SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2017 l Volume 2
Innovation District’s Alison Barlow, Rowdies Rock, Alan DeLisle’s Business Vision, Salty Sister and Warehouse District’s Tracy Kennard.
18-21 Scene & Street Seen
Morean Cupcakes, Dancing with The Stars, Eclipse, Keep St. Pete Special, 97X Mahaﬀey, Great Expectations, SPL Launch Party.
Neighborhood Spotlight: Old Northeast 24 History, Whimsical Furniture. 26-27 A Lively Day 24/7. 28 Bungalow Home Style. 30-32 Artist Spotlight
Shine Mural Project and Muralist Sarah Sheppard.
33 Theater Spotlight
Capital Steps at Palladium.
34-35 Event Spotlight MFA’s Wine Weekend.
36-37 Kindness News
Good Burger Awards, Amber Clayton, Childhood Cancer, Meter of Hope, Reverend Louis Murphy Sr, RCS Food Bank.
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66-67 Travels with CC
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67 Omni Amelia Island
68 The Plantation at Crystal River
Fall trends, fashion faves, 4th St. boutiques plus SPL’s Stylish Burger!
51 Dining/Nanette Wiser
The Inquisitive Tongue, events, sports bars/dips.
St. Petersburg Foodies - Vom Fass, Beau & Mo, Copper Shaker, Donut Freak, Dining Delivery plus what’s new DTSP.
55 Cooking/Entertaining 41 Immaculate Style
Kevin Godbee muses on fashion rules and trends.
Dana Woods’ beauty hacks, make-up tips plus fab facials.
Living kitchens make cooking Easy; My Boutique Pillows.
46 Garden Style
The Wandering Whisk, boxer/baker Sugar Ray.
56 The Vino Vino Guy
Tiny bubbles, wine tips, 10 enophile hang-outs.
58-59 Suds & Sips
47 Consuming Passions
Dr. Mantell’s Daily 5: “The Link is What You Think”.
49 Healthy Living
Keeping kids healthy & safe, post-storm wellness tips.
The Movement Sanctuary, St. Pete Runs, FitRoom Express, plus ﬂoat or sail!
Jack Kerouac, Artful Wine Pairings, MFA Star Wars™, Dali & Schiaperelli, concerts, ﬁlm fests, Movies in the Park, art, theater, dance and more.
Halloween parties, costumes, ﬁlms, events & Thriller zombies.
6 Publisher/Editor: Welcome! Win Free Tix, What Readers Say.
8 Meet The Team
What our curators do for fun.
San Francisco Non-Stop.
WORK 70 Work/Careers
Why I Love My Job, Learning = Earnings, post-Irma career tips.
Restoring sunshine aid - resources for Individuals/businesses.
Phil Yost’s cybersecurity & identity theft seminars for Realtors and others.
Gloria West, Betty Fox, TFO, comedy clubs, Wine Madonna, Ale & The Witch.
69 America The Beautiful
Lori Brown’s happy hours, cider Sangria, Room 901 & Flying Boat Brewery.
Brick Farms comes home; fall succulent wreathes. Indie/Sat. Morning Market, Oktoberfest fun, shop local.
NEWS & VIEWS 73 I Love The Burg.com
Parklets, open streets, hot vinyl and more.
When the chips are down, we come together.
76-77 News You Can Use
How to ﬁnd and hire a contractor.
78 SPL Suggests: Our Faves
WELCOME TO SPL Valerie Bogle
Appreciation, inspiration and dedication is my motto for this fall. Like so many others, I am grateful that the storm was not worse than it was in our community. And I am amazed (but not surprised) by the goodness that came about among everyone who survived the storm by coming together to help each other. We did our best to bring those stories to you in this issue. I was moved and motivated by all of the positive comments about our ﬁrst issue, and I hope that our September/October issue delivers even more of what you like…and gets you out shopping and dining local.
Beth Ann Drake
What Readers Say “I got to actually sit down at home yesterday with the print mag and enjoyed all your many, many, many contributions” “I can’t thank you enough for the kind words and the wonderful job you did writing about your experiences here at Tomlinson. Patrick Jennings made announcements at all of our faculty meetings so far, and it’s really nice to see what we do recognized in print.” “I want to congratulate you and your team for an incredible publication debut – I just read it cover to cover! An outstanding, enjoyable and easy read in my opinion. I can see ST. PETE LIFE quickly becoming THE publication for discovering the truly innovative and interesting happenings throughout St. Petersburg and Florida” “BRAVO! What a great magazine you produced! Congrats! ST PETE LIFE magazine is a beautiful publication and I’m so happy I could help you with editorial content for the debut issue.”
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You can easily live your best life in St. Pete. This issue explores quaint Old Northeast and its artistic denizens, gives you a glimpse into the Shine Mural Festival and one local artist’s vision and feeds your hungry soul with delicious ideas from St. Petersburg Foodies and the Vino Vino Guy. Help us celebrate Jack Kerouac’s birthday, ﬁnd out what The Florida Orchestra has planned (Sting!) and take your honey to a play at freeFall or American Stage. For daytrippers, you can swim with the manatees, journey non-stop to San Francisco or get spa’d amid the Berkshires’ fall foliage.
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Nanette Wiser ART DIRECTOR
The SPL team is always up to something interesting. Here’s what these energizer bunnies have been doing.
And we got to meet her fabulously talented nephew, Alex Horden, who created a video of The Rowdies and SPL’s launch party. Hire him!
Devin Pappas was named Mrs. Southwest Florida in the Mrs. America contest and will continue (we hope) to soar to the top.
Photo Czar Barry Lively was in Paris and France, and the Arc de Triomphe missed him already.
Chris Barnett Travel/Features
Dining/St. Petersburg Foodies
Cindy Cockburn Travel/Features
I Love The Burg.com News & Views
Dining/St. Petersburg Foodies Immaculate Style
Dr. Michael Mantell Health/Wellness
Devin Pappas Fashion
The Vino-Vino Guy ART & DESIGN Valerie Bogle, Photography Peter Horjus, Illustration CO-FOUNDER/BUSINESS MANAGER Ralph Zuckerman
Cindy Cockburn ﬂew oﬀ to Nashville for yet another Travels with CC story, performed a piece from the last issue at an open mic and looked adorable with the magazine and her Rowdies’ interviewees.
Kevin Godbee and Lori Brown enjoyed a little vacay in Asheville NC (thanks to Irma) and celebrated the St. Petersburg Foodies 1st anniversary. Did you know that he is a Certiﬁed Image and Personal Branding Consultant and is co-founder of ImmaculateStyle.com?
Pets’ curator Linda Bray cooled oﬀ in Seattle, and brought our premiere issue with her to the Great Northwest. Did you know you could say hello at the St. Pete Chamber Store, where she helps out a few days a week?
Chris Barnett jetted to Portugal and NYC to report for his many outlets, and we look forward to his next international travel feature for St. Pete Life. Beth Ann Drake is on the MFA Wine Weekend committee, helping with yet another good cause.
Dr. Mantell’s new book - “The Link is What You Think” (previewed in this issue) -comes out in December, and you can ﬁnd it on Amazon. SPL could not be more proud of our wellness curator.
The Future Is Now In The Innovation District BY NANETTE WISER
“I am constantly discovering innovation that has been going on and people just didn’t know about it including cross-over between marine sciences and health, for example.”
Meet Alison Barlow
“There’s the investment in the new Johns Hopkins All Children’s Research and Education Building and the Bayfront expansion of their Trauma Center; all of this is going to bring new talent and capabilities to the community,” says Barlow. If you love science, you’d love Alison Barlow’s St. Pete position as Director of the Innovation District where everything future is coming now. She’s working with health, medical, research, marine science and The Poynter Institute, cross-pollinating ideas and projects and fostering visionary partnerships that will improve how we work and live. An existing Facebook page and October e-newsletter will help keep both the public and stakeholders informed on what’s going on. Here are just a few of Barlow’s projects she’s spearheading: Drone Training/New Applications: In one project (seen here), students working at the Poynter Institute’s Drone Journalism School, developed by Al Tompkins. The initiative kicks oﬀ with a series of intensive three-day workshops that prepare journalists to study for the Federal Aviation Administration’s Part 107 drone pilot’s certiﬁcate. The workshops also give journalists hands-on ﬂight time with DJI’s drones, and will focus on the ethics of drone journalism, community best practices and coordinated operations in a breaking news environment, as well as ideas and inspiration for the journalism and storytelling they will do. Says Barlow: “I am also looking at how this capability might be used to support our Marine Science partners in their use of drones for research in the Gulf of Mexico for water samples, monitoring and other applications.” Growing research: Barlow is excited about the research and programs she’s discovered in her last two months in this role.
What’s next for 2018? Getting to know the people you don’t know that you should know. Says Barlow: “One of the ways that you foster innovation is to ﬁnd ways to bring together people from diverse perspectives/ disciplines. In 2018, we want to focus on creating opportunities for collaboration.” She’s already formed a group called the “Communication Cohort” that brings together the marketing and collaboration folks from the organizations. They are working together to help tell the stories of what is happening and to highlight opportunities for new programs/events.
I try to take advantage of the events in downtown and the parks. I just did the Great Brain Wash 5K. Where else can you play on 16 giant water slides as an adult? It was a blast.
Barlow also hopes to launch a “Practitioners Cohort,” bringing together doctors, researchers, technologist, educators - to explore ideas and to collaborate together on new grants and research.”
Neighborhood: Barlow loves working in DTSP and living in Old Northeast. Her neighborhood, Granada Terrace, is a mix of young families, adults and seniors and they throw block parties twice a year. She loves indie, shop, go and play in downtown St. Pete.
Expanded economic development: Barlow wants to encourage smart development on the limited open land in St. Pete and help smaller/mid size businesses ﬁnd oﬃce space, wet labs, etc. that meet their needs in the District. “We need to act as the connective tissue to link organizations and people,” she says. Growing internet capacity: Although there is a gigabit internet capability in The Innovation District, it needs to link with others across the country. “ The District, in partnership with the St Pete Downtown Partnership, is looking at a grant that could allow St. Pete and other partners to develop high impact, creative applications that would not be easily accomplished on the traditional network that you and I have. This includes things like augmented reality for education or tourism, remote medical treatments, and drone deployed WiFi for disasters.”
Dining: Story Brooke Coﬀee Bar (amazing waﬄes) and I love the Hollander Hotel and Annata. Java: I am a coﬀee shop junkie so I can be found at Kahwa on 2nd Ave South and Station House. For food and drinks I love Hollander Hotel and Annata. Shopping: My go to place for gifts is Strands of Sunshine and I can’t wait for the Saturday Morning Market.
Rowdies Rock BY CINDY COCKBURN
We’re having lunch at Locale Market inside the private dining room and our server Ron is beaming with delight over his guests. Both of my charming dining companions are in their 30’s, play soccer for the Rowdies and have families with small children. Both relocated from Europe to St. Pete and agree they have one thing in common: “We love to live, work and play in St. Pete.” One man from Germany, one man from Denmark and they both agree their move to St. Pete was a big win for them. The weather is fantastic and both love Locale and Karma Juice Bar for the healthy cuisine. Their families get to go out every day with the kids to the playgrounds. They both smile, and joke: “a happy wife, is a happy life.” During lunch, we talk about their life here while laughing over the age-old discussion: “Why do we Americans call football soccer?” They shake their handsome heads, bewildered and bedazzling. Marcel Schäfer is from Aschaﬀenburg, Germany and plays as a midﬁelder. He joined the Rowdies after spending 10 seasons with German Bundesliga’s VfL Wolfsburg. Prior to his decade with Wolfsburg, Schäfer only played for one other club at the senior level, TSV 1860
Munich from 2003-2007. Schäfer was also a part of the Wolfsburg squad that won the 2014-15 DFB Pokal (German Cup) with a 3-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund in the ﬁnal. The Wolves would later go on to defeat Bayern Munich in penalties in the 2015 DFL-Supercup. He lives on Snell Isle and signed with the Rowdies on March 1 at 32 years old. “It was always a dream to live in the US. We were surprised about the weather. The biggest diﬀerence in our life is we get to enjoy every day with sun and our kids. We live in a nice friendly area and my boys go to a nearby school.” When he’s not playing, he enjoys the downtown restaurants. “Our go-to romantic spot without the kids is IL Ritorno on Central Avenue. Love that Italian food!” Martin Vingaard is from Odense, Denmark and also plays as a midﬁelder. He lives downtown in the Signature building and signed with the Rowdies on July 18, 2016. Vingaard is 31 years old and has played his entire career in his native country. He debuted with lower-division Boldklubben 1913 in 2003 and made the step up to the Danish SuperLiga in 2005 with Esbjerg fB. He joined Denmark’s biggest
Martin Vingaard & Marcel Schäfer
club, FC Copenhagen in 2009 and made 97 appearances for the Danish giants before departing for FC Nordsjælland in 2013.While with Copenhagen, a club with regular appearances in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, Vingaard scored 16 goals, including three in Europe’s greatest club competition. Vingaard played in either the Champions League or Europa League every season between 2008 and 2014. Like Marcel, he embraces DTSP and says the town reminds him of home. “St. Pete is so very similar to Europe from outdoor cafes and dog and kid-friendly.” What is the family routine on game day? “We love the Saturday market! Strolling around with the kids in Downtown is beautiful. We don’t need to drive.”
Cool Fun at Chillounge Lounge outside, sip cocktails and groove to the tunes at the beach or downtown. On Oct 14 (6-10) enjoy the 2nd annual Sunset Lounge Experience at the TradeWinds Island Resorts, www.sunsetloungeexperience.com On Nov. 18, be a Burger (6-11) at the: 10th annual St Petersburg Chillounge Night at N. Straub Park, www.chilloungenight.com
Alan DeLisle- St. Pete’s Business Advocate BY CINDY COCKBURN
The downtown economy is in very competent hands. The City of St. Pete’s Development Administrator Alan DeLisle not only enjoys living downtown, his vision for DTSP’s business future is rock solid. He led the economic development eﬀorts in Buﬀalo, Durham, and most recently downtown Louisville, Kentucky. In St. Pete, DeLisle leads the charge to develop the local economy as well as administration of city planning and zoning, urban redevelopment, parking and transportation. In his spare time, he oversees major city assets, including Tropicana Field, Al Lang Stadium, Albert Whitted Airport, the city’s marina and port and The Mahaﬀey Theater. He’s been working here for over two and half years. His wife and two college age daughters love the area. Where does the man in charge of adding to our city’s thriving economy choose to live? While Alan chooses to live downtown, his passion,
vision and goal is to focus on the multiple economic development and transportation projects in all of the neighborhoods. He loves the walkability and easy access to all that the city offers. “I enjoy running downtown along the water past the Dali, near the Marina, and the volleyball courts along the beach. It’s an amazing way to start the day when the dolphins are jumping out of the Bay.” How did he discover St. Pete? “My wife and I went to the Vinoy for a couple of nights and experienced Beach Drive and it was a First Friday. We discovered the charm of Central Avenue and on the way back to North Carolina we said we could spend some time here.” For fun, they love Sea Salt. “The food is amazing.” Among his projects is promoting the port area, now host to a popular Friday food truck event, featuring 22 trucks at the monthly event. What’s next? Dozens of exciting projects including alternative transportation ideas like the ferry and the bike share program. And keep your ﬁngers and toes crossed: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration wants to consolidate some of its oﬃce space and is looking to move part of its operations to St. Petersburg. “We would get a major facility here, somewhere between 150 to 200 jobs, high paying jobs located right in our port district.”
Salty Sister Cruises Into Retirement BY CINDY COCKBURN
Three summers ago, my friend Jennifer Parramore called to say she had retired as the St.Pete/Clearwater Area ﬁlm commissioner after 22 strenuous and successful years on the road from LA to NYC and London. We met when I was PR director at a local resort, hosting ten ﬁlm directors in the hopes of getting them to shoot a movie there. So I was excited to ﬁnd out what was on her bucket list? She was going to learn to sail, a lifelong dream. With her loving husband of 30 years and twins in college, it was time for Jennifer to follow her passion. So like any good friend, I decided to try it out with her. She asked if I would meet her on a Saturday morning at the St. Pete Sailing Center downtown at 8:30 am. at Demens Landing. I was told to bring lots of sunscreen. A hat. Glasses. Closed-toe shoes because if you slip you don’t want to hurt your toes. We would learn together on a 19-foot Ideal. “You won’t be overwhelmed,” said Jennifer, ever the optimist. You will be wearing a PFD (personal ﬂotation device).” Ha ha, by the afternoon session, I was ready to embrace being a landlubber for life. Not so Jennifer, who took like a duck to water and sailing. Not only has she learned to sail but is now a member of the St. Pete Yacht Club’s hearty Salty Sisters with a mission of “promoting sailing.”
Life post-retirement is more casual now. “I live in rash guards and shorts and windbreakers and I’m on track to be a race oﬃcer,” she says on her way down to the docks. After all her gallivanting as ﬁlm commissioner, she embraces living downtown in the Pink Streets of St. Pete, located on the most southern tip of Pinellas Point. Jennifer loves that “St. Pete is such an attractive city, small and easy to get around.” When she’s not sailing, she enjoys going to Bavara’s on Central, a favorite place for fresh ﬁsh and pizza. “For the best casual restaurant with our two kids, we love Punky’s Bar & Grill for great family fun,” says Jennifer. Three years later, we meet at the St. Pete Yacht Club to catch up. She’s on crutches. Why? How? “Just an accident on a boat.” See? There’s a reason I don’t sail. I still can’t talk about the sudden summer storm and high winds that blew in so suddenly during our ﬁrst lesson and how we almost capsized like our fellow students. But I say, Bravo Jennifer! She is still following her bliss.
WADA Wins For Artists BY NANETTE WISER
Tracy Kennard has been involved with the Warehouse Arts District Association (WADA) since its creation in 2012, working on their social media, handling the Duncan McClellan Gallery’s social media and in the trenches, creating recognition for WADA. In 2014, the Board of Directors purchased 2.7 acres of Warehouse Arts District (what is now called the ArtsXchange) and she became the Interim Executive Director. She continued working with the ArtsXchange, and became the Director of Operations position in March 2017 when former TBT report Mary Jane Parks retired from the Director’s position. The ArtsXchange project was created because as the popularity of the Warehouse Arts District (WADA) increased, property values increased making it diﬃcult for artists to obtain reasonably priced studio and gallery space. In December 2014, WADA was able to purchase a compound of 6 warehouse buildings that will be renovated into aﬀordable working studios, galleries, classrooms, a coﬀee shop and educational microbrewery and restaurant. Nurturing the ArtsXchange St. Pete, Kennard evinsioned “sustainable, aﬀordable art studios and education space in a desirable area, just as rents began to rise and displace creatives.
Says Kennard: “So many times, cities see the artists that move into a neighborhood and revitalize it suddenly get forced out because of increased rental rates. One of our main goals is to prevent that and at the same time create an arts destination where locals, tourists, other artists and art collectors can see, learn and purchase from “where art is made.” 2018 will be an apex for WADA, says Kennard. “WADA is working with Deuces Live and the City of St. Pete in a joint action plan to make enhancements to the area such as streetscape, open space and infrastructure needs; branding and wayﬁnding; private property enhancement opportunities as well as programs for events, investment and celebration of this diverse urban place. Then the later phases of the ArtsXchange include larger spaces will be created for metal workers, sculptors and other mixed media artists including oﬃces, class rooms, more gallery space, and possibly a foundry, a recording studio, rehearsal space or a restaurant/micro-brewery. Grants, funds from the State of Florida, City of St. Pete, Duke Energy and other private companies and grants
Meet Tracy Kennard Tracy loves DTSP. “When I’m not in the Warehouse Arts District working or visiting studios and galleries, I like to go to Ale and the Witch downtown. The Lure and Blue Goose are also fun places. I run about 10 miles per week along Coﬀee Pot Boulevard so being outdoors is important. And I love St. Pete Preervation’s movies in the park,”says Kennard.
make this all possible as do the partners in The Warehouse District. “The Warehouse Arts District brings together a widely diverse group of artists, entrepreneurs, manufacturers and other creative minds to develop, promote, and enhance critical components of the industrial area of St. Petersburg, which runs from 1st Avenue North to 10th Avenue South and 16th Street to 31st Street.” Artists include the Duncan McClellan Gallery, the Morean Center for Clay, Zen Glass Studios and many others. Business members include Kozuba Distillery, Big Sea Marketing, T2TheS, Hashtag Creative and more. This neighborhood is vibrant with events, from indie markets to St. Pete’s Second Saturday ArtWalk (10/15, 11/11, 12/9) and a tentative ArtsXchange open house planned 10/12. The ArtsXchange has been the largest South St. Petersburg CRA project to receive grant funding through the Commercial Revitalization Program. It is also the ﬁnal project to be completed in early fall. Phase 1 of the project is anticipated to be completed by mid September. This includes remodeling of approximately 11,000 square feet of an existing structure to be built out into air conditioned, aﬀordable studio space for artists such as photographers, painters, graphic artists, etc. including a large gallery space. FYI: warehouseartsdistrictstpete.com.
Tracy enjoys her neighborhood. “I live in Crescent Lake Park and absolutely love it. My porch overlooks the park area and I’m walking distance to about a dozen bars and restaurants as well as two tennis courts, Vinoy Basin, my eye doctor, and more. I can go running safely with a beautiful view in any direction I choose. I can walk downtown if I want but it’s a short Uber ride. I also bike to WADA along lake then to the Pinellas Trail in the cooler months.”
SCENE & STREET SEEN
Solar Eclipse at Sundial
Upcoming Events Sept. 23 RCS Grand Gala Sept. 30 Butterﬂy Ball beneﬁt for Alpha House Oct. 7 Dancing With The Stars Bollywood Edition Oct. 12 Casa Peace Breakfast
Eerily the birds fell quiet as the shadows grew longer. Then the crowd let out an amazed “WOW” as all sheltered eyes turned to the heavens.
Oct. 13-15: Paris Chic at The Dali (thedali.org/schiaparelli-weekend-details) Oct. 14 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Nov. 2 Swanky Soiree VIII @ Duncan McClellan Gallery
Morean Cupcake Contest Sugar is sweet, and so was the 100th Celebration of the Morean at a cupcake festival in August. Tasting up a storm was editor Nanette Wiser, The Wandering Whisk Bakeshop’s Jennifer Jacobs and Tammy Simms, Datz/ Dough chefs, Local Dish’s Dawna Stone with Executive Director Michael Killoren and others.
Nov. 4 The Poynter Institute BowTie Ball (Judy Woodruﬀ) MFA - Stuart Society Events Oct. 7 Dancing with the StarsBollywood Julie Weintraub’s Hands Across The Bay Oct. 18, 11am - 1:30 pm Vinoy Grand Ballroom: Smartly Dressed Fashion Show & Luncheon Oct. 19, 10:30am - 1:30pm: Shopping Extravaganza at Dillard’s (Intl. Mall) Nov. 10, 7:00 - 11:00pm: First Look Cantina, Star Wars cocktail party
Kick Up Your Heels
On Oct. 7, Julie Weintraub’s Hands Across the Bay hosts the 8th annual Tampa Bay’s Dancing with the Stars! (Bollywood Edition) presented by PureLife Medi-Spa. Enjoy a black-tie aﬀair featuring a Ballroom Dance Competition, epicurean delights, phenomenal auction items and remarkable entertainment.
Welcoming guests back to the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum are Mayor Kriseman and Terri Lipsey Scott, executive director of CGW.
SCENE & STREET SEEN
Keep St. Pete Special In Aug., hipsters and heroes hung out St. Pete Shuﬄeboard for a free community event hosted by St. Petersburg Preservation, Keep Saint Petersburg Local and St. Petersburg Arts Alliance. Spearheaded by Jeﬀ Schorr, founder of Craftsman House Gallery, it was a celebration of the arts community and historic preservation showcasing mural masters, beer, music, food and of course, shuﬄeboard! - Linda Bray
3 Daughters Hosts Chamber Mixer: What goes together better than Beach Blonde, friends and colleagues?
97x Mahaﬀey The sold out event at The Mahaﬀey Theater celebrated craft beer with music, food and new friends.
Elias Theroux, Savoir Faire Creative
Meet The Artist: Tampa Bay Times columnist interviewed the legendary artist Miss Ruby C. Williams at the TBBCA Cultural Encounter.
Rush Hour Chicken & Waffles Re-Opens: In August, Mayor Kriseman, Deputy Mayor Tomalin, St. Pete’s Urban Aﬀairs and Greenhouse dignitaries and owner/chef Towan Rush celebrated the expanded restaurant and new full bar
Rays on the Runway: In August, the Rays helped raise money for the Children’s Dream Fund for the 11th year at the Vinoy.Attendees met the players, enjoyed cocktails and hors’ d’oeuvres and a fashion show.
SCENE & STREET SEEN
Saturday Night Fever Disco balls glittered for a good cause at The Belleair Country Club when Pure Life Medi-Spa’s Dr. Joseph and Elif Fitzgerald hosted a 70s Party, raising $21,000 to beneﬁt Julie Weintraub’s Hands Across The Bay. PureLife is the presenting sponsor for the charity’s Tampa Bay’s Dancing with the Stars competition on Oct. 7 and their very own Kelly Woodruﬀ is competing. October will be a HUGE month for Dr. Joe and Elif with their Oct. 12th “Cheers to Four Years” Anniversary Party with a VIP reception 4-6 pm and an amazing party from 6-8 pm at the spa with entertainment, prizes, food, swag bags and more. RSVP 727-595-3400 as space is limited. Photos by Jessica McKnight
Elif Fitzgerald, Kelly Woodruﬀ and Elizabeth Palascak
Elif Fitzgerald, Julie Weintraub & Dr. Joseph Fitzgerald
Cheers to 30 Years, presented by Duke Energy is Great Explorations Children’s Museums annual gala being held Oct. 14, 2017 at the St. Petersburg Coliseum. This formal 30th birthday party will have a playful, kid twist with aerialists, magicians, break dancers and more! Guests will enjoy cocktails served in juice pouches and gourmet-birthday party fare prepared by Top Chef Contestant, Jeﬀrey Jew. Attire is brightly-colored formal gowns and funky ties and suit jackets. There will be silent and live auctions, chance drawings, and more! www.greatex.org/event/great-extravaganza-cheers-to-30-years-presented-by-duke-energy.
Julie Weintraub and Melissa Dohme Hill
SCENE & STREET SEEN
St. Pete Life Magazine Launch Party More than 180 friends, colleagues, dignitaries, cultural and business leaders, advertisers and featured artists celebrated the debut July/August issue. Publisher Beth Ann Drake and Executive Editor Nanette Wiser celebrated with curators (Cindy Cockburn, Elliott Wiser, Lori Brown, Kevin Godbee, Linda Bray), co-founder Ralph Zuckerman, Mayor Kriseman, Deputy Mayor Tomalin, Senator Rouse, Joe Jimenez, Paul Wilborn, Eugenie Bondurant, Dr. Joseph and Elif Fitzgerald and more. Gloria West performed songs from her new CD and 400 Beach hosts Steve and Nancy Westphalâ€™s delicious delights and Wandering Whiskâ€™s mini-cupcakes sweetened the night. Photos by Barry Lively
BY NANETTE WISER
As a resident of the Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood for the past 17 years, Robin Reed has worked to preserve St. Pete’s unique sense of place. She served two terms on the city’s Community Preservation Commission, and is on the boards of St. Pete Preservation and the Neighborhood Association. Her most recent preservation eﬀorts have focused on providing input for the City’s new Land Development (zoning) Regulations. In 2010, Robin was instrumental in developing the Centennial Sundial Project to commemorate 100 years of St. Pete’s Waterfront Parks. She has been a long-time volunteer at Sunken Gardens. A member of the Flamingos Forever Committee, she recently helped to raise funds for a new ﬂock of 20 ﬂamingos, and is currently president of the newly-founded Sunken Gardens Forever Foundation which is fundraising for a Children’s Garden. Robin and her husband Joe moved to Old Northeast from New Jersey 17 years ago. “We love the waterfront park, the old houses and traditional neighborhoods with beautiful tree canopies,” says Reed. They love the excitement of downtown, the monthly Friday music, vibrant restaurant scene (Il Ritorno, Brick and Mortar, The Vinoy) and big festivals. As a preservationist, she’s a little concerned that St. Pete might be growing a bit too fast. “We like to remind people to balance smart growth and a vision for the city while being mindful of the past and grow at the same time.”
Here’s what we learned from Reed about the iconic Old Northeast which runs from Fifth Ave. to 30th Ave. and 4th Street to the Bay, and includes Sunken Gardens, The Palm Arboretum and The Vinoy. Brick Streets: “Most of them are Augusta bricks, a lot of them stamped with that. The streets were originally all brick. When the city was growing, a lot of them asphalted over.” Old Northeast Marker: “The wishing wells is part of a neighborhood plan in 1990 wish list to create neighborhood markers, and the wishing well is ours.” Grenada Terrace: “This little historical neighborhood was developed by Perry Snell in the twenties and is all Mediterranean style. He build a parkway here with a huge monument, one with a huge urn, another one on the waterfront with a pergola and there are the Venetian Steps on the water, where you could bring your boat . It’s very picturesque and the two little dolphins on either side were restored two years ago.” 4th Street-North Ward School: “This community school was built in 1914 at 11th and 4th St. So many people went to this school, even their grandparents, so when the school board decided to sell it, we tried to landmark it but couldn’t. Fortunately the buyer who purchased it is repurposing it to house restaurants and retail, so it’s not going to be torn down.” Historic Neighborhood Block: “ In 2006, the neighborhood attempted to create a historic district but it didn’t work out. More recently we got the historic designation for the charming 700 block of 18th Ave. Working on a small scale to preserve a neighborhood feel so that small houses don’t get knocked down for larger ones can be just as eﬀective.”
Whimsical Furniture So many artists live in the Old Northeast, from bakers to furniture designers. One of SPL’s Faves is Leslie Howard. Howard transforms antique and vintage chairs into upscale modern functional art made with high-end designer fabrics. Her pieces have a lot to say, and are anything but neutral. “A few years ago, I started noticing creatively upholstered furniture from diﬀerent sources on the web. I thought I could take my creative impulses and my love of vintage and antique furniture and do that myself.” says Howard. She abhors foam, and incorporated traditional upholstery to create her one-of-a-kind artisan delights. “These techniques include hand-tied coil springs, stitched sculpted burlap, twine, tacks, and horsehair stuﬃng. I studied these techniques, took
a class from a master in Nebraska, and have been practicing them for about two years now. I love taking an old chair, stripping it down to the bare frame and building it back up, the old-school way, into a modern show piece” Howard relocated to The Old Northeast from Northern Virginia and loves the old houses with front porches, large windows and original wood ﬂoors, “they have so much charm.” Says Howard: “People are always walking around our neighborhood, greeting each other, jogging, walking dogs. Our proximity to downtown is so appreciated. Since our children are now grown, we love to just bop downtown for a glass of wine at an outdoor table, and our standing Wednesday night date often features a trip to Bella Brava, our favorite downtown restaurant.” citygirlarts.com/oﬀering
: A Lively Day Old Northeast 24/7 Old Northeast is photographer Barry Lively’s stomping grounds. “ I begin my sunrise morning with a stretch and run at Gisella Kopsik Park (the southern most point of the OLD NE on Coﬀee Pot), around the bay sidewalk and end my jog at the Northern most point of the OLD NE by the Palladium,” says Lively. Next stop? Java! “I walk over to Black Crow on the (Old Augusta Block) for a drink from the barista staﬀ that makes you feel like its your own creation along with a freshly baked Rosemary Shortbread cookie with the rosemary picked from the Community Garden across the street. I get a lot of
inspiration and energy from talking to the regulars and I postproduce my images here.” Then it’s oﬀ to work to shoot real estate listings and remodels in the neighborhood and a break for lunch. His favorite? “The Salmon Bruschetta and the Strawberry Turkey Croissant at Old Northeast Tavern,” he says. Other faves? “I like to ﬁnd something to read from the “Little Free Library” a block from my home, and return the book I borrowed last week.” In the early evening, it’s time shoot photos at eye level at Northshore Dog Park, stop in at Reno Beach Surf Shop for a wardrobe update and ﬁnish up work by shooting an event or nightclub event. A late night slice of tomato, mushroom and garlic pie at Old Northeast Pizza tops oﬀ A Lively Day 24/7 in Old Northeast.
All Photos by Barry Lively
“...Here’s my visual love letter to Old Northeast...”
Old Northeast Style BY NANETTE WISER
What happens when you have savvy homeowners who know what they want and an award winning design/build ﬁrm? Magic! TriplePoint Design Build transformed a 1920s’ Northeast duplex bungalow into a charming single family home for clients Connie Lancaster and Annie Hiotis that ﬁts seamlessly into the historic neighborhood on the exterior. “We were presented with a unique challenge,” says Lauren Fiske, co-owner of TriplePoint Design Build with husband Neal. “Our clients wanted the home to be in visual harmony with the character and spirit of the historic neighborhood known for its classic craftsman bungalows and lush vegetation. With Connie and Anastasia intimately involved in design decisions, the journey captured architectural elements embodying the charm from the past
integrated with the technology of the present. “This stunning transformation was accomplished using creative design, quality products and energy eﬃcient solutions,” says Fiske. For their eﬀorts, TriplePoint Design Build was awarded 1st Place NARI Contractor of the Year in the Southeast Regional and Tampa Bay Local Whole House Remodel category. Connie and Annie have lived in St. Pete for 25 years and moved from Beach Dr. to Old Northeast with Leo (their beloved ragdoll cat) so they could have a little oasis for relaxing poolside or entertaining friends or hosting fundraisers in their gracious kitchen.
Relocating from South Caroiina and Ohio, they love DTSP and are thrilled with the changes. “We’ve always enjoyed downtown St. Pete, with its waterfront parks and only nine miles to the beautiful Gulf Beaches. In the old days, we had three good restaurants to choose from,” they recall. “The Vinoy kickstarted the renaissance revival, and we’ve watched the transformation.” Their faves include Bella Brava, Parkshore Grill and Ruth Chris. Their goal was to build a bungalow in a quiet neighborhood that looked like it had always been in Old Northeast with all the modern amenities, and now they have oversized closets, elegant bathrooms, casual chic living spaces and lots of room for the art they collect. The interior is lovely with smart home sustainable features. The lighting is 100% LED and they commissioned a beautiful craftsman chandelier for the living room. Their eco-friendly garden showcases Florida native plants that require less water and manicuring. Artisan furnishings and rugs accent the warm interiors showcasing a mix of traditional and eclectic furnishings, including a white leather sectional.
Here’s what Connie and Annie like best about their Old Northeast home. The Pool Area: “We love our outdoor lanai with the ﬁreplace and retractable phantom screen.” Bathrooms: “The master bath is really large, especially compared to the tiny one we had on Beach Dr. TriplePoint’s Neal Fiske convinced us to put in heated ﬂoors which we love (and so does Leo). Kitchen: It’s our living room. We have a large island and everyone always hangs there. Nothing like cooking and watching a Rays game on the TV above our wonderful Wolf range.” Bedroom: “The master is like a little wing oﬀ the main house and overlooks the pool and has beautiful lighted cove ceilings.”
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SHINE Mural Festival 10/5 - 10/14
The SHINE St. Petersburg Mural Festival 3rd year will feature famous artists transforming sixteen walls and one bridge underpass into seventeen exciting outdoor works of art. Downtown St. Pete walls shimmer with both Shine and local muralists such as the mural above, The Vitale Brothers (Nueva Cantina) and SPL’s featured local muralist Sarah Sheppard. SHINE employs nine artists from Miami to California; three international artists and six local artists. SHINE also features several other local artists in unique projects from painting signal traﬃc boxes to art installations. shineonstpete.com. People come from all over to this festival, and St. Pete gets year-long recognition for its growing mural projects. Says Arts Alliance Executive Director John Collins: “During the other 52 weeks of the year, our local artists beneﬁt as businesses employ them and showcase their art. I am astonished at our local talent.” www. stpeteartsalliance.org
“…The Shine Mural Festival is turning St. Petersburg into an outdoor art museum…” Cryptik – Los Angeles, CA Cryptik creates from a palette of wonder where science, math, and art intersect. His artist practice is about asking questions, and his intricate works spread
across mammoth walls or canvases in stylized depictions of spiritual universality. The Southern Californian hypnotically blends Eastern philosophical mantras with black letter bombing, merging the ancient and sacred in a modern quest for awareness. Hueman – Oakland, CA Artist Allison Tinati, known as Hueman, grew up drawing and painting in Northern California, and received her degree in Design and Media Arts from UCLA in 2008. Hueman’s style reveals colorful mash-ups of the abstract and ﬁgurative, the beautiful and grotesque. Tightly reﬁned compositions begin with spontaneous paint drips and sprays, creating motion on two-dimensional surfaces. Her layered works can be seen on public walls and in galleries worldwide. Joram Roukes – Groningen, Netherlands Netherlands-born Joram Roukes is an internationally working ﬁne artist recognized for collage-like assemblages and perspectives on contemporary culture. His playful compositions build narrative and irony through balanced tension and impressionistic images. Roukes is currently represented by Galleri Benoni in Denmark, Thinkspace Gallery in California, and StolenSpace Gallery in London. Lauren YS – San Francisco, CA Lauren YS is a San Francisco-based artist whose work is inﬂuenced by dreams, mythology, and her Asian-American heritage. Her large-scale public murals bring a sense of wonder to communities, as
she populates a vibrant wonderland with misﬁt heroines and fantastic narratives. Lauren’s art appears at festivals such as Art Basel Miami, Pow!Wow! Hawaii, and PangeaSeed SeaWalls, as well as in galleries in Vienna, London, and Sydney. Alex Yanes – Miami, FL The art of Alex Yanes tells a story inﬂuenced by Cuban roots, growing up in Miami during the ‘80s and ‘90s immersed in skateboard, tattoo, hip-hop, and rock culture. Whimsical but relatable, his art features innovative use of color and imaginative subjects, coming alive through wood, acrylic, resin, and enamel into three-dimensional installations. Yanes is now working and raising his family in Miami, while catching the attention of art aﬁcionados and corporate collectors alike. Axel Void – Miami, FL Axel Void (Alejandro Hugo Dorda Mevs) was born in Miami in 1986 to a Haitian mother and a Spanish father. Raised in Spain from age three, he was strongly inﬂuenced by classical painting and drawing. Axel studied ﬁne arts in Cádiz, Granada, and Sevilla, and has been immersed in graﬃti writing since 1999. He was based in Berlin before moving to Miami in 2013, where he currently resides. Sam Yong – Melbourne, Australia Sam Yong is an artist and illustrator based in Melbourne, Australia, working across a variety of traditional mediums. A love of nature and solo adven-
ARTIST SPOTLIGHT Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and former freelance illustrator, Davis now focuses on ﬁne art, bringing his detailed or abstracted imagery to canvases and walls alike. Jared “Thirst” Hernandez – St Petersburg, FL Jared Hernandez, also known as Thirst, is a proliﬁc St. Pete muralist who has long been active in the local street art scene. His detailed artwork, found on walls throughout the area and across Florida, reveals a love of comic books and pop culture, showing vibrant depth through geometric shapes and patterns.
ture manifests through his art, where intricate illustrations reﬂect on complex relationships between living things. Yong has exhibited in Paris, the United States, New Zealand, Melbourne, and is placed in private commissions across the globe. Mikael B – Los Angeles, CA Inﬂuenced by early years as a graﬃti artist in Copenhagen, Mikael B founded his own design agency before moving to Los Angeles to work as an urban contemporary artist. His signature identity combines the graphic footprint of wildstyle graﬃti with bold colors and geometric shapes, building a dynamic universe reminiscent of musical visualization. His monograph includes energetic works on canvases and walls, gallery exhibitions, and commissions by clients such as Google, Nike, and American Express. Jose Mertz – Miami, FL An artist and image-maker based in Miami, Jose Mertz pushes an experimental style inspired by ancient civilizations, science ﬁction, eastern philosophy, and the supernatural. Embracing multimedia platforms, his work ranges from traditional painting and murals, to product design on t-shirts and stickers. Stephen Palladino – Los Angeles, CA New York-born artist Stephen Palladino creates work combining raw, expressive mark making with tight and clean lines. Building upon his childhood obsession with cartoons and graﬃti, Palladino
creates characters that are slick and gritty, dark and lowbrow, mashed up with hidden layers of popular imagery and dialogue. Commissioned by Lady Gaga, Absolut Vodka, Reebok, and others, Palladino is currently based in Los Angeles and presented his ﬁrst solo gallery show there in 2015. Yok & Sheryo – Australia & Singapore Yok & Sheryo are Brooklyn, New York-based collaborators inﬂuenced by skateboarding and kitsch culture who have exhibited and painted together around the world. Singaporean Sheryo seeks to analyze the human psyche and mercurial contemporary lifestyles, while Australian-born Yok is fueled by cartoons and street graphics. Together their mural and installation art stretches across mediums, speaking to those with an unabashed aﬃnity for ‘80s and ‘90s popular culture. LOCAL SHINE MURALISTS Jujmo – Tampa, FL Tampa-based artist Jujmo brings her aﬃnity for color to life through drawings and paintings of happy, intertwined worlds. Fanciful, cartoonish, and strange creatures collide in her densely patterned compositions on walls, canvases, and even shoes and cars. Herbert Scott Davis – Tampa, FL Growing up in historic Ybor City, Herbert Scott Davis developed an early passion for art and culture. A graduate of the
Zulu Painter – St. Petersburg, FL Zulu Painter is a multi-media artist working in traditional mediums, as well as in body paint, special eﬀects, installation, and scenic art. His aerosol-based murals can be found throughout Florida, including large-scale works in St. Petersburg’s Historic Midtown that contribute to the creative revitalization of this bustling city.
Suarezart - St. Petersburg, FL The recipient of this year’s SHINE Open Call Wall is St. Pete local artist John Suarez, a graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design and founder of “Art in the Park” in Bradenton, FL. John Suarez is a contemporary artist known for his signature portraiture work and graphic style. Using the moniker Suarezart, John works in various mediums including painting, sculpting, digital illustration and drawings. R5 - St. Petersburg, FL Born in Mexico City and now living in St. Petersburg, Daniel Barojas, also known as R5, works in various artistic mediums including mixed media illustration, watercolor, graphic/product design, jewelry, photography, toys and graﬃti. Using cultural and street inﬂuences as inspirations for his art, Daniel mission is to spread positivity by means of creativity.
ARTIST SPOTLIGHT Barry Lively
The Siren Mural across from Zen Glass Studios
Muralist Sarah Sheppard Barry Lively
From sirens to mad hatters, local artist Sarah Sheppard is everywhere downtown, telling amazing stories with her awesome talent. Her newest mural adorns NuMex on Central adorn China Finders which she ﬁnds quite amusing.
Says the artist on her website: “The owners approached me with their concept of an Alice in Wonderland/ Mad Hatter theme. I thought the concept was perfect considering the store sells ﬁne china, and is stocked with tea pots and tea cups galore plus more!” The Siren Mural in the Warehouse District is stunning. Says Sheppard: “I was inspired for this mural by the unique sea life
The Mad Hatters Tea Party in progress at China Finders
inspired glass sculptures at Zen Glass Studios.” Her koi mural, equally arresting, swims along the Hollander Hotel wall across from Eco-Harmony Spa. Her “Live, Reimagined” mural on the Morean Arts Center was a commission from AARP and the Morean. “The story line is that the gears represent what has been the grind of her daily life/ the lapse of time and the mechanics of the working world. She is a tree, a Banyan tree that sinks and spreads her roots into the community. and she is reaching out to the Phoenix , her rebirth, to this next stage of her life.” “I deﬁnitely wanted it to look diﬀerent than any of the other murals around town. I painted with the intention for people to look at the mural and feel hopeful about their lives no matter what changes they are going through. www.sarahsheppardsart.com
The Capitol Steps - Oct. 8
America’s premiere political-musical-satire troupe “The Capitol Steps” oﬀers timely laugh therapy with their all new show, “Orange is the New Barack.” The troupe has been featured on NBC, ABC, and CBS, tackling the foibles of elected oﬃcials through skit and song, transmuting scandals and shortcomings into pure laughter. Every year, the troupe also appears on multiple NPR stations nationwide during their “Politics Takes a Holiday” specials. They have performed for the last ﬁve Presidents (but not yet for President Trump) Based in Washington D.C. with 32 albums under their belt they return to Tampa Bay with a brand-new vaudevillelike comedy show with a mix of song and standup. The audience will experience a light-hearted lampooning of our modern political leaders as they take on the major issues of the day, sharing songs from the group’s newest album. Richard Termine
The shows will provide such treats as “Scaramucci the Moocher” (parody of “Minnie The Moocher”), “Small Hands” (sung by Melania, a parody of Pointer Sister’s “Slow Hand”), “Tweet Tweet” (a parody of “Rockin’ Robin,” inspired by the President’s tweet storms), “Don’t Know Much About History” (with Betsy DeVos crooning “Don’t know much about history…Don’t know much biology”) and “Putin on the Blitz,” based on “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” in which Vladimir explains his philosophy on asserting power (“...Russian force I must assert – don’t make me take oﬀ my shirt – you’ll say ‘tsk tsk’ – Putin is a risk...”) FYI: Tickets (727) 822-3590; mypalladium.org.
Wine Weekend Wine Weekend Chairwoman Patricia Rossignol promises an extraordinary weekend of cuisine, wine and entertainment around the theme “Being Seduced” by the era of Louis XV and the opulent grandeur of the masked balls of Versailles! It’s the Museum of Fine Arts’ biggest fundraiser of the year, and attracts international guests, sponsors, extraordinary auction items and a destination weekend like no other. The fundraiser beneﬁts the arts, its legacy, and the many children’s programs. This year, guests include French wine’s most acclaimed vineyard’s President Bernard Retornaz (Vintner Maison Louis Latour for Grand Cru and Premier Cru wines), celebrity auctioneers Jeﬀrey Burchard and Elizabeth S. Flower, duPont Publishing Chairman Tom duPont, Parkshore Grill’s Tyson Grant and more. “It represents everything that is luxury and exquisite,” says Rossignol, whose love of France may have a bit to do with her French husband, whose Rossignol family traces back to 1634 in Burgundy.
The idea came from her husband’s family member the Count de Beaumont who used to host masked balls. With a background in fashion and luxury retail/ design, Rossignol leads her dedicated committee like an elegant general, lining up fabulous auction items (La Réserve Paris hotel stay, a Bordeaux chateau stay, new cuﬀ bracelet from Chanel) and creating what is sure to be the Most Memorable Weekend Ever in St. Pete. “The weekend features an elegant wine pairing dinner, an exciting auction and a celebratory champagne brunch and other ‘hush hush’ events to be revealed next month,” says Rossignol, who was leaving for France to ﬁnd the perfect haute couture and mask for the fete. In her spare time, Rossignol is also releasing a new line of fragrances this fall in NYC. Sponsor opportunities are still available, call 727-619-4631. Cuisine: Chef Tyson Grant, Executive Chef/Partner of Parkshore Grill has done this event in 2014, 2015 and 2017. “It is always a great event. Pairing food and wine is one of my passions of the culinary world. Being able to do it on this stage with the magnitude of wines and wine lovers is one of the highlights of my year. Having Bernard Guillas joining me this year will prove to make it one dinner you won’t want to miss.”
worked with Grant for four years at Eric Ripert’s Grand Cayman Cook-Out. “Bernard and I are thinking a Classic French feast with contemporary touches including pates, foie gras and shellﬁsh presentations as well as classic roasted meats and vegetables, salads, souﬄe and a show-stopping dessert ﬁnale, “ says Grant.
Parkshore’s award-winning Chef Tyson Grant will oversee the cuisine and has invited acclaimed French Chef Bernard Guillas to collaborate with him.
The Wines - Louis LaTour: On hand for the wine event will be the proprietors for Louis Latour, known for its perfection in winemaking. For two
Fab Auction Items
He’s invited good friend, Bernard Guillas to collaborate. The acclaimed French chef and cookbook author, One of the auction items is this Chanel “ Coco Crush” 18k cuﬀ.
Bid on a La Réserve Paris hotel stay
EVENT SPOTLIGHT centuries, over 100 appellations have been crafted with the greatest of care each year, to reveal all their complexity. The red wines are reﬁned, elegant and distinguished, thanks to ﬁnely judged winemaking that extracts fruit and tannins in perfect balance. The white wines are structured, rich and well-balanced, revealing their terroir through the power of the Chardonnay whilst retaining a touch of acidity to deliver freshness and aromatic complexity. Décor: Ian Prosser of Botanica is the mastermind behind the event’s look and feel. ”The decor for the event is designed to seduce you. It is our intention to transport our guests to a wonderfully, opulent yet modern day version of Versailles. At the black and white masked ball, the room will overﬂow with crystals , feathers, glorious fabrics and found objects as well as beautiful ﬂower arrangements reminiscent of a grand gala in the Palace of Versailles.” The dinner will give gala attendees a glimpse into a glorious past. Says Prosser: The seductive dining room will be ﬁlled with decadence that will take guests’ breath away with urns overﬂowing with sumptuous ﬂowers on tables festooned in candlelight and gilded candelabras.” How Wine Weekend Helps Our Community: Museum of Fine Arts Executive Director Kristen A. Shepherd is new at MFA’s helm and excited about
Wine Weekend. “It’s the highlight of the winter season in St Petersburg, and this year’s event promises to be extraordinary in every way. From Maison Louis Latour Grand Cru and Premier Cru wines to a masked ball and a world class auction.” Adds Shepherd: “Events like Wine Weekend make so much of what we do at the Museum of Fine Arts possible. I am enormously grateful to Patricia Rossignol and the entire committee for planning an imaginative, elegant, and fun weekend to beneﬁt the museum and to further our mission to serve our entire community.” As the single-biggest fundraiser of the year, this event supports schools and arts. As part of their social studies curriculum, Pinellas County Schools oﬀers every sixth grade public school student MFA visits so they can learn about life in early America and the cultures that colonized the United States. Each child also receives a family pass to return for free with their families.
to inspire children to create, it also feeds their head, heart, and soul. In their journey through the Museum of Fine Arts, children immerse themselves in history and come to learn that there is more to a particular artist’s story than brush strokes. As stewards of 18,000 works spanning 5,000 years, it is our responsibility to make sure that area children are nurtured, educated, and live inspired by what they see at the Museum of Fine Arts. The proceeds from another successful Wine Weekend will advance that stewardship on so many diﬀerent levels.”
Wine Weekend Schedule Friday, February 2, 2018 “Fêtes à Versailles” 7 pm Relive the famed masked balls of Versailles featuring wines from Maison Louis Latour and exquisite cuisine from Chef Tyson Grant. VIP - Black Tie - Masks-After party Sponsors only
If one child beneﬁts from the Museum, it will all be worthwhile.”
Saturday, February 3, 2018 “Tour de France” and Wine Auction 2 pm-Wine Tasting/Auction Preview - Sip wines and champagnes as you preview the International Wine Auction under the tent, North Lawn of the Museum of Fine Arts, St Pete, Florida. 4 pm - Let the International Wine Auction begin!! Bid on rare wines, ﬁne jewelry, luxury trips and all that can be imagined! Followed by the “Century of Light” after party
Says Maggie McQueen, President of The Stuart Society who helps us present the event: “Art not only serves
Sunday, February 4, 2018 “Le Champagne Brunch” 11 am Featuring Champagnes from the regions and a surprise!
-Margaret Acheson Stuart, Founder
Rowdies Raise Money for Childhood Cancer Childhood cancer will take the spotlight at Al Lang Stadium as the Tampa Bay Rowdies feature the #GOLDTOGETHER initiative, working together with Medulloblastoma survivor and honorary Rowdie Cole Eicher to support families and raise money during National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. For the September 23 and 30 Rowdies matches, $2 from every ticket sold (including season tickets) will be donated to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital pediatric cancer research unit. Additionally, the club will donate $1,000 for every Row-
dies goal plus $1,000 for a shut-out. Twelve-year-old pediatric cancer survivor Marissa Peddie will sing the anthem at both matches. Fans can participate in various pre and in-game activities to support fundraising. Tickets can be purchased by contacting the Rowdies at 727-2222000 or by visiting www.rowdiessoccer.com. Rowdies fans and the entire community can donate directly to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital pediatric cancer research unit by visiting www.goldtogether.com.
A Meter of Hope
Photos by Valerie Bogle
Started in 2014, the City of St. Pete’s Power of Change Homeless Initiative repurposes parking meters to help raise awareness about homelessness. It gives people the option of donating spare change to programs that help the homeless, instead of giving money to panhandlers. The money raised by the donation stations will be allocated to the City of St. Petersburg Homeless Street Outreach Team to provide assistance with emergency housing, diapers, food, family reuniﬁcation, and other emergency services.
Among the runner ups was SPL curator Valerie Bogle, Flourish Photography, who works tirelessly to raise money and esteem for young women and girls in her spare time. The Morean Arts Center created the beautiful glass awards for the winners. The Lure and St. Petersburg Distillery hosted the oﬃcial after-party.
Arts & Culture: Great Explorations Children’s Museum Community Conscious: Pet Pal Animal Shelter Eats & Treats: The Oyster Bar St. Pete Hot Spots & Hang Outs: Ferg’s Sports Bar & Grill Makers & Creators: 3 Daughters Brewing Cool Companies (Small): St. Petersburg Music Factory Cool Companies (Large): Goodwill Industries - Suncoast Most Valuable Burger: Deputy Mayor Dr. Kanika Tomalin People’s Choice: Tampa Bay Watch
Good Burger Awards The St. Petersburg Chamber hosted more than 500 Burgers and friends at The State Theater to celebrate the individuals, organizations and businesses that make St. Pete the best place to live, work and play. SPL toasts the 2017 Burger Award winners and the runner-ups for all they do for our community.
From Left to Right: Cancer survivors Joshua Fisher and Cole Eicher, Rowdies Goal Keeper Matt Pickens
Amber Clayton The Central Cycling owner is Mom to two rescue dogs and an animal advocate. Her ﬁtness studio is more than a place to sweat, spin and sing. She and her spinning posse collect school supplies in August for kids and donates paid rides to the Houston Rescue Fund this year as well as pets. She’s hosted a CC Paddle Team for Stand Up Paddle for Cancer and is truly a Kindness Burger!
Reverend Louis Murphy Sr. Delivers Invocation in Congress Autumn got a special blessing on Sept. 21, as Congressman Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) recognized Reverend Louis Murphy Sr. on the House ﬂoor after he served as guest chaplain, delivering the invocation in the U.S. House of Representatives on September 7th. Reverend Murphy serves as senior pastor at the Mount Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church in St. Petersburg.
A native of Florida, truly a man of God, a man of the people – I personally thank Reverend Murphy for coming to the People’s House and providing such a moving, thoughtful invocation.
Here is what Crist said about this revered St. Pete leader: I rise today to honor our guest chaplain, Reverend Louis Murphy Sr., of my hometown of St. Petersburg, Florida. Reverend Murphy truly embodies what it means to “love your neighbor as yourself.” In his 18 years as senior pastor at the Mount Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, he has been a dedicated disciple of Christ – giving his time, energy, and compassion, lifting up his congregation and the larger St. Pete community. In addition to his duties as pastor of one of the largest churches in Pinellas County, Reverend Murphy has been a leader in economic revitalization eﬀorts in South St. Petersburg, and in supporting job training and outreach programs for at-risk youth.
Congressman Charlie Crist, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Reverend Louis Murphy Sr. and Reverend Patrick J. Conroy, the Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives.
RCS Food Bank Sees Increased Need Following Irma For many, disasters like Hurricane Irma mean the loss of power, some refrigerated food, and hours at work. Imagine having to decide on whether to put gas in the car to go back to work or feed your children a healthy meal. RCS Food Bank is a vital source to many families in times of need. Over 70,000 Pinellas County neighbors are served annually, 32,000 of those are children and senior citizens. RCS, Inc. depends on ﬁnancial and food donations to provide Pinellas County residents with the relief that they need. Help local people aﬀected by Hurricane Irma by visiting www.rcspinellas.org/donate, or calling (727)-584-3528.
Following Hurricane Irma, there has been surge of families in need of food. Yesterday, RCS Food Bank saw a 48% increase of households requesting food compared with a typical Monday. If that trend continues for even just one week, the RCS Food Bank will need to distribute an additional 13,318 pounds of food.
Food distribution hours: Mon. to Fri., 12:30 – 3:30 p.m., and Thurs., 12:30 – 6:45 p.m. Address: 700 Druid Road, Clearwater, Fla. 33756.
Pads, Shop Dogs & Events BY LINDA BRAY
Lucky for DTSP, the dog-friendly Saturday Morning Market returns in October, with food and treats for two and four-footed friends. And nothing makes me happier than running into Mayor Puppypants whose owner runs JustHumorMe.com in case your company needs a dose of laughter to improve their corporate culture. And with fall in the air, it’s time to enjoy yappy hours, a plethora of pet-friendly events and the ultimate fundraiser, the SPCA Tampa Bay
Pawlacious Living When looking for a swanky spot to call home in St. Pete, you have to consider the best crib for your hipster hounds and meow-lennials too. Several upscale urban communities in the heart of downtown offer generous living options for you and your fur kids. Check out a few of the luxe spaces that do not limit renters to Paris Hilton “purse puppies” and even accept more than 1 pet. (Be sure to research the fees and deposits for these apartments.) AER: A stunning complex, with amazing amenities and creature comforts, AER accepts 2 pets, with no weight restrictions. Boasting its own doggie park onsite appropriately called Ruﬀ In It, well-behaved pups have the run of the property except for the rooftop. Raise the woof! www.aerapartments.com Cottonwood Bayview: This fetching building again accepts 2 pets, with a combined weight of 75 lbs. On the recommendation of a white Maltese named Coco Chanel, this is THE place for classy cats and dogs. Talk about puppy perks…they even have an on-property pet spa and is only 2 blocks from North Shore Dog Park. www.cottonwoodbayview.com Hermitage: With a 75 pound/ 2 pet limit, we’re not kitten… this complex is purebred. Beautiful original artwork graces the lobby and public spaces including the onsite pampered pet spa. Never run out of cookies or catnip, as the new Publix is directly across the street. www.hermitagestpetersburgﬂ.com
Pet Walk, Vinoy Park on Oct. 7. LDean@SPCATampaBay.org On Oct. 15th (2 – 5 pm), AGoldPhoto Pet Photography will raise money for Friends of Strays at the BF Dog Bar St. Pete (2300 Central Ave.) and Pinellas Ale Works, Tails & Ales Yappy Hour beneﬁts Friends of Strays Oct. 27 (6-8 pm). www.friendsofstrays.com Looking for that perfect outﬁt for Halloween? Look no further than Pawsitively Posh Pooch/ Classy Cats Too on 4th St. N.
Shop Dogs St. Pete’s small business owners are a prideful pack and certainly one of the things that make living in The Burg so great. But behind and beside many great business owners is a four-legged customer service canine or feline. RockShop: This dazzling rare gemstone boutique & jewelry design/repair shop is owned by Carlos and Christie Lopez. Pawtrolled by 2 St. Pete dognitaries: Biggie the Bulldog (age 3) and Jaspar (age 5), the Chesapeake Bay Retriever, RockShop takes sparkle to a new level. With personalities as big as the Hope Diamond itself, this dynamic dog duo will work for belly rubs. Strands of Sunshine: Owner/Artist Amy Marshall is an ardent supporter of our ﬁne city, ﬁlling her sunny shop with locals-only art. Her partner in crime, Oscar, is a St. Pete celebrity. Always sporting a jaunty bandana and brandishing his handsome under bite, Oscar’s yearly birthday soiree in August has become THE event. Tux and wagging tails are optional! Proceeds from Oscar’s bash beneﬁt local pet charities. St. Pete Chamber of Commerce: Granimals add a touch of fun (and hair) to our local oﬃce spaces as well. Meet Murphy, a Carolina Dingo, and her fur mom, Kim Mansﬁeld, the Membership Concierge for the St. Pete Chamber of Commerce. Murph, the Chamber’s Friday mascot, zenfully snoozes behind Kim’s desk when he’s oﬀ duty. When he’s on the clock, he greets visitors, assists members and during lunch time can be found guarding the breakroom for escaped leftovers. www.stpete.com
Meet Gucci Gucci is a six-year old Maltese who loves to play ball and chases lizards when he’s not interning for Lauren and Neal Fiske of TriplePoint Design/Build.
Fall Fashion Trends BY DEVIN PAPPAS
Don’t let the weather dictate your fashion ﬂare. It may be 90 degrees outside but inside the retail environment is chilly Fall. When you step inside a fashion boutique or a department store, you will notice the whites and brights either on the clearance racks or in the back on the store. You will be greeted with your comforting fall basics: Classic Black, Neutral Grey, Peony Navy, Chocolate Brown and Tawny Port. These basics will be partnered with a subtle pop of color. Trending Colors: Stand out shades to “pop” your Fall basics this year are: Pale Pink, worn again with grey and black/ highlighted with rose gold and silver accessories, Marina Blue, Golden Lime also described as “earthy tones with a twist”. Styles to have fun with are asymmetrical shapes and seams, feminine ruﬄes and lace and the cold shoulder continues to be strong.( Remember this look gives a women just enough sexiness without showing too much skin.)
Everyday Attire: I am seeing over sized blazers being worn with denim and ﬂowy skirts also, over sized cable sweaters are being worn with wide legged pants. You were exposed to the “Bohemian Chic” shirt this Spring and it will continue this Fall, also worn with denim. The cold shoulder will continue, seen in knits and dresses. Career Attire: Again, “over sized” is the popular trend this year. In the oﬃce, I am seeing pant suits with long and over sized blazers worn with high waisted pants. The suits are shown in solids with a pop color of solid underneath the blazer. Formal: Our area is hopping with black tie fundraisers and events. This year the velvet cocktail dress is a must. Go for it and get the “Baby Pink” one and accent it with rose gold shoes and accessories. (Rose gold is the newest metallic trend)
Finishing Accents: Metallics are all the rage: rose gold, silver, gold and platinum. I am loving the jeweled cross body bag and hard cases. Don’t forget the “chunk” unique jewelry, bangles, worn three at a time and the leather wrap bracelets. Footwear: Show stopping -This is the season to craze it up and buy that OMG pair especially when wearing mini skirts and dresses. Hot footwear trends are: Sparkle and Shine- glittery metallic sandals, ﬂats and boots; the Ready for Combat boots, Embellishment jeweled dress pump and boot and The Urban Cowboy look. It always makes me laugh that we have a fall fashion transition, since our weather is always beautifully hot. Having said that, keep in mind we Florida girls are always fashionable never truly use fashion for function (to keep warm. Well, at least the A/C is always on.
Name: John William Barger
Favorite Accessory: Lapel pins
Who is your fashion inspiration? I’m a collector so I take bits and pieces from diﬀerent people and places. Music and travel inspire me more than what people wear, copying others quickly becomes costume and lacks creativity.
Favorite Designer: Depends on the season, but Tom Ford is a fail-safe
Wish List (what you want to purchase next for your wardrobe): I recently commissioned a Schiaparelli haute couture smoking jacket in black velvet with Lesage embroidery... the only one in the world! Where else do you like to shop DTSP: Jackie Z’s is my go-to for both style and service. I buy my coﬀee at Intermezzo, their selection changes every 2 weeks so I’m always ﬁnding a new fave
Favorite Tux: I have 3 I love equally, Tom Ford, Dolce & Gabbana, and Lanvin Favorite Casualwear: Etro printed shirts, the bolder the better. Favorite Watch: For day, black Chanel J12 42. For evening, Cartier Tank Francaise XL in white gold with pave diamonds Favorite Shoe: Christian Louboutin day and night!
4th Street Faves
Shandy Style Boutique This stylish, aﬀordable shop features eclectic styles, perfect for Cali-Fla gals like me. Here you’ll ﬁnd bohemian dresses, rompers, swinging cranberry bell bottoms, swanky night outﬁts and tonguein-cheek t-shirts. www.shandystyle.com Pippa Pelure: Turn heads and look phenomenal in this Party Romper. This Boho chic Romper showcases a plunging v-neckline, long bell sleeves, open cutout back and very unique contrasting bead work perfect for looking glam at your next soiree.
Bernie’s & Son Jeweler: This fab Fendi Fur Watch features a stainless steel case, white ceramic bezel engraved with original Fendi signature, a white lacquered dial with silver-colored applied indices and a stainless steel bracelet with white ceramic inserts, jewelry clasp.
The Shop In the same neighborhood, you’ll ﬁnd a fabulous array of modern styles and intricate designer jewelry. Find exactly what you’re looking for in our large selection of purses, handbags, belts and accessories. A unique blend of chic and trendy dresses, tops and bottoms will ﬁll the creative gap in any personal wardrobe. www.theshopstpete.com
Mis En Chic: Asian-inspired style and anything red are all the rage this season. For one of a kind fashion and sophisticated home decor, this Central Ave. boutique will wow you.
Sartorial Inc.: Newly opened on Beach Drive., Jose Martinez’s men’s shop will feature tailored styles for the classic man including international brands such as suits from Van Laack, Polos from Lorenzoni, leisure wear from Derek Rose London and Raleigh Jeans Workshop.
We don’t need no stinkin’ rules… or do we?
BY KEVIN GODBEE
For example, style says a man’s socks shouldn’t be visible while standing. Fashion says, “bring on the ﬂood pants!” - because Joe Cool designer says it’s the latest thing. (More on socks below.) The Vest: My favorite rule, the one I see missed the most, is also the only one I can think of that has nothing to do with making you look better. It is regarding the vest. The bottom button should not be buttoned – EVER! This dates back to the 18th century, when Edward VII for-
got to button his after a hearty meal. (Many of today’s style rules were set by royalty and the wealthy in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and most by The Duke of Windsor in the early 1920s.) Also, for the vest, be sure it is long enough to cover your waistband. We should not see your belt buckle. The Suit: As far as bottom buttons go, it is also left open on your suit jacket or sports coat whether it’s a two or three button. Your jacket sleeve should be the right length so a ½ inch of shirt sleeve cuﬀ is showing, and the jacket itself should be long enough to cover your derrière.
Most men’s style rules exist, because when followed, they will have you looking your best. They are mostly about proportion, and ﬁt. First, it helps to know the diﬀerence between style and fashion. Style is permanent – it follows the rules. Fashion is ﬂeeting – it comes and goes on the whims of designers and the changing fashion seasons.
Tie Length: For tie length, the point of your tie should land at your belt buckle – or just a scooch below or above it.
Socks: These are just a few of several style rules. You also have to know the rules before you can successfully break or bend them. One fashion-forward trend that has more recently become accepted by style guys is the color of your socks. The old rule is that they must match the color of your pants. These days, it has become more acceptable to have socks in a contrasting color to your pants, unless the occasion calls for being formal, such as a job interview, or working in a bank. Style and Fashion are not the same thing. Real men have style. Boys follow fashion.
Dana Wood’s Beauty Hacks When beauty writer Dana Wood relocated to downtown St. Pete with her family, her NYC style sense and years covering trends and celebrities is still as vivid as her lipstick hue. The former Conde Nast Beauty Director is still writing for the Wall Street Journal and New York Post, and launched FloridaBeautyProblems.com to help fellow Florida gals deal with pesky hair frizz, bug bites and melting makeup. We turned to her to ﬁnd out what we should be updating this fall. Wood collects fashion faux pas and bon mots eﬀortlessly. Like the time she and Elizabeth Taylor crossed paths. “I ﬂew to Beverly Hills to interview Elizabeth Taylor about her new perfume and the airline lost my luggage. Scrambling for a decent outﬁt to chat with “La Liz” wasn’t fun, but she certainly was. Holding court in her living room, surrounded by massive amethyst crystals, she swore like a sailor and didn’t hold back on one ounce of dirt. Earthy, but so gorgeous. For a Beauty Director, that story was a real “get.” During her years covering the beauty beat, Wood saw her share of celebrity faux pas. “Mostly I feel the biggest mistake celebs and super high net-worth individuals make - and I totally understand how this happens - is the tendency to
“tinker” too much. For celebs, especially anyone in acting or music, there’s tremendous pressure to look young. For private citizens with hefty bank accounts, it’s a matter of access. They can aﬀord to zip-oﬀ to some remote clinic in the Swiss Alps for sheep-placenta injections, so why not try it, right? It’s hard to resist “clock-stopper” schemes. But we’d probably be better oﬀ doing less, and having a more Zen-like, European approach to aging.” Here’s what Stylish Burgers need to update this fall, according to our beauty, hair and make-up expert. Makeup Trends: The return of “no makeup makeup”? It didn’t stick. Color - and texture - are back in a big way this season. • Monochrome. A hold-over from last season, monochrome - one shade for cheeks, lids and lips - is still going strong. • “Beet” lips. A bit brighter than wine, but not a true red, “beet” is the lip hue of the moment. • Metallic eyes. Gold, silver, copper, black, blue - as long as it glitters, it’s good to go. Fall Hair Trends: We’re in an era in which individuality is prized over everything, so almost anything goes. • Texture. A blessing for those of us in crazy-humid St. Pete, natural texture is edging past blown-straight and ﬂat-ironed locks. • Deep Side Parts. This look is dramatic, and much easier to pull oﬀ than a center part. • Bronde. A mashup of brunette and blonde, this is a great transitional shade for fall.
Beauty Bungalow Serene Spa-Cial Holistic facials and Asian healing arts are trending this fall. Lucky for us, The Beauty Bungalow on 9th Ave. oﬀers two rejuvenating treatments.
Beauty Tips “I have an insane amount of makeup, and I’m constantly trying new products, but these ﬁve are currently in heavy rotation.” For more of Wood’s amazing tips, go to www.danawoodwriter.com 1. IT Cosmetics Conﬁdence In A Compact with SPF 50+. This is basically a tinted moisturizer with a sky-high level of sunscreen. It provides enough coverage without feeling too heavy, and comes in shades suitable for every complexion. 2. Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks. I’m addicted to creme formulas, and this blush has major staying power. 3. Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow. I have these dab-on eye palettes in several color ways, but the “Not Just Nudes” is my day-time go-to. 4. Kinx Gel Eyeliner. These waterproof liners never get smeary. I even play tennis in them! 5. Beauty Pie Superglazy Lip Gloss in “Hello Petal”. Beauty Pie is a fantastic new line by the creator of Bliss. It’s basically department store-quality skincare and makeup for Dollar General-prices. I’m pretty smitten.
The Gua Sha Facial is rooted in traditional Chinese medicine. This relaxing facial massage is performed with a gua sha tool made of jade stone to unblock and drain stagnant lymphs for visibly lifted skin.
The Thai Herbal Poultice Facial is a multi-sensory ancient technique that blends lymphatic drainage with dried organic herbs. Acupressure massage with warm steamed compress increases circulation, detoxes sinus congestion, and contours skin for a rejuvenated glow.
HOME / DESIGN
Living Kitchens BY NANETTE WISER
Love a home-cooked meal? Let your kitchen do all the work. Last year’s big concept was the smart kitchen and connected home, controlled from your mobile device. Today’s hot news is sophisticated design and smart appliances that make it easy to cook with built-in recipes and programmable features to make sure dinner is ready when you get home. According to Famous Tate’s Jason Horst, today’s refrigerator, oven and microwave are integrated into the design, so that appliances seamlessly melt into the cabinetry and décor. Built-in refrigeration comes with the classic stainless steel Sub-Zero look or ﬁnished in custom panels. Integrated units disappear into the décor, with neither hinge nor grille in sight. Whether your kitchen is traditional, modern or somewhere in between, there’s an M series design that will work beautifully with your décor. Contemporary in two styles with its minimalist handleless design and color LCD
Pillow Talk BY CINDY COCKBURN
married and anxious to start my own company based right here in America.” Her competitive spirit has kicked in again. My Boutique Pilllows is her latest venture and she will showcase her whimsical delights on October 3 (6-9 pm) at The Club at Treasure Island. The company is a joyful mother/daughter eﬀort. Sheila oﬀers hundreds of designs online, each pillow unique like a snowﬂake. www. myboutiquepillow.com
Glamorous Sheila Gribbin was sitting all alone on a comfy couch outside at Sundial, oblivious to the 90 degree heat in downtown St. Pete. Having just ﬂown back from her native England a few days prior, the heat felt wonderful. In England, Sheila was the owner and operator of Dressing Rooms, a successful design/home décor company. What brought her to St. Pete? “I fell in love after I reconnected with a friend from my past (via Facebook of all things) who lives and works here. I’m now happily
Decorative pillows lift the spirit and can change a room from bland to beautiful. “Everyone needs jewelry for their home,” she said. Says Sheila: “Our categories ﬁll many passions, from exotic designs, to the beach, to pets, to special events and decorative patterns with fabrics from around the world.”
I’m thrilled to move here,” says the British designer. “I can swim all year round.” And that’s when you discover where Sheila’s competitive edge ﬁrst got honed. As a teenager, Sheila was a dedicated athlete and a national treasure as a member of Great Britain’s National Team, where she was a world class synchronized swimmer who represented her country in competition around the world. Her best friend and daughter is even named Ocean. Her favorite spot, other than downtown’s vibrant dining scene and the Sundial, is the beach. Says Sheila: It’s where my heart is. I’m a water baby.” Seashells, sand and sea – it’s all in an inspired day for My Boutique Pillows’ Sheila.
HOME / DESIGN touch panel, has a look sleek enough for even the most visionary kitchen. Professional is bold, conﬁdent and eminently functional, with the classic pairing of iconic Wolf red control knobs and gleaming stainless steel. And transitional, with its stainless frame and black glass, enhances almost any type of kitchen. When we visited the showrooms, we saw svelte Wolf wall ovens with contemporary glass ﬁnish and hidden Sub-Zero refrigerators. “The Living Kitchen™ is a special display inside our Oldsmar & South Tampa showrooms that feature pretty much all of Sub-Zero & Wolf’s appliance models and conﬁgurations... in an interactive setting...so customers can see how they work in a live setting,” says Horst. It Cooks Itself: The Wolf Gourmet setting would have Betty Crocker smiling. Says Horst: “You can tell the steam oven to ﬁnish the meal at 6pm and it will go into a slow cook mode. The appliances make it easy for the whole family to be involved in cooking. Anyone can follow the recipe steps and pictures on the wall oven. You can create entrees at home without fear of failure for your family or for dinner parties with friends.” Trendy Steam Cooking: The steam convection oven lets you reheat leftovers such as Chinese food so that it tastes as good as when you bought it. Steam cooking helps to cook foods quickly and keeps the moisture inside so food doesn’t dry out and is full of ﬂavor, and protects the veggies’ healthy nutrients. Choose the cooking mode combining steam and convection
that’s ideal for your dish. The oven’s unique digital technology senses the amount and size of the food, and automatically adjusts all the details of cooking. Preserve Food Longer: The Sub-Zero refrigerator does more than keep food cold; it’s a food preservation system that for keeping fresh foods longer, minimizing waste. Keep Wines Ready To Drink: Sub-Zero wine storage units acts as a cooler and guards against the four enemies of wine: heat, humidity, light and vibration. Famous Tate’s Living Kitchen is about inspiration. Learning. And vision. About making life easier and healthier for the family, bringing dinner back to the heart of the home as a simple pleasure.
Let Brick Street Farms green your world. You can now pick up fresh, organically grown greens and herbs all year round just like a restaurant chef! Oﬀering bi-monthly memberships for a half or full year, membership has its perks including clean greens, year-round access to unique produce and pre-sale tickets to collaborative farm dinner and events and a pat on the back for supporting a small, family owned business.
Prop up the scarecrows, bring on the pumpkins. Nothing says autumn quite like a decorative wreathe. Jamie O’ Berry of O’Berry’s Succulents oﬀers classes for the crafty crowd and Bridge and Bloom Creative Studio (2662 Central Ave.) can show you how to jazz up your entry.
Brick Street Farms
Know Your Farmer
What’s amazing about this indoor city hydroponic farm is the sustainable vision. Rather than use acres of land, the compact farms are built in a climate controlled freight container, wherein each container represents 1-2 acres of traditional, soil farmland. The Brick Street Farms’ shipping containers are outﬁtted in the latest technology, allowing the climate, humidity, LED-simulated sunlight, and water ﬁltration and nutrient supply system to be monitored and controlled remotely. www.brickstreetfarms.com/membership
On Oct. 21, O’Berry, guides you through creating a fall succulent wreath to make others green with envy. Small group setting and plant care instructions complete your Pinterest-worthy experience. Pre-registration required: Fee of $60/ person or $50/Sunken Garden member covers succulents, materials, and gardens admission. Call 727-551-3102 to register with your payment. www.oberryssucculents.com
Shop Local, Think Global Brocante Vintage Market: Across from 3 Daughters, this is 15,000 square feet of vintage bliss, a treasure hunter’s paradise. Oct. 7-8, Nov. 4 – 5, Dec. 2-3 www.brocantemarket.com
Grand Central Market @ Punky’s Bar and Grill: Skip the big box stores and mall. Unique Antiques, Art, Crafts, Food, Collectables, and More! 1st Saturday of EVERY MONTH from 9 am – 3 pm!! Located in the parking lot of Punky’s Bar & Grill. Come shop, eat, drink and listen to some live music. Free parking! 3063 Central Ave.
Roll Out The Barrel
Saturday Morning Market: From Oct. to May, there is not better way to kick oﬀ the weekend with this smorgasboard of vendors who sell crafts, food, plants, herbs, breads, and pastries, plus music and pet-friendly, kid-friendly sunshine unique to the burg. Enjoy Healthy cuisine plus international ‘ready-toeat’ foods (Greek, Italian, French, Belgian, German, Polish, British, Cuban, Mexican, Ecuadoran, Colombian, Thai, Ethiopian, Cajun, Vegetarian). www. saturdaymorningmarket.com
Keep St. Pete Local: On this website, you can discover local independent businesses who keep the St. Pete character thriving. www.keepsaintpetersburglocal.org
FAVES In our walkabouts, we discover so many local edibles and potables as well as unique services. Here are some of our newest discoveries. (Check Yelp for address and hours.) The Bow Wow Barber: Grooming pets on Central Ave.
It’s Oktoberfest, so get our your lederhosen and dirndl’s. If you love Mastry’s downtown, check out the St. Pete Beach party Sept. 30 noon till 11 pm. Starting Saturday in September, Hofbrauhaus St. Pete will celebrate Oktoberfest through Oct. 29.
Side Lot Market: Home of St. Pete’s largest night market, this open air event venue is located in the heart of the Warehouse Arts District and next door to 3 Daughter’s Brewery. Vintage and crafty items, lots of fun people. 2133 2nd Ave South.
The Brew Bus Tampa Bay: Hop on board for a brewery tour. China Finders: For discontinued china or crystal, this is a treasure trove. Craftsman House Gallery, Café and Pottery Studio: More than 300 national artists show here.
Florida Pure Sea Salt: You can ﬁnd this in Locale Market and Strands of Sunshine. Orange Belt Station: A new distillery is coming to the Warehouse District. Painting With A Twist: Get crafty with friends over a bottle of wine. RoCo Traders: For Mexican silver jewelry and home décor, women’s clothing. Strands of Sunshine: Amazing cards and gifts. The St. Petersburg Store: Hip t-shirts, postcards, books and bags, plus a plethora of brochures on where to go.
Designer Consigner: Favorite designer clothings at aﬀordable prices on Central Ave.
Cafe Vienna on 4th St. N. celebrates everyday with sensational spaetzle, strudel, bratwurst and, of course, a stein or two of beer.
Florida Craft Gallery: In addition to hosting the Central Arts District Saturday walking tour, you can ﬁnd oneof-a-kind artist gifts, from clay to jewelry and glass. September/October 2017
HEALTH / WELLNESS
The Daily 5 BY MICHAEL R. MANTELL, PH.D.
I’m a people builder. I’m always looking for ways to bring out the best in others, providing my readers and clients a boost, a little push, encouragement to be what they are meant to be, to tip the scales to stir up their seeds of greatness. This new book has been described as “a coach in the pocket with instantly accessible, time-tested, psychobabble free tools to live better, happier and healthier.” My fourth book, “The Link is What You Think: Live better with a dose of my Daily 5,” to be published by Motivational Press, is due out at the end of the year. From my ﬁrst book published in 1988, “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuﬀ PS: It’s All Small Stuﬀ,” to my second in 1996, “Ticking Bombs: Defusing Violence in the Freedom 1. Own your self-worth...never give another’s opinion of you the ability to determine anything about you 2. Pick your battles wisely, forgive those who truly harm you to allow yourself to advance, yet don’t give them a second chance to do it again 3. Where are you focused? Focused on the past? Focused on your problems? Don’t let your past errors be your present reality. Your misfortunes can be your fortunes when you focus on learning and solutions 4. Let go...of negativity, of negative people, of grudges, of thoughts that create stress 5. Learn to say “no” comfortably with no excuses, “I don’t want to” sounds more honest than “Oh I’m sorry I can’t” Career Success 1. Winners come back, no matter what the results were last week. 2. Success going to your head is as bad as failure going to your heart. 3. While many are busy making excuses, the savvy ones are busy making millions. 4. Why do so many constantly feel a need to compete? Look at the mega-successful - they don’t compete. They only dominate. 5. People you don’t even know hate you? Congratulations. You must be among the best!! Family 1. Know anything more “everything” than family? 2. Want to learn about someone’s character? Look at how s/he treats his/her family. 3. Roots, and wings…the best gifts to give your children 4. Blood makes a family? No. Love makes a family.
Workplace,” and my most recent, “25th Anniversary edition of Don’t Sweat the Small Stuﬀ…” writing and publishing to help readers live better, has been and continues to be my passion. My aim is to teach people in the most direct way how to turn every situation into one in which they win or learn…but never lose. The book’s target is to uplift, aﬃrm, inspire and motivate readers to let go of anger, get along with themselves and others in healthier, more positive ways. My daily tips oﬀer a vision of how to rise higher, to expand thinking and to look within to discover one’s talents and gifts. My “Daily 5,” which has appeared over the past several years in many of my Facebook posts, have helped people identify and break free from their limiting thoughts, ﬁnd courage to grow unconditional self-acceptance, understand and regulate their emotions and behaviors, realign their inner contradictions to achieve success and fulﬁllment, and to continue to grow and progress, living a life they choose.
5. Forget the “mess” your kids are making. It’s memories they are really making. Unconditional Self-Acceptance 1. Own your unconditional self-acceptance...never give another’s opinion of you the ability to determine anything about you 2. Pick your battles wisely, forgive those who truly harm you to allow yourself to advance, yet don’t give them a second chance to do it again 3. Where are you focused? Focused on your past? Focused on your problems? Don’t let your past errors be your present reality. Your misfortunes can be your fortunes when you focus on learning and solutions 4. Let go...of negativity, of negative people, of grudges, of thoughts that create stress 5. Learn to say “no” comfortably with no excuses, “I don’t want to” sounds more honest than “Oh I’m sorry I can’t” Your Health 1. When you fully, unconditionally, accept yourself, it doesn’t matter if the rest of the world does. Sounds pretty healthy to me. 2. Want to feel free, happy and invincible? Fully, unconditionally, accept yourself. 3. When not achieving your goals aﬀects your unconditional self-acceptance, it’s time to rethink the link between the two. 4. When you treat your mind right, you’ll feel unconditional self-acceptance. When you don’t think well, depression, anger and anxiety may likely result. 5. Instant band aids to build unconditional self-acceptance: “regardless,” “so what?” “doesn’t truly matter,” “who really cares?,” “not going to rate my self.”
Healthy Kids, Healthy Community Start your kids early with good nutrition, safe choices and healthy habits. Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital helps children and families stay active and well. The hospital’s community outreach teams oﬀer experts to come and talk to groups about health and safety. They also offer classes on safe babysitting, safe routes to school, bike safety skills, helmet certiﬁcation, water safety information, healthy weight management clinics, Fit4AllKids six-week education programs, free family cooking classes (Koh’s Cooks for Kids) and more. There’s even a “YumYum Let’s Make Some” healthy recipe cookbook. www.HopkinsAllChildrens.org Their “Think Before You Drink” initiative is one of SPL’s Faves. With one in three American children and teens overweight, they oﬀer tips for limiting sugar. Childhood obesity can lead to early onset of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes. Here are some of their tips • Hydrate with water, not sugary drinks, to stay energized. • Reduce the amount of sugar you add to beverages.
• Make naturally ﬂavored water by adding sliced fruit, vegeta-
bles and fresh herbs to ice water, such as cucumber and mint.
• If you like soda bubbles, give sparking water a try. Make sure it’s free of calories, sodium and artiﬁcial sweeteners.
Staying Well After The Storm • • •
You’ve weathered Big, Bad Irma. Now you’re home and you have a lot of work to do to get your house in good shape. Slow and steady wins the race, according to St. Pete General Hospital’s healthy living blog. Rebuilding - both literally and emotionally – takes time. . Keep your spirits up with these tips: • Keep short-term and long-term goals in mind. For example, if your roof has been damaged, put a tarp over your roof ﬁrst and then begin thinking about a long-term ﬁx. • Don’t take on larger rebuilding projects than you have the knowledge and physical capability to do safely. • Don’t be afraid to ask someone for help, or hire a professional. • Always keep safety ﬁrst. Don’t try to begin rebuilding before the storm has passed and don’t be alarmed if your local hardware store is overcrowded or low on supplies, as it is likely
that lots of your neighbors are also patching up hurricane damages. Remember that emotional healing takes time - if you have lost something or someone, counseling could be a good option for you and/or your family. While you are recovering from a storm, remember that the process will be gradual and if damage has been widespread, be patient with things like power restoration. Be sure to keep yours and your family’s health a priority during this trying time.
Dr. Bob Ross of Central Counseling and author of How to Enjoy Being a Parent is reminding parents natural disasters and traumatic events can generate strong feelings in children. They might: • Fear that another hurricane will hit them again • Show disruptive behaviors, irritability, temper tantrums, agitation, hyperactivity • Cling to parents • Avoid activities or situations • Have stomachaches, headaches, loss of appetite, nightmares, sleep problems • Be concerned regarding the safety of family members, friends and loved ones • Show school-based problems with decreased motivation and school performance “Parents should monitor their children over the next few weeks,” said Ross. “If they feel their children or themselves need help, they shouldn’t hesitate to talk to a professional counselor.”
The Movement Sanctuary Aerial silks, acro yoga. Does this sound like a Pink concert performance? According to co-owner Erin Yonke, it’s the latest ﬁtness craze. The Movement Sanctuary oﬀers classes, gym and community events including stability training, partner stretching, standing acrobatics, Chinese pole, trapeze, juggling, capoeira, Thai bodywork, and stick mobility. All levels are welcome.
The Movement Sanctuary was formed around one common theme, a passion for movement, by partners and downtown St. Pete residents Aaron Tremper, Erin Yonke and Jess DeLeo. “Our vision is to inspire people from all walks of life to connect, collaborate and have fun through movement. We aim to bring yoga, movement and circus arts to the whole community in such a way that it elevates the ﬁtness level of the entire city,” said co-founder Jess DeLeo. “We provide a safe space to learn and train with our highly-knowledgeable staﬀ or on your own.” www.themovementsanctuary.com.
Many are familiar with its funky home in the mural-covered warehouse on 5th Avenue North at 9th Street that was formerly Bloom Art Center. The 7,000-square-foot space has 35 foot ceilings for aerialists to ﬂy and soft mats for acrobats to land on. Outside you’ll ﬁnd hammocks, a ﬁre pit and small stage for performances. Inside you can climb a three-story multi-use deck used for ninja-warrior style training, various workshops and classes as well as relaxing and watching the action below.
St. Pete Run Fest
On Nov. 18-19, join your neighbors for the two-day St. Pete Run Fest featuring the St. Pete Half Marathon, Sunshine City 5K, Kids Run, and Health & Fitness Market (live music, local craft beer and food, artisans and entertainers). This pre-Thanksgiving festival will draw thousands of runners and their families to downtown St. Pete, providing a signiﬁcant economic boost for local businesses and charities.
Reverse the Sitting Disease: Why not set up a small workout space at your home or oﬃce with a personalized work out routine and trainer? Central Avenue’s FitRoom Express is an innovative ﬁtness facility program designed for busy professionals providing quick, fun workouts designed to shape and condition the entire body, utilizing a combination of strength, ﬂexibility, cardio, core training and posture correction. Best of all, his Five-Minute Work-Outs are a refreshing break in a busy day.
The St. Pete Half Marathon will highlight all that is spectacular about St. Pete. The course begins on the waterfront next to the world-renowned Salvador Dali Museum, the then it heads up Central Avenue, with its unique shops and restaurants, past Tropicana Field (home of the MLB Tampa Bay Rays), and through the Grand Central, Edge and Warehouse Arts districts. The Sunshine City 5K will feature St. Pete’s beautiful waterfront, and will be a fundraiser for the St. Petersburg Free Clinic (SPFC) Food Pantry. As part of their Miles for Meals program, Endorfun Sports LLC will donate $1 per mile run (up to $3 per runner) to the SPFC Food Pantry for all 5K participants. In partnership with the Healthy St. Pete initiative, the 5K will also be a vehicle to encourage the health and ﬁtness of St. Pete residents. It has been over three years since downtown St. Petersburg hosted a major running event. The St. Pete Half Marathon Finishers Medal features a pelican with moving, rotating (running) feet! For more information, contact email@example.com
Founder and CEO Pete Chapman has devoted his life to helping people realize their full potential through better health and ﬁtness, as an author and ﬁtness innovator. His concept behind the FitRoom Express combined with FitRoom Life Program is to bring the enjoyment and beneﬁts of ﬁtness and life coaching to the business community, improving their health and productivity while reducing stress related injuries. www.ﬁtroomexpress.com Float Therapy: Best Day Floats may help you relieve pain, fatigue and anxiety and improve creativity and brain function. Step into a ﬂoat tank ﬁlled with Epsom salts where you can ﬂoat without eﬀort and relax. www.bestdayﬂoats.com Sail Away: Looking to learn to sail or want to use sailing as a corporate team-building experience? Look no further than Simple Sailing, with a Central Ave. classroom and slips at the St. Petersburg Municipal Marina. www.sailsimply.com
The Inquisitive Tongue BY NANETTE WISER
I’m always hungry. Ravished for food festivals, wine tastings, cheap eats and brunch. On Sunday, I hang out with Louie at Nueva Cantina for his 30 item Bloody Mary bar and bottomless Mimosas. Nueva’s birthday party will be Nov. 2 (4-11 pm) Day of the Dead/One Year Anniversary party. Full kitchen set up in the front parking lot, $20/person all you can eat, 3 full bars, live DJ’s, games, raﬄes and valet parking. I just discovered Saturday brunch at The Galley, their late night menu and Alley-gator Etoufee, a sweet and spicy Cajun-style dish with chorizon sausage, fried gator and jasmine rice. It’s a lot of fun and very laid back, with Monday Timeless Trivia , Thursday T2X Karaoke and Sunday evening, Tony Castellano Jr. After 10 pm, nosh crispy fried avocado with Sriracha aioli sauce, mini corn dogs, steak fries and beer-battered onion rings till the place closes down at 2:45. For working days, breakfast at Stacie’s Cottage Café (501 1st Ave. N) is a mover and shaker kind of place, close to City Hall and serving up her famous Long Island family’s bagels with lox, cream cheese, capers and onions. The fried bologna, egg and cheese breakfast sandwich, banana nut muﬀun and breakfast burrito with a frozen espresso shake or a vanilla latte will get you through those boring meetings.
For lunch, go healthy with a piquant Turkey Pear Salad (mixed greens, tomato, cucumber, pecans, blue cheese & dried cranberries). Recognize Stacie? She was on HGTV for one of those shows with the Big Reveal of which property this adorable couple decided to buy when they moved out of their Mirror Lake condo. She’s a hoot! I’m a pizza nut. When I’m not at Slyce for Greek gourmet or Campanella’s, I’m hooﬁng it to The Pizza Box or Noble Crust on 4th St. for Italian Southern Fusion. They just opened a second location in Wesley Chapel, and are known for their Southern Fried Chicken (Tabasco-honey, black pepper gravy served with cucumber watermelon salad and choice of mac + cheese or buttermilk cauliﬂower mash. The Noble Pig, country ham and roasted mushroom (shitake, oyster) are out of this world. You can add sweet fennel sausage or pancetta and make your own, or have a breakfast pizza topped with fried egg. www.noble-crust.com
New to Grand Central is Nu-Mex, New Mexican-style fare that is chile-centric. Here you’ll ﬁnd both ﬁre roasted green chile and muy caliente sweet red chile sauce with Southwestern dishes typically not found in St Pete. If I’m not eating lunch here, I’m chowing down on the muﬀuletta at The Cider Press Café or having ﬁsh and chips at The Moon Under Water. The nights I’m chained to my computer, I depend on Fresh Market or Trader Joe’s on 4th Street. The whole chicken, salads and to-go meals can’t be beat from Fresh Market, and for me, I can make a good meal with TJ’s Sancerre, hard salami, San Andre cheese, a loaf of olive bread and kalamata olives, with a dessert of peanut butter pretzels and a Gala organic apple.
Sunday Funday Sports Dips
Bucs fans, DTSP serves up happy-tizers for football, from daring dips (spicy Buﬀalo chicken) to international wing ﬂavors. Fergs, Thirsty First and Courtside Grille are some of our favorite sports bars. For couch taters, we like Savory Spice Shop’s Asian Style Ranch Dressing, yummy as a dip for teriyaki chicken skewers, edamame or as dressing for Asian-style slaw. Touchdown!
Asian Style Ranch Dressing Ingredients: 1 cup plain Greek yogurt 1/2 cup buttermilk 2 Tbsp. tamari or soy sauce* 1 Tbsp. honey (optional) 2 tsp. sesame oil 2 tsp. rice vinegar 2 Tbsp. Asian Style Sprinkle 2 tsp. Dried Minced Green Onion 1/2 tsp. Organic Ground Ginger 1/4 tsp. Wasabi Powder Directions: Combine all ingredients in a jar. Seal jar and shake until well combined. Let sit for at least 15 min. before using. Best when stores overnight in the fridge.
DINING / SPIRITS
BY KEVIN GODBEE & LORI BROWN Barry Lively
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. Catch up with us at www.stpetersburgfoodies.com!
WHAT’S COOKING? Lolita’s Wine Market - Boutique wines and create-your-own charcuterie, $5 wine Wednesday. 16 18th St S. Donut Freak - Gourmet baked donuts. 1047 Central Ave. Maple Street Biscuit - Comfort food with a modern twist. 662 Central Ave. Sweet Charlie’s - Thai ice cream, so yummy. 1010 Central Ave. Bento Café - Asian kitchen and sushi restaurant in the AER building. 330 3rd St S. The Simple Greek - Fast-casual Greek, also in the AER building. Souzou Asian Kitchen - New owner, menu and chef Lan Mai. 435 5th Ave N. Engine Rose - Sadly, this burger icon has closed, but we still have Engine No. 9. 56 Dr M.L.K. Jr St N Slō Restaurant - Former owner of Bowled restaurant, Michael Cecere remodeling the landmark China City space at 1221 4th St N. which has been empty for two years. Cecere plans to open his new concept, featuring slow cooked meats and dishes and hopes to have a full liquor license.
Tasty Treats: Vom Fass us around the store; “try this, try this, try this ...”—and we were happy to oblige. We felt like kids in a candy store, and for foodies, this is hog heaven. Oils: Terracotta jars ﬁlled all types including rare nut and seed oils, and extra virgin olive oil—some infused, many from France, in a range of ﬂavors from sweet to tart to spicy.
All of the Vom Fass products are high quality, and elegantly packaged and most of the bottles can be personalized with a stylish cursive writing for gifts—such as “Happy Birthday, George!” written right on a bottle of scotch. Vom Fass, meaning “from the cask”, was started 22-years ago in Germany by Johannes Kiderlen. The ﬁrst U.S. store opened in 2007 in Madison, WI. They are a national franchise, but locally owned and operated. Two years ago, Jeﬀ and Joe opened in Parkshore Plaza (300 Beach Drive). Since the complex takes the entire block, it’s easier to ﬁnd them at the corner of 1st St North & 3rd Ave North.
Just about everything has a recipe card, and as previously stated, you can taste everything using a miniature cup—they actually encourage it. During our visit, Jeﬀ was nearly chasing
There are plenty of fun recipes for the booze! To make a caramel apple drink we mixed Salted Caramel Cream Liqueur with Apple Vinegar. We were having so much fun that Lori said it reminded her of mixing Jelli Belli candies to get diﬀerent ﬂavors.
Vinegars: Most of the vinegars are made in Germany. Vom Fass makes a fruit vinegar, and then macerates more fruit, cooks it down and adds it to the vinegar to make the balsamic style. Spirits: Perhaps our favorite part of the store. Here you’ll ﬁnd whiskeys, brandies, spirits, liqueurs, tequilas as well as wines, cognac, elderﬂower liquor (which is far superior to St. Germaine), rum, grappa, and more. There are also vodkas, absinthe, mezcals, and gin aged in a bourbon barrel for three years. How cool is that? Scotch: There are 14 scotches, 10 of which are single-malt. Vom Fass buys small batch barrel runs, so the assortment changes as they go, and everything is rare and exclusive to them. We tasted and purchased some excellent scotch—some for special occasions and one as a gift for a friend. Aside from the excellent quality, another reason these make great gifts is because they come in uniquely shaped bottles with a handwritten label. Wines: The wines are all organic, some from California, Italy, and other countries, and all are reasonably priced.
Vom Fass co-owners Jeﬀ Ritter and Joe Pedro are passionate about specialty oils, vinegars, unique spirits, wines and other items you can’t get ANYWHERE else. You can taste-test any item in the store and walk away with suggested recipes and uses for whatever strikes your fancy.
DINING / SPIRITS
Restaurant Review Beau n Mo’s Italian Eating House 2924 5th Ave N, 727-771-3690
The building is very unassuming from the outside but as soon as you step through the door you can feel the “fun & swanky” vibe that they have created for the interior. Greeted immediately with a “welcome” and a smile by one of the owners, Madonna, we were seated in a booth near the back. Lori Brown
Prior to this visit, I had been to Beau n Mo’s for dinner one time before with my parents and my son. That time I ordered the spaghetti bolognese and I thought it was good but not fantastic. My taste buds must have been on vacation that night. So for this trip, we were on a mission to try this mystical Delmonico steak.
Wine: We also selected a red wine blend called 1,000 Stories to go with dinner. We had never had this before but we will deﬁnitely have it again. I love blends and this one was delicious. Well rounded but hearty enough with a beautiful smooth ﬁnish.
I went to Madonna about the steak temperature and they immediately without question, and many apologies, took it back and recooked a new one. It was done quickly and came out perfectly! This is far and away one of the best Delmonico steaks that I have ever had. The meat was the star and its quality was very apparent. In my opinion the Delmonico/Ribeye cut is the most ﬂavorful, tender and juicy cut of meat, especially when prepared properly.
Our waiter recommended that we try the Braciole appetizer. Kevin loved it. He said it was just like his Sicilian grandmother used to make. When it arrives, it looks like a meatball with cheese and sauce on it, but when you cut into you ﬁnd that it is really pounded out ﬂank steak wrapped around a hard-boiled egg, lightly breaded and fried. It is delicious Italian comfort food that you should deﬁnitely add to your list.
Our Delmonico came with a salad, which was a normal salad, nice and fresh, and I had the housemade Creamy Garlic dressing. The Main Event: Next up, the main course and the anticipation ends. We ordered our Delmonico medium rare, closer to rare. When it arrived it looked incredible!! They serve it with a vegetable and that night it was fresh green beans. We always share everything so that we can taste more, and when we cut into it we noticed that it was cooked more medium to medium well. We both couldn’t help ourselves and we ate a few bites. We almost didn’t send it back because even over cooked it was so good!! They prepare it Chicago-style so it has
Kevin also ordered, because he is a meatball freak, the Spaghetti Marinara with meatballs. He said that we couldn’t go there and not try the pasta. I must say that I was much more impressed with the sauce this time and the meatballs were ﬂavorful and delicious! We only took a few bites that night and then we took it home and had it for dinner the next day.
The bottom line is that I am very sad that it took us that long to dine at this wonderful, high quality restaurant and I am thrilled that it is a very inexpensive Uber ride away. We will be back and very soon! Shame on us for waiting so long! What a terriﬁc experience! Lori Brown
Cocktails: We of course ordered drinks ﬁrst. Kevin is very particular about his martinis - gin, very dry, up, with olives. We have run across a few bartenders that thought that very dry meant to use more dry vermouth, can you imagine? Anyway, it was made perfectly, was a nice pour, and was delivered in less than a minute. Kevin was impressed, and quite pleased.
this great char on the outside with whatever secret seasoning Beau uses and they let the steak be the star, meaning without sauce, which is how I think every steak should be served. We did decide however, to send it back because we should eat it prepared correctly to write a good review. Along with a side of their Vesuvio Potatoes, which are garlicky deliciousness.
The walls are ﬁlled with large black and white photos of the rich and famous and the music reﬂects the era of the Rat Pack. We went to a place in Portland, Maine called Crooners and Cocktails... the feeling is very similar. We loved that place! But we didn’t eat there.
Starters: We decided to start with an appetizer that I had on my previous visit, which we all loved, called Sausage ala Joe - Chicago hot sausage, tri-colored peppers, onions and pepperoncini. This was even better than I remembered it! Kevin LOVED it! The mix of the ingredients melds together to a tangy, spicy deliciousness. Superb! We had leftovers which I cooked up with scrambled eggs the next day.
DINING / SPIRITS
Foodies 1 Year Anniversary Barry Lively
St. Petersburg Foodies is the story of an accidental business born out of doing what we love. Kevin Godbee and Lori Brown got together in late 2013. Sharing a love for great food and drink, we went out to dinner 4 – 5 times a week, dressed to the nines. We took pictures of our food and posted them to Facebook. It was just for fun, but didn’t go unnoticed. This wasn’t to impress anybody, but we ended up inadvertently branding ourselves as local restaurant experts, at least in Downtown St Pete. We frequently got messages asking for recommendations. In May 2015, we were added to a Facebook Restaurant review group. We thought, “Hey, we do this anyway!” Then we saw reviews for chain restaurants…Really? So on May 9th 2015, our Facebook Group, St Petersburg Foodies Restaurant Reviews, was born. Now we could set the tone and focus on local St. Pete restaurants. The group took oﬀ and a year later we realized that the group had become a valuable, inﬂuential resource for all of the members—even us! That’s when the entrepreneurial spirit kicked in…
We are pleased to highlight the best of St Pete food done by locals. Every publication has its own style and tone, and negativity is not part of ours. We are about celebrating all of the great restaurants in St Petersburg.
The Copper Shaker
The Copper Shaker opened earlier this summer, by Jeremy Wallace and Jeﬀ Catherell, who gave us the Cask & Ale in late 2013. The Copper Shaker is ﬁlled with people who truly love what they do, from the bartenders to the servers and owners. The place exudes charisma, charm and friendliness and oﬀers delicious eats and cocktails with clever names that taste good too. For cocktails, we had the Coochi Cutter, Last Summer, The Unusual Suspects, Cousin Named Jeﬀ, and The Grind (with Kahwa espresso)—and we loved them all!
Now open on Central Ave located inside Genaro Cafe. Tues thru Sun from 7am – 2pm; late on weekends from 5pm – 3am. This is the place for breakfast, lunch, and late night eats.
Each service partners with speciﬁc restaurants that agree to a certain percentage oﬀ of their food price. The service lists that restaurant on their website or app. When you click on the restaurant you will get the restaurant menu to choose your food. Select your food and enter any special instructions and then checkout. You, as the consumer, pay the same price as you would at the restaurant but you agree to pay the posted delivery fee for the restaurant that you select. Then you wait for your food to be delivered. Note: The delivery fee is not the driver’s tip. For our full report, go to www.stpetersburgfoodies.com/restaurants/bite-squad-delivery-dudes-or-ubereats-that-is-the-question.
Nothing comes out of a can or a box here. The donuts are made only with fresh, high quality ingredients. Even the fruit ﬁllings start out as fresh fruit and are cooked on-site. Genaro’s lattes are also delicious and huge. We started with four donuts. Pictured starting at 12 o’clock: Boneless - Apple ﬁlling, Glaze icing, Streusel topping; Grip Tape - Chocolate butter cream, Chocolate Glaze ﬁlling, Mini M&M’s on top; Primo - Cannoli ﬁlling, Glaze icing, Mini Chocolate chips on top; Tail Slide w/Maple icing & Bacon Pieces. We also decided to try one of the egg sandwiches. We had the Fingerﬂip - Egg, Cheese & Sausage between a plain, nonglazed donut. You have a choice of donuts, toppings, and maple syrups for the sandwiches, but we chose the plain, non-glazed as we don’t like to mix our sweets with our savory, and we really enjoyed this sandwich.
Bite Squad, Delivery Dudes & Uber Eats
Next we created our online digital magazine, stpetersburgfoodies.com, which launched on September 7th 2016. Facebook is big and the group is awesome, but many people look for this kind of information elsewhere.
Wandering Whisk Bakeshop Photos by: Kristin Berry
Jennifer Jacobs is the woman behind the whisk. She is the owner and sugar artist at Wandering Whisk Bakeshop in St. Pete. Jen grew up in a family of bakers in Palm Harbor. Her desserts would always be the star of the party and soon people started asking where they could purchase her sweets. Jacobs studied hospitality at the University of Central Florida and although she loved to bake, she wanted to live the Big Apple dream. She got a 450-square-foot apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and a job at Madison Square Garden.
to Florida, and baking. Shortly after, Wandering Whisk Bakeshop was born. Wandering Whisk is a custom home bakery specializing in cakes, cupcakes, French macarons, and cookie sandwiches. Jen’s sweets are a combination of modern ﬂavors and whimsical design. She gets her daily dessert inspiration from the treats she’s sampled from her travels around the world. Jen is also the two-time People’s Choice Winner of the Morean Arts Center’s Great St. Pete Cupcake Competition and her buttercream frosting has been awarded as the best in St. Pete! www.wanderingwhiskbakeshop.com. Facebook: Wandering Whisk Bakeshop. Instagram:@wanderingwhisk.
Still bitten by the baking bug, she whipped up sweets in a kitchen with an oven that wouldn’t even ﬁt a full baking sheet. A passionate music fan, she took a job at Sony, but the record industry wasn’t for her so she returned
Ray Milton: Boxing & Baking Barry Lively
A local Floridian and Lakewood High graduate, Ray Milton is better know as Sugar Ray thanks to his decadent creations both healthy and delicious. You can ﬁnd his baked goods at Black Crow Coﬀee in Old Northeast and some people will recall his Sugar Ray’s Bakery on Fourth St. and his bake sales at a gas station on 18th St. South. His carrot cake recipe is so good, Publix tried to buy it. He’s a health-conscious vegetarian, trained at Publix and Grant’s Bakery and once baker/pastry chef at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront. His sweet potato pies, scones, pound cake, pecan pies, muﬃns and cinnamon whiskey cake will make you drool. When he’s not wielding a pot holder, he’s battling unhealthy ingredients (reﬁned white sugar, ﬂour), championing honey and organic brown sugar. When he’s not in the kitchen, he’s in the boxing ring. Since 1999, he has trained amateur boxers (and a champion) and at one time, ran the South Side Boxing Gym for four years. You
can take a ﬁtness class with Ray Milton Boxing and learn about nutrient rich foods at the same time. FYI: For boxing classes or baked goods, contact raysonni@ hotmail.com or (727) 415-9030.
THE VINO VINO GUY
Love The Tiny Bubbles BY ELLIOTT WISER
Sparkling wine has been the subject of many a debate and an occasional argument. Why? It is because not all sparkling wine is Champagne, but all Champagne is sparking wine. Sparkling wine can be made just about anywhere, but only Champagne can come from a special area of France called Champagne. The French are a protective bunch when it comes to their wine, so naturally they will not allow other areas to call their sparkling wines Champagne. There are four levels of sweetness for sparkling wine: the driest is Extra-Brut, then Brut, followed by Extra Dry, and ﬁnally the sweetest is Demi-sec. There are many great Champagnes, but they tend to be a bit pricey. I prefer sparkling wines from Spain and Italy. Spanish sparkling wines are called Cava. For a very long time many of the Cavas sent to the U.S. were not great, but that is changing quickly. There are good values to be found. Among the best value Cavas: Freixenet Sparkling Cordon Negro Brut Cava ($12), Anna de Codorniu Cava Brut ($14), and Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava ($9). My favorite sparkling wines come from Italy. In my opinion, topping the Italian sparkling wines is Prosecco, which is made from the Glera
grape. The taste of Prosecco is cleaner and less complex. And the cost is amazing. Among my favorites is Albino Armani ($13), Vettori NV Brut ($19), and Riondo Prosecco Spago Nero ($12). If you love sweet sparkling Italian wines, try Moscato D’Asti and Bracchetto D’Acqui. Both wines are on the sweet to very sweet side. There is also Lambrusco, the red sparkling wine from Italy. The other parts of the world that are well known for sparkling wines are Northern California and upstate New York. Believe it or not, New Mexico produces a ﬁne sparkling wine from the Gruet winery. You can drink sparkling wine with just about anything, but I suggest you try it at the beginning, or end of the meal. There is nothing I love more than a nice glass of Prosecco at the end of a big Italian meal. Molto bene! Finally, I am telling you something that is quite obvious. Sparkling wines make wonderful cocktails. Whether it’s orange juice, Bitters, or peach puree, sparkling wine plays well with others!
Elliott Wiser hosted the popular cable wine show-Vino Vino for 8 years. You can ﬁnd more great wines for under $25 on his website, Facebook, and Instagram. Just look for The Vino Vino Guy.
WINE FAVES Annata Wine $5 Wine Thursday A Taste for Wine Sip wine on the balcony while nibbling. Hawthorne Bottle Shop 10/5 HBS + BCA BBQ Present Be Bad, Eat Good Beer& Food The 4 Three Nine Boutique wine, beer & magic. Locale in The Sundial Gourmet delights and amazing wines by the glass in the market and FarmTable. Lolita’s Wine Market Amazing charcuterie, veggie, apps, $5 wine Wednesday. Reading Room Restaurant FreeFall Theater, wine, homemade bread and butter, cheese, salad, repeat! Room 901 Come here when it’s 5:00 somewhere Boutique wines, ﬂights, charcuterie. Winesmith - 6-9 pm 9/22 Tasting for Fiona 8/29 Blind Tasting Still Thirsty? Bella Brave, Brick & Mortar, Cassis, Parkshore Grill, Ruth Chris Steakhouse Sea Salt, Stillwaters Tavern, The Vinoy Bar
Wine Tips: If you are storing wine outside of a wine refrigerator please think like a vampire. • Avoid sunlight. Light destroys wine. The best storage areas are closets, dark rooms, or crawlspaces. • Make sure there is a consistent temperature in the area. Whatever you do, avoid storing wine near a window.
SIPS & SUDS
Happy Hours BY LORI BROWN
The Moon Under Water: Mon - Fri 3pm - 7pm: 1/2 oﬀ domestic drafts, well liquor & house wines and discounts on select menu items and appetizer specials. Parkshore Grill: Mon - Fri 3pm - 6pm: $2 oﬀ wine and mixed drinks, $1 oﬀ beer; Sat - Sun 11 am - 3pm: $5 Bloody Mary’s and mimosas.
We’ve expanded our listings to include more DTSP including The Edge and Grand Central Districts. For more happy hour spots, go to www.stpetersburgfoodies.com/restaurants/st-petersburg-foodies-happy-hour-list-2017. (Check ahead, as specials and promotions may change.) Acropolis Greek Taverna: Daily 3pm - 7pm: 1/2 price drafts, house wines, well and signature cocktails plus 2 for 1 Sangria and Margaritas; All Day Mon: $5 martinis; All Day Wed: 1/2 price wine bottle or glass with the purchase of an appetizer. Annata: Daily 4pm - 6pm: $3 all beers, $3 select white and red wines; All Day Tues: 1/2 oﬀ salads, pastas and ﬂatbreads; Sunday open - close: 1/2 oﬀ wine bottles under $100; Music on Mon and Wed from 6pm - 9pm. Cassis: Enjoy the Bar Bites menu and drink specials Mon - Fri 4pm - 7pm; On Tues Happy Hour runs from 4pm-12am; Wed 4pm - 12am: Ladies Night - Buy One Get One on any drinks; Thurs 4pm - 12am: $5 Sazerac and Old Fashioneds smoked at the bar; Sun 11am – 10 pm: $20 bottle of Bubble and $10 for a half dozen oysters. Ceviche: Daily 5pm - 7pm: Select bites between $3 - $8, select wine $6/$10 a glass, $5 house white or red Sangria, $6 - $7 select specialty cocktails; Tues 5pm – 7pm: Tapas Tuesday Special Menu; Wed: ½ price bottles of wine up to $75 The Cider Press Café: Daily 3pm - 7pm: $2 oﬀ wine and $1 oﬀ all beers, ciders and cocktails. FarmTable Kitchen at Locale Market: Mon - Fri 5pm - 7pm; Sunday 5pm-Close: $2 Oysters, $4 Local Drafts, $7 Well Mixed Drinks, $7 Featured Wines by the Glass, $7 Bar Menu, $9 Flatbread Pizza; Movie Tues: $5 oﬀ your check with movie ticket (minimum purchase of $10); Wed: 1/2 oﬀ ALL bottles from the FTK Wine List All Day and complimentary Wine & Cheese Tasting from 5-7pm Fresco’s Waterfront Bistro: Mon - Fri 3pm - 6pm: 1/2 oﬀ single well liquor, house wines & drafts Hawkers Asian Street Fare: Mon - Fri 3pm - 6pm: $3 select craft brews and select small plates. La V: Mon - Fri 4pm - 6pm: 40% oﬀ beer and wine, $4 select menu items. The Oyster Bar: Daily 3pm - 7pm: $1 oyster shooters, $5 Smirnoﬀ martini and select martini specials, $5 24oz beer mugs (craft and International drafts) and $5 house wines; Mon –Tues: ½ oﬀ bottles of wine; Wed: $1 Oyster day; Fri: $5 mojitos, margarita & Moscow mules.
Red Mesa Cantina: Mon all day and Tues - Fri 3pm - 7pm: 1/2 oﬀ house margaritas, 1/2 oﬀ Sangria, 1/2 oﬀ well liquor, 1/2 oﬀ house wines, $1 oﬀ beers; Tequila Tuesday 7pm - close: $4 house or $6 Hornitos margaritas and on the 2nd Tues of the month is a free tequila tasting; Wed 7pm - close: Only day of the week that they serve Fajitas and 1/2 oﬀ select cocktails; Thurs 7pm - close: 1/2 oﬀ pitchers of Margaritas and Sangria; Sat - Sun open - 3pm: $4.50 Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas. Sea Salt: Daily 4pm - 7pm (bar and lounge area only): 50% oﬀ wines by the glass, draft beer, wells, calls and liquors; Pre-sunset menu available daily from 5pm - 6pm: 3 course meal $28 per person; Tues 4pm - close: 1/2 oﬀ all bottles of wine under $100; Mon - Thurs: $1oysters. Stillwaters Tavern: Daily open - 7pm: $4 draft beers and well drinks, discounts on red and white wine on tap, $7 for your choice of one of two house-made, on tap cocktails: The #22 (which is always on tap), and the #84 which changes.
Fab Fall Cocktails
It’s apple cider season, so why not spike up your sangria with some hard apple cider and apple brandy?
Hard Apple Sangria
In a pitcher, combine the apples with the orange, apple juice, lemon juice and brandy. Just before serving, add the hard cider. Serve in tall glasses over ice. 1. 1 cup quartered and thinly sliced unpeeled green, yellow and red apples 2. 1 navel orange—quartered and thinly sliced crosswise 3. 1 cup apple juice, chilled 4. 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 5. ¹/4 cup apple brandy 6. One 22-ounce bottle hard apple cider, chilled 7. Ice
SIPS & SUDS
Flying Boat Brewery
We love a good IPA and APA, so usually on Saturday we start oﬀ at 3 Daughters for some tasters and an afternoon of live music, then head over to The Galley for a Bloody Mary and some brunch. We discovered our new SPL Fave nestled near Woodlawn Park (1776 11th Ave. N. ). Like 3 Daughters, there’s a huge outdoor playground and lots of parking, multiple rooms for events, a 2,000 square foot tasting area and games, so it’s a family friendly hang-out.
Brick walls, a cypress wood bar, leather chairs and low lights pair well with conversation, excellent whiskey ﬂights and boutique wines. With six artisan ales on tap, cheese & meat slates, this hideaway is both sophisticated and hip. With books on the wall and upside down lamps, it’s whimsical and entertaining and the charcuterie rivals Annata and Lolita’s. Opens at 5 pm. 901 1st Ave. S.
On opening day, pups and people mingled and we enjoyed a seasonal beer and the photo exhibit documenting the beer’s namesake (created with the help of the St. Petersburg Museum of History.) “Travel between Tampa and St. Petersburg took close to two hours by steamboat and more than 12 hours by train. With Benoist’s Flying Boat travel took only 23 minutes.” www.ﬂyingboatbrewing.com/history.
Comedy is addictive. You either kill the audience or sulk oﬀ the stage. All the great comedians got their start in stand-up, many at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles from Jim Carrey to Jay Leno. Got the itch? Test your comedy IQ at local open mics at Ruby’s Elixir or SubCentral, the downtown speakeasy at Iberian Rooster on Tuesday.
Gloria West & The Gents light up a room with her dolce pipes and hip band. I love that she sounds like a cross between Billie Holiday and Norah Jones, but with a style all her own. In DTSP, Gloria performs regularly at Ruby’s Elixir, Annata Wine Bar, Sundial St. Pete, Iberian Rooster and The Vinoy.
The 33-year old St. Pete native goes national with her Gloria West “Dem Keys” Album Cover ﬁrst album titled, “Dem Keys”, named after one of the original songs written by local St. Pete musician / producer, Anthony Little. There are also three other originals co-written by West. West’s album features nine songs. West got the music bug early and has been performing live music for ﬁve years. “Music is the key to my heart; it is my bluebird of happiness,” says West. A little secret she shared with SPL? “I have a rabbit tattoo on my foot, as my real name - West is my stage name means “rabbit” in another language. Concerts/Buy The Album: GloriaWestMusic.com
Blues: Betty Fox
With an extensive background in gospel and a lifelong passion for soul music, Betty Fox has come a long way from her southern roots to headlining festivals and captivating thousands with her raw swagger and unwavering talent. Now the 2015 representative of the Suncoast Blues Society, an International Blues Challenge Finalist, and 2 time winner of Creative Loaﬁng’s Best of the Bay, she is truly proving herself a force to be reckoned with. To support her talent, she has carefully selected musical heavyweights Barry Williams on bass, and Tony Cintron on drums and a rotation of choice guitar players (Josh Nelms, Steve Laudicina, Matt Walker, and Ed Wright) to set herself up for nothing less than well deserved success. She’s at Hideaway Cafe 10/11 and 10/25 and Ka Tiki 11/3. For more, go to www.bettyfox.net
Concert Faves Amalie Arena 10/19 Bruno Mars 10/20 Faith Hill & Tim McGraw 12/ 1 Lady Gaga 12/15 Katy Perry Coachman Park 10/13-16 Clearwater Jazz Festival Hideaway Café www.hideawaycafe.biz 10/7 Shaun Hopper Trio Jannus Live 10/6 Band of Horses 10/7 Boyce Avenue 10/8 Trevor Hall 10/20 Blues Traveler 10/25 Dirty Heads 10/26 The Magpie Salute Mahaﬀey Theater 11/7 Bruce Hornsby 11/9 Jethro Tull with Ian Anderson 11/12 La La Land in Concert 11/15 Mannheim Steamroller 11/19 The Australian Bee Gees Tribute Show 12/8 98 Degrees of Christmas 12/9 Sting with The Florida Orchestra State Theater 10/5 Hollywood Undead 10/6 Austin John WInkler 10/18 Between The Buried And Me 11/2 JohnnySwim
Eric Ryan Anderson
If you’ve caught her at The Hideaway Cafe or Ale & The Witch, you’ve grooved to her gospel blues sound and raspy rhythms. The Betty Fox Band is the REAL DEAL. She’s a GRIT (girl raised in the south), a beauty, a blooming blues legend I ﬁrst discovered at Finley’s Irish and the Clearwater Jazz Festival.
You can take an improv class at American Stage (americanstage.org/improv), catch the improv house troupes As Per Usual or Separate Checks on the third Sunday a month and Hawk & Wayne’s Anywhere, U.S.A on the ﬁrst Sunday of the month. Or just relax, chuckle and study the pros at Coconuts and SideSplitters.
BY KEVIN GODBEE Chris Walker
Jazz: Gloria West
The Ale & The Witch
Pops to Classic
You won’t see much Miller Lite, maybe a habaneroﬂavored craft and it feels like a San Francisco crowd. Jazz, blues, rock and bluegrass (Wednesday) free live music and a chill vibe are the catch of the day. On many Sundays, Betty Fox kicks it up around 5 pm. Enjoy rotating casks from some of the best brewers in Tampa Bay and the U.S. www.thealeandthewitch.com
“...In DTSP, there’s always a wine tasting, concert or blues night somewhere. Why stay home?...”
Wine Madonna Music trivia, wine tastings and classes, this boutique wine lounge’s motto is “Seek Happiness.” You’ll ﬁnd SPL at the Oct. 2 Book Club, champagne ﬂute in hand. Wine Madonna is a real person! Madonna Metcalf has been pursuing her dream of opening up a wine lounge for the past twenty-ﬁve years. Madonna (yes, it’s her real name) is a Certiﬁed Sommelier and a Certiﬁed Wine Professional, one of less than 3,000 in the world certiﬁed by the prestigious Court of Masters. She’s studied all over the world, including the Chicago Wine School, and the Professional Culinary Institute in California. Madonna has also been a radio personality, a printing specialist, an actress in Chicago (ask her about the movie she was in) and a literary assistant. She’s owned eleven motorcycles, and her glass is always half-full! Co-owner Kris Radish is a bestselling Random House and Sparkpress author who has published nine novels and three non-ﬁction books. Her twelfth book, Gravel on the Side of the Road-True Stories From A Broad Who Has Been There, made a grand entrance this past July. A former journalist, Kris has covered the war in Bosnia, been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, been stalked, shot at, and once harvested worms for extra money. A bestselling author really does pair well with wine. Kris’s novels are riddled with empowering stories of change and chance and oh yes, just a bit of wine drinking. www.winemadonna.com
Cool music, people and clever events and best of all for me, it’s next to Wine Madonna, one of my all-time favorite hang-outs. You can sip a craft brew or tipple your merlot in the Courtyard, where the tunes rage and occasional dancing breaks out. The Florida Orchestra is everywhere, from downtown’s Mahaﬀey Theater to Clearwater’s Coachman Park and Ruth Eckerd Hall, even Tampa’s Straz Center. For venue and times, check the website www.Floridaorchestra.org. For tickets, 727.892.3337 or 1.800.662.7286, 10/6-10/8 -Carmina Burana: An epic work that is even better LIVE. The orchestra ﬁlls the stage with the 150-voice Master Chorale of Tampa Bay for a huge wall of sound, under the baton of Music Director Michael Francis, to open the Tampa Bay Times Masterworks series. Ask about free tickets for kids and teens. 10/12 - Coﬀee Concert /Orchestra Showpieces: Be amazed by what your virtuoso orchestra can play, with selections from Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain Kingand Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol. Stuart Malina conducts @ Mahaﬀey Theater 10/13-10/15 - Raymond James Pops/Swing is the Thing: Jump ‘n’ jive from the 1940s right into the jukebox tunes of the ‘50s and ‘60s with hits like Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and Rock Around the Clock. Featuring dancers and clarinet sensation Dave Bennett, under the baton of Jeﬀ Tyzik. 10/14 Family Concert/The Science of Sound - TFO Horn Quartet: Interactive, casual chamber concert that introduces young children to classical music and helps develop focus, creativity and critical thinking skills. Come early to try out instruments at the popular Instrument Petting Zoo. Mahaﬀey Theater Atrium 10/21-23 Free Pops in the Park: Enjoy ﬁlm scores, Broadway hits and symphonic favorites al fresco. 10/21 Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg (ﬁreworks ﬁnale); 10/23 Coachman Park, Clearwater; 10/22 Tampa.
10/27-29 Tampa Bay Times Masterworks/ Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture: Nothing quite like the blast of “cannons” and chimes to celebrate TFO’s 50th season. Also: Be blown away by TFO’s own talent in Lutoslawski’s Concerto for Orchestra; Tchaikovsky’s “Little Russian” Symphony No. 2. Michael Francis conducts.
Oct. 14: Jack Kerouac Night
Museum of Fine Arts Barry Lively
The artist is long gone, but a mural on the bar pays homage as do Keep St. Pete Lit and the Friends of Jack Kerouac. His fans will again celebrate his birthday at The Flamingo Bar starting at 6 pm, with Kerouac drink specials, t-shirts, a raﬄe and poetry readings. In addition to the Keep St. Pete Lit Beat Poets, you can meet and enjoy authors, beat poets and live music. Tim Dorsey, Ronny Elliott, Panama Red, Not Broken Yet, Florida Boys, James Hawkins, Rosewood Creek, Muddy River Bottom Waders, the 9th Street MLK Jazz Band and Eric Anderson will be in the house, tippling and raising Cain, Kerouac style.
Nov. 1: Artful Wine Pairings Fundraiser Dinner Enjoy an exclusive ﬁvecourse dinner paired with an estate wine at The Birchwood’s Grand Ballroom to beneﬁt the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance’s Second Saturday ArtWalk. Chefs Luke and Anthony Decker will be inspired by local artists from diﬀerent genres. Doors open at 6:30 and tickets are limited. stpetersburgartsalliance.org The culinary muses are Literary Arts – Sheila Cowley, Playwright; Visual Arts – Jim Rolston, Red Zen Art; Glass Arts – Duncan McClellan, DMG Glass; Dance Arts - Helen French, Beacon & St. Petersburg Dance Alliance and Music Arts – Paul Wilborn and Eugenie Bondurant. www.stpeteartsalliance.org/artwalk.
November: Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume Feast your eyes on the costumes of Han Solo, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, and more! MFA plans to elevate the excitement with a Star Wars-themed costume party Nov 11. This members-only event will feature signature cocktails, local light bites, and a Star Wars trivia challenge. Dress up as your favorite iconic character and escape to a galaxy far, far away. Jedi and Sith welcome, no masks or weaponry. Tickets ($50) include your choice of signature cocktail, hors d’oeuvres, trivia, access to the MFA Collections Galleries, and entry into Star Wars™ and The Power of Costume exhibition.
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Downtown legends include baseball heroes and authors, from Babe Ruth to Jack Kerouac. The beat poet’s little brick house at 5169 10th Ave. was once home to the legendary cult hero, who lived there with his Mom and third wife Stella. The Flamingo Bar (1290 9th St. N) was his watering hole.
9/27 (6 – 8 pm) Simmer & Sift with 1921 by Norman Van Aken: James Beard semi-ﬁnalist, restauranteur, and cookbook author creates culinary masterpieces in the ﬁnal program of the series. USF, St. Petersburg Professor Emeritus and author, Dr. Gary Mormino will prelude the demonstration with a discussion on the “Ten Foods that deﬁne Modern Florida.” 10/8 (3 – 6pm): Friends of Photography: Collecting and Preserving Workshop 10/10 (2 – 3pm: Friends of Decorative Arts Lecture: The Transformative Power of Architecture with Yann Weymouth. 10/11 (10 – 11am) Coﬀee Talks with Nan Colton, portraying the subject of Richard Edward Miller’s Woman Sitting at a Table (c.1903). 10/15 (3 – 4pm) Hot Gatherings, Cool Conversations: A DMG Visiting Glass Artist Series with Jonathan Swanz
Obi Wan Kenobi Jedi Robes Star Wars™: The Phantom Menace
Membership Perks • Free general admission to the Museum and all Southeastern (SERM) reciprocal museums • Discounted admission to specially ticketed exhibitions • 10% Discount in the Museum Store • 10% Discount in the MFA Café • Invitations to special Member previews and other Museum programs • Free or discounted admission to special programs and events • Access to Members-Only events and programs • Electronic MFA Happenings weekly e-blast • NEW! $5 discount on up to 2 regular adult general admission tickets per visit for family and friends • NEW! Expedited Member check-in • NEW! Electronic monthly Members’ newsletter • NEW! Discounted valet parking with Museum validation for up to 4 hours
CALENDAR FILM @ TOWN
Dali & Schiaparelli Don’t miss the kick-oﬀ and weekend celebration of high fashion and ﬁne art for The Dali’s highly anticipated exhibit previewed in SPL’s July/August issue. FYI: www.thedali.org/schiaparelli-weekend-details 10/13 Fashion + Art Luncheon: A Conversation with Sabine Getty (Schiaparelli ambassador and patron), Delphine Bellini (Deputy CEO, Elsa Schiaparelli SAS), Dilys Blum (Jack M. and Annette Y. Friedland Senior Curator of Costume and Textiles, Philadelphia Museum of Art) and Hank Hine (Director, The Dali Museum); moderated by John William Barger III (featured in Fashion as this month’s Stylish Burger!) Renaissance Vinoy Sunset Ballroom (11am-1:30pm) 10/14 Dali & Schiaparelli Fashion Show and Exhibition Opening Gala: Dinner & dancing and so much more at The Dali Museum (6pm-11:30pm) 10/15 Champagne Brunch at The Mahaﬀey Theater (11am-1pm)
CONCERTS The Palladium reopens the refurbished Side Door and will feature Damon Fowler Group (9/29-30), jazz piano star Mark Moultrup (10/1) and Florida soul with Little Jake and the Soul Searchers and a book signing 10/21. WIN FREE TICKETS for Victor Wainwright and the Train’s CD release party Nov. 3 at the Palladium. This promotion is exclusively for those who sign up for SPL’s weekly email on our website, www.StPeteLifeMag. com. We’re giving away TWO SETS of 2 tickets on Oct. 20th. Winners will be notiﬁed by email and tickets will be held in their name at the box oﬃce. SPIFFS International Folk Fair: This multi-cultural celebration of arts, crafts food and entertainment is a family-friendly weekend 10/26-29 at Vinoy Park. Catch Greek, German, Filipino and Mexican dancers, ethnic eats and a peaceful global vibe. Duke Energy Center for the Arts - Mahaﬀey Theater: Bill Burr 10/6; Tracy Morgan 11/5; Bruce Hornsby 11/7; Jethro Tull 11/9; LA LA Land 11/12; Mannheim Steamroller 11/15; 98° at Christmas 12/8; Cirque Dreams Holidaze 12 20; Ten Tenors Home for the Holidays 12/21. FYI: Buy tickets online at www.TheMahaﬀey.com, charge by phone 893-7832.
The Dali’s ArtFlix Featuring art-related documentaries/features related to The Dali’s exhibition Dali and Schiaparelli, ArtFlix will feature ﬁlms with extraordinary costumes, curated by Tampa Bay fashion gurus. Each ﬁlm will be introduced by the fashion pro who chose the ﬁlm. 10/5 - Blade Runner: Presented by Ivanka Ska (Fashion Designer, Artist, Founder of House of SKA) In a future of high-tech possibility soured by urban and social decay, Deckard hunts for fugitive, murderous replicants – and is drawn to a mystery woman whose secrets may undermine his soul. 10/7 – Black Swan 10/14 – The Cell 10/21 – Crimson Peak 10/28 – Bram Stoker’s Dracula FYI: www.thedali.org/events/category/schiaparelli-dali Bring family and friends to enjoy FREE ﬁlm classics and music each Thursday evening in October on St. Petersburg’s beautiful downtown waterfront in North Straub Park (400 Bayshore Dr., NE). The movies and music events are produced by St. Petersburg Preservation. The fun begins with music at 6 pm and movies at dusk in the park, on Beach Drive and between 4th and 5th Avenues NE. Bring a picnic or buy food. FYI: www.stpetepreservation.org 10/5 Mamma Mia with music by Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones 10/12 Some Like it Hot with music by Jennifer Real 10/19 Space Balls with music by Holey Miss Moley 10/26 E.T. with music by Ed Woltil & the Loaded Question Royal Theater of London Osher Lifelong Learning Institute – OLLI – at Eckerd College will show eleven National Theatre of Great Britain encore performances in HD video at the Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium on the Eckerd College campus on Friday afternoons. This includes “No Man’s Land” 10/13, “Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” 11/3, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” on December 1, “Obsession” on January 12, “Salome” on February 16, “Young Marx” on March 16, “Yerma” on April 13, “Julius Caesar” on May 4 and “Twelfth Night” on May 25. FYI: www.LiveHDStPete.com; 864-7600.
freeFall Theater Upcoming Season
The Royale at American Stage
Don’t miss the world premiere production of White Fang 10/6-10/22, written and directed by rising British playwright Jethro Compton, inspired by Jack London’s novel. See this epic story of love, loss and redemption at freeFall before it moves to London for its UK premiere. Based in the UK, Compton and his production company are well known for creating bold, narrative driven theatrical experiences that often present highly cinematic re-imaginings of classic stories for the stage. freeFall Theatre Company and Jethro Compton Productions are co-producing this new vision of a literary classic right here in St. Petersburg. Local audiences will be the ﬁrst to experience this world premiere before it heads to London for a run at The Park Theatre in December 2017. www.freefalltheatre.com Upcoming Season The Little Prince: 11/30/17 @7pm The Glass Menagerie: 2/1/18 @7pm Daddy Long Legs: 3/22/18 @7pm The Machine Stops: 5/10/18 @7pm The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!): 6/28/18 @7pm
From an award-winning writer on the hit TV series Orange is the New Black comes one of America’s hottest new plays. Jay “The Sport” Jackson wants nothing more than to prove he’s the best boxer in the world. However in the Jim Crow era, his chances are as good as knocked out. When a boxing promoter hatches a plan for “the ﬁght of the century,” The Sport just might land a place in the ring with the reigning white heavyweight champion. But is the country ready for this face oﬀ? Through the sights and sounds of the early 20th century boxing circuit, “The Royale” packs a punch that will leave you breathless. FYI: americanstage.org/ROYALE
Always on point, Helen Hansen French’s performances, choreography, her work with the St. Petersburg Dance Alliance and the BEACON Dance Series, SPC dance classes and more keep us mesmerized as does her newest project. “Capturing Dance” is a multimedia project, combining photography and dancers from all genres in everyday spaces. It’s a mobile mural. With the help of the St. Pete Arts Alliance, French teamed up with professional photographers Tom Kramer and Charlotte Nacole Suarez to capture aerial, ballroom, Bollywood and other dancers performing. Look for the upcoming website featuring these collaborative visual/ movement projects, and hopefully, a gallery show.
10/4-10/7 Up, Up and Away
Studio@620’s upcoming show by Sheila Cowley explores the lives of women ﬂyers in the aftermath of World War II. Drawn from oral histories and memoirs of women who served in the WASP program in WWII, Flying explores the aftermath of war and the quiet, daily acts of heroism that never earn a medal.
Charlotte Nacole Suarez
American Stage’s “We The People” This season, as American Stage celebrates 40 years, (AS/40), serving our community as a non-proﬁt professional theatre and their ‘WE THE PEOPLE’ thematic movement, American Stage commissioned the local talents of seven visual artists and one photographer for three phases of artistic collaborations to highlight the season. American Stage is celebrating 40 years, and We The People will be the talk of the town. There will be a fundraiser and celebration on October 6, www.americanstage.org/as40 to kick oﬀ the 2017-2018 season and milestone. Laura Spenser, Visual Artist for “Much Ado About Nothing” said this about American Stage’s season theme, “‘WE THE PEOPLE’ evokes the power and prowess of the individual, and how a group of individuals can come together, creating powerful and meaningful change.” “To celebrate our ‘We the People’ movement, American Stage commissioned seven talented local artists to create visual interpretations of the plays in our season. We are very proud to feature the work of these artists throughout our season and to aﬃrm the power and beauty that emerges when we come together to share our diverse perspectives, “ says Stephanie Gularte, Producing Artistic Director.
Upcoming Artists & Show Collaborations Herbert Scott Davis for THE ROYALE / Sep 20 – Oct 15 Laura Spencer for MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING / Nov 8 – Dec 10 Zulu Painter for A RAISIN IN THE SUN / Jan 24 – Feb 18 Thirst McFly for MARJORIE PRIME / Mar 7 – Apr 1 Chad Mize for THE PRODUCERS / Apr 18 – May 13 Coralette Damme for STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR / May 23 – Jun 17 Tracy Copes (with Chancellor Joyer) for BAD JEWS / Jul 11 – Aug 5
Happy Hauntings If Halloween is your favorite adult holiday, you’re not alone. SPL likes to comb ArtPool for vintage outﬁts and CASA for glam leftovers. We wanted to take our Ouija board to Haslam’s Book Store to communicate with the alleged ghost that haunts this legendary bookstore. From Thriller Zombie street mash-up tributes to Michael Jackson to pumpkin beer, you can play pirate or wench at these DTSP events and spooky soirees. Ghost Tour: Discover what lurks in the shadows of St. Pete. www.ghostour.com 10/12 Pom Pom’s Teahouse and Sandwicheria: Sip and paint your own mask to match your Halloween outﬁt. 7-9 pm Barry Lively
10/20 St. Pete Zombie Food Booze Crawl: Hosted by Gulf to Bay Food Truck Association and City of St. Pete at Albert Whitted Park. 6-10 pm 10/20 NOVAWEEN He11even: St. Pete’s favorite Halloween party returns to historic venue NOVA 535’s event space. www.
10/21 Studio @ 620: DJ’s Witch ﬂash mob performs at Hauntizaar for two shows at this fun holiday crafts bazaar. 3-6 pm 10/21: Sunscreen Film Festival: Presents Hocus Pocus outdoors at Williams Park (330 2nd Ave.). 6 pm. 10/28: Thrill The World 2017: Hosted by The Kind Mouse Productions, Inc. and Thrill St. Pete. Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” in attempt to break the world record. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Thriller album. In celebration we have planned an event that is sure to be a night to “dismember”. The event will be centered around a huge halloween fundraising party sponsored by our wonderful sponsors of Cody’s Original Roadhouse- Bay Pines. The evening will include a zombie happy hour, music and dancing provided my DJ Tamik Entertainment, face painting, costume contests, zombie snacks, raﬄes, bake sale, and a whole LOT more. 6-10 pm
TRAVELS WITH CC
Just Say Ahhhh...To Canyon Ranch Spa BY CINDY COCKBURN Rod Millington
There’s a reason why Sigmund Freud never got an answer to his famous question, “What do women want?” We want it all. Especially on vacation. Throw in beautiful scenery, a roaring ﬁre at a cozy inn, adventurous excursion options and the ability to end the day with a soothing massage. Heaven! Enter Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires, one of the top wellness destinations in the country. This spa resort promises “the power of possibility” and delivers a stress-free, all-inclusive escape set in a luxurious New England inn. Each season oﬀers special reasons to visit: mountain biking, hikes, canoes and kayaks, sculling and paddle boarding, tennis and racquetball, squash and cross country skiing and snowshoeing. You’re oﬀered 1,600- to 1,800-calorie-a-day menus. “Moderation not Deprivation” is their nutrition motto. Travel + Leisure gives it a “World’s Best” award. The Journey To Bliss: We ﬂew from Tampa to Albany, New York and rented a car for the hour drive to the spa. As we drive toward the mountains and ﬁnd our way to the Berkshires, the beauty is inspiring. No wonder so many talented singers, artists and writers have lived here. After writing the Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne moved to the Berkshires. James Taylor, Norman Rockwell and Edith Wharton all fell in love with this part of picturesque New England.
Picturesque Lenox Welcomes You: We wind our way down country roads through the town of Lenox and drive up to an elegant mansion, enter the impressive Ranch lobby and are greeted by a smiling concierge. The building where Canyon Ranch is housed used to be called Bellefontaine, now a romantic state-of-the art destination resort. It’s very peaceful. We are reminded to only use our cell phones in the mansion courtyard, hotel pavilion living room or our guest room. What makes Canyon Ranch so special is the lovely ﬂow of the days and nights. BREATHE – STRETCH – EXPLORE – TRY – LEARN – DINE – RELAX – REPEAT.
Canyon Ranch Spa
For Guys AND Gals: Men, do not be afraid of the word spa. Forget your preconceived notions of a feminine “fat farm” weight-loss retreat where women walk around in white robes chatting about pampering beauty treatments. Men now represent 31 percent of all spa-goers in the US. “Once a man comes here, often
dragged here by his wife, he is often the one making the return reservation,” said Canyon Ranch owner Enid Zuckerman. Healthy Cuisine, Relaxed Atmosphere: Be willing to skip the cocktail hour and give up wine with meals (no alcohol allowed); look forward instead to healthy alternatives. We are oﬀered more than 200 services including meditation, stretch and yoga classes, six levels of hiking trails (elevations up to 4,000 feet) indoor and outdoor ﬁtness options and healthy culinary choices. No one cares about dressing up for dinner. We don’t carry pocketbooks or lipsticks to the dining room. We carry notebooks to compare classes and instructors, pulling out our This Week at Canyon Ranch ﬁtness options, and carry pens instead of cell phones to compare notes about the best classes. Spiritual Awakenings: Maybe the most surprising oﬀering: a chance to explore our spirituality. Oriental medicine. Lifestyle management. Asian massage therapies. Metaphysical classes from tarot to astrology. Late night massages for two (deep tissue for his shoulder issues and simple relaxation for me) sounded decadent and divine, and proved to be a welcome treat after all those activities. Together we could sign up and learn
TRAVEL about topics ranging from the immune system to vitamins, and heart disease to mid-life crisis for both sexes.
Spa/Fitness Options: We won’t just be glancing outside at the mountains, we’re full throttle on resort invites to walk or take a guided hike, and I sign up for a beginner’s stroll that promises a gentle walk with rolling terrain for about two hours. I’m excited about trying Tai Chi again after 20 years and a daily 8 am meditation class. How decadent to end the night with a 9 pm massage in the spa and to not worry about a thing except to weave our way back through the hallways of the hotel after 10 pm to our guestroom, clad only in white terry cloth bathrobes!
Mindful Meditation: What do I know about Manifestation or karaoke yoga class? I join ten men and women standing up on yoga mats belting out lyrics oﬀ key from the famous Foreigner tune: “I want to know what love is … I want you to show me.”. I notice the meditation and yoga classes have a powerful eﬀect on the women. As our meditation and yoga instructors encourage us to simply let our emotions go, bottled-up feelings let go, too. I peek at other women during classes, tears streaming down their faces. From joy. From pain (emotionally not physically) from a sense of freedom. Rod Millington
Explore The Area: If you hit it right, you’ll enjoy the magniﬁcent fall foliage. The Norman Rockwell Museum is located on 36 park-like acres in Stockbridge, Massachusetts and houses the country’s largest collection of original Rockwell art. The iconic illustrator produced 322 covers for the Saturday Evening Post and worked forLook magazine in the 1960s. In the winter, you can ski and snowboard at Jiminy Peak, Butternut and Bousquet.
Canyon Ranch Fitness Tips After our vacay, we took these goals home with us: • To lose weight and keep it oﬀ, exercise 45 minutes to an hour, four days a week • When you walk, focus on your posture; proper alignment can decrease lower back discomfort and increase lung capacity. • For a cardio workout, walk at least three to six times per week for a minimum of 20 minutes. • Begin your exercises with a ﬁve minute warm-up and ﬁnish with a ﬁve minute cool down.
FYI Travel Canyon Ranch Lenox 165 Kemble St, Lenox, MA 01240 Phone:(413) 637-4100 www.canyonranch.com
Omni Resorts Amelia Island Plantation
Omni Amelia Island BY NANETTE WISER
This award-winning Florida destination basks in the glow of its $85 million re-imagination, Here you can enjoy a luxury resort experience in perfect harmony with nature.
Enjoy three-anda-half miles of wide, uncrowded beach or play 54 holes of championship golf; 23 Har-Tru® tennis courts;
Omni Resorts Amelia Island Plantation
The resort features 404 luxury oceanfront guest rooms and suites; the largest pool deck in Northeast Florida including tiered lounge seating, an adults-only inﬁnity edge pool, a family friendly pool, kids’ splash area, two hot tubs, and ﬁre features, all boasting spectacular Atlantic views.
award-winning recreation programs; a shopping village with restaurants, boutiques and a nature-inspired signature spa; a state-of-theart ﬁtness center; ten culinary options ranging from casual to ﬁne dining; kids camps; and numerous activities for adventurers including kayaking, horseback riding, Segway tours and seven miles of paved trails. My favorite part is the Omni’s Sprouting Project, spearheaded by Executive Chef, Daven Wardynski, consisting of a stateof-the-art aquaponic greenhouse, expansive organic garden, large
collection of beehives and barrel room. Daven explains the conception of the greenhouse as his “legacy to Omni Amelia Island Plantation.” A chef’s playground, imagined by his desire to bring the freshest products possible to guests while staying true to his “Michigan farm boy roots.” The Barrel Room oﬀers an assortment of gin, rum, dandelion wine, bourbon and more alongside palmetto honey made in the apiary and basil grown in the organic garden. omniameliaislandplantationresort.com
TRAVEL / FLORIDA
The Plantation at Crystal River BY NANETTE WISER
Feeling peckish? You can grab a bite at The Tiki Bar or dine in West 82 ⁰ Bar & Grill (breakfast, lunch and dinner daily) on stand-outs that include she crab soup, slow cooked baby back ribs, shrimp and grits and pan seared grouper.
Immerse yourself in Old Florida charm with a trip to The Plantation at Crystal River. The resort is surrounded by the natural springs of Kings Bay and more than 25,000 surface acres of pristine lakes, rivers, wildlife refuges and state parks. Here you can boat, golf, relax in the spa, enjoy the new chef’s delicious menu (we love the brunch) and in the winter, swim with the manatees. Amenities include a lagoon-style swimming pool overlooking the scenic river, two tennis courts, a sand volleyball court, horseshoes and a regulation croquet court are just a few of the other on-property amenities to keep guests entertained.
The resort’s traditional Florida-style course features 27 holes of golf lined with native oaks, palms, and pines, as well as water views. The 18-hole Championship Course, a favorite among PGA and LPGA professionals, includes a collection of challenging fairways such as the tree-lined 552-yard par-5 on #11, the course’s signature hole. The versatile par-31 Hack Golf course features nine holes designed for junior-level golfers, including shorter fairways, 15” holes and fewer water hazards. You can boat, ﬁsh or dive while staying at the resort; bring your boat and there’s no charge to dock along the 1,600-foot sea wall at no charge to guests or you can explore the waterways by renting canoes, kayaks, jon boats and pontoon boats at the Plantation Adventure Center & Dive Shop. Guided kayak tours are also available and can be arranged through the dive shop.
With an average temperature of 72 degrees, the Crystal River is home to a variety of ﬁsh and wildlife species, including many fresh and salt water ﬁsh such as largemouth bass, tarpon, redﬁsh, grouper, dolphins and manatees. Divers can ﬁll air tanks at the on-site marina, as well as rent snorkels, masks and the resort’s new wet suits. Crystal River is the only place in the world where snorkelers can interact with the West Indian Manatee in the wild. The Plantation Adventure Center oﬀers a chance to swim alongside the endangered species, as the gentle creatures eat, play and socialize. The manatees gather in the constant 72-degree waters of the Crystal River and Kings Bay, especially during the cooler winter months. You can also take a guided tour by boat or kayak and view these magniﬁcent creatures.
The 196 rooms oﬀer comfort with a sophisticated Old Florida feel decorated in crisp white, blue and greens that celebrate the resort’s natural habitat. In addition to guest rooms, you can indulge in a junior suite or villa. You can rejuvenate at the Spa Bleu an Aveda© Spa with facials, massage therapy, manicures, pedicures and more.
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Nobu Eden Rock Hotel in Miami Beach oﬀers a “Full Moon Wellness Series” focused on physical and mental wellness. Each full moon event features a diﬀerent program - a yoga session, life coach speakers, meditation lessons, herbal experts, acupuncture, and stretching rituals with refreshments such as fresh pressed
juices, smoothies and light fare by Malibu Farm, a farm-to-fork concept founded by Chef Helene Henderson. Registration for each month’s wellness activity is open to Nobu Eden Roc guests and locals, making it the perfect on-property activity to pack into your vacation schedule. www.Nobuedenroc.com.
AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL
San Francisco Non-Stop BY CHRIS BARNETT
Paris may be Papa Hemingway’s movable feast but San Francisco is an endless bacchanal. The tiny, retro bejeweled gateway to the Pacifc has spectacular restaurants, entertainment, views, thrills, Bohemian history, great October weather and, now, a United Airlines nonstop ﬂight. Transportation: Hop aboard BART rapid transit to the city for $5. This is also the birthplace of Uber and Lyft for fast, cheap get-arounds. Avoid rent a cars, pricey parking and costly tickets. This is a calorie-burning walking town with friendly streets.
Lunch: Start with delicious, inexpensive dim sum lunch at Lai Hong Lounge at 1416 Powell St. or Hang Ah Tea Room at 1 Pagoda Place in nearby Chinatown, then drop by the Museum of Ice Cream at 1 Grant Ave. for the “scoop of the week.” Fisherman’s Wharf: Don’t miss a touristy but fun cable car ride up and down the hills, transfer to Fisherman’s Wharf, sip a steamy Irish coﬀee at historic Buena Vista saloon, feast on fabulous Ghirardelli chocolate from the ‘factory’ at 900 North Point and the visit The Dungeon, next door to Madame Toussaud’s wax museum for a glimpse of San Francisco history from the “dark side.”
Hippie-Fest: No more ‘love ins,’ but the town is still celebrating the fabled Summer of Love’s 50th anniversary with an eye-popping light show at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, through Oct. 21. Put some ﬂowers in your hair, explore the park, then stroll nearby Haight Street where it’s still 1968 with plenty of Hippie sightings. Take home a psychedelic poster. Explore Eclectic Neighborhoods: Uber over to other walkabout neighborhoods including The Upper Fillmore, Union St., Chestnut, the eclectic Mission for all things Latin, North Beach, still the city’s Little Italy, West Portal with charming, quaint strores galore. Feel energetic? Walk with locals on Chrissie Field and gaze on the Bay, cross the Golden Gate Bridge on foot at sunset and wind up with some wine and nibbles at the storybook-like Cliﬀ House facing the Paciﬁc. Itching for a mini-cruise? Book a short ferry to Sausalito, Tiburon or Angel Island.
“...From Chinatown to North Beach, dim sum to Irish coﬀee, SF is America’s Paris...”
It’s Dinner Time! Locals travel on their stomach. We love to eat and experiment. Hot new place is China Live at 844 Broadway, home of Sichuan Working Hands Dumplings, $9. For stylish pan Asian in a modern South Paciﬁc setting, E & O Kitchen and Bar at 314 Sutter. Tucked away in Gold Alley in the ﬁnancial district is Bix, a supper club with live jazz and absolutely sensational food. It’s A Wrap: Say sayonara San Francisco with a nightcap at the Top Of The Mark or Cityscape on the 46th ﬂoor of the San Francisco Hilton at 333 O Farrell. Smart, sophisticated and fairly priced and plenty of nooks and corners to cuddle and reminisce. Hotels: Check out the magniﬁcent, century-old Fairmont Hotel atop Nob Hill has elegant rooms. Slip into its exotic Tonga Room for tropical splendor in a glass. The Alise is a charming, renovated Victorian boutique hotel with a pineapple infused lobby at 580 Geary St. near Union Square. I love the regal Clift Hotel at 495 Geary in the compact Theatre District just down from galleries, shops and David’s Deli. Rendezvous with friends in the Redwood Room.
Chris Barnett is a well-known journalist who opines about money, travel and great saloons worldwide. firstname.lastname@example.org
Why I Love My Job Patti Bradﬁeld, Pieces of a Dream What I Do For A Living: I sell things that make people smile and enhance the ambience of their home/oﬃce. I market myself by being joyful and friendly. On location at my shop I oﬀer a listening ear and a beautiful quiet space ﬁlled with a diverse/exotic collection of jewelry, apparel, home decor and cards. I am in many ways a personal shopper, often buying with certain customers in mind. What’s New In The Store: We will start carrying men’s apparel and celebrate our anniversary this fall. What I Did Before: I spent ﬁve years in commercial sales, twelve years in department store retail, and opened the ﬁrst Pieces Of A Dream gift shop in 1993 in Pittsburgh. In 1999 I closed that location and began my journey southward, now a wife and mother of one angel and another on the way. Why Did We Move Here? My husband’s work brought us to St. Petersburg ten years ago, and we couldn’t be happier. WE love it here! It has all the attributes of a big city, but the coziness of a small town. From Mom To Entrepreneur: For twenty years I was a full time wife/mom. In November 2015 I entered the next chapter of my career, that of a small business owner and entrepreneur. My Mantra: My goal each day is to make a positive impact on each person that I cross paths with, to love and serve my neighbors and community. What’s My Success Secret: I am a success because I am loved. Everyone who enters the shop instantly becomes a friend. I try to take advantage of every opportunity to invite people to visit the shop and self promote. Why I Love DTSP: I love being in Grand Central District/ Kenwood because of its strong sense of community that embraces everyone regardless of diﬀerences. I have become friends with many merchants along Central Avenue, from Punky’s on 31st to BrewD’licious on the 600 block. We support each other. My Fun Faves: DTSP is wonderful because it oﬀers food for every palate. My husband and I’s favorite date is lunch/dinner, a short stroll and a movie; and we’ve always got a new place to try! On my own I love to exercise, do a little yoga, and ballroom dance... Dancing deﬁnitely makes me smile. Come See Us: 2430 Central Avenue www.piecesofadreamgifts.com Facebook @piecesofadreamgifts
Surviving The Storm What can you do in times of adversity to stay focused on what needs to get done at work? According to SmartBriefs, one of the greatest challenges for professionals is to leave behind their personal challenges when they enter the workplace. Here’s some tips: Label your emotion. Separate yourself from the experience and draft a plan on how to handle it. Share (but don’t overshare) what’s happening. Let a trusted colleague or supervisor know you are facing diﬃculties but will do your best to persevere. Commit to working through your challenges. Be determined and focused, keep an upbeat attitude and an inspirational quote handy. “The obstacle is the path.” (Zen proverb) Find the silver lining. For every problem, there’s someone who has it worse. Practice gratitude and learn new lessons. Reﬂect on how others did it. Life is ﬁlled with stories of “failures” who endured challenges yet went on to achieve great successes.
Learning = Earnings! The Greenhouse partners with various service providers to oﬀer 1-on-1 business counseling by appointment at no cost. You can also take business start up and business plan workshops and attend their networking events. www.stpetegreenhouse.com, 440 Second Ave. N 10/3: How to Make Your Business Thrive, Not Just Survive: Entrepreneurs are often so focused on the day-to-day operations needed for survival that they don’t take time to look at the business as a whole. In this workshop you will receive practical advice about using the essential disciplines of Customer Service, Money, Marketing, and Management to build a better business. 10/5 Social Media Overview for Business: Confused as to which social media platforms are best suited for your business? In this workshop you will learn about the top social media sites available for your business and the basics of how they function, demographic targeting, tips and tricks for free on-line tools to enhance your business’ social brand from SCORE’s Sally Hansen. 10/10 Marketing and Sales: Learn your target market, competition, business environment and how to write and implement a marketing plan. 10/11 How to Research and Write Your Business Plan: Businesses that fail to plan, plan to fail. Most business problems arise from not planning ahead. Learn how to make a SWOT (STRENGTHS, WEAKNESSES, OPPORTUNITIES, and THREATS) so you can assess what direction your business should go in to maximize success.
Financial Resources of your business
• Economic Injury Disaster Loans -
It’s time to embrace #StPeteStrong on our road to recovery. Here are some key ﬁnancial resources to help you revive, rebuild and restore your personal and professional life. U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Assistance: SBA Disaster Loans are low-interest loans from the SBA for individuals, businesses and non-proﬁt organizations. The loans can be used for loss and damages not fully covered by insurance. Currently there are four (4) programs provided by SBA for businesses in a declared disaster area: • Home + Personal Property Loans • Business Physical Disaster Loans geared for physical loss and damage
geared for economic injury regardless of physical damage • Military Reservists Economic Injury Loans FYI: Florida SBDC at Pinellas County: (727) 453-7200 or PCED.org/SBALoan Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program: The purpose of the Emergency Bridge Loan Program is to provide a source of expedient cash ﬂow to Florida small businesses impacted by a disaster. These short-term, interest-free working capital loans are intended to “bridge the gap” between the time a major catastrophe hits and when a business has secured longer-term recovery resources, such as suﬃcient
proﬁts from a revived business, receipt of payments on insurance claims or federal disaster assistance. There is a capped amount to this loan program. FYI: (727) 453-7200 or visit PCED.org/bridge FEMA Disaster Assistance: Survivors with losses due to Hurricane Irma in Charlotte, Collier, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Pinellas, and Sarasota Counties may now register for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, according to state and federal oﬃcials. DisasterAssistance.gov Pinellas County: From price gouging to knowing how to hire a licensed contractor, this website oﬀers savvy tips. pinellascounty.org/emergency/bulletin City of St. Pete: With daily updates online, you can ﬁnd out about debris removal and post-storm recovery eﬀorts here: stpete.org
CyberSecurity & Identity Theft Phil Yost is President of Compass Land & Title and his Tampa and Palm Harbor oﬃces are booming from the surge in the real estate business, but his St. Pete oﬃce is exploding. “What a great time to live in St. Pete,” he explained. “Live, Work, Play is an understatement!” He’s expanding his team and moved his St. Pete oﬃce from 1,000 square feet to 3,500 square feet at 360 Central Avenue Suite #450 and will host a grand opening this fall. Yost lives in Placido Bayou with his beautiful wife and partner in business and in life Valerie. Their favorite Downtown St. Pete restaurant is Il Ritorno. They love living near the Gulf of Mexico and share a passion for water sports. Lately, Yost has been preaching about real estate cyber security, hosting educational seminars with Guaranteed Rate of Tampa Bay’s Vice President Jeﬀ Crain as co-host. “We’re committed to helping our industry combat cyberfraud issues related to closings and real estate transactions,” said Yost, who plans to give monthly seminars to local realtors.
“The biggest threat to the real industry right now is cybercrime. There is not a day that goes by that Compass is not having multiple attempts at hacking our data. The bulk of this is with the end game intention of directing wired funds. Many realtors operate from home oﬃces with zero security, encryption, malware detections, etc. We want to educate our best brokers and agents to the magnitude of the threat, while positioning our ﬁrms as the industry leaders in cybersecurity.”
Many of these safeguards apply to all businesses. If you’re a consumer, make sure your title agent or realtor has these preventative measures in place: • Maintain an information security program to protect client’s information. Have a managed anti-virus program in the system and a dedicated IT person.
The number of cyber security attacks is increasing every year. The impact on a business is not just interruption but rather extreme ﬁnancial burdens that could cripple a business. The digitization of the real estate industry makes it a ripe target for cyber criminals and one must stay vigilant on protecting digital information to ensure a successful sustainable business operation. It’s so prevalent that the FBI this year set up a task force to monitor and address the issue of identity theft which costs consumers and realtors money. Did you know that Florida is 2nd in the U.S. for cybercrime? And there are 10,000 phishing scams a day? Yes, the fear factor is real, but there are steps that agents can take to protect themselves and their clients. John Gonzalez, Assistant Vice President of Agency Education and Development for North and Central Florida for Fidelity National Title Group. “This is one of the fastest growing crimes and targeting our industry from all sides. We’ll help realtors protect themselves and their customers in this seminar.” Verifying callers and information by phone isn’t enough; hackers will often phish using the company’s logo and setting up a fake phone number or intercepting information and getting unsuspecting agents or consumers to wire money direct to hackers. Among the issues covered in these seminars? • How to protect data • How to securely communicate conﬁdential information with clients • The legitimacy of cyber threats • What to do if you suspect a cyber-attack or data breach has occurred.
• Do not provide ﬁnancial or private • • •
information to unveriﬁed callers or websites. Ensure secure collection and transmission of personal information, including lock down of ﬁles at home and in your car. Verify all wire information before transfers; set up dual controls. Use a VPN or SSL for external connections.
• Add a lock-out program for your computer when it is not in use.
• Change passwords often and use strong passwords.
• Beware of Wi-Fi and charging • •
stations; don’t access ﬁnancial or personal information on them. Use HTTPS when transferring personal or private information. For more on Phishing go to www. knowbe4.com
NEWS & VIEWS
ilovetheburg.com is the brainchild of Brian Bailey and Dex Fabian, founders of downtown St. Petersburg award winning creative agency rkc.me Since their May 2009 launch, they have shared stories about how St. Petersburg (a.k.a. the #BURG) is the best place to live, work and play. A St. Pete Life Magazine fave, we are proud to debut this content partnership. We will showcase some of their tidbits and features in each issue. Be sure to like them on Facebook, sign up for the weekly newsletters and spread the love. - Nanette Wiser Just another brilliant ad from rkc.me creative team.
Open Streets St. Pete Central. Sip on matcha from Intermezzo, dig into maduros from Bodega, then proceed to shop vintage tees and classic records at ARTpool Gallery.
A bike-friendly Burg is on the horizon. Coast Bike Share’s utter ubiquity throughout Tampa Bay has further activated the local cyclist community. Initiatives have been put into place to help make the streets downtown around the Sunshine City safer for those commuting by foot and two-wheels. Open Streets St. Pete is a group of local residents looking to make St. Pete healthy, fun and safe. The goal is to provide public access to St. Pete streets and roadways for active transportation, exploration and fun.
This year’s Open Streets event, in partnership with Shift St. Pete and St. Pete Preservation, will see Central Avenue, from 9th Street to 22nd Street closed oﬀ from cars. Pedal from the booming stretch of the EDGE District to the always eclectic sprawl of Grand
Parklets Add Green Space St. Pete is replete with green space. You can acquaint yourself with gators, spiders, squirrels and mythic avian creatures at Boyd Hill; North Shore Park and Lassing oﬀer plenty of space to simply relax beneath the luminescent Florida sun; Weedon Island Preserve oﬀers panoramic views of Tampa Bay with plenty of trails to jog on. Pop up parks a possibility downtown? Yes, especially since we love quiet havens, a respite from the bustling Burg. On August 14, Florida Consumer Action Network Foundation taught residents how cities across the country are creating “parklets” to make their streets more livable for people of all ages. So, what is a parklet? It’s a sidewalk extension that provides more space and amenities for people using the street. They’re typically found in parking lanes taking up several spots. Landscape architects Tony Monk and Brian Cook shared their vision on the beneﬁts of parklets and where you can ﬁnd them, with some planned for this fall.
The event takes place on Sunday, October 29, from 11am-4pm. Last year’s celebration featured a street festival with local vendors, live music, life-sized foosball, the debut of bike share in St. Pete, dance demonstrations, and basketball hoops downtown. Full details concerning vendors and speciﬁc event happenings will be revealed closer to the event.
Vinyl Is Hot St. Pete is a city of music lovers. Bananas Music boasts one of the largest record collections in the world. Daddy Kool Records keeps local audiophiles up to date on the latest releases from the most groundbreaking bands in the industry. Planet Retro Records is a mural-coated home brimming with music history. ARTpool Gallery’s eclectic selection of comics, clothes and vintage accessories is complemented by a ﬁne record collection. St. Pete Records joins the vinyl movement downtown. It began as a single bin on the ﬁrst ﬂoor (Furnish Me Vintage) before blossoming into a full store on the second ﬂoor. Have a collection you’re looking to sell? St. Pete Records will buy your vinyl. With an eclectic collection, they oﬀer classic, rock, jazz and other exotica. St. Pete Records is also home to Rick’s Vintage, oﬀering professionally serviced vintage audio gear as well as a selection of turntables, receivers, speakers, and microphones
Sunshine City Transcends Stormy Weather City of St. Petersburg
Trees toppled, windows shattered but St. Pete’s spirit never wavered. Neighbors helped each other, strangers became friends, and random acts of kindness became the routine. Hats oﬀ to the ﬁrst responders, St. Pete citizens, businesses, out of town worker bees and utility crews, government oﬃcials (seen here, Mayor Kriseman, Deputy Mayor Tomalin and Congressman Crist) and our friends and family on social media who never wavered in the eye of the storm. St. Pete Life Magazine salutes you all. Job well done.- Nanette Wiser City of St. Petersburg
City of St. Petersburg City of St. Petersburg
...It’s all about putting people ﬁrst, and what you do does that. You inform us as to what is going on weather wise and that is increasingly more important as we are dealing with the climate that we are currently dealing with...” -Congressman Charlie Crist thanks the National Weather Service
City Disaster Relief Centers are open at the Enoch Davis Center, the Sunshine Senior Center and the West Library. City staﬀ and community organizations will be on site to provide information and assistance. FEMA representatives will not be on site and are not needed to apply for oﬃcial FEMA aid. The easiest way to apply for aid is online at www.disasterassistance.gov or using their mobile app (fema.gov/mobile-app). If citizens are capable of applying independently, that is strongly encouraged. Disaster Relief Centers are designed to provide support for those individuals who do not have access to technology currently, need additional assistance with the application process, or want information about other city services and community organization support.
#STPETESTRONG Amy Lavreigh
City of St. Petersburg
“...In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Deputy Mayor Tomalin and I walked through St. Petersburg, assessing the damage, and talking to neighbors about what they needed to recover. One thing is clear: the people of this great city are resilient. We have a lot of work to do to restore our quality of life, and to plan for future storms and disasters. But working together, I am conﬁdent we will be back, and better than ever...”- Mayor Rick Kriseman
The Mahaﬀey Theater housed ﬁrst responders and utlity crews who helped St. Pete recover. City of St. Petersburg
City of St. Petersburg
“...Dear Bay News 9’s Alan Winﬁeld and team, we felt safer even though you probably survived on trail mix, coﬀee and adrenaline...” City of St. Petersburg
The show will go on at freeFall Theater, thanks to a “Raise the Roof” donation campaign and a pledge to match those donations from philanthropists Kate Tiedemann and Ellen Coltron. City of St. Petersburg
NEWS YOU CAN USE
Choosing a Contractor Choosing a contractor for a project or service can be a little frightening to some. If the process is new to you, read over this University of Florida fact sheet to better understand procedures, rules, terminology, necessary research, and available resources. Below are a few tips on choosing a contractor from the Pinellas County Building Services:
Beware of Unlicensed Contractors: If you are planning to build a new home or addition, remodel your home, or have work done that requires a building permit, take care to select a qualiﬁed person to perform the work. Under state and local ordinances, any person you hire under contract (verbal or written) to perform construction on your property must be a licensed contractor - either local or state certiﬁed or registered. • Beware of anyone that asks you to obtain the building permit as an “owner/builder”; this may indicate that they themselves are not properly licensed to obtain the permit. • Also beware of people that claim that you will save quite a bit of money by not obtaining a permit. A permit is essential as it will lead to compliance with the appropriate building codes. • Most unlicensed contractors do not have insurance coverage. Therefore, any damage or injury that occurs on your property will be a claim against your insurance. Personal and Property Liability, and Workers’ Compensation Insurance coverages are essential.
Tips on Choosing a Contractor: Ask to see their license; write down the license number and company name, and contact the appropriate licensing agency to verify the license and insurance status. Contact the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board for a county license (look under the “Customer Information” section), or call (727) 582-3100. You can contact the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, (850) 487-1395, for state licensure (select the “Verify a License” tab). • An occupational license or business tax receipt (BTR) is not suﬃcient in the construction trades. • Ask for references from past customers; verify by calling or emailing the references. • Check to see if for any customer complaints have been ﬁled with Pinellas County Consumer Protection (click on the “Check a Business” link); the local Chamber of Commerce (ﬁnd yours here); and/or the Better Business Bureau (select the “Check out a Business or Charity” tab). • For all contractors, it is essential to obtain the contact information for the company’s provider(s) of Personal and Property Liability, and Workers’ Compensation Insurance coverage. Call to conﬁrm coverage and the limits. • Get a detailed written estimate from several licensed contractors. Be sure that the estimate includes all work to be done by the contractor (including staging/storing of equipment and cleanup), the materials involved, date of completion, and the total cost. • If the project is for repairing damage, check with your insurance company ﬁrst to verify that your insurance will cover the repairs and approves the contractor before you sign a contract. • Beware of contractors or alleged contractors who ask to be paid in cash, ask for large payments up front, or ask for you as the homeowner to pull the permit.
Choosing a Tree Care Specialist
When hiring a “tree trimmer”, choose an “arborist” - these trained specialists have made a career of caring for trees. When possible, hire an “ISA Certiﬁed Arborist”; these are experienced professionals who have passed an extensive examination covering all aspects of tree care, and continue to attend courses to maintain their certiﬁcation and learn about advances/changes in tree care. Because some alleged contractors can be deceitful, ﬁnd out what to know and what to ask here. Although it can indicate a dedication to the profession, membership in organizations such as the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), or the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) does not necessarily guarantee excellent work quality
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What Contracts Should Include: Before signing, read your contract carefully and personally ﬁll in any blank spaces. Consider having an attorney review the contract. If you do not have an attorney, the Florida Bar oﬀers a lawyer referral service. Be sure your contract includes these items: • The contractor’s name, street address, telephone number, and state or local license number. • A precise description of the work to be completed, including a payment schedule and list of materials. • Completion date, including cleanup after the work is ﬁnished.
• A notice of consumers’ rights under
the Florida Homeowners’ Construction Recovery Fund for contracts involving general, residential and building contractors. After You Choose A Contractor:
• Make sure your contractor obtains a •
• • The law requires that written notice •
of a buyer’s cancellation rights be provided to the consumer in a sale of future consumer services. Technology, materials, and service Warranty Agreements, including length, terms and recourse.
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permit and posts it on the front of the property. If the contractor requests a ﬁnal payment before all ﬁnal permit and insurance inspections are completed (the permit placard should be signed by the appropriate inspectors), request that he/she obtains all ﬁnal inspections prior to your ﬁnal payment. Make sure this requirement is written into your contract. Make sure your contractor provides you with releases of liens from his subcontractors and suppliers. Make sure this requirement is written into your contract. Upon completion of the project, but prior to ﬁnal payment, do a walk-through with the project’s foreman to ensure all tasks have been successfully completed. The contractor should show you how to operate and maintain any appliances, machinery and components. Remember to obtain all warranties and instructional booklets.
We were enthralled with the wall in the The Morean Arts Center foyer. They asked kids to draw their visual story. So we got to thinking? So, dear readers, get out those markers and crayons, and email us your submission to SPLedit1@gmail.com. We’ll post the best on the web and social media.
Choosing an Irrigation (Sprinkler) System Specialist Work on irrigation systems and wells are specialized services. Finding and hiring a licensed & insured professional is an essential ﬁrst step to avoid property damage, prevent contamination of potable water sources, and maintain proper operation of the system and its components. Florida state licensure as an irrigation specialty contractor became voluntary in 2013. This license requires a contractor to have at least four years of experience in the specialty before taking and passing a Florida certiﬁed irrigation specialty exam. An additional state licensing requirement is good moral character and ﬁnancial responsibility. A full State certiﬁed plumbing contractor’s license is also acceptable. www.ﬁsstate.org
FAVES Do good, have fun at the Totally Rad 80's Pool Party BeneďŹ t for Big Brothers Big Sisters at the Hollander Hotel Oct. 1 2-6 pm.
The Clearwater Jazz Festival Oct. 19-22 in Coachman Park features famous musicians like Michael McDonald, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The Avett Brothers, The Temptations and Kenny Loggins as well as local acts such as The Helios Jazz Orchestra. www.clearwaterjazz.com
On Oct. 7, help a good cause at PARC's 48th Annual Black Tie Ball: An Evening of Purpose at The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club.
The Grand Central Proud Festival convenes Oct. 14 noon- 6 pm in one of SPL's fave neighborhoods(1600-3100 Central Ave.) with food and fun for everyone.
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