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Contents 40


MetroLife 8 The Publisher’s Notes

10 Style

Life’s A Beach

12 Arts

Theo Wujcik Exhibition at Museum of Fine Arts

14 People

Christina Majeed, Founder of Soulgani

16 Spotlights

Events, Business & Promotions

22 Scene

The Bay Area Social Scene

26 Sponsored Events

26 Bollywood Nights: Cirque du Bollywood 28 Charity Polo Classic 30 Easterseals’ A Pair To Remember 31 American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Luncheon

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32 Events

32 Gasparilla International Film Festival 33 METROmixer

MetroHome 54 Home Tour

Modern Architectural Jewel For Dramatic Living — South Tampa

64 Hot Property

Waterfront Oasis On Davis Islands

66 Home Details

Backyard Chillaxin’

MetroGuide 78 Getaway

Feature 40


Spring Time Is In Full Bloom The latest trends in spring fashion from neon colors, to jumpsuits, colorful dresses and bathing suits PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRIAN JAMES

Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

80 Foodie

Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar

82 Latitude

Unique Sightings Around Tampa Bay

Top 10 Rooftop Bars In Tampa Bay

Special Sections

METRO’s Top 10 Rooftop Bars in the Tampa Bay area BY RONDA M. PARAG

35 Summer Camps Guide

A Variety of Camps for Summer Fun

62 Home Pros

Home Professionals in the Bay Area

68 Health + Beauty Guide METRO COVER CREDITS: PHOTOGRAPHER: Brian James, Brian James Gallery, LOCATION: Brian James Gallery, St. Petersburg, FASHIONS: Deborah Kent's, MAKEUP ARTIST: Monique McLaughlin, Makeup and Hair by Monique, HAIR STYLIST: Jackie Cupples, 727-348-7500 MODEL: Maddie, Benz Models & Talent Agency,


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Discover The Latest Trends And Products

69 Metro Spa & Wellness Guide

Dedicated to the Rejuvenation of Body, Beauty & Soul

73 The Independents

A Look at Inspiring Local Restaurants

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Publisher’s Notes Refresh and Renew.

Springtime is the time to review and reflect on what is ahead. While we don’t really have seasons here in Tampa – it is either warm, hot or hotter, it is time to refresh the wardrobe with spring fashions. We had a great time at the studio of Brian James with the latest fashion finds from area boutiques, to create the feature Style Is In Full Bloom. In METROPeople, meet Founder of Soulgani, Christina Majeed, who followed her passion and dreams to create an activewear brand made in the USA, while giving back to various charities associated with the design inspiration. Her company motto: Do Good. Be Good. The time is now to check out the rooftop bars in the Tampa Bay area. From the new M.Bird at Armature Works to several rooftop perches on South Howard Ave., including Bulla Gastrobar’s Luna Lounge and Epicurean’s EDGE, we’ve found a few hot spots to grab a craft cocktail or tasty bite to eat. Let us know your favorite rooftop bar. It’s time to think about an escape with summer just around the corner. The Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino on the “One Happy Island” offers great accommodations, dining and service on the white, sandy Palm Beach in Aruba. From pop-up dining, a tranquil spa and Aruba’s largest casino, there is plenty of fun and relaxation ahead. For whiskey lovers, check out the new Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar, with a choice of over 350 bottles behind the bar. Perhaps, I’ll even see you there. There are some worthy fundraisers for some great causes coming up, and they are all about the kids. We’ll see you at the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation’s Fashion Funds the Cure in a new location this year, at Raymond James Stadium in May, and the Children’s Dream Fund’s Rays on the Runway in July. Hope to see you out and about! Enjoy,

Publisher / Editor-in-Chief Stephen Parag II Publisher / Managing Editor Ronda M. Parag Associate Publisher Patricia Vorbrich Executive Art Director Chad Vorbrich Contributing Photographers Kristin Berry Ryan Gautier Brian James Ryan Joseph Jose Lopez Jr.

President / CEO Stephen Parag II Vice President / CFO Patricia Vorbrich Vice President Ronda M. Parag

Stephen Parag II Publisher/ Editor-in-Chief

Upcoming Metro Sponsored Events: May 17 May 25 June 9 July 21

Fashion Funds the Cure | Margarita Festival | The Elegant Wedding Showcase | Rays on the Runway |

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METROLife Style

Life’s A Beach It’s the time of the season to head to the beach, and METRO has found several must-have items to make your day fun, fashionable and comfortable.

Colorful Small Tote Bring the essentials to the beach with this St. Lucia Crossbody small tote/ purse, in fun, happy colors. $50, Available at

Tropical Bling With a tropical-pineapple motif in gold, these playful sunglasses, by Gucci, are equally as charming on a white-sand beach as they are strutting down city streets. $1,305. Available at Nordstrom,

Striped Comfort This generously sized, all cotton towel will relax and comfort you in the sand on the beach. You, Me & the Sea Beach Towel by Anthropologie, $58. Available at Nordstrom,

Wine in a Clutch This attractive insulated wine clutch is designed to carry a single full-sized wine bottle. It comes in a cork exterior. Wine bottle opener included. $25. Available at Mermosa Winery + Boutique,

Beautiful Garden Resort Hat The Peter Grimm Garden resort hat is made from 100% raffia. The 6” brim provides excellent U.V. sun protection and the elasta-fit comfort band inside the crown, allows enough stretch to comfortably fit. $40, Available at Macy’s,

Step Out In Color These fun and colorful Miller Logo Flat Leather sandals in bright orange, by Tory Burch, are sure to brighten your day. $198. Available at Neiman Marcus,


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METROLife Arts

Master Printer and Painter Theo Wujcik Exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts Inspired by two pieces in its permanent collection, the Museum of Fine Arts worked with Wujcik’s widow and keeper of his estate, Susan Johnson, to bring personal touches to the Theo Wujcik: Cantos exhibition. A prominent fixture in the Ybor City art and music scene in the 1990s, and professor at the University of South Florida, the exhibition includes ten-large scale paintings by Wujcik (1936-2014). Wujcik spent a decade creating the paintings and drawings inspired by Dante’s Inferno from 1987- 1997. The exhibition showcases Wujcik’s literal and symbolic interpretation of the captivating journey of Dante through Hell, guided by the ancient Roman poet, Virgil. “We are honored to present this focused exhibition celebrating an important aspect of Theo Wujcik’s powerful portfolio,” said Kristen A. Shepard, Executive Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. “We hope this exhibition will introduce his work to new audiences who will learn about and appreciate his impact on the arts in this region and beyond.” Wujcik was a quiet visionary by day and dancing punk rocker by night, in Tampa’s Ybor City. He spent over 40 years in Tampa as an artist, collaborator, teacher, mentor and influencer. Wujcik studied lithography in Los Angeles and New Mexico, before working as a Master Printer at USF’s Graphic Studio.

Theo Wujcik (American, 1936–2014) Gates of Hell, 1987 Acrylic and collage on canvas, Gift of Susan Johnson in honor of Katherine Pill

Wujcik was inspired by the daily activities in Ybor City, including the multi-layered flyers and posters throughout the neighborhood. He loved to experiment with dimensional textures and layering, by using newspapers and paper towels in his works. Many of his pieces show a chain link fence motif, inspired by the industrial landscape throughout Ybor City. Several special ticketed events surrounding the exhibit are planned. Friday, May 17, 7-10 p.m.— “Theo’s Inferno” Dance Party Fundraiser by the MFA’s support group, The Contemporaries. Guests will enjoy punk and new wave music by DJ Gabe Echazabal and special Ybor City inspired food and decor. Tickets $30 - $60 per person. Thursday, May 23, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. —

Theo Wujcik, American (1936–2014) Canto II, 1997 Polymer emulsion and charcoal on canvas, Gift of Bonita L. Cobb in memory of Nikki C. Cobb

A special book reading & discussion by local author and musical talent, Paul Wilborn, with his new book, Cigar City: Tales from a 1980s Creative Ghetto. Free with admission.

The Theo Wujcik: Cantos exhibition will be on display at the Museum of Fine Arts through June 2, 2019. For more information call 727.896.2667 or visit


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METROLife People

Meet Christina Majeed, Founder of Soulgani By Ronda M. Parag She is passionate and bubbling with excitement, always finding inspiration and taking photos everywhere she goes. Most days you will find Christina Majeed wearing the yoga wear she has created, and not the business suits of a former life. While on vacation with a girlfriend in Peru, Christina Majeed, 36, was inspired to create her business Soulgani — an apparel company specializing in activewear. Soulgani means abundance of soul. It was on that hike that Majeed photographed a rock, and her business


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was born. In the tech field, Majeed was feeling the stress of her job and turned to yoga as a way to relax and re-center herself. “It was like ying and yang,” said Christina Majeed. “I was on the best trip of my life and hiking, which I had never done, and saw this gorgeous rock, and thought that image needs to be on a pair of yoga pants.” On that mountain top in Peru, the concept of Soulgani was born, and officially launched in March 2018. Constantly creating and expanding, Majeed has developed her third collection of

Soulgani activewear can be found at or on Instagram @soulgani.activewear.

Photo: Kera Holzinger

Finding Her Center – A Brand With Soul

activewear made with recycled plastic bottles, that will be in production soon.   Majeed believes in giving back to the places that inspire her, so a portion of each sale is given to a particular charity associated with the design inspiration. The Strength collection, which features the Peruvian Rock print, gives back to The Fuller Center for Housing – Global Builders Peru to help build homes in small, mountain villages. Other charities include the NYC Food Bank and Feeding Tampa Bay. Majeed collaborated with St. Petersburg resident and retired NASA astronaut, Nicole Stott to create the Universe Collection with images taken from space. A portion of that collection’s sales goes to the Space for Art Foundation, which brings art to children in hospitals. To date, sales from Soulgani have donated over 6,000 meals, 100 art supplies and 750 bricks for homes to the various charitable causes.  It was important to Majeed to have the apparel made in the USA. After much research and testing, she found a factory in Detroit that is highly responsive and delivers on the quality she demands. Her family often jokes that she is either wearing leggings or cocktail attire. “You gotta wear your own product,” laughed Majeed. Upcoming designs include prints from California and Bali and trips from New York and South Carolina. Engaged to Grant Sparks, Christina is planning a November wedding, as well as, running her company. Plans for a honeymoon in Hawaii, and a bachelorette party in the Bahamas, are sure to spark inspirations and future designs for her yoga wear. 

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With luminous open living spaces that flow effortlessly from indoors to outdoors, this stunning contemporary pool home provides a wonderfully dramatic living environment!

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Carrollwood Village | 13031 Whisper Sound Drive 4/3.5 | 4044 SF | $995,000

Davis Islands | 120 Adalia Avenue 5/6.5 | 6545 SF | $3,895,000

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Presenting the new “Magnolia” model by Taralon Homes. This Modern Farmhouse design includes a 20x24 Grand Salon and stunning kitchen with Wolf/Subzero appliances.

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METROLife Spotlight

Another Entertaining Valspar Championship At Innisbrook Golf Resort The 2019 Valspar Championship returned to Innisbrook Golf Resort March 21-24. Paul Casey held on for his second Valspar Championship, taking home the trophy again this year. Media guests enjoyed a day with lunch, a walk on the greens, and local sports celebrities, Ronde Barber of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Todd Kalas of MLB fame. The event has generated over $41 million for charities, primarily in the Tampa Bay Area. More than 2,000 volunteers contributed their time and efforts during tournament week, along with community-minded sponsors, and the support of tens of thousands of golf fans. The tournament has consistently raised substantial sums both through its Birdies for Tampa Bay Charities program and other targeted donations to groups like Tampa General Hospital, Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County, The First Tee, the Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation, Birdies for the Brave and others. Visit for more details, and make your plans now to visit the tour in 2020, March 16-20.

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What a feeling! BUC BASH 2019 was a huge success!

On March 2, hundreds of members of the Berkeley Preparatory School community gathered for the third annual BUC BASH, hosted by Berkeley Parents’ Club. The BUC BASH Committee took their passion and made it happen, creating a totally awesome 80s party that was enjoyed by all. The featured band, Electric Avenue: The 80s MTV Experience, had guests singing and


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dancing all night long. Proceeds from BUC BASH and the Buc Bonanza auction, support 30-plus events, programs, and enrichment opportunities for the school throughout the year, and the inaugural 50/50 Raffle raised funds for student scholarships. Visit

Tampa Museum of Art Showcases Abstract Expressionism with Two Exhibits Helen Frankenthaler (American, 1928-2011), February’s Turn, 1979. Oil on canvas. 48 1/8 x 108 1/4 inches. The Haskell Collection. © 2018 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The current exhibitions at Tampa Museum of Art, Abstract Expressionism: A Social Revolution, showcases 25 works from the Haskell Collection that acts as a unifying direction in PostWorld War II art and Echoing Forms: American Abstractions from the Permanent Collection, offers pieces from the museums permanent collection. Abstract Expressionism: A Social Revolution is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue sponsored in part by Dr. and Mrs. Robert G. Isbell and is curated by Museum Executive Director, Dr. Michael Tomor. “The works featured in Abstract Expressionism: A Social Revolution, offer a window onto the evolution of process and abstraction in the second half of the 20th century,” said Dr.

Michael Tomor. “The exhibition presents a group of artists who, together and independently of one another, influenced a freedom of personal expression in art that continues to this day. Although they did not share a similar style or set of artistic values, these artists learned from one another and encouraged one another to seek out their own truth and visual vocabulary.” The exhibition is generously presented by Maureen and Doug Cohn. The exhibitions will be on display through mid-August 2019 at The Tampa Museum of Art. Visit for more information.

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METROLife Spotlight

Salute to the Arts Soirée Compass Land & Title, LLC’s owners Phil and Valerie Yost, co-hosted a happy hour reception at Mandarin Hide on Central Ave. in St. Petersburg, to toast the new Arts Manager for the Arts Conservatory for Teens (ACT), Grammy nominated artist Chantel Hampton. ACT CEO, Alex Harris and business partner Herbert Murphy, greeted guests and supporters of ACT. St. Pete Director of Cultural Affairs, Wayne Atherholt helped to welcome Chantel Hampton to the beautiful city of St. Petersburg. For more information on ACT visit To learn about Compass Land & Title, LLC visit

Scott Fault, Wayne Atherholt, Chantel Hampton, Phil Yost, Alex Harris

Rory Lawrence, Thuy Mang, Phil Yost

Peggy Naruns, Valerie Yost, Marcy Randell

Red Carpet Gala at Carrollwood Day School Carrollwood Day School recently held their 25th Annual Red Carpet Gala at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC. Over 300 guests attended this Studio 54 themed fundraising event, and enjoyed signature cocktails, a delicious mix of appetizers, and a 3-course dinner. Guests bid on both silent and live auction items, including trips, memorabilia, and custom artwork from CDS students. The night was a huge success and CDS is already planning next year’s event. Visit


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Madame Adassa Open House

Owner and fashion designer, Marsha Vacirca

Madame Adassa fashions recently hosted an open house at their spacious showroom on Bay to Bay Blvd. in South Tampa. Owner and fashion designer, Marsha Vacirca, welcomed guests with champagne and hors d’oeuvres for an evening of couture. Original wedding gowns are also on display in the showroom. Stop in to buy or rent these one of a kind fashions at 3109 W. Bay to Bay Blvd., Tampa. Call 813-374-5407 or visit to schedule an appointment.

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METROLife Spotlight

Virtual Open House Hosted By Modern Capital Group Modern Capital Group hosted a firstof-its-kind virtual open house in February at 4817 West Sunset Blvd., Tampa. Modern Capital Group, led by Tampa native Steve Rogai, is comprised of Modern Capital Finance Group, a full-service financial services company specializing in non-conventional loans throughout the United States, and Modern Capital Development Group, a cutting-edge home developer with a modern aesthetic. Guests were treated to a red-carpet experience and donned state-of-the-art virtual reality headsets, allowing them to walk the site in block stage, while viewing the finalized project in virtual reality. For more information about Modern Capital Finance Group or Modern Capital Development Group, visit


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St. John’s Episcopal Parish Day School Hosts Celebration

With a wonderful theme and a fun program, it’s no surprise that St. John’s Episcopal Parish Day School’s Celebratio 2019 was such a success. Organized by the St. John’s Parents’ Club and co-chaired by Nicole Hubbard and Jenny

Spencer, Celebratio achieved sell-out performances by Karl and DiMarco and attendance levels and grossed over live entertainment by Josh Walther & $300,000, making it one of the top-ranking Phase 5 Band, making for the perfect auctions in St. John’s history. The backdrop to The Greatest Show! evening included catering by Perfect Plates, fire dancers, stilt walkers, DKentaTampametroapr2019_DecJanMetroDKent 2011Visit 4/18/19 5:58 PM Page 1


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WineFest 2019 at Tampa Theatre: The historic Tampa Theatre held its 17th annual WineFest, Vino Royale, complete with 007 himself and all things Bond. Proceeds from the weekend of events included Hollywood Awards Night, which grossed $175,000, with $25,000 raised specifically for the restoration of the historic marquee. All proceeds benefited the Theatre’s artistic, educational and community programming. The 2019 event chair was Fred Zielinski. | Children’s Dream Fund Dreammaker Luncheon: The 8th Annual Children’s Dream Fund Dreammaker Luncheon, presented by Raymond James, took place at the Bryan Glazer


JCC in Tampa, FL. The 2019 Dreammaker Award was presented to Philanthropist and


President of the Columbia Restaurant Group, Richard Gonzmart. This year’s luncheon was attended by over 400 guests, who raised over $168,000 to help make dreams come true for children with life-threatening illnesses. | St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation Philanthropic Women Luncheon: The Philanthropic Women of St. Joseph’s Hospital hosted the Annual Speakers Luncheon at Tampa Yacht & Country Club, welcoming Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning actress and producer, Julianna Margulies. She delighted the sold-out audience of 300 with her impressive personal history of strong leadership, and showed what can be achieved when you follow your passion. The group of philanthropic women was founded by Donna Jordan and Elaine Shimberg, and celebrated more than a decade of contributions


to worthwhile projects at St. Joseph’s Hospitals including support for women with breast cancer, children with special needs, families living with life-threatening heart conditions,


and uninsured children needing medical attention.

(1) WineFest 2019 event chair Fred & Kris Zielinski, James Bond (2) Malcolm Bowen, Sarah Wolf, Lauren Ferrell, Amanda White, James Bond (3) Tampa Theatre President & CEO, John Bell, Cyndi Bell, James Bond (4) Anne Arthur Pittman, Drew Pittman (5) Board Chair David Allen, Richard Gonzmart (6) Andrea Gonzmart-Williams, Lauren Schellman (7) Julia Steinbrenner, Julius Tobin, Liz Anderson (8) Dream Fund Karpe Family and Guests (9) Richard Gonzmart, Agata (10) Julianna Margulies, Dr. Jan Cornelius (11) Nichole Taylor, Julianna Margulies, Barbara Bergmann (12) Lorrie Eliers, Julianna Margulies, Dena Shimberg



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IT’S TIME TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR MODERATE-TO-SEVERE ATOPIC DERMATITIS AND A POTENTIAL TREATMENT OPTION Attend a FREE educational event! When: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 Registration: 6:00 PM Start Time: 6:30 PM Where: Tampa Marriott Westshore 1001 North Westshore Boulevard Tampa, FL 33607 Featuring: Mary Anne Elder, NP, Allergy & Immunology & an actual adult patient living with atopic dermatitis

Call 1-844-387-4936, option 5 to register! Complimentary parking and light fare provided. Family, caregivers, and those interested in learning about moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis are welcome.

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7th Annual A Woman’s Journey: Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital hosted the 2019, A Woman’s Journey symposium in Tampa at the Raymond James West Stadium Club. Alysia Ekizian served as the Tampa Chair. The annual A Woman’s Journey event is a health symposium specifically for women, featuring talks from experts at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore on exercise, brain health and managing stress. Proceeds will benefit the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Fetal Care Program for high-risk expectant mothers and babies. | The Professional Philanthropy Network: The Professional Philanthropy Network (PPN) celebrated their 7 Year Anniversary


on March 20 at Eddie V’s to benefit Girl Scouts of West Central Florida, and raised over $1,000 in


donations. PPN hosts monthly Networking Happy Hour events to benefit different nonprofits in Tampa Bay. To learn more visit | 16th Annual Cup of Compassion Crisis Center of Tampa: The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay hosted its 16th annual Cup of Compassion fundraising breakfast, at Armature Works in Tampa. Over 400 people gathered to support the Crisis Center’s mission: To ensure that no one in our community has to face crisis alone. The emcee was Rod Carter of News Channel 8 and speakers included Crisis Center of Tampa Bay CEO, Clara Reynolds; Crisis Center Board Chair, Christopher Rogers; Keynote Speaker, Denny Gallagher of Dominion Payroll and the CKG Foundation; Bob Gries, who provided one of the two challenge gifts; and Nikita Wilson, who shared her story of finding hope at the


Crisis Center after suffering from two sexual assaults in one evening while serving in the military. Brian Prince and Bob Gries each committed to matching up to $25,000 in gifts.


(13) Jill Weinstein, Giselle Ward (14) Beth Calzon, Elaine Engelman, Amy Martz, Sirena Ionata, Alysia Ekizian, LaShawn Smith, Karen Nolan, Denise VanVeen (15) Shona Carcary,Wendy Garraty, Christine McGeachy, Pamela Price (16) Ki Perry, Heather Lambie, Tammy Honegger (17) India Waller Witte, Vera Farmen, Pamela Price (18) Jillian Walsh, Dana Gabrielle (19) Jordan Rhoads, Paul Dziadosz (20) PPN Board: Camille Gomez Mackesey, Alyssa Rhoads, Katie Bidlack, Kostas Stoilas (Co-Chair) (21) Joe Caballero, Bob Smith, Claudine Caballero (22) (Event Speakers): Bob Gries, Christopher Rogers, Denny Gallagher. Nikita Wilson, Rod Carter, Clara Reynolds (23) Clara Reynolds, Titus O’Neil, Cindy Stuart (24) Debbie Lundberg, Katie Peluso, Kristin Padgett Photo: Jose Lopez, Jr.



Photo: Jose Lopez, Jr.


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Photo: Jose Lopez, Jr.

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METROLife Sponsored Event

Bollywood Nights When: Saturday, February 23, 2019 Where: Tampa Museum of Art Bollywood Nights returned in 2019 with the theme: Cirque du Bollywood. The extravagant evening featured a live DJ and entertainment, signature themed cocktails and gourmet Indian cuisine. Bestseller live auction items and fabulous getaways were bid on. The magic of Bollywood glamour definitely met the mystique of the circus at Bollywood Nights: Cirque du Bollywood. The event was hosted by Children Across Borders (CAB) co-founders: Vivek and Sharmila Seth. CAB is a charitable organization whose mission is to provide financial and non-financial support towards children-focused, non profit, grassroots organization primarily in the areas of education, health, housing and wellness across the United States and India. Attendees came from near and far: Atlanta, Chicago, New York City, New Jersey, and all over in Florida. With over 200 guests in attendance, the event raised more than $450,000. The live auction offered glamorous trips to Montreal, Nashville, San Diego, Las Vegas, Belize and a sunset cruise along the Florida Atlantic coast. Tampa Bay METRO was a proud sponsor. To learn more about Children Across Borders or to make a donation, visit Photography: Children Across Borders


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Charity Polo Classic When: Saturday, February 23, 2019 Where: Di Polo Tour in Plant City It was a beautiful day in the country for the 8th Annual Charity Polo Classic. Top sponsors this year included Morgan Auto Group, Jarred Bunch Consulting and Bouchard Insurance. The event raised $410,000 this year, and over $1.5 million to date. Benefiting charities for 2019 included: Children’s Cancer Center, Clothes to Kids, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, Jackson In Action, and The Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Highlights included a welcome wall of prosecco by Scavi & Ray; a divot stomp featuring Gloria West & the Gents; a VIP bubbly bar featuring GH Mumm champagne; multiple bars featuring local Touch Vodka; a Biergarten with a cigar lounge and Mr. C’s grilled cheese truck; a silent auction; Best Hat and Sharpest Dressed Man contests featuring custom gifts by Bespoke & Co; a taste of Tampa Bay featuring several local vendors including Bonefish Grill, Armani’s, Oystercatchers, Ciccio’s Cali, Fuzzy’s Tacos, Cask Social Kitchen, Roy’s, Boat Run Oyster Co, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Nothing Bundt Cakes and many more! The lavish setting was created with décor and florals from FH Events, as well as, AFR furniture rentals. An amazing opening ceremony with the national anthem sung by Sergeant Sonja Bryson, and skydivers, preceded the polo match. Emcees were Gayle Guyardo of WFLA Channel 8, Cynthia Smoot of Fox 13, and DJ Fresh. For more information and next year’s date, visit Tampa Bay METRO was a proud sponsor. Photography: The Dashing Ginger, Kristin Berry; Ryan G Photo, Ryan Gautier;


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METROLife Sponsored Event

Easterseals’ A Pair to Remember When: Friday, March 29, 2019 Where: The Straz Center Event Chair Jackie Zumba from Jackie Z Style Co. created a stylish and fashionable event for a sold-out crowd of 220 dressed-to-impress women. Emcees and Auctioneers Rhonda Shear and Anthony “Sully” Sullivan helped to raise a record breaking $160,000 to support the mission of Easterseals with a live auction of luxury brand shoes including Chanel, Christian Louboutin, Valentino, and Hermes, paired with once in a lifetime experiences and trips. The inaugural fashion show included brands Camilla, Alice + Olivia and Jovani, all available at Jackie Z, located at The Mall at Sundial in downtown St. Petersburg. 2019 marks Easterseals’ 100th Anniversary and the 10th Annual A Pair to Remember event. Tampa Bay METRO was a proud sponsor. Photography: Ryan Joseph Photographs;


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METROLife Sponsored Event

AHA Go Red For Women Luncheon When: February 15, 2019 Where: Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel The American Heart Association’s 2019 Tampa Bay Go Red for Women Luncheon encouraged attendees to “treat their heart like a queen,” by prioritizing their health and to begin practicing self-care throughout their lives. During the “Queen of Hearts” themed luncheon, The 2019 Go Red for Women Chair Susan Stackhouse and founder of Stellar Partners, Inc., highlighted the importance of helping to increase awareness, research, education, and community programs that benefit women’s cardiovascular health. Allison Kropff from 10News emceed the event, with the City of St. Petersburg Deputy Mayor, Kanika Tomalin moderating a panel of health experts, that included Dr. Theresa Beckie, a professor from USF Health, Alexandra Fucarino, Clinical Nutrition Specialist from Tampa General Hospital, and Caroline Y. Hepburn, Chief Executive Officer of Tampa Bay Healthcare Collaborative. Jodi McGaharan, was the highlighted survivor at the luncheon. She shared her unbelievable story of how she survived a heart attack, cardiac arrest and a stroke. She encouraged the room to be demanding when it comes to women’s heart health and asked others to do the same. The American Heart Association is encouraging women everywhere to come together and take action to end heart disease and stroke in women. Tampa Bay METRO was a proud sponsor of the luncheon. For more information on the Go Red  For Women campaign, go to

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METROLife Sponsored Event

Gasparilla International Film Festival When: March 19 - 24, 2019 Where: Venues Throughout Tampa The 2019 Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival took place in March 2019, and brought current films like The Hummingbird Project, Teen Spirit, Hotel Mumbai and Amazing Grace to Tampa Bay before opening in theaters. GIFF is a cultural arts institution that inspires, educates and entertains through its annual celebration of film. With year-round events, community outreach and social awareness initiatives, GIFF supports and cultivates the film industry of Tampa Bay and Florida, making an economic impact on the region. GIFF has hosted thousands of filmmakers, talent, producers and film buffs by bringing the arts, education and quality films to the Tampa Bay area. From the red carpet opening party hosted at Tampa Theatre and actors including Cold Brook’s Kim Coates and William Fichnter in attendance, along with director Miranda Bailey and actor Samantha Mathi from You Can Choose your Family, more than 15,000 film lovers had the opportunity to view over 120 films with 200 directors, talent and film industry professionals. For more information on films and industry events, please visit online at


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When: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Where: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa Clients, friends and invited guests enjoyed craft cocktails at the new L Bar, located inside the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, for Tampa Bay Metro magazine’s METROmixer. Entertainment was provided by saxophone player Dayve Stewart, who was extremely talented. It was a great night to mix and mingle with Tampa Bay professionals. Photography: Jose Lopez Jr., Seminole Hard Rock Tampa

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SummerCampsGuide Engineering. Languages. Cooking. More. Call 813-961-3087 or email

vary by length, age and level of proficiency. All Patel Conservatory summer camps require active learning participation by campers and result in a showcase or ticketed performance element. Pre-camp and post-camp options are available weekdays at an additional cost. Call 813.222.1040 or email

Academy at the Lakes Summer at the Lakes offers a choice-based summer program featuring over 60 different camp options as well as noncredit and for-credit summer classes. Spending the day at Summer at the Lakes provides children the opportunity to make lasting friendships while exploring nature, learning new skills, and having tons of fun! Call 813.909.7919 or visit online at

Patel Conservatory at the Straz Center At the Patel Conservatory, we believe that every student deserves the opportunity to participate in the performing arts and discover their creative potential. Our summer programs provide 10 weeks of training in dance, theater and music. Camps, intensives and classes

Riverside Military Academy Riverside Military Academy (RMA) produces highly educated, motivated,

CAMP IDS at Corbett Preparatory School For nearly two decades, CAMP IDS has been one of Tampa’s most popular summer camp programs, offering 60+ different full- and half-day camps. PreK3-high school. Camps offered June 11-July 27. Before & aftercare. Bus service. Performing & Visual Arts. Sports. Academics. Technology.

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and physically fit young men of character, dedicated to the values necessary for good citizenship, and who, upon graduation, are prepared to succeed in college and beyond. Established in 1907, RMA has earned an international reputation for excellence through the application of high, rigorous standards that focus on intellectual, physical, and moral/ethical development. Visit

Tampa Preparatory School Camp Terrapin is a co-educational sports and fine arts camp for students entering grades 1-8 at Tampa Prep. Activities and theme days provide friendship and fun in the heart of downtown Tampa. In addition, we offer robotics, arts, music, LEGO and sports camps for ages 7+. Academic courses also available for students in grades 9-12. Register at


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Style Is In Full

Bloom Time to get in step with the latest fashions from local Tampa Bay boutiques and designs from Neiman Marcus Tampa. Let your colorful and free spirit personality show with neon brights, vivid textures and patterns, and flowing silky and tropical prints. Sophisticated tops and jumpers feature one of the current trends – tie dye. Whether relaxing by the pool or soaking in the sun at the beach, we’ve got a few must-have bathing suits that are even reversible. PHOTOGRAPHER: Brian James, Brian James Gallery,; MAKEUP ARTIST: Monique McLaughlin, Makeup and Hair by Monique,; HAIR STYLIST: Jackie Cupples, 727-348-7500; MODELS: Maura, Erin, Maddie, Benz Models & Talent Agency,

MAURA: Alice + Olivia Loralee Embroidered Open Back Fitted Dress $440, Givenchy Antigona Medium Clutch $540, Alice + Olivia Neon Yellow Sandals $395 — Jackie Z Style Co. , Sunglasses - $20 — Mermosa Winery + Boutique; Earrings Stylists’ Own. ERIN: Etro Black Duster - $2,895, Tory Burch Black One Piece Swimsuit - $198, Alice + Olivia Blue Pants - $295, Oscar de la Renta Black Earrings - $480, Le Nine Navy Bag $540 — Neiman Marcus Tampa Bay.

Stylist: Lejla Kovic, Neiman Marcus Tampa Bay

MADDIE: Alice + Olivia Neon Yellow Dress $350, Zadig & Voltaire Bleu Jacket - $398, Balenciaga Green Bag - $1,790, Chanel White/Pink Espadrilles - $725, Chloe Gold/ Coral Sunglasses - $420 — Neiman Marcus Tampa Bay.

MADDIE: Ralwan Top - $350, Tee Spur Tank - $35, GFO Rust Pant $485, Mickey Lynn Necklace $360, United Nude Sandals - $235 — Deborah Kent’s; Tell Your Tale Earrings - $21 — Mermosa Winery + Boutique. ERIN: Faye Lilac Dress - $134, Raquel Allegra Purple Duster $675, Homers Grey Sandal - $335, Marianne Homsy Crystal Clear Necklace - $200 — Deborah Kent’s; Earrings — Stylists’ Own.

MAURA: Johnny Was Multi-Color Dress $365, Silver Belt - $64, United Nude Delta Wedge Sandal/Candy Snake - $245, Daniella Lehavi Lunch Bag - $295 — Deborah Kent’s. Necklace — Stylists’ Own.

ERIN: Veronica M Athena Dress $130 — The Haute Shop; Shoes — Model’s Own. MADDIE: Jafar Jumpsuit - $106, Earrings & Necklace - $20/Set — The Haute Shop; Shoes — Model’s Own.

ERIN: Camilla Relaxed Fit Dress $750, Melissa Slim Sandal/Gold - $79 — Jackie Z Style Co.

MAURA: Glam Bright Light Romper - $46, Gemara Necklace - $34, Earrings - $12 — The Haute Shop.

MAURA: Boheme By Skemo Sunset Jumpsuit Indigo - $125 — Mermosa Winery + Boutique; Pearl Necklace & Earrings - $18 — The Haute Shop. MADDIE: Cali Nights Gaucho Jumper - $59, 3 Tier Purple Bead Necklace & Earrings - $20/Set — The Haute Shop.

MAURA: Buleria Free Form White Bandeau Top - $86, Luli Fame Costa de Luz Beach Pant - $114, Make A Wish Earrings - $16, Bracelets - $26 — Mermosa Winery + Boutique. ERIN: Maaji Champagne Divine St. Top - $72, Maaji Bottom - $56, Sunglasses - $20 — Mermosa Winery + Boutique.

MADDIE: Maaji Cumbuco Fixed Triangle Top - $72, Maaji Cumbuco Praia Hipster Bottom - $68, Make A Wish Earrings - $18, Marcus Adler Natural Hat - $32 — Mermosa Winery + Boutique.

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By Ronda M. Parag While the line-up is still being finalized, the Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival (GIFF), has announced Summer is Lineup. coming, select films for the 2019 Feature Film Competition The six but now is the perfect day festival strives to inspire, educate and entertain through its time year kick back, dine and drink outside. annual celebration of film. Now in itsof 13th year,tothe festival emerged as one of the fastest-growing film festivals in the U.S. and Be cool andiscasual has been recognized as a top-50 festival. The festival operated byat METRO’s Top 10 Rooftop the nonprofit Tampa Film Institute, Inc. GIFF is expecting attenBars in the Tampa Bay area. From downtown dance of 15,000 film lovers at over 110 films and 20+ parties and events, including industry panels that are free to attend. From the Tampa opening red carpet party, the filmmaker forums,to film downtown screenings, and St. Petersburg and the closing night party, GIFF is supporting and cultivating the film beaches, industry in Tampa Bay and throughout the statewe’ve of Florida. got The you covered anywhere Opening VIP reception on March 19, celebrates the opening of you by want find a will place for a crafted cocktail, the festival with food and drinks served Zukkuto Sushi. Films be showcased throughout the week all over the Bay area, with the delicious biteYbor and a glorious sunset. bulk of the film screenings and appearances at Centro AMC. 2019 March May 2019


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While the line-up is still being finalized, the Suncoast Credit Ave. in South Tampa at the Luna Lounge Cocktail Lounge Union Gasparilla International Film Festival (GIFF), has announced for delicious Frosé or handmade Sangria. Hip and trendy above the Epicurean select films for theserving 2019 Feature Film CompetitionTasty Lineup. The six tapas plates include tuna tartar, Hotel is EDGE up craft cocktails, day festival strives to beers inspire, educate and entertain through and its various cheeses and flatbreads local microbrewery and small plates. annual of film.outdoor Now infurniture its 13th year, the festivalExperience live music on charcuterie. Enjoy celebration lounging in comfy emerged as one of the fastest-growing film festivals in the U.S. and select evenings. or grab a seat at the bar. Snack on the has been recognized as atotop-50 The festival is operated by delicious Homage Bernsfestival. or smoked thechicken nonprofit Tampa Film Institute, Inc. GIFF is expecting atten- Ave., Tampa, FL 33606 930 S. Howard wings. dance of 15,000 film lovers at over 110 films and 20+ parties and events, including industry panels that are free to attend. From the 1207 South Howard Ave., Tampa, FL 33606 opening red carpet party, the filmmaker forums, film screenings, and closing night party, GIFF is supporting and cultivating the film M.Bird industry in Tampa Bay and throughout the stateThe of Florida. Therooftop bar is a luxury, newest Opening VIP reception onSeafood March 19, celebratesdeco-inspired the opening of lounge and restaurant Hurricane the festival with food and drinks served by Zukku Sushi. will Works in the Heights. aboveFilms Armature Restaurant beFor showcased throughout the week in allhistoric over the Bay area, withthe the Hillsborough River and Overlook over 30 years, the Hurricane bulk of the film has screenings and appearances at Centro Ybor AMC. views of downtown Tampa. Opens daily Pass-A-Grille been serving up grouper


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METROHome Tour

Modern Architectural Jewel For Dramatic Living By Ronda M. Parag


he pie-shape piece of the property originally helped to dictate the design of the mid-century modern home, created by the firm of Holmes Hepner & Associates Architects. According to project designer Debbie Hepner, the property has a very unusual geometry. “The front is the narrowest and the back opens up completely to the water,” said Hepner. The house is designed with the master suite on one side of the home and the children’s space on the other side.


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The open living spaces flow effortlessly from indoors to outdoors through the use of large aluminum and glass windows, on the front and back of the home. Ideal for entertaining, the home provides space for large comfortable gatherings, and small spaces for intimate evenings with friends and family. Large overhangs provide protection from the elements and are lined with stunning wood-planked cedar, that continues throughout the home, from front to back. The architectural planking is brought inside over the foyer, dining and kitchen areas. The travertine wall is another striking architectural element used to unify the home. From the element on the curbside mailbox to the entry wall, and inside the main living space and back of the house, the use of the travertine material ties the home together and provides continuity. “We did it to imply that the wall had always been there and we built the house around it,� said Hepner.

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A massive dark walnut wall serves both form and function by dividing the dining room from the kitchen, and serves to absorb some of the sound created by the use of stone on the floors and walls. The sleek and modern kitchen will delight any chef. The spacious design overlooks the beautiful pool and offers plenty of countertop cook space and abundant storage. The visually floating staircase leads to a stunning library bridge, that offers stunning views of the canal front. Allowing for plenty of privacy, the master bedroom is on one side and the other bedrooms on the opposite side. Glass windows surround the master suite, allowing for plenty of natural sunlight to spill inside. The master bath is calming and serene with its frosted glass, white quartz countertops and dark cabinets.


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Outside, the unusual shaped swimming pool looks like an electric guitar shape and is surrounded by travertine coping and decking, bringing the inside materials out. Great care and design are taken with the landscaping. The landscape does not compete with the home, but enhances its beauty. “We did all native beach plants between the pool and seawall,� said landscape architect Jonathan Toner. The deep water canal location is ideal for boat lovers and easy access to the bay. M Located in South Tampa at 1104 Culbreath Isles Drive, Tampa, FL. The home is currently offered at $5,000,000 through Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, LLC. Presented by Mike Hughes and Jeff Shelton, Hughes Shelton Realtors. Call 813.286.6563 or visit for more information or to schedule a tour.

Sources: Architecture/Interior Design: Holmes Hepner & Associates Architects, Peter Hepner, AIA, Debbie Hepner, & Bill Ramirez Landscape Architecture: Jonathan H. Toner, AS L A , I S A , Terra Tectonics Design Group Builder: Greater Bay Construction May 2019





CAROL POOLEY, GRI | TOMLYN ST CYR REAL ESTATE SERVICES Carol Pooley is a founding Realtor at Tomlin St Cyr Real Estate Services, with over 17 years of real estate experience. Carol has a proven record of success, counting the distinguished GRI designation as one of her many accomplishments. Give Carol a call when you are buying or selling your home. Carol sells the most important homes in Tampa Bay ... YOURS!

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ENRIQUE CRESPO | CRESPO DESIGN GROUP Unconventional ideas and distinctive style are what define Enrique Crespo as one of the top designers in the area. A native of South Tampa, Enrique attended the prestigious Savannah College of Art and Design which has the number one interior design program in the country. With 16 years of professional experience and projects spanning from New York City to Malibu and the Caribbean, success is evident in his continuously growing and diverse body of work.­

3119 Bay to Bay Blvd., Tampa, FL 33629 | 813-831-0949 |

METROHome Hot Property

Waterfront Oasis on Davis Islands By Ronda M. Parag


dream home on Davis Islands can be yours with this stunning five bedroom, six and one half baths in the heart of Tampa. The 7,000 square-foot Mediterranean architectural designed home was built in 2002 by Devonshire Custom Homes, with great finishes and custom details. Enjoy stunning water views from nearly every room. Crown molding accentuates the ceilings and plantation shutters cover the windows. Music will flow easily, with surround sound wired throughout the home. Enter through the glass and wrought iron double front doors into the open floor plan featuring a study/guest room, full bath with access to the pool, living room, sitting area with wainscoting detail, dining room and kitchen.


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The gourmet chef’s kitchen has a butler’s pantry with a wine cooler and wet bar, and plenty of storage for stemware and serving pieces for entertaining. A huge granite topped island offers plenty of space for meal preparation and a gas cooktop, double dishwashers and ovens, warming drawer, built-in coffeemaker and built-in desk add to the functionality and beauty of the kitchen. The white cabinetry offers ample storage. The over-sized family room has built-in book cases and a fireplace to create a warm glow on a cool evening. French doors open to the pool and backyard oasis, ideal for family fun or to entertain friends. The master suite features a his and hers closet with built in storage, separate sitting area, French doors to a private

balcony and a luxury bathroom with separate tub and shower areas. Additional bedrooms upstairs each have their own bathrooms. Enjoy a night at the movies in the spectacular media room, and a loft office offers the space to work from home. The heated pool and spa, outdoor kitchen and covered dining and entertaining space, allow for lots of fun and relaxation. The waterfront home has a dock with both jet and boat lifts with water access to the open bay. M Located in Hillsborough County in South Tampa on Davis Islands, this exceptional Signature Collection property is offered at $3,999,000 through Smith & Associates Real Estate. Presented by B-G Holmberg, call 813-839-3800 or visit May 2019


METROHome Details Backyard Chillaxin’ Temperatures are just right to enjoy entertaining outside. From a colorful umbrella to the perfect seating, METRO has found a few essentials to entertain in style and comfort. Made In The Shade Relax in the shade of vibrant tropical color with the Capri Market Umbrella’s canopy print, which was imagined exclusively for Pottery Barn by Lilly Pulitzer. $462. Available at Pottery Barn,

Stylish Planters

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A gorgeous way to bring natural texture into the home or patio, these planters are patterned with stacked slate, each stone pressed into place by hand. Due to the natural characteristics of stone, each planter will be unique. $80 - $100. Available at Crate & Barrel,

Enjoy a refreshing cocktail in beautifully etched, handcrafted cocktail glasses. Set of 2 - $45. The etched fronds glass decanter will hold your favorite drink. Decanter - $60. Available at Tommy Bahama,

Barbecue with Island Flair From the chipotle aioli to the perfect tasty BBQ sauce in Blackberry Brandy or Mango Guava, guests will be delighted with the tastes at the next summer party. $11 - $17. Available at Tommy Bahama,

Stone Grey Sofa

Concrete Stool The Bernt Stool in Ivory from Made Goods provides extra seating for indoor and outdoor spaces alike. This unique stool stands out with its rustic design, faux bois concrete finish and functional handles. $420. Available at Clayton Gray Home,


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Simple and comfortable, with a fashionforward twist, the Tilly Outdoor Sofa in Stone Grey from Four Hands features low, armless styling and tapered legs of weathered grey teak. $2,058. Available at Clayton Gray Home,

Culbreath Isles | 4929 New Providence Avenue 5/5.5 | 5839 SF | $4,950,000

This one of a kind property offers luxury from top to bottom with attention to detail throughout. Enjoy open bay views and Florida sunsets.

Bayshore Beautiful | 2906 W Euclid Avenue 5/5.5 | 4650 SF | $1,785,000

Expertly constructed by RSB Development, this 2017 built pool home offers the best in modern luxury in a prime South Tampa location just steps from Bayshore Blvd.



Davis Islands | 116 Adalia Avenue 6/7.5 | 7674 SF | $4,495,000

Sunset Park Isles | 2415 South Dundee Street 5/5.5 | 6390 SF | $3,875,000

Beach Park | 5004 S The Riviera Street 5/6.5 | 5804 SF | $3,250,000

Sunset Park Isles | 5026 W Dickens Avenue 5/4.5 | 4367 SF | $1,299,900

Sunset Park | 3315 E Sevilla Circle 5/4.5 | 3823 SF | $1,450,000

Culbreath Isles | 4908 Lyford Cay Road 4/4.5 | 3872 SF | $1,675,000

Madison Homes new Davis Islands waterfront will reveal the newest in luxury design in a Modern Farmhouse style.

An elegant pool home featuring top line finishes and a spacious floor plan offering a two-story foyer, and 1st floor guest suite.

Welcome to the new waterfront pool home, custom designed by Taralon Homes with expected completion in June 2019.

This 2017 built pool home will impress on every level. Enjoy all new landscaping and enhanced upgrades throughout the home.

Newly completed, this waterfront pool home by Madison homes is exquisite inside and out. An open concept great room plan with exceptional finishes!

Undergoing a complete renewal, this Culbreath Isles One Story pool home offers a sleek and spacious open floor plan.

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The Clear Choice in Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery For over 28 years, Dr. Geoffrey M. Kwitko has brought world class cosmetic eyelid surgery to South Tampa. In addition, he also specializes in thyroid eye diseases, orbital diseases, tearing problems and dry eye syndrome. Dr. Kwitko has been elected to the “Best Doctors” list by his peers every year since 2003. Have your cosmetic eyelid surgery performed by South Tampa’s most experienced oculoplastic surgeon. Visit his office on MacDill Avenue today!

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Bay Area Businesses Dedicated To The Rejuvenation Of Body, Beauty & Soul


SALAMANDER SPA AT INNISBROOK RESORT Salamander Spa is a destination for discovery, wellness and transformation. The Salamander Spa’s ultimate goal is to create an environment that not only inspires and uplifts, but also empowers and energizes guests as they focus on their path to well-being. Immense care is taken to provide one-on-one, personalized attention for each guest. It is a therapeutic, holistic and genuine approach that revolves around you and your needs. Our experienced spa professionals utilize innovative healing techniques to restore, renew and inspire. Salamander Spa presents four 80-minute signature treatments designed to energize, harmonize, fortify and heal. All spa treatments include use of the aromatic steam rooms, whirlpool, and relaxation lounge with complimentary refreshments. Receive 50% Off! Buy one massage or facial service and receive the second for half off and a yoga class for only $8.* * Offer not valid with any other offers or discounts. Subject to 20% service charge. One time use. Please present this ad for discount. Expires June 30, 2019.


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36750 U.S. Hwy. 19 | North Palm Harbor, FL 34684 727.942.5258 |

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ULTIMATE IMAGE COSMETIC MEDICAL CENTER Ultimate Image Cosmetic Medical Center is dedicated to providing patients with quality care and the best aesthetic result. We specialize in non-surgical aesthetic and cosmetic treatments, skin rejuvenation and women’s intimate wellness. Dr. Besnoff is one of Tampa Bay’s most sought after cosmetic physicians. In 2017, Ultimate Image was voted The Best Aesthetic Practice Award from The Aesthetic Awards comprised of an international panel of judges. Dr. Besnoff and his Nurse Practitioner, Carla Cole, MSN, APRN-C, provide patients with extensive expertise and emphasize a personalized approach to aesthetics. With over 40 years of combined experience, we provide a thorough and comprehensive treatment plan, recognizing that each treatment is individualized based on the patient’s goals. Our advanced and comprehensive procedures and services provide beautiful and natural results.

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29750 US Highway 19 North | Clearwater, FL 33761 727.799.7000 |

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SPA SUDEVA FOR TOTAL RELAXATION Spa Sudeva is a Day Spa where the East meets West and the old meets new. A place where you can embrace a more natural way of being. Enter Spa Sudeva and be transported to the Far East with the scent of lemongrass and lavender. Be enveloped by the rich textures, colors and fabrics of their relaxation lounge and treatment rooms. Allow Spa Sudeva to take you on a journey by engaging every sense. Spa Sudeva offers spa services that are far beyond the ordinary like Holistic Skincare, Healing Therapy Massage, Reiki, and Chakra Balancing. Above just providing spa treatments, the highly trained staff will equip you with valuable tools to enhance your physical and emotional wellbeing.

2406 S. MacDill Ave. | Tampa, FL 33629 813.837.4300 |


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Tampa Bay METRO shines its light on the brave, creative, and inspiring local restaurants making a culinary difference in our neighborhoods.


Anise Global Gastrobar Located in downtown Tampa’s Arts District, Anise Global Gastrobar is celebrating six years of serving tasty dishes and stunning craft cocktails in an upbeat, trendy setting. The competitive bar program continues to create innovative cocktails, while the kitchen serves a comforting menu of noodles, rice bowls, cheese, charcuterie, and vegan grazing towers, and a menu of mouthwatering house made desserts. A remote private room, hidden behind an alterations and retail shop, hosts intimate parties and the occasional tiki and other specialty pop up events. Whether hosting boozy tea parties or full service galas, Anise provides the perfect venue for memorable affairs.

777 N. Ashley Drive | Tampa, FL 33602 813.225.4272 |


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Packard’s Steakhouse at Innisbrook Serving only the finest aged premium beef steaks. Offering sumptuous cold water lobster tails and fresh day-boat Floridian fish finished with our chef’s creative touches. Packard’s Steakhouse’s wine lists feature wines from around the world. Domestic and premium craft chilled beers along with Floridian micro-brewed beers are served throughout the day. Traditional American cuisine is also served during breakfast and lunch. Packard’s offers a very comfortable setting which overlooks the signature Copperhead Golf Course. Reservations are recommended for dinner service. Hours of operation vary slightly throughout the year; please call to check availability. Breakfast 6:30 am - 11:00 am Lunch 11:00 am - 5:00 pm Dinner 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm Open to the public with advance reservations. Please call 727.942.5240 or visit to make your reservation.

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36750 US Highway 19 North | Palm Harbor, FL 34684 727.942.5240 |

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Roux Roux’s signature cuisine has become the darling of regional food aficionados, and for good reason. The highly approachable menu blends comfortable, Southern classics with the iconic Fresh Creole and Cajun dishes of Louisiana. Think new adaptations of familiar favorites like Jambalaya and Seafood Gumbo sharing a table with Andouille-Crusted Wahoo, Filet Mignon, and Bread Pudding with Bourbon Butterscotch Sauce. Lunch offerings include a variety of po’boys, our spin on the Caprese salad, and tempting deviled eggs. Break away from the usual lunch spots and give us a try. On the weekends, Roux brunch items range from Chicken and Waffles Benedict to Banana Foster Pancakes, or Classic Shrimp and Cream Cheese Grits. Go for the $1 Chargrilled Oysters at our daily happy hour, and relax with craft cocktails and traditional Louisiana sips. Stay for the thoughtful presentations, warm hospitality and intimate French Quarter ambiance. The perfect choice for date night, and every night.


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4205 S. MacDill Aveune | Tampa, FL 33611 813.443.5255 |

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717 South The award-winning restaurant has been an innovator and staple of the South Tamp Dining scene using only the freshest and locally sourced ingredients. Open for lunch and dinner, 717 South serves up delicious wood fired entrees, in-house hand cut steaks, fresh local seafood and a vast selection of appetizers and salads. Tampa native Michael Stewart is the owner, and the chef oversees the kitchen and cooks up delightful and creative dishes with a menu specializing in locally sourced selections of seafood, steaks, hand rolled pastas and award winning desserts. The large menu selection and nightly specials keeps a loyal following. Known for his generosity to the Tampa Bay Community, Stewart hosts “guest bartender nights� and dinners to benefit local charities. The wine list is extensive with nearly 500 bottles and the bar serves up innovative martinis and cocktails. Happy hour is daily. Dining reservations are highly recommended. Private dining available. Sunday Brunch is coming soon.

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717 S. Howard Avenue | Tampa, Florida 33606 813.250.1661 |

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METROGuide Getaways

Island Adventure Awaits with Tropical Breezes and Desert Beauty in Aruba Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino | By Ronda M. Parag


ruba is known as “One Happy Island” and on a recent trip to experience all that Aruba has to offer, I can happily agree that Aruba has plenty of activities and beauty for travelers to discover. While Aruba has sparkling blue waters and offers plenty of diving, snorkeling and water activities, the northeastern coast of the island shows off its dry arid climate and plenty of desert-like landscape dotted with cactus. A great place to stay is the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, located on the beautiful white sands of Palm Beach with the friendly and welcoming staff. Ideal for adults and families, the resort offers 414 newly refreshed rooms and 24 suites, along with both family and all-adult H2Oasis pools, 10 bars and restaurants, a spa and casino. The Tradewinds Club offers a boutique experience for adults with reserved beach area, concierge services and lounge area, offering five meals and drink services throughout the day. Between the pristine beach, the relaxing pools, 24 hour casino


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fun, and numerous dining options, there is no need to leave the property. The main pool offers a swim-up bar serving tasty tropical cocktails. Dine under the stars, and in the sand, at Atardi, as it’s the ideal place to catch the sunset and dine on delicious seafood. Get into the spirit of Carnival at La Vista (a buffet serving breakfast, lunch and dinner), every Thursday evening, with a Caribbean Carnival show complete with lively music and costumed dancers. We discovered the island with an off-road jeep tour by De Palm Tours. The all-terrain vehicles took us up the hills and rocky landscape to breathtaking views of the sea. We saw the flora and fauna of the area, along with goats atop the hills that seemed quite at home in the arid landscape. We stopped at a couple of the picturesque beaches, the lagoon that now showcases the Son of a Bridge, after the collapse of the Natural Bridge, The Chapel of Our Lady of Alto Vista, Aruba’s first chapel and the California Lighthouse. On the water, a half-day snorkeling trip with Red Sail

Aruba allowed us to see plenty of fish, a shipwrecked boat and even sea turtles. To experience the transformation of the San Nicolas area, I recommend the mural tour with ARTISA’s (Art is Aruba) Founder Tito Bolivar, who has created the Aruba Art Fair and proudly navigates the 40+ murals created by international muralists. There are plenty of events and festivals that attract tourists to the island including Carnival, Soul Beach Music Festival, Sea Jazz Festival, Summer Festival, Aruba Art Fair, Aruba Fashion week, and the perfect place to call home during a stay on the island, the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino. M Contacts & Resources: Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino: Aruba Tradewinds: De Palm Tours: Snorkeling Tour: SUP: Mural Tour: Screaming Eagle Restaurant: For more information on Aruba visit

Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino – Atardi

SUP Yoga

Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino– Junior Suite

Arikok Rocks

Mural Tour – view more than 40 murals created by international muralists

Pop-up Mixology Class at Aruba Marriott Resort

Carnival Dinner

Eagle Beach

Off-road jeep tour by De Palm Tours

May 2019


METROGuide Foodie

Keeping It Local in Tampa Bay Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar | By Ronda M. Parag


f you like whiskey, bourbons and craft cocktails, then check out the recently opened neighborhood, farm-to-fork restaurant at International Plaza. While attending the VIP Grand Opening, we got to sample the food and sip the cocktails. We liked what we tried, and have since returned to try additional food and drink menu items. The Tampa Whiskey Cake location is the 7th for the chain of restaurants based in Dallas, Texas. “For people seeking bold and unique flavors,  Whiskey Cake is their neighborhood tavern committed to doing it the right way, delivering locally sourced ingredients and perfectly crafted cocktails,  through our farm-to-fork and garden-to-glass way of life,” said Steve Shlemon, CEO of Whiskey Cake Holdings.   Like other Whiskey Cake locations, the Tampa restaurant has an on-site herb garden and the chefs and bartenders partner with local vendors to source


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local and farm fresh ingredients. The bar uses only hand-squeezed juices, and house-made bitters and syrups. With more than 350 whiskey brands available behind the bar, the whiskey connoisseur will find the ideal drink. We enjoyed the Smoke & Lightning made with Old Forester Bourbon, simple syrup, Angostura bitters and wood smoke and garnished with bacon. “We pride ourselves in knowing our farmers and partners by name and serving chef-driven inspirations hand-prepared each day - no freezers, no microwaves,” said Shlemon. “Every single thing coming out of our kitchen is created from scratch using simple, honest flavors brought to your table by experienced servers.” Great starters include delicious deviled eggs (always adding a twist), fried green tomatoes and beef jerky. The menu offers a great selection of sandwiches including the OMG 2.0 Burger — topped with onions,

mushrooms and goodness, or the 3 Little Pigs — slow roasted pulled pork sliders, with whiskey BBQ, apple slaw and crispy onion strings. For salad lovers, try the Shrimp & Grain or the delicious Beet & Goat Cheese. Do not leave without trying the, not to be missed, decadent namesake dessert — Whiskey Cake, a toffee torte, bourbon anglaise, spiced pecans, and topped with a house made vanilla whipped cream. The private dining room is large enough to hold 46 guests, while there is seating available inside or at the outside patio, overlooking the activity on Bay Street. Supporting the local community, during the grand opening, Whiskey Cake donated 50 percent of sales (up to $10,000) to Metropolitan Ministries. M Located on Bay Street at International Plaza 2223 N. Westshore Blvd. B207 Tampa, FL 33607 813.535.9955

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METROGuide Latitude

Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park 27°57’08.9”N 82°27’57.4”W 27.952480, -82.465939

The beautiful public art piece located at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park in Tampa, was created by artist Marc Fornes and his team at The Very Many. The Form Of Wander was inspired by an oak tree canopy and creates a great place for a photo along the Hillsborough River.


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FOR THE SOPHISTICATED BRIDE Sunday, June 9, 2019 | 12:00 PM – 3:30 PM Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel | 4200 Jim Walter Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607


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