper crane at the Museum of Fine Arts’ engrossing show, Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami (through 9/22, or see what popped up when local artists took the challenge of creating artworks inspired by paint-by-numbers kits in the Morean Arts Center’s Paint By Numbers Popup Show (through 8/30,

Ry McCullough’s Succotash Riff (left) and Babette Herschberger’s Tidbit #92 in Tongue and Groove at the Gallery at Creative Pinellas.



David Mann and Mercy Roberts of Fun Home.


It hasn’t been all that long since area audiences had the chance to see Fun Home — the Broadway tour was at the Straz in 2017. But Jeannine Tesori’s Tony-winning musical based on Alison Bechdel’s tragicomic graphic memoir is such a moving, joyous and sui generis look at a young woman’s coming to terms with herself and the secret life of her father that it’s worth seeing again and again. And it’ll be, um, fun to see what director Karla Hartley (away from her usual home at Stageworks), a cast led by David Mann (so good in freeFall’s Cabaret), and the crackerjack team of designers at American Stage will do with the show in the theater’s intimate environs. Through 8/18, American Stage, 163 3rd St. N., St. Petersburg, 727-823-PLAY, Joey Clay Photography



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Wearable Art fashion by Kikimora. At the Dunedin Fine Art Center, it’s a summer cut from whole cloth: six count ‘em six Quilts & Textiles exhibits (through 8/18), plus it’s the 15th anniversary of Wearable Art, for which designers often use anything but cloth to make their fabulous creations (8/24, At the Ringling Museum of Art, The Fabric of India features 140 examples from London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and private collections illustrating the variety, technical sophistication, and adaptability of Indian textiles from the 15th to the 21st centuries (through 10/13, Fashion benefits charity in Art Ties Us (9/13,, a juried competition in which local artists submit designs to be incorporated into the wardrobes — to be specific, the ties — of staffers at St. Pete’s Birchwood Inn. At Rays on the Runway (7/21,, Tampa Bay Rays players exchange their uniforms for stylish duds from area retailers to benefit the Children’s Dream Fund, strutting the runway with children who’ve been helped by the Fund to realize their wildest dreams despite having to contend with life-threatening illness. At Innovocative Theater, The 100 Dresses (8/211, brings to life a beloved children’s book about an ostracized young girl whose drawings of dresses ultimately answer the bullies who plagued her. And at the Henry B. Plant Museum, Dirty Laundry: True Tales of Women Workers at the Tampa Bay Hotel (through 7/20, reveals truths about the women who cared for garments and guest rooms they’d never be able to afford themselves. 82

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Two-fisted imbibing at the Bolts Brew Fest.

Beer, beer, beer, food, and more beer. It’s beerfest season, so take your pick among the Bolts Brew Fest at Amalie Arena (8/16), the Ferris Brewer’s Day Off Beerfest at Tampa Theatre (7/27), the 97X Craft Beer Experience at the Mahaffey (8/10), and Halfway There: A Festival of Beer (as in halfway to Tampa Bay Beer Week 2020) at Armature Works (8/25), just to name a few. Or go to them all, and hibernate all winter. But beer is not the only reason to get festive this summer. There’s food, too: the Feeding Tampa Bay Epic Chef Showdown (7/158/26) at the Epicurean Hotel and the Grouper Food Truck Rally at St. Pete’s Albert Whitted Airport (7/26). And there’s theater: the 6th Annual Tampa Bay Theatre Festival (8/30-9/1) at the Straz, and the 5th Annual 4x6 Fest (7/28 at ArtsXchange St. Pete), for which a bunch of crazytalented people write, produce and perform eight brand new plays they create within 24 hours. And finally there’s the inimitable Geckofest (8/31), an end-of-summer testament to why Gulfport will always stay joyously, determinedly weird.

Ella Jet and Future Soul are part of The Palladium’s Summer House series.




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Leave it to The Palladium and its executive director, Paul Wilborn, to come up with a music series that’s perfect for the sultry season — it’s cool in all senses of the word. Invitingly called Summer House, the series mixes multiple genres, as the Palladium is wont to do, including jazz saxophonist Jeremy Carter playing Coltrane (7/20); the Florida Björkestra doing music of Joni Mitchell and Nick Drake (8/3); stand-up comedy from Ward Smith and Friends (7/27); an ’80s jazz party with La Lucha (8/16); bossa nova guitar from Nate Najar (8/10); a Woodstock tribute (8/23); and Drilled!, a musical satire by Bill Leavengood (Webb’s City: The Musical) that promises to skewer “right and left-wing fanatics, the health care system, the Executive Office, the 1 percent and, of course, dentists” (7/18-19, 21). Also part of the summer’s offerings: a Thursday night showcase that ups the eclecticism even more, with artists and bands that don’t fit what Wilborn calls “our regular jazz/ blues/stand-up comedy formats.” That means, among others, neosoul from the very talented Ella Jet and Future Soul (7/25) and “New Renaissance” music from composer/performer Elizabeth Baker (8/22). Cool! The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg, through 9/14, in the intimate Side Door nightclub and the mainstage Hough Hall, 727-822-3590,

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NATURAL WOMAN: Mother Earth greets guests at Tampa Theatre before the Sustainable Business Awards. More on p. 92.





1 On Saturday, April 13, nearly 500 attendees stepped outside the ordinary and into the enchanted world of Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco Counties’ Blueprint Gala: Le Livre, presented by Crown Automotive at the Vinoy Renaissance Resort in downtown St. Petersburg. The best-decorated table designs were awarded prizes, and the room raised over $400,000 in support of Habitat’s mission to build homes, communities and hope.




1 Extravaganza Productions was recognized for The Best Use of Theme for “King Tut’s Curse. 2 MMD Events was awarded the Best of Blueprint honor for their “Memoirs of a Geisha” design. 3 Tony Griffith, a Clearwater personal injury lawyer with Tanney & Griffith P.A., was awarded the Silver Nail Award. From left: Habitat Board Chair Jason Clement; Tony & Carol Griffith; Habitat President & CEO Mike Sutton. 4 Copperhead Charities, Inc. was awarded the Corporate Impact Legacy Award. From left: Jason Clement, Habitat board chair; Keith Robinson, Copperhead Charities; and Mike Sutton, Habitat president & CEO. 86



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1 The ZaZoo’d-i-fied dance floor. 2 Connie Lancaster and EQFL Board Chair Annie Hiotis. 3 EQFL Deputy Director Stratton Politzer and Director of Transgender Equality Gina Leigh Duncan with John Tonnison, CIO of Tech Data. 4 Gary Hess and Trevor Burgess on Flamingo Row. 5 David Mixner with Judith M. Kasen-Windsor, who presented him with the Edie Windsor Lifetime Achievement Award named in honor of her late wife.

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A festive crowd of 658 danced, drank and mingled amidst the flamingos (courtesy the design wizards of ZaZoo’d) at the Mahaffey Theater on May 11, raising $410,000 for Equality Florida. Honorees included the pioneering gay activist David Mixner; Georgetown Law Professor Nan Hunter, founder of the ACLU’s LGBT Civil Rights Project; longtime Pinellas School Board member and LGBTQ ally Linda Lerner; and artist John L. Gascot. Wanda Cookie (aka Gibbs H.S./PCCA alum Jordan Stovall) flew in from London to perform.






1 The 52nd Annual Omelette Party was held Friday April 12th to benefit The Arc Tampa Bay Foundation and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our region. Over 325 guests enjoyed fine art and jewelry from Harborside Studios at the homes of Tom and Kim Kurey and Irene and Jean Hakim, along with dinner and dancing overlooking beautiful Clearwater Harbor. The chefs of Carlouel Yacht Club prepared and served the food, led by Head Chef Kyle Latsha.






1 Tom and Kim Kurey, party hosts; Allison Davidson, co-chair; John and Wendy Thomas, co-chairs; and Irene and Jean Hakim, party hosts. 2 The 2019 Omelette Party Committee. 3 Winship Dowell; Lauren Howell; Courtney and Stephen Bolton; and Trevor Lawler. 4 Nancy and Paul Raymond; Kevin Hawkins; Carolyn and Ron Ciganek. 5 Terri Karnes; artist Marc Levasseur; Don Karnes.







1 Board of Trustees President Pam Barber and Chairman Edward Ameen presented Lisa Faller and Stacy Howell of FKQ Advertising and Marketing (Clearwater) with the annual Award of Excellence for their contributions to the charity. 2 David Maus, Jr. and wife Stacie danced late into the event. 3 RMHC Board of Trustees member John Iwanicki, The Hamburglar, and Dan Crawford. 4 Maddie DeJonge (with Dorothy) attended the ball with her parents, Andrew & Joy Dejonge, and her brother, Drew, to give a family testimonial about their experience staying at Ronald McDonald House when Drew was born. Dorothy’s character was donated by Parties with Character; her rendition of “Over the Rainbow” astounded the audience.

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The 20th annual Storybook Ball at the Marriott Tampa Water Street raised a record $572,485 for the operations of the four area Ronald McDonald Houses. Stilt walkers, Dorothy and the Wicked Witch greeted guests, who found the ballroom transformed into the Land of Oz, complete with yellow brick road in the center of the dance floor. At 10 p.m. the Hamburglar appeared, on the hunt for cheeseburgers — and the servers appeared carrying trays of them for the guests to enjoy.






1 “TGH Tomorrow: Commanding the Future of Health Care” was the theme of the Tampa General Hospital Foundation’s 22nd Annual Gala, held May 11 at the Tampa Convention Center. A sold-out crowd of 750+ made sure that the future would be bright, raising $1.3 million (after expenses) for the TGH Trauma and Burn Centers. “Celestial chic” was the appropriately futuristic theme, with guests and decor sparkling like the night sky..



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1 Gala committee members Hailey Feldman and Nicholas Buchanan join the packed dance floor as the Bay Kings Band perform. 2 Drew Graham, chair of the TGH Foundation Board of Trustees, addresses the sold-out crowd during the gala. 3 Steve Greenbaum and Dr. Judy Genshaft at the Patrons’ Party. 4 David and Catherine Straz, Tammy King, Sol Fleischman, Dr. Tom Bernasek, Dr. Linda McClintock Greco and Dick Greco. 5 2019 Gala Leadership — Tammy King, Dr. Tom Bernasek, Laura Williams, A.D. “Sandy” and Sandy MacKinnon, and Joe Williams — toast to an out-of-thisworld evening.




1 Pilot Bank, the official bank of the Outback Bowl, hosted its annual Summer Splash weekend for Outback Bowl sponsors and club members at Saddlebrook Resort in Wesley Chapel June 1-2. Close to 400 guests had the chance to participate in golf and tennis tournaments and meet football luminaries like former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Jimmie Giles and Sean McVay of the LA Rams, the youngest head coach in modern NFL history. His uncle, Jim McVay, is the president and CEO of the Outback Bowl, which will take place on New Year’s Day 2020 at Raymond James Stadium. Over the years the Bowl has paid $149 million to participating universities and, since 2016, donated $1 million to Bay area charities. Rita Lowman, the president of Pilot Bank, is the current Outback Bowl vice chair and incoming chair for 2020.



1 Jimmie Giles with former NFL player Parnell Dickinson and guests Roger Johnson and Henry Davis. 2 Outback Bowl 2020 Chair Rita Lowman with Jim McVay, Outback Bowl CEO. 3 Michael Lundberg, Gary Lowman, Jr., Brock McCormack and Pilot Bank VP Preston Scott. 4 Gary Lowman Jr., Jimmie Giles and Rita Lowman.






1 On May 22, The Sustany Foundation celebrated the 11th Annual Sustainable Business Awards at a gala evening event at the historic Tampa Theatre. Over 350 guests celebrated local businesses leading the way in sustainability. In addition to applauding the awardees, guests enjoyed a mix-and-mingle reception with farm-to-table fare and a special appearance by Mother Earth as the official Green Carpet host. The entire gala was zero-waste — collecting, recycling and composting everything used.


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1 Guests gather in the Tampa Theatre lobby for the reception. 2 Sustany Foundation Co-Founder David Reed receiving the Jan Roberts Sustainable Leadership Award, presented by Jan Roberts and Andrea Cheney. 3 Hillsborough County Commissioner Pat Kemp cheers the proceedings. 4 Tampa International Airport was an award winner in the Public-Private Partnership Category. Receiving the award is Melissa Solberg, TIA’s Senior Manager, Sustainability & Wellness.




1 Jessica McKnight Photography recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the expansion of Jessica’s studio at 1433 S. Fort Harrison Ave. in Clearwater. Over 100 guests stopped by, including Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos, members of City Council and the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce, and prominent business owners from the area. In addition to viewing the expansion, guests enjoyed a garden party, during which it was announced that Jessica was the top vote-getter for Best Photographer in the Tampa Bay Times’s new Best of the Best readers’ poll. She also recently won the May Community Inclusion Award from HUG for her support of individuals with special needs.



1 Councilmember Dr.Bob Cundiff, Valerie McDonald, Mayor George Cretekos, Jessica McKnight, Lia Elizabeth, Ashley Fergusonn and Hannah Reynolds. 2 Jessica McKnight, Becky Spencer and Kyle LaCroix. 3 Becky Spencer, Kyle LaCroix, Zane Scott, Evie Wright, Elaine Wahl and Kathy Smith. 4 Bekim Osmani, Lule Zulbeari, Clint Jones, Jackie Williams and Jessica McKnight.






1 South Tampa’s beloved Datz Restaurant opened its much-anticipated outpost in Downtown St. Pete in early June, and owners Roger and Suzanne Perry decided to usher in their new baby with a party for a great cause: the Children’s Dream Fund — in particular, the dream of Brooklynn, a 16-year-old violinist from Dover, FL, who is awaiting a kidney transplant. The 200 guests enjoyed shrimp-and grits shooters, chicken-and-waffle minis and a stream of other goodies, and thanks to ticket sales and tips to guest bartenders the event raised over $20,000, enabling Brooklynn to fulfill her dream of traveling to Austria to visit the birthplace of Mozart. The Children’s Dream Fun makes dreams come true for children with life-threatening illnesses throughout West Central Florida.


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1 Roger and Suzanne Perry with Tom and Mary James. Datz is in the same complex as the James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art. 2 Sandi Graham and her husband, Ray Lampe, aka Dr. BBQ (whose St. Pete restaurant is part of the Datz Restaurant Group). 3 Datz Restaurant Group Executive Chef James Knight. 4 Children’s Dream Fund Executive Director Cynthia Lake Farrell with Board Chair David Allen and Cynthia Allen. 5 Celebrity bartender Connor Obrochta of The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise fame.


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