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FEATURES 12 Conversations

Melissa Hughey, Eugenie Bondurant and Paul WIlborn, Kanika Tomalin, The Vinoy’s Joanne, Veterans Orthopedic Center, Roger Dow, Tomlinson Adult Learning Center

15 Lucasfilms’ Star Wars™

Costume Show at Museum of Fine Arts

20 Scene & Street Seen Barry Lively

Denim & Diamonds, Magnolia Ball, Cuban Ambassador, Film Festival, MFA Opening, Morean Cocktails, The Fools, Pride Weekend, Pier Groundbreaking, Rowdies & Rays, Mad Men & Women

26 Kindness News

Kerry Kriseman, Alex Harris Bonnie Strickland


28 Artist Spotlight

Photography: A Lively Day Jazz: Arturo Sandoval

72 St. Pete is HOT, HOT HOT!

Nanette Wiser on how cool St. Pete Life is, from kudos and innovations to neighborhoods.





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WORK Be savvy! Chris Barnett on caring and growing your financial nest egg.

70 Work/Careers

36 Beauty/Hair

The Innovation District, Greenhouse St. Pete, Tec Garage, Station House, Iron Yard and why Valerie Bogle loves her photography job.

Summer style and easy everyday glamour tips and Kevin Godbee on barber/pin-up doll Kasi Sharp.

71 BizSmarts

Henry DeVries on building a business with client stories.

TRAVEL/NAVIGATOR 62 Florida: Travels With CC

37 Fashion

Living the luxe life, Cindy Cockburn visits Costa d’Este Resort & Spa, The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island, Longboat Key Club, Loews Miami Beach and Grande Lakes Orlando.

Fashionista Devin Pappas on what’s trending. Plus fashion fave boutiques & our Stylish Burger.

38 Immaculate Style

Kevin Godbee on why classic summer suits look sharp, feel light.

66 America The Beautiful

Stay Cool, Old School at SeaCliff Inn or get fit at Premiere Fitness Camp at Omni La Costa Resort.

40 Home/Design

Smart homes, coastal living décor, cool pools and home style faves.

Shop artwalks, markets, homemade delights and eclectic boutiques.

46 Dining/Spirits

St. Petersburg Foodies Kevin Godbee and Lori Brown on happy hours, cocktails, fave restaurants and what’s next in dining.

49 Dining/Sunny Side Up

Nanette Wiser on breakfast spots.

50 Cooking/Entertaining

Morean’s cupcake contest, dessert delights and cold soups.

51 The Vino Vino Guy

Rock & roll wines, wine bars, events. Craft beers and events plus a bar crawl from upscale to saloons.

Vintage garden parties, butterfly plants, flower power and St. Pete’s EcoVillage sustainable mission.

54 Nightlife/Music

43 Healthy Living

The Resort at Longboat Key Club

Body shaping, wellness tips/apps and a better you at every age.

Concert venues, jazzy joints, nightclubs, music & The Ries Bros.

57 Calendar/Events


44 Health/Wellness

Dr. Michael Mantell on reducing worry and getting calm and happy.

75 News You Can Use

Keeping you in the loop on business, technology, medical, university, city and county updates.

45 Fitness/Recreation

Paddleboarding Jeff, yoga, fitness faves and where to just do it! Crespo Design Group

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42 Consuming Passions

52 Suds & Sips

41 Garden Style

St. Pete Museum of History

68 Moneywise

34 Pets

Linda Bray checks out Kona, pet-cessories, rescue animals and doggie dining and parks.



Museums, galleries, theater, comedy, dance, opera, music, film, the spoken word, sports, outdoors, recreation, and what’s happening.

61 Play!

78 SPL Suggests

Nanette Wiser on car shows, boredom busters, movies, TV, playlists, books and selfies.

80 The Way We Were

8 Publisher/Editor: Welcome!

Marketplace directory, SPL faves. The wayback machine, this old pier, wacky St. Pete & walking tours.

10 Meet The Team

WELCOME TO SPL Valerie Bogle

Getting To Know You Growing up in Tampa Bay, I’ve watched St. Pete emerge into a vibrant community. Rich in the arts, dining, nightlife and business, St. Pete is now recognized nationally for its preservation efforts, innovation, diversity and charm. We thought it deserved a magazine that spoke to those who live, work or play in this amazing community... and everyone we spoke to agreed! With this first issue of St. Pete Life Magazine, we bring you inside stories from nationally known writers and local insiders. We introduce you to local movers and shakers (Conversations), showcase artists, entrepreneurs, new trends and where to play. We’ve got you covered with the latest news on wellness, travel hotspots, gardens, homes, dining and drinking, fashion, events, even pets! We hope you enjoy this issue as much as we have creating it. Let us know what you want to see covered and be sure to share your favorite things to do around this wonderful town.

Beth Ann Drake


Like the country crooners sing, I’m a two-timin’ city magazine gal. From San Diego Magazine to St. Pete Life Magazine has been a blur of wonder, joy, travel and amazing stories. This is my dream job come true and I owe it all to you. I left my heart in San Diego but I found it in downtown St. Pete, sipping java and swapping tales with our incredible content curators and yukking it up with the friends we just made as we collected this issue’s articles. From dining to nightlife, online and in print, count on St. Pete Life Magazine for today’s fun and tomorrow’s adventures. Share your story with us...we can’t wait to meet you.

Nanette Wiser

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ABOUT US St. Pete Life Magazine is a bi-monthly print publication distributed by mail to 20,000 of St. Pete’s most discriminating readers as well as at key local outlets. Follow us daily online and in social media on Here, you’ll find the magazine’s features, archived articles, digital-only content and promotions.


Beth Ann Drake


Nanette Wiser ART DIRECTOR

Holly Majko


Chris Barnett Moneywise

Linda Bray


Lori Brown

Dining/St. Petersburg Foodies

Cindy Cockburn Travel/Features

Henry DeVries BizSmarts

Kevin Godbee

Dining/St. Petersburg Foodies Immaculate Style

Dr. Michael Mantell Health/Wellness

Devin Pappas Fashion

Elliott Wiser

The Vino-Vino Guy ART & DESIGN Valerie Bogle, Photography Peter Horjus, Illustration Barry Lively, Photography CO-FOUNDER Ralph Zuckerman


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In this issue, you’ve met some of SPL”s content curators and seen their photos/ bios on their articles. We thought you might like to know a little more about the SPL team. Linda Bray, Pets & Features Whether she’s covering pets or an event, she is passionate about everything in sunny downtown and loves to paddleboard. When she’s not exploring the blues scene, she consults on event planning, marketing and is a freelance project manager. Cindy Cockburn, Travels with CC/Features A native New Yorker, Cindy chooses to live, work and play on Beach Drive in downtown St. Pete. She has worked at Redbook and written for People, Town & Country, Parents, Brides, Family Circle and The Robb Report, Herald-Tribune, Tampa Bay Metro, Tampa Bay Times and Women’s Wear Daily. As the travel columnist for Style magazine, she has written about the Cannes Film Festival, Art Basal, Antibes and Zurich and is the author of two Frommer’s Guides to Florida. Cindy has owned the public relations agency C. C. Communications for 15+ years and her clients have included the Dali Museum, Vinoy Resort,the St. Pete Opera and Edelweiss Airlines. An accomplished photographer, her work appears in the magazine and other publications. Devin Pappas, Fashion This fashionista wears many hats includes charity work with RCS and Julie Weintraub’s Hands Across The Bay, fundraising and events, model, visual merchandiser and fashion industry retail consultant. Holly Majko, Art Director A Pinellas County native and USF alumni, Holly has over 20 years in the design industry, specializing in hospitality and travel marketing and branding. In her spare time you might catch her on two wheels riding down the Pinellas Trail.

Beth Ann Drake, Publisher & CEO A Tampa Bay native and graduate of University of Florida, Beth Ann is the former publisher of duPont REGISTRY Luxury Living in Tampa Bay, and launched Tampa Bay Homebuyer Guide. A successful media and advertising professional, she was associate publisher of Tampa Bay Illustrated, niche product manager of Media General (NewsChannel 8, Tampa Tribune, and Northwest Division Advertising Sales Manager of the Tampa Tribune and team lead for numerous publications including the Star-Ledger. Nanette Wiser, Editorial/Creative Director (Print, Digital, Social Media) A journalist and former VP/Editorial Director for a major news service, Wiser’s articles and blogs have appeared in more than 500 publications and websites.. In addition to being a syndicated writer and multimedia content producer, Wiser has worked with HSN, Microsoft, AOL, Pacific Bell, AT&T, Cox Interactive, Food. com, Google Zagat’s, Huffington Post (City’s Best, Patch) and others. Her writing has appeared in California Magazine, Performing Arts, NY Post, LA Times, San Diego Union-Tribune, San Francisco Examiner, United Hemispheres, Meetings West, duPont Registry, Tampa Bay Illustrated, Tampa Bay Times/TBT, San Diego Magazine, San Diego Home Garden, Paradise News, inflight videos, travel broadcasts and more. Known for grassroots and integrated multimedia marketing, Wiser also consults on PR, marketing, content and advertising for agencies, healthcare, hospitality and other clients. With Thanks To Ralph Zuckerman Co-Founder of St. Pete Life Magazine: A local entrepreneur, Mr. Zuckerman founded Avalon Building Corporation of Tampa Bay 22 years ago. Avalon is a residential homebuilder. Mr. Zuckerman has more recently been recognized for re-opening Old McMicky’s Farm which is located on the grounds of the historic Camp Keystone, a 70 year tradition in the Tampa Bay area. The farm, which offers educational farm tours and event venue rentals, is a cause driven business and gives back to the Tampa Bay community through philanthropic programs such as Mission I Do, the 1000 Kids Program and Foster and Adoptive Programs.


Melissa Hughey, President

Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts Hometown girl Melissa Hughey knows a thing or ten about St. Pete, thanks to growing up local and raising daughter MacKenzie who is as enthusiastic about downtown as Melissa. Some of the family faves? “We like dining out downtown, especially anywhere up and down Beach Drive where we can sit outside and bring our dog sometimes to Moon Under Water. My daughter loves the Birchwood. We enjoy spending an afternoon at the beach, and we certainly have some of the most beautiful ones around. We also enjoy a day in downtown St. Pete checking out our amazing local museums, playing in the park and finishing up with a good meal.”

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Hughey joined the Duke Energy Center for the Arts Mahaffey Theater in the beginning of 2017, and as the president of the Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts, she works diligently to achieve the foundation’s creative mission. Presenting all genres of the Performing Arts at The Mahaffey Theater and throughout the St. Petersburg, Florida area; funding arts education for schoolchildren and providing its member patrons with unequaled services, entertainment and cultural experiences.

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During the past five years, more than 100,000 local students have been able to experience performing arts at The Mahaffey Theater through the Class Acts program. Says Hughey: “We are committed to ensuring all schoolchildren have access to the arts in our community and we could not achieve this without the support of our members, corporate partners and donors.” In addition to supporting arts education programs for children in the community, funding members receive the star treatment. Want to hang out with Tony Bennett? Memberships bring exclusive VIP benefits to elevate your Mahaffey Theater experience. Some of the opportunities include purchasing the best seats prior to the general public, access to the exclusive VIP Member Club, artist meet and greets, VIP parking, backstage tours, and so much more! Hughey looks forward to seeing St. Pete continue to grow and for the arts cultural landscape to be at the center of that progress. “The Mahaffey Theater has been such a staple within St. Pete for over fifty years and we look forward to growing our world-class performances and diverse programming for our wonderful community, “ says Hughey proudly. “We hope to be the leading performing arts presenting entity in the St. Petersburg area, funding diverse initiatives that engage the community and enriches the quality of life for those we serve while attaining financial strength through wide-range support.” A lot has changed since Hughey grew up in St. Pete. “The revitalization of downtown St. Pete is remarkable. I remember as a child we rarely went down-

live, work and play. This month, we catch up behind the scenes in the arts (Melissa Hughey, Paul Wilborn and Eugenie Bondurant), tourism (Roger Dow as well as the Vinoy’s concierge), business and the Innovation District and education (Transitions School).

Tony Bennett and Melissa Hughey

town and even the Vinoy was literally boarded up. As I got older we frequently traveled to Tampa for dining, shopping and entertainment and now St. Pete has everything to offer. My friends in Tampa are now the ones driving over to St. Pete, which I love! The arts renaissance has also been extraordinary to witness. I’m so proud to raise my daughter in a community with such culture. I grew up attending and participating in events at the Mahaffey and I’m so happy my child has that same opportunity.”

JOIN THE CONVERSATION SPL invites you to be part of our magazine. Join us as we take you from the red carpet to behind-thescenes with St. Pete’s movers and shakers, artists and those making a difference in their community with their kindness. Follow us on Facebook and share your event photos and DTSP best bets with us!

Let us know if you have an idea for future conversations. Email me at Talk is cheap, but conversations...priceless. -Nanette Wiser, Editorial Director


Showbiz Sweethearts Cassis Brasserie was the perfect choice for Sunday morning brunch. I’m waiting for actress Eugenie Bondurant, who has just returned from the Cannes Film Festival. Time for celebratory mimosas. At over six feet, the girl really knows how to make an entrance. Even in a simple white t-shirt heads turn. No need to wonder if she was one of “THOSE” models on the runways throughout Europe. You just know the answer is yes. Today she’s jet lagged, but glowing. “I love that direct flight from Zurich home to Tampa.” Seems like yesterday the model/actress was shopping at Sundial, trying on gowns for her LA premiere showcasing her role of “Tigris” in the Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. She’d just been to France for an appearance during the Sunscreen Short Film Showcase for her role in “Tiny Bacteria.” (The Victoria Jorgensen film with story by Marina Shemwell). Joining her on this adventure (and for brunch), Eugenie in “Tiny Bacteria” is Paul Wilborn, Eugenie’s talented husband and Director of the Palladium Theatre. We know them as the sweethearts of St. Pete (they live near downtown), where they moved to in 2009. The husband and wife team are creative collaborators off and on the stage and take turns in the spotlight. A mixture of screenwriter, producer, director, manager, acting coach, singer, voice overs, cabaret performers, actor, model, reporter.

They are everywhere, performing the American Songbook cabaret series at American Stage (she sings, he plays piano) and both are founders of The Radio Theater Project. A former reporter for AP, Tampa Trib and St. Pete Times, Paul is now the artistic director of the Palladium, THE spot for jazz, blues, pop, opera, dance, folk, comedians and more. Eugenie is currently a staff member at the prestigious Patel Conservatory in Tampa, teaches scene study classes at Andi Matheny Acting Studios and is a wellknown on-camera and Meisner acting coach. Even their love story is a version of Hollywood’s La La Land. “In 2002 I was the screenwriter boy Cindy Cockburn who meets actress girl in LA at a Westwood party,” he explained. Three months later they were talking about their future. Six months later they were engaged. Enter St. Pete and a job offer and then he’s running the Palladium, for ten years now. Downtown dwellers, where do they go to relax? “We love Banyon Café for breakfast…it’s our local hang out,” Eugenie confesses. But husband Paul has a secret place he likes to sneak off to at noon. “I love eating lunch at home with my wife.” They both agree their favorite date night is in the basement of the Palladium called the Side Door for music in an intimate setting. What do they love about St. Pete? “There’s ton of talent here. The future is now. You can find opera to comedy to drama. “ And what about the future? “We want to just keep doing what we’re doing.” That’s good news. As a City with a big arts heart, Paul and Eugenie are a big part of it. -Cindy Cockburn

Deputy Mayor Dr. Kanika Tomalin City of St. Petersburg

You’ve seen her on ABC, NBC, CBS TV: cooking healthy menu items with our culinary stars and offering fitness tips to promote our Healthy St. Pete city initiative. Why does she love St. Pete? “There’s no better place in the WORLD to live, work and play than St.Pete. My enthusiasm is not hyperbolic. I’m fortunate to experience an up-close and intimate look at all of the excellence that is our awesome city. The character and connectedness of St. Pete’s neighborhoods make this such a special place. We blend the charm of a chic, coastal city with the sophistication of a global, international destination. World-class arts and culture, coupled with a compassionate and engaged citizenry that is committed to engineering social-equity and opportunity for everyone, all unfolding against a breathtaking backdrop that is paradise found: this is why my children’s great-great-great grandmother came to live here and why I imagine and hope they’ll never leave.”

Deputy Mayor Dr. Kanika Tomalin welcoming hundreds of visitors and locals to celebrate the Healthy St. Pete initiative July/August 2017



Where To Play When to Stay Out of town guests come and go at the downtown Vinoy Resort, but for over 17 years now the “locals” know that Joanne Cherepon is the one constant you can count on for any request. She holds court behind the concierge desk in the historic lobby. I mean the Navigator Desk.

Les Clefs d’Or (French for “keys of gold”) is an honor. The designation confirms we’re dealing with an experienced individual who’s dedicated to providing excellent service. Renaissance Navigators use their passion for discovery to add creativity and originality to the way they deliver unique and personalized experiences to guests and associates alike.

The Renaissance brand calls her a navigator/concierge. She caters to quirky, unusual requests from all guests around the globe checking in including brides, celebs, politicians and star athletes ‘round the clock. (Strict privacy rules prevent any Vinoy associate from discussing celeb rumors such as setting up golf for Alice Cooper or birthday party favors for Cameron Diaz when she was dating Alex Rodriquez, but I digress.) We know her as a super star/magician. St. Pete is privileged to have the only concierge that belongs to Les Clefs d’Or USA, the only national organization of hotel lobby concierges.

Translation: she gets it done. “Our guests are not looking for the typical tourist attractions, they are looking to experience the town as a local. We send our guests across the street or across town to restaurants and bars, to shops and museum exhibits, and everything in between.” Personally, Joanne loves to walk around the eclectic boutiques and cafés of the “Edge” district. The Jersey girl dreams of a cool future as the city continues to grow - including the wish that our City “not get too big.” She loves the fact “St. Pete is a small town with a big city feel.” -Cindy Cockburn

A Way Cool School: Vets Helping Vets The Veterans Orthopedic Training Center After returning from Vietnam in the 1960s, New Yorker Charlie Barocas enjoyed a successful career for over 45 years. Known as one of the top orthopedic technologists in the country, he now teaches, gives lectures and can be found enjoying the St. Pete lifestyle overlooking the marina from the veranda of the Vinoy resort. Now he wants to give back. He’s trained over 9500 Orthopedic Technologists as the director and lead instructor of the American Society of Orthopedic Professionals. His passion burns bright, so he found a way to offer sunshine and positive vibes with a mission of “veterans helping veterans.” This Fall, we’ll welcome the national headquarters for The Veterans Orthopedic Training Center. “Our desire is to provide the experienced Military Medic a pathway to civilian employment in Orthopedic Fracture Casting and Bracing.” Thousands of Orthopedic technologists are needed at hospitals and private practices. Due to donations, there will be NO CHARGE TO THE VET. With the birth of the non-profit organization he can train 300 veterans a year, 24 students a week. during a one week class. Charlie’s innovative new company fits beautifully inside St. Pete’s new “Innovation District” with his office set to open this


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Fall at 625 Sixth Avenue South in the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital complex. Way cool for vets: Charlie and his backers will invest $200,000 a year training hundreds of veterans a year at no charge. Way cool for St. Pete: The students will stay and play in our City, booking over 1,500 room nights a year. -Cindy Cockburn 727-394-1700.


May the force be with us, St. Pete. Thanks to the Museum of Fine Arts and Lucasfilm™, we’ll be able to take a unique journey into the Star Wars™ universe. More than 60 original costumes will be on exhibit, bringing to life beloved characters such as Chewbacca and Queen Amidala and the evil of all evils, Darth Vader.

“Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume” will closely examine the captivating process of costume design for iconic outfits featured in the first seven films of the Star Wars saga—from Queen Amidala’s lavish gowns to Darth Vader’s imposing black armor. Tickets go on sale to public October 19 and will be open to the public after a member-only weekend on November 13. About The Exhibit: Explore the artistry of the world’s most recognized cinematic costumes, including Queen Amidala, Chewbacca, X-Wing Pilots, and Droids, including C-3PO and R2-D2. This exhibition goes beyond the chronological, literary, or filmic order often used to chronicle Star Wars™. It focuses instead on the creative process, encompassing the essence of George Lucas’ vision and the exciting challenge of translating his iconic characters into a dynamic reality.

Stormtrooper Star Wars™: Return of the Jedi © & ™ 2015 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.

© & ™ 2015 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.

Queen Apailana Funeral Costume Star Wars™: Revenge of the Sith

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Lucasfilm’s Star Wars

Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume was developed by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in partnership with the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art and in consultation with Lucasfilm Ltd. Objects in this exhibition are on loan from the Archives of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. Star Wars™ and all related characters, names and indicia are trademarks of & copyright © & TM 2017 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. The Denver Art Museum also provided additional scholarship and creative modifications to the presentation.

FYI: TICKET SALES Member Pricing: Members receive one free admission to Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume during the Members-Only Opening Weekend, Nov. 11-12. Reserved time based upon availability. Members receive special discounted tickets for admission during the run of the show as well. $10 re-admission price for Individual and Dual (Family) level Members after 11/12. Unlimited free admission for Friend level Members and above for entirety of show run. Member Ticket Sales Dates: Friend-level Members-Only Pre-Sale Date: September 12th; Dual (Family)-level Members-Only Pre-Sale Date: September 18th; Individual-level Members-Only Pre-Sale Date: September 25th

Obi Wan Kenobi Jedi Robes Star Wars™: The Phantom Menace

Members-Only ticket pre-sale through October 18th Non-Member Ticket Pricing: Adults: $25; Youth (ages 7–17): $18; Children 6 and under: Free Sponsor Thanks: MFA leadership support provided by Mark and Marianne Mahaffey, The Bill Edwards Group, and Jeff and Penny Vinik. Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; The Margaret Acheson Stuart Society; and the City of St. Petersburg Office of Cultural Affairs. Media support provided by Tampa Bay Times, VISIT St. Petersburg/ Clearwater, and rkc.

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Roger Dow

Global Traveler Calls St. Pete Home

Roger Dow is relaxed in a golf shirt, shorts, and no socks. His appearance makes you think he’s just another St. Pete fan like the rest of us, enjoying yet another bright sunny day. Nobody would guess he’s a celeb in certain circles and has been a leader in the travel industry for over 40 years.

“All I wanted to do was stay alive” he remembers. This was late 60s/ early 70s. He figured if he could use his skills speaking he might be able to stay alive long enough to make it back to Jersey. He taught soldiers what he calls “the booby trap class.” He served in the United States Army with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam, where he received the Bronze Star and other citations.

As the President and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, his national U.S. Travel Association’s President and CEO Roger Dow shares trade association represents all seghis insights at the annual 2017 meeting. ments of America’s $ 2.1 trillion travel The boy turned in to a man and industry. Roger represents the USA around the globe, works in eventually did make it back to the hotel business to become Washington, D.C. and proudly claims St. Pete as his home. one of the top VPs, working with Bill Marriott. “I was building the hotel chain all over the country and eventually, all over the Prior to joining U.S. Travel Association, he advanced through world.” His claim to fame? “I started the Marriot Rewards prothe ranks at Marriott International in a career that spanned 34 gram,” he says. For Dow, travel is a passion, not just a career. years and eventually rose to Senior Vice President of Global and Field Sales, where he led Marriott’s 10,000-person worldwide Travel transcends everything. “Where you come from, what sales organization. you look like, what your traditions or religion may be just disappears when you travel,” says Dow. His favorite excursion is his No wonder we’re meeting at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort next trip, but Egypt is high on his list. “I loved Cairo and discovand Golf Club, managed by Marriott. We’re overlooking the ering the Old Palace. Can you imagine riding a horse across the marina from the window table inside Marchand’s dining room desert with vivid sunsets and pyramids.” over a lovely breakfast. He brags that he can leave his house in Old Northeast, catch a 7 am flight and be in his office by 9:30 Dow loves living and playing in St. Pete. “I love the younger am in DC. “The Tampa airport is fabulous. We always dreamed vibe here (did you know the average age is now only 40 and of living here. My wife and I fell in love with the area when we young at heart?) It’s the walkability that was extremely importvisited during Super Bowl in 2009.” They bought a house here ant to us as a couple. We walk in the morning to Starbucks, the in 2012 and continue to enjoy the St. Pete lifestyle. parks, fitness options, bike, favorite Beach Drive restaurants from 400 Beach, Birchwood, Bella Brava to Park Shore and look Originally from New Jersey, Roger started life in the hotel biz forward to more shops like the ones you see in Sarasota’s St. as a lifeguard in high school, joining Marriott International at Armand’s Circle.” -Cindy Cockburn the sixth Marriott property. Enter the draft. Boy interrupted. Off to Fort Dix, New Jersey for training. Shipped off to Vietnam.

Making A Difference After retiring in January, I traveled to Cuba as a volunteer and plan to go to Greece and Poland in the next year. Travel is my passion, but I wanted to make a difference here, so I decided to volunteer at downtown’s Tomlinson Adult Learning Center, a part of Pinellas County Schools. I wanted to work with their English for Speakers of Other Languages, or ESOL which as more than 200 learners enrolled. Programs like this make me proud to be part of the St. Petersburg community. The ESOL students attend classes from 8 am to 2 pm. All of the classes are focused on learning English and include speaking, writing, reading and comprehension. I was impressed by the students’ enthusiasm and focus. They were from every corner of the world and most had arrived in


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the U.S.within the last few months and were thrilled to be here and have an opportunity to participate in the Tomlinson program to help them assimilate. I was asked to work with an older student (Ana) who has been in the U.S. for many years but needed some extra help with her English skills. She was a joy to work with and thrilled to have a one-on-one tutor. From January through May I worked with Ana every week. We exchanged family stories, discussed cultural differences, practiced reading, did homework assignments, and prepped for her test to become a naturalized U.S. citizen. Her determination and tenacity proved to be great assets as she improved dramatically over the months we worked together. Every week after our tutorial, Ana thanked me for spending time with her. I learned a universal language working with the school. The power of truth, support and a “can do” spirit that transforms strangers into friends, no matter where they are from. -Lynn Lotkowictz


Denim & Diamonds

The sold out inaugural Denim & Diamonds event raised more than $63,000 for Julie Weintraub’s Hands Across the Bay. Presenting sponsor PureLife Medi-Spa’s Dr. Joe and Elif Fitzgerald, chairwoman Devin Pappas and husband Marc and Julie and Steve Weintraub greeted glittering guests walking the red carpet at the Belleair Country Club mimosa brunch. Celebrities Michael Clayton, Brad Kendell, William Floyd and Gina Marie Smith mingled with guests bidding on the auction items, including Dr. Cesar Lara, Dr. Christian Drehsen and inspirational domestic violence advocate and keynote speaker Melissa Dohme, recently the subject of a People magazine feature. After brunch, the Ries Brothers performed.

Dee Schuler, Julie Weintraub, Melissa Doehme Hill, Elif Fitzgerald and event Chair, Devin Pappas

Green Pearl Photography

Green Pearl Photography

Green Pearl Photography

Denim & Diamonds Committee Members (back row left to right) Sue Menges, Devin Pappas, Lauren Connors, Connie Viator, Barbara Kusky, Laura Scott, Marya Flurnoy, (front row left to right) Elif Fitzgerald and Lindsey Hendzel

Dr. Joseph Fitzgerald and wife, Elif Fitzgerald, owners of PureLife Medi-Spa in Largo, Florida

St. Petersburg philanthropic residents, Richard and Kathy Hart pose with Brad Kendell

Marcus Lara, Dr. Cesar Lara and wife Penelope Lara

Kevin Ries, Michael Clayton, Brad Kendell, William Floyd and Charlie Ries

Magnolia Ball Breaks Records, Raises $4 Million for Moffitt


Grape arbors and wine casks transformed the downtown Tampa Marriott Waterside ballroom into a Tuscan scene for the 2017 Magnolia Ball on May 20. The ball hosted nearly 750 guests and raised $4 million for Moffitt patient care, research and education. Moffitt supporters Frank and Christina Capitano chaired this year’s Magnolia Ball, the most successful in the event’s 24-year history. The evening’s program gave guests a dose of the courage that inspires Moffitt’s work daily including HSN host Amy Morrison on her Moffitt experience as a breast cancer survivor. Moffitt leaders, including President & CEO Dr. Alan List, founder H. Lee Moffitt and Chief Philanthropy Officer Matt Kupec added their own personal messages. Foundation Board of Directors Chairman Ed Droste rallied the crowd with help from a special guest — Monday Night Football analyst and Super Bowl-winning former Bucs head coach Jon Gruden.

SPL Publisher Beth Ann Drake and Ralph Zuckerman

Jon Gruden (left) with Ed Droste (right), Moffitt Foundation Board of Directors Chairman

HSN host Amy Morrison is pictured alongside HSN President Bill Brand

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Rob Thomas provided live entertainment for guests at the 2017 Moffitt Cancer Center Magnolia Ball.


Cuban Ambassador Delights St. Pete José Ramón Cabañas, Cuba’s first ambassador to the United States in more than 50 years, enjoyed a visit to St. Pete with his wife Edilia González this Spring. Hosted by City of St. Pete’s Mayor Rick Kriseman and his wife Kerry, the Ambassador toured the town from St. Petersburg College’s downtown campus to the arts districts. A reception saluting the arts was held in his honor at the Dali.

St. Pete hosted the Cuban Ambassador and his wife at the Dali Museum where they enjoyed Cafe Gala cuisine and Paul Wilborn’s musical magic.

Dali Director Dr. Hank Hine and wife Laura welcome Mayor Kriseman’s family at the salute to the arts in honor of the visiting Cuban Ambassador.

Beth Reynolds

Film Festival The 12th annual Sunscreen Film Festival kicked off on the red carpet in front of the Palladium with screenings, panels and parties all around town. Actors Dylan McDermott, Joe Pantoliano (shown here opening night with his pal St. Pete’s Joe Jimenez and fans) Kirstie Alley and Robert Davies were among those who mingled all weekend downtown.

Cocktails at The Collection: Continuing the 100 year celebration, guests mingled at The Morean June 9th.



New York State of Mind: Downtown St. Pete’s Chef David Benstock of Il Ritorno as he prepares for a James Beard House appearance July 18th with SPL writer Cindy Cockburn.


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Top Chefs PARCS Fundraiser RCS Grand Gala at The Conmy Center - Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Dunedin Butterfly Ball for ALPHA House of Pinellas County at The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club Casa Peace Breakfast at The St. Petersburg Coliseum Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Pinellas presented by Raymond James at Vinoy Park - PinellasFLStrides� Walk To End Alzheimer’s at Spectrum Field, Clearwater - sarneson� The Poynter Institute Bow Tie Ball honoring PBS NewsHour Anchor Judy Woodruff - 2017 Poynter Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism

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St. Petersburg retained its sparkly crown as the largest LGBT pride celebration in the Southeast with more than 200,000 attendees. The city rolled out the rainbow carpet and put on a parade Saturday 6/24 the way St. Pete does best…with a colorful display of joyful revelry and a fabulous glitterati. The festivities began again on Sunday 6/25 in the Grand Central District highlighting local vendors, businesses and artists. Regardless of the Florida heat, drag shows continued, cold beer flowed and the celebration of diversity, inclusiveness and equality carried on. - Linda Bray

Cindy Cockburn

Pride Fest 2017

The Museum of Fine Arts Skyway exhibition opening with MFA’s Robin O’Dell, curator of the photographic collection; Kristen Shepherd, executive director and Katherine Pill, curator of Contemporary Art.

Among the revelers enjoying the Dignitary Party Summer Bash and headliner Pitbull Toddler were Natalie and Walter Allen.

The Fools Louie Spetrini, owner of Nueva Cantina, carries on with the best of them. “The Fools” as they call themselves, are all friends and hospitality folks (restaurant and bar owners) who gather for laughs, sensational suppers and chats. Grazzi’s Tony started the group which includes Ruby’s Greg, Boulevard Burgers’ Charles, Delmar’s Jochen, Lust’s Rikki and a cast of revolving characters.

And We’re Off ! The St. Petersburg Pier and Pier District broke ground June 28th with dignitaries and guest speakers talking about the impact the new pier will have on the community and downtown businesses. Addressing the crowd were Mayor Rick Kriseman, Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin, City Council Chair Darden Rice, Chris Ballestra (City Managing Director, Development), Vince Lee (PierProject Designer), Steve Urgo (St. Petersburg citizen and supporter of the new St. Pete Pier). The Pier is part of the Downtown Waterfront Master Plan stretching to Coffee Pot as St. Petersburg strives to be a national model for waterfront stewardship. Also on hand was writer Randy Wayne White who flew in for the groundbreaking. White and his pilot whisked Mayor Kriseman and Deputy Mayor Tomalin off in a seaplane to tour Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille on Sanibal Island for some shrimp and talk about opening a Doc Ford restaurant at the Pier. Photos courtesy of the City of St. Petersburg

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SCENE & STREET SEEN Skip Milos, Tampa Bay Rays

Fans Celebrate With The Rays I love Raymond, don’t you? When you hang out at The Trop to see the boys of summer, half the fun is watching the crowd interact with the music, the Jumbotron trivia and compete to see who has some tasty Dots or treats you haven’t yet sampled. This year, there’s new brews and eats, so get there early and get the party started. Steven Kovich, Tampa Bay Rays

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Skip Milos, Tampa Bay Rays

Steven Kovich, Tampa Bay Rays



4th of July Celebration

The Rowdies games at Al Lang Stadium are always a hoot and just got better. Fans can enjoy a post-game concert FREE with their game ticket at these upcoming shows. Two more post-game concerts include 9/10 with I Love the 90’s The Party Continues Tour, featuring TLC, Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath, Coolio and All 4 One and 9/23 with Shaggy. Stay tuned for more winning games and concerts.

The Sir Winston Yacht’s sunset holiday cruise was glorious, thanks to the glamorous Mad Men and Women of Tampa Bay who made some fashion fireworks of their own! Photos by Daniel Gallant

Rowdies Fans & Fun

L to R: MadMen and Women of Tampa Bay Co-founder: Jerry Bohannon, Ashley Hauss, Lisa Timmons and Co-founder: Barry Lively

All photos courtesy of The Rowdies Soccer

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Alex Harris

Bonnie Strickland

A Georgia native, Alex Harris is a soul, R&B singer, actor, philanthropist and entrepreneur who credits Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Al Green and Otis Redding as his major influences. At the ripe age of twelve Harris went on tour with his band A7 made up of he and five of his brothers. Since then, he has had billboard hits, traveled the world and become well-known. He also created the Arts Conservatory for Teens (ACT) in St. Petersrburg, thanks to the inspiration of Carl Lavendar from the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast. By creating ACT, he gives kids 11-18 the chance to express themselves freely and encourage them to be creative and perform. Harris sings and acts with the young artists at venues and fundraisers so they can share their talent with the community. ACT helps them get scholarships, partners with academic institutions, the city of St. Petersburg, TASCO center for teen technology, other mentors and parents to foster opportunity for budding artists. Amazingly, ACT boasts a 100% graduation and college placement rate. Harris hopes to migrate this success of ACT from St. Pete to other communities in the future.

Luxury real estate broker-owner of Strickland Property Group, St. Petersburg’s Premier Boutique Real Estate Company, Bonnie Strickland is not only committed to exceptional, personalized service for her clients, she is committed to making a difference in her community. A portion of each of her real estate transactions is donated to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and the education initiatives for the Patient Safety and Quality division. Strickland is the Secretary for the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Foundation Board and the Secretary for the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Foundation Executive Committee. In addition to her support of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital she also supports many local charities and local ministries. Strickland feels it’s a privilege to give back to the community she grew up in and that has given so much to her. “I have seen our city change in such wonderful ways and will continue to support its development, progress and culture. My hope is that I will be able to make an impact where I can to ensure that our city continues to thrive and remain at the forefront of vibrant growth.”

Animal Lover: Kerry Kriseman A St. Petersburg native, Kerry and her husband Mayor Rick Kriseman have two children, Jordan and Samuel. Together, the Krisemans have worked as a volunteer puppy raiser family for Southeastern Guide Dogs since 2009 and have raised eight dogs. Hope, who is 11 months old, is their ninth puppy. Kerry has always loved dogs. “Growing up, our family has always loved dogs. I grew up in a household that always had three-to-four dogs.”

very well likely become someone’s eyes, or help a veteran, as Southeastern also provides pups to veterans suffering from PTSD. How does the process of becoming a guide dog work? The percentage of dogs that become guide dogs is about 38%, because to guide and be someone else’s eyes, the dogs must be in perfect condition – behaviorally and physically. A seemingly insignificant issue that might not necessarily shorten a pet’s life, can negate the chance that a dog will become a guide. Examples might include allergies, distraction around small animals such as lizards or squirrels, or aversion to small spaces.

How did you get involved? We were aware of the organization before we became puppy raisers, as I would take my kids to their campus in Palmetto for puppy hugging so they could Petey’s In for Training Day at play with 6-8-week-old puppies as part of their Southeastern Guide Dogs’ Campus in Palmetto. socialization. We also walked and groomed the How do you become a puppy raiser? As a older dogs that were in for training around campus. We took volunteer, we receive great support from Southeastern staff, our first two dogs in 2009. The puppies we’ve raised have all as well as our local area coordinator and all volunteers receive gone on to realize their destiny, whether it’s as a guide, family a comprehensive manual and videos. Volunteer puppy raisers pet or ambassador for Southeastern. Two of our dogs, Summit undergo a home visit screening and background check before and Christie, are Southeastern Guide Dog Ambassadors (or picking up their 9-to-12-week old puppy from Southeastern. in-training) and two of the dogs, Christie and Hope live with us. Generally, puppies stay with their puppy raiser family for about a year, depending on the kennel needs and when Southeastern What’s the mission? The idea of being able to positively desires to have the pup return to campus for formal training. impact that life of someone else carries with it an immense During this time, a puppy raiser’s primary job it to love, train, responsibility, one that we don’t approach casually. The pupsocialize and care for the puppy. The pup must be trained and pies are cute, we have fun doing this, but we never forget the familiar with any situation, for the person with whom they are importance of what we’re doing. We realize that every action matched will likely travel, work and lead a busy life. we take with the pup prepares it for the future, and that it could


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A Lively Day From dawn to dusk, and into the wee hours, St. Pete’s under the artistic eye of photographer Barry Lively. Known for his party, event and architectural visual magic, Lively’s enchanting photos paint a journal of life downtown and all its sweetness. His goal has always been to “elicit curiousity and evoke emotion” through his images. Lively moved downtown from Tampa in 2011 and now lives in Old Northeast, where he can stroll to his favorite coffeehouses (Black Crow, Brew D’licious, Kahwa and Grassroots Kava) or to hang out in the dog park, taking down and dirty photos from a pup’s point of view. He loves the downtown adventure and changing landscape, a throwback to his childhood ambles. “I live among homes that are no less than 100 years old and I love it. It brings me back to my childhood freedom to explore different neighborhoods, meet new people and discover the excitement of what’s on the next street.” In addition to photography, a drone camera and his new 360/Virtual Reality camera, Lively collaborates with other artists on culinary photos, commercials, video and even covered SuperBowl and NASCAR’s Talladega Race this year, with a car wrapped with his name to support a local charity. The artist itch started early. With a fashionista Mom who gave it all up to raise Barry and his four siblings with his father, Lively says the art of photography starts with being embedded in the scene, easy to get along with and easy to confide in, putting his subjects at ease and looking their best. The calming charm that sets people at ease is his family’s DNA.


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He didn’t have a camera until 18, and wanted to pursue photography, but his Dad convinced him to him to get “a real job” and he was a “suit in the credit card industry,” with great success. When his son went off to college in 2011, he decided to pursue his dream and “do something for myself.” He moved into a friend’s South St. Pete condo on the bay and unleashed his camera and artist’s eye. Where there is water there is life.. “I started taking pictures of the dock, wildlife and the “downtown” wild life. My photos are a journal of my life since I moved here, from Robert Cray and reggae from when I lived in The Detroit Hotel above Jannus,” recalls Lively. “I met some amazing people from all walks of life—music, arts, business, photography – and created a synergy that helped me launch my business, establishing a rapport with business and community folks and getting flattering pictures of people in action. His first paying gig was to photograph the 2011 Florida Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony where his photos ended up in the “Florida Sports Hall of Fame” in Auburndale. It took until mid 2012 when he moved to the Detroit Hotel to really get into the DTSP mix. “My balcony was next to the stage and I’d watch the crowd and concerts at Jannus, and got to know a log of people from all walks of life, from the arts to business, creating energy and synergy among these friends, ” he recalls. One of his first gigs was with Jerry Bohannon, Principal Financial, who invited him to Less Than Six Degrees, where entrepreneurs gathered to network. He and Jerry later founded Mad Men of Tampa Bay, staging popular events such as the July 4th party on the “Sir Winston”. “We’re going to be bigger than U.S. Steel,” laughs Lively, alluding to the famous Godfather movie quote. Lively’s client list includes Stetson, PureLife Medi Spa, RCS, Easter Seals, Casa, Heels to Heels, the annual Plant City charity polo event, realtors, Morgan Auto Group, Jump For Kids and others. He just had his first gallery show at Black Crow Coffee

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT Company and will be a regular contributor to St. Pete Life Magazine as the “photo czar.” A huge fan of Chicago legend Vivian Maier and NY Times Bill Cunningham, his photos vibrate with emotional stories about life and travels. “Downtown is where I find my kwan, she is my mistress,” says Lively. “I’m thriving in the freedom of photographing what I want, not just making photos for money. Last year, I set my intentions toward destination photography, and I ended up traveling on assignment to the Superbowl in San Fran and Houston, and went on a passport stamping rampage with travels to Peru, Cabo, Croatia, Ireland, Bahamas,. “ Lively honors his classy well-dressed parents by dressing stylishly at the events he covers and his iconic car is a testimony to his whimsical spirit. His favorite sport? Hanging at his favorite spots, snapping pics of St. Pete’s StreetSeen. “There are a lot of characters, but the character of St Pete itself is what draws me out.” Some of his favorite DTSP spots include Brew D’Licious, Grazzi, Mickeys Organics (healthy wrap, juice, macaron), La V, Ruby’s Elixir, Del Mar, Sawgrass Tiki, Bula, Grass Roots and Muddy Waters. “I’m an equal opportunist when it comes to coffeehouses and kava,’’ says Lively. Barry Lively brings joy to people’s lives while capturing memorable moments. “Live the life you love,” isn’t just a quote for Lively, it is a way of life.

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All That Jazz: Arturo Sandoval BY NANETTE WISER

When legendary jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval and his band perform, it’s a free for all. “We’re always mixing up the repertoire, some old things, some new things including bebop, swing, funk, Cuban music and ballads,” says Sandoval from his L.A. studio. “It’s what I like most when I am on stage, to feel the freedom to go in any of direction, playing the horn or piano, or the maracas.” We saw it all first-hand, the comic Arturo holding the audience in his palm, the jazz virtuoso holding us spellbound with his jazz prowess and the storyteller Arturo, waxing rhapsodic and comedic about his friendship with Dizzy and poignant memories. As always, he ended with his signature Gillespie piece, Nights in Tunisia. Another favorite of his? Body and Soul, a moveable feast for the ears.

piano and what I feel and see turns into a new melody or new chords,” says Sandoval.

In between jazz riffs, Sandoval walked into the audience, chatting with the crowd as if they were old and treasured friends. If you missed him in St. Pete, catch his October set at Manhattan’s Blue Note where he will debut some of his new CD.

Making great music is a journey according to Sandoval. “The day you believe you figured it out already, you’re out of the picture,” he says humbly. “Making music is eternal, you have to keep dreaming and keep learning and be open to new information and new things. It’s the only way to grow as an artist.”

Sandoval performed in late June at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts - Mahaffey Theater. A 10-time Grammy winner, Sandoval was a protégé of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie. He received an Emmy Award in 2006. In 2013, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama and in 2016, an honorary degree from Notre Dame.

Growing Up In Cuba Sandoval was born in Artemisa, a small town on the outskirts of Havana, Cuba, on November 6, 1949, just two years after Gillespie became the first musician to bring Latin influences into American Jazz. Sandoval began studying classical trumpet at the age of 12, but it didn’t take him long to catch the excitement of the jazz world.

Catching Up With Arturo From his home in Los Angeles, SPL chatted with Sandoval by phone, where he is mixing his upcoming fall album of duets with Pharrell, Placido Domingo and Celia Cruz, a follow-up to his popular collaborations with Justin Timberlake and Frank Sinatra. Sandoval’s also getting ready for upcoming tours to Japan (The Blue Note) and The Czech Republic, where he will perform a new piece Concerto #2 for Trumpet, a follow-up to his #1 recorded with The London Symphony. There is no pause in this artist’s repertoire—it’s go, daddy, go and he listens to everything on Pandora, from Latin to classical and straight ahead jazz.

“Before I was 17, playing traditional Cuban music. Dizzy was the first jazz artist I ever heard and I’m still trying to figure out those Charlie Parker tunes fifty years later,” recalls Sandoval, who practices tirelessly and composes new music with delight—for movies, for his new CD, for pure pleasure.

Where does he get his inspiration? “Everything, from a sunny day to the kiss my grandaugher gives me when I drive her to school. I get up the morning and get coffee and go sit at the


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Dizzy Changed His Life Forever Meeting Dizzy in Cuba was a turning point, and when Gillespie realized that his driver Arturo could play a mean trumpet, a lifelong friendship ensued . “Before I was 17, playing traditional Cuban music. Dizzy was the first jazz artist I ever heard and I’m still trying to figure out those Charlie Parker tunes fifty years later,” recalls Sandoval, who practices tirelessly and composes new music with delight—for movies, for his new CD, for pure pleasure.


Rod Millington Arturo Sandoval

In 1977, Sandoval met Gillespie when he came to Cuba on 48 hours on a jazz cruise which also featured Stan Getz and other big time musicians when he was asked to drive Gillespie around. “We got in a jam session, and Dizzy asked ‘what the hell my driver is doing with a trumpet,’ and that was the beginning of a beautiful friendship. In 1978 Iplayed with him in different tours, different bands, even a big band-United Nations—he was a father figure to me. He was a huge influence in my music. Always hungry for information and share his knowledge of music with anybody, any moment anytime.” It’s All About The Beat Said one patron the night of the concert: “His music makes my toes tingle. You don’t just listen to it. The beat gets inside you and moves everything around in a good way.” Juggling jazz styles from bebop to freeform, you can see the dedication that drives the man who practices daily and says that “if you don’t evolve and learn, your music doesn’t get better.”

Sandoval is one of the world’s most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist and composer. As a founding member of the Grammy-winning group Irakere, whose explosive mixture of jazz, classical, rock and traditional Cuban music caused a sensation throughout the entertainment world, Sandoval formed his own legendary band in 1981. In addition to his foundation for young musicians, Sandoval gives university workshops to keep jazz alive. “We need to encourage the passion for jazz and music for the next generation since we don’t get much support from commercial radio stations and media, who focus on pop and country music.” says Sandoval, who points out that Asia and Europe showcase jazz on TV and radio. “Jazz is a very authentic sound, most beautiful and it’s light will never extinguish.”

The Mission of the Arturo Sandoval Institute is to educate, support and inspire music students to continue music education without regard to their economic circumstances. The Institute provides scholarships, instruments, concerts, clinics, master classes and financial support. Said Sandoval: “I want to be remembered as a guy who loved music – all kinds of good music – and helped bring that love of music into children’s lives.” Support the Arturo Sandoval Institute The Arturo Sandoval Institute was founded by Arturo Sandoval to preserve his rich musical heritage for future generation, and to enable children to benefit from musical journeys, as he did. Become a Sponsor If you would like to join our growing family of sponsors, please call us at (323) 844-3ASI (3274).


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Bars, Dining & Pet-cessories


as Pooched Eggs and the Hot Diggity Dog, pets can enjoy dining al fresco while people and pet watching. Did you say dog dessert? Grab your pack and head over to (swah-rey), THE destination for curing that canine (and human) sweet tooth. Take stunning cupcakes, add pupcakes, and a passionate devotion to Superheros on Parade’ dogs painted to bring awareness to the Southeastern Guide Dogs… Southeastern Guide Dogs. fur-loving foodies REJOICE! While you are there, visit the weekly blog. They know what’s trending sponsored Superheroes on Parade dog, in the pet world and currently “raw feedproudly displayed out front and painted ing” is hot. Need to know more, these by local artist, Anna Hamilton Field. guys are top dogs!

As your Pet Curator, I’ve been bird-dogging why pet-loving “Burgers” call St. Pete such a great home. As far as I can tell, everything! A quick sniff downtown and you’re sure to see streets flanked by water bowls and “Pets Welcome” signs. Allow me and my trusty rescue wing girl, Sunay, to hit the local scene for you, uncovering the hot spots, the up and comers and the under dogs. Dog Friendly Bars & Dining St. Pete’s only watering hole devoted purely to pups, Dog Bar, is a hybrid doggie daycare and private bar. Memberships are available to access play areas insuring happy and healthy socializing, while owners belly up to the full bar. Pack leader/owner, J.P. Brewer states, “The city’s dog-friendliness, coupled with the diversity and growth of the Grand Central District, made the City of St. Petersburg the ultimate place to serve up a bunch of fun for you and your dog”. Sit, stay, drink! When it comes to doggie dining, look no further than beautiful Beach Drive, St. Pete’s avenue of amazing eateries. Cassis American Brasserie offers casual continental cuisine with a dedicated fido-friendly menu. With delicacies such


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Pet-cessories & Parks From natural food and treats to petcessories, St.Petersbark is St. Pete’s ground zero for the haute dog and fab feline. Krista and Keenan Schmidt scouted other coastal cities but decided to mark their territory in St. Pete and call it home. With further expansion on the horizon, St. Petersbark also offers obedience classes, pet-related seminars and a

When it comes to local rescue organizations, check out Pawlicious Poochie Pet Rescue (PPPR). This pawty of one is run by Jaime Bunny McKnight and her pink, sparkly herd of feisty Chihuahuas, lovingly named “The Littles.” Born out of the loss of her first rescue dog, Lucy, PPPR has become a one-woman life-saving machine. Focusing on small, senior dogs and those with medical issues, bound for euthanasia, you will find Jaime at many of the local rescue events.

If you are ready to go unleashed… try one of St. Pete’s six pawsome dog parks like North Shore Dog Park, in the heart of downtown. For those busy Burgers short on time; to the rescue… Pup Active! Charlie Man, a black Lab and his human, Lara Warn, offer not only pet sitting and walking, but running as well. Call them the The Fast and the Fur-ious! This fitness-focused business donates a percentage of each pet service to a local pet charity, as well as from their ever-growing online store of witty t-shirts and pet gear.

Meet Kona

This darling miniature husky can be seen in ALL the best places DTSP, from The Vinoy to nibbling kibbles with her owner Lee Spector.


Summer Style

Easy Everyday Glamour


Living in style in the hot, humid

St. Pete summers may require minions. If you want to look your best, from hair to toes, check out these trends and folks who can inspire your everyday glamour. TRENDS Face Forward: The best accessory? Beautiful, glowing and healthy skin! From hydrating (drink water, eat fruit) to sunscreen (reapply often), a clean face is the palette for every look, from winged eye to bronzed cheeks. We swear by Aveeno and Neutrogena facial sunscreens. Hair-Raising Adventures: Who wants sweaty bangs and frizzy hair when you can rock a pony or sport an eye-length fringe? This year, stylists say go with your natural hair texture, don’t fight it. Color cools down, with blondes going to a creamy ginger or smoked taupe and brunettes showing off soft mink tones.

FAVES Botanicals: Perhaps one of our favorite finds is downtown St. Pete’s Harmony EcoSpa next to theThe Hollander Hotel where you can get the ultimate holistic pampering including organic hair color, nail treatments, aromatherapy, massage, reiki, ear candling, bamboo fusion, BEMER treatments and more Nourished Nails: We love the vintage feel of Marilyn Monroe Spas and Nouvelle Beauty Bar with their sleek black and white interiors. At Nouvelle, you can eat lunch or sip a glass a wine during your pedi. Say hi to owner Thuy! Rejuvenate, Rewind: At Tranquility Wellness Spa, you can enjoy a massage, facial, nail, and therapeutic technique while being pampered.

My Essential Beauty Bag: Tatcha Beauty Papers remove oil from your face without smudging your make-up. Egyptian Magic is an amazing moisturizing balm as is Rosebud Salve for your lips. Nars Orgasm Blush gives a peachy/ pink sun-kissed shimmer to your cheeks. Tom Ford’s lipsticks never fail me day or night and Bobbi Brown gets minimal sultry pouts just right. For puffy eyes, use Skyn Iceland Eye Gels.

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Men’s Beauty

Kasi Sharp: A Real Live Vintage Doll BY KEVIN GODBEE Florida native Kasi works at The Shave Cave at The Sundial Shops and is a graduate of Paul Mitchell with dual licenses in cosmetology and barbering. As a lover of all things vintage, especially the ‘40s and ‘50s era, Kasi’s classic hairstyles celebrate her passion. Kasi loves the pinup style so much that she has made this her signature style for the last eight years. Whether she’s doing a model photoshoot or coming to work, this is her everyday look. “I just wanted to buy a dress that was fuller than modern dresses. And then I started doing my makeup and hair and I just felt the most comfortable dressing like this.” Get a shave & a haircut from beautiful pin-up girl, Kasi, at The Shave Cave.


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In addition to hanging out with her 3-year old French Bulldog named Frankenstein, Kasi likes to shop in vintage and antique stores such as ARTpool Gallery & Vintage Boutique. Kasi also loves to go to Disney World on a regular basis and is such a huge fan of Mini Mouse that she has a tattoo of her favorite vintage Disney character on her right forearm. Naturally, her favorite movie is “Grease”. You can find her on Instagram as “pinupbarber”.

Fashionista Trends BY DEVIN PAPPAS

Fashion is so fun!! Don’t be afraid to break out of your comfort zone and experiment with color this year. Start small and add that pop of color to your classic black and white outfit. Pop a yellow clutch, wear red shoes, add a turquoise poncho or shawl, try a lime green statement necklace and bracelet. Now, look in the mirror and admire the small change you made to your classic look and the WOW factor you just created! Here’s what I’m seeing around town that’s both fashionable and alluring. Trending Colors: Look for relaxing pastels, soft or denim-colored blue, periwinkle, mint green, aqua and soft blush best worn with grey and metallic silver.

FASHION Brights are big too, especially yellow, hot pink and orange, best paired with your classic black and white outfits. Yellow looks fab as an accent to sophisticated navy and white.

Everyday Dressing: I’m seeing a lot of stripes and geometrics, printed palazzo pants and dresses of all lengths and patterns. Add a pair of high waisted, tie-waist pants, Capri or crop pants. A new length this year (between a short and Capri) is Shapris, sort of like the previous fad, the “Skort”- short and skirt. White denim is hot and can go day to night with the right accessories, shoes and top. Cold Shoulder Shirts: This is the IT GIRL look for summer, in many different sleeve lengths (long, 3/4 and short sleeve), seen on runways and celebrities. It’s a sexy peekaboo without a lot of skin

Fashion Faves Pippo Pelure: Here you’ll find class with sass. Pippa Pelure is a unique boutique where women walk in with curiosity and expectations and leave with joy and confidence. American and European designer fashions, for day and night. Ansley Z Kids Co.: A children’s boutique catering to the most stylish of children. Ashe Couture Inc.: An eclectic chic boutique featuring bohemian clothing both trendy and affordable. Bernie’s & Son Jewelry: From watches to jewelry, this family-owned business can help you find that perfect gift. Canvas: Women’s trendy and classic clothes and art. Cerulean Blu: Swim and resort wear in a spa-like setting. Florida Jean Company: Perfectly fitting jeans to suit every personality. Good Night Moon: Linens, French wares and specialty children’s boutique. Jackie Z Style Co.: Wow them with these men and women’s stylish clothes, shoes, jewelry and accessories. Misred Outfitters: One-of-a kind pieces both whimsical and stylish. Necessories: This global woman’s artisan shop proffers jewelry, accessories, women’s apparel, furnishings, art and is the Boho-Feme-Funk spot for artistic style. Plain Jane: Casual quality clothes and accessories with a West Coast vibe. Reno Beach Surf Shop: Cowabunga clothing, suits and accessories for the Gidget/ Beach Boy in you. Ribbons & Ties: Lovely children’s boutique for stylish tykes.

and has percolated from dress up looks to everyday, paired with jeans or shorts. Heel To Toe: We’re seeing glitter, leopard or updated stylish sneakers used for fashion and function. High heeled mules, flats and espadrilles are big, either solid or patterned Finishing Touches: Fringe is in, so break out the fringe bag and accessories. Bold statement costume jewelry always adds flair to any outfit and puts the WOW effect into your party entrance. Career Attire: Look for a tailored blazer to wear over your sundress or tank top. Crisp white button down shirts are back in fashion, feminized this year with detailing such as added flare at waistline, high low lengths, buttons in the back, jewels and side and rear slits. Printed blouses, dressy pants or capris, dresses, a polished black pump and structured tote bag are must-haves for work. You can mix patterns as long as they are in the same color palette.

STYLISH BURGERS Name Jan Kokernot Who is your fashion inspiration? Jackie Kennedy’s understated elegance. Wish List Elbow-length unlined soft Italian leather gloves. Where else do you like to shop DTSP LUCA Italian Leather Chico’s White House/Black Market Designer Consigner Favorite Accessory Pearl earring and necklace from the South China Sea that my son brought me Favorite Handbag A gorgeous cobalt blue bag from Luca Italian Leather. Favorite Shoe Vaneli, an Italian brand I love. Comfortable and classically beautiful both flats and high heeled pumps. July/August 2017



Summer Suits

Looking Cool, Staying Cool


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Celebrating in their summer gear: Kevin Godbee (L) in ivory linen with spectator shoes, J. Gabriel Tolson (R) in blue seersucker with suede bucks partying at Tryst on Beach Drive.

I’m often asked, “How can you wear a suit in the summer?” To which I reply, “It’s a summer suit.” It takes confidence, and gains you respect, and better service. Trust me on this one. “The sophisticated dresser understands that while no longer mandatory corporate fare, the suit is here to stay. With the classic dress suit now pressed into service more for ceremony than ordinary day wear, men want their tailored attire to be no less a talisman of success than their cars, wines, and watches …” – Alan Flusser, from the book, Dressing the Man.

Kevin is Certified in Image Consulting & Personal Branding by the Studio for Image Professionals in NYC. He is the co-founder of Often referred to as “the best dressed man in Downtown St. Pete,” he can tie his own bowtie, and successfully match six different patterns in one ensemble just for fun


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Summer Suit Style: There are special suit styles and materials for the summer that the sharp-dressed man can have fun with, and look more party-ready than business meeting stuffy. Breathability is the most important general aspect of summer wear. A loose weave, and lightweight fabric are important as well. Tropical worsted wool, seersucker and linen work well here. Seersucker: The classic summer suit is the Seersucker. It’s been around since the early 1900s, and is still a classic style. Seersucker is a puckered, striped, lightweight cotton fabric which facilitates air circulation to help keep you cool. The most common version is striped in blue and white, but you can also find seersucker in pink, tan, and olive. I even have a multi-colored seersucker jacket that I found at a thrift store. A nice thing about seersucker is that it doesn’t wrinkle, so it needs no ironing.

Cotton, Gabardine & Silk: After seersucker and linen, 100% cotton lightweight suits work well in lighter colors, pastels, whites, tans, and light browns. Gabardine and silk are great choices and blends work too. I have a great cream colored summer jacket that is 55% silk and 45% cotton, which is super comfortable and dapper.

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Two of the author’s summer suit jackets & shoes: Tan Linen with suede bucks & Pink Seersucker with two-toned spectators.

Hot weather isn’t an excuse for not looking sharp. Linen: The opposite of seersucker in the wrinkling and ironing department is another classic summer material. Mentioned in the Bible, linen was woven more than four thousand years ago, and in 2013, Leonardo DiCaprio looked spectacular in it in his pink pinstripe and ivory linen suits in The Great Gatsby. Linen is another material that breathes to help you chill during the hotter months. Don’t worry about the wrinkles. That’s the laid-back nature of linen- it wrinkles – it’s supposed to look like that.

Make It Madras: Want to stand out at a social event? A Madras sports jacket is a summer Brooks Brother-type classic only a few can pull off. Madras is actually a pattern rather than a material. Strands of cotton are dyed in different colors and then loosely woven together to form a loud plaid pattern of bright colors in a lightweight material meant to be comfortable in hot, humid weather. For a little extra panache with your hot weather threads, add a classic summer style of two-toned spectator shoes, or suede bucks.

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Home Design Faves

Looking for a fabulous kitchen? Look no further than “being – the art of living” in the 4th Street Design District. Artisan Design -Tampa Bay’s finest kitchen and bath remodeling company - is collaborating with the exquisite home furnishings boutique and will have a live kitchen showcasing their sophisticated “living” kitchen design. This union could be a real treasure find for the discriminating buyer only looking for the “Best” of both worlds.

local museum and gallery gift shops as well. Consider:

• Check out Florida’s largest art glass gallery Duncan McClel-

lan or the Chihuly Collection for one-of-a-kind elegant gifts.

• Dress up your home with well-displayed art from Ocean Blue Gallery or Wyland Gallery.

• Shop the museum gift shops including MFA, Florida Craft/ •

Art Gallery, The Dali and Morean Center; there’s something for every taste. Shapiro’s Gallery of Contemporary Crafts helped launch the original downtown artwalk, and here you can find jewelry, clay, glass, wood, metal American crafts.

You can find fab furnishings and home accessories at the monthly Brocante Market and vintage/consignment shops on Central Avenue. Casa Mazzaro on 22nd brims with gorgeous must-haves and being: The Art of Living and Mis en Chic will rock your world. ZaZoo’d showcases whimsical home goods, furnishings and unique gifts. Home and garden finds abound in

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Downtown’s Snell Isle boasts magnificent mansions with ultra-luxurious pools. Can you imagine spending the afternoon with a tropical boat drink and your favorite book?

700 Monterey Blvd NE Photo courtesy of Strickland Property Group

Coastal Living St. Petersburg’s beach vibe inspires interior designers and landscape artists. Conjuring up casual elegance with the right furnishings and accessories is easy. Here are some of our favorite rooms and outdoor spaces around town from award-winning designer Enrique Crespo, Crespo Design Group.

“I used neutral colors in this condo so as not to detract from the beauty of the water” The aqua bowl brings the sea into the room.


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“I used tranquil colors to bring in the water front elements while having fun with pops of color.” We love the seashell feel of the lamps and botanical artwork.


Vintage Garden Parties St. Pete resident and teacher Catherine Smith is a vintage buff who loves to host backyard garden parties with her found treasures. “I wandered into Jade’s Antiques on Central, back in 1998 and made my first vintage buy Mrazek Czech pottery. I was hooked,” she recalls. At first, she lived in an old house on Beach Drive (now a condo) that had a gorgeous Gothic fireplace in a log cabin living room. Every weekend, she foraged the Central Ave. shops, including the Gas Plant Antique Arcade. When she found her cozy Central Oak Park home with a large backyard, she decorated with vintage finds (stove, toaster, accessories) and planted a butterfly garden. After years of collecting vintage glass and tablecloths, the backyard garden parties evolved. Says Smith: “Everyone looks forward to my vintage glam table settings and the moveable feast of salads, soups, stews, barbeque or authentic Thai.” In addition to collecting wonderful memories, Smith gives kudos to DTSP’s vintage shops for nurturing her creative adventures

A Wilendur Clematis patterned tablecloth sets a vintage holiday tone accompanied by Anchor Hocking Wexford glasses and plates, WMF Friodur silver plated flatware, and pressed glass wine goblets.

“...All gardening is landscape painting...”

FAVORITE BUTTERFLY PLANT: Passion vine Lady Margaret is one of my favorites since it is a host for the Zebra Longwing and Gulf Fritillary but it also attracts several species of bees, lizards, and birds. VINTAGE FAVES: ArtPool Gallery Furnish Me Vintage Brocante Vintage Market White Owl Market The Bungalow Janet’s Antiques Déjà Vu Consignment Furniture

Flower Power Hostess gift, sorry or thank you, pretty blooms and eco-friendly succulents in unique pots make a lovely present. Display single blooms in small glass vases. SPL loves white hydrangeas, gerbera daisies and pink peonies. One of our fave florists is Green Bench Flowers, where you can find one of the original benches from when St. Petersburg was known as the City of Green Benches where folks would gather to kibbitz along Central Ave. You can also find SPL admiring the blooming lotus flowers and orchids, alligator turtles and waterfalls or doing yoga at Sunken Gardens.

Hug A Tree, Plant A Garden Since 2010, St. Pete EcoVillage has been part of a global movement of people seeking to create positive solutions to our community’s social, environmental and economic challenges. Their mission is to promote experiential learning about meeting human needs for shelter, food, energy, livelihood and social connectedness that are aligned with the longterm health and viability of Earth and all its inhabitants. They promote personal financial freedom and the collaborative economy by questioning and experimenting with societal norms regarding architecture, transportation, nutrition, energy, education, and art. Want to get involved? They need volunteers to help with workshops, retreats, building tiny homes, handicraft industries, educational programming, wellness camps, painting, murals, building repair, permaculture landscaping, farm & gardening, cooking, chicken maintenance and more on Wednesdays and Sundays, 9 am to noon. @ecovillagestpete St Pete Eco Village, 302 15th St N. (727) 520-5303

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Love crafts and art? Looking for the perfect gift? Support artists and find a one-of-a-kind treasure for you or a loved one.

Kalamazoo Olive Company 100% Extra Virgin olive oil, savory balsamic vinegars and tasty olives with experts on hand to help you decide on the perfect hostess gift or appetizer.

ARTpool Gallery In addition to their Trashion Fashion event July 15, this eclectic crafts and vintage clothing boutique is the cat’s meow. Bohdibasics Oils and fragrances made with pure botanical ingredients and a feel good mantra. From massage oils to deodorant, soaps to beard oil, it’s a one-of-akind experience.

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Grand Central Market On the 1st and 3rd Sat. monthly Sept. to April from 9 am- 3 pm, Punky’s Bar & Grill hosts a festival of antiques, arts, crafts, collectibles and more. Night Market St. Pete July 13 (7 pm) � St Pete Side Lot Second Saturday Artwalk Studios and galleries swing open their doors in a fun and free evening of activities. 5-8:30 pm.

Kozuba & Sons Distillers Take a tour, sample the spirits and take home a bottle. Savory Spice Peppers and salts, customized bbq spices, herbs and ethnic edibles all in one modern, chic space that doubles as an entertainment venue for private tastings.

Sweet Divas Chocolates Got a hankering for fudge or truffles? Stop in here. City of St. Petersburg

St. Pete Indie Market 1st Saturday Enjoy a seasonal showcase of local artists, indie designers, horticulturists, eclectic crafters and non-profit groups. 11-3 in The State Theater June-Sept; Green Bench Brewing Co. in Oct. Central Ave. 600 Block. Walking Mural Tour at Florida CraftArt Explore street art in the ‘Burg. Saturday mornings from 10-11:30am (except on Second Saturdays tours are 4-5:30pm).


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CASA Thrift Shop Looking for designer threads and gently used furniture? Here, you can find cocktail dresses and great vintage accessories and help raise money to benefit the victims of domestic abuse. Daddy Kool Records New and used records, new CDs and DVDs, books, concert tickets, designer toys and accessories. Landing Company Contemporary jewelry, sunglasses and sea life inspired gifts. Optik! European Eyewear Chic or casual, channel your inner Coco Chanel persona here.

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Urban Canning Company St. Pete’s handmade preserves was named one of USA Today’s “Best Makers,” and one taste of their handcrafted jams, pickles, sauce and sauerkraut will turn you into a fan.

Strands of Sunshine Handcrafted and artistic gifts for every occasion, including cards, wall arts, natural soaps and quirky cards. VIP Eyecare Optical Boutique Prada, Gucci, Tom Ford, Versace, Ray Ban and Dior, this is the place to get your custom glasses and sunglasses with expert care.


A Better You at Every Age BY NANETTE WISER

Good health is just a click away if you have a mobile app or Fitbit to help you manage your health. There are 1,001 consumer health and medical apps that can help you track your prescriptions, exercise, nutrition, heart rate, support positive mental health, educate your kids and teens through games on healthy diet and more. First Aid (mobile app): This American Red Cross app provides instant help to handle the most common emergencies (medical and disaster).

Change Your Body Summer is swimsuit season and you want to look your best. We talked to some of the local experts on what you can do to reshape your body. Diet Yo Yo: How you lose weight matters. Consult a physician about your weight loss program like Pure Life Medi-Spa’s Dr. Fitzgerald and Dr.Cesar Lara for a personalized weight loss program. Severe diets can backfire, affect your metabolism and blood sugar and make it harder to take the weight off. Although it may take longer, keep your weight-loss plan realistic, not drastic. PureLife Medi-Spa/CoolSculpting: CoolSculpting procedure eliminates stubborn fat safely and effectively, without surgery or downtime. This fat reduction treatment is the only FDA-cleared procedure to use controlled cooling to safely target and eliminate diet- and exercise-resistant fat. CoolSculpting results are proven, noticeable, and lasting, so you’ll look and feel great from every angle. For a free consultation, call 727.595.3400. BONE UP: Take a page from the runway models. Stand tall, just like your posture coach (Mom) taught you growing up. If you spend time at the computer, get up every 20 minutes and walk around and don’t slump when looking at the screen. Motion is lotion. Walking is free so do it. Calcium also keeps your bones strong and your joints limber You can get calcium from milk and dairy products, of course. It’s also in many fortified foods (such as cereals, orange juice, and soy or almond milk), canned salmon, turnip greens, kale, and tofu.

MedlinePlus (mobile website): This National Institutes of Health site is for patients and their families and friends. Provides info about diseases, conditions, treatments, drugs, wellness issue, and more. Fooducate (mobile app): Scan the food items with this app to receive detailed nutrition information about the product. Glucose Buddy (mobile app): Diabetes logbook manager for blood pressure and weight tracking, to help you better manage your diabetes.

Take Five Feeling sluggish? Here’s five easy steps to a new you. 1. What’s your health IQ? Do you get regular exercise, eat well, hydrate, practice healthy habits (no smoking, moderate drinking), wear sunscreen and keep up with your regular physician check-ups? Make it so. 2. Herbal Teas: Iced herbal teas cool you off and keep you healthy. Research suggests that hibiscus tea reduces bloat, min tea flushes fatiguing toxins, passionfruit promotes deep sleep and lemon balm detoxifies and filters out fat and cholesterol. The antioxidants in iced tea help your body fight illnesses. Green iced tea has antioxidants called catechins, which are said to be beneficial against heart disease and cancer. These antioxidants can also make your skin look younger by combating oxidative stress. 3. Hygge Yourself: Studies say the Danes are the happiest folks in the world. Some of that credit goes to hygge, the philosophy of comfort and togetherness. It’s the sensation we get when we are with people we love and feeling at home, a coziness in or soul. 4. Get Some ZZZZs: Chamomile tea, no digital screens, a dark, cool room (66), a good mattress all matter. Lack of sleep raises blood pressure and cortisol levels. 5. Sip Sip Hooray: Drink water during the day or eat more foods that are naturally rich in water, such as watermelon or cucumbers. Tucked away downtown on 16th St. N, this boutique is a veritable oasis of herbs, bulk teas, rejuvenating potions, aromatherapy candles, cool jewelry and hip gifts for chicks, even organic clothing and hemp fabrics. Shop there and they hand you a soothing cuppa tea when you enter and a flower when you leave.

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy BY MICHAEL R. MANTELL, PH.D.

Is there anything more contagious than… laughter? Yet, it’s been observed that toddlers laugh more than 300 times a day, while the average adult only laughs a handful of times each day. What’s happened to our sense of humor? Health professionals have long known that life is better when you’re laughing. Even before modern medical science proclaimed that laughter is good medicine, Proverbs 17:22 taught us, “A happy heart is like a good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing.” The late comedienne Phyllis Diller noted, “A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.” So why aren’t we laughing more, and enjoying a healthy sense of humor? It’s time to promote laughter and a positive sense of humor – IF we want to reduce heart disease, find a more natural way to diminish pain, lower blood pressure, strengthen our immune system, increase our energy level, improve our breathing, lose weight, find an antidote to conflict, increase our feel good endorphins while improving our mood, sleep better, reduce stress and anxiety, and promote a more youthful appearance. That’s quite a list, right? Grow happier with these 5 steps, what I call the S.M.I.L.E Model for Happiness:


Savor: If you want to turbo-fuel your optimism, just linger, mindfully focus on and prolong your enjoyment of whatever it is that you are doing for just a moment or two whether it’s in the past, the future or the present. By the way, be sure to savor your personal dreams and goals. How many more studies do you really need to know that being hopeful with an optimistic and meaningful sense of purpose in life, one that you savor and enjoy fully will leave you happier?


Me: Recent research by Kristin Neff, Ph.D., has found that self-compassion is linked to positivity, happiness, and health. We need “me” time for our happiness to unwind, allow time for self-discovery, reboot our brains, improve our focus and promote our relationships. How can you get more “me” time? Close your office door if you have one, wake up a bit earlier and savor the quiet time alone, unplug those devices or go for a walk during the workday.


Interact: Spending time with others expressing kindness and generosity, doing good deeds for others, can reduce stress, diminish anger, promote social connections and increase happiness. Water cooler or Starbucks time with others can surely leave you feeling better – just stay away from those who drag and weigh you down. Find the

lifters and thrusters in life and fill your calendar with them. Give more of yourself and interact more with others and your life satisfaction will increase, and with it, your health. Simply expressing gratitude to others can increase happiness by 25% according to Bob Emmons, Psychology Professor at the University of California, Davis. He says that, “A few hours writing a gratitude journal over 3 weeks can create an effect that lasts 6 months if not more.”


Listen: Whether you enjoy listening to birds chirping in your neighborhood, enjoy the wonderfully joyful noise of your children or grandchildren playing, listening to wonderful music that fits your taste and mood, or the lovely chit chat of a loved one or friend, this can all promote your wellbeing, lift your spirits and happiness and increase your health as well.


Empathize: Do you really care about others? Are you able to put yourself in their shoes? Can you relate with others free of judgment? The more you can and do, the happier you’ll feel. It appears that one overall sure-fire way to grow happiness, and thereby promote health, is to keep your focus on other people, not things, and certainly not the things that others have that you don’t but believe you should. In fact, the less you “should on yourself, others, and life in general,” the more you accept life, the happier you’ll be.

A well-known writer, teacher and media personality, Dr. Mantell’s life-changing advice, work and career tips and Daily Five will appear here and online. As a life, behavior transformation and leadership coach, Dr. Mantell mentors people and organizations from California to Florida. Much in demand nationally as a keynote speaker, he runs a wellness program at Omni La Costa Premiere Fitness Camp and is the author of the bestselling “Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff”


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Have Board, Will Paddle Jeffrey Abbaticchio loves living downtown, where the people are friendly and a paddleboard adventure is just a kiss away. “I love that it is a walkable community,” he says. “Once I park my car on Friday, I rarely get in again until Monday.” Some of his favorite outings including petsitting for his pals’ pooches. “There are so many places to take them, to restaurants, walks along the water and dog parks. For fun, he enjoys going to Lure, the Saturday Morning Market, Dali Cult Classic movies, First Friday and second Saturday Artwalk. “There’s always something to do.” His fitness regime? “At my job as Director of Community and Partnerships for St.Peterburg/ Clearwater CVB, I make time to go to the Y and do spinning classes at lunch and just started doing yoga at Metro Wellness. I try to paddleboard every weekend, whether in the Gulf, on a race or exploring the mangroves at Fort De Soto Park.”

Fit Fave Pure Barre St.Pete This total body workout lifts your seat, tones your thighs, and burns fat in record-breaking time. Utilizing the ballet barre to perform small isometric movements and set to fantastic music.

Get Fit In addition to The Y and neighborhood community centers, check out these studios for trainers, cycling, pilates and more.

Free Your Mind Get your Zen on with yoga at coffeehouses, breweries, museums and al fresco DTSP. Here’s where to downward dog around town. On the weekends, there’s yoga poolside at The Hollander Hotel, at the Sundial Courtyard once a month (seen here) and on Sundays, at The Dali. Check ahead for days and times.

4U Fitness St Pete • 430 4th St S

AcroYoga: Some yoga teachers offer this combination blending elements of yoga, acrobatics, performance and healing arts.

Anytime Fitness • 900 Central Ave

The Bikery: Yoga on Tap with Rachel hosted by The Body Electric Yoga Company The Body Electric Yoga: No pretense, just good vibes and a great community. Get strong and flexible in body, mind and spirit and have fun. Cindy Cockburn

Peaceful Yoga: Restorative and therapeutic classes. St. Petersburg Yoga: 75 classes a week, from restorative to strengthening, plus meditation and yoga for kids.

Yoga at the Sundial Courtyard

Amped Fitness Downtown St Petersburg • 830 3rd Ave S

Bay View Boot Camp • 901 N Shore Dr NE Burg Fitness • 211 14th St N Krazy Kardio • 1942 2nd Ave S Metro Health Wellness • 3251 3rd Ave N 125 Pilates Powerhouse & Rehab Center • 735 Arlington Ave N Pro Builder Fitness • 300 10th St S Xtreme Fitness & Cycling Studio • 2401 9th St N

Sunken Gardens: Meditation in the Gardens, Wednesday, 12:30 pm. Daily yoga.

YogaBlu Studios: Build body strength and balance while toning muscles with Hot Yoga, Power Yoga and Yoga Flow classes. Yoga Moves: Classes, massage and aerial anti-gravity classes combine traditional Yoga methodology and the alignment. July/August 2017



BY KEVIN GODBEE & LORI BROWN We live, work, and play in Downtown St. Pete – and we especially eat! This is forks on the ground, local foodies doing all of the eating so you don’t have to … but you should, at least after checking out our reviews and recommendations. St. Pete has so much to offer for delectable food and drink, and there are always new offerings simmering. Here’s what’s cooking, either just opened or opening this summer:

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Asie - Sushi/ Pan-Asian Fusion, 437 Central Ave. The Grateful Taco - Mexican St. Pete Beach, 5955 Gulf Winds Dr. Flûte & Dram - Bubbly, whiskeys & gourmet fare, 234 Beach Drive. Dr. BBQ - 1101 1st Ave S. Ichicoro Ramen - 260 1st Ave S. 2nd & 2nd - 24 hour diner, 201 Second Ave. N. Omakase Sushi - 214 2nd Street N. Copper Shaker - Cocktails, gourmet food, 169 1st Ave N. Red Mesa Events - (above Red Mesa Cantina) Private events, catering, rooftop bar, 128 3rd St S. IL Ritorno - Re-opens with doubled space and a liquor license, 449 Central Ave #101. Pin Wok & Bowl - 445 Central Ave., Asian spot focused on Poké bowls

THE COCKTAIL CONNOISSEUR Nueva Cantina Margaritas The Caliente Picante fresh is spicy at the top of the heat meter and made with cucumber, fresh muddled jalapeño, and mango combined with Corazon Blanco Tequila for a Margarita with sweet heat. The Dali is a fruity but not overly sweet blend of Milagros Blanco Tequila, blackberries, mint, and fresh lemon juice topped off with champagne.

ITALIAN DELIGHTS Gratzzi Chef Tony Mangiafico and co-owner / General Manager Domenic D’Angelo are both from Sicily and bring great authenticity to the food and atmosphere. Many of their recipes come from the old country, and some are centuries old. They offer fine dining with a family atmosphere and there’s something for everyone from the classics that everyone expects from an Italian eatery to steaks and seafood. Among our favorites are their signature Cavatelli Bada Bing—cooked table side—handmade Ricotta Cavatelli, vodka Flambed in a pan and then poured inside of a giant Padano Parmesan Wheel with San Daniele Prosciutto, Tomatoes, and Basil. It is stirred and stirred as the walls of the cheese start melting and coating the pasta.

Seafood Brodetto from IL Ritorno Davis Jasmin

IL Ritorno Chef David Benstock and his wife Erica serve an elegant and unique modern style of Northern Italian cuisine, with the recently expanded restaurant and a July 18 NYC James Beard House chef appearance add to the restaurant’s panache. Here you’ll see lighter flavors, no spaghetti, meatballs or heavy cream. All of the pasta is house made and many of the ingredients are locally sourced. IL Ritorno is known for several signature dishes namely the Short Rib Mezzaluna, the Octopus appetizer and the best Chicken dish that I have ever had! These items remain on the menu while others rotate.

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Kevin Godbee and Lori Brown are the co-founders and co-publishers of Lori is a Florida native, growing up in Clearwater. She has been a St. Pete resident for 10 years, and loves living in the Historic Uptown district of St. Petersburg. She is a University of Florida graduate, and successful Realtor since 2009. Kevin is a “Jersey Boy” that moved to South Florida in 1996 to take on the role of Marketing Director for an educational toy company. Later, he became an expert in web design, and search engine optimization. He moved to Downtown St. Pete in 2009, and loves this city more than any other. He is also the publisher of


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Tryst’s summer menu offers seasonal twists, from mussels to flatbread. The Wednesday’s Ladies Night with half-priced appetizers is a deal. Here are three that wowed us:

with peanuts, coconut milk and ginger and this all sits on some crunchy, citrusy ramen noodles. I would say the spice was light to medium with great flavors! This is something totally different and I highly recommend it.


1st Course: Tuna Poké: This was very fresh with great flavors. It is very light and refreshing for summer. Kevin and I both loved this dish. The Tuna Poké is served with puffed rice chips and spicy mayo. The puffed rice is actually sushi rice that is cooked until tender, slow dried over night and then popped in the fryer the next day. They were great tasting and gave the dish some crunchy texture. 2nd Course: Chicken and Kimchi Sausage: This is served with “bird’s nest” noodles and spicy peanut sauce. Chef

Latin Flair We are partial to spicy dishes, so Red Mesa and Nueva Cantina’s are two of our favorites, especially the Sunday Brunch at Nueva. At Red Mesa, we tried a number of dishes but two caught our tastebuds. The Sweet Potato & Chorizo Tacos with cotija cheese, pickled red onion and cumin crema just melt in your mouth. I usually like my starches more savory, and less sweet, which is why I’m not usually a big fan of sweet potatoes. However, the way this was prepared with roasted potatoes and adding the pickled red onions and cumin crema made it absolutely delicious. The Crispy Tuna three mini tacos featured sashimistyle tuna, coconut lime mojito, pickled red onions, mango and serrano chile. Check out the flavor sensations here: sweet (coconut & mangos), sour (lime & pickled red onions), salty (crispy taco shell), and piquance / heat (serrano & sriracha). It is the only item on the menu with serrano chiles.

Main Course: Seared Gulf Grouper: Served with corn soufflé, roasted summer squash, arugula and tomato vinaigrette, this seafood dish was the winner; I didn’t expect so much flavor and it was seared to perfection and delicious on the inside. The corn soufflé tasted like something that my Grandmother used to make. It was SOOO good! Tuna Poké from Tryst

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Jon makes the kimchi in house. The sausage consists of the kimchi, ground up chicken thighs and bacon in a pork casing. The spicy peanut sauce is made

Happy Hour It’s 5:00 somewhere, and St. Petersburg Foodies indulges in DTSP’s cocktail culture. We will feature different happy hours in each issue. Want more? 400 Beach Seafood & Tap House Mon-Fri 3pm-6pm: Half off all 24 draft beers, house wines and well cocktails; $6 bar bite appetizers. Mon-Sun 3pm6pm: Early Bird 3 course dinner for $14.95 Del Mar Gastro Lounge Daily 11am-7pm: $3.50 Wells & House Wine, $3.25 Fireball shots. All Day Everyday: $2.50 Imperial. Fri & Sat after 7pm: $3.25 Corona, $5.50 Loaded. Sat & Sun Brunch - 7pm, $3.25 Mimosas, $4.25 Bloody Mary’s, $5.50 Silver Margaritas The Avenue Mon-Fri 5pm - 7pm: $4 Wells, Wines, Sangria + Drafts; $6 Ave Cocktails; $7 Wings and Sliders

BellaBrava Daily open-7pm: $2.99 Barley Mow Americana drafts; $3.99 on all well drinks (upcharges for two liquor drinks or Bloody Mary’s). Discounts on all Zonin wines $4.79 for a 6oz pour, $6.79 for a 9oz pour and $5.79 for house made Sangria (red & white) The Canopy at The Birchwood Mon-Fri 3pm - 7pm: $3 house wine & single well drinks, domestic draft bottles, Bud Lite & Yuengling draft beer. Wednesday Ladies’ Night 7pm - 11pm: $6 Stoli Cocktails & $6 Glasses of wine (up to $10) Sun: Half off bubbly with the purchase of the featured appetizer or a cheese and charcuterie plate.

*FYI: Menu and drink items subject to change/availability July/August 2017



Lunch At The Lure We’ve loved The Lure since day one. We’ve gone about 20 times or more since they opened in January 2016, and this is the first time Lori ate something besides sushi, with the exception of Joey Meatballs one time. We love that the food is not only delicious and high quality, but that they are inventive with their food creations, and eclectic in the selections. We started with the Nigiri Lunch - One piece each tuna, salmon, yellowtail and shrimp and your choice one classic sushi roll plus edamame, Miso soup or seaweed salad. We went with the seaweed salad. Everything here was delicious and fresh. I loved it. Lori had one minor complaint about the slice of orange imparting some of it’s citrus taste to the piece of sushi it was touching. I actually liked the tiny bit of orange flavor on the tasty, cool, fresh fish. Even the pickled ginger, which is usually an afterthought, was quite tasty too.

The Nigiri Lunch

One sushi item of note, that is a super great deal for two people to share is the Combo Plate. It is huge, and definitely enough for two—coming to $8 per person.

The pressing is nicely done, and I liked the char on the bread, and the overall flavor. It is a more mild version, a little smoother, and less sharp than a traditional Cuban. If you’re a Cuban sandwich aficionado, it might not be for you. However, if you like to try different little twists on popular dishes, then give it a whirl.

You get tuna, salmon, and shrimp nigiri (1 piece each); tuna, salmon, and yellowtail sashimi (2 pieces each) and your choice one classic sushi roll plus edamame, miso soup or seaweed salad. Our second sushi item was the Do the Hoke Poké - An Ahi Poké with mango, scallions, kelp and black caviar resting on a bed of mixed greens and accompanied by a tower of brown rice. (They were out of brown rice, so we had white.)

Do the Hoke Poké

This was perfectly done—clean, crisp, tangy, sweet, and tart at the same time. Next came the sandwiches. The Nod is named as such because it is a nod to the Cuban Sandwich. Chef Kevin told us that there are so many Cuban sandwiches out there, and so many disputes as to who has the best one, that The Lure decided to NOT do a Cuban, but to rather do a twist on one. The main difference from the traditional Cuban is that the pork is pulled / shredded rather than sliced pork, and the dressing is dijonnaise, instead of mustard.


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The Nod combines mojo marinated pulled pork, Genoa salami, and swiss on Cuban bread, pressed and dressed with pickle and dijonnaise. The Nod

Our last item was the new burger, The Jimmy, a seasoned ground beef patty, cooked medium, and topped with white cheddar smoked Gouda fondue, really freakin’ good bacon and the traditional lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle.

The Jimmy Burger

We didn’t pay close enough attention that the description reads “cooked medium”, so didn’t request medium rare, closer to rare. However, even being cooked more than we prefer, it still tasted fabulous. Next time, I want to try The BAT, man. It’s a BLT, but with arugula instead of lettuce, hence BAT. Photos by Lori Brown



I’m an early bird. So’s my stomach.

After a brisk walk or swim, it’s time for java and eggs. You in? THE ANNEX: The Westphals’ newest venture is a casual, walk up cafe serving breakfast, waffles, home-made muffins, desserts, Cubans, milk shakes, coffee, hot dogs and soft-serve ice cream the family will enjoy plus art and gifts from 8 am – 8 pm. BANDIT COFFEE: Good roasted coffee starts here on Central Ave.. Friendly staff, chill vibe and delicious pastries (jammy doughssant, pistachio crusted sugar donut) and iced brews, cold brews and drip out of this world, especially the iced matcha latte. Says one happy patron: “The minimalistic decor with pops of greenery and natural light makes the shop a really soothing and aesthetically pleasing experience.

BANYAN CAFÉ: Kahwa coffee, amazing latte and chai tea and a laid-back San Francisco vibe. The hickory smoked bacon or spinach burrito, vanilla bean Belgian waffle and smoke salmon benedict wow me every time. THE BIKERY: Coffee and bicycles, what a groovy DTSP combo! Amazing coffees and teas, craft beer, pastry and bikes for sale or rent should start or end your downtown day. Try the Nitro coffee, Italian sodas, quiche or ham and havarti croissant to get your two-wheeled engine running.

BLACK CROW COFFEE: Greg Bauman, owner of Indian Shores Coffee located in Indian Shores, Florida opened Black Crow Coffee with Deana Hawk in 2015 bringing the same uncompromising dedication to great coffee to Historic Old Northeast. Enjoy artisan coffees (drip, pour overs, brewed, cortado and more) and yummy delights such as ginger and molasses cookies, butter tarts, cinnamon rolls and bagels. Flavor your coffee with banana mocha or vanilla caramel for an extra dose of happy. CICCIO CALI: Best of show include the San Fran pretzel sweet cream cheese French toast, border wrap, Tex Mex egg bowls and piggies in a bowl, best consumed with a mango mimosa. Weekend brunch 10-3. BULA KAFÉ: Opened in November 2009, Bula Kafe is Saint Petersburg’s original kava bar and coffee house. In addition to Kava, they serve Kahwa coffee, Nee cake pops and other delicious delights. The café is family and pet-friendly and sponsors a fab Independence Day celebration. Their sister spot, Bula’s on the Beach is in Madeira Beach. CENTRAL COFFEE SHOP: Located in the 500 block of Central, this casual diner serves breakfast, lunch and a kids menu for those who want to nosh and not just nibble with their morning Joe. From the corned beef hash to the mushroom Swiss cheeseburger, meet here when you want to skip the frilly lifestyle. HARVEY’S 4TH ST. GRILL: This Florida-style bar and grill serves up Sunday Brunch and Saturday breakfast. Much of

the décor came from several historic St. Pete hotels, including the Vinoy, the Soreno, and the Albermarle. All of Harvey’s food is fresh, made from scratch. We love the poached eggs with tenderloin filet, the Swiss broccoli quiche, corned beef hash, waffles and omelettes.

HOLLANDER HOTEL’S THE TAP ROOM: On Saturday and Sunday, the big breakfast is $12 all you can eat but Sunday is Funday at the pool 1-5 pm with music and events. This artsy casual and friendly eatery has amazing craft beers, beer cocktails, a delectable to go dessert counter and some of the best food downtown. Breakfast daily tantalizes, from the Boston Cream French Toast to the Greek and veggie omelettes. KAHWAH: Simply one of the best coffee roasters in town and now a Tampa Bay legend and an A++ in my book. The assorted pound cakes, seasonal scones, chocolate croissant and muffins combined with an Americano, Iced Caffe Mocha or Chai Tea Latter start the day right. The yogurt parfait with fruit and granola or toasted breakfast croissants (ham and cheese, turkey and cheese, egg and cheese) turn Monday into funday. Two locations downtown, one at Bayfront, one at Belleair Bluffs and another at 38th Ave. on this side of the bridge.

STORYBROOKE CRAFT COFFEE BAR: Story’s waffles are legendary, her syrups are homemade and she even has Stevia flavors! Her Creme Brulee Cappuccino is hand torched in front of you for that decadent caramelized tasty shell. From the beautifully vibrant painted walls to her coffee bar counter assembled by her own hands and even table and chairs from her own home, this soulful café is filled with love and soul just a bit south of USF at 1437 4th St. South. Don’t miss the crème brûlée latte and apple pie waffle! NUEVA CANTINA: From the Bloody Mary/Maria bar to the bottomless mimosas, Sunday at this Southeast downtown St. Pete regional Mexican restaurant is oh so unique. The Egg Benedicto is a jalapeno cheddar biscuit topped with ham, poached eggs, Lori Brown Tabernero Hollandaise, served with Cantina Potatoes. The tableside guacamole, Eggs Ranchero bowl, corned beef and chorizo hash with eggs and Chilaquiles rate a wow as the does the apple pie with cheddar and bacon for dessert. TRIP’S DINER: Southern family-style farm fresh dishes entice, especially the corn bread, eggs benny, country-fried steak and eggs, a breakfast Cuban, white cheese grits, a pancake as big as a hubcap.

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Foodie Event: Sweet Spot Got a cupcake recipe your friends and family clamor for? The Morean Arts Center wants you to compete for St. Petersburg’s BEST CUPCAKE as part of their Centennial Celebration! St. Pete Life Magazine editor Nanette Wiser will be one of the judges, and anticipates the event with glee…and an extra next-day work-out. The August 19th event at the Morean Center for Clay is a city favorite from 12 – 3 pm. (420 22nd Street S.) First and Second Place awards are given for Novice and Professional categories as well as the People’s Choice award, chosen by the public during the event. New this year is a Youth/Teen division for competitors ages 10-16 years old. The Specialty category, which debuted last year, will contain competitors choosing to offer gluten-free or vegan recipes. Cupcakes are judged on icing/frosting, flavor/texture and presentation/creativity for a total of 50 points, which allows plenty of room for edible creativity. The winners will receive bragging rights around St. Petersburg and a newly designed trophy made by a professional clay artist from the Morean Center for Clay.


The perfect hostess gift? Nothing says thank you for having us over like these sweet indulgences. The Cupcake Shop: Decadent desserts (red velvet with cream cheese frosting, peanut butter chocolate) and a local favorite for weddings and special occasions; they sell individual favor boxes which can be monogrammed and then tiered to look like a wedding tree. My fave? Bunny Hops: A scrumptious blend of carrot, walnuts, nutmeg and cinnamon topped with traditional cream cheese icing. swah-rey: Cakes, cake pops, macarons and cupcakes. Best of show are the coconut mini, salted chocolate caramel mini cupcakes; banana pudding, the chocolate pot du jour, chocolate peanut butter cream pie paired with a shot of cafe Bombon. Sweet Magnola Bakery: Chef Haley’s sensational treats for every taste, even gluten free. Enjoy her irresistible cookies, cakes, breads, brownies, cheesecake, strudels, cannoli, and pies. I love the butterscotch blondies and buttery pound cakes.


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The winning cupcakes will enjoy fame and fortune as a celebrity on the Morean website, Facebook page and city-wide media. Participants in the contest are encouraged to bring sufficient quantities (most contestants bring at least a few hundred mini cupcakes) for the public to taste, but not required. 2016 Winners 1st - Professional: Peanut Butter Cream Banana Dream – Diane Ratto 1st - Novice: Root Beer Float – Monica McLaughlin 1st - Specialty: Pumpkin Cheesecake – Deborah Molise People’s Choice: Jennifer Jacob’s Chai Latte w/ Brown Butter Mascarpone Buttercream Enter To Win A $15 entry fee allows each participant to enter one submission. A minimum of 4 delicious cupcakes are required for entry so that the judges can taste each submission. Up to 100 contestants will be accepted. For more details, visit: Join The Fun Admission of $5 per person (ages 5+) will be charged upon entry on August 19. Each entrant will receive 5 ballots for the People’s Choice Award with their admission. Additional ballots may be purchased for $1 each, cash or credit accepted


When Parkshore Grille’s Chef Tyson served us a watermelon gazpacho, I swooned over the subtle, sophisticated flavors. When it’s too hot to cook, why not consider whipping up some vichyssoise, gazpacho or cold peach soup? Paired with a good cheese (Prima Donna, Manchego) and a fruit sorbet for dessert, it’s a light meal for lunch or dinner served best with Sancerre. VICHYSSOISE Ingredients 2 cups finely diced raw potatoes 4 tablespoons butter 6 leeks, cleaned and cut into 1 inch pieces 3 cups chicken bouillon 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon freshy ground black pepper a dash of nutmeg 11/2 to 2 cups sour cream or heavy cream Chopped chives Preparation 1. Cook the potatoes in salted water to cover until just tender. 2. Melt the butter in a skillet and cool the leeks gently, tossing them lightly, for a few minutes. 3. Add the chicken bouillon and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer the leeks until tender. 4. Add the potatoes to the leeks and the broth and season to taste with salt, pepper and nutmeg. 5. Put this mixture in the blender (you will need to blend it in two lots) and blend for 1 minute, or until smooth. Chill. 6. When ready to serve, mix in sour cream or heavy cream. Garnish with chopped chives.


Rock & Roll Wines

Best Wines Under $25


I am about to rock your world. Meet Charles Smith. A California native, he moved to Denmark and spent nine years managing rock bands throughout Europe. Between gigs he grew to love drinking wine. In 1999, he returned to the United States and settled in Washington State. The rest is wine history. Charles Smith taught himself how to make wine. Today he is based in Walla Walla, Washington and he still looks like a rock n’ roller. And his wines? They are designed to drink now and you should not wait. They are marvelous and inexpensive.

Let me introduce you to two wines. The first is Boom Boom Syrah. For less than $17 a bottle you can enjoy a red wine that has hints of blackberry, boysenberry and spice. It is great with pork dishes, but you can enjoy this Syrah with anything. It is a popular wine that you can find in most wine stores. I have not found too many downtown bars serving this wine, but you should ask and encourage then to do so.

The second wine from Mr. Smith is one of my favorites. I love the name. I love the label. And yes, I love the wine. Kung Fu Girl Riesling. You will taste citrus, peach, and some minerals. Try it with seafood or any Asian food. I love sipping this wine, which will only cost you 11 bucks. Yup, you read that correctly-11 dollar bills. It is easy to find. Charles Smith has 3 other wines: The Velvet Devil Merlot, Eve Chardonnay and Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon. They are good, but I believe Kung Fu Girl and Boom Boom are his best. Thank you Charles Smith for giving us wonderful wines you can drink right now at a great price. Long live Rock n’ Roll.

Wine Tips Don’t drink your wine at room temperature. If you don’t have a wine refrigerator then put red wines in the fridge for two hours before serving, and white wines in the fridge for three hours. If you are impatient and need your wine fix right now, then give your red wine bottle an ice bath for 10 minutes. Soak your white wine bottle for 20 minutes. Elliott Wiser hosted the popular cable wine show Vino Vino for 8 years. Discover more great wines on The Vino Vino Guy Facebook page and website

WINE EVENTS July 12, 2017 • 7 pm WINESMITH Florida Wildlife Corridor Benefit Wine Tasting Enjoy 15 amazing wines and appetizers for this fundraiser; come anytime to ask Todd what’s tasty and trending.

WINE BARS ANNATA WINE Charcuterie, cheeses, exotic small plates and so many wines, too little time. A TASTE FOR WINE Charcuterie, cheeses, a balcony and glass of wine, mighty fine! HAWTHORNE BOTTLE SHOP This neighborhood market and hangout features craft beer, 300 beers, 75 wines, eclectic knick knacks and locally sourced deli offerings.

TRY WINE Enophiles, find your joy at $5/glass happy hour Tues.- Thurs. 5 pm -8pm and all day Sunday, you can sample boutique wines. More than 88 wines on tap to taste, leave with a bottle or three. WINE MADONNA The Cheers of St. Pete, this boutique wine lounge celebrates its 6th anniversary July 20. Wine tastings, art shows, book clubs and grape & hops happiness here.

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Craft Beer City of St. Petersburg

The Pinellas Beer Trail wanders through Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Safety Harbor, Clearwater, Largo and downtown, where dozens of quality brewers mix games, movies and craft beers in cool havens that are family friendly with rotating seasonal beers on tap for every palate saison to sour. 3 Daughters Brewing You’ll find bold, innovative and amazingly delicious beers at this locally cultivated brewery headquartered on the edge of the Warehouse Arts District, with lots of family friendly games, an outdoor patio and huge tasting rooms. Live music


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Cage Brewing Started off in the R Bar on Treasure Island, now in Grand Central block with a great outdoor space, giant games, pet-friendly and local artists on display. Faves: Grand Central Red, Summer Wheatley, Galaxy Cat IPA.

Pinellas Ale Works (PAW) This dog friendly brewery features craft beers brewed with locally sourced ingredients and is also close to Tropicana Field. Faves: Dome Series #2 Pilsner, Harold’s St. Pete Style Lager, Stay APA, No Name Dark, Smoke Show Rauchbier. City of St. Petersburg

Tasting room at 3 Daughters Brewing

and other events. Faves: Beach Blonde Ale, Rod Bender Red Ale, Bimini Twist IPA, Summer Storm Oatmeal Stout

Green Bench Brewing Close to Tropicana Field, the the brewery’s home is a quaint 1926 red brick garage, hosts tons of events and has a family-friendly outdoor beer garden. Faves: Green Bench IPA, Maximo. Cycle Brewing One of the DTSP originals with $4 pints on Tuesday. Faves: Fixie Session IPA or Cream and Sugar, Please coffee porter (made with Mazzaro’s coffee) and in June, Double Barrel Vanilla Rare DOS w/ barrel aged coffee.

Best of Show DTSP: And when you’re doing your taste-about, visit Brewer’s Tasting Room, St. Pete Brewing Company and Urban Comfort. Check out this great tour of craft breweries in Tampa Bay:


Cocktail Culture City of St. Petersburg

Brick & Mortar: Excellent food, boutique wine list and crazy cocktails.

Mandarin Hide: Awesome happy hours, cool cocktails.

Cask & Ale: Good eats, cucumber gimlets, clever fizzes.

Mastry’s: Day drinking, start here. Nofrills bar, great folks.

Courigan’s Irish Pub: Like rugby, soccer, serious Bloody Mary’s, Irish beer and fries with gravy? Go there.

The Oyster Bar: Oyster shooters and my favorite apple pear martinin.

Five Bucks Drinkery: Cheap eat and drinks, awesome Moscow Mule. Hand-crafted cocktails go elegant at Ruth Chris, Sea Salt, The Canopy, Tryst, Parkshore and 400 Beach. If you’re going bar-hopping downtown, check out these casual DTSP drinkeries (and bring your designated driver!) The Avenue Eat & Drink: Best burgers, love the Local Lemon (St. Pete Banyan Reserve Vodka, lemon, cucumber and cilantro). The Bends: Cool art, décor in this popular dive bar.

The FourThreeNine: Craft beer & magic! The Emerald: Cheap drinks, great jukebox and DJ music. The Galley: Nautical theme, amazing happy hour, neighborhood tavern feel. The Grateful Fed Pub: Dead Heads eat and drink here, hippie happy hotspot. Also a late night convenience store. Independent: Great beer selection, cool vibe.

Park & Rec: Exceptional mixologists, fun events. Proof Cocktail Club: Tony little hot spot, chic cocktails. Proper Kitchen & Cocktails: Good brisket, BBQ, bourbon drinks and craft beers. Sly Bar: Neighborhood hang-out with good beers and cheap eats. Thirsty First: Prohibition-style lounge, classic cocktails.

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CONCERT VENUES The Mahaffey Theater


The Palladium (Hough Hall, Side Door) 727.822.3590

7/14 An Intimate Evening with Rev. Billy C. Wirtz 7/16 Mahaffey on the Move Classic Albums Live-Eagles: Hotel California 7/11 Peace of Woodstock 7/23 James & James At The Movies jazz 7/28-29 Selwyn Birchwood Band in Concert, blues The Isley Brothers

7/13 Happy Hour � The Mahaffey, 5:30pm 8/6 The Isley Brothers 8/18 La La Land in Concert 8/20 Classic Albums Live: SuperTramp Breakfast in America 8/11 Enjoy the First Annual 2017 Craft Beer Dinner Experience, 7 pm 9/1 Maxwell: The Grammy rock and soul award-winner brings his love and heartbreak tunes to town. Pray he performs “Pretty Wings,” “Til The Cops Come Knockin’,” and “Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder)” 10/6 Bill Burr 11/3 Loretta Lynn 11/5 Tracy Morgan 11/7 Bruce Hornsby 11/9 Jethro Tull 11/19 Australian Bee Gees 11/21 Preservation Hall 12/20 Cirque Dreams Holidaze 12/21 The Ten Tenors/Home for the Holidays 1/23/2018 Pink Martini

Selwyn Birchwood

8/5 Show Biz Kids: Music of Steely Dan 8/12 Flashback to the ‘60s with Monday Monday 8/13 Gypsy Star World Music 10/28 Let’s Hang On! Frankie Valli Tribute Show

St. Pete Life Magazine and The Mahaffey Theater are giving away a pair of tickets to La La Land In Concert August 18 performance. • Sign up for the free weekly e-newsletter - • Your email will be entered. You must be 21+. • Contest ends midnight August 9, 2017. • Winners will be contacted by email and must confirm they can attend. • Two tickets will be left in the winners name at Will Call the day of the show. Experience the original musical film and winner of 6 Academy Awards® performed with a live orchestra. La La Land tells the story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams

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Head over to The Hangar Restaurant on the first Monday of the month and catch one of the best jazz jams in town from 8- 10 pm. The Jam is hosted by Dwayne White, trumpeter and a rhythm section is provided for all musicians (including vocalists) who wish to participate. You can thank The Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association, started through the joint efforts of Al Downing and Ernie Calhoun, renowned saxophonist and humanitarian who still reside in Tampa, Florida. Its beginnings were in 1981 and emerged from two jazz organizations in 1989. Today it provides jazz opportunities for enthusiasts throughout the Tampa Bay area. The Hangar also features live music Wed.-Sat. from 6-9 pm.

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Clearwater Jazz Holiday: Even though it’s not downtown, it’s one of our premiere Tampa Bay music festivals, this year 10/19-22 in Coachman Park featuring Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, The Avett Brothers, Scot Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The Temptations, The Four Tops and so much more.


NIGHTLIFE In addition to these hotspots, we like Bar @ 548, the rooftop scene at The Canopy, Jannus Landing, the State Theater, the Tap Room at the Hollander. Want some amazing old school swing jazz and a taste of Norah Jones? Catch The Rosewoods July appearances at The State Theater (7/21) City of St. Petersburg

1st Friday Get Downtown Music Series

Musician Spotlight The Ries Brothers

1st Friday Get Downtown Music Series: Block party, live music. Eat drink and party on Central Ave between 2nd and 3rd. 5:30-10 pm. www.firstfridaystpete. com Ale & The Witch: Live music from blues to rock Wed. – Sat. Closed Sun. through Aug.

DelMar Gastro Lounge: Amazing food and happy hour specials, a bourbon bar in back and live music that ranges from the sounds of Michael Buble to folk indie as well as DJ dancing and tunes Fri. and Sat. and the one-and-only Jim Garett Sunday at 2 pm. The Hideaway Cafe: The original listening room, a recording studio and home to some of the best live music, from Betty Fox to The Ries Brothers (seen here). July’s line-up includes Musaic Artistic Collective (7/14), Michael J Weiss Album Release (7/21) and Swearingen & Kelli CD Release 7/28. Subcentral at the Iberian Rooster: Upstairs, eclectic food and drink. Downstairs, a retro speakeasy lounge for dancing and chill-axing with improv comedy, open poetry mic night, jazz, blues and live dance music rotating. Ace Jackson and The Jump Kings bring their bluesy boogie woogie July 7. Ringside Café: Live music almost nightly, from reggae and rock to blues and funk. Ruby’s Elixir: Blues jams Wednesday, Sunday Family Funk Bandnights, dancing and carousing all happen in this premiere live music nightclub. Barry Lively

July 13 Puddles Pity Party � The Palladium A 7-foot clown walks into a bar. He motions for a soda water and sits there staring at his drink. The year was 1998 and Puddles had wandered into the Star Community Bar in Atlanta, GA where bartender Big Mike Geier first laid eyes on the sad, silent clown. “There was a heaviness about him,” says Geier. “I could tell he wasn’t in the mood to chat, so I pretty much left him alone except to pass him the mustard when he pulled an onion and a heel of bread out of his pocket. A couple weeks later, he came by the bar and gave me a flyer to a show he was doing at a flea market. The sound system was crap, but his voice was something else. I’ve been in my share of bands and wasn’t expecting much from a clown singing karaoke from a boombox. But I’ll be damned if his singing didn’t get me all choked up. Puddles gives an emotive performance that resonates with all kinds of folks.”

I met these guys at a TV station two years ago and was awed by how young and talented they were and are. Their star continues to rise and on July 8th, they’ll kick-off their tour at DTSP’s Hideaway Café at 7:30 pm. The Ries Brothers (pronounced ”Rees”) duo are homegrown artists. They blend rock, blues, funk, and reggae into a soulful-sophisticated sound. Older brother Charlie sings lead vocals while simultaneously playing drums and keyboard bass, giving the band it’s unique and full sound. Younger brother Kevin Jordan completes the band’s “sonic creativity” on guitar, provides background vocals and co-writes many of their songs. They have twice toured nationally as the opening act for the iconic band CHICAGO. Their first 10-city tour with CHICAGO included a performance at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Last year they did a 15-city tour opening for the late Butch Trucks (Allman Brothers) & The Freight Train Band. Late last year the brothers completed their first headlining tour, highlighted by a performance at “The House that Les Paul Built,” the legendary Iridium in NYC. Reviewed by Kyle Stevens of the Huffington Post: “The insanely talented duo played the Iridium in Manhattan…with special guest Vini “Mad Dog” Lopez, founding member of the E Street Band and member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. When the concert was over they left the crowd begging for more.” The Ries Brothers have also opened for David Cook, Daughtry, Toby Keith, Los Lonely Boys, REO Speedwagon, Little River Band, The Edgar Winter Band & The Family Stone among others. Last year they sold out three headlining shows at Ruth Eckerd Hall’s Murray Theatre in Clearwater, Florida. They have also appeared at the House of Blues & Viper Room in Los Angeles. In the summer of 2013, the boys participated in the exclusive Los Angeles Grammy Museum’s Music Revolution Project at Ruth Eckerd Hall. In the summer of 2014 the boys were part of the Van’s Warped Tour in Florida. The Ries Brothers were named by The Tampa Bay Times as one of their favorite artists of 2015 and by Creative Loafing as a 2016 Breakout Artist. They have released 3 EP’s and a Live Concert DVD. July/August 2017



Peace of Woodstock

Peace of Woodstock is a 90-minute show paying tribute to Woodstock, the famous three day festival of Peace, Music, Love, and Fun, in upstate New York that defined an entire generation!

Most of the members of Peace of Woodstock grew up playing together in various bands around the Tampa bay Area, followed by many years extensively touring most of the 50 states and parts of Europe with many top groups and recognizable names in the rock world.

Sunday at Del Mar Gastro Lounge


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First, as they like to call it, the Roosterant. Iberian Rooster took over the historic Kress Building, once a five and dime. It’s a lush space, open and lovely, with exotic cocktails and pastries, especially the Iberian chocolate torte. Now serving Colonial Portuguese fusion food, the tapas boasts flavors of Mozambique, Macau, Brazil, and Goa. For breakfast, sample the pan-seared chorizo, shrimp, onions, tomatoes, sunny side egg, broken basamati rice cake. For lunch, try the minchi, Macanese pan gravy of ground beef, chorizo, onions, potatoes, sunny side egg and basmati rice. We love the mussels, house ale, garlic, tomato, bacon, linguiça, harissa, house Portuguese sweet bread. SubCentral is a downstairs speakeasy with a storied history. According to legend, the space began in the Prohibition era as an underground Fado house, spilling over with music, and playing host to Portuguese gangsters, glittering dancing girls, and the finest cocktails this side of the colonies. Serving a delicious late-night menu, SubCentral features live entertainment designed to fit whatever mood you’re in from dazzling burlesque performances to jazz quartets belting old school stride-swing standards, to silent film (with live piano accompaniment, of course), and artfully curated storytelling events, where you might even find yourself center stage. You might see Gloria West or Ace Jackson, performing drag queens or old soul open mic. Iberian Rooster

Our friend Brenda told us about Sunday Funday with Jim Garrett, who can play Johnny Cash and Elvis with glee and if you close your eyes, you’ll think they are in the room. From 2 pm to 6 pm, Garrett sings outside on the patio where patrons enjoy the $3 mimosa and $5 margarita specials. Garrett hails from England where he played for the rich and famous all around Europe for 20 years, including the fabled Cote d’Azur.

Upstairs, a restaurant; downstairs, an eclectic speakeasy, this unique DTSP nightclub and restaurant is not to be missed.

Iberian Rooster

This show will take you on a musical journey from the acoustic opening act of the Woodstock experience, Richie Havens, through the closing moments of the festival with the explosive, electric sounds of Jimi Hendrix. Also featured are songs from Crosby, Stills, and Nash, The Who, Janis Joplin, Sly and the Family Stone, Joe Cocker, Arlo Guthrie, Country Joe McDonald, Santana, the Jefferson Airplane, and others.

Iberian Rooster

July 22 8 pm Palladium/Hough Hall

Iberian Rooster

CALENDAR/EVENTS State Theater: Polar Summer 7/15, Cruel Curses 7/21, Between The Buried and Me 10/18, JohnnySwim 11/2.

St. Pete Life Magazine celebrates arts, theater, music, the spoken word, film, opera and dance in our curated guides to best bets around downtown and St. Pete. For more listings, go to our website , like us on Facebook and sign up for our free weekly e-newsletter. JannusLive: 21 Savage 7/15, Streetlight Manifesto 7/16 and Phantogram 7/18



Sweeten your day with a class or event here…and stop by Banyan Café for an iced latte.

Morean Arts Center for Clay at the Train Station: Friday Night clay, Sunday family day 1-3 pm. 7/1 - 10/15 - Let’s Create! 2017 Summer Camp Exhibition 7/8-31 - Artist in Residence Exit Shows at the Morean Center for Clay August - Morean Center for Clay Members Show

Win Free Tickets: Sign up for the weekly enews on the website by August 9, midnight, you’ll be entered to win two tickets for one of the following shows. Winners will be emailed August 10, and tickets be left at will call once you respond and accept. (Must be 21+) • 8/18 La La Land In Concert at The Mahaffey • 8/12 Flashback to the 60s with Monday Monday at The Palladium • 8/13 Gypsy Star at The Palladium First Friday - Get Downtown Join the fun at St Petersburg’s dancing-in-the-street block party featuring great music, food & drink vendors and restaurants! First Friday of the month. Free. Central Ave between 2nd & 3rd St. 5:30-10pm.

THEATER, COMEDY & DANCE The Coliseum Tea dances run Oct.-May. Florida West Ballet

Beth Reynolds

American Stage 7/16 - IMPROV – House Teams Live 7/24, 31 – Scott & Patti: Pajama Party 8/ 6 - Hawk & Wayne 8/20 - IMPROV – House Teams Live 7/12 - 8/6 - Sex with Strangers When twenty-something sex blogger Ethan tracks down his idol, the gifted but obscure forty-ish novelist Olivia, he finds they each crave what the other possesses. St. Petersburg City Theatre

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Food Trucks Around Downtown Each Third Friday, pick up dinner to take home or enjoy the sunset at Spa Beach Park. Food market booths too! Selling items like beef jerky, olive oils, bbq sauces. Pier Approach. 6-9pm. 727-667-7001

Unscripted Theatre 2nd Tues. live sketch comedy 4th Thurs. flash fiction


freeFall Theatre Company Marie Antoinette in a provocative production July 15Aug. 13.This pulsating contemporary look at one of history’s most enigmatic pariahs puts Marie Antoinette under the microscope of our own society’s obsession with celebrity. freeFall’s Marie AntoiWhile Marie distracts nette - Megan Therese herself with fanciful Rippey and decadent diversions in Versailles, the “have-nots” grow increasingly intolerant of the excesses of the “haves.” What happens when a leader grows absurdly out of touch with those being led? David Adjmi’s driving script lets loose a barrage of energy, wit, pageantry, and humor as the players are catapulted toward the title character’s inevitable end. Perhaps we too raise our celebrities to great heights in order to watch them fall.

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Morean Arts Center: Glass Studio and Hot Shop, Saturdays Family Day, Friday Art Snap celebrating 100 years. 7/24 - 9/3 - Summer Session 2 Classes 8/19 - 100th Birthday Party! 7th Annual Great St. Pete Cupcake Contest Ladies Night at The Hot Shop (7/7) 99th Annual Member Show (thru 8/19) Hot Date at The Hot Shop (7/28)

At the Museum of Fine Arts, don't miss Florence U. “Fonchen” Lord (1911–1993), a Minimalist painter and sculptor based primarily in Lakeland, Florida. This is the first time that her work will be exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts, showcasing both her paintings from the 1960s and the lacquered, large-scale sculptures of her later career. Lord earned her BFA from Radcliffe College and an MA from Washington University in St. Louis. Of her evolution toward sculpture, she said it was a “need to free myself from the shackles of frames [and] two-dimensional flat canvas.”





The Dali Museum Thru 9/24 Memory, Mind, Matter: The Sculpture Of Eduardo Chillida Discover world-renowned Spanish sculptor Eduardo Chillida’s works in paper, alabaster, steel and stone with more than 60 works including 16 sculptures, a large-scale wall mural, numerous drawings and ‘gravitations’, the artist’s unique approach to paper collage. Dalí Museum. 727-823-3767 www.TheDalí.org

Art Lofts Florida Craftsmen Galleries (2nd floor)

Clearwater Jazz Holiday October 19 – 22, 2017

Chihuly Collection Magnificent glasswork and the only permanent Dale Chihuly location. Thru 10/15: Solas: Light Inform Glass

Florida Orchestra Performs at Mahaffey Theater, Ruth Eckerd Hall and David Straz Performing Arts Center resuming in the Fall.

Craftsman House Gallery, pottery studio and café. Thru 8/13: Annual studio sale

St. Petersburg College, Gibbs Campus Music Center 7/14 - Rebecca Pennys’ Ambassador Series.

Creative Clay Cultural Arts Center So many camps and classes for young and old.


Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum Florida Holocaust Museum 7:10pm - 10:30pm FHM’s ‘Rays Up Night’ Florida Holocaust Museum ART

Duncan McClellan Gallery 7/18 Features work by Nick Mount 8/12 Medical Mission Fundraiser for Nokumbaya. Providing aid to those in need in Belize, India, Haiti. www.

Skyway: A Contemporary Collaboration at MFA in partnership with the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and the Tampa Museum of Art brings together works by 57 artists. Museum of Fine Arts Thursday Evening Special: $5 after 5 pm Thru 9/4 - Dorothy Height’s Hats 7/12 - Coffee Talk w/Nan Colton 7/16 - Scott Kluksdahl & Noreen Cassidy-Polera 7/26 - Summer and Sift: Lauren Marcellaro 7/30 - The Gene Knific Trio 8/9 - Coffee Talk w/Nan Colton 8/20 - Steven Prutsman, piano Great Explorations Children’s Museum Hands-on fun for the family includes camps and events such as: 7/9 - Great Connections 7/10-14 - Dino Dig 7/15 - Great Mess-ploration 7/17-21 - Global Groove 7/24-28 - American Adventures 7/31-8/4 - Imagination Station St. Petersburg Museum of History Discover the way we were including the Flight One Gallery aviation history, Schrader’s Little Cooperstown baseball memorabilia, archival pier photography and life in St. Pete for pioneers and transportation in The Sunshine City Gallery


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Eckerd College, Miller Auditorium The Met in HD Series: Live high-definition broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera. Florida Suncoast Opera Guild St. Petersburg Opera Company

SPOKEN WORD Florida CraftArt Gallery Saturday: Explore DTSP murals in a walking tour 10-11:30 a.m. Thru 8/12 Creatures Wild & Wooly: An exhibition of 35 artists showcasing work based on creatures-wild, exotic, domesticated, imaginary and mythical and dedicated to the late sculptor Paul Eppling who created amazing wild creatures. Gallerie 909 Features African-American artists. Drum circle 1st Friday of the month Jazz 1st Saturday of the month Spoken word last Sunday of the month Red Cloud Indian Arts Zen Glass Studio Glassblowing classes and workshops. Studio@620 The 2017 Members Art Show in July, showcases the artwork from 24 member artists in all media from assemblage to video, and covering all types of subject matter, this exhibition promises to be as diverse as our community.

Storytelling and prose open mics. Writing classes, poetry open mic, book clubs, a book space at the Morean Arts Center, the annual SunLit Festival and author readings plus so much more. July’s Book Club at MFA 7/13 6:30 pm: The Last Painting of Sarah de Vos (Dominic Smith)

FILM International Cinema Series Miller Auditorium at Eckerd College Dali & Beyond Film Series Every Saturday 1 pm enjoy films focused on, by, or related to Salvador Dalí, Surrealism and art in general. Cult Classics at 8:30 pm 7/6 - The Rocky Horror Picture Show 8/3 - Edward Scissorhands Grab your lawn chair, don some movie-inspired duds and enjoy free flicks, local food truck fare and cold craft brews. Come at 7 pm to enjoy The Dali’s extended hours on Thursday nights at reduced $10 admission.

CALENDAR/EVENTS SPORTS Tampa Bay Rays: Can the boys of summer be the heroes of fall? 1-888-FANRAYS Tampa Bay Rowdies: The Rowdies continue to top the standings in the USL 2017 season. Al Lang Field through Oct 4th.

OUTDOORS/RECREATION Boyd Hill Nature Preserve: Guided tours, Sat. tram tours and classes. Weedon Island Preserve: Hike, kayak and explore our native heritage.



July 14-16 Tampa Bay Home Show Plan to spend the day discovering great exhibits, giveaways, door prizes, seminars, and so much more. See the latest trends in home remodeling: from kitchen and baths to flooring, to windows and home protection. Tropicana Field. Fri. & Sat. 10am-6pm, Sun. 10am-5pm.

August 5 Brain Tumor Alliance 5k Run throughout the amazing downtown St Pete waterfront tackling fun inflatable water obstacles. North Straub Park. 8am.

July 15 America II Extreme Mud Wars Come get dirty with Tampa Bay Club Sport at the America II Extreme Mud Wars! Teams of 6-10 will compete in 8 events filled with MUD & WATER, for the highest overall score. Spa Beach Park 10am-4pm.

St. Petersburg Sail & Power Squadron: Take a boating course at the St. Petersburg Sailing Center. Garden Club St. Petersburg: Mingle with plant lovers and bone up on gardening tips. Sunken Gardens: Horticultural classes and exhibits for all ages.

July 15-16 PAVA Cool Art Show The Coliseum 11am - 2pm

Tuesday Paddleboard Social: North Shore Park Beach. 6 pm 727-510-1921

July 23 Whitney James & James Suggs at The Palladium Theater

St. Pete Shuffle: Every Friday come out and enjoy a hip twist to an old game under the stars. On the First Friday of the month - enjoy live music from a local artist. St Petersburg Shuffleboard Club. 7-11pm. 727-822-2083

HISTORY The Florida Holocaust Museum: Celebrating 25 years, the museum’s core exhibition, History, Heritage and Hope spans the first floor. Featuring original artifacts, video, and photos, it presents the history of the Holocaust beginning with the history of antisemitism and life before World War II, followed by the rise of Hitler and the Nazis and anti-Jewish legislation. The history of other victim groups, ghettoes and rescue are shown. The exhibition culminates with sections about concentration camps and killing centers and a boxcar of the type that was used during the Holocaust. The final area presented is Lessons for Today where visitors learn about other genocides and acts of hatred occurring today.

“Surreal Identity” thru 8/27 Florida Statewide Student Surrealist Art Exhibit features budding surrealist artists’ portraits. According to the exhibit’s description, since the time of the Egyptians, portraits have served as documents that record an individual’s likeness at a particular moment in time. While traditional portraiture provided information and clues about the sitter’s characteristics, interests, social status or history, artists in the surrealist movement approached portraits and self-portraits in a non-traditional manner, as exemplified by the works of Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, Leonora Carrington, and Frida Kahlo (though she rejected the title of “surrealist”).

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How we perceive and express ourselves—our identities—is much more complex than what we see in the mirror. The surrealists strived to reveal their hidden, authentic selves by delving into the subconscious. To this group of artists, surrealism—literally meaning above and beyond realism—was the truest way to express ones’ identity, and they used techniques like transformation, symbolism, shock and surprise to depict these non-traditional portraits.

Laissez le bontemps roulez at Caddy’s on Central Ave. 7/18 from 6-9 pm with live music, shrimp and key lime pie. Meeting once a month DTSP, it’s a hoot and the most fun you can have with your clothes on!

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Imagination and Daring:

“Dali and Schiaparelli” Debuts October 18, 2017 All Photos courtesy of The Dali Museum

notions of women’s roles and beauty, embracing and exaggerating the transgressive nature of fashion. Schiaparelli explored bold Surrealistic themes in her designs, heavily influenced by artists, especially Dali, with whom she often collaborated. The vibrant colors, experimental fabrics and elegant handmade decorations set her apart from other designers of the 1920s and 1930s. Some of the most notable clients for Schiaparelli’s haute couture designs included the Duchess of Windsor, Wallis Simpson; heiress Daisy Fellowes; and actresses Mae West and Marlene Dietrich.

shocked the senses and that approach was a trademark of their collaborations; their works embodied a sense of freedom and possibility that enlivened popular culture during a tumultuous time.

In 1954, Schiaparelli closed her couture house and devoted herself to writing her autobiography – Shocking Life – written in the third-person, like Dali’s own biography. After remaining quiescent for more than five decades, Maison Schiaparelli was reopened in 2012 at 21 Place Vendome, the very place where Elsa Schiaparelli left it. Elsa Schiaparelli and Salvador Dalí, circa Aphrodisiac Telephone (Lobster Telephone). Salvador Today, Schiaparelli 1949. Image Rights of Salvador Dalí reserved. Dalí, 1938. Worldwide rights ©Salvador Dalí. “We are honored to continues the deFundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres, 2017. Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí (Artists Rights Society), signer’s legacy by bring the vision and / In the USA ©Salvador Dalí Museum, Inc. work of Elsa Schiapa- 2017 creating alluring St. Petersburg, FL 2017. The Dali will host the first ever retrorelli to the Museum, and surprising despective exhibit of designer Elsa Shcianot only as a collaborator-confidant signs for the Hollywood elite and private perelli and artist Salvador Dali this fall. of Dali’s, but also as another example clients around the world. A selection of of a dynamic woman whose aesthetic these new designs including fashion and Delight in the daring and irreverent and production constituted a cultural jewelry pieces will be featured in the works of two celebrated artists when force,” said Dr. Hank Hine, Dali Museum show. Dali and Schiaparelli opens at The Dali, Executive Director. “Having recently in St. Petersburg, FL on October 18, opened the Frida Kahlo at The Dali exhiThe Dali will be celebrating the exhibi2017. The exhibit – prebition, which presents tion with a grand fashion show and gala, sented in collaboration the painfully beautiful bringing Paris chic to downtown St. by The Dali Museum and work of Frida Kahlo, we Petersburg. The event will allow guests Schiaparelli Paris – will find a type of resonance a glimpse into the secret world of haute feature haute couture between these two couture. Held on Saturday October 14, gowns and accessoiconic women: they both 2017, the black tie affair will begin with ries, jewelry, paintings, reflected and influenced a fashion show featuring contemporary drawings, objects and the times and social Schiaparelli designs followed by an photos, as well as new zeitgeist in which they elegant dinner reception. A more casual designs by Bertrand lived and worked.” yet equally celebratory Sunday brunch Guyon for Maison Schiwill be held the following day. Tickets aparelli. This will be the Schiaparelli wrote that for both events are forthcoming; stay first exhibition dedishe “invented” her informed by registering for alerts at cated to the creative dresses, and the designs relationship and works were known for their of Elsa Schiaparelli and elegant and daring A variety of other events and programs Salvador Dali – friends aesthetic combined with will also accompany the show. Dali and and collaborators exquisite craftsmanSchiaparelli will run through January 14, Woman’s Dinner Dress. Philadelphia that set Paris and the ship – a marriage of new 2018, followed by the opening of Dali Museum of Art, Gift of Mme Elsa Schiworld ablaze with their ideas with traditional and Duchamp, which premieres at The aparelli, 1969-232-52 groundbreaking visions. craft. Her designs were Dali on Feb 10, 2018. like the paintings of Dali in that they Elsa Schiaparelli was regarded as the combined renaissance precision with The Dali and Schiaparelli exhibition will most prominent figure in fashion bewild imagination and dreamlike visions. be accompanied by a catalog. tween the two World Wars. Her designs Their fashion and art both delighted and deliberately subverted traditional


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We’ve got a 1971 Vega and a Harley, so on a Friday night we’re off to Biff ’s for the classic car show. Whether you’ve got a pimped out ride or just like to ogle, head out to these car and motorcycle meet-ups in St. Pete. The Corvette Club’s events on the waterfront and Jim’s Harley Davidson’s rides draw fun crowds who know a thing or two about what’s under the hood. Biff Burgers & Buffy’s BBQ: Wondering why you see all those muscle cars headed down 49th on Friday? One of the coolest classic car mash-ups happens every

Friday with happy hour 4-7 pm and drink specials as well as a prime rib dinner for $15.95. On Wednesday (7-10 pm) and Wednesday starting at 6 pm, it’s bike night usually with rocking music and those awesome barbecue plates. Check Facebook and their website for their Ladies Night & Cornhole, Mustang Mondays, VW Thursdays and other gatherings.



What’s cooler than popcorn and a movie at AMC Sundial 20?

Mysteries Diana Mott Davidson’s Goldie series combine culinary and who-dunnit.

Best Movies Filmed Here Here are some fun films with Tampa Bay scenes: • Dolphin Tale 1, 2 • Ocean’s Eleven • Cocoon • Magic Mike • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Florida Authors Tim Dorsey & Carl Hiassen

See It On DVD • Pirates of the Caribbean • The Mummy • Guardians of the Galaxy 2

TV/STREAMING Fave: Nightcap with Ali Wentworth stars as a talent booker for a fictitious late night show. BBC: Dr. Who, Orphan Black Fox: SuperHuman AMC: Turn: Washington’s Spies Starz: American Gods HBO: Veep, Game of Thrones Showtime: I’m Dying Up Here Hulu: The Handmaid’s Tale, The Detour Netflix: Frankie and Grace, Friends From College, House of Cards, Moonrise Kingdom, Moana An Idiot Abroad

Vintage Motor Classic: One of our favorites under the trees with pre-1980s cars, motorcycles and boats draws a huge crowd and one-of-akind vehicles is scheduled for November 17 Food and drink and serious judging for best of shows as well as a car corral for those who want to part with their “baby.”


Nonfiction “South And West” Joan Didion “Killers of the Flower Moon” David Graham Historical Fiction “Dragon Springs Road” Jamie Chang Chick Lit “The Barefoot Summer” Carolyn Brown

Don’t Miss Movies • The Big Sick • The Beguiled • Homecoming • Wonder Woman

Quaker Steak & Lube: Thursdays it’s classic cars, Wednesday is bike night and the calliente chicken wings and cold brewskies flow with the crowd, some regulars and always welcoming to new folks.

Fantasy “Strange the Dreamer” Laini Taylor Novel “Lincoln in the Bardo” George Sanders “Anything Is Possible” Elizabeth Strout “Chemistry” Weike Wang

MUSIC Summer Stars Katy Perry Lady Gaga Iggy Azalea Bruno Mars Phoenix Throwback Playlist Walking on Sunshine Noon Wine Everybody Wants To Rule The World Material Girl Everything ABBA

If you’re going to have fun, you need to capture the moment on your cell phone camera. Here are some tips for getting great summer photos with your phone: • Avoid the zoom; it crops and enlarges the image. • Turn your phone horizontal. • Use the HDR feature. • Try lock focus; just tap and hold briefly to adjust. • Vary your angle and take lots of shots. • Sunrise and dusk are the best times to take magic photos.


So it’s raining. Who cares? You can go ice skating, climb a rock wall, play miniature golf, play old school games at the Treasure Island Fun Zone, have a paintball battle or just give it up for frozen delights from Hippo gourmet Popsicles, KIlwin’s, Paciugo Gelato and Urban Creamery. July/August 2017



Story by Cindy Cockburn Cover photo by Rod Millington

Dear Florida, How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. From your Gulf of Mexico sunsets to your Atlantic Ocean waves. When I’m craving out-of-St. Pete tropical adventures, there’s no need to jump on a plane and leave the state. Road trip! No passport required. Get in the car and go. So many places, so little time. There’s a reason Florida continues to break all records with international visitors. The official start of summer meant the release of the annual list of the Top 10 Beaches in America. Siesta Beach is the winner.“There’s powder white sand so soft and white …and the water is emerald green, clean and clear,” reports Stephen “Dr. Beach” Leatherman on his No. 1 pick. Check out that winning beach for sure.

Luxury Rejuvenating Retreats TRAVEL TIPS The beauty of a Florida vacay? Crank up the tunes, pack up the snacks, gas up and get out of town. Make it easy, make it fun. • Summer is a great time for deals. Ask about Florida-resident rates and other packages. • Plan your fun in advance. Look at the resort and city website, check out entertainment in the area, and check Yelp for dining options. • Check the weather; rain gear is always a good idea. • Pack light, bring a sarong. Comfortable walking shoes, a must. • Ladies, you can never go wrong with a LBD and dressy sandals. • Men, a Tommy Bahama shirt and crisp linen shorts keep you cool and in style. • Make copies of your credit card, driver’s license and prescriptions just in case, sealed in a ziplock bag. • Lock your cell phone in the safe when you head to the beach. Take a break. • Be sure to use secured WiFi at your hotel and when possible, avoid financial digital transactions in public WiFi spots.

Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa - Vero Chic Heaven is being free to do nothing but chat with the sea gulls. I visit the quiet, no cell phone tiny-ish spa with lots of time for soul searching. I think this atmosphere is exactly what Gloria and Emilio Estefan had in mind. The owners envisioned a Miami-modern hot spot in Florida’s quaint Vero Beach. Inspired by the Estefan’s own private home, Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa sits at the center of the town’s quiet row of shops and dining. There’s 1000 feet of Atlantic shoreline peppered with bright blue sun cabanas and beach umbrellas. The guest experience at Costa d’Este is designed to inspire a sense of serenity with its earthy beach aesthetic and thoughtful combination of cuisine, spa, and amenities. In the lobby, the way, way popular dining hot spot called Wave Kitchen & Bar offers fresh, locally sourced seafood and produce, as well as select Cuban specialties. Antonio Cuellar

It’s an easy three hour drive across the state from St. Pete to Vero Beach and the small Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa. I drop my bag in the hotel room with a view overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. I’m in East Coast heaven. I could walk forever on the deserted wide beach at sunset. Or sunrise. It’s small and dog friendly and crashing waves are a constant companion.


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No need to leave the resort to dine. Chef Armando was born in La Ceiba, Honduras and was inspired to learn the techniques of cooking at an early age by his Mother and Grandmother. After moving to the United States at a young age, he started a career in the culinary world in the early 90’s inspired by his work in New Orleans, Louisiana.


The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island - Hello Horses In The Sand In these turbulent times, it’s a comfort to know you can always count on an island escape. Her name is Amelia Island. Located just five hours away, the oh-so-civilized resort world of The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island stays the same. Shirley the concierge has been there since 1991 and remembers my name. She remembers my bucket list of horseback riding on the beach and a gourmet cooking lesson. It’s all still here. SALT Photo Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island restaurant’s Chef de Cuisine Richard Laughlin (Ricky) holds court in a dining room consistently winning AAA five diamond and Wine Spectator “Award of Excellence” accolades. Casual beach resort with fine dining? Great combo. Cooking classes in the kitchen are so popular the price has gone up to $250 per person plus tax offering two days of gourmet instruction and lunch. It’s only offered three times a year. The next one is August 7th featuring Southeast Asian cuisine. Welcome to Southern hospitality at its finest and a welcome barrier between you and the world beyond. Check out the spa. Let cares and distractions melt away as you relax under the

therapeutic benefits of zero gravity with a Heaven in Hammock touch therapy massage. Or simply take time to breathe deep in a eucalyptus infused steam room. This is the ultimate bucket list dream vacation. Pampering Ritz-Carlton service and meandering along near the waves on horseback in a group no larger than ten. Enjoy miles of pristine beaches on class A trail horses. We walked, Photo Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island we trotted, and even galloped on the beach. We would definitely come back and ride again. Kelly’s Seahorse Ranch is just 20 minute south of resort. $75 per person. Keep this number handy: (904) 491-5166 and ask for Jim to book a guided gentle tour with horses from a working ranch. Ride over the dunes to the beach and the tip of the island. They go single file. Ride at 10a, and 12, 2 and 4 pm daily. All their rides support the state parks. Friends always rave about Amelia Island’s Concours d’Elegance, having earned the label “the racers’ concours.” Check out All-star racers from Formula 1, Le Mans, Can-Am, NASCAR, Indy Car and more.

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Loews Miami Beach - South Beach Sizzle I’m a born New Yorker. I love the nightsculptures, installations, photography, life. But South Beach is positively insane. film, video, and digital art. Visitors literally take what we used to call “disco naps” after dinner and then go The beloved hotel with an enviable out to party after midnight. The sideoceanfront location is now even better, walks teem with party people til dawn. following a $50 million renovation. There’s What a city. What a scene. Known for its a brand new pool deck and Jacuzzi, VIP Latin-American cultural influences and nocabanas and daybeds, including new adults table arts scene, The Loews Miami Beach only cabanas with rooftop sundecks. The Hotel is the ultimate party place to stay in Signature, award-winning restaurant is the heart of town. (It’s puppy friendly too). Photo Courtesy of Loews Miami Beach called Lure South Beach. A yacht-inspired The hotel isn’t just close to the action, it is setting includes a menu loaded with fresh the action. You can cha-cha up and down Ocean Drive. seafood and other classic dishes. It’s the Exhale Spa & fitness center with yoga and barre classes that I adore. Especially the December’s Art Basel: With more than 90 events, 400 chefs massages on the beach held in privacy under a tent out by the and 65,000 attendees, the 2018 South Beach Wine & Food Feswater’s edge. Perfect for an “after” meeting indulgence. tival will be the world’s largest dinner party. ART BASEL is coming up December 7-12. This year, more than 200 of the world’s South Beach Fave: Don’t miss Nikki Beach Bar on Ocean leading international modern and contemporary art galleries Drive. Music pulsating until 5 am. That’s your first clue about display artworks by over 4,000 artists, including paintings, the scene.

Grande Lakes Orlando Golf by Greg & Food by Norm Craving a grown up and civilized vacation? The 500-acre Grande Lakes Orlando estate is enormous with a 582-room Ritz-Carlton and 1,000-room JW Marriott. We loved the grandeur of the resort when it opened in 2003. It’s even better now.

traditional European technique and his own innovative spirit. (Circle your calendar in St. Pete and meet Chef Van Aken here in St. Pete September 27th at the Museum of Fine Arts Simmer & Sift: Summer Cooking Series celebrating Florida’s culinary history and innovation in conjunction with the MFA’s special exhibition, Skyway)

Indulge for a day at the three-story Ritz-Carlton spa and it’s worth the trip across I-4. Get lost in your robe for days with 40,000-square-feet of pampering and 40 treatment rooms. Learn Speaking of food: this all about the benefits of Photo Courtesy of Grande Lakes Orlando is the ideal location for citrus-inspired treatments, like a grande a chef crafted menu with new American citrus escape. Harnessing the anti-oxidant Sushi and a selection of Asian tapas. The rich benefits of honey and sweet orange, Whisper Creek Farms: The Brewery is an the treatments hydrate your skin and extension of The Kitchen’s “farm-inspired soothe your soul. 120 minutes. Or just comfort food” and philosophy. The craft relax in a private lap pool, wellness center, beer brewed at Whisper Creek Farm offers dine in the spa café, and bring home souan opportunity to taste what is locally venirs from the spa boutique. grown and seasonal and may include bananas, passion fruit, mangoes, papaya, What a first class mix of amenities at etc. No two batches are ever the same. the resort: golf created by super star Greg Norman’s signature course. The Their Adventure Experiences with fishaward-winning restaurant features celebing school (serious!) and private guided rity Chef Norman Van Aken’s acclaimed Eco-Tours reminds us of Canyon Ranch New World cuisine featuring a fusion of spa in the Berkshires, minus the mounLatin, Caribbean and Asian recipes with tains.


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IF YOU GO The Resort at Longboat Key Club 220 Sands Point Rd Longboat Key, FL 34228 Phone: (941) 383-8821 Loews Miami Beach Hotel 1601 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139 Phone: (305) 604-1601 Grande Lakes Orlando 4012 Central Florida Pkwy Orlando, FL 32837 Phone: (407) 206-2400 Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa 3244 Ocean Drive Vero Beach, FL 32963 Phone: (772) 562-9919 The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 Phone: (904) 277-1100

Longboat Key Club -Ahhh Spa

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Just go. You’ll be pampered silly. Getting there is half the fun. Head over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and in less than an hour enjoy St. Armand’s Circle shopping at Foxy Lady, followed by lunch at the trendy Shore restaurant next door. The resort is only a mile down the road. Check in to a luxurious beachfront guest room with full kitchen and private balcony and you’ll never want to leave. AND THAT SAND! The $1.8 million dollar renovation project is amazing. The resort is immaculate, spacious and friendly staff detail-oriented. There’s 45 holes of golf, tennis gardens, a 291 slip marina, 8 restaurants and lounges, children’s club and summer camps. The service is outstanding. Best part of my stay: the 8:30 am yoga class on the beach by experienced instructor Tamara Page. She had a gentle nature. I’m a rookie. Spa Director Nancy Thielman oversees the spa programs and restful atmosphere. Therapist Dana’s therapeutic touch during a 60 minute massage was perfection. It’s the attention to details that stand out: an attendant standing by with your towel or glass of water if needed, escorting me to the steam and spacious meditative room. The staff has obvious first class over-the-top training that really sets this resort apart. My cookbook souvenir is from Executive Chef Robert Weil called “REFLECTIONS OF Photo Courtesy of The Resort at Longboat Key Club A CHEF” with tons of yummy ideas. (Option B: order gourmet pizza in your room and sit on the balcony with a bottle of champagne. Just sayin.) During the annual Sarasota Film Festival the stars stay here. Kevin Bacon told me at dinner “I wouldn’t live in LA if I’d known about beaches at The Longboat Key Club.” WHAT? Strange but true. This year the festival is April 13-22, 2018. MovieMaker magazine named it one of the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World.

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Stay Cool, Old School Santa Cruz Vacay Seacliff Inn

Premiere Fitness Camp PFC at OMNI La Costa Resort Just a half-hour north of San Diego Airport, people flock to a legendary resort in La Costa to relax, rejuvenate, perhaps play some golf and even better, lose some weight. PFC is one of the country’s premiere weight loss camps for total transformation, an integrative mind/body/health program coupled with world-class spa treatments and exquisite healthy culinary fare to support your mission. Here health is not a size, it’s a lifestyle.

Whether you’re planning a summer vacay in Santa Cruz, a romantic weekend or a business meeting, the Best Western Seacliff Inn is the ultimate launching pad for your awesome adventures. Seacliff Inn is close to the beach, hiking, Santa Cruz Boardwalk, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and California wineries. Grab your paddleboard or surfboard for an amazing Pacific adventure for you, your friends or your family. Just minutes from downtown Santa Cruz and easy driving distance to the redwoods, wine country and more, Seacliff Inn in charming Aptos is the perfect home away from home. Enjoy 148 well-appointed guest rooms and ten oversized suites, free Wi-Fi heated swimming pool, hot tub, fitness room, business center, six acres of lush landscaping, live entertainment, complimentary buffet breakfast, weekend brunch and delicious Severino’s Bar & Grill (specializing in incredible local wines, outstanding California cuisine, seafood, steaks and pasta). Easy Access, Great Deals: Just off scenic Highway 1 five miles south of Santa Cruz, Seacliff Inn is only 35 minutes from San Jose Airport and 90 minutes from San Francisco Airport. • Take advantage of Best Western Seacliff Inn’s amazing promotions and packages including Family Stay & Play, Romantic Weekend Getaway and Beauregard Vineyards Winery Tour. • Earn more or use your Best Western loyalty points for great deals. Meetings/Weddings: With a variety of beautifully decorated banquet rooms, alfresco garden and state-of-the-art meeting rooms for up to 150 people, the sales and catering staff specialize in weddings, parties, corporate retreats and meetings big or small. Call (831) 688-7300 x 1124 to get started. Said one happy guest on YELP “...The place is fantastic. Gorgeous landscaping, nice pool, lovely lobby, clean rooms. I could not have been more pleased...”

Best Western Seacliff Inn 7500 Old Dominion Court Aptos, California 95003


PFC Fitness is the only destination to claim its own custom-built training facility which has been designed specifically for the needs of our holistic fitness program. Our expert team includes certified sports nutritionists and fitness trainers plus internationally recognized PFC physicians and psychologists such as SPL Wellness Curator Dr. Michael Mantell. Luxury & Privacy: Situated among 400 acres of lush, garden landscape, guests enjoy upscale rooms, a signature line of personal care products, oversized Jacuzzi tubs plus high-tech amenities (large, flatscreen TVs, instant internet access). Enjoy The Spa: After a long day of physical exertion, unwind and relax those muscles at the nation’s most talked about spa. Recently named the #1 Wellness Spa in the Nation by Spa Magazine and #4 Spa in North America by Travel + Leisure, The Spa at La Costa Resort is the perfect sanctuary. Get Fit, Day 1: The first step in losing weight is understanding your body. Upon arrival at PFC Fitness Camp, we perform a comprehensive body assessment and fitness test to measure cholesterol, blood pressure, body fat, weight and physical condition to help you and our trainers understand any physical or internal limitations and ensure the most appropriate supplementations for ultimate weight loss results. A personalized fitness program is created just for you, including individual training, coastal hikes, beachside boot camps and use of the state-of-the art exercise equipment. Eat Right: PFC is the only Culinary Fitness retreat that combines weight loss with the art of cooking. Learn how to create seasonal, local, whole, satisfying meals and still lose weight by cooking alongside renowned wellness chef, Chef Jason C. Kieffer and team. Chopra Fit: Whether you want to conquer your fitness goals, restore life balance or experience a transformation in your physical and emotional health, a week-long retreat at Chopra FIT combines the healing practice of meditation and yoga from integrative medicine pioneer, Dr. Deepak Chopra with cutting-edge research from the top health experts and physicians in behavioral health, nutrition and fitness.

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Worried About Your Nest Egg? Be Shrewd, Skeptical, Smart BY CHRIS BARNETT It’s summertime and the living is easy. The markets are roaring and the cocktail party talk turns to what to buy and where to invest? First tip. Never take investment advice from anyone at a cocktail party or any social gathering. That radiantly tanned implant surgeon driving the Bentley Continental G-3 is probably overleveraged and underwater on his broker’s ‘can’t miss’ stock tout and misery loves company. Nobody shares a surefire moneymaking idea. And If they do win and gloat, it’s too late to get in.

Instead, Moneywise paid a visit to Tony Anderson, CEO of ARS Wealth Advisors, a 20-year-old St. Petersburg firm that answers to the Securities and Exchange Commission, not some Wall Street brokerage house sales boss whipping the branches for more and more clients. Anderson, who drives a Toyota Tundra pickup, is a low-key, hard-nosed realist. ARS lives off fees, not commissions, so its not constantly pushing a parade of new investments, concepts and products your way.

His unfiltered advice coupled with a few embellishing comments:


Seek out big diversified, multinational companies but not conglomerates. Roche Holdings makes pharmaceuticals but is also into oncology, diagnostics. Zero in on international stocks in developed countries led by Europe. Among them: Nestle, the global food giant, Novartis, another drug company, Diagio, the liquor brand Goliath.


The stock market is white hot and a little overvalued. Expect a correction. They occur every 12 to 14 months and we’re overdue. It’s healthy and normal.


That said, don’t get emotional, overreact and sell. Hang tough and ride it out. Overall, the stock market is trending upwards.


The economy and corporate earnings are both strong and improving. Just do not get rattled or distracted by the endless screaming headlines out of Washington DC these days. The place to be today is in the stock market.


But certainly not 100%. Build and don’t touch your ‘reserve’ account—enough cash to cover nine months of bills and emergencies with no exposure to risk. Keep it in a bank savings, credit union or money market account. You’ll only make ¼% interest but it’s safe and available. Avoid certificates of deposit. The tad higher return is not worth having it tied up when you need it.


Turn a deaf ear to the siren song of easy credit. Be prudent. Avoid the tempting mileage and rebate bonuses of credit card merchants beseeching you to take out more plastic. Paying 29% on the unpaid monthly balance is a gouge. And that balance always creeps up. Guard your FICO score.


Stick with fundamentally solid, blue chip, established, proven performers with an eye toward tech. Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks, MasterCard. Mutual fund families like Vanguard and T. Rowe Price have low-cost, big cap offerings with strong track records.

Tony Anderson, CEO of ARS Wealth Advisors


Consider index mutual funds or ETFs— exchange traded funds where you’re buying a huge basket of stocks with minimal price swings. Such as iShares Edge MSCI Min Vol USA ETF which tracks low volatility US stocks, SPDR S&P 500 ETF which tracks the legendary Standard & Poors index or Powershares QQQ ETF that tracks the technology-heavy NASDAQ.


While bonds aren’t attractive at the moment from a yield or appreciation viewpoint, the income stream is reassuring. US Treasury Notes with 2 to 5 year maturities pay 2.5% to 3%. iShares Core US Bond Index fund, Angel Oak Multi-Strategies and Doubeline Total Return are worth a look see.


Avoid municipal bonds as a general rule. Florida has no state income tax to dodge. Never buy stocks on margin, don’t play the “short seller” game, commodities, naked options, puts and calls—unless you’re a seasoned, super savvy investor with a cast-iron gut. Just say no to any complicated so-called “structured” investment products Wall Street loves to sell; the broker and the house make money; the investor takes all the risk.


And when the silky smooth, silver tongued, media-hyped guru talks of ‘possibly letting you in’ on a 23% annually compounded investment ‘strategy,’ think Bernie Madoff. Greed is the ultimate sucker’s game. His victims played and lost it all.

Chris Barnett is a well-known journalist who opines about money, travel and great saloons worldwide.


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Why I Love My Job Valerie Bogle, Photographer/Stylist Flourish. Magazine Style Photography What Do You Do For A Living? I am a magazine style photographer that helps girls of all ages to see their own beauty, and helps business people get noticed and elevate their image. What Did You Do Before Photography? Before shooting, I spent the first part of my career in the advertising world and modeling. For the agency, I was a designer and art director, and did branding and photo shoots for some pretty cool clients like Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Publix and most of the Marriott Hotel Brands. What’s Your Mantra? Becoming successful is a journey, and takes a lot of hard work and perseverance. God has really blessed me by giving me the ability to do something I love while helping others to flourish by sharing my passion and gift with them. What Makes You Successful? My business has been successful and continues to grow because I really focus on my clients, and what they want. I think its important to go above and beyond what people expect so that they not only get photos they love, but they enjoy the experience too. What Brought You To St. Pete? I’ve lived in St. Pete officially - which means without going back and forth to Tampa - since 2003, and I absolutely love it. I’ve had a studio in downtown since 2014. What do you love about DTSP? The vibe is great, there’s every possible type of restaurant to eat at, I’ve got great neighbors, and you can walk just about everywhere. Its growing daily, its full of really talented people, and I feel so blessed to be a part of it all. What Do You Like To Do Here? My husband and I live on the water, so we spend a good deal of time on the boat or kayaks with our dog! One of my favorite places to eat downtown is Bavaro’s, the pizza is amazing! I love the Arugula with prosciutto personally! Then there’s Engine No. 9 for the most incredible burgers, where I’m partial to the Windy City–and it doesn’t hurt that they’re within steps of my studio! There are so many great options, you can’t go wrong. shootwithflourish Email: By Appointment Only: 727.497.7427


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The Innovation District The St. Pete Innovation District is in one of the Southeast United States’ most dynamic waterfront downtowns and is the professional home to thousands of scientists, doctors, educators, change agents, and entrepreneurs working together to make life better. Among its assets or contributing members are Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, the Dali Museum, Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, Florida Institute of Oceanography, Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg, the Greater St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Poynter Institute, SRI International, St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership, University of South Florida St. Petersburg, USF College of Marine Science and U.S. Geological Survey.

WORK FAVES Staying relevant requires learning and networking. UP YOUR GAME Looking for a new career or just want to add mad, profitable skills to your resume? Look no further than DTSP’s Iron Yard, an incredible national code school with full-time and part-time web development immersive courses. Hosting monthly meet-ups including Katas, Sales Force Developer, Open Code and Front End Design is just part of their cool mash-up. Introductory classes to expert, it’s game-changinig for your career. NETWORKING MECCA The Station House is a marriage of business, technology and the arts. Once you become a member (and there are many levels), you can use this unique, sophisticated co-working space located in a polished and beautifully renovated historic building. Here, entrepreneurs and biz folks share coffee talk on the main floor, rent a modern conference space or chic meeting room for an hour or a day, work on their next projects, throw a rooftop event, even take a breather at yoga. It’s the hip epi-center for business that will launch your career to the next level. TEC GARAGE Looking for a career coach or co-working space that you can drop in for a day or a month? Located in The Innovation District, you can get connected with relevant partners, get professional advice on your business idea, evaluate your pro-forma and revenue plan with experts and meet future customers and suppliers. GREENHOUSE ST. PETE The Greenhouse is St. Petersburg’s front-door to business growth, providing business owners and entrepreneurs with the education, resources and assistance necessary to thrive in the local economy. Comprised of an expert team from the City of St. Petersburg and St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, along with a wide network of partners, it’s a unique business resource with workshops on topics from writing a business plan to preparing financial statements.

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Better Stories Can Increase Sales BY HENRY DEVRIES

If you build an inventory of compelling case histories and stories that demonstrate how your product took your client from mess to success, you can grow your sales and customer interest. Here are some perfect opportunities to persuade with a story: During an Initial Call to Get a Meeting. Never lead with the story. First have a conversation with the prospect. Ask about their goals, what they are doing right, and what they see as the roadblocks they hope you can help them get past. At this point ask: “May I tell you a true story about how we helped a client get from where you are now to where you want to go?” To Close a Client During a Meeting. For many companies, business development is not a one-step close. During an initial get together you gather information and in the subsequent meeting you propose a course of action. This is the time to add a case history story of a client that was in a similar situation. On a Website and in Collateral Material. Get rid of those dry case studies on the website. Instead, convert them to the more persuasive story format of the six-step formula. This also applies to your marketing collateral. During a New Business Presentation. Oftentimes, you may be asked to make a presentation to a group. Because humans are hardwired for stories, this is a perfect opportunity to make your pitch memorable. During a Speech or Media Interview. Use stories when you receive an invitation to make a speech or give an interview to the media. To Train Employees. Reinforce core values with employees and new hires through sharing the inventory of stories. Bottom line: The right stories can work wonders whether you are using them in a one-to-one meeting, in a presentation that is one-to-several, or in a speech or publicity that is one-to-many. Start today to build an inventory of persuasive stories.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Henry DeVries, CEO of Indie Books International, works with consultants to attract high-paying clients by marketing with a book and speech. As a professional speaker, he teaches sales and business development professionals how to build an inventory of persuasive stories. He is the author of “Marketing with a Book” and “Persuade with a Story!” For more information, visit

Creating Good Business Stories These stories must be true case studies, but told in a certain way. Here is a quick overview of the formula: Start with a main character. Every story starts with the name of a character who wants something. This is not you, but your client. Make your main characters likable so the listeners will root for them by describing some of their good qualities. Generally, three attributes work best: “Marie was smart, tough, and fair.” For privacy reasons you do not need to use their real names. Have a nemesis character. Stories need conflict to be interesting. What person, institution, or condition stands in the character’s way? The villain in the story might be a challenge in the business environment, such as the recession of 2008 or higher tax rates (the government is always a classic nemesis character). Bring in a mentor character. Heroes need help on their journey. This is where you come in. Be the voice of wisdom and experience. The hero does not succeed alone, they succeed because of the help you provided. Know what story you are telling. Human brains are programmed to relate to one of eight great meta-stories. These are: monster, underdog, comedy, tragedy, mystery, quest, rebirth, and escape. If the story is about overcoming a huge problem, that is a monster problem story. If the company was like a David that overcame an industry Goliath, that is an underdog story. Have the hero succeed. Have the hero go from mess to success (it was a struggle, and they couldn’t have done it without you). Give the listeners the moral of the story. Take a cue from Aesop, the man who gave us fables like The Tortoise and the Hare (the moral: slow and steady wins the race). Don’t count on the listeners to get the message. The storyteller’s final job is to tell them what the story means.

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City of St. Petersburg

No matter the temperature, St. Pete is HOT as a place to live, work and play. St. Pete shines in national and international press mentions, garners national awards for beaches, arts and recreation. It’s one of the reasons we’ve launched St. Pete Life Magazine: to showcase the insider scoop on why downtown St. Pete and surrounding neighborhoods lure hometown, regional and national visitors Known as the Sunshine City, the stunning waterfront views, thriving arts scene, cultural excellence, international events and progressive culture – plus some seriously good food and craft beer – attract national attention. We’ve got the Firestone Grand Prix, the 7th largest PRIDE celebration in the U.S., the SHINE mural festival, The Dali, Museum of Fine Artsand two new multi-million dollar museums on the horizon.

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For those who live, work and play here, St. Pete envisions a robust community with an eye on the future. Says Mayor Rick Kriseman on the city’s informative website: “Our vision is to be a city of opportunity where the sun shines on all who come to live, work, and play. With your help, our neighborhoods, businesses, every individual, will enjoy a new opportunity to be lifted into the light of our St. Petersburg sun.” One of St. Pete’s most vocal ambassadors is David Downing, CEO of Visit St. Pete/Clearwater, who has lived downtown for ten years and never stops exploring the city he champions nationally and internationally. “I was moving from Manhattan and wanted a similar vibe and environment and found that down-


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town. Some of my favorite places to go are the Old Northeast Tavern; The Veranda at The Vinoy (preferably near the fire pits), GWR at Station House and Hideaway Café. For peace and quiet, he meanders to Gizella Kopsick Palm Arboretum – it’s the largest collection of palms on the Gulf Coast.” Every week, another restaurant expands (Il Ritorno), opens (Flute) and even franchises (The Mill). If you want to swap your condo for a downtown aerie (Parkshore, Ovation, The Signature, One, Beacon 430, McNulty Lofts, Fusion) and others beckon. There’s enough business for a second Publix in DTSP and the Northeast Publix and Steinmart swarm with busy moms and milennials. With the winning Rowdies and Al Lang Stadium’s about to get a serious facelift, just imaging this fall if the Rays wind up in the World Series!

DTSP’s RAVE REVIEWS ”Skip Miami and Try St. Pete” - Forbes “Top 5 Design Destinations for December” - Architectural Digest “2017’s Most Under-Rated Destinations” - Conde Nast Traveler “5 Best Summer Travel Destinations” - Travel & Leisure “#6 Most Under-Rated City in the U.S.” - Buzzfeed “15 of the Best Street Art Cities” - Huffington Post “Most Beautiful Museums in the World” - Conde Nast Traveler “Most Outstanding Places” - Forbes Travel “Under-Rated Beer City” - Huffington Post “#1 Arts Destination for Mid-Sized Cities” - American Style Magazine “Top 52 Must-See Places in the World” - New York Times


Coastal Living recently named St. Pete/Clearwater to its list of 20 Best Places to Live in 2017, calling the area an “upstart city on Florida’s Gulf Coast.” The magazine based its rating off of beaches, cultural attractions like the Dalí Museum, dining and entertainment options, and places to stay, saluting the area’s “historic, small-scale neighborhoods” for balancing “big-city pleasures.” Coastal Living also took into account the population, average high and low temperatures, median home price, area commutability, and average days of sunshine.

For those of us who live here, exploring new restaurants, shops and attractions the 4th Street corridor (Sunken Gardens) and old Southeast neighborhoods (Nueva Cantina, Storybook Café) is a pleasant weekend scavenger hunt. There’s no shortage of clever events, from Grand Central’s Saturday ArtWalk to the monthly Brocante Market, the October thru May Saturday MorningMarket, the monthly Friday Port Food and Craft Beer fest and all the cool events that pop up on a whim. Green Bench and 3 Daughters host everything from movies to yoga, Iberian Rooster boasts comedy, open mic nights and jazz and Wine Madonna has a wine and book night. Facebook brims with mind-boggling options. From classic car shows to blues concerts and Mainsail Arts at The Vinoy, the DTSP waterfront is transformed monthly into a community hootenanny. One of my favorite events of the year is the historic Kenwood cottage tours, the Shine Mural festival and the Grand Central folk music and crafts fests, where Etsy artists showcase their wares.

With the Pier groundbreaking in June, the DTSP waterfront gets a facelift. But there’s more to downtown than just The Pier. The Downtown Waterfront Master Plan envisions a continued legacy of preserved and enhanced open space that is inclusive and offers opportunities for all. It is our understanding and belief that the unrivaled, vibrant and diverse array of community assets stretching from the Coffee Pot to the Pier, and the Pier to Lassing Park working together, will afford greater economic and ecological resiliency for future generations. Yes, The Pier is important, but no matter what its outcome, the waterfront master plan is the key to St. Pete’s future legacy. As a community St. Petersburg seeks to be a national model for waterfront stewardship, acknowledging that “we are all connected by water” and that solutions to social, environmental and physical places are best solved by a common understanding that “your issue is my issue”. As such our master plan is guided by the following overarching community themes, the five dimensions of the waterfront. This includes: • Stewardship of the Waterfront Environment: Developing a sustainable relationship between the natural and built environments • Enhancing the Experience of the Water: Expanding St. Petersburg as a waterfront destination for boaters and non-boaters • An Active Waterfront Parks System: Diversifying the activities of the waterfront to meet a growing community’s needs • Economically Vibrant Downtown Places: Leveraging the economic potential of in-water and upland areas along the water’s edge • A Connected, Accessible Downtown + Waterfront: Creating continuous linkages, service oriented parking + transit, and increased public access to the waterfront

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BEST for LIVE/WORK/PLAY The city is known for its innovative policies, wellness programs, eco-friendly initiatives (curbside recycling) and preservation efforts as well as its celebration of diversity. St. Pete’s vision? “We will be an innovative, creative and competitive community that honors our past while pursuing our future.” This includes: • 1st city in Florida to adopt a parental leave policy • 1st city in Florida to commit to 100% renewable energy • Development of a new marine and life sciences Innovation District • Development of an arts and mural-friendly Warehouse District, open to the public. • Launch of complete streets, bike sharing and ferry pilot program to improve transportation • Launch of city-wide health initiatives including free fitness programs in parks and neighborhoods.

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DTSP Neighborhoods

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“…There’s a reason every season to hang out in St. Pete…”

Central Arts – Central Avenue from 4rd to 7th Streets and the surrounding areas

Deuces LIVE – 22nd Street South between 1st Ave. South and 18th Ave. South

The EDGE – Central Ave. between 9th and 15th St.

Grand Central – 16th to 31 st Streets, N. between 1st Ave. North and South

M.L. King North – 9th Street between 1st Ave. South and 8th Ave. North

Warehouse Arts – 1st Avenue North to 10th Ave. South and 16th to 31st Streets

Waterfront Arts – Beach Drive to 3rd Street between 5th and 7th Ave.

Innovation District – Encompasses the corridor over at All Children’s/John’s Hopkins Hospital and the Dali Museum and Poynter.

From beaches to fitness, we’re in the top tier of cities to live, work and play. Every month, there’s a new national ranking that shows us at the top of the heap. We’re Fit: The Annual American Fitness Index released by the American College of Sports Medicine shows that Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater jumped from No. 26 in 2016 to No. 19 in the 2017 index. The Bay area scored 54.1 out of 100 possible points. (May 2017) We’re Pet-Friendly: A recent study by RewardExpert ranks the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater region as the No. 1 region to travel with pets in the U.S. We’re a Foodie Paradise: St. Petersburg’s culinary scene is gaining national attention as one of USA Today’s five underrated food cities on the East Coast. While the St. Pete/Clearwater area is most often recognized for its award-winning beaches, critics are also serving up mouthwatering reviews for the area’s celebrity chef restaurants and local dining gems. Staycation Capital: We were named the fifth best city out of 100 for sticking around town and relaxing at home, by travel and survey company RewardExpert, who said we have it all: “beaches, warm weather, pools, nature parks, hiking,”

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But There’s More: With the debut of St. Pete Life Magazine, we’ll be sharing all the news and developments with you in print, on our website, in our weekly enewsletter and our social media. From the Carillon to DTSP, the 4th Street Corridor to Old Southeast, our neighborhood news and departments will give you the SPL INSIDERS’ view of what’s happening in your town.


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Business News Job Jolt: If you’re tired of competing against the masses applying for advertised jobs, meet FREIDA, the Florida Research and Economic Information Database Application. FREIDA can help you research employers in your career field, in all 67 counties of Florida.

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Raymond James: Will expand in the Carillon adding up to 650 jobs and has bought three additional buildings. National Chains DTSP: Discussion continues among local business leaders and the city about whether to preserve the local feel of Beach Drive and Central Avenue by fostering local, rather than national chain stores.

Priatek Plaza: Downtown St. Pete’s Priatek Plaza sold to Tampa buyer City of St. Petersburg

Innovation Company Opening 2nd Office Here: Digital marketing company MXTR Automation announced they have selected St. Petersburg for their second office location and will open within 18 months and plans to fill 20 creative tech positions.

Grow Smarter Job Creation/Talent Attraction Program: The city approved a new high wage job creation program that will award businesses in the city’s target industry clusters: Marine & Life Sciences, Specialized Manufacturing, Financial Services,

St. Pete Innovation District Hires 1st Executive Director -Alison Barlow: Ms. Barlow most recently served as manager of the Collaborative Labs at St. Petersburg College. “Alison Barlow is the right leader to help us take this district to the next step of conscious collaboration and cooperation,” said Sophia Wisniewska, president of the Innovation District board and regional chancellor of USF St. Petersburg. “She is going to help us weave together the unique world-class assets we have in the district - science, business, health care, education and social innovation - not only to facilitate innovation but also to expose our strengths to the world.” Development Gurus: Want to know what’s going on DTSP? Check out, an urban development blog covering what is happening in retail, restaurants, and real estate and the status of active projects; follow them on FB @stpeterising if you want to know where Maple Street Biscuit Company is opening and what tower is going up next. City of St. Petersburg

4th St. News: Culver’s opened a new restaurant in June on 9046 4th Street North. While you’re ambling along, stop in at Better Byrd, Noble Crust, Fresh Kitchen, Ciccio Cali, the original Red Mesa Restaurant, Trader’s Joes and The Fresh Market.

Data Analytics, and Creative Arts & Design. To qualify, companies must have 49 employees or less and hire new employees at salaries above the Pinellas County average wage. Award levels vary based on the job salaries and there is an additional bonus for hiring St. Petersburg residents or residents of the South St. Petersburg CRA.

Flood Insurance Update: With the National Flood Insurance Program set to expire on September 30th, the high cost of flood insurance for property owners is a concern. Stay informed: City Budget Update: Stay in the loop on the FY 2018 City Budget at The June community budget open house will be rebroadcast throughout the summer on StPeteTV, Spectrum Channel 641, WOW! Channel 15, and Frontier Channel 20.

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St. Pete Neighborhood News

County News Safe Boating: To help prepare boaters and encourage safe, responsible vessel operation, the Pinellas County Sheriff ’s Office sponsors programs like “Operation Kid-Float,” a boating safety education and personal flotation device (PFD) loaner program. Fertilizer Ban: Now through Sept. 30 Pinellas County residents may not apply fertilizers containing nitrogen or phosphorus to lawns and landscape plants. Fertilizer runoff can pollute rivers, lakes, bays and the Gulf of Mexico, cause algae blooms and lead to fish kills.

City of St. Petersburg

Carillon Expansion: The City of St. Pete along with the state and private companies will work to reducing gridlock through street improvements (turning lanes, widened streets). Pier Update: Here we go! As of June, site work and test piles for the pier’s foundation were scheduled to begin and construction on the pier deck will begin in October. Lambert Advisory (Lambert), an economic advisory service firm contracted by the City of St. Petersburg, completed an economic and fiscal impact analysis for the new Pier District. Some highlights of the report: • Total economic impact directly from the Pier District estimated at $80 million - a complete return on investment in the first year of operation • An estimated 325 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) jobs, nearly $16 million in total construction wages and over $1.6 million in professional fees during construction • Total expenditures for Pier and St. Petersburg estimated at $40 million annually • $15 million in annual hotel expenditures • 102,000 increase in annual new room nights • 1080 additional full-time equivalent Pinellas county jobs Downtown Trolley Loop: Under the preliminary proposal to enhance service, PSTA would add at least one new all-electric trolley. The service available to users would double and the entire loop would take no more than 15 minutes from start to finish - reducing travel times for people using the service. It would also be free. New On-Ramp for I-175: For folks who work at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and the Dali Museum, a new ramp will ease traffic flow and should be done this summer. The new ramp will allow cars to enter the interstate traveling northbound on Fourth Street South. Campbell Park Regional Skate Park On Its Way: Citizens weighed in on the final design in June during an open house with city staff and members of the project design team. Work on the project is expected to be completed next spring. The $1.25 million project will construct an approximately 28,000 square foot skate park, designed to attract skateboarders of all skill levels as well as serve as a host site for exhibitions and competitions. Once completed, the facility will be one of the largest skate parks in Florida.


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Hurricane Alerts: Pinellas County officials unveiled new emergency preparedness tools last week. Citizen can download the Ready Pinellas app for easy hurricane preparedness; check your evacuation zone and download the 2017 All Hazards Preparedness Guide. You can also sign up for the Alert Pinellas notification service. Beach Renourishment: The Pinellas County federal beach nourishment project will receive an additional $16 million in federal funding this summer. Last summer, the County was awarded $12.8 million to respond to storm damage to Pinellas beaches. With the additional monies and $5.15 million from the County’s Bed Tax and $5.15 million from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Corps will be able to renourish up to 10.5 miles of beaches to provide critical coastal storm damage protection, recreational opportunities and enhanced natural habitats. The federal government has invested nearly $120 million in restorative beach erosion control measures, including beach nourishment and the construction of groins, to date. PIE Kudos: St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport was awarded the 2016 Air Carrier Safety Award by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Southern Division.

Medical & Health News Expanded Senior Care: Dedicated Senior Medical Center started serving Tampa Bay area seniors in October of 2016 and now the ChenMed subsidiary is opening three new centers in Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg at 901 22nd Avenue South and will be the largest new center, with substantial community activity areas and 35 physician/patient examination rooms. Healthcare Kudos: St. Petersburg General Hospital earned the Tampa Bay Times Top 100 Workplaces distinction for a fifth year, being recognized in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017. The Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) has named St. Petersburg General Hospital a nationwide leader in providing equal and inclusive treatment to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning patients. St. Petersburg has earned consistent leadership in LGBTQ healthcare equality since 2013. Baycare Health Classes/Events: Stay informed about your overall health or condition including cancer, joint replacement, maternity, heart health and more.


University Updates Campus Highlights: Stay updated on news from USF St. Pete and Eckerd College USFSP Unearths Treasure Trove of Florida’s Distant Past: The University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP) has embarked upon a groundbreaking journey into Florida’s Spanish Colonial past, launching a bold initiative that will put the state’s rich history and early development into unparalleled perspective on the national and world stage. La Florida: The Interactive Digital Archive of the Americas – created by J. Michael Francis, Ph.D., the Hough Family Endowed Chair of Florida Studies at USFSP – provides an interactive, multidisciplinary and comprehensive vision of Florida that brings a previously hazy picture of Spanish exploration of the state into sharp focus. Like a cold-case detective, Francis has spent years painstakingly combing through thousands of documents, notes and images, chronicling distant lives and events that gradually formed Florida’s unique and vibrant tapestry. The elements he and his team have unearthed represent an enormous contribution to the existing body of historical knowledge, spanning the state’s highly formative period from the early 1500s to the start of the 1800s. The La Florida website will be unveiled in the fall.

Helping Hands

Gulf of Mexico U.S. - Cuba Collaboration: In June, marine scientists took another step forward in academic relations between U.S. and Cuba during an 18-day research expedition to waters off the northwest section of the island nation in May. Eckerd College Marine Science Professor Gregg Brooks and Marine Research Assistant Rebekka Larson were among the scientific cohort that journeyed to Cuba on the Florida Institute of Oceanography’s research vessel R/V Weatherbird II from May 8 to 25. Researchers collected 450 fish, 150 water samples, nearly 1,500 sediment samples, and 50 fish-egg and zooplankton samples to create a catalog of environmental baseline specimens. Using these samples, scientists will determine the presence of chemical signatures of petroleum in future oil spill events. Learn Craft Brewing: Since 2016, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg offers a program that teaches wanna be professional craft brewers brewing science, engineering and business as well as hands-on training at a craft brewery and a quality assurance lab here in town (3 Daughters Brewing Company, Coppertail Brewing Company, Barley Mow Brewing Company, Green Bench Brewing Company, St Pete Brewing Company, Florida Avenue Brewing Company). Learn more:

fruit, crackers, granola bars, and cereal at any county Regions Bank Branches thru July 15. Clean Water: Tampa Bay Watch is seeking volunteers for the Mid-Summer Cleanup, July 8 for multiple area sites. They also need boaters to help with crab trap removal July 15.

Neighborhood Watch Program: Pinellas County Sherriff ’s Office awarded leadership awards to Steve Baxter, Karen Conte, Dale Haberle, Dorothy Haberle, and Cheri Kornwho live in Patio Village Park in St. Petersburg and are dedicated to keeping residents safe and connected through the Neighborhood Watch Program. Feeding Children: Regions Bank branches are teaming with Florida Dream Center and UMCM Suncoast to collect and distribute food to the 36,000 Pinellas County children who live each day with food insecurity. Drop off your donations of peanut butter, jelly, macaroni, fruit cups, dried

Mentoring With Golf: The First Tee of St. Petersburg, a non-profit organization which provides life skills and character education for all children through the game of golf, will broke ground in June on its Manning Family Mentoring Center at Twin Brooks Golf Course, 3800 22nd Ave. S. It’s targeted to be complete in August. www. Food Donation App: With the help of a new mobile platform, MealConnect, that streamlines donations from stores and restaurants has facilitated 737,000 pickups and moved over 333 million pounds of food–enough for 278 million meals.

Bayfront Update Help for Heartburn: For the first time, patients in St. Petersburg now have access to relief from their reflux disease through a minimally-invasive laparoscopic procedure. The procedure is designed to treat patients with severe heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease and augments the lower esophageal sphincter, preventing the stomach acid from escaping. The procedure is done laparoscopically using a camera and tools that are placed through five small incisions, which minimize the recovery time and risks to the patient. The procedure lasts between 30-45 minutes and patients can resume a normal diet that night. New Bayfront CEO: As of July 17, Bayfront Health St. Petersburg has a new chief executive officer, John McClain replacing Kathryn Gillette who is retiring. Also in July, Bayfront hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking for a $22 million renovation and expansion of the emergency and trauma center at Bayfront.

July/August 2017




On July 29 from 7 -11 pm, The Hollander Hotel’s hosting an 86 Dive-In Movie Party (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) with DJ fresh spinning 80s music, Trivia with prizes. Lounge with cocktails by the pool…or in it!

On Aug. 6 from 2 – 6 pm, enjoy the St. Pete Vintage Bash at The Hollander Hotel for a motorcycle contest, prizes, vintage swim wear contest, drink specials and dancing to The Hot Rod Hornets & DJ Sugar Bear.

The 7th annual week of fashion and art in downtown St. Pete features a VIP opening party, runway fashion show and art-inspired trunk show. FYI:

Take a break on Humpday to enjoy exploring our DTSP faves and finish at Nueva Cantina or enjoy happy hour at 400 Beach!

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July/August 2017

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Check out the Flight One Gallery, Schrader’s Little Cooperstown, Piering into the Past, Pondering the Future; Sunshine City Gallery; Life, Death & the After; Local Art, Local Stories and our fave, Alligators & Oddities! The gift shop sells cool images from St. Pete’s past, and there’s no better way to preserve our past and look to the future than attending their fundraiser in August. Sunshine City Exhibit: Stroll through St. Petersburg’s history from the days of pioneer fishermen and cattlemen to the turbulent 1960s. You’ll encounter

the city’s first post office, the story of the iconic green benches and relive the magic of Webb’s City - the World’s Most Unusual Drug Store! This temporary space wonderfully shares the City’s rich history while a new 3,000 square foot main gallery is being designed to bring St. Petersburg’s history to life though an interactive wonderland. Florida has been called the Freak State, the Sunshine State, the State that Advertising Built and the Land of Endless Opportunity, but never has it been called boring as the Alligator and Oddities Exhibit demonstrates. Explore the Main Gallery and discover the wonders of Florida’s favorite reptile and star of any Roadside Attraction - the alligator. On loan from the Museum of Florida History in Tallahassee, the alligators portion of Alligators & Oddities is a fun look at the reptile that has amazed tourists and residents alike for centuries. Florida wouldn’t be complete without its own collection of weirdness. From the Museum’s famous Two-Headed Calf to Civil War-era skulls to the circus side-show Alligator Girl on loan from St. Augustine’s Museum of Mystery, oddities have long been a part of the story of Florida!

8/5 Two-Headed Calf Fest Celebrate the true weirdness of St. Petersburg while paying tribute to the Museum of History’s iconic two-headed calf. Sponsored by 98Rock FM, the event will feature live music, food trucks, craft & domestic beer and of course admission to Alligators & Oddities exhibit highlighted by nearly 100-year-old two headed calf. Get your tickets now! www.


July/August 2017

St. Petersburg Preservation Society’s walking tours through downtown and Gulfport showcase the new and old with an entertaining dose of history. During the summer, they conduct Twilight on the Town walking tours and from Oct. through April, they host Saturday walking tours. St. Petersburg Preservation Society

“ Everyone comes here from somewhere else, so the museum is a unique, hands-on way to discover St. Pete’s fascinating history, there’s a 1,0001 stories to be told and many of them are here,” says Executive Director Rui Farias.

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St. Pete Museum of History

The museum itself is an exhibit of history. For nearly a century, the St. Petersburg Museum of History has shared stories of the Sunshine City, presenting exhibits depicting the birth of the City with the arrival of the Orange Belt Railroad to the arrival of Major League Baseball and the Tampa Bay Rays. They also host world-class traveling exhibits loaned from national museums.

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Walking Through History

With Keep St. Pete Lit, you can discover bookish insights in their Walking Tour with a LIterary Twist. www.

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