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MetroLife 10 The Publisher’s Notes

12 Arts

Mernet Larsen: Getting Measured

14 Event

Rooftop Eve

16 Entertainment

Cirque du Soleil’s “VOLTA”

18 Spotlights

Events, Business & Promotions

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The Bay Area Social Scene

30 Metro Sponsored Events

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30 Pavilion XXXII 32 Tuxes & Tails

MetroHome 34 Home Tour

In Living Color — DeBartolo Beverly Hills Home

42 Gasparilla Home Party

History, Traditions & Advice to Host Your Party

44 Hot Property

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Downtown St. Pete Condo at Ovation

MetroFamily 58 School Choice

Three Local Families Share Their Decisions

64 2018 Private School List

Survey Results of Area Private Schools

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74 Showcase

The Elegant Wedding Showcase Returns

76 Weekender

Streamsong Resort

78 Getaways

Finest Playa Mujeres, Mexico

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American Social Bar & Kitchen

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Bay Area’s Top Private Schools

75 Health + Beauty Guide

Discover The Latest Trends And Products


Publisher’s Notes Celebrate the season with family and friends.

Remember to relax and enjoy this special time of year and let’s all try for a bit more peace, love and hope in 2018. As a great community resource, the 2018 Private School List includes 49 area schools and provides an overview from year founded, to total enrollment and tuition rates. It provides a great snapshot of Tampa Bay area private schools. We’ve also talked with three local families and discovered why they chose their private school for their children in School Choice — It’s Not One-Size-Fits-All. In the annual Best of Metro, we’ve found 160 spots that we think you should check out. We’ve listed the best places to be social in Arts & Entertainment, pamper yourself in Health & Beauty, shop in Style & Décor and of course eat and drink in Dining & Spirits. METROHome Tour offers a colorful look at the vacation home of Nikki DeBartolo and her husband, Chad Chronister and son Asher. Designed by interior designer, Enrique Crespo, who brought a vibrant and vivacious vibe to the modern home located in Southern California. Author and Lifestyle expert, Krayl Funch, offers up great ideas and suggestions for the upcoming Gasparilla celebrations at the end of January, in METROHome Décor. From decorating to food and drink suggestions, Krayl makes hosting a pirate party look easy and fun. Now is the ideal time to start thinking of a vacation and whether you want to stay local or escape further away, we’ve got a couple of great ideas. For golf and nature lovers, we recommend Streamsong Resort, less than two hours from the Tampa Bay area. If you are seeking luxury in the Caribbean for families or couples, check out the Excellence resort Finest in Playa Mujeres. Ring in the New Year at one of the hottest parties around, The Rooftop Eve. With open bar, live band and DJ and the ideal perch to watch fireworks, join the fun at the 8th annual event and start 2018 off right.

Publisher / Editor-in-Chief Stephen Parag II Publisher / Managing Editor Ronda M. Parag Associate Publisher Patricia Vorbrich Executive Art Director Chad Vorbrich Contributing Writers Krayl Funch Mary Lou Janson Contributing Photographers Marc Edwards Sarah Farr FotoBohemia Krayl Funch Ryan G Photo Rob Harris Alex Horden Justine Jackson-Ricketts Amy Pezzicara J. Pysz

President / CEO Stephen Parag II Vice President / CFO Patricia Vorbrich

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METROLife Art

On View at Tampa Museum of Art Artist Mernet Larsen

Mernet Larsen (American, b. 1940), Raft, 2017.

Acrylic and mixed media on canvas. Courtesy of the artist and James Cohan, New York. Image courtesy James Cohan, New York. ©Mernet Larsen

Lion Couchant Sculpture

Greek, Archaic, ca. 6th century BC Limestone, L. 44 cm (17 5/16 in.)

The Tampa Museum of Art presents a survey of paintings and works on paper by artist Mernet Larsen (American, b. 1940). Larsen’s work alludes to a range of art historical references, from 12th-century Japanese scrolls, 15th-century Italian paintings, to the geometric abstractions of Russian artist El Lissitzky (1890-1941). Her early abstract compositions, such as Duccio’s Saint (1988) in the Tampa Museum of Art’s collection, reflect her ongoing formal explorations of experiential time, space, and color. Perception, perspective and experience, playful and witty, yet oddly clunky, make Larsen’s paintings endearing and dispel a moment in time. Mernet Larsen: Getting Measured features never-before-seen early drawings, a select group of studies and works on paper, and a survey of paintings. Larsen’s art resides in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Walker Art Center, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. Larsen divides her time between Tampa and New York City. Larsen’s work Raft (2017), as well as, Lion Couchant for the antiquities collection, have joined the Museum’s permanent collections by an inaugural vote of the Tampa Collects. Tampa Collects is comprised of Museum members that assist Museum curators in recommending artwork to add to the permanent collection.

The exhibition Mernet Larsen: Getting Measured, 1957-2017 will be on view at Tampa Museum of Art through February 11, 2018. For more information and hours, visit www.tampamuseum.org.

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METROLife Event

Tampa Bay’s Premiere New Year’s Eve Event The Rooftop Eve 2017

Everyone loves a party and New Year’s Eve is a great reason to get dressed up and celebrate the season. The all inclusive experience includes premium open bar, champagne all night and a dessert reception. “The 8th annual Rooftop Eve 2017, All that Glitters is Gold, will once again be presented by Continental Wholesale Diamonds,” said Stephen Hickey and Monica Varner, Rooftop Eve Co-Founders. “We are excited to host Tampa’s premiere New Year’s Eve

event and look forward to ringing in 2018 with everyone.” The fun happens all night long with live entertainment by Phase5 and DJ Papi from Wild Out Entertainment. Make sure to wear your dancing shoes because the music will certainly get you out on the dance floor. The downtown Tampa location is perfect to watch the fireworks display and ring in 2018. “This year we have added VIP tables for 4, that will have a fantastic

view of the fireworks,” said Hickey. “We are looking forward to transforming the rooftop for another glamorous and elegant evening, that will once again benefit our community partner, the DeBartolo Family Foundation.” If you plan to go with a group or want VIP service, consider a private cabana complete with lounge seating, cocktail server, bottle service and a private bar. The event usually sells out, so make sure to join the celebration and get tickets in advance.

THE ROOFTOP EVE When: December 31, 2017, 9:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. Where: Downtown Tampa, Top Floor of Ft. Brooke Parking Garage, 107 N. Franklin St., Tampa, FL 33602 Tickets: $185 Advance, $200 Regular, $225 Door (if available) www.TheRoofTopEve.com

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METROLife Entertainment

Inspirational Performances Under The Big Top

Cirque du Soleil’s “VOLTA” Cirque du Soleil announces its 41st original production, VOLTA, a new touring show under the big top. VOLTA tells a spellbinding story about the freedom to choose and the thrill of blazing your own trial. The name refers to a sudden about-face, a change in emotion or idea often used in poetry. It also speaks to the jolt of energy delivered through the show. Inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of action sports, the show weaves the adrenaline rush of acrobatics into a visually striking world driven by a stirring melodic score. Written and directed by Bastien Alexandre and Jean Guibert as the director of creation, along with the international electronic group, M83, as composer and musical director, they bring their space-age future pop sound to the Cirque du Soleil stage for the first time ever. VOLTA will premier under the Big Top on February 14, 2018 at the Tampa Greyhound Track.

“VOLTA” Cirque du Soleil February 14 - March 4 Tickets are available for purchase to the general public by visiting www.cirquedusoleil.com/volta or calling 1-877-924-7783.

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METROLife Spotlight

METROMixer Celebration of Inspiring Women in Business Tampa Bay METRO magazine and Compass Land & Title hosted a METROMixer to celebrate the release of the Inspiring Women in Business special section, at the Safety Harbor Resort & Spa. Invited guests sipped on cocktails, noshed on tastey appetizers, and joined in conversation as the sun set over the Bay. Congratulations to all the talented and Inspiring Women in Business. Photos: Alex Horden

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METROLife Spotlight

Academy At The Lakes Celebrates 25 Years Academy at the Lakes, a PreK3 through Grade 12 independent school in Land O’ Lakes, is in the midst of celebrating its 25th anniversary. Academy first opened its doors in 1992 with an enrollment of 32 students in Kindergarten through 6th grade. Since that time, the school has grown to become one of Tampa Bay’s best college preparatory schools, featuring a beautiful lakeside campus and exceptional academic, athletic, and arts programs. Academy’s growth has been synonymous with the growth of Pasco County and the North Tampa area. Centrally located in Land O’ Lakes, Academy employs more than 100 faculty and staff members, and partners with area businesses to be a resource for the broader community. For more information about Academy’s 25th anniversary celebration or to schedule an admissions tour, visit www.academyatthelakes.org or call 813-909-7919.

ABOVE: Middle Division students with teacher Aimee Nadow / September 20, 2017 was the 25th day of school of our 25th Year. The 25th Anniversary celebration began with a school-wide Day of Service. All students, faculty, and staff participated in community service at a variety of organizations, including Metropolitan Ministries, Feeding America, Lutz School House. Upper Division students adopted a portion of Collier Parkway and cleaned up debris from the storm along the road and at the Land O’ Lakes Recreational Center. The youngest students stayed on campus and planted pollinator flowers. RIGHT: Academy at the Lakes Founders Rich and Connie Wendlek returned to the school for the Founders’ Day Celebration on October 6, 2017.

Del Frisco’s Grille Introduces New Menu Crack open their new menu, to find delightfully inventive takes on modern fare. Start the night off right with artichoke beignets or roasted baby beets. Slice into a juicy, coffee-braised pork shank or bone-in filet for your main course. Or, go coastal for fresh fish and chips or perfectly pan-seared scallops. With a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients, Del Frisco’s Grille’s new menu will take you on a social and culinary journey with each experience, no matter the occasion. Visit www.delfriscosgrille.com or call 813-878-6890. Coffee-Braised Pork Shank

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Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Unveils Calendar and Benefitting Charities It was a night of celebration, as it was revealed which local charities will benefit from the partnership at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa during 2018. The event was hosted by WILD 94.1. The benefitting charities were Ruth Eckerd Hall, Inc. – January; Best Buddies Tampa Bay – February; Humane Society of Tampa Bay – March; Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo – April; Special Operations Warrior Foundation – May; The Florida Aquarium – June; Tampa General Hospital Foundation – July; Tampa Bay History Center – August; Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, Inc. – September; Making Strides Against Breast Cancer – October; Jackson in Action 83 Foundation – November; Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay, Inc. – December. Each charity will be featured alongside a 2018 Seminole Hard Rock Calendar Girl in connection with her month and assist in volunteer and fundraising opportunities. The Seminole Hard Rock Girls Calendar, annually features 20 of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa’s hand-selected female team members. The 2018 calendar showcases iconic neighborhoods of Tampa Bay including Downtown Tampa, Ybor, SoHo and Hyde Park. The calendar was shot by nationally recognized photographer Joey Wright and the Seminole Hard Rock Girls were styled by Amber Flowers, owner of the Glam Squad, who partnered with The Bikini Boutique to custom fit the models in a bohemian chic wardrobe. The calendars are $12 each and 100 percent of the funds generated from sales through 2018 will be distributed evenly amongst the selected 12 local charities. Available in the retail outlets at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa.

Mermosa Wines Opens in Spring 2018 To create fun and interpersonal connections, owner Desiree Noisette, is opening Mermosa Wines. Mermosa is acquiring Cerulean Blu, a popular swim and resort wear boutique in downtown St. Petersburg. Plans are underway to install a tasting lounge inside of the boutique and a cabana-style sidewalk lounge, where guests can try Mermosa’s signature line of mermaid-themed sparkling wines: Mermosa, Mergarita, Mertini and Merjito. “Cerulean Blu is known for expert swimwear fitting and top notch resort wear offerings, in an atmosphere so comfortable, you feel like you’re at home. We will continue all of that,” said Desiree Noisette, Cerulean Blu Managing Member and now Mermosa President. “Under the Mermosa concept, we will add

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our refreshing sparkling wine portfolio and other branded items to become the most friendly sip + shop and suit up experience.” she says. For more information, visit 400 Beach Drive, Suite 161 St. Petersburg, Florida 33701 or call 727.498.8984.


Truth. Humanity. Justice: An Evening with Erin Brockovich Be inspired and jump start 2018 by spending an evening with environmental activist, Erin Brockovich. She has championed many environmental projects worldwide and had a movie made about her life staring actress Julia Roberts. “Erin Brockovich stands for who we are as a community,” said co-chair Becca Tieder. “At a time when people need hope, when Erin Brockovich people want to feel like they can make a difference — a real life change agent can inspire and normalize being extraordinary, Erin will shine a

light on the greatness within us all.” The event is organized by Women of Temple B’nai Israel and led by co-chairs Becca Tieder and Katie Blaxberg. “This program has become so important because it gathers 850 members of our community,” said co-chair Katie Blaxberg. “All religions, identities, races and creeds come together with the hopes of building a better place to live and love. The evening is a powerful reminder that we all belong to one another.” What: An Evening with Erin Brockovich When: Sunday, January 7, 2018, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Cost: Tickets - $40 - $250 Where: Temple B’nai Israel, 1685 South Belcher Road, Clearwater, FL 33764 For more information on sponsorships, contact Becca Tieder at becca@onestudent.org or 813.7847337. Tickets available at www.eventbrite.com/e/truthhumanityjustice-an-evening-with-erin-brockovich-tickets-36150465014.

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Broadway Ball 2017: The annual black tie gala to support art and education programs at the Straz Center was themed Conga! to celebrate the new season and the opening of On Your Feet! The event was emceed by Steve Schnepp, longtime friend of Judy Lisi and President of Broadway Booking Office NYC. Entertainment was provided by the Caliente Band – the house band at the Downtown Disney nightspot Bongos Cuban Café, owned by Gloria and Emilio Estefan. More than 400 guests attended and

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Ball co-chairs. | LAMPLighter’s Fall into Fashion: The annual event held at Neiman Marcus previews upcoming Fall fashion trends. Funds raised go to helping children at Metropolitan Ministries and Joshua House. Elena Wagner was the event chair. Neiman Marcus hosted with a champagne and cappuccino bar and breakfast bites by Puff ’n Stuff. Great door prizes were given away by Neiman Marcus’ Robert Roubideaux and Kim Biehl. | Dress for Success Anniversary Luncheon: The 19th Anniversary Luncheon and Fashion Show was held at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC with over 270 women in attendance. Honorary Ambassadors were Penny Vinik and Renee Vaughn and Stacie Schaible, news anchor of News Channel 8, was the keynote speaker. The luncheon

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Doing the Most Good Luncheon: Kicking off the holiday season and the celebration of 125 years of the Salvation Army serving in Tampa, invited guests joined together at the annual event to celebrate the season. Wendy Ryan of ABC Action News served as Mistress of Ceremonies and Gene McNichols opened with a prayer. Colonel Ralph Bukiewicz delivered an inspiring keynote address. | USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy Fall Symposium: TThe sold-out WLP Fall © Amy Pezzicara, Pezz Photo

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Symposium featured USF Class of ’06 and co-star of the TV hit show Empire, Grace Byers. The keynote was inspirational about building strength and being true to one’s self. WLP Chair Carolyn House-Stewart, Esq., was delighted to speak about the scholarships to deserving students and

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WLP Executive Director, India Witte presented the Community Leadership Award to Debbie Nye Sembler and Community Lifetime Award to Ann McKeel Ross. WLP Scholar Katherine Garcia gave a moving speech of gratitude and how she overcame many obstacles on her journey to college. | Bespoke & Co.’s 3rd Annual Signature Event ‘Casino Royale’: Bespoke & Co. held its annual client appreciation with the support of sponsors: 1st Financial Companies, Compass Land & Title, LLC, Carriera Regan, and Ultimate 3D Printing. Oxford Exchange was transformed into a Bondesque Montenegro-style casino, with guests wearing exclusive custom clothing and formalwear from Bespoke & Co.  Guests were treated to a unique evening featuring casino games, © Amy Pezzicara, Pezz Photo

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18 (13) Ronda Parag, Wendy Garraty, Andi Diamond, Jane Mak, Gina Morales, Santa Sorrentino (14) Howard Grosswirth, Wendy Ryan, Gene & Patsy McNichols, Captains Andy & Abigail Miller (15) Jill Stelzig, Abigail Dougherty, Jessica Rivelli (16) Ann Madsen, Lisa Demmi, Kathleen Pravlik (17) Tom Scherberger, Peggy Land, Rena Upshaw Frazier, Captain Andy Miller, Debra Bellanti (18) Indria Ranaweera, Betty Castor, Priscilla Francois, Neto Coulibaly (19) Nikki Ross-Inda, Karen Dalton (20) Kathy Fountain, Sherry Yagovane, Sandy McLaughlin, Clara Reynolds, Dr. Sandy Goodman, Dottie Grover-Skipper, Natasha Nasciemento, Corey Dylan (21) Carol & Frank Morsani, India Witte, Katherine Garcia (22) Bret Beyer, Daryn Smith, Tom Kersting (23) Joe Hodges, Steve Armstrong (24) Nicole & David Kahn

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JTL Holiday Preview Party: The Junior League of Tampa kicked off their largest fundraiser, the 14th Holiday Gift Market, with a Preview Party that showcased all the wonderful gift ideas and vendors spread throughout the expo hall. The party was filled with entertainment, food and drink samplings from local restaurants. It was a wonderful evening to get a jump on shopping Photo: Sarah Farr, A Work of Heart Photography

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at the market with friends. | Pavilion XXXII Patron Party: Patron Guests of Pavilion XXXII gathered for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at Haven owned by David & Christine Laxer. Then it was off to the Epicurean Hotel for a delicious dinner under the tent. The tables were beautifully

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decorated with florals and splashes of orange. Dinner was delicious and afterwards guests enjoyed wine and desserts in the Wine Shop or rooftop Edge. Allison Casper Adams and Debra Williams McDaniel were co-chairs of the Patron Party. | 5th Annual Wine Women & Shoes: Presented by Landon Plastic Surgery, WWS featured wine tastings with vintners from around the world, a live auction and a silent auction, a walk-around boutique marketplace, a fashion show by Paradise Island Boutique, charming Sole Men, and the chance to win a dream closet. The Candy Couture themed evening raised more than $230,000 for the Photo: Sarah Farr, A Work of Heart Photography

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Pavilion XXXII When: Saturday, November 4, 2017 Where: Tampa Museum of Art

The annual black tie gala presented by PNC Bank for the Tampa Museum of Art was themed Made in Tampa Bay. Chairs for Pavilion XXXII were Maryann Ferenc & Chef Marty Blitz and Celia & Jim Ferman were the evenings honorees for their longtime commitment to the Museum. The stunning décor was created by Ian Prosser and the outstanding team at Botanica International Design & Décor Studio, where the table scapes were designed to create restaurant-style dining spaces for each group and center pieces made with brussel sprouts, broccoli and cabbage. Mise en Place catered the delicious passed hors d’oeuvres and dinner and each course was paired with outstanding reception and dinner wines. During the live auction, due to the generous bidders, several of the items were doubled including the Private Evening at the Duncan McClellan Gallery, Golden Tickets at Amalie Arena and the Made in Florida Auction Package. Continental Wholesale Diamonds also provided a spectacular piece of diamond jewelry for a limited raffle drawing. Guests ended the night on the dance floor dancing to the sounds of Denise Moore and the Helios Orchestra. Tampa Bay METRO was a proud media sponsor. Photography: FotoBohemia; www.fotobohemia.com

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Tuxes & Tails When: Saturday, October 14, 2017 Where: Tampa Convention Center Honorary Chairs, Andrea Gonzmart and Beau Williams, welcomed more than 1,000 animal lovers gathered at the Tampa Convention Center for the Humane Society of Tampa Bay’s 15th annual Tuxes & Tails fundraising gala. The Rio de Carnaval themed event found homes for more than 31 pets and netted more than $400,000 for animals in their care. Guests drank, dined, and danced into the night, making it one of Tampa Bay’s biggest events of the year. “We are so proud to throw one of the best parties in town,” said Humane Society of Tampa Bay Chief Executive Officer Sherry Silk. “Our staff, volunteers, sponsors, and committee members work exceptionally hard to make this event successful and it is all for one thing, the animals. The money raised will go to them. They’re the ones that matter.” Mistress and Master of Ceremonies, Cynthia Smoot and Russell Rhodes from Fox 13 News, presented the entertainment and adoptables parade. An after party and hookah/cigar bar, drinks and live music, took place at the Sail Pavilion. On stage Sherriff Chad Chronister and Chief Jane Castor joined the stage holding adoptable dogs. Some of the sponsors of the event included: The Brink Foundation, The DeBartolo Family Foundation, BoneFish Grill, Bay Stage Live, Wells Fargo, Crown Automotive, Lakeland Auto Mall, Columbia Restaurant, The Yerrid Foundation, Reeves BMW, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, and many, many more. Tampa Bay METRO was a proud sponsor. Photography: Justine Jackson-Ricketts

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A contemporary architectural style, features that include tall glass walls, wide windows and light-inviting skylights are mixed with a monochromatic color scheme. The lines and design of this sophisticated Southern California home were as striking as they were stunning. Yet, impressive as it was, something was lacking. The all-white exterior and interior walls and floors exuded polish, but no pizazz. When a Tampa couple decided to make the hillside house their personal California getaway, the first order of business was to introduce color. Not just any color, but lots of color and in lots of ways. “I kept a lot of the white, but I knew that I wanted it to be bright,” said Nikki DeBartolo, a Tampa-based businesswoman who shares the Benedict Canyon home with her husband, Chad Chronister, and son, Asher. “Los Angeles is a happy place for me, so I knew that I wanted our house to reflect that. The more color, the better.” With the help of interior designer Enrique Crespo, who also collaborated with DeBartolo on her South Tampa residence, Crespo brought bold, brilliant and beautiful touches ranging from patterned wall treatments and commissioned art installations, to custom-made rugs and designer drapes and dramatically transformed the 6,000-square-foot home. “Enrique makes every aspect of working on a house so much fun and his eye for detail is incredible,” said DeBartolo. “I could never do it without him.”

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The living areas encompassing two stories now emit a much more vibrant and vivacious vibe. “When we set out to find the perfect place I wanted it to be the opposite of what I had in Tampa. So I was gravitating to anything modern,” DeBartolo explained. “I wanted it to be bright. I thought that was more fitting for the type of house that it is. I don’t do well with monochromatic. I definitely did not want this house to be boring.” A strategically placed free-floating bar separates the dining and living rooms. Its location is static, but not its appearance. Decorative pink, orange and yellow tiles forming the backdrop for the stylish piece appear to change color, based on the angle from which they are viewed. “It is a big room, but I wanted to keep it very light so I used glass and designed the acrylic cubes and kept the front of the bar white, so that it would blend in with the rest of the room,” explained Crespo. “When you look at the area you don’t feel cramped.” While some of the home’s original white surfaces remain intact, entire walls within some rooms became canvases for color. Multi-colored rugs made the terrazzo floors more of a focal point. And ceilings became showplaces for fabulous light fixtures and large, three-dimensional works of art.

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Still, color alone could not complete the makeover of this ultra-modern space. “The house was very square and angular and I wanted to introduce some curved elements,” Crespo said. “In the living room Missoni sheer drapes go all the way around the room and, from there, I built off of them.” The look is rounded out by a circular rug and curved couch prominently placed beneath a circular chandelier. The floor plan provided the family with the space they needed for their lifestyle, but also easily accommodates visitors staying at the L.A. area residence. With five bedrooms and 5 1/2 baths, guests are welcome, particularly close friends and family. That is, when it is not being used as a private retreat for Nikki, her husband and son. Keeping the overall look and feel casual and comfortable and creating a home that reflects their personalities, was another design consideration. “In the family room there is a huge painting by (artist) Mr. Brainwash called ‘NOT GUILTY.’ It is of a policeman and a young boy. I had this painting made larger for this space because it reminded me of my husband, who is the sheriff of Hillsborough County, and my son,” DeBartolo added. M

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METROHome Décor

Hosting A Gasparilla Party History, Traditions and Advice For Hosting A Pirate Party | By Krayl Funch

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he tradition of Gasparilla goes back to Jose Gaspar, “last of the Buccaneers,” who terrorized the coastal waters of West Florida during the late 18th and early 19th century. Gaspar served as a lieutenant in the Royal Spanish Navy for five years until 1783 when, upon seizing command of a Spanish sloop-of-war, he, with his fellow mutineers, set sail for the Florida straits. And so the young Spanish aristocrat-turned-pirate, began an adventurous life as outlaw of the sea. When Jose Gaspar died, he supposedly left an untold fortune in buried treasure somewhere along the Florida coast. Though that treasure has never been discovered, the story of the swashbuckling Gasparilla was revived in 1904, when Tampa’s social and civic leaders adopted the pirate as patron rogue of their celebration. The first invasion was so successful and well-received by the people of Tampa, that a city-wide demand was voiced to replicate the carnival each year. Despite two lapses, first during an economic downturn between 1907 and 1909, and then in 1918 and 1919 when America entered World War I, the holiday continued to grow with abandon.

Fast Forward To Modern-Day Gasparilla Held each year in late January or early February, the annual Gasparilla Pirate Festival is now one of the biggest events in the area, with tens of thousands streaming into the downtown Tampa area to watch the annual parade and attend concerts and parties.

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Pirate gear abounds for the weeks leading up to the celebration – it can be found on painted finger nails, t-shirts and proudly flown flags on most homes – and of course, the colorful wreaths adoring doorways all around town. For many, heading to neighbors is the choice on parade day, for others it’s a time to break out beads and throw a pirate-themed party, starting on their front porch and inevitably spilling into the driveway and sidewalk. Luckily, there are plenty of choices to pick from when decorating your home for the big parade or simply for the season.

Decorating For Gasparilla Good news, the only rule when it come to Gasparilla is that there are no rules. Generally speaking how you choose to decorate is not limited by choice, but by budget. Stick with “traditional” black, red and white, gives a nod to your neighbors to the west and weave in the more colorful tones of Mardi Gras, you really can’t go wrong as long as there are pirates and beads included. Local and on-line retailers offer pirate-themed party kits that provide cups, plates, napkins, tablecloths and banners with images of the Jolly Roger, eye-patch wearing pirates, treasure chests and maps, making it an easy one stop shopping for those of you planning last minute. If you have a little more time to plan, party favors abound once holiday décor is cleared off the shelves. Pirate-themed cups, ribbons, inflatable coolers, temporary

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tattoos, beach balls, “gold” coins, flags of all sizes, and of course no home would be complete without its own Gasparilla wreath. Gasparilla wreaths begin to appear mid January in the Tampa area and each is as unique as the homeowners themselves. Typically, the wreaths are adorned with coconut pirate heads, faux parrots, oversized dyed ostrich plumes, gold coins, skull-and-crossbones flags and of course, the beads.

Food and Beverage Ideas Focus on local favorites for your Gasparilla food offerings: A Traditional Brunch – items to give parade goers the base they need to endure the full day of party crashing. Bagels, frittatas and mimosas are always a fan favorite. Cuban sandwiches – so many amazing local options to pick from. Paella – a popular local favorite perfect for mid parade grazing.

A Pirates Beverage If your party is geared toward adults, setting up a self serve bar is the way to go. Most party goers are accustomed to bringing their drink of choice, however, the staples such as rum, vodka, mixers and plenty of ice are a great place to start. Or, embrace the booming craft beer industry in the area. Shop local, and fill your cooler with cans of your favorite local brewery. Whatever you decide to decorate with or serve at your gatherings, remember … “Showy is accepted. Tacky is a given. Gaudy is expected.” All in the name of Gasparilla of course. Argh! M


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Compiled By Tampa Bay Metro Staff

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All year long we make note of the great places that we want to recommend in the annual BEST OF METRO issue. We hope you will let us know some of your favorites too. We can all agree that the Tampa Bay area is a great place to live, work and play with its great museums, beaches, sports teams, shopping and eateries. Discover the best in local arts & entertainment, dining & spirits, style and dĂŠcor.


The casino features high stakes table games, thousands of the hottest slot machines, as well as a new smoke free slots area. The new stateof-the-art Poker Room features 46 tables and a new art deco-inspired Mezzanine Level Casino, with more than 500 premium and high limit slots. The award winning fine dining at Council Oaks Steak & Seafood offers hand cut steaks and delicious seafood towers. Relax with a massage or special treatment at the Rock Spa & Salon. 1.866.502.PLAY; www.seminolehardrocktampa.com.

Rock Brothers Attic Best Intimate Concert Hall

Above Rock Brothers Brewing in Ybor City is a great venue that hosts musical acts from singer songwriters to national and regional artists and comedy performances. Beer and craft cocktails can be ordered from your phone and brought right to the table. 813.241.0110; www.atticybor.com.

Left Page: Hillsborough River view of the Tampa Museum of Art – Coutesy of Tampa Museum of Art; Staz Center for the Performing Arts – Courtesy of Rob Harris; Tha Salvador Dalí Museum – Courtesy of Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater

Tampa Museum of Art Best Museum for Public Programs

Located on the Hillsborough River next to Curtis Hixon Park, the Tampa Museum of Art offers seven interior galleries, an exterior sculpture gallery and a large LED covered portico that hosts numerous events. The lighted exterior called Sky, was created by artist Villarreal. Exhibitions change frequently bringing the world’s finest visual arts to the area. The Museum has been dedicated to providing quality education to students and adults, with more than half of its programs offered free of charge. 813.274.8130; www.tampamuseum.org.

American Stage Best Regional Professional Theatre

Celebrating 40 years of bringing theatre to the Tampa Bay Area, American Stage offers programming throughout the year with the MainStage season, Spotlight Series, 21st Century Voices: New Play Festival, American Stage in the Park and Improv. 727.823.7529; www.americanstage.org.

CASS Best Local Studio Space

Gallery owners, Cassie and Jake Greatens, are determined to be involved and expand the Tampa Bay area art scene by hosting exhibitions from local, regional, national and international artists. The gallery is also available for private event rental. 813.839.7135; www.casscontemporary.com.

Tampa Theatre Best Downtown Movie Palace

Having recently undergone a major restoration, the historic Tampa Theater, built in 1926, has meticulously restored the paint and plaster throughout the lobby and revamping the concession stand, reseating the auditorium, replacing carpeting and drapery, plus many behind-the-scenes upgrades to preserve and protect the Theatre for years to come. 813.274.8981; www.tampatheatre.org.

Amalie Arena Best Multi-Event Venue

As home to the Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Storm, this 670,000 square foot arena is an ideal venue for more than 150 events each year including national concerts, performing acts and more. 813.301.6500; www.amaliearena.com.

Florida CraftArt Best Non-Profit Art From Fine Craft Artists

The gallery on Central Ave. in downtown St. Petersburg, boasts a second floor featuring 18 artists’ studios and a classroom where workshops are designed to educate artists in the business of art. The CraftArt Festival, a 2 day outdoor event is held each November. 727.821.7391; www.floridacraftart.org.

MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre Best Large Outside Concert Venue

Whether on the lawn or under the covered seats, some of the largest musical acts perform at the Amphitheatre from country to rock. 813.740.2446; www.livenation.com.

The Studio@620 Best Home for Community Visual & Performing Arts

For over 13 years, this art studio created by a group of passionate and creative people, have been dedicated to artists, audience and volunteers alike, to entertain and educate with a variety of programing about heritage, history, song, theatre and more. The unique space is available to rent. 727.895.6620; www.thestudioat620.org.

The Florida Aquarium Best Natural Environment Aquarium The Florida Aquarium showcases more than 7,000 animal and plant species. From the DolphinQuest ecotour boat to the Dive with the Sharks program, this family friendly aquarium has been voted as one of the top 10 aquariums in North America. The Splash Pad is a fun, outdoor water play zone for the kids. 813. 273.4000; www.flaquarium.org.

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts Best Museum Dedicated to Photography If you’re a fan of photography, then a visit to FMoPA is a must. The museum is dedicated to exhibiting important photographic art as central to contemporary life and culture. Learn more about photography by taking one of the numerous classes for all talent levels. 813.221.2222; www.fmopa.org.

Salvador Dalí Museum Best Mind Bending Arts Museum

In the heart of St. Petersburg is the The Dalí Museum, which continues to grow with the help of collectors, experts and partners. The unparalleled collection of Salvador Dalí art, features more than 2,000 works, comprised of oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures and objets d’art. 727.823.3767; www.thedali.org.

USF Contemporary Art Museum Best Contemporary Art Museum in Hillsborough County

On the campus of USF, the museum organizes and presents exhibitions of contemporary art. Serving also as a teaching laboratory, the educational programs and initiatives showcase contemporary art practices. The collection includes more than 5,000 pieces of art. 813.974.4133; www.camusf.edu.

Duncan McClellan Gallery Best Local Glass Gallery

The 3,000 foot gallery in St. Petersburg warehouse arts district represents over 50 national and international glass artists. The Hot Workshop offers educational programing and

allows owner, Duncan McClellan to mentor other artists. The gallery and outdoor space is available for private rental. 855.436.4527; www.dmglass.com.

Museum of Fine Arts Best Art For Diverse Audiences

Located on the waterfront in downtown St. Pete, the MFA has a world-class collection of works including Monet, Morisot, Rodin, Cezanne, Renoir and Willem de Kooning. The photographic collection at the Museum of Fine Arts now boasts more than 16,000 photographic items that span the history of the medium. On exhibition thru April 1, 2018 is the Star WarsTM and the Power of Costume showcasing more than 60 costumes of Star Wars characters. 727.896.2667; www.mfastpete.org.

The Palladium Theatre at St. Petersburg College Best Affordable Venue for Music The historic Palladium, located in downtown St. Petersburg’s cultural center, has been consistently ranked as one of Tampa Bay’s best, most affordable music venues featuring genres of jazz, blues, pop, opera and more. 727.822.3590; www.mypalladium.org.

Ruth Eckerd Hall Best Venue for Performing Arts in Clearwater

From seasonal favorites to musical acts, Ruth Eckerd Hall provides a variety of programming to satisfy the performing arts lovers. The Broadway series brings Jersey Boys and Kinky Boots back to the area in 2018. 727.791.7400; www.rutheckerdhall.com.

The Leepa Rattner Museum of Art Best Modern/Contemporary Art Museum in Pinellas County

Located on the campus of St. Petersburg College, the museum has a collection of more than 6,000 works of 20th and 21st century art. The core of the collection includes works by Abraham Rattner, a renowned figurative expressionist; Esther Gentle, a printmaker, sculptor and painter; and Allen Leepa, an abstract expressionist artist. Other notable artists include: Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Fernand Léger and Henry Moore. 727.712.5762; www.leeparattner.org.

Straz Center for the Performing Arts Best Theater for a Live Show

Celebrating 30 years of bringing the best programing from Broadway to Opera to artistic shows and concerts, the Straz Center boasts five theaters for enjoyment. The Straz offers three convenient dining options for a dinner before the show: Maestro’s Cafe, Maestro’s Restaurant or Maestro’s On the River. 813.229.7827; www.strazcenter.org.

Florida Holocaust Museum Best Living Memorial Museum

The museum has marked 2017 with a celebration of its 25th Anniversary. The Museum has evolved into the preeminent source of Holocaust information in the Southeastern United States and one of the foremost Holocaust institutions in the country, and strives to teach the importance of

human life to prevent future atrocities. 727.820.0100; www.flholocaustmuseum.org.

The Mahaffey Theater Best Waterfront View Theater

The 2,031- seat cultural jewel boasts spectacular waterfront views in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, offering quality programing including national and international artists and performances in Broadway, pop, rock, comedy, dance and more. Also home to the Florida Orchestra in St. Pete. 727.892.5767; www.themahaffey.com.

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo Best Kid Friendly Zoo

The lush and tropical zoo is set on 56 acres in the Tampa area where kids will enjoy countless experiences with over 1,300 animals to view including giraffes, zebras, manatees and more. Opening in spring of 2018 is Roaring Springs, a wild, new water adventure that will have a three story splashdown. 813.935.8552; www.lowryparkzoo.com.

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Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Best Entertainment Under One Roof

The State Theatre Best Intimate Concert Space The variety of local and national acts makes The State Theatre an ideal venue to get up close to the artists. Constructed in 1924, The State Theatre is an outstanding example of Beaux-arts style architecture. 727.895.3045; www.statetheatreconcerts.com.

Skipper’s Smokehouse Best Live Outdoor Concert Venue

Referred to by locals as the Skipperdome, this iconic Tampa Bay landmark offers live music of rock, blues, reggae and more six days a week outside under old oak trees. Before the show grab a bite of Floribbean cuisine and of course, the famous fried gator tail. 813.971.0666; www.skipperssmokehouse.com.

Jannus Live Best Outdoor Music Venue in St. Pete The outdoor courtyard, with a rich history, is a fun gathering spot to watch the numerous concerts from local and emerging artists to national artists in all musical genres. The venue is standing room only. 727.565.0550; www.jannuslive.com.

The Glazer Children’s Museum Best Place To Explore & Dream

Located adjacent to Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa, the Glazer Children’s Museum is a great place for kids to experience learning environments where they can play, discover, and connect to the world around them. The museum has 19 themed areas and 170 exhibits annually. 813.443.3861; www.glazermuseum.org.

Chihully Collection-Morean Arts Center Best Collection of Colorful Glass Art On Central Ave. in downtown St. Petersburg, this special collection of Chihully art boasts a stunning, permanent collection of world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly’s unique artwork. The Morean Arts Center consists of three venues, which celebrated 100 years in the community. Watch a Hot Shop Demonstration or try it yourself with a personal Hot Shop Glass Experience. 727.896.4572; www.moreanartscenter.org.

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A chic new restaurant in the Tampa Heights area offers seven drink and food establishments, from a coffee bar to a cocktail bar and five eateries, from seafood to asian inspired street food. A great place to meet up with friends for drinks and dining. 813.405.4008; www.thehallonfranklin.

The Green Lemon Best Modern Mexican with a Twist Enjoy the lively atmosphere with DJ music in the evenings and of course, the tasty margaritas with a splash of strawberry, peach, raspberry or mango. Great spot for brunch too. 813.868.5463; www.eatgreenlemon.com.

Cask Social Kitchen Best Place To Be Social From the great ladies nights on Thursday to brunch on Sunday, Cask offers a twist on southern home cooking including Shrimp N’ Grits, Chicken ’N Waffles and Mamma Jackson’s Meatloaf and more. Enjoy a Mason jar punch or a delicious whiskey cocktail. 813.251.0051; www.casksocial.com.

Davidoff of Geneva Best Cigar Lounge A vast selection of hand-made cigars, humidors and accessories is the ideal spot for the cigar lover. The staff is knowledgable and friendly. Grab a glass of wine or whiskey cocktail at the bar and relax in the luxurious lounge. 813.513.7560; www.davidofftampa.com.

Bavaro’s Best Neapolitan Wood-Fired Pizza With locations in downtown Tampa, TIA and St. Petersburg, it is more convenient than ever to get that authentic Italian pizza made in the wood-fired brick oven. From the gourmet sauce and delicious pastas, Bavaro’s is a great place to dine to savor the old-world Italian flavors. Tampa - 813.868.4440, St. Pete- 727.258-7515; www.bavarospizza.com.

Dinner Done Best Prepared Meals To-Go For a nutritious and tasty meal, Dinner Done offers cooking sessions and prepared meals for delivery or pickup. The menu changes monthly and has choices the entire family will find delicious. Takeout is available from the refrigerator cases at the Carrollwood location. 813.264.7700; www.DinnerDone.com.

Franklin Manor Best Late Night Bar Whether you’re in the mood for live music on the outside patio or a DJ inside, Franklin Manor delivers both. Try a delicious craft cocktail including the frosty and tasty Frose’. 813.487.9990; www.thefranklinmanor.com.

American Social Bar & Kitchen Best New Waterfront Spot for Cocktails & Dining Opened in late October of this year on Harbour Island, the expansive indoor and outdoor patio offers the perfect view of downtown Tampa and the Tampa Convention Center. Be sure to visit AmSo, as they are referring to themselves, for a

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tasty craft cocktail or delicious dinner or brunch with friends. 813.605.3333; www.americansocialbar.com.

Anise Global Gastrobar Best Scenic Bar in Downtown Tampa In the heart of downtown Tampa, across from Curtix Hixon Park, Anise offers crafted cocktails and must-try Stinky Buns and Truffle Tater Tots. DJ music on select nights. 813.225.4272; www.aniseglobalgastrobar.com.

Fireside Pizza Cafe Best Place for Neighborhood Pizza and Wings A cozy, casual pizza cafe in downtown Palm Harbor, offers up a delicious spot for a variety of eight types of wings and nine specialty pizzas, along with create your own pizza made in a custom wood-fired oven. 727.216.3474; www.firesidepizzacafe.net.

Annata Wine Bar Best Place to Sip and Savor For a delicious cheese and charcuterie selection on Beach Drive in St. Pete, check out Annata, owned by the Mazzaro family. A wide selection of delicious wines by the bottle or glass are on the menu. Enjoy a music duo or trio on Mondays. No reservations are needed. 727.851.9582; www.annatawine.com.

Council Oak Steaks & Seafood Best Steakhouse Inside Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino,Tampa The on-site butcher shop offers cut-to-order prime dry-aged steaks that will melt in your mouth. Fresh Alaskan King Crab, Maine lobster, jumbo shrimp, and oysters are served from the Raw Bar. 813.627.7628; www.seminolehardrocktampa.com.

CW Gin Joint Best New Speakeasy Joint in Downtown Tampa The recently opened bar and restaurant speaks to a bygone era of glam and fashionable cocktails. The crystal chandeliers and comfortable lounge seating create a beautiful ambience. The craft cocktails are inspired by the past and the menu offers a tasty selection of nibbles and bites. 813.816.1446; www.cwginjoint.com.

Sacred Pepper Best Upscale Restaurant in North Tampa With a belief that everything that happens around a table is sacred, Candy DeBartolo opened a Contemporary American cuisine restaurant with an Italian flair. The menu features twists on comfort foods and sharable plates like the Sacred Meatballs and Tuna Tar Tare Tamari or Pistachio Crusted Fried Brie. 813.609.8000; www.sacredpepper.com.

Wright’s Gourmet House Best Sandwich Shop For over 54 years, Wright’s has served up delicious sandwiches and fantastic desserts. Our faves include the Beef Martini sandwich and the Seventh Wonder Bars. 813.253.3838; www.wrightsgourmet.com.

Sea Salt St. Pete Best Raw Oyster Bar in St. Petersburg A variety of oysters arrive daily from around the

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country and are displayed in the 80 ft. raw bar. Chef Fabrizio Aielli owns and operates Sea Salt serving only the freshest seafood dishes. Cooking classes and wine dinners are also offered. 727.873.7964; www.seasaltstpete.com.

Stillwaters Tavern Best Modern Tavern The open view of the kitchen, along with the rustic interior, hanging edison bulbs and white subway tile, set a great scene for lunch or dinner, under the direction of Chef Jeffrey Jew. 727.350.1019; www.stillwaterstavern.com.

Ava Restaurant Best Inspired Italian in SoHo Co-owned by baseball coach and World Series Cubs Winner, Joe Maddon and 717’s Michael Stewart, Ava’s offers rustic Neapolitan pizzas and delicious handmade pasta in the heart of South Tampa. The bar offers up delicious craft-cocktails and great wine selections. The wood fired pizza oven turns out delicious pizzas including a favorite – the Funghi pizza made with cremini and shiitake mushrooms. 813.512.3030; www.avatampa.com.

Craft Street Kitchen Best Neighborhood Restaurant A gem of a restaurant, with two locations in Oldsmar and Trinity, offering up delicious and locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. Try the Buffalo Cauliflower for a starter or a delicious burger or Farmhouse Grilled Cheese. Wash it down with a beer on tap or craft cocktail. 727.314.4270; www.craftstreetkitchen.com.

The Getaway Best Tiki Bar On the St. Pete side of the Gandy Bridge, enjoy great cocktails, music, food and a sunset celebration nightly and a feel of the islands. The Getaway creates a beach vibe of relaxation. Arrive by land or sea, dock slips are available. 813.267.1602; www.thegetawaytampabay.com.

Rococo Steak Best Steakhouse in St. Petersburg The menu at Rococo’s offers a twist on the classic steakhouse. From the daily, innovative Fresh Sheet, with unique seafood and steak preparations, to the dinner menu, guests will be delighted by only the freshest and seasonal ingredients. The wine collection includes more than 650 labels. 727.822.0999; www.rococosteak.com.

O Cocina Best Elevated Mexican Cuisine Meet friends at one of the most beautiful bars with a living succulent wall and crafted signature cocktails and stay for dinner, with an order of table side guacamole or fresh made ceviches. 813.289.0649; www.ococina.com.

Tryst Gastro Lounge Best Place to Rendezvous for Cocktails on Beach The chic and fashionable crowd in downtown St. Pete enjoy crafted cocktails, delicious bites and outdoor music. The menu offers a changing selection of small plates or entrees of beef, salmon, chicken or lamb. 727.821.4567; www.trystgastrolounge.com.

Ocean Prime Best Restaurant Social Scene Now is the ideal time to enjoy the expanded patio area at Ocean Prime. Weekdays the dining room is filled with movers and shakers dining on delicious seafood, sushi and steaks. Enjoy a tasty hand-crafted cocktail or live piano music in the bar. 813.490.5288; www.ocean-prime.com.

The Mill Best Rustic Comfort Restaurant in St. Petersburg In the heart of downtown St. Pete, The Mill offers delicious options for lunch, brunch and dinner. The outside area is great for cooler weather and to people watch. The rustic décor and twist on southern favorites on the menu offers a variety of seafood, prime steaks, sandwiches and salads. The Mill Charcuterie, all made in-house, Meatloaf Wellington or the Not Your Momma’s Grilled Cheese are a few favorites. 727.317.3930; www.themilldtsp.com.

Haven Best Wine & Cheese Bar in SoHo Part of the Bern’s family of restaurants, Haven offers over 40 wines by the glass, 300 bourbons and delicious and innovative small plates and a choice of 60 cheese and charcuteries. The artisanal cheeses are hand selected from around the world. 813.258.2233; www.haventampa.com.

On Swann Best American Bistro Restaurant The contemporary design interior and delicious seasonal menu makes this a hot spot in Hyde Park. The chefs are on view in the open kitchen. Share Boards offer a selection of cheeses and cured meats. A selection from Nibbles are great for sharing including the Whipped Ricotta-Corn Dip and Saffron Arancini. The Gnocchi, Short Rib and Scallops are menu favorites. 813.251.0110; www.onswann.com.

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood Best Seafood Restaurant in Westshore Business District Known for it’s incredible service and delicious seafood and prime steaks, makes Eddie V’s a great spot to meet friends for a celebration or a business dinner. The lively bar scene with jazz music nightly attracts a beautiful crowd most nights of the week. 813.877.7290; www.eddiev.com.

BellaBrava: New World Trattoria Best New World Italian on Beach Drive A perfect spot to dine outside under the umbrellas on Beach Drive, and people watch. The tasty menu offers up a great selection of Italian style pizzas, pastas, meats and seafood. 727.895.5515; www.bellabrava.com.

Castile/360° Rooftop Bar Best Rooftop Bar on St. Pete Beach The sunsets are breathtaking, as well as the panoramic views, at the 360° Rooftop Bar located at Hotel Zamora. It’s a great place to meet friends and enjoy happy hour with cocktails at the end of the day.

727.456.8660; www.castilerestaurant.com.

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Buya Ramen Best Ramen in Downtown St. Petersburg

a spread of yellow mustard. 813.248.9977; www.brocatossandwich.com.

Located on Central Avenue, Buya Ramen offers up some of the best noodle bowls around. A delicious bowl of Japanese noodles with broths and vegetables make for a meal. The chic interior adds warmth, as well as a glass of Japanese whiskey. 727.202.7010; www.buyaramen.com.

World of Beer Best Selection of Beers on Tap The large selection of more than 50 beers on tap and 500 in the cooler, will be sure to satisfy every beer lover. With a great selection of bar food and the upstairs deck at the International Plaza Tampa location, it’s a great place to meet friends over a cold brew. 813.930.5499; www.worldofbeer.com.

Ulele Best Waterfront Eatery Along the Hillsborough River, Ulele offers a great spot for lunch and dinner at the Gonzmart family owned restaurant. Inspired by Floridian native influences, the menu offers a twist on southern classics. Okra Fries, Crab Mac & Cheese and the Deconstructed Seafood Pot Pie are menu favorites. 813.999.4952; www.ulele.com.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant Best Place to Wine & Dine Near International Plaza A unique pairing of a winery, tasting room, retail market and restaurant, creates a fun spot to meet for a girls’ night out or a romantic date night. The menu offers a recommended paring for each dish. 813.873.9463; www.chwinery.com.

Chef Pierola, and her team, continue to push culinary limits to blend flavors and provide guests a gastronomic delight. The unique and creative entrees and menu of small plates changes daily. Open for lunch and dinner. 813.254.7111; www.edison-tampa.com.

It has the feel of Cheer’s where regulars gather to meet friends and belt out their favorite songs. Pete’s in South Tampa, has a cast of regulars that can really sing. The beer is cold and the drink prices won’t break the bank. 813.282.9039; www.petestampa.com.

Armani’s Best Terrace View The stunning view from the 14th floor, inside the Grand Hyatt, offers a romantic dining experience. The sunsets are spectacular and the Northern Italian cuisine never disappoints. 813.207.6800; www.grandhyatttampabay.com/restaurants.

Del Frisco’s Grille Best Outdoor Patio Dining

Locale Market and FarmTable Cucina Best Downtown Combo Restaurant & Foodie Market Inside Sundial in downtown St. Petersburg, the chef inspired market and restaurant offers plenty of prepared items at the food stations located on the first floor. Dine upstairs at the FarmTable Cucina open for lunch or dinner with Italian-inspired dishes. Locale Market offers fresh seafood, pastries, cheeses and more. 727.523.6300; www.localegourmetmarket.com or www.farmtablecucina.com.

Coppertail Brewing Co. Best Brew in Ybor The 20 beers on tap and the large tasting room are a perfect reason to visit this independent brewing facility in Ybor. Open seven days a week for tasting, and brewery tours at select times and days. The beers that started it all: Free Dive (IPA), Wheat Stroke, UnHoly and Night Swim. 813.247.1500; www.coppertailbrewing.com.

It’s a great time of year to dine outside and Del Frisco’s has a large and spacious outdoor patio that is full service and offers a great happy hour or full service dinner. Start with the Cheesesteak Eggrolls or Ahi Tacos. 813.878.6890; www.delfriscosgrille.com.

Ciro’s Speakeasy and Supper Club Best Hand-Crafted Cocktails in Tampa

Roux Best Creole Nouvelle Restaurant

A password is required to enter the small, intimate bar and restaurant located inside Bayshore Royal Building. Guests should make reservations to enjoy the delicious hand-crafted cocktails created by talented mixologists and menu offerings. 813.251.0022; www.cirostampa.com.

Brocato’s Sandwich Shop Best Cuban Sandwich Since 1948, this sandwich shop has been offering its famous cuban sandwich that is traditionally filled with roast pork, ham, swiss cheese and of course, dill pickles between cuban bread, with

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Step inside Oxford Exchange that is part restaurant, part shopping and certainly a gathering community hotspot. Guests can enjoy food and drinks inside the restaurant or grab a coffee or tea, shop for unique gifts, pick up the latest book, or shop for glasses at Warby Parker. Open for breakfast, lunch, weekend brunch or hightea with a tempting menu of sandwiches, soups and salads. 813.253-0222; www.oxfordexchange.com.

Edison: Food + Drink Lab Best Creative Cuisine

Pete’s Place Best Karaoke Bar

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Oxford Exchange Best Lunch Atmosphere

Stop in for Happy Hour of chargrilled oysters and you will want to stay for dinner. Offering a mix of Cajun favorites with a twist of Southern cuisine, the menu at Roux offers up steaks, alligator bites, gumbos and more. Open for lunch and dinner. 813.443.5255; www.rouxtampa.com.

Rick’s On the River Best Live Music on the Hillsborough River The place is laid back and casual and offers live music daily. The menu offers up delicious bar food staples of wings, oysters, fried seafood and more. For those arriving by boat, dock slips are available. 813.251.3010; www.ricksontheriver.com.

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Cigar City Brewing Best Locally Brewed Beer Beer lovers enjoy the three regular releases: Jai Alai, Lager and Florida Cracker. The Tasting Room offers nearly 26 beers on tap. One of the most sought after breeds is the Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout. Brewery tours available. 813.348.6363 ext. 206; www.cigarcitybrewing.com.

RumFish Grill Best Restaurant with a Tank Inside the Guy Harvey restaurant is a massive fish tank that graces the dining room. The menu offers up fresh sustainable Florida seafood on St. Pete Beach. The outdoor deck offers great cocktails and live music nightly with plenty of TVs to enjoy sports games. 844.786.3474; www.RumFishGrill.com.

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Mazzaro Italian Market Best Italian Market It is like a well-oiled machine with counters serving up the best of Italy with the finest meats & seafoods, homemade pastas, deli, bakery, cheeses, coffee and gourmet imports. Don’t miss the over 30 varieties of Italian cookies and gelato in the bakery. 727.321.2400; www.mazzarosmarket.com.

717 South Best South Tampa Hot Spot A staple of the SoHo dining scene, Owner, Michael Stewart and Executive Chef Robert Masson, create a menu blending the best of Italy and the Pacific Rim dishes. More than 400 wines are available by the bottle and the bar offers creative cocktails. Guest bartender nights and events are hosted to benefit local charities. 813.250.1661; www.717south.com.

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Ella’s Folk Art Cafe Best Sunday Dining Escape On Sundays there is no better place to enjoy southern favorites like Fried Chicken and Waffles, Fried Catfish or some Kansas City BBQ, while listening to live music till 7 p.m. A Bloody Ella is a great start to any meal. 813.234.1000; www.ellasfolkartcafe.com.

Oceanic Oriental Supermarket Best Asian Market In downtown Tampa, check out Oceanic for hard to find Asian ingredients, or a trip for unique dish and cookware, discover fresh produce, fish, duck, herbal medicines, teas and more. 813.228.8110; www.oceanicmarket.com.

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Wine Exchange Best Wine and Dine in Hyde Park Enjoy indoor or outdoor seating at this staple in Hyde Park Village for 27 years. The bistro and wine bar offers a European experience with a menu inspired cuisine of pizzas, salads and pastas and 40 different wines. 813.254.9463; www.wineexchangetampa.com.

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Mise en Place Best Modern American Cuisine Owners Chef Marty Blitz and Maryann Ferenc, have continued to support and create a local dining scene for 31 years at Mise en Place. The menu constantly evolves and changes with seasonal availabilities. 813.254.5373; www.miseonline.com.

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Ceviche offers a delicious selection of hot and cold tapas, from the signature paellas to the seafood ceviches. While sipping a glass of sangria, enjoy the unique Spanish atmosphere and ambiance. Flamenco, jazz or latin music on select nights. 813.250.0203 Tampa or St. Pete 727.209.2299; www.ceviche.com.

Pelagia is a hidden treasure tucked inside the Renaissance International Plaza Hotel, with Italian and French influences. Offering three meals a day, the menu offers a selection of salads, sandwiches and homemade pastas and stone-oven pizzas. Private dining space available. 813.313.3253; www.pelagiatrattoria.com.

Caretta On The Gulf Best Dining With Sunset View

Ichicoro Ramen Best Ramen Bar

SouZou Asian Kitchen Best Sushi Rolls

Boca Hyde Park Best Rustic Farm Charm The rustic casual, yet chic interior is a great place for cocktails, or enjoy a meal with friends. The menu changes with availability of ingredients with local locations in Tampa and Brandon. 813.254.7070; www.bocatampa.com.

Dunedin Brewery Best Local Microbrewery As the oldest microbrewery in Florida, The Dunedin Brewery has been passionately brewing beer since 1996. The batches are hand-crafted with 15 barrels at a time. Visit for a cold beer and a bite to eat and a good time. 727.736.0606; www.dunedinbrewery.com.

The Capital Grille Best Business Lunch The location at International Plaza makes Capital Grille a central meeting place for a delicious lunch. The menu features renowned dry-aged steaks and a 5,000 bottle wine list. 813.830.9433; www.thecapitalgrille.com.

Datz Best Foodie Fix Datz constantly mixes things up to provide tempting food, cocktails and events for local foodies with a unique twist on comfort food. Enjoy Breakfast for Dinner or house favorites of Barry C’s Stuffed Meatloaf, Kentucky Colonel or Shrimp N’ Grits. Enjoy a great wine bar and craft beers on tap. 813.831.7000; www.datztampa.com.

The Refinery Best Revolving Menu The Seminole Heights restaurant started by Chef Greg Baker and his wife, Michelle, source the freshest local meats, vegetables and seafood to create the weekly menu. Everything is made in-house from the salad dressings to the house-made sausage. Open for Dinner and Brunch on weekends. 813.237.2000; www.thetamparefinery.com.

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Pelagia Trattoria Best Modern Italian

Since 1956, the iconic Tampa restaurant has been expertly preparing steaks exactly to guests’ preference and makes every dining experience special. First time guests must take the wine and kitchen tours. Don’t miss dessert and a port in the Harry Waugh Dessert Room. 813.251.2421; www.bernssteakhouse.com.

Located inside the Sandpearl Resort, the sun sets nightly and a great view is offered from Carretta’s. The Raw Bar offers a fresh selection of oysters, shrimp and more for a delicious Sunday brunch. 727.441.2425; visit www.carettaonthegulf.com.

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Ceviche Best Tapas in Town

Columbia Restaurant Best Spanish Cuisine For 112 years, the historic Ybor location has been serving up delicious Spanish dishes including the famed 1905 salad, chicken and yellow rice, ropa vieja and more. The Columbia Restaurant is owned and operated by five generations of the Gonzmart family. Be sure to try the sangria and enjoy the Flamenco dancers at the Ybor location. Ybor - 813.248.496; www.columbiarestaurant.com.

The Seminole Heights location, with its sophisticated and chic interior, usually has lines out the door. The homemade broth takes nearly 20 hours to make, with the menu offering a choice of five broths and various additions. The open concept kitchen allows diners to watch the action. 813.517.9989; www.ichicoro.com.

The Sail Pavilion Best Downtown Waterfront Oasis The Sail Pavilion offers great food, music and waterfront views along Tampa’s downtown Riverwalk. This urban oasis is family and dog-friendly. Brews & Bites - a monthly food truck rally takes place the 2nd Friday of the month. 813.274.7788; www.tampagov.net/tcc/the-sail

Cru Cellars Best Boutique Wine Bar A wonderful selection of unique and limited wines are available in the shop. The bar and wine garden offer the ideal spot to discover new wine from the diverse and carefully selected list and share a small plate. 813.831.1117; www.crucellarstampa.com.

SoHo Backyard Best Undiscovered GastroPub Just one block from South Howard’s bar scene, SoHo Backyard offers a delicious escape to the crowds. Weekdays are themed with daily specials and a full menu is served late. 813.284.5924; www.sohobackyard.com.

Byblos Cafe Best Mediterranean Cuisine Under renovations and re-opening soon, it is time to escape to the Mediterranean with a tasty menu choice of hummus, falafel, dolma, delicious kabob or gyros and other authentic Lebanese favorites. On Saturday nights enjoy belly dancing performances. 813.805.7977; www.bybloscafe.com.

Salt Rock Grill Best Seafood Dining Enjoy an expansive wine cellar and fresh local seafood on the beach in Indian Shores. Steaks are cooked over the natural oak and citrus wood pit fire. 727.593.7625; www.saltrockgrill.com.

The Canopy at The Birchwood Best Roof Top Lounge Atop The Birchwood Hotel, The Canopy offers breathtaking views of Tampa Bay, Straub Park, and downtown St. Petersburg, along with crafted cocktails and appetizer menu. Reserve a private cabana, or enjoy living room-style seating and fire pits for those cool evenings. 727.896.1080; www.thebirchwood.com.

Offering a twist on Pacific Rim and Japanese influences, the unique flavors and creative ingredients create a wide selection of rolls for sushi lovers. Asian inspired hot plates and noodle dishes and Bento boxes round out the menu. 727.823.4050; www.souzouasiankitchen.com.

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Bern’s Steakhouse Best Classic Dining

Hula Bay Club Best Laid-Back Eatery Whether it’s a burger or sushi, the scenic water views and Hawaiian island-inspired cuisine offer up a casual place to relax and drink with friends. Enjoy live music and DJs down at Dukes. 813.837.4852; www.hulabayclub.com.

Mandarin Hide Best Cocktail Culture Really an early innovator of the craft-cocktail scene, Mandarin Hide is tucked between two other bars on Central Avenue in St. Pete. The drinks offer generous pours and the bartenders are friendly. 727.231.4007; www.mandarinhide.com.

Cafe Ponte Best Diverse Cuisine The menu is updated seasonally and offers a great selection of salads, seafood and steaks. Chef Chris Ponte continues to offer an American-inspired menu that dazzles palettes for lunch and dinner with inspirations from French, Italian and Asian influences. 727.538.5768; www.cafeponte.com.

Oystercatchers Best Sunday Brunch The views are stunning and the selection of breakfast items, seafood, pasta, meats, desserts, and more create for a wonderful Sunday Brunch, complete with Mimosas and a Bloody Mary Bar. 813.207.6816; www.tampabay.grand.hyatt.com.

Goody Goody Burgers Best New Old Fashion Burger Owner, Richard Gonzmart, brings a slice of nostalgia back to Tampa located in Hyde Park Village. The burgers with the special sauce brings back memories for many, along with the delicious butterscotch pie. Breakfast is served all day long. 813.308.1925; www.goodygoodyburgers.com.

IL Ritorno Best Contemporary Italian Cuisine Scheduled to re-open soon after a renovation, Chef-Owner David Benstock and his wife, Erica have created a gem of a dining experience on Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg, with a menu that is updated daily to reflect the freshest ingredients possible. The Short Rib Mezzaluna, Caprese Salad and Roasted Baby Beets are favorites, or choose a Prix Fix menu. 727.897.5900; www.ilritornodowntown.com.

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Spa Sudeva

Blowbar Express Styling Salon

LA Fitness South Tampa

Crave

Spa Evangeline at The Epicurean Hotel

Pure Barre

You Glow Spray Tan Massage Studio

Rock Spa & Salon

Glow Couture Day Spa


The modern decor is chic and inviting for a manicure, pedicure, waxing or facial. Relax with a glass of wine or champagne and let the stresses of life float away. 727.896.2700; www.nouvellebeautybar.com.

CAMP Best Fitness Camp For Adults With a philosophy that kids should not have all the fun, this fitness studio combines yoga, cycling and circuit training classes. The variety of classes at CAMP assures you’ll never get bored. The instructors are motivating and help each member reach their fitness goals. Childcare is offered for little ones. 813.999.1900; www.camptampa.com.

Blowbar Express Styling Salon Best Premier Blow Dry Bar Blowbar in South Tampa is your place for a great blow out. No color or cuts, just a beautiful silky blow. For a special occasion or event, the stylists will create a straight, curly or wavy hair look. Now offering brow and lash services, spray tans and body waxing. 813.876.2569; www.blowbarexpress.com.

Pia Esthetics Day Spa & Body Shop Best Brazilian Wax in the Bay Pia’s Day spa shines for their Brazilian Wax, and other top quality waxing services at four locations- South Tampa, Westchase, St. Petersburg and Orlando. Other spa services include nails, massage, facials, eyelash extensions, microblading and spray tan. Tampa - 813.831.2418; www.bypia.com.

Faces of South Tampa Best Place to Refresh the Face & Body Whether it is a facial, injectables, fillers, laser or coolsculpting, Faces offers a variety of custom services to improve the body and soul. Located in a historic building on Bayshore Blvd., Faces is the place to receive a variety of treatments to feel and look your best. 813.443.5134; www.facesofsouthtampa.com.

Spa Evangeline at The Epicurean Hotel Best Boutique Spa Located on the ground floor of the Epicurean Hotel in South Tampa, Spa Evangeline, a boutique day spa with five treatment rooms, features a delectable menu of body, skincare, beauty rituals, along with couples’ spa packages. 813.999.8742; www.spaevangeline.com.

Spa Jardin Best Relaxation Spa Melt away the stress inside this cute bungalow that offers a private outdoor oasis, or inside enjoy a signature massage, facial or pedicure. The heavenly scent will transport you into another place and time upon entering. The body and skincare products are available in the gift shop. 813.835.9549; www.spajardin.com.

Rock Spa & Salon Best Relaxation Spot Inside The Hard Rock Stresses of the day will melt away inside the Rock Spa at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Enjoy a signature mani/pedi, facial or float away with a Synchronicity massage that will help reduce the stress of life, while listening to a custom soundtrack. 813.627.7650; www.seminolehardrocktampa.com/rock-spa.htm

You Glow Spray Tan Best UV-Free Tanning Salon For a safe and flawless tan, You Glow Spray Tan will educate you on the benefits of sunless tanning, proper maintenance techniques and offer advice and products that will improve sunless tanning results. 813.876.4560; www.youglowspraytan.com.

Crave Best All Natural Nail Spa There are only sweet and calming scents inside Crave, a nail spa with health and well-being in mind. Using all natural products and no harmful chemicals for manicures and pedicures. No appointments are needed and walk-ins are welcome. Soho: 813.252.6567; www.cravespa.com.

The Grand Beauty Spa Best Spot to Revive with New Style Located on Kennedy Avenue is a beauty spa offering full service salon and beauty services. The stylists will create a new look and expert coloring for clients, or they can enjoy a day spa package with a spa lunch included. 813.874.7674; www.grandbeautyspa.com.

Sandpearl Spa Best Spa by the Beach The Spa at Sandpearl pampers guests with a full menu of ocean-inspired treatments and salon services right on Clearwater Beach. The 12,000-square-foot Clearwater Spa inside the Sandpearl Hotel features seven private treatment rooms, including two sumptuous Couples Suites. 727.674.4140; www.sandpearl.com.

Glow Couture Day Spa Best Overall Wellness Spa The boutique spa tucked in a bungalow home in Palma Ceia offers a retreat to refresh and recharge. Owner, Wesley Winer and her experienced staff, will take care of your every need from custom skincare treatments to massages, nails, waxing, airbrush tanning and more. You’ll be sure to leave GLOWing. 813.832.8000; www.glowdayspatampa.com.

Red Bamboo Medi Spa Best Medical Aesthetics Spa For the past nine years, Red Bamboo has been THE medi-spa leader in West Central Florida. Whether you are interested in basic medical aesthetic treatments with Botox of Fillers, or something more advanced like Hair Restoration or Laser Liposuction, Red Bamboo is THE place in Tampa Bay. 727.726.6100; www.RBmedispa.com.

LA Fitness Best Place to Get in Shape

Body Electric Yoga Company Best Place to Get Your Zen On

To work out with the latest technology and fitness instruction, LA Fitness in south Tampa offers a comprehensive facility with indoor pool, group fitness classes, indoor cycling, basketball, personal training and more. 813.775.6492; www.lafitness.com.

Offering good vibes and a great community, The Body Electric believes that when people practice yoga, it makes the world a better place. With workshops, special classes, events and merchandise, preregistering for classes is not required. Get strong and flexible in your body, mind & spirit. 727.490.ZEN1; www.thebodyelectricyoga.com.

Spa Sudeva Best Stress Reliever Spa Escape inside Spa Sudeva for spa services that are far beyond the ordinary and begin a journey of relaxation and healing. The rituals are inspired by exotic and ancient modalities of Europe and the Far East. Offering facials, massages and even Reiki Energy rituals. 813.837.4300; www.spasudeva.com.

Pure Barre Best LTB Place A mix of pilates and ballet, the body will be transformed and have you looking and feeling your best in no time with LTB, Lift, Tone, Burn. With ten locations throughout the Bay area, there is a location near you. 813.254.8663; www.purebarre.com.

Massage Studio Best Convenient Massage Studio The Tampa and St. Petersburg Massage Studio locations offer affordable, convenient and luxurious massage therapy seven days a week. Soothe your mind and body with a pampering massage. Tampa - 813.879.3700, St. Pete - 727.823.3700; www.massagestudiospa.com.

Salamander Spa Best Optimal Well Being Spa Spend the day inside a tranquil and peaceful spa with four signature treatments to refresh and restore the mind, body and soul at the Salamander® Spa, Tampa Bay, located at Innisbrook Golf & Spa Resort. The cashmere quench wrap is heavenly with scents of cinnamon, clove and ginger painted on the body. Salon services and Day packages are available. 727.942.5258; www.innisbrookgolfresort.com.

Life Time Athletic & Life Spa Best Place to Get Fit & Get A Makeover If you’re looking for the ultimate in fitness, health and overall wellness, Life Time is it. Offering everything from yoga to pilates, indoor/outdoor cycling, personal training, kids’ activities, a spa, nutrition assessments and the Life Cafe, it’s your one stop shop for health and well being. 813.262.1300; www.lifetime.life.

Whole Aveda Salon Spa Best Inner Well-Being Spa With four Pinellas locations: Largo, Clearwater, Pinellas Park and Oldsmar, Whole Aveda prides themselves on helping you to feel Whole. With everything from hair services to nails and waxing, makeup and Aveda products, this is the place to escape and relax. Oldsmar-813.854.4455; www.wholespa.com.

Pallavi Luxury Spa Best Transformation Spa

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Nouvelle Beauty Bar Best Downtown St. Petersburg Salon to be Pampered

The signature spa at the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach, specializes in new beginnings and meaningful transformations. Pallavi, meaning new leaf, is the guiding light behind all of their treatments and therapeutic rituals. 727.281.9577; www.wyndhamgrandclearwater.com/spa.

Burn Boot Camp Best Place to Get Your Burn On With an average burn of 700 calories per camp, you’ll get the best workout in just 45 minutes. They offer free childcare and free Saturday classes to try them out. Change your life, change your community, feel the burn. Locations in Tampa and St. Petersburg. Westchase – 813.925.9116; www.burnbootcamp.com.

Blo Blow Dry Bar Best Blow Out for a Night Out Located near International Plaza, Blo Blow Dry Bar opens as early as 7am until as late as 9pm. Their expert “bloers” will deliver by smoothing and sculpting your tresses into runway ready locks. 813.877.2639; www.blomedry.com.

Glam & Glow Studio Best Place for Eyelash Extensions Enhance your beauty with eyebrows, eyelash extensions, and spray tans to look and feel like a better version of yourself every day. 813.992.9920; www.glamandglowstudio.com.

The Salon & Spa at Mystic Hair Best Indulgent Spa For over 20 years, this specialty spa not only is tops for hair cuts, color and extensions, but they also offer some of the best in facials, massages, skin treatments and nail care. Located in Carrollwood. 813.264.2215; www.mystichair.com.

Safety Harbor Resort & Spa Best Spa to Play & Stay Since 1925, the Safety Harbor Resort & Spa has been known as a unique place “where healing waters flow.” With several packages offering spa services, overnight stays, dining and even weddings, this gem is worth a visit. 727.726.1161; www.safetyharborspa.com.

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Style & Décor

Deborah Kent’s Best Boutique Filled with European Fashions

Val’s Home Décor Best Place to Accessorize the Home Within a warehouse setting in Carrollwood, there are aisles of home décor accessories to make your house a home. From table top décor to unique finds in florals, vases, candles, mirrors, and objects d’art, there is a huge selection of objects to create the ideal home, office or special event décor. 813.963.6717; www.valshomedecor.com.

Filled with the latest designs from Paris, London, Milan, New York and California, owner Deborah Skyrms travels the world to bring the latest womens’ designs to her shop in South Tampa. Discover the latest trends in apparel, shoes and accessories from casual to classics. 813.259.1150; www.deborahkents.com.

Casa Nova Best Unique Home Fashions

Sara’s Karma Chic Boutique Best Styling with Flair Owner Sara Quintero brings the latest West coast apparel styles to the Tampa Bay area at her boutique in South Tampa, along with jewelry and gifts designed by local artisans. Stop in to discover her latest finds with social consciousness to make a positive impact locally. 813.785.2388; Visit on Facebook.

Brocante Vintage Market Best Antique Shopping in St. Pete Brocante is 15,000 square feet of vintage bliss in St. Petersburg. Brocante captures all of the excitement of a vintage street market with multiple vendors, bringing their own style and selection to sell only on the first weekend of each month. This limited engagement creates an air of excitement, as items are claimed and treasures find their new home. 727.328.8630; www.brocantemarket.com.

Meredith Haws Jewelry Design Best Local Jewelry Designer Designer Meredith Haws draws inspirations from her travels to create unique one-of-a-kind necklaces, bracelets and earrings, using colorful and exotic stones and rare found objects. Meredith is a lover of all animals and proud supporter of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Available at Deborah Kent’s, The Oxford Exchange, Jackie Z Style Co. or online. 813.992.5395; www.meredithhawsjewelry.com.

Ansley Z Kids Co. Best Children’s Boutique Located in Sundial in St. Pete and near her flagship boutique, owner Jackie Zumba opened a children’s boutique specializing in clothing for boys and girls, accessories, shoes, toys and gifts. The store’s name comes from her own daughter, Ansley. 727.826.0732; www.ansleyzkidsco.com.

The Haute Shop Boutique Best Style on a Budget Stay on trend with the latest fashions in dresses, tops, pants, accessories and more from The Haute Shop owners, Amanda Gluck and Jocelyn McKnight. Look date night ready with the stylish fashions that are right on trend. 813.258.8100; Visit on Facebook at TheHauteShopBoutique or on Instagram Hauteshoptampa.

Mermosa Formerly Cerulean Blu Best Resort Wear Boutique

If you are looking for a unique gift, step into a beautiful and expansive showroom, where you will find a large selection of silver, china, flatware, ornaments and crystal. Whether you are searching for the perfect wedding, baby shower or birthday gift, stop in to view the vast inventory. 800.262.3134; www.silverqueen.com.

Ethan Allen Best Furniture and Home Furnishings Ethan Allen provides two convenient locations in Citrus Park and Brandon to search and seek a new living room sofa, dining room table and chairs, rugs, lighting and decor to furnish or update your home. Design services available. Citrus Park - 813.920.9696, Brandon - 813.621.7585; www.ethanallen.com.

For those seeking the best in outdoor apparel, gifts and accessories, Salt Pines offers the latest brands including Rodd & Gunn, Lauren James, Everly, Southern March and Bourbon and Boweties, Yeti and more for both men and women. Shop online or visit the shop in Old Hyde Park Village. 813.644.5991; www.saltpines.com.

Clayton Gray Home Best Inspired Home Décor & Gifts Owner Wendy Garraty searches the design markets to showcase and stock her online shop with unique and creative furniture, artwork, accessories, mirrors, lighting, jewelry and gifts. Her new brick and mortar location will open soon in Channelside. 813.250.3663; www.claytongrayhome.com.

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Silver Queen Best Place Setting

Salt Pines Best Casual Outdoor Life Boutique

In the spring 2018, Owner, Desiree Noisette will install a tasting lounge and sidewalk lounge carrying mermaid-themed sparkling wines. The shop will offer a wide selection of bathing suits, dresses, tops, sandals and accessories that are colorful and fun for the Tampa Bay lifestyle. 727.498.8984; www.ceruleanblu.com.

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Casa Nova is a home boutique store offering home interiors, local art, lighting, rugs, mirrors, gifts and accessories with eclectic, one-of-a-kind home décor for more than 10 years. A wide selection of custom, upholstered furniture from chairs to sofas are available in thousands of fabrics. Design partners and onsite staff are available to provide inspiration to create a new look for your home. 813.837.8282; www.shopcasanova.com.

Paradise Island Best Couture Boutique For personal service and the latest in fashionable trends, owner Maggie Carson and her staff stock her South Tampa Boutique with the best designer fashions, including Rag & Bone, Helmut Lang,

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Alice + Olivia, Missoni, Escada, Jean Paul Gaultier and Red Valentino. 813.805.2060; www.paradiseislandboutique.com.

Jackie Z Style Co. Best Stylish Boutique for Men & Women

brands including Scotch and Soda, Billy Reid, Vince and GANT, any man can create a fashionable look for both day and night. 813.699.4423; www.londonphilips.com.

La France Best Vintage & Retro Clothing

Owner Jackie Zumba, along with her husband Brian Kins, bring in the latest and fashionable trends to their St. Petersburg boutique in Sundial St. Pete. Designers include Theory, Ted Baker, Jovani, Trina Turk and more. Offering personal service to create style that reflects each client in a relaxed and luxurious setting. 727.258.4849; www.jackiezstyle.com.

The selection is always changing at La France which has a wide selection of vintage clothing, accessories and hats to create a look from the past, and ideal for the next costume or themed party. 813.248.1381; Visit on Facebook.

Coton Colors Best Place to Celebrate

A new location on Kennedy Blvd. in Tampa allowed Blue Moon to expanded to carry more home décor and products, while still seeking unexpected and unique found pieces from chairs, to tables, and distinctive furniture, lighting and accessories to make a house a home. Design services available. 813.839.2056; www.thebluemoontradingcompany.com.

Coton Colors offers a wide selection of fun and festive reasons to decorate in style. The bright, fun and happy inscriptions on plates, glasses, dishes and more are wonderful keepsakes and add fun to the table or make great gifts. 813.254.1251; www.coton-colors.com.

Reeves Import Motorcars Best Place To Drive Away With New Wheels This family owned and operated automobile dealership has been serving the Tampa Bay area for 46 years and is known for exceptional service and sales. Offering the most desired luxury brands in the market including Porsche, BMW, Maserati, Subaru, Audi, Land Rover and Volkswagen. 813.933.281; www.reevesimportmotorcars.com.

Georgette’s Boutique Best Special Occasion Dress Salon The best social gowns for prom, homecoming and special occasion dresses will be found at Georgette’s in South Tampa. Great customer service and gowns can also be custom ordered. A register will make sure that no two dresses will be worn to the same schools’ prom or homecoming. 813.254.1141; www.georgettesfashions.com.

Mosh Posh Best Designer Consignment For consigned designer handbags, women’s apparel, jewelry including Prada, Gucci, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo and more, stop by the retail location in South Tampa. The website is available 24/7. 813.258.8800; www.mymoshposh.com.

The Pink Palm Best Shop For All Things Lilly The perfect style of classic and preppy is found at The Pink Palm, which carries the full line of colorful designs and creations of Lilly Pulitzer, that are colorful and cool any time of year. Wearable styles in the signatures pinks, blues and greens for dresses, tops, skirts and shorts. Specializing in special occasions and wedding Lilly attire. 813.259.9780; www.pinkpalmflorida.com.

London Philips Best Modern Haberdashery Located in Hyde Park Village, London Philips offers fashions for men who appreciate the classics, yet demand style and quality. Offering

The Blue Moon Trading Company Best Unique Vintage Furniture Finds

Robyn Story Designs & Boutique Best Trendy Home and Fashion Décor Offering a wide variety of gifts for all occasions, this shop specializes in custom floral designs, gift baskets and offers a wide array of custom mirrors, framed art, home décor and accessory items for the fashion conscious. Each visit offers a chance to discover something new and unique. 813.931.9307; www.robynstorydesigns.com.

Deja Vu Consignment Furniture Best Store To Get Lost and Find a Treasure Bring your cell phone, a good friend, and take lots of pictures, because you may get lost in this behemoth 27,000 square feet of warehouse space. Deja Vu is loaded with a stylish inventory of armoires, sofas, shelving, mirrors, you name it. 727.328.8630; www.dejavuconsignmentfurniture.com.

Bespoke & Co. Best Custom Clothier The team at Bespoke & Co. works with its clients to provide the latest custom designs, fabrics and styles for suits, sport coats, pants and shirts for both men and women. 813.902.1963; www.bespokeandcofl.com.

Gold & Diamond Source Best Place for Diamond Rings Owners, Steve and Julie Weintraub, still hand select every diamond in their vast inventory. For over 30 years, their expansive 10,000 square foot building in Clearwater, houses more jewelry under one roof than anywhere else in the Southeastern United States. Each diamond purchase comes with a lifetime trade in policy. 727.573.9331; www.goldanddiamond.com.

Ferrari of Tampa Bay Best Place for Your Dream Car With a complete showroom renovation in 2017, Ferrari of Tampa Bay allows its customers to fully experience their phenomenal collection of new and vintage Ferraris. Clients can relax with an espresso while configuring their dream vehicle right in the dealership. 727.784.3377; www.ferraritampabay.com.


Sara’s Karma Chic Boutique

Casa Nova

Deborah Kent’s

Crave

London Philips

Reeves Import Motorcars

Jackie Z Style Co. Gold & Diamond Source

Mermosa

Ethan Allen Best Furniture and Home Furnishings with European Fashions With locations in Citrus Park and Brandon, Ethan Allen provides two convenient locations to search and seek a new living room sofa, dining room table and chairs, rugs, lighting and decor to furnish or update your home. Design services available. Citrus Park - 813.920.9696, Brandon - 813.621.7585; www.ethanallen.com.

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2018 PRIVATE  SCHOOL EDITION 58 School Choice – It’s Not One-Size-Fits-All

Private School Family Profiles

64 2018 Private School List Survey of Area Private Schools 66 Private School Guide Discover Top Private Schools


School Choice

IT’S not one-size-fits-all By Mary Lou Janson

There are many ways to achieve a quality education, while enjoying a life-enhancing experience and preparing for the future. For the parents featured here, private schools

were the answer for their families. Here, they share what determined which school was right for their children and what factors made those schools the best fit for them.

The PALSO Family

Corbett Preparatory School of IDS www.corbettprep.com With their firstborn on the way, Michael and Dr. Maureen Palso were busy preparing for their infant’s arrival when it occurred to them that, all too soon, they’d face a major decision in their child’s development – where would he attend school? Today, 10-year-old Noah and his siblings, Ethan, 8, and Andrew, 6, collectively attend Corbett Preparatory School of IDS, which welcomes students to classes starting at preschool and continues their education through the eighth grade. All three brothers began attending pre-kindergarten, prior to turning five and today are enrolled in the 5th grade, 3rd grade and kindergarten at the Carrollwood campus, respectively. “We visited other private schools and talked with parents. I also spoke with my patients, including parents who don’t know each other, but who all spoke highly of Corbett Prep,” said Maureen, a dentist and the owner of Ideal Dentistry in Citrus Park. The search for the right school was not limited by geographic locations. What mattered more to the parents than proximity to where they live or work, was the ability of the educational experience to help their sons fully realize their potential. “We were looking for the right school for our kids. We wanted a place where teachers would stretch children to their highest potential without the kids feeling pushed,” she recalled. Corbett Prep is an independent, nonsectarian school that prides itself on offering an education comprised of “excellence in academics, innovative learning techniques and the nurturing of a positive self-concept.” According to the school’s web site, the curriculum continues

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to evolve, but “its dedication to hands-on child-centered philosophy has prevailed and is now based on best practices in education and knowledge, gained from leading-edge brain research to accelerate learning.” Dr. Palso recalls witnessing firsthand how well cared for her children would be at Corbett Prep. “When I visited, I felt comfortable that they were going to take care of my children as I do,” said Maureen. “Corbett Prep understands how children learn. They understand that kids learn in different ways so the teachers teach to all learning styles.” “They understand that kids need brain breaks and to engage in, and grasp, concepts. This just made sense to me. I also liked the small class size and that the teachers were approachable, kind. Everyone was so helpful and kind.” Along with their studies and various classroom activities, the Palso boys are also enjoying experiences that build lifelong skills. “The way teachers treat each child in the school as an individual, promotes confidence and the willingness to be a risk taker. Noah and Ethan have had the opportunity to practice public speaking as Headmasters for the Day at a school-wide assembly in front of parents and peers,” she said. “They can talk to, and in front of, anyone at any time.” For the Palso family, there was an immediate connection to and realization about Corbett Prep that continues to resonate with them. “School should be an extension of your home and family,” said Maureen. “The Corbett Prep community is nurturing and focuses on the students discovering and excelling in their talents.”


SCHOOL CHOICE ... IT’S NOT ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL

The HARROD Family

St Mary’s Episcopal Day School www.smeds.org

Family ties, a feeling of camaraderie among students, faculty members and families and a caring culture, were among the criteria Chad and Sarah Harrod considered when deciding where their sons, Lee and Hank, would attend school. Chad knew firsthand the excellent foundation and quality education provided during his years at St. Mary’s Episcopal Day School. Sarah, who attended public school in her home state of Texas, recalled glowing reports from other Tampa residents, who either were students or had students enrolled at the South Tampa, independent school that was originally established in 1953. “We wanted to enroll them where they could start in Pre-K (kindergarten) and go through the entire program,” said Sarah. “I was excited about St. Mary’s because every person I met who went there talked about it with such happiness and fond memories.” Fourth grader, Lee, 10, and first grader, Hank, 7, are part of a student body that numbers fewer than 450 students. It is conceivable that a majority of the students who start attending classes at St. Mary’s Pre-K level, will continue to progress together until they graduate from eighth grade.

The emphasis on intellectual and personal growth provided in a Christian environment really appealed to the Harrods. And the opportunities for students to participate in performing arts activities, as well as both varsity and junior varsity sports, that include track and field, tennis and soccer, contributed to the well-rounded environment they sought. Programs designed to build bonds and eliminate barriers between students are another benefit of being part of the student body at the eight-acre campus. For example, Chapel Buddies encourages older students to serve as mentors to their younger counterparts, providing the opportunity for those in the know to assist others and for those who are earlier in the educational careers, gain guidance from a trusted ally. “Where I grew up, you stuck with your age group but that is not the case at St. Mary’s,” said Sarah. “Here, the children interact with each other and that trickles down to activities outside of the school. We see a lot of the parents and students at the grocery store, restaurants and sporting events. These children know each other beyond campus and I love that.”

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The SOLOMON Family

Tampa Preparatory School www.tampaprep.org

It was an important decision that was years in the making and involved input from the entire family. Jacob Solomon and his younger sister, Victoria, were attending elementary school when their family launched a concerted effort to determine where to enroll both youngsters for their post-secondary education, sixth through 12th grades. Parents Jon and Margarite dutifully attended open houses at various schools, questioned faculty and staff members and even conducted online research to identify their best options. Tampa Preparatory School emerged as the family favorite. Today, Jacob, 17, is finishing his senior year at the school where he has distinguished himself academically each semester, while enrolled in Advance Placement classes, competes in basketball and track and performs in musical theater. Victoria, 15, is flourishing in the 10th grade, while playing on the school’s volleyball team, being part of student council and participating in the arts. “Even though our kids were young, we involved them in the decision,” said Jon. “It was interesting to hear their thoughts about each school after an open house. For our kids, Tampa Prep felt very comfortable. It wasn’t like they knew a lot of students so I think it was due to past summer camp experience (at Camp Terrapin, a day camp run by Tampa Prep) and the positive shadowing day they had. From my wife’s and my standpoint, the facilities and supporting technology were at an elite level. But the strength of the faculty sold us.” Located along the banks of the Hillsborough River, near

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downtown Tampa, the non-denominational school touts its rigorous college-preparatory curriculum and well-rounded range of activities, that include international trips during spring and summer breaks to an on-campus video production facility outfitted with professional equipment that is earmarked for student use. “The academic and extra-curricular programs are always looking forward 10 to 20 years, so we’ve seen some amazing developments that have directly benefited our kids. Whether it’s video production, arts, engineering, theater performances or sports teams, our kids couldn’t be happier,” Jon added. Some of the vital and valuable experiences Tampa Prep students take away don’t necessarily come from books or lectures, they come from the self-realization that occurs when challenged. The confidence gained from new experiences, and the lifelong friendships forged while spending formative years together. “(Our kids) are constantly challenged academically and enriched, not only socially, but also with a sense of community, to first a deeper understanding of one’s self, others and the world,” Margarite said. “This is also a school where parents are always welcome, not just when the doors open at 8:30 a.m. or at the end of the school day. They welcome parent involvement and value our voices,” added Margarite, who has volunteered on various committees, participated as a grade level representative and offered help at every opportunity. “The faculty is warm, caring and dedicated and they are always asking what is best for our students,” said Margarite.


9 - 12 PS3 -12

1933 www.farragut.org

1971 www.bayshorechristianschool.org

1965 www.bsbacademy.com

1960 www.berkeleyprep.org

1970 www.brandon-academy.com

2000 www.cchs.us

1964 www.cambridge-christian.com

1968 www.canterbury-florida.org

1981 www.carrollwooddayschool.org

1980 www.cbslions.com

1949 www.cks-school.org

1983 www.citrusparkchristianschool.com

1968 www.corbettprep.com

Admiral Farragut Academy

Bayshore Christian School

Bell Shoals Baptist Academy

Berkeley Preparatory School

Brandon Academy

Calvary Christian High School

Cambridge Christian School

Canterbury School of Florida

Carrollwood Day School

Central Baptist Christian School

Christ The King Catholic School

Citrus Park Christian School

Corbett Preparatory School of IDS

K-8

1964 www.cccstt.org

2001 www.ESCSchool.org

1999 www.foc-knights.com

2003 www.gcatampa.org

1970 www.hillelacademytampa.com

1964 www.icstampa.org

1984 www.ircs.org

1899 www.jesuittampa.org

1953 www.keswickchristian.org

2013 www.keystoneprep.org

Corpus Christi Catholic School

Espiritu Santo Catholic School

Family of Christ Christian School

Gateway Christian Academy & Preschool

Hillel Academy

Incarnation Catholic School

Indian Rocks Christian School

Jesuit High School

Keswick Christian School

Keystone Prep High School

9 - 12

PK - 12

9 - 12 (boys)

PK2 - 12

PK3 - 8

TK - 8

PK - 12

PK - 8

PK3 - 8

9 - 12

Clearwater Central Catholic High School 1962 www.ccchs.org

PK3 - 8

K3 - 12

PK4 - 8

PK3 - 12

PK2 - 12

PK3 - 12

PK3-12

PK - 12

PK - 8

PK2 - 12

PK - 12

PK - 12

1881 www.holynamestpa.org

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$8,190 - $9,765

$13,000 - $48,700

$11,680 - $18,420

$10,490 - $21,190

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New School Candidate FCIS

ACSI, SACS

SACS

ACSI, AdvancED

FCC

FKC, FCIS, BRAS

SACS, FLOCS

NLSA

FCC

FCC, SACS, Middle States

SACS, IB

IB, SACS, FCIS, FKC, AdvancED

FACCS, NCPSA, MSA/CESS

SACS, FCC, Middle States

ACTS, NCSPA

FCIS, FKC, NAEYC, IBO, SACS, NAIS

FCIS, FKC, NAIS

SACS, CSF, FKC, NCPSA

ACSI, SACS, FCIS

FCIS, FKC, IBO, FKC, FHSAA

$18,500

$3,495 - $11,700

$15,575

$5,000 - $10,000

$6,050 - $7,200

$6,300+

$5,760 - $6,000

$7,250

$2,465 - $7,565

$6,063

$12,100 - $14,450

$7,915 - $15,620

$6,380 - $9,065

$7,380 - $8,940

$3,000 - $6,200

$5,390 - $19,970

$8,420 - $19,700

$8,359 - $15,431

$13,100

$9,700 - $11,500

FCIS, SACS, FKC, SAIS, NAES, CB $17,660 - $24,680

ACSI

FCIS, FKC, AdvancED

FCIS, SACS, SAIS, FKC

FCIS, FKC, SACS, AdvancED, FCC

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NA

50

85

99

90

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80

NA

NA

87

NA

95

NA

90

62

81

80

NA

95

NA

NA

NA

93

NA

NA

67

98

100

98

NA

100

NA

NA

NA

NA

100

NA

98

NA

NA

100

100

100

100

NA

100

NA

100

100

100

100

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790

950

275

125

145

361

416

181

560

500

330

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265

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475

650

540

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1,320

437

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440

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175

45

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13:1

14:1

20:1

12:1

12:1

16:1

varies

11:1

15:1

8:1

15:1

17:1

25:1

varies

12:1

17:1

11:1

11:1

10:1

7

12:1

varies varies

24

20

20-25

12

10-12

19

19

25-30

25

12-20

15

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23

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17

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Catholic

Southern Baptist

Roman Catholic

Jewish

Assemblies of God

Lutheran

Roman Catholic **

Catholic

Roman Catholic **

None

Non-denominational

Catholic

Baptist

None

Episcopal

Non-denominational

Baptist

None

Episcopal

Baptist

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None

Catholic

None

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PK2 - 8 PK2 - 12

1971 www.nck12.com

1995 www.shma.us

1983 www.scacrusaders.com

1923 www.shorecrest.org

1971 www.skycrestchristianschool.org

Northside Christian School

Safety Harbor Montessori Academy

Seffner Christian Academy

Shorecrest Preparatory School

Skycrest Christian School

PK - 8 PK3 - 8

1961 www.stlawrencecatholicschool.org

1953 www.smeds.org

1968 www.st.pauls.edu

1971 www.stpetechristian.com

St. Lawrence Catholic School

St. Mary’s Episcopal Day School

Saint Paul’s School

St. Petersburg Christian School

1974 www.tampaprep.org

1992 www.uaftampa.org

1936 www.villamadonnaschool.com

1965 www.westgatechristianschool.org

1995 www.westlakechristianschool.org

Tampa Preparatory School

Universal Academy of Florida

Villa Madonna School

West Gate Christian School

Westlake Christian School

FKC, FCIS, SACS,AdvanceED

NCPSA

FCC, SACS/CASI, NCPSA, Gold Seal

FCIS, FKC, SACS

NAIS, SACS, FCIS

SACS, NAIS, FCIS

AdvancED

CSF, SACS

SACS, ACSI, FLOCS,AdvanceED

85

NR

NA

85

62

70

NA

NA

94

75

60

NA

90

NA

100

100

NA

100

94

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

100

98

NA

99

NA

NA

NA

NA

372

186

352

700

680

150

760

330

400

350

450

504

525

474

470

955

725

185

707

200

645

400

150

30

18

26

60

72

30

70

33

43

60

56

32

50

36

45

101

54

30

60

30

49

49

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varies

20:1

10:1

20:1

varies

12:1

9:1

17

10-15

24

20

16-18

12

25

15

16-20

12

22

25

20

17:1

10:1

26:1

15:1

16:1

12:1

11:1

15:1

17:1

5:1

9:1

varies

9:1

16-23 varies

20

15

21

22

16

18

varies varies

26

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NCPSA - National Council for Private School Accreditation NLSA - National Lutheran School Association SACS - Southern Association of Colleges and Schools SAIS - Serving and Accrediting Independent Schools CB - College Board NA - Non-Applicable NR - Not Reported ** Accepting students of all faiths

$8,105 - $8,410

$3,500 - $6,000

$6,000+

$5,000 - $7,000+

$22,755

$19,175

$10,080 - $12,566

$5,000-$7,400

$6,500 - $10,745

$9,450 - $19,055

$13,900

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NR

NA

76

95

NA

65

90

NA

NA

NA

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

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Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

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Y

Y

Y

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United Methodist

Baptist

Catholic

Islam

None

None

Roman Catholic

Non-denominational

Non-denominational

Episcopal

Episcopal

Catholic

Episcopal

Catholic

Baptist

None

Baptist

None

Baptist

None

Catholic

Catholic

None

© Tampa Bay Metro Magazine/Metro Life Media, Inc. has used its best efforts in compiling the material for the 2018 Private School List, but does not warrant that the information is complete or accurate, and does not assume, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any persons for any loss or damage caused by errors or emissions.

ACSI - Association of Christian Schools International BAAIS - Bay Area Association of Independent Schools BRAS - Blue Ribbon Award School CSF - Christian Schools of Florida FACCS - Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools FCC - Florida Catholic Conference FCIS - Florida Council of Independent Schools

K-8

PK - 12

PK3 - 8

PK3 - 12

6 - 12

2-8

9 - 12

INFANT - 12

K4 - 8

FCIS, FKC, SAIS, AdvancED

FCIS, FKC, NAIS, NAES

$6,615+

$12,900 - $13,400

FCIS, FKC, NAES, MISBO, NAIS, ERB, BAAIS, ASCD, CASE, AMLE, IMS, NASSP, NASC, NJHS, NJCL, FWCL

FCC

$6,749 - $8,640

$9,000 - $9,500

$8,310 - $22,630

$4,675 - $8,050

$8,400 - $15,200

$6,670 - $12,800

$6,000 - $7,800

$5,625

$5,974 - $7,600

$6,686 - $12,240

FCC

ACSI, SACS

SACS, FCIS, FKC, NAIS, SAIS, CASE, ERB, NHS, CLS

ACSI, SACS

FCIS, FKC

ACSI, SACS

NR

FCC, NCPSA

FCC, NCPSA

AMS, FKC, FCIS

FLCS - Florida League of Christian Schools FKC - Florida Kindergarten Council IB - International Baccalaureate NAASC - National Accrediting Association of Christian Schools NAEYC - National Association for the Education of Young Children NAIS - National Association of Independent Schools NCPS - National Council for Private Schools NPSAA - National Private School Accreditation Alliance

1969 www.tampadayschool.com

Tampa Day School

Guide to Private Schools Key:

1962 www.tampacatholic.org

Tampa Catholic High School

Tampa Bay Christian Academy of Florida, Inc. 1957 www.tbcarams.org

K4 - 8

1951 www.stjohnseagles.org

St. John’s Episcopal Parish Day School EC3 - 8

PK3 - 8

St. Cecelia Interparochial Catholic School 1948 www.st-cecelia.org

K4 - 8

PK3 - 12

PK3 - 12

INFANT - 5

1983 www.newhorizonsprivateschool.net

New Horizons Country Day School

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1961 www.nativitycatholicschool.org

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Nativity Catholic School

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Mother Teresa of Calcutta Catholic School 1954

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Academy at the Lakes Academy at the Lakes is a PreK3Grade 12 independent school located in north Tampa, convenient to New Tampa, Wesley Chapel, Lutz, Carrollwood, and Land O’Lakes. Academy offers a balanced and challenging college-preparatory curriculum, a competitive athletic program, an outstanding fine arts program, technology, and a variety of co-curricular opportunities designed to encourage student exploration. Students find a warm, welcoming community where their talents and curiosities are highly valued. Call 813-909-7919 for more information or visit www.academyatthelakes.org.

Berkeley Preparatory School Berkeley Preparatory School is a coeducational, independent college-preparatory day school for children in grades Pre-K – 12. Dedicated to academic excellence, character development, the arts and athletics, Berkeley’s curriculum is designed to support the talent and ambition of each

student. Berkeley strives to instill a strong sense of morality, ethics and social responsibility in its students. Berkeley offers opportunities that are aimed at three enduring measures of success: the well-developed mind, the well-nourished spirit and a series of well-cultivated talents. Visit www.berkeleyprep.org or call 813-885-1673.

Carrollwood Day School Carrollwood Day School is a private day school for students from 2-years-old through high school. Carrollwood Day School is the first school in Florida authorized by the prestigious International Baccalaureate Organization to offer all three IB programs for students in Pre-school through high school, and is the sixth school in the U.S. to achieve this honor. CDS is known for its developmentally appropriate, challenging academic program and its innovative school-wide emphasis on character development. For more information, visit www.carrollwooddayschool.org.

Clearwater Central Catholic High School Clearwater Central Catholic High School is a co-educational college preparatory school for students in grades 9-12. Supported by an iPad initiative, curriculum options include the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program, AP, Honors and on-campus dual enrollment. CCC is the only Catholic high school on the west coast of Florida to offer the (IB) program. A 36-state championship athletic program with renovated facilities, an award-winning drama program and a variety of extra-curricular activities round out an exceptional high school experience. Clearwater Central Catholic prepares its students not just for college but for life! Welcoming students of all faiths. Visit www.ccchs.org or call 727-531-1449.

Corbett Preparatory School of IDS Founded in 1968, Corbett Preparatory School of IDS (formerly Independent Day School — Corbett Campus) is a fully accredited,

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2018 Private School Guide nonsectarian private school located in Tampa’s Carrollwood neighborhood. The school serves over 500 students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade and offers the International Baccalaureate program of study for all students. Teachers are endorsed in gifted education through a master’s level grant with the University of South Florida College of Education. Corbett Prep balances a dynamic, nurturing and safe learning environment with high standards and high expectations to develop a positive approach to life and learning. For more information, visit www.corbettprep.com or contact the Admissions Office at 813-961-3087.

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Riverside Military Academy Imagine a school that places as much emphasis on developing a young man’s character as it does on meeting his scholastic needs. A school with a rich 108 year history, set on a storied campus where young men mature into well educated, respectful adults – that’s Riverside Military Academy. Located in Gainesville, GA, RMA provides a traditional military college preparatory education tailored toward each cadet’s individual needs and interests. Self-discipline, organizational skills and time management are taught daily to over 530 cadets from 28 states and 26 countries. Visit www.cadet.com.

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academics and extends to the far reaches of what we mean by training and molding the whole student. From our present capital campaign to enlarge our campus middle school program to honing our STEM and robotics emphasis, Skycrest continues to impact every student academically, spiritually, physically, and emotionally. With an alumni base scattered all over the globe, it is evident that a Skycrest Christian School education truly leverages the world. For more information visit www.skycrest.us. or call 727-797-1186.

St. John’s Episcopal Parish Day School St. John’s is an Episcopal parish day school serving nearly 600 boys and girls in grades K(4) through 8. Grounded by a commitment to spiritual and ethical values, a love of learning, and a dedication to the development of strong character, our students build the foundation to grow into caring and successful adults in an ever-changing world. St. John’s prepares each of its students for lifelong intellectual and spiritual growth, by providing an excellent educational experience within a nurturing Christian environment. The core curriculum includes English language and literature, history and social studies, mathematics, physical and life sciences, Spanish and Latin, advanced technology, performing and studio arts, and physical fitness and championship interscholastic athletics. Call 813-600-4348 for more information or visit www.stjohnseagles.org.


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St. Mary’s Episcopal Day School At St. Mary’s Episcopal Day School, your child will experience challenging academics, exciting performing and visual arts, competitive athletics, enrichment classes, advanced technology, public speaking, foreign language, community service, religious education, and more. St. Mary’s is an independent, co-educational Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade school providing intellectual, spiritual, and personal growth. St. Mary’s highly-qualified faculty inspires students to achieve their best, developing well-rounded individuals ready for the challenges ahead. Specific characterdevelopment goals include integrity, self-discipline, self-motivation, good citizenship, friendliness, and a love of learning. Visit www.smeds.org or call 813-258-5508.

Tampa Preparatory School Tampa Preparatory School is a coeducational, non-sectarian, independent college preparatory school, educating students in grades 6 through 12 in downtown Tampa. The challenging academic program is balanced with a broad offering of artistic programs and a strong interscholastic athletic program. With 19 Advanced Placement courses in the Upper School from which to choose, students are able to challenge themselves and prepare a strong college application. For more information, call 813-251-8481 or visit www.tampaprep.org.

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K ids don’t get enough art these

the Greeks to be the highest cultural

Not in their schools. Not in

achievements of their people — the

their communities. Which is why

defining moment in their society.

the only Homer some kids know is

The Iliad and The Odyssey set Greek

the one who can’t write his own

character in stone.

last name.The original Homer created

If these classic texts can get

epic poetry. Homer was a storyteller.

passed down all the way from the

A philosopher. And he’s credited

eighth century b.c., then surely we

with writing the most important

can pass them down to our kids

literary texts in Greek history. Just a

today. Make sure your kids get their

thought: Maybe your kid should

daily dose of art. Take them to a

get to know him.

Homer was a man of philosophy, not all-you-can-eat buffets.

museum or the opera. The experience

Greek gods. Achilles heel. Trojan horse. All of

will for sure do more than

these icons are brought to us by one

entertain them. It’ll build

very ancient dude — Homer. In The Iliad

their capacity to learn

and in its sequel, The Odyssey, he

more. In fact, the more art

presented Greek mythology in every-

kids get, the smarter they

day language. In over 25,000 lines of

become in subjects like

lilting verse, Homer describes bravery,

math and science. And

Composing The Iliad didn’t require an atomic reaction, but it did require art.

violence and lust in ancient Greece. These Homeric works don’t just weave a tale of Greek and Trojan warfare; they are considered by

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Give your kids a chance to succeed. Up their daily dose of art.

that’s enough reason to make a parent say, “D’oh!” For Ten Simple Ways to instill more art in your kids’ lives, visit AmericansForTheArts.org.

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A Premiere Gathering Of Talent, Resources And Style For The Sophisticated Bride

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The Elegant Wedding Showcase Returns to Tampa

etro Life Media, Inc., publishers of Tampa Bay METRO and Tampa Bay Weddings magazines offers an intimate and upscale event for a select group of vendors, to showcase their products and talents to a special group of sophisticated and discerning brides. The next Elegant Wedding Showcase will be held in Tampa at the Tampa Marriott Westshore.

There will be opportunities to meet some of the top Bay area experts in the wedding industry to create the magic and memories of a lifetime for your special day. From catering trends to the latest in bridal fashions and makeup, don’t miss the chance to discover the talented people to make your bridal dreams come true.

The Elegant Wedding Showcase Sunday, March 11, 2018 | 12:00 PM – 3:30 PM Tampa Marriott Westshore | 1001 N. Westshore Blvd., Tampa, FL 33607 www.TampaBayWed.com | www.TheElegantWeddingShowcase.wordpress.com

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METROGuide Weekender

A Modern Retreat Streamsong Resort | By Patricia A. Vorbrich

Streamsong’s Lakeside West Facade

W

elcome to Streamsong Resort,

on its sunrise and sunset sides to take full

is the chic and modern dining room of

a new kind of resort that takes

advantage of its unique setting, Streamsong

Streamsong’s flagship restaurant, SottoTerra.

the everyday ordinary to the

has scenic observation areas without city lights

Open only for dinner, SottoTerra offers

absolutely extraordinary. A resort where

to hinder the starlight views, especially from

excellent Italian dishes such as Veal

golf is both a quest for perfection and an art

the rooftop lounge.

Ossobuco, Lasagna Tradizione, Linguine

form. A retreat that is the ultimate escape for relaxation, enrichment and rejuvenation. A

offers other recreational packages with Guided

place where the surrounding ecosystems are

Bass Fishing, Sporting Clays, and Archery.

as deeply valued as the time spent there.

After a full day either on the course

Pesto & Scallops and more. Located at the new Streamsong Black Clubhouse, the Bone Valley Tavern restaurant is Streamsong’s newest dining experience and

or enjoying the recreational offerings, make

has become an instant guest favorite for its

in Bowling Green, FL, near Fort Meade, FL,

an appointment at their spa, AcquaPietra.

savory entrées and incredible views of the Gil

Streamsong comprises over 16,000 acres, with

AcquaPietra features eight indoor treatment

Hanse golf course masterpiece that envelopes

three golf courses: Blue, Red and Black, the

rooms and six unique pool experiences, as well

it. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

newest course. Lose yourself in the incredible

as a hair and nail salon. The perfect way to end

sights, sounds and settings of Streamsong

your day before heading out to one of many

Streamsong Resort is the getaway of all

by walking your rounds. Opened in 2013, the

dining options.

getaways for peace, tranquility, golf, recreation

Developed by The Mosaic Company,

Lodge features 216 guest rooms and suites,

As stunning and sophisticated as the

four casual and fine dining restaurants, multiple

resort is itself, every dining experience at

bars, a grotto-style full-service spa, fitness

Streamsong® presents the chance to enjoy

center and outdoor lakeside pool, as well as a

excellent food and drink in the most beautiful

quiet loft/lounge area and even retail stores

setting imaginable.

and outfitters. Stunningly situated with lakes

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Nestled into the Lodge’s lower lobby

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Less than two hours from Tampa,

and just to relax, a true destination, right in our own backyard.

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Lakeside Infinity Pool

AcquaPietra Spa

Leaf Lounge

SottoTerra Restaurant

Streamsong Guest Room

Streamsong Guided Bass Fishing

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Looking For Luxury? Discover the Finest. Playa Mujeres, Mexico | By Ronda M. Parag

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here is no better feeling than being relaxed and refreshed from a wonderful vacation. When you experience a luxury resort that provides excellent service, it certainly makes you yearn to go back. During the summer, we experienced a wonderful week at the Finest Playa Mujeres, about a 45 minute ride from Cancun, Mexico. The luxury all-inclusive resort offers accommodations for families and a separate all-adult section, the exclusive Excellence Club for 18+. With 450 guest suites, the resort

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offers 12 all-inclusive dining options, 10 swimming pools, a fitness center, full concierge services and the ONE Spa. The dining options are outstanding and offer specialty restaurants including Mexican, Asian, French, Tapas, Lobster, Bistro and more. All drinks and dining options are included at the all-inclusive resort. In addition there is a Sports Bar, Swim-up Pool Bar, Piano Bar, Theater Bar and Cigar Lounge. There are no reservations required for dinner, but there is a dress code and men must wear

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long pants and collared shirts. The rooms are spacious and offer a king or double beds with a sofa. Each room has a private balcony or terrace with lounge furniture and oversized jacuzzi for two. If possible, we recommend the Suites that have a rooftop terrace and additional plunge pool that is heated in the winter. The rooms have all VIP toiletries, with bathrobe and slippers for use during a stay, and for a good night’s sleep, choose your own pillow from the pillow menu. All ground floor suites


Aqua Wellness experience at ONESpa

Enjoy a stunning view of the Caribbean Sea from the rooftop deck with private plunge pool in a Suite.

Private reception area for Excellence Club members

Delicous gourmet dining at 12 all-inclusive restaurants

The swim up pool bar offers delicious cocktails

connect to the main pool or a small 150 sq. ft. pool. If you must stay connected, the resort offers free wireless internet and free phone calls to the U.S. and Canada. Each room is stocked daily with in-room premium liquor and wine, beer, juices, soda, water and snacks. Experience additional resort benefits when choosing to upgrade to the Excellence Club for all adults, or for families, try the Finest Club, it is a VIP experience and think of it like a resort within a resort. The ultimate luxury

experience with suites showcasing the stunning ocean views, private check in and check out, private lounge with additional concierge services, private beach areas and private pools and much more. As a club member, each person receives one Aqua Wellness treatment during their stay. Be sure to pamper yourself at the world-class spa with a massage or body treatment. Don’t miss the Aqua Wellness experience where you are guided through a series of experiences from

steam, sauna, rock walk, cold water plunge and the healing dances of water. There are plenty of activities to keep you active from the introductory scuba lessons, aerobics and water aerobics, yoga, dancing lessons, cooking classes, theme nights, beach volleyball, bicycling and much more. Check the daily schedule for activities that is placed in your room each evening. M For reservations or more information, visit www.finestresorts.com.

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METROGuide Foodie

Get Social American Social Bar & Kitchen | By Ronda M. Parag

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or those that frequent the latest restaurant and bar on Harbour Island in Tampa, the place is referred to as simply, AmSo. Opened in late October, American Social has become a great place to meet up with friends, grab a handcrafted cocktail, or enjoy a glass of beer from the large selection of craft beers on tap, and catch the latest game playing on one of many large screen TVs. The Tampa location is the third establishment created by two college buddies from FSU, Rick Mijares and Paul Greenberg. The original American Social opened in Ft. Lauderdale on Las Olas in 2012 and Miami in Brickell in 2014, and now the third location in Tampa. The indoor space is warm and inviting and filled with Americana décor and lots of red, white and blue. From the outdoor market umbrellas to the stars

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& stripes pillows, the atmosphere is comfortable and inviting. The elevated bar menu offers comfort food that satisfies. Fresh east and west coast oysters are on the menu daily, along with shrimp and grits and grouper fingers and cheeks. Large plates include roasted chicken, sirloin or strip steak, or a black grouper or cedar plank salmon. Salads, burgers and sandwiches round out the menu. The bartenders are friendly and talented and the Strawberry Honey Smash made with Absolut Elyx, Agave Nectar, Fresh Citrus, Strawberry and a Sugar Rim on the glass, was certainly delicious. Other creative cocktails include the Smoked Old Fashion and The Cam — made with Milagro Silver Tequila, Agave, Fresh Citrus and Passion fruit Puree. The wine list offers wine by the glass or bottles and there is selection of Champagne on the menu too.

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The Harbour Island location offers stunning views of downtown Tampa and Old Tampa Bay. A great spot to watch the sun set across the skyline above UT. Join in the fun for Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. for $6 shared plates and half-price off select beer, wine and liquor. The patio area is ideal this time of year to meet up with friends to chill and relax. Other weekday specials include $5 Burger Monday and Ladies’ Night on Thursday. Open for lunch, brunch and dinner. M

Located at The Pointe on Harbour Island 601 S. Harbour Island Blvd. Tampa, FL 33602 813.605.3333 www.americansocialbar.com


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Prepare For A Pirate Invasion 27.94034566, -82.45971695

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Pirates, Parades and “Piratechnics” ... Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla invites everyone to the pleasures ’n treasures of Tampa’s historic Gasparilla celebration. Parade Dates: January 20 – Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza; January 27 – Gasparilla Pirate Fest Parade. M


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