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12-16 Conversations

Keep St. Pete Local’s Olga, Tech Guru Chad Nuss, DTSP’s Joni James, Ocean Savior Dr. Kramer.

18-22 Scene & Street Seen



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Glitter Queens, Dali, WADA, Arts Alliance, Wyland, Bowtie Ball, St. Pete Yacht Club, The Butterfly Ball, Dancing with the Stars.

Seasonal Style 26 Neighborhoods: Holiday Hoopla 27 Holiday Traditions Gift Guide: Seasonal Favorites 30 Artsy Craftsy Gifts 27 Smart & Unique Ideas 34 Artist Spotlight 980 Let it Snow is Hot

35 Music Spotlight

@ The Mahaffey: Tony Bennett, Steve Martin & Martin Short, Bob Woodward.

78 Kindness News

The Kind Mouse, charitable gift ideas


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50-51 Dining/Spirits

36 Pets

Purr-fect presents, doggie ice cream, pet portraits, Cassie!

38 Beauty/Hair

Dana Wood on beauty gifts plus fragrances & holiday hair ideas.

St. Petersburg Foodies on upscale casual spots, what’s new, fave dishes, foodie gifts & Brick & Mortar. Plus sweets/savories to ship.

TRAVEL/NAVIGATOR 66-69 Travels with CC

Nashville, Miami & Art Basel.

70 Travel Florida

Holiday getaways + a mobile hotel.

52 Holiday Dining

Take-out, dine out ideas for Thanksgiving, Christmas plus three chef’s seasonal faves.

71 America The Beautiful 53 Consuming Passions 40-41 Fashion

Holiday trends (metallic!), posh presents, stylish events and one very Stylish Burger.

42 Immaculate Style

Kevin Godbee on men’s holiday party attire. Plus gifts for gents, from watches to sunnies.

44 Home/Design

Artist Ari’s Nouveau Beaujolais label, Mermosa’s wines & precious presents.

54 Cooking/Entertaining

Cookbook gifts, party 101 tips and spirited cocktails recipes.

56-57 Suds & Sips

Cassis, The HyBar, spirited gifts, seasonal beers and brew-tastic gifts.

Holiday lights & decorating ideas, from scents to centerpieces.

47 Healthy Living

Medical innovations, green initiatives and staying well tips.

58 The Vino Vino Guy

Elliott Wiser on wine gift giving, turkey-friendly wines & wine bar.

60-61 Nightlife/Music

Palladium concerts, jazzy James Suggs, Tom Chapin concert, Taphouse 61, local music & New Year’s Eve celebrations.

62-65 Calendar/Events

Star Wars™ costumes, The Florida Orchestra, Chihuly glass, Wine Weekend , American Stage plus parties and events!

48 Fitness/Recreation

Meet Coach Vicki plus holiday fitness tips and gift faves.



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72 BizSmarts

Entrepreneur 101 tips & resources, Thirsty Pelican Tours.

73 Careers

Want to be an entrepreneur or change jobs? Retirement readiness, end-of-theyear savings tips.

Florida-friendly plants, green gifts. Dr. Mantell’s tips for dealing with holiday stress & The Daily Five from his new book.


74 Moneywise

45 Garden Style

46 Health/Wellness

Asheville Non-Stop, Hermosa Inn.

66 Play!

Where to entertain your guests, from rock climbing to go cart racing.

NEWS & VIEWS 75 SPL Suggests Our Faves for fun.

76 I Love The Burg

Brian & Dex on Et Cultura, Skyway Marina District.

78-80 News You Can Use 6 Publisher/Editor: Welcome!

Win Free Tix/About the Cover.

8 Meet The Team

What our curators do for fun.

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WELCOME TO SPL Valerie Bogle

This holiday season I am thankful for the people around me that enrich my life daily. I’m grateful to be doing what I love in this amazing Burg. My wish for you? It’s easy to get caught up in the seasonal stress, so remember to be grateful for what you we have. Really, for most of us, we don’t have to look further than our family, friends and pets. Be thankful daily for the little things (no traffic jams on the way to work). Most importantly, let’s practice daily - not random - acts of kindness for those who are less fortunate. Our Kindness News can help you do good...and doing good feels pretty great. Happy holidays from all of us and see you in 2018 with the next issue!

Our Holiday Wish For You

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. Wishing you happiness.” - Helen Keller

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Win Free Tickets Valerie Bogle

Some say New Year’s Day is everyone’s birthday and I certainly feel that way. After bubbly and lucky foods on New Year’s Eve (12 grapes peeled, like they do in Spain), I wake up refreshed and renewed. My 2018’s motto? “If you stumble, make it part of the dance.”

What will I be doing for Auld Lang Syne? My favorite New Year’s Day was sailing on the Sans Souci accompanied by an extremely friendly San Diego whale. This year, DTSP will host my whale of a tale for 2018 as I enjoy the friends and restaurants I’ve come to know and love while researching and writing this magazine. And what’s not to love about this issue, where we celebrate the joy of giving in new ways. In this month, you’ll find curated gifts of kindness, learning and experiences. We explore St. Pete’s entrepreneurial spirit and celebrate the culinary and spirited bounty of the season. We’re grateful for your stories and support. Wishing you peace on earth with a side of sugarplums, health and happiness.

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Cover Photo: Mahaffey Theatre Thanks to The Mahaffey Theater for our cover photo of CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE lighting up this holiday season. It’s a cirque show…Broadway musical… holiday spectacular…and family show on its 10th Anniversary National Tour created by Cirque Dreams Founder and Broadway Director Neil Goldberg. Catch the show Dec. 20th. www.themahaffey.com

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


Beth Ann Drake

The SPL Team wishes all our readers happy holidays. Here’s what our merry elves have been doing.


Nanette Wiser ART DIRECTOR

Alicia Brown


Chris Barnett Travel/Features

Mrs. Southwest Florida Devin Pappas is a kindness ambassador at local events, from CASA’s Peace Breakfast to Hands Across The Bay, speaking up about domestic violence.

Linda Bray

Kevin Godbee and Lori Brown make us very hungry and gave us a sneak peak at the new Il Ritorno after salmon sashimi at Pin, Wok and Bowl. You’ll love their new revved up food videos on StPetersburgFoodies.com


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Dining/St. Petersburg Foodies

Pets’ curator Linda Bray (right) and Valerie Bogle (left) turned us on to a new java joint, Creative Soul Cafe and 101 events to attend in between helping the Chamber and St. Pete Preservation Society with their cool shindigs. Valerie’s portrait photos and photo/travel packages make GREAT gifts!

Cindy Cockburn Travel/Features

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Dining/St. Petersburg Foodies Immaculate Style

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Dr. Michael Mantell Health/Wellness

Devin Pappas Fashion

Elliott Wiser

The Vino-Vino Guy

Dana Wood Beauty/Hair

ART & DESIGN Valerie Bogle, Photography Peter Horjus, Illustration Ken Casebier, Graphics CO-FOUNDER/BUSINESS MANAGER Ralph Zuckerman



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Cindy Cockburn’s “feet to the streets beat” gives SPL the inside scoop on the city, the Mahaffey, Beach Drive events and art openings. Last seen, she was mingling with Droids and R2D2 at the MFA, then brunching at Cassis.

Photo Czar Barry Lively hiked Utah, wished his dad happy 80th and gained and lost a pound shooting our food photos, then jogged DTSP at sunrise. From real estate to events, his camera and smile are in demand around town.

Dr. Mantell’s new book - “The Link is What You Think,” is now available on Amazon. Join Dr. Mantell for a LuxWellness Retreat 2/22-25 at Red Mountain Resort in St. George Utah. myretreatsunlimited.com/ the-link-is-what-you-think We’ll be there!






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PureLife Medi-Spa has added PDO Threads to its menu of services. The new PDO absorbable Thread Lift procedure safely and instantly lifts up loose skin on the face and neck with minimal downtime. For ten years, the PDO absorbable thread lift has been performed in Asia and Europe. In addition to being safe, it is one of the most popular “lift” treatments. NovaThreads differs from other thread lifting alternatives because they are made from absorbable PDO sutures and can be reversed and removed − unlike other threads.

Restore the V-Shape

NovaThreads is one the most effective ways to lift loose skin without surgery, and to regain that natural, beautiful V-Shape of the face. As we age, gravity takes a toll on our bodies − most notably in the face. You may notice it around the eyebrows, areas AFTER BEFORE around the eyes, cheeks, jowls and neck. The result? A longer, more square-shaped and older-looking face as we lose our youthful V-Shaped face. PDO Threads actually restore the V-Shape. The lower third of the face can be challenging when treating with wrinkle relaxers or dermal fillers. The treatment does not give the look of too much added volume that sometimes occurs with fillers.

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PDO Threads are hypodermic needles preloaded with a synthetic PDO absorbable suture that stimulates collagen production and the skin structure. FDA approved, PDO (polydioxanone) sutures are commonly used to perform cardiac surgery. It’s the safest material that can be used in the body. Your skin fully absorbs the Thread within four to six months, without leaving any scar tissue. Commonly called the “lunch time facelift” in Europe, the procedure takes a short time, with results lasting 12 to 15 months. No cuts or incisions, and the procedure is purely injection based much like other fillers.

Is THE PROCEDURE SAFE? The procedure is typically very safe, however no procedure is without risk. PDO thread therapy is a very safe procedure and complications are extremely rare. Minor complications may include temporary swelling and bruising. Patients may feel slight tightness or a pulling sensation following the treatment which subsides over a few weeks.





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Keep St. Pete Local BY NANETTE WISER

Think global, shop local is what entrepreneur Olga Bof wants you to think this season…actually all year round. She and I met when we were both writing for I Love The Burg a few years ago. Her Localista column discovered DTSP’s shops and cool spots, way before it was the hot destination it is now.

Inkwood Books were with Olga at a book convention in Washington D.C. and already had started the IBA in Tampa. Carla lived in St. Pete and convinced Olga to be a card-carrying member and launch one downtown. The Globe Coffee Lounge was a hub for indie shop-wanna be owners, and Olga met a woman opening Sweet Cheeks Candy Bar and Beauty Shop who came up with the t-shirt, while tattoo artist Michael Keller came up with the Keep St. Pete Local logo. Manny from Daddy Kool Records hopped on the project, and the rest is history. Olga grew up in a tight knit family and neighborhood that inspired her to create the same business ambiance here. “I’m Cuban from Miami, I came to St. Pete from London where I lived for a decade. When I got here, I saw the trend towards cookie cutter and strip center malls that were replacing local shops. Where I grew up in Little Havana, local shop owners were my family and from there to London, I have shopped small indie boutiques.”

She knows first hand the struggles of starting and maintaining an indie business. “Originally, I wanted to open a book and eco toy shop, I did the research and realized that battling Amazon and the book chains could be daunting without support” says Olga. “I found out about The Independent Business Alliance which supported local businesses in other cities, and wanted to bring the concept here to St. Pete.” The Independent Business Alliance (IBA), Keep Saint Petersburg Local, was launched on November 19, 2011 (known as America Unchained Day) by a group of local, independent business owners and concerned citizens who recognize and appreciate the unique character of the Saint Petersburg community. Olga credits the owner of Inkwood Books and the Globe Coffee Lounge for supporting the idea and local shop owners. Carla and Leslie, co-owners of



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Keep St. Pete Local’s mission is to keep the money in St. Pete and let the one-of-a-kind businesses make St. Pete’s character awesome, attracting locals and tourists and creating more jobs. Buying local means less packaging, transportation and keeps St. Pete green.

businesses and service providers; which helps grow other businesses, as well as strengthen Saint Petersburg’s economy. Investing in community is a side-benefit of the Keep St. Pete Local movement. “Locally-owned, independent businesses are the first to donate to causes that are close to our hearts and they do so at more than twice the rate of national chains” says Olga. Events are whimsical and inventive. They started with National Hugging day, moved on to Nova space local shop events, just hosted WestFest at freeFall on Central Avenue and now are focused on Feburary’s 5th Annual Localtopia in Williams Park. “20,000 people attended last year,” says Olga. As a mom to an eight year old running a grassroots non-profit, Olga is more Wonder Woman than most. Currently, keep St. Pete Local has 650 members (shops, restaurants, breweries, service providers) and going strong. Other events include: #MeetStPete, featuring panels & workshops led by some of our city’s favorite local business owners + socials. The series provides unique opportunities to meet, learn from and really connect with existing & aspiring local business owners; as well as other dreamers, doers, shakers and makers.

It’s smart business too. Significantly more money re-circulates locally when purchases are made with locally-owned, independent businesses. This “multiplier” is due in part to locally-owned businesses purchasing more often from other local

Olga is a St. Pete aficiando, enjoying Craftsman House, Banyan Café, Black Crow, The Mill, and her greater Woodlawn neighborhood. keepsaintpetersburglocal.org

Be Seduced Wine Cuisine

Art Music


Tickets & Corporate Tables Now Available Get ready to relive the days of Louis XV and the masked balls of Versailles. Featuring Maison Louis Latour offering Grand Cru and Premier Cru wines. Friday, February 2, 2018 “Fêtes à Versailles” VIP Party Saturday, February 3, 2018 “Tour de France” and Wine Auction Sunday, February 4, 2018 “Le Champagne Brunch”

Chef Bernard Guillas

Chef Tyson Grant

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La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club

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Still Spreading The News BY CINDY COCKBURN

St. Pete is booming and this makes for one very happy Old Northeast resident named Joni James. She has been the CEO for the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership since 2015. This nonprofit, business-member group is dedicated to project-based economic development and facilitated the recent creations of the Warehouse Arts and Innovation Districts. Their goal is to work on projects that offer sustainable long-term job growth.

Is this a dream job too? “It’s very rewarding! I fell in love with this city over 20 years ago. We thought the waterfront was beautiful and really set St. Pete apart from other Florida cities.” A North Carolina native, Joni is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Florida. She and her husband, Mark Howerton have called Florida home since 1997 and St. Petersburg, since 2007. They have a young daughter and a dog named Cleo that loves our parks. Joni spent 26 years as newspaper journalist before becoming the CEO and has found her years covering all forms of government and business across five states – including eight years in Tallahassee during Gov. Jeb Bush’s tenure – a good foundation for what she does now: leveraging public and private interests to make investments for St. Petersburg’s future. That’s included everything from exploring changing relationships with Cuba to investigating whether sewage treatment tanks could be converted to a fish farm. Before switching careers, Joni served seven years as the Tampa Bay Times’ deputy editor of editorials and was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the Scripps-Howard Walker Stone Award.



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What is her favorite place to visit as a family? “We really enjoy strolling our neighborhood and down Beach Drive to the Saturday Market.”

A Fish Tale

What’s her passion? “BASEBALL! We are huge RAYS fans and go to about 15 games a year.” One of her fondest memories is riding a tandem with her husband to the 2008 World Series at Tropicana Field. They also took her daughter to her first game at nine days old. “We were playing the Cleveland Indians and won 4 to 3.” Where can you be found when off duty? “We are raising a daughter who is a dancer, so the YMCA is an amazing resource for St. Pete, especially the dance program which uses the American Ballet Theatre curriculum. We really appreciate the values she’s learning there and all that the Y does for the community – including subsidizing some students who wouldn’t otherwise have a chance to explore dance.” Her daughter takes class five days a week. What is your holiday tradition? “We held a Thanksgiving picnic in Flora Wylie Park one year because we were renovating our house and had a relative coming but had no where to have the big meal. It was such a fantastic, lazy way to spend the day we’ve never gone back. We set up chairs and tables, smoke a turkey and invite friends to join us. Some years it’s 30 people, sometimes just about a dozen. It’s a wonderful afternoon that feels very Florida. We can’t resist texting images to our families further north.”

What is she most excited about for the future? The St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership’s Looper Trolley is set to double its service hours next year and streamline its route. “With the City’s and PSTA’s help, this is going to be a great improvement for tourism but also residents and employees downtown.”

With a secret passion for marine science, Tampa Bay Orthopaedic Specialists’ marketing director Robin Perlman had an epiphany when her work with a BP oil spill-related client paid off a tidy sum. “I wanted to do something good for ocean sustainability, so I went to USF’s College of Marine Sciences and brainstormed with Director of Development Howard Rutherford.” No stranger to challenges (she just hiked solo through the bear-infested mountains of North Carolina), she created a program to benefit the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) and their lionfish research program by organizing a Lionfish Dinner at the Treasure Island Yacht Club in October. Philip A. Kramer, Ph.D and Director of FIO, who recently moved to St. Pete and is an expert on lionfish, discussed his work. “Dr. Kramer is involved with this and other marine research programs, looking for solutions do deal with sea level rise, coral reef demise, harmful algae blooms, water quality and more.” With help, Perlman established funds for marine science students to bring their research ideas to fruition. Perlman’s thrilled to be involved with the College of Marine Science and FIO while channeling her inner Cousteau. “One person can make a difference,” she advises. “Go find your passion and pay it forward.”



Life has many stages and occasions. We’re here to help you select just the right gift for each of them.

Life has many stages and occasions. We’re here to help you select just the right gift for each of them.



Barry Lively

Art of Helping Children Gala On Oct. 13th, the 19th annual fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay attracted a sell-out crowd of more than 600. Presented by USAmeriBank, the theme riffed on the Tom Hanks film “Big” and featured video games, pinball machines, a ping-pong table and a live performance on a giant floor piano. The program highlighted stories about the Big Brother and Big Sister mentors and how they positively impact children in the community, including a brother and sister from Safety Harbor’s Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch. Brian Auld, president of the Tampa Bay Rays, led the calls for donations, with over $400,000 raised for the BBBS organization.

PureLife Turns 4 PureLife Medi-Spa celebrated their 4th anniversary with a Gatsby-themed party, bubbly and delicious hors’ d’oeuvres. Congrats to Elif Fitzgerald and Dr. Fitz and staff.

Barry Lively

Tryst Triumph Kevin Godbee & Lori Brown celebrated St. Petersburg Foodies one year anniversary at Tryst.

Glitter Queens Fundraiser The Glitter Queens hosted the 6th Annual Royal Ball “MOD” about the ‘60s ...Peace Love & Music to benefit the Beth Dillinger Foundation at the St Petersburg Marriott Clearwater. The sold-out event featured a silent auction, music by The Impac ‘60s Revival Band and groovy attire. The Glitter Queens raised more than $250,000 in their various parties. The St Pete Glitter Queens krewe grew from the original five members (2015) to 30 today, giving back to the community based on their mission “to all that glitters ... adding sparkle to the lives of others,” led by the Queens’ Court Veronica Dunn, Shelia Reilly, Maria Morrow Joyce Shanahan and Teri McNally.



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Dali & Schiaparelli Preview Weekend Chef Marty Blitz of Mise En Place in Tampa, Florida catered the event with a French twist menu and wine/champagne pairings will be provided by JCB Wines (Jean Charles Boisset). The events were fun and festive with a touch of shocking pink. Friday’s Luncheon and Sunday’s

Champagne Brunch were sophisticatedly light and airy casual affairs. Saturday night’s black-tie Fashion Show & Exhibition Opening Gala was elegant and exciting: guests sipped champagne as the fashion show took place in the Tom and Mary James Family Wing among the permanent collection of Dalí works where models posed against a backdrop of Salvador Dalí’s masterworks. Dalí Museum and Schiaparelli leaders performed a ceremonial ribbon cutting to officially open the special exhibition in the Hough Gallery allowing patrons to view the exhibit for the first time, followed by a French-inspired dinner then dessert and dancing in the Avant-garden. The Dali exhibition runs through Jan. 14 and is presented in collaboration with Schiaparelli Paris and features haute couture gowns and accessories, jewelry,

paintings, drawings, objects and photos, as well as new designs by Bertrand Guyon for Maison Schiaparelli. This is the first exhibition dedicated to the creative relationship and works of Elsa Schiaparelli and Salvador Dali – friends and collaborators that set Paris and the world ablaze with their groundbreaking visions.

WADA Wonderful!

St. Pete’s art scene continues to thrive as the community driven art initiative becomes a reality with the ribbon cutting event Oct. 28. A project of the Warehouse Arts District

Association, the ArtsXchange building houses more than 2,500 square feet of gallery, 28 art studios, education and event space.

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Dancing With The Stars Julie Weintraub’s Hands Across the Bay’s signature event, Tampa Bay’s Dancing with the Stars, was held on Saturday, October 7th. This event raised funds to support their mission of raising the quality of life in the Tampa Bay Area all year long. With the help of their generous sponsors and supporters, Hands Across the Bay was able to break a record, raising over $300,000! Thank you to the incredible Tampa Bay Community who helped make this event successful! www.handsacrossthebay.org

Artful Wine Pairings Dinner The Birchwood hosted the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance’s fundraiser Nov. 1 where SPAA Executive Director John Collins welcomed a sold-out crowd. The artful five-course dinner featured specially selected estate wines from around the world. Chef Luke Decker introduced the dishes that were inspired by local artists



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from various genres representing visual, literary, glass, dance and music arts. The event benefited the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance’s Second Saturday ArtWalk, which supports some 40 studios and galleries every month. Dishes were inspired by each of these local treasures: Literary Arts – Sheila Cowley with Matt

Cowley; Visual Arts – Jim Rolston, Red Zen Art with Susan Rolston; Glass Arts – Duncan McClellan, DMG Glass with Irene McClellan; Dance Arts - Helen French, Beacon & St. Petersburg Dance Alliance; Music Arts – Paul Wilborn and Eugenie Bondurant; Culinary Arts - Chef Luke Decker.

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SCENE & STREET SEEN The Wyland Gallery: Beach Drive welcomed Wyland, the amazingly talented artist at The Wyland Gallery Nov. 5 where he demonstrated his art, talked about his work, greeted our publisher Beth Ann Drake, Steve and Nancy Westphal and others. Young artist and patient, Riley represented Shriners Hospitals for Children where he and Wyland drew one lucky raffle winner and showed off his creation with the acclaimed artist, who supports this and other good causes. Amazingly, one patron bought the entire wall of Wyland sunsets!

St. Petersburg Yacht Club: From sailing regattas to classic car shows, Sunday brunch (with member only) to the Nov. 11 gala, it’s always anchors a-go-go here. with Susan Moran Robertson as the new Director of Membership & Marketing.

The Poynter Institute’s BowTie Ball: Honoree Judy Woodruff with Vino Vino curator Elliott Wiser, who was inspired by Woodruff at George Washington University to pursue broadcast journalism which included launching Bay News 9 and a stint as WTSP’s general manager.



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Sunshine Street Team: DTSP’s good will ambassadors from the Chamber, helping one visitor/local at a time!

Moving is hard. Getting great medical care is easy. Our doctors are accepting new patients.

Urgent care made convenient.

• Same- and next-day appointments often available; walk-ins welcome. • Online appointment scheduling available with select physicians. • Most major insurance plans accepted, including Medicare.

• Choose from three clinics across the community: Largo – 13163 66th Street N. Northeast – 7000 4th Street N. Pasadena – 1550 S. Pasadena Ave. • Online check-in, plus evening and weekend hours: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.–8 p.m. | Sat.-Sun., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Go to BayfrontDoctors.com or call 727-592-5584 for an appointment.

Visit BayfrontClinics.com to check in, or call 727-498-1361.


Joy To The World From saluting our veterans to fairy tales, St. Pete’s social season is in full swing. Here are some SPL’s Faves. Barry Lively

The Butterfly Ball

SPMOH Two-Headed Calf Party

Pippa Pelure Fashion Show

Veterans’ Day Salute

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City of St. Pete

CASA Peace Breakfast

Armed Forces Salute at The Coliseum Rob Moorman

Jacob Pierce


MFA 1st Look Cantina/Star Wars

Once Upon A Hyatt Place



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From home tours to holiday lights, here are some of our our favorite holiday events in our favorite St. Pete neighborhoods. Shopapalooza: Part 1 11/18 and 11/25 10 am-5 pm: The seventh year for the Black Friday alternative event brings double the fun with two days of shopping local at more than 100 independent vendors and galleries with specials, food, children’s entertainment, a gift wrapping area, beer tent, raffles and special surprises. Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony 11/24 5-7 pm: Bring in the holiday season with St. Petersburg’s festive kickoff celebration. Mayor Kriseman flips the switch that turns on the downtown Christmas tree and lights at North Straub Park. Enjoy live entertainment, children’s activities, food and more. FYI: 893-7441 Waterfront Lights and Display 11/24-1/2: While you stroll along the pedestrian walkway of St. Petersburg’s waterfront, see thousands of holiday lights and decorations in North and South Straub Parks including the unique snowflake lights from Friday, November 24 through Sunday, January 1. Don’t miss the giant greeting card display along Bayshore Dr. at Vinoy Park made by local teens from St. Petersburg’s recreation centers. Lights and decorations by City of St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation.

St. Petersburg Santa Parade 12/2 10 am: St. Petersburg’s Annual Santa Parade goes from Central Ave. and 5th St. and travels east to Bayshore Dr. then



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turns north ending at 5th Ave. N. Free family fun, bands, floats and much more will delight the spectators. Snowfest - A Real Snow Event 12/2 10:30 am-3 pm: Sixty-four tons of snow are expected to fall on North Straub Park at the annual holiday Snowfest celebration. Activities include a big and kiddie toboggan slide, art tent, karaoke, moonwalk, giant slide, “glice” ice skating and a Kiddyland area designed especially for preschoolers with inflatable train, cookie decorating and more.

The Florida Orchestra Guild: 6th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes 12/2 10- 4 pm: Features six homes in St. Petersburg’s Snell Isle and Brightwaters Boulevard Northeast neighborhoods. Celebrating the Orchestra’s 50th Anniversary, the Tour will include musicians playing in each of the decorated homes, a spectacular Ikebana display of floral arrangements in one home, and a boutique with holiday gifts in another. 12/1 6:30-8:30 Holiday Tour Reception will be hosted at a waterfront home on Snell Isle and the reservation includes a Tour ticket. FYI: 727-254-1176 Sunken Gardens Jingle Mingle 12/7 5:30-8:30: This evening of musical entertainment benefits the Children’s Education Garden, with food and drink under the stars. FYI: PHONE Downtown Holiday Boat Parade 12/9 6:30 pm: Holiday decorated boats parade is the perfect occasion for a flask of cocoa along the waterfront with the best spots near Albert Whitted Airport, Spa Beach, Vinoy Yacht Basin and Vinoy Park.

Historic Old Northeast: Candlelight Tour of Homes 12/10 3-8 pm: Be part of the 20th Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood Association’s Candlelight Tour of Homes, the always popular annual event which spotlights the diverse and distinctive architectural character of The ONE. Proceeds of the Tour benefit HONNA’s programs and projects with a portion going toward a local charity. So whether you traverse the neighborhood by car, complimentary trolley, bike or on foot, do plan to enjoy an afternoon and/or early evening of festive holiday cheer. FYI: honna.org All Month The Sundial: St. Pete’s premier shopping and dining destination cranks up the cool in November and December. On Nov. 18, there’s a pre-Thanksgiving yoga-thon. From Nov. 26 through Dec. 25, there’s weekend live entertainment, store promotions and a snow machine will cover the sidewalk with fresh powder as festive lights, a Christmas tree and, of course, Santa help create a jubilant atmosphere downtown Saturdays and Sundays. Holiday Lights: The Oakdale Christmas House (off 4th St. S. at 2719 Oakdale) features 500,000 lights covering over a ½ acre and can be viewed from the day after Thanksgiving thru Jan. 3, featuring a computerized light show and train railroad display. Santa & Ice Skating: Visit Santa in the Park and go “glice” skating on a simulated ice rink in North Straub Park. Fun for the whole family! Ice skating sessions are 30 minutes for $5. Skates included, socks required and available for $1. Free visit with Santa. Santa leaves at 9 p.m. to feed his reindeer. Cameras welcomed.

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resemble the human likeness. They originated back in the early 1800’s. Clay was cheap and the south relied on potters for a variety of wares. Thru Nov. 30. Looking for a unique gift? Shop local museum shops and galleries for holiday cards, jewelry, home decor, quirky art and beautiful objects that are one of a kind. We’ve curated some of our favorite things. I love the new “Art Collector’s Guide to St. Pete produced by the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance and its guide to galleries and artists, advocating buying arts and crafts here. There’s a reason American Style Magazine named St. Pete the #1 Arts Destination for mid-sized cities. We have some of the best mural artists and an artistic vibe that’s worth seeing, and more than that, buying! WHERE TO SHOP StPeteArtsAlliance.org and enjoy the second Saturday ArtWalk when you are looking for seasonal swag that will a-muse your giftees and expand your cultural horizons. You can shop online at many of the museum stores and ship anywhere in the U.S. Our other faves include Funktionshouse Urban Lumber & Furnishings (lighting, furniture and more made from local urban-grown trees), and Wendy Durrand pottery. CraftArt Festival 2017 More than 110 exhibiting artists, artist demonstrations, interactive arts areas and food. You’ll also find whimsical ornaments and other gifts for your artistic friends including this Jonathon Stoppard pendant. Face Jug Show @ Craftsman Gallery: Face Jugs are any one of many pottery forms having applied features that



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Florida CraftArt: The ultimate shopping experience with fine jewelry, clay, glass, ornaments and more handcrafted by Florida’s most talented fine craft artists. We love this Connor Angel, Dot Galfond’s Menorah, Jennifer Sutton Roe’s ceramic ornaments, Candy Lenderman’s Nativity scene and Megan Talley’s earrings.


The Morean Gallery Store: Give the gift of experience with clay or glass-blowing classes or other studio arts or browse the gift shop where you can find painting, drawing, ceramics, jewelry, glass and mixed media gifts. Across the street, the Chihuly Collection has the ultimate gift for glass aficiandos. Zen Glass Studio and Gallery and Duncan McClellan Gallery feature glass art gifts as well as classes for the budding artist.

Museum of Fine Arts Gift Store: Discover imaginative, educational, and stylish items perfect for yourself or for a gift including artisan jewelry, apparel, oneof-a-kind glass and wood pieces, prints, paintings, and photography by local and international artists and designers. Be intrigued by books and media on art & design, exquisite glass, exhibition catalogues, cookbooks, children’s toys and games and Star Wars exhibit gifts, including witty holiday cards including these darling BOBOO plush animals with their babies, lovingly handmade from new and vintage fabrics by local artist/ seamstress Felicity.

HOLIDAY FAVES Strands of Sunshine: Natty Moss Bond’s recycled aluminum ornaments, hearts and happy voodoo cat are charming kitsch. Red Cloud Indian Arts features handcrafted Native American jewelry, pottery and well-known painters. The Dali Store: Visit in person or online shop.thedali.org for books, apparel, accessories, toys, home decor and eclectic gifts from cubist to just gorgeous.

Wyland Gallery: From sunsets to whales, underwater photography, sculpture (Turtle Reef Dance) to art for the wall (Summer Celebrations, Tropical Dance), owning a Wyland is an investment in our ocean’s future. My favorite is the recently released Sea of Hope. Ocean Blue Gallery sells ocean-themed art and photography from international artists.

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98° LET IT SNOW is HOT! BY NANETTE WISER We love a good boy band, and the Lachey brothers Nick and Drew make this season merry and bright when their band lights up The Mahaffey Dec. 8. They will perform songs from their new holiday album as well as fan favorites as part of their 31-city tour with band members Jeff Timmons and Justin Jeffre. SPL spoke with Drew from his Los Angeles home about the upcoming tour that winds up in Vegas, then home for the holidays with family. “We’re excited to be back on the road, celebrating our 20th anniversary,” says Drew. “We’re proud of the new CD, It has a little bit of something for everyone, even more classic hymns done acapella, strong on harmony and vocals.” Although Drew’s been known to wear an ugly sweater or two, this tour comes with a stylist (“thank heavens”) for the bro-show that’s easy on the eyes and inspiring for the hearts. SPL: What are your musical influences? DL: I grew up listening to Manhattan Transfer, and once we got into acapella singing, that band, Stevie Wonder and Boyz to Men affected us and changed and shaped our lives. SPL: What song did you most want to see on this album: DL: “Little Saint Nick,” the cheery 1963 Beach Boys bop. You don’t hear a ton of people covering that one. It’s an up-tempo song, it’s fun, and it allows us to show off our harmonies. SPL: What does Christmas mean to you? DL: Time with family. No matter what your religious background, the holiday season symbolizes being together and celebrating. That’s why we wrote Season of Love. There’s a lot of divisiveness between groups of people, so we wanted to put out a message of hope and make the feeling of the holiday spirit of being neighborly and cordial last year round. SPL: Who would you like most to perform with? DL: So far, we’ve been lucky to perform with Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey but



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I’m a huge Sinatra fan so that would have been great and with all the young talent out there, Taylor Swift would be awesome. SPL: What were your and Nick’s holiday traditions growing up? DL: There was no shortage of love, presents and good food! Attending Christmas Eve midnight service with my grandparents, then waking up early. We were allowed to open a stocking only before everyone woke up, so we would head downstairs and after checking out the knick knacks we’d stuff our face with candy. After gifts, we’d head over to a big Christmas celebration with my mom’s side in the morning and in the afternoon with dad. My granny used to make brown bread with raison baked in a tin can, just delicious. SPL: What was your favorite gift? DL: My favorite gift was Return to The Jedi and my granny and gramps got me Ewok Village with the treehouse and the sword, just the greatest thing in the history of mankind. SPL: What will you do when you finish up in Vegas Dec. 23? DL: Hopefully get some sleep and head home so I can spend Christmas morning with my kids and my wife. That gives me energy and strength through the whole rest of the year. My wife is a fantastic baker and cook, and she spoils me with my favorites (breakfast casserole, mac ‘n’ cheese) and we like to get the presents ready for the kids with a nice bottle of red wine and a good IPA, which Nick and I like to feature in our Ohio bar. About LET IT SNOW They’ve continued to tour through the years, but after the 2016 My2K tour, they wanted more time to be with family. Timmons has five kids, Nick three

and Drew two. So they decided to do a second Christmas album, 20 years after their first release on Motown Records. The guys recruited Grammy-nominated music, TV and film producer Adam Anders to oversee the project. Perhaps best known for his work as executive music producer for Glee, Anders has written and recorded with some of the biggest names in contemporary pop music, from Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez to Backstreet Boys and the Jonas Brothers. Along with beloved standards like “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”, and “Please Come Home For Christmas,” the 12-song collection includes their take on “What Christmas Means To Me,” written by Allen Story, Anna Gordy Gaye, George Gordy and is the standard that was popularized by Wonder. Joni Mitchell’s classic The River, one of my favorites, gets a magical refresh on the new CD. Says Drew: “We hadn’t thought of this song, but it shows a another side to the holiday, and creates a wonderful mood with the piano, the lyrics and the melody, adding depth to the album.”


LIVE @ THE MAHAFFEY It’s a perfect trifecta for the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts: Sting performs in a sold-out show with The Florida Orchestra, Tony Bennett performs February 9 and comedy legends Steve Marin & Martin Short yuk it up. On our cover for this issue is the glorious Cirque Dreams Holidaze, amazing family fare both lyrical and magical and a host of other holiday shows that would make a great gift of experience such as The Nutcracker, The TEN Tenors Home for the Holidays and more. Tickets: 727-893-7832 themahaffey.com 11/19 The Australian Bee Gees 11/21 Preservation Hall Presents: Irma Thomas, The Blind Boys of Alabama & The Preservation Legacy Quintet 11/24 Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! 12/8 98 Degrees at Christmas 12/17 Michael Carbonaro Live! 12/20 Cirque Dreams Holidaze 12/21 The TEN Tenors Home for the Holidays 12/23 The Family Blessing 2:30pm 12/26-27 Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker 1/5 Sleeping Beauty 1/10 A Night with Janis Joplin 1/11 Branford Marsalis Quartet 1/16 Tango Fire 1/17 The Drifters, Cornell Gunter’s Coasters and The Platters 1/19 Steve Martin & Martin Short 1/23 Pink Martini with Singer China Forbes 1/24 Bob Woodward 1/27 Masters of Illusion 2/3 G3 featuring Joe Satriani, John Petrucci of Dream Theater, and Phil Collen of Def Leppard 2/5 Garrison Keillor “Just Passing Through” 2/6 BalletBoyz 2/8 ABBA Mania 2/9 Tony Bennett 2/11 American Rhapsody: The Gershwin Songbook 2/15 The Midtown Men 2/25 The Legendary Ladies of Motown 2/28 Wild Kratts Live! 3/2 Celtic Woman 3/4 The Righteous Brothers 3/13 An Evening with Audra McDonald 3/15 TAO: Drum Heart 3/16 1964 The Tribute 3/18 Cirque Eloize Saloon 3/20 Million Dollar Quartet 3/30 Dennis Miller 3/31 Popovich Comedy Pet Theater 4/29 Mummenschanz 5/18 Animaniacs Live!

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Purr-fect Presents & Howl-iday Gifts BY LINDA BRAY Adopt A Stray: Thinking about adopting a pet during the holidays? Make sure you do the research and make sure your family has time and the disposition for a dog or cat. Making a donation to the local shelter, bringing towels or blankets and food are all good ways to indulge your pet passion.

I howled when I saw the Neiman Marcus holiday catalog with a Dolce and Gabbana dog/cat chiffon dress for $4,000? Seriously? In addition to these cool online gifts, grab your leash and head out to our local shops.

Bad Tags for Pets: “I’m chipped. Have your people call my people.” And “I’m the reason we can’t have nice things”. Pooch Selfie Ball: Can’t get your canine to say CHEESE? It’s an attachment for your cellphone that includes a tennis ball! Dog Shaming Calendar: Mark your days with a daily dose of bad dog deeds such as “we howled loud enough to set off the burglar alarm and the police were dispatched”.



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Woofgang Bakery & Grooming: Think Rodeo Drive boutique for pets! This stunning shop offers a wide variety of posh pet accessories, baked treats galore, toys, collars and pawsome gifts for fur kids. High grade food and pet wellness products are available as well. They have the humans covered too with items like MUTT baseball caps and Peace, Love, Dog t shirts. For your pre-holiday season pet-pampering, Woofgang will turn scruffy to fluffy with grooming and pawdicures. www.woofgangbakery.com Haslam’s Books: Well-read and pure bred; Haslam’s Book Store is one of St. Pete’s iconic places to shop and Florida’s largest new and used book store. Petcentric gift cards and mini-books, novels about pets or penned by pets, check out the critter lit collection such as classics like “Old Yeller” or whimsical tomes like “Happy Little Goats-Live Life Like a Kid. the purrfect present. www.haslams.com Robert Phelps Art: A 20 year St. Pete resident & artist, Robert Phelps feels St. Pete is just the right kind of weird and enjoys sharing a city with the likes of Kerouac and Dali. His love of animals is a personal one, but ultimately his artistic mission is to create things that bring us closer together… one being our furry or feathered family members. His commissioned pet portraitures are whimsically colorful and are done almost exclusively from client’s photos. The thought of posing a poodle on a couch for countless hours seems, might I say, painful? www.RobertPhelpsArt.com Zazoo’d: Craftily curated décor and so much more, this unique shopping destination turns gift giving into

a unique and sometimes hilarious exercise. Their yearly holiday window display alone is worth the excursion. Once you step inside, there is a dizzying array, beautifully displayed, of everything from seriously fab to stunningly snarky. We dare you not to giggle & gasp while shopping! www.zazood.com Brew D Licious: This fur-friendly java joint is home to our pet of the month owned by Taylor Lorio, mom of her own brewing brood of 3 canines…. Cassie (photo by Barry), Foxy and Dallas. Pumpkin Spice, you say? Brew D now is one of the few places to buy “That Dog Ice Cream” now featured in seasonal flavor, Turkey and Pumpkin!

Meet Cassie

This adorable pup belongs to Brew D’Licious barista Taylor Iorio. Looks like she knows Pup Active’s turkey pumpkin ice cream will be served here!


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shape (cleaning pad, cleansing foam, storage clutch, etc.). This is for the real beauty junkie, who likes nothing better than spending an afternoon strolling through Sephora, credit card in hand. Artis Elite Gold Delights Brush Set, $500, artisbrush.com

Apart from a girl’s best friend (aka diamonds), beauty products are at the top of many Christmas wish lists. I’ve rounded-up a selection of gifts that will appeal to virtually every woman in your life, from your hipster millennial coworker to your snowbird granny. Bathing Beauties Intoxicating, indulgent and just plain lovely to look at, this trio of Susanne Kaufmann bath oils – For The Senses, Winter and Witch Hazel – is like a spa in a bottle. Aaah… Susanne Kaufmann Bath Oils Set, $30 susannekaufmann.com Pocket Full of Perfume Know someone who’s always on the go? She’ll love to get her mitts on this set of handy-dandy Eau de Parfum Towelettes. Each offers a perfectly measured dose of fragrance – four each of Pinrose’s five best-selling scents: Wild Child, Merry Maker, Secret Genius, Tambourine Dreamer and Pillowtalk Poet. They’re housed in an iridescent zipper pouch that can zip right through TSA. Best Travel Perfume Ever, $24, pinrose. com Brush (Set) With Greatness For the woman who is firmly on Santa’s good side, a super-chic set of ultra highquality makeup brushes and several bells and whistles to keep them in top-notch

Advent Action Typically, skincare can be tricky to buy for others. But not when it’s Clarins, the wellregarded French powerhouse steeped in both science and plant extracts. This massive collection features both icon treatment products for the face and body (Beauty Flash Balm!) and makeup items in a mix of full and travel sizes. It’s the gift that keeps on giving. Clarins Advent Calendar, $125, clarinsusa. com Cool Kiehl’s x Disney Collabo Talk about a win-win! Kiehl’s Since 1851, the much-beloved skincare brand that got its start in New York City’s East Village, is partnering with Disney on a collection that will benefit Feeding America. Through sales of a great stash of limited-edition goodies, Kiehl’s pledges to donate up to $100,000 – the cost of 1.1 million meals – to families in need this holiday season. I zeroed-in on this Special Edition Crème de Corps “Grapefruit” Whipped Body Butter as the ultimate stocking stuffer. The superrich hydrator is deeply addictive, and I can only imagine how yummy it is in grapefruit. In fact, I may just nab one of these for myself. For $38, I’ll be providing 355 meals and indulging in a heavenly treat. Kiehl’s Special Edition Crème de Corps “Grapefruit” Whipped Body Butter, $38, kiehls.com

Holiday Hair

Heavy metal is the look of the season, from topknots surrounded by sleek metallic bun cuffs (chloeandisabel. com) to gold star combs (mykitsch.com), gold and silver ball pins (Scunci) and gold headbands. You can make



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Everyone should have a signature scene. Mine is Bobbi Brown Beach. From floral to earthy, classic to clean, here are some of our new favorite fragrances for an unforgettable holiday gift...or just for you! Sephora, Macy’s, Dillards and some DTSP boutiques (Tommy Bahama in Sundial) sell fragrances. Sniff, sniff and away! WOMEN PRADA Candy Hair Mist TOM FORD Noir Anthracite CHLOÉ Chloé Absolu de Parfum BURBERRY My Burberry Black Gift Set My Burberry Blush HERMÈS Replica Set MARC JACOBS Decadence Eau So Decadent JO MALONE LONDON Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne Nectarine Blossom & Honey Cologne Peony & Brush Suede MEN ELLIS BROOKLYN Rives Eau de Parfum CHANEL Allure Homme Sport Platinum Egoiste GUCCI Guilty VERSACE TOM FORD for Men Eros 1 Million Prive Paco Rabanne Men Yves Saint Laurent L’homme Ultime Jimmy Choo Man Intense

a sultry headband with some velvet ribbon and antique brooch or twist gold wire or red/green/silver velvet ribbons in a sassy back braid. Always in style? A velvet bow barrette, very pomp and circumstance.

Updos, down dos, braids and buns work for ugly sweater or posh parties. Our fave? At the Golden Globe’s, Siorse Ronan’s braids with each plait wrapped in gold thread, then pinned horizontally, looking very Grecian goddess.

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Holiday Fashion Trends BY DEVIN PAPPAS

Ho Ho Ho, where can I find my glow this season? Shop local, style global. Whether you’re looking for the perfect party outfit or fashionista gift, St. Pete’s boutiques have something for every taste. Classic chic or bling, remember that now is the time to shop for holiday fluff, because once it’s gone, it’s gone. Here’s what I’m seeing in holiday “wow” attire and fabrics. Trending Colors: Metallics, olive green and burgundy mixed with holiday classic black, red and winter white. Everyday Attire: Retro, baby, from the seventies and eighties is HUGE with “Leather and Lace” or “Naughty and Nice” contrast all the rage. I am loving the leather skirt or pants paired with a lace shirt with bell sleeves. Again, take a fashion risk and go for red, green or ivory leather, not just black. Party Perfect: Get creative with the sequined look! Instead of a full sequin dress, go with sequin pants in your favorite metallic color and pair it with a tuxedo jacket. Other ideas? Flash a blouse with sequin sleeves paired with your classic black palazzo pants or go with a sequin halter partnered with a black A-line slit skirt. I like a silver sequin maxi fitted skirt.


Sexy, sleek slip dresses are so IN!! The more the detailing, the dressier it gets so go for ruffles or lace in winter white, black, green and red paired with rose gold or pearl accessories. Even the LBD (little black dress) gets a fresh update with high slits, cold shoulder, sequin shoulder embellishment or bedazzled sleeves. From Office to Party “Santa Baby:” Red is the rage, so wear that red skirt, suit, pumps, nails and lipstick. That smoking hot velvet suit in red, green or sleek black is a super trend this year. I am also seeing silky olive or burgundy wrap dresses. These two winter colors work fabulously when worn together or separately. Or you can go with hot tuxedo dress for that “sexy professional” look. Vintage is huge, so work in jewelry or accessories as conversation starters.

Your Fashion Muses: Audrey Hepburn, Jackie O, Lilly Pulitzer What's on your wish list: A pale pink Chanel suit and a perfect pair of blue jeans. What is your party signature attire? I like bold colors- orange, red, pink -for any occasion. Bright colors make me happy and I really stand out in a sea of black dresses. Where do you like to shop in DTSP? I collect vintage accessories, and enjoy The Lion’s Paw and Janet’s Antiques. I like to mix vintage with modern mid-century style clothes. What brands do you most like for clothes? Milly, Lilly Pulitzer

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Favorite Shoes: I like too many! My favorite currently is Gucci. I wear the sandals all the time, because it improves the famous Florida flip flop look. My favorite pair are pink suede heels with GG logo and square

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Cold Shoulder: I see lots of one shoulder/one sleeved glitter shirts worn with blue denim and colored jeans for everyday or that same glitter shirt is being worn with black palazzo pants for a night out. You can wear the shirts off the shoulder, over the shoulder or one shoulder on, one off. Finishing Accents: Leave the clutch at home this year unless it has a attachable chain for hands free evenings. I love the jewel-encrusted chain link cross body bags, the gold mini boxes and the pearl detailing clutch on a long chain. Party-Ready Footwear: My words are,”nothing is off limits when it comes to crazy and stylish footwear this season” I am seeing extreme detailing such as: feathers, faux fur, pom poms, ribbon ankle straps and pearl decorations. It looks like it is all about the chunk heel in clear glass-like plexi material and embellished heels decorated with gold or silver accents and beading. For those of you that do not like heels, there are plenty of evening-wear flats with funky materials for the fanciest of dance floors. heels. Favorite Accessories: Anything authentic vintage….my acrylic bracelet gets SO much attention. I like my artist’s jewelry from Morean Art Center, Mail Sail Art show, and Florida Craftsman Gallery. Favorite Sunglasses: Chanel. Favorite Watch: A vintage silver face men’s Rolex. It screams space exploration and martinis to me. Favorite Handbag: I prefer very structured purses, nice straight lines. I mostly carry Ferragamo, but I have vintage lizard, alligator and acrylic. Florida Business Attire: I go with sleeveless shift dress and matching coat. Coat for the meetings, no coat rest of day and sling back shoes are a Florida must. I always have an umbrella with me, either a small orange Tori Burch that fits in my purse or a pink flamingo, fun and bright plus sunglasses.


Find the perfect gift for stylish ladies of all ages and take advantage of seasonal trunk parties. From the Shops at Parkshore Plaza to Beach Dr., Central Ave. and St. Pete, here are some of our Fashion Faves: PIPPA PELURE

Sensational Outfits We always look first at classy sassy Pippa Pelure for dresses, jewelry and accessories that owner Megan Simons curates with panache. From Alberto Makali to Petit Pois jumpsuits, this boutique will jumpstart her holiday style. We love the gowns at Jackie Z, the svelte dresses at White House/Black Market, the boho collection at Mis En Chic and for the kids, Ribbons and Ties on Beach Dr. At Sundial’s jux-ta-pose, you can find her favorite brands including BCBG, Bella Dahl, Citizens of Humanity, Elizabeth and James, Rebecca Minkoff and more.

Handbags Pamper her with Luca Italian Leather’s backpacks and stylish bags (complete with interior light) matched with a soft-as-butter leather jacket. When you purchase a Bagamoyo bag at Central Avenue’s Sleeperwood, you raise money, hope & love for the orphans and destitute African children & the women & men living positively with HIV/AIDS.

STYLISH EVENTS Swim Assets: Come out for an evening of drinks and shopping discounts! With every purchase you’ll get a gift, plus enjoy giveaways (spray tans, swag bag, two $100 giftcards, etc.). Dec. 14 6:308:30 pm Strands of Sunshine Boss Babe Club Pop Up 12/6 (6 pm) Night Market St. Pete Enjoy music, food and and shop 65 vendors next door to 3 Daughters Brewing in the heart of theWarehouse Arts District. Shop Small Saturday Nov. 25th at downtown and St. Pete’s local businesses, from Grand Central to Beach Drive!

And Don’t Forget Ashe Couture’s and MISRED’s eclectic clothes, Necessories Boho Feme Funk Boutique and the cool vintage and couture gently used treasures at Designer Consignment, Revolve Clothing, Art Pool Gallery and our new fave, So Chic Consignment (3625 1st Ave. N.).

Beachy Beauty: Want to turn heads? Check out Mermosa resort wear, Tara Grinna swimwear and cruise-worthy dresses (and flamingo cocktail kit) and Swim Assets’ sexy suits. We also like Plain Jane, Bijou’s Boutique and Tommy Bahama at the Sundial where you can also find Tracy Negoshian’s collection of must-have women’s tunics, tops, sweaters, dresses, skirts, shorts, active wear and handbags. Get your exclusive European eyewear from Optik! and hit the beach in style. DALI MUSEUM

Jewelry We swoon for the Gold and Diamond Source’s diamond earrings, bracelets and necklaces, especially the chocolate

diamonds and their JuLeve collection. You can find artsy earrings, sterling silver necklaces and arm candy at the Dali or MFA Gift Shops, Florida Crafts Art Gallery, Craftsman House, Shapiro’s Gallery and the whimsical magic of Strands of Sunshine and Pieces of a Dream. We love the Swarovski crystal jewelry crafted by the owner at Uniquely Yours Boutique, where you can also handpaint a silk scarf.


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Men’s Holiday Party Attire BY KEVIN GODBEE

Barry Lively

Instead of just “Holiday Season”, I like to think of it as “Holiday Party Season”. Whether you’re going to an office/work party, or to a friend’s home, the key easy rule to follow is to not wear what you usually wear to your job. If you don a suit to work, you can still dress up in a suit, just not the office suit. Suit: Make a statement with a two-piece Windowpane patterned suit, and spice it up with a lapel flower, pocket square, and tie bar. (All of these can be found at John Craig Clothier at the Sundial Shops.) Add some

swagger by folding your pocket square with four points, tilt your tie bar so it is slightly askew, and finish it off with well-shined brogued tan wingtips. Dressy-Casual: Start with custom-fitted jeans in a non-traditional color with the pant leg tapering down towards the ankle. (Not skinny jeans, but jeans cut like suit pants.) Pay a tailor to measure you. Try Monograms by Barbara on 1st Ave N. across the street from the open air post office. Combine that with a Robert Graham or Bogosse shirt, and distressed suede wingtips. Tux: A tux is perfect for a fancy New Year’s shindig. You can keep it simple by renting one at Sacino’s Formalwear (4th St. N. & 22nd Ave.) However, if you have a budget, and think you’ll have at least one event a year that calls for a dinner jacket, it’s worth investing in custom-fitted formalwear.

To be a little different than then next guy, add a white lapel flower, a black tie with white piping, and a tux shirt with pointed collar instead of wingtips. Black patent leather shoes are mandatory. Another change-up is to go with a red dinner jacket with black collar and lapels. Extra points for tying your own bow tie. Anyone can do a clip-on. Learn how by searching YouTube for “How to tie a bow tie Charles French”. (His was the only one I could actually follow.) Kevin is Certified in Image Consulting & Personal Branding by the Studio for Image Professionals in NYC. He is the co-founder of ImmaculateStyle.com. He has often been referred to as “the best dressed man in Downtown St. Pete”. He can tie his own bowtie, and successfully match six different patterns in one ensemble just for fun.

Gentlemen Love Presents BY NANETTE WISER

like the Frederique Constant Horological Smartwatch with a 42 mm stainless steel case, black dial and a black leather strap and the Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 men’s smartwatch with a mat black ceramic bezel and a brown calfskin strap. Socks: Show your personality at work or play with socks that match your secret obsession from monkeys to martinis. Sunglasses: Classic Ray Bans, Gucci, Prada, Michael Kors, Bottega Veneta and Tom Ford are all the rage. Check out the collections at VIP Eye Care and Optical Boutique. From colognes to watches, there’s a perfect present for the gent in your life, from hubby to Dad beyond the tie. Here are some of SPL’s faves. Watches: International Diamond Center’s Tag Heuer watches such as the sporty AquaRacer or sleekly chic Carrera. We also



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John Craig Clothier: Classic styles for the elegant bon vivant starts here, featuring collections from Canali to Ferragamo. Tommy Bahama: Short sleeve shirts with subtle paradise designs are the epitome of Florida chic, especially the new Tommy Holidays and Pelican Cigar camp shirts.

Sartorial, Inc.: Van Laack shirts, Raleigh Jeans. Vuori performance apparel, Strong Body athleasure luxury active-wear. Truefitt & Hill male grooming products, Mizzen + Main dress shirts, Blujacket fine Italian fabric blazers and sports jackets.


Holiday Decor Light Show: Want to outsource your holiday home décor? The Decorating Elves can light up your holidays, put energy efficient lights up and take them down, no muss or fuss. They’ll do it all: Decorate with displays, banners, wreaths, pole mounts, outline windows and doorways, palm trees, provide themed displays, LED lighting, even music animation. decoratingelves.com/ (727) 418-4127 Inspired Party Décor: St. Pete’s conceptbait’s Lynn McGhee and Frank



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Clemente know a thing or two about transforming a room; they recently turned the Hyatt Place into a fairy tale paradise and have been sprucing up St. Pete homes and parties for 15 years. We asked them what’s trending now. Said Frank: “We’re seeing a lot of natural rustic elegant elements with metallic elements (bronze and silver, pewter, not shiny), and you’ll see it in the holiday decorating we are doing at The Mill.” “For centerpieces, we like gorgeous! We mix candlelights of all different heights and eclectic design all down the table with an element of fabric,” says Frank. This season, you’ll see monochromatic, not red or green together in exterior and interior décor. “We take all shades of one color; purple is huge right now, so we would mix the nuances and textures of plum and grape all in the same family.” His house will be lit up in different shades of red and metallic tinsel this year. ConceptBait.com (727) 321-5350

Easy Christmas Ideas • Make centerpieces from things/collections you already have. • Let holiday scents waft through your home with pot pourri, balsam greens and candles. • Make a wreathe or door bouquet with hemlock,pine, juniper, mistletoe and other greens. Add sea shells or ribbons. • Fill glass jars with green and red Hershey Kisses, M&Ms or Jelly Bellies.


Want a beautiful yard? Why not attend the free Florida Style Landscape Thursday workshops (6-8 pm) offered by the St. Petersburg Water Resources Department’s water conservation office and Pinellas County Extension. 1/18 - Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Replacing Bad Plants with Good Plants 1/25 - Protect Our Water Ways with Rain Gardens and Rain Barrels. Attend a narrated tour of the Florida-Friendly Demonstration Garden starting one hour prior to this class. 2/1 - Landscape Design 2/8 -Growing Edible Plants, Gardening for Wildlife 2/15 - Drip Irrigation and Sensible Sprinkler Systems Clinic 2/22 - Landscape Design Clinic and Proper Planting 3/1 - Landscape Maintenance the Florida-friendly Way! Pruning Trees and Shrubs, Proper Fertilizer and Pesticide Use, Mulching, and Composting. www.floridastyle.eventbright.com

Save water! Give Mom and Mother Nature the sustainable gift of a drought-resistant garden. These St. Pete nurseries can help you pick out native ground covers and plants including beach sunflower, sunshine mimosa and more. Carroll’s Garden Center, 4950 38th Ave. N. Gulf Coast Garden Center, 4355 Haines Rd. Hazel’s Garden & Nursery, 5063 Dartmouth Ave. N. Jene’s Tropical Fruit Trees, 6831 Central Ave. Kathy’s Korner Nursery / Tree Farm, 3118 62nd Ave. N. Willow Tree Nursery, 4401 49th St. N. Attract birds! Enter your zip code into Audubon’s native plants database and view a list of the best plants for birds in your area as well as tips on how to create a bird-friendly habitat with local resources. https://www.audubon.org/native-plants



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Healthy Holidays BY MICHAEL R. MANTELL, PH.D.

In less than 10 seconds I found millions of hits on Google on “how to survive the holidays.” The secret sauce of healthy holidays comes down to something I call “ThEaMo” or Think, Eat and Move in healthy ways. Think: Do we really need to be told this stuff year after year, in so many millions of different ways? Focus on friends not food, enjoy the journey not the destination, make time for fitness, get plenty of sleep, serve others, create a “to-do” list, don’t compare your experience to others, get plenty of vitamin D3, drop your expectations, don’t get so focused on perfection that you believe you SHOULD have no challenges, forget Norman Rockwell, don’t dread it, be honest with yourself, avoid the pressures of family get-togethers, set manageable daily goals, don’t drink too much, avoid the “shoulds,” don’t pressure yourself, yada, yada, yada. The message from the media is that the holidays are draining. Nonsense, stress is not something that lurks in dark corners waiting to pounce on us. We invite stress in by the way we look at and think about events. Here’s the secret. People survive their own thoughts, nonsensical, irrational and inaccurate thoughts and self-created negative beliefs about how “difficult” a time the holidays are, especially if it’s not as perfect as they demand. Remember, the link is what you think. You can really get past the negative nonsense about how tough it is during the holidays by helping others, filling up on gratitude for all that others do



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for you, and finding the good in whatever happens. People who are grateful take better care of themselves, exercise more, are more optimistic, less stressed and eat better too. Keep a gratitude journal, especially over the holidays, share your grateful thoughts with others, reevaluate your thoughts of anger and bitterness to help lighten your holidays, and spend some time volunteering to help others. Eat: Never allow yourself to attend an event hungry. If you know you are going to a party, fill up on fiber by eating fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Fiber-rich foods are lower in calories and will keep you feeling full. Practice mindful eating habits by staying aware of your choices and thoughts about food and being alert to mindless munching. Choose the smallest plate and fit it first with vegetables and salad before the entrees and desserts. Watch those alcohol calories, and drink water before, during and after the meal. Move: Healthy holidays including staying active and fit daily. Movement, exercise and physical activity help you clear your mind from that negative, erroneous thinking you slip into with the encouragement of the media who wants you to believe the holidays are so “stressful.” With moderate to intense physical activity at a minimum of 150 minutes or more each week, you certainly improve your mood, correct your biochemistry, develop your healthy brain cells, advance your immunity and elevate your overall health.

The Daily Five New Year 1. It’s a new day, a new year, a new start…be sure you take it! 2. Wake up, forgive yourself and begin again. 3. Need a new beginning? Today you have new possibilities once again. 4. Today is the first blank page of your 365 day book. Write it carefully. It’s called “Opportunity.” 5. Savor your new hopes, your new aspirations, and your new solutions (not RE-solutions). 6. Think of today as the start of a new journey, not just a new year. Family 1. Time spent with family is worth every second 2. The song of a family is always beautiful, regardless of the high or low notes 3. Doesn’t food taste better when you eat it with your family? 4. Family & health are intertwined in the best of times 5. The centerpiece of healthy living is family Holidays 1. Avoid holiday stress by planning now to assure thinking, eating, moving, and yes, spending well. 2. Avoid holiday stress by securing your “support” team now for companionship, volunteer opportunities, and holiday festivities. 3. Avoid holiday stress by putting your differences aside — especially at this time of the year. Besides, who cares, after all is said and done? 4. Avoid holiday stress by setting time aside for genuine time out, quiet time out, unplugging, journaling and mindful meditation. 5. Avoid holiday stress by thinking about solutions, not re-solutions, to executing and meeting your “why” reasons for a healthier, happier life in 2018.


HEALTH INNOVATIONS In Tampa Bay, health care innovators at local hospitals, wellness centers, Eckerd College, USF, community partnerships, non-profits and biotech companies are working on the next best thing to keep you living well and longer. Here are some of SPL’s Faves. It’s All About The Green Going green is good for your health, and USF St. Petersburg (USFSP) earned a 95 out off 99 points from The Princeton Review’s prestigious Green Rating scores for 629 colleges. In addition to serving

local/organic foods, the USFSP community leads the way, investing in solar panels, a greenhouse and energy efficient buildings, leading innovative research in sustainability and incorporating environmental stewardship into many planning decisions on campus, thanks to the help of a full-time sustainability planner and a dedicated faculty and student body. • The USFSP’s Climate Action Plan sets out to reduce the university’s baseline greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2035 and to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. • Students play a lead role in sustainability efforts. The Student Green Energy Fund is financed through a $1 fee per credit hour voted on by students every three years. Students working

with the Green Energy Fund consider projects that reduce energy costs through conservation and the use of renewable energy to lower greenhouse gas emissions. Medical Innovations: The bionic man was science fiction till it wasn’t. Medical innovations are everywhere, from oxygen glasses that help with COPD to a body computer to manage insulin. USF researchers have discovered there’s plenty you can do to age with good health including staying active. • Paula Bickford has been working on how to harness the protective power of blueberries and other natural products to fight damaging inflammation and promote new cell growth. • Associate professor Jerri Edwards has been studying the positive effects of brain training.

“Brighter health and beauty for a more radiant Sunshine City.” This year, 29 nonprofit organizations received grants ranging from $10,000 to $15,000 to support one-time projects that will enhance their ability to improve organizational capacity and advance community health and health equity in South Pinellas County. The Foundation seeks to improve health care services and help organizations understand how to better serve our diverse communities, improving access to health services and identifying need. Examining how factors such as poverty, education, employment, lack of timely access to services impact health and well-being will lead to identifying the right partners, alliances and strategies and will promote good health.

Living a healthier lifestyle is easier when you have the support of like-minded people. St. Pete General Hospital is one of the HCA hospitals that offers H2U membership for only $20/year. Membership includes invitations to hospitalsponsored events, a quarterly magazine, a health portal with timely articles, health trackers; prescription discount cards, online shopping and travel discounts, dental and eyecare discount plans and more. Sign up at H2U.com

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Holiday Fitness Tips


Too much pie and holiday cookies? Here are some fit tips :

a new city for work? Explore by foot or bike instead of car.

Invest in his/her health with these clever work-out gifts…or a spa retreat.

Get Outside: Hike, bike or walk the Farmers’ Market or the mall. Look for a holiday turkey trot or jingle mingle run. Give yourself a challenge-sign up for a race, try out a new yoga pose or experiment with a new exercise. Find a friend and make exercising merry! Encourage each other to lace up the sneakers for pre-dinner workouts and post-shopping trip runs.

Suit Up: Treat yourself to some new work-out clothes, fitness equipment, a Fitbit or colorful running shoes before Thanksgiving to motivate yourself.

• Exercise DVDs by hobby (hula hoop, dance, Pilates) • PowerBlock 24-Pound Adjustable Dumbbell Set • Travel or roll-up yoga mat • Grid Mini foam roller for stress relief • Estone jump rope counts your jumps • Tone It Up Resistance Bands • Electra Bike Bell • Sweatproof Bluetooth or waterproof earbuds • Oster Smoothie Maker fits sports bottles • 94 Fifty Smart Baskeball (analyzes shots!) • Frogg Toggs chilled bath towels • Nayoyo acupressure mat • Skylock (app controlled bike lock) • Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker, Tom Tom Touch

Plan A Tune-Up Trip: Plan a fitness vacay in January/February (bike, hike, paddle) or a spa challenge (Rancho La Puerta or The Golden Door). Going to

Find A Deal: Work out for free somewhere new with a gym or exercise studio promotion and learn some new moves from a trainer. Make It Fun: Be the first on the dance floor at a holiday mixer, do some yardwork with your playlist blasting holiday tunes or grab a DTSP bike and take a spin to see what’s new up and down Central Ave.

Vicki LeMay, Burg Fitness www.burgfitness.com Coach Vicki spent the first 15 years of her career in corporate America as a management consultant and her “downtime” was always spent going to the gym and helping friends create workouts and eating plans. Fast-forward to the present day... she ditched the corporate job, earned a nationally recognized certification (ACE) as a personal trainer and now her “downtime” is owning and operating Burg Fitness. She opened Burg Fitness because helping others is her passion. “I was renting space at other gyms for a while and having a difficult time with it because I couldn’t control the environment (crazy music, numbingly



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loud dropping of weights, etc). I wanted to create a fun, comfortable place where members were like family and there was zero intimidation. So, that is what I did and we have the best fitness family and home for our members.” LeMay loves DTSP and is a true foodie. “Sea Salt has an amazing happy hour and I often go just for their avocado crab martini – YUM! Wine Madonna is a favorite and I love their wine tasting events with charcuterie boards and live music. For a good burger and fun atmosphere, The Avenue is always a good bet.” When she’s training, she loves exploring DTSP. “My happy “place” downtown would be the waterfront parks. It’s so peaceful to stroll along the water with my dog and husband Dan, or just sit and see the occasional dolphin.” Her workout regime is a daily affair. “I love to get 4-5 good, focused workouts in every week but also know the

importance of rest days. As a personal and group fitness trainer, I am active daily training others but make sure I set aside time for myself to get a good sweat on.” A good playlist helps, she says, and hers is eclectic. “From Cheap Thrills (Sia) to There’s Nothing Holding me Back (Shawn Mendes) - love a little Sinatra on bike rides.” Her favorite sport? “Cross-training is a combination of pure strength training, cardio conditioning and balance/core work. Building lean, tone muscles AND getting your heart rate up for heart health is so important. I create fun, dynamic workouts for myself (and my members) to keep it interesting, as I personally get bored easily.” LeMay hopes to expand her wellness work-outs in 2018. “I’d love to learn how to meditate! I have a hard time “shutting off ” and would like to learn techniques of meditation and maybe even meditative yoga.”

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Jibaro at Red Mesa Cantina BY KEVIN GODBEE & LORI BROWN Barry Lively

What’s New?

NuMex Chile – Opened the beginning of Oct. A NU twist on traditional New Mexican cuisine. 2710 Central Ave Jimmy Hula’s –Opens Nov. 13. 8123 4th St N Paul’s Chicago Pizza – Slated to open mid Nov. 11002 4th St N IL Ritorno Expansion – Completion the beginning of Dec. Doubling in size, adding a full liquor bar and a chef’s bar. 449 Central Ave

Our favorite dishes

Pin, Wok & Bowl: The Sashimi and the Kimchi Fried Rice Red Mesa Cantina: The Filet al Chipotle (Lori) and the Jibaro (Kevin) The Galley: The Guinness Fish & Chips and the Alley Gator Etouffee Pizza Box: The Meatballs (best downtown) and the Saint Michael’s Supreme pizza Engine No. 9: The Fried Pickle Spears (best ever) and the Blackhawk Burger Il Ritorno: The Short Rib Mezzaluna and the Pan Seared Chicken The Mill: The Southern Belle Salad and the Mill Burger

SPL Faves: Foodie Gifts

Upscale Casual Top 10 Whether you are planning a trip to St Pete or you live here and have missed out on a few of our local gems, we’ ve created a list of our favorite Upscale Casual restaurants that we feel delivers a spectacular culinary dining experience. We called this list upscale casual based on a quote from Justin Yu, GM at FarmTable Kitchen (now FarmTable Davis Jasmin

Cucina), “Dress codes are important in setting the tone for the style of dining in a restaurant. I always believe in dressing for dinner appropriately and according to the ambiance, style of service or price point of a restaurant. Upscale restaurants deserve a chic, well-dressed crowd.



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With that said, a Formal Dress Code is difficult to enforce these days depending on the city and the formality of its restaurants. The Dress Code is falling more and more out of favor, as more Upscale Casual restaurants emerge who can provide a trendy ambiance with great food and service in a casual, comfortable environment.” Here’s our top ten. For the full review, go to www.stpetersburgfoodies.com/ UpscaleCasual 1. Il Ritorno 2. Brick & Mortar Kitchen Wine & Bar 3. FarmTable Kitchen (now FarmTable Cucina with a different menu) 4. Gratzzi Italian Grille 5. Annata 6. Beau n Mo’s Italian Eating House 7. Rococo Steak 8. Sola Bistro & Wine Bar (St. Pete Beach) 9. Reading Room 10. Parkshore Grill

Surprise outtatown friends and families with these delicious delights: Kitchen Gadgets Mastrad Quik Whisk Universal Mixer Breville One Touch Tea Maker Bellocq Strainer Cheeses GoatLadyDairy.com SequatchieCoveFarm.com MeadowCreekDairy.com SweetGrassDairy.com Sweets DrogaChocolates.com ChuaoChocolatier.com ShopXOcolatl.com HudsonRiverPopcorn.com JacobsenSalt.com (black licorice) McConells.com (ice cream) OliveAndCocoa.com Cookiegood.com SavannahCandy.com Savories BlackberryPatch.com (ketchup) HushAmericanBistro.com (BBQ ribs) JayDucote.com (Louisiana molasses mustard) ValinesFamous.com (cocktail sauce) JammyYummy.com (red pepper jam) 44Steaks.com (Texas kick-beef jerky) Olli.com (Tartufo salami)

Kevin Godbee

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!


Brick & Mortar This bustling Central Avenue restaurant now accepts reservations. Lucky for us, we got our favorite server, April. We have sung their praises before and we will sing them again right now! They have definitely earned their spot as the #2 restaurant in all of St Petersburg as voted on by local foodies! We ordered a bottle of a recommended Rosé that we thoroughly enjoyed! I don’t believe that we have had a bottle there that we did not like. To start I was intrigued by the Ahi Tuna Tartare with Kimchi cucumber and Brussel sprout leaves. I love ahi tuna tartare,

but I would venture to say, that with the addition of the kimchi cucumber and brussel sprout leaves, it is the best I have had in recent memory. Incredibly fresh and full of flavor! I couldn’t get enough of it. I was not raised on beets, so they always looked gross to me...just because I had not ever tried them prepared properly. Now whenever I see a beet salad on a menu, I am always intrigued, especially if that salad is the brain child of Chef Jason Ruhe. So, next up is the Beet Salad. Not a bite was left on the plate. Kevin and I share everything and this one was a crowd pleaser on both sides. The beets were super fresh and had a great, silky mouth feel. I also love watermelon radish, not to mention how pleasing it is on the eye. The salad was balanced with the goat cheese and nuts and topped with a very light salad dressing.

For our entreé. we ended up going with the special of the night, a house made fettuccini with pine butter, shaved crispy mushrooms, egg yolk and shaved Bottarga (from Wikipedia: Bottarga is the Italian name for a delicacy of salted, cured fish roe, typically of the grey mullet or the bluefin tuna). We also added shrimp to the dish, as we were given the option of adding a protein. I can’t say enough for how good this dish was. There is absolutely no question that the pasta is made in house! The difference is staggering!

Holiday Foodie Gifts In addition to these St. Pete faves, give a gift card to a favorite restaurant. We recommend Vom Fass (featured in the Sept./Oct. issue) for amazing oils, vinegars and a great selection of wines which are all organic, some from California, Italy, and other countries plus 14 scotches (10 of which are single-malt).

Kalamazoo Olive Company is Tampa Bay’s original Olive Oil Tasting Room. In operation since 2010, the unique aspect of the store centers on the tasting

experience. They are a truly “try before you buy” concept, stocked with the freshest, authentic olive oil and balsamic vinegar you can buy. Savory Spice Shop St Pete offers over 400 fresh spices & handcrafted seasonings. It is locally owned by Joan and Paul Bailey, lifelong St. Petersburg residents with a true passion for their city and its spice. Their mission is to provide high-quality herbs, spices, and seasonings at a fair price in customerfriendly quantities. Spice lovers can order a wide variety of products and spices online, from specialty salts to the best spice blends for any recipe. They also offer specialty food and cooking products and great spice gift sets for any occasion.

Locale Market offers an award-winning gift shop that is sure to inspire the chef, entertainer and wine-enthusiast! From cookbooks to tasty gourmet crackers and jams, they also have many seasonal items for your holiday events or gift giving.

Casa di Mazzaro is located next to the famed Mazzaro’s Market. Here you’ll find unique and hard-to-find kitchenware, gifts, and gadgets from all over the world, as well as a selection of quality loose-leaf teas (some available only online).

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‘Tis The Season To Eat By Nanette Wiser

Making holiday meals at home doesn’t have to be all about you. Ask guests to bring a potluck dish or BYOB, or order from local markets and restaurants in advance to ease your stress. The Full Monty: You can order Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixin’s from The Fresh Market, The Locale or Publix, or just stock up on pre-made sides and appetizers. From Trader Joe’s and Mazzaro Italian Market, stock up on gourmet cheeses, salami, olives and breads. My go-to apps areTrader Joe’s mini-quiches and frozen shrimp, and some gourmet pot-stickers and cilantro chicken won-tons in a crock pot, along

with our family favorite, Hebrew National cocktail franks in a bun! Apps In Advance: Order and pick up a day in advance appetizers from your favorite restaurant, and be sure to hit The Saturday Market for breads, pickles and other tasty comestibles. • Smoked fish spread from The Reef or your favorite local restaurant. • BBQ spareribs and other pu-pu platter staples. • Goat cheese drizzled in Tiger Sauce or Blueberry Jam. • Sushi from Pin, Wok & Bowl, The Lure or Souzou’s. • Greek salad, tiropitas or spanokopita from Acropolis Greek Taverna

Dean, your chocolates from Kilwin’s or Pinellas Chocolate Company, cupcakes from The Cupcake Spot, swah-rey or The Wandering Whisk, gluten-free vegan cookies from Sweet Divas Chocolate or Mickey’s Café & Organics macaroons. With dessert, serve local craft roasted coffee from Brew D’Licious, Black Crow Coffee or Kahwah, perked up by some bourbon from American Freedom Distillers. Like cold brew? Go for Made Coffee, now available in some Publix and created right here in DTSP near 3 Daughters Brewing. Add a few growlers or bottles from your favorite local brewery (Green Bench, 3DB) for the den for men football crowd..

Finishing Touches: Order your pies from The Village Inn, your truffles from William

Chefs Fall Faves: Don’t want to cook during the holidays? Got out of town guests? Make it easy by making reservations and calling ahead for appetizers, entrees and desserts for your Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s Eve celebrations. We asked three of our favorite chefs to share with us what’s seasonal and delicious on their menus.

Chef Ted Dorsey, The Mill: It’s more than just fowl weather for turkey here. Try the Roast Duck, Cauliflower Fried Rice, Citrus Grilled Baby Bok Choy and Blackberry Soy Caramel



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Chef Tyson Grant, Parkshore Grill: Chefs just want ot have fun...with veggies! Nibble the smoked White Bean Hummus, Crispy Flatbread, Crudite’ Vegetables and Petite Basil.

Chef Daniel McClinton, 400 Beach Seafood and Tap House: From seafood to sides, the fall menu delights with Pistachio Crusted Grouper, Brussel Sprout, Potato Hash. Butternut Squash Puree and Golden Beet Salad.

Photos by Barry Lively


THE ART OF WINE Les Vins Georges Duboeuf chose local artist Ari Robinson to be their “cover girl” for the 2017 vintage Beaujolais Nouveau that debuted Nov. 16, marking the 35th year of the wine’s appearance in the U.S. “Candy Coated” was named the winner after voting took place on Facebook and Instagram in a competition of artists from around the world. “We are dedicating this vintage to the creators, dreamers, builders—anyone who is passionate about what they do,” winery founder Georges Duboeuf said. “This artist competition and Ms. Azzopardi’s work perfectly capture this sentiment.” Robinson is a St. Pete mixed-media artist with a BFA in painting and sculpture. Her creative process is driven by spontaneity, and focuses on form, color and energy. You can see her work at The Gallery (One Progress Plaza, on the corner of 1st Ave and 2nd Ave. S and on her website www.AriRobinsonArt.com

FAVES I’ve been sashaying through the indie and farmers’ markets, meeting crafters and bakers. Along the way, I’ve fallen in love with these potables, comestibles and cool things. • Hawthorne Bottle Shop’s French chardonnay and charcuterie • Nardo Natural’s soaps • The Castaways’s vintage furniture • WADA’s Softwater Gallery • Nik Naki vintage • Maker’s minimal geometric jewelry • Katie’s Goods james and cookies • Jennifer Manning’s “Jen’s Rag Bags” • Steampunk Jewelry by OdditiesUnique.com • Wililam Dean’s + Big Storm Brewing chocolates • Mermosa’s new line of mermaid-named organic wines and their tasting room 29 Merry + Bright: Annual Morean Arts member show (thru 12/29) with a buylocal retail focus for the holidays. Purchase a unique item for everyone on your holiday shopping list, including paintings, functional pottery, jewelry, glass, ornaments and arty stocking-stuffers.



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Cocktail Party 101

Set the stage for holiday magic. Small bites, a make-it-yourself cocktail bar, the perfect punch, a curated playlist and voila! A stress free party. Ask guests to bring their favorite holiday cookie or candy so everyone can take home a sweet reminder of your holiday party. Décor: Use tealight flameless candles to give the room a soft glow and scented plug-ins for apple wreath or evergreen, and a laser holiday display outside that turns your entrance into a wonderland. Music: A little Ella or Billie Holiday is grand, but country and pop versions of holiday traditional tunes up the joy factor. Let Siri and Google Home DJ for the night.

Cookbook Gifts

Local food writer and USF Journalism Professor Janet Keeler knows a thing or two about sweets.

Her Cookielicious: 150 Fabulous Recipes to Bake & Share is one of my favorites. The easy-to-follow instructions cover all skill levels, from first-time to seasoned baker. Ingredients are readily available in supermarkets, and there is no need for exotic equipment. This cookbook has cookies for every occasion and every holiday. Cooking for Jeffrey: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook (Ina Garten);



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PUNCH PERFECT DIY Cocktail Bar: Display recipe cards for some holiday cocktails and make sure you have the fixings for a classic martini (gin or vodka, stuffed olives, cocktail onions) and Bloody Marys. Cut up limes and lemons in advance, set out festive stirrers and glassware, offer spicy Ginger Beer, Ginger Ale, tonic, cranberry juice and club soda and a few small batch bourbons, Scotch and whiskeys. In another area, chill beers and white wines/bubbly and set up wine glasses and red wine for a second DIY bar. Use ornaments and décor to give both bars a holiday feel. Put everything in order, alcohol first, then mixers, then garnishes and make sure you have plenty of ice! Nibbles: In addition to little snacks (nuts, olives, pickles, chips, pretzels, red and green M&Ms in glass jars), offer small grab-and-go appetizers at a buffet area, from mini quiche to spanakopita, hummus or artichoke cheese dips, veggies, charcuterie (salami, cheese), crackers and chilled grapes, clementines, chestnuts and other seasonal fruits.

Make It Ahead (Ina Garten) Foodimentary (John-Bryan Hopkins)

It’s said that George Washington might have sipped Fish House Punch, originally created for a gentleman’s fishing club in the early 1700’s. Fish House Punch Serves 20 1 1/2 cups superfine sugar 6 cups water 1 quart of lemon juice 2 quarts dark rum 1 quart VSOP Cognac 1/2 cup peach brandy Chilled club soda or Champagne to top Ice ring or block In a large punch bowl, combine the sugar and enough water to dissolve. Stir until dissolved. Then add the lemon juice, rum, Cognac, and brandy and stir to combine. Add the ice and top with the club soda or Champagne just before serving.


Love Real Food: More Than 100 FeelGood Vegetarian Favorites to Delight the Senses and Nourish the Body (Kathryne Taylor) Dinner: Changing the Game (Melissa Clark and Eric Wolfinger) The South’s Best Butts: Pitmaster Secrets for Southern Barbecue Perfection (Matt Moore) The First Mess Cookbook: Vibrant Plant-Based Recipes to Eat Well Through the Seasons (Laura Wright)

Serves 2 10 ounces prepared hot cocoa 4 ounces chocolate truffle liqueur Fresh whipped cream Chocolate shavings Divide the hot cocoa between two 8-ounce mugs. Add 2 ounces of chocolate liqueur to each mug, stir. Top with freshly whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

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Cassis Debuts New Menu, Patio Cabanas lounge area with four cabanas and two high tops. Tentatively named “The Lounge at Cassis,” it features an exclusive cocktail menu crafted by Cassis and made with fresh ingredients on order with daily drink specials: One of our favorite bistros updated the indoor bar, outdoor lounge and patio and introduced a spirited new bar and food menu just in time for the holidays. “We’ve had an amazing seven years in St. Pete and want to continually elevate our guests’ experience,” said executive chef, Jeremy Duclut. “Having learned a lot since our opening in 2010, we are putting experience to good use by raising the bar and keeping pace with St. Pete’s growing foodie experience culture.” The 2nd Avenue North patio area now features a brighter, lighter free-standing

Monday: Industry Day (40% off your entire bill if you work in the hospitality business) $5 Bloody Marys & Mimosas Tuesday: Extended Happy Hour at the Bar from 7pm to Midnight

Sunday: Sunday Funday ($20 Bottles of House Sparkling White Wine & $10 Oysters by the half dozen) Cassis’ happy hour deals include both the bar and restaurant every Monday through Friday from 4pm-7pm. On Tuesdays, happy hour runs from 4pm-7pm at the bar and restaurant, then continues from 7pm to midnight at the bar. Cassis’ Happy Hour includes: • $2.50 Red & White House Wine, Bud Light Bottles, & Well-Liquors • $4 Well Liquor Martinis • $5 Draft Beer & House Sparkling White Wine

Wednesday: Ladies Night (BOGO on all cocktails, wine, and beer for the ladies) Thursday: Smokey Thursdays ($5 Smoked Old Fashioneds and Sazeracs)

The Hy Bar: Hyatt Place is DTSP’s new hot spot. Thru Dec. 29, you can celebrate with a cold craft cocktail or local brew and listen to live local music. From 4:30 – 7:30 pm enjoy $7 craft cocktails and appetizers, $3 Canvas wine and revolving local craft beers (Green Bench, St. Pete Brewing Cycle Brewing) with flights of $8..

The clever mixologists play creatively with local spirits as well as serving up a comforting S’more St. Pete Please featuring Old St. Pete Whiskey cocktail with notes of vanilla, graham cracker, and chocolate in a smoked rocks glass and garnished with a toasted marshmallow. My favorite? The Sunken Garden Martini made with Old St. Pete Tropical Gin and St. Germaine cocktail with notes of lemon, basil, and cucumber.

Spirited Gifts Think global, drink local: American Freedom Distillery’s artisan stills yield amazing bourbons and rum. Banyan Reserve Vodka is Florida’s #1 craft vodka and Kozuba & Sons Distillery’s artisan spirits make great gifts.



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Mixology Magic: Jack Ruby’s Sweet Tea Syrum makes a mighty fine old fashioned. El Guapo Bitters Rose Cordial mixed with gin and lemon juice refreshes, while bittersweet Dolan vermouth makes a marvelous martini.

Bourbon-tastic!: Highballs are all the rage, and small batch bourbons are the it girl this season as are blue ribbon whiskies such as Chatanooga Whiskey Co.’s 100 Frist Taste and not a bourbon, not a brandy Rumble from Balcones Distilling is honey on the floor.


Beer Cheers

Craft beer makes a perfect man-cave gift and a craft beer walkabouts a great excursion with guests or friends. Here’s what’s cooking in St. Pete: 3 Daughters: During Thanksgiving week, holiday hours are 2-11 pm, with food trucks 4-9 and live music nightly 7-10 pm. In addition to some seasonal ales, the new local craft malt liquor 3 Daughters Brewing Ctrl + Malt + Del is worth sipping. Said one reviewer: “Ctrl + Malt + Del pours pale yellow and crystal

clear, with a thin white head. The nose is neutral, with just a hint of sweet corn, the preferred adjunct for this style. The flavor is lightly sweet, with a little grain and little to no hop character, other than the small amount needed to offset any excessive sweetness. The finish is dry, the result of a very full fermentation (the goal of malt liquor is generally to get as much alcohol into the beer as possible).” Flying Boat Brewery: No “to-go” beer yet, but you can take the autumn chill out with these brews and they have great spaces to rent for an office or holiday party. Woodlawn Pub Ale: Irish Red meets an English Mild. Malt forward with notes of caramel and slight roast. Light and easy drinking. Green’s Lantern American IPA: Tropical fruit and citrus dominate the flavor and

aroma, with only a supporting light malt leading to a dry finish. Red Sky at Night : Dark fruit and toffee notes with a piney hop character and a crisp clean finish. Green Bench: The Brewers’ Taste Off Battle culminates 11/21 at Urban Brew & BBQ, battling Hidden Springs for the Championship. You be the judge while enjoying a four-course meal and tasting eight beers to determine which pairing is best. Order your kegger now for the holidays: Half barrels are $185, and slims are $80. Pinellas Ale Works: Wednesday Trivia and Yappy Hour continues. May we suggest these robust beers to go for your holiday: Coffee + Vanilla- Bean Porter, 1888 Russian Imperial Stout and the always popular Jack Daniels Barrel Aged Imperial Stout.

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Wine Gift Giving BY ELLIOTT WISER It’s an annual holiday headache— who gets a good gift and who gets a great gift, especially when it comes to wine. First you need to decide how much to spend. The best answer to is to quote the late comedienne Joan Rivers who use to say, “Can we talk?”. Giving a gift of wine is tricky; it really does say something about you and the person you are giving it to. (Some of you are thinking right now, it’s the thought that counts, I refer you back to the Joan River’s quote.) To help you make your holiday list, I have constructed the “Sliding Scale of Wine Gift Giving” with three perfect wine gifts with three different price points for three different types of gift recipients. Case #1 “ I really don’t have much money to spend (starving student, artist, etc)”. “You’re a Facebook friend and you gave me a gift”. “You’re my boss and I just want you to know my name”. You are in the wheelhouse of The Vino Vino Guy. I specialize in great wines under $25. You can’t go wrong with Charles Smith wines. They taste great, are inexpensive, and have fun names. They make an impression for little money. I suggest Boom Boom Syrah ($17) or Kung Fu Girl Riesling ($11).

Case #2 “Good friend who likes wine.” “I have an annual review coming up and I really need to impress my boss.” “My relative thinks I’m cheap and I’m going to show them otherwise”. Pinot Noirs are great gifts because in my experience most people love them. They offer great texture and taste. One of my favorites is under $50 and you can find it everywhere. Belle Glos Clark and Telephone Vineyard’s Pinot Noir. This Central California wine has several strong years 2012-2015. Case #3 “Close friend or beloved relative/ parent/sibling who loves wines”. “Business associate who made a big difference in my career this year”. “I am so in the dog house and I need to get out quickly”. My friend, you need to make a statement. This one will hurt, but you will make a lasting impression. It is one of my favorite wines and it is a very well known name. Opus One was born from a partnership between two wine giants, Robert Mondavi and Baron Philippe Rothschild. This California Cabernet Sauvignon is silky and provides a mouthful of flavor. The cost….wait for it…around $290. But it will get you out of the doghouse. Promise.

Elliott Wiser hosted the popular cable wine show Vino Vino for 8 years. Find more wines under $25 at thevinovinoguy website and Facebook.



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WINE FAVES Annata Wine $5 Wine Thursday A Taste for Wine Sip wine on the balcony while nibbling. Hawthorne Bottle Shop 12/9 Live Music/J.T. Brown 12/12 Epic Bottle Share 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. Try Wine 100+ wines, structured flights...oh my! Wine Madonna 11/14 Thanksgiving Wine Tasting 1st Monday Wine & Books Winesmith - 6-9 pm Thursday-Ladies Night (1/2 price off glass) Still Thirsty? Bella Brava, Brick & Mortar, Cassis, Parkshore Grill, Ruth Chris Steakhouse Sea Salt, Stillwaters Tavern, The Vinoy Bar

Wine Tips Wondering what wine to serve with your Thanksgiving turkey? First, serve a white and a red, so you cover not only the turkey, but also all the side dishes. For the white wine I suggest a white Burgundy, a Chardonnay with little or no oak, a dry Riesling, or Gewurztraminer. For a red go for a Pinot Noir, Merlot, or a fruity Zinfandel. Avoid reds with a heavy oak taste.

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The Power Of Star Wars Costumes ®

seven films in the Star Wars series, the exhibition uncovers the challenges, the intricate processes and the remarkable artistry of Lucas, the concept artists and costume designers. The costumes reflect an eclectic mix of cultural, historical and mythical sources that add rich texture to the story.

Iconic costumes from ―a galaxy far, far away are presented at MFA in the Smithsonian traveling exhibition, Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume. The Lucas Touch: George Lucas imagined and created a fantastical world filled with dynamic characters who told the timeless story of the hero’s journey. The costumes shaped the identities of these now famous characters, from the menacing black mask of Darth Vader and the gilded suit of C-3PO, to the lavish royal gowns of Queen Amidala and a bikini worn by Princess Leia.

Through nine presentational chapters, visitors will explore the creative process from Lucas’ vision through concept drawings by artists such as Ralph McQuarrie and Iain McCaig, to the final costume designs of John Mollo and Trisha Biggar. • Introduction: Dressing a Galaxy • Jedi versus Sith: Form, Function and Design • Concept and Design: for Royalty and Beyond • Symbolism and Military Power: Outlaws and Outsiders • All Corners of the Galaxy: The Galactic Senate • After the Throne: Padmé’s Journey • Darth Vader: Iconic Villain: and Droid™ Design

Films & Events Short films in Star Wars and The Power of Costume provide a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process and include interviews with artists, designers and actors. The visitor experience will be enhanced by interactive flip books featuring sketches, photographs and notes that capture the creative team’s inspiration and vision.

“Craftsmanship and artistry in costume design are valued creative components in the Star Wars saga,” said Lucas. “The detailed precision of a design can be as bold a measure of storytelling as words on a page, leading to truths at the core of a character, situation or shared history. From initial concept drawings to complex physical constructions, the costumes featured in this exhibition serve to further define crucial aspects of worlds created to move, educate and entertain us—to inspire the imagination.” The Exhibit: Get inside the creative process by showing how designers interpret and translate George Lucas’ vision for the iconic Star Wars characters into reality. Concept drawings and actual costumes will be on view, so visitors can explore the process of their creation and enjoy the sheer beauty of both. Presenting more than 60 of the finest hand-crafted costumes from the first



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• Yak hair and mohair costume of the towering Wookiee Chewbacca • Intergalactic outfits of Senators Bail Organa, Mon Mothma and Mas Amedda • Fierce armor of mercenary bounty hunters Jango Fett, Boba Fett and Zam Wesell • Elaborately detailed gowns of Queen Amidala, Queen Jamillia and their handmaidens

FEATURED COSTUMES • Monk-like robes of Jedi masters Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker • Intimidating suit and complex breathing apparatus of Darth Vader • Military-influenced uniforms of the Imperial Stormtrooper, Senate Guard and TIE Fighter Pilot

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


The Chihuly Collection

Thru Jan. 31,” Inscribing Surfaces” features Ethan Stern’s internationallyacclaimed hand-blown glassworks. But that’s only the beginning. Once cooled, Stern spends hours in his studio carefully carving patterns onto the surface of his glass pieces.

Inspired heavily by the heritage of cut crystal, this body of work explores an array of patterns beveled into the surface whose angles refract light into and through the form. Stern describes his work, “Unlike the cut glass vessels of the past, these sculptures are not vessels designed to hold things but containers to hold light.” Stern’s mark making is a deliberate manipulation of light affecting his artwork. Admission to the Chihuly Collection also includes access to live glassblowing demonstrations by local artists at the Morean Glass Studio & Hot Shop across the street at the Morean Arts Center.

TFO FANFARE PROJECT St. Petersburg and Clearwater, all conducted by Music Director Michael Francis. Jan. 19-21: Daniel Crozier, Rollins College – Splendor Fountain: Daniel Crozier has been a recipient of the Cornell Distinguished Teaching Award. His music has been performed or recorded by the Fort Worth Opera, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, New York City Opera, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, saxophonist Branford Marsalis and many more.

Fanfare Project: With titles like Horizon Gravy and Running on Rooftops, The Florida Orchestra will premiere five short celebratory fanfares written by faculty composers from universities around the state for its Florida Fanfare Project. The debut works add a true Florida flair to TFO’s 50th anniversary celebration while supporting new music and showcasing the extraordinary talent in the state. The project also spins off a statewide competition for student composers, with the winning work featured on a TFO concert. They will open select Tampa Bay Times Masterworks concerts in Tampa,


Feb. 16-18: Dorothy Hindman, Frost School Of Music (University of Miami) – Orchids Grow Here: Dorothy Hindman’s music is a blend of punk/grunge with a spectralist sensibility. Her more than 400 performances span 30 states and 16 countries, including major venues such as Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, the American Academy in Rome and many more. May 4-6: Manuel de Murga, Stetson University - Fanfare for Three Cities: Manuel de Murga teaches composition, orchestration, improvisation and music theory classes, and directs the music composition program. His music has received international performances at concerts and music Tickets: 727.892.3337 floridaorchestra.org

11/18 ChillLounge St. Pete 11/18 EtC StP ART: TBBCA CHALK WALK 11/18 Tom Petty Tribute @ 3 Daughters Brewing 11/18 Pooch & Hooch @ Pinellas Ale Works 11/24 Pippa Pelure “Good with Me” book signing with Dr. Patricia Noll 11/24 The Holiday Groove Yacht Party “The Black & White Edition” @ Port St. Pete 11/ 25 Seas & Greetings! 2646 Central Ave, 11/26 Frogman Feast @3 Daughters Brewing 11/27, 12/18 Gloria West & The Gent @ Annata 11/29 Happy Feet Sip and Shop @Sundial 11/30 Artist Talk: Murray Zimiles on The Holocaust & the Book of Fire @Florida Holocaust Museum 11/30 Color St. Pete: The Art of Community @USF St. Pete 12.2 Booze & Boutiques @ Copper Shaker 11/30 20th Anniversary Event - Roaring 20’s @ Central Cigars & Ruby’s Elixir 12/2 Honeymoon Island Bluegrass Festival 12/2 St. Pete Indie Market 12/2 The Red & Green Party, Sunken Garden 12/2 Florida Orchestra Holiday Guild Holiday Tour of Homes 12/2 Booze & Boutiques @ Copper Shaker 12/2 Holiday Mixology with Tessa Anderson @ The Club at Treasure Island 12/2 UKE It Out @ Cage Brewing 12/3 Terry Tomalin’s Frog Grog Canning Party @ 3 Daughters Brewing

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Some of the world’s most stellar wines will flow and be auctioned during Wine Weekend St. Pete 2018 under the tent on the north lawn of the Museum of Fine Arts. All proceeds from the weekend benefit The Stuart Society and the MFA. “Be Seduced” reflects what patrons will experience as they enjoy the opulence of the reign of Louis XV of France—a pinnacle of art, architecture, and lavish parties. Patricia Rossignol chairs this much-anticipated gala. Once-in-a-lifetime trips and experiences and artistic jewelry (Chanel!) and precious objects will take this Wine Weekend to an entirely new level. The wine-tasting/auction preview, “Tour de France,” begins at 2 p.m., followed by the auction at 4. The day concludes with an unforgettable Century of Light Party. Individual tickets are $300 and corporate tables are $5,000.



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PARTIES/EVENTS The Wine: The historic and acclaimed Maison Louis Latour, located in Burgundy, France, is the guest vintner. This is the first time the winery has been featured at a charity event in the Tampa Bay area. Bernard Retornaz, President of the North American subsidiary, Louis Latour Inc., will introduce Grand Cru and Premier Cru wines at the Friday night masked ball. Feb. 2: The “Fêtes à Versailles” at MFA is for sponsors and VIPs, bringing back the masked balls of Louis XV and the Palace of Versailles. Award-winning chefs Bernard Guillas of the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club in California and Tyson Grant of the Parkshore Grill in St. Petersburg will prepare a five-star dinner of French cuisine. Louis Latour Grand and Premier Cru wines will be served. Feb. 3: The International Wine Auction emceed by Russell Rhodes, the popular co-anchor of “Good Day, Tampa Bay” on FOX 13,will feature auctioneers Jeffrey Burchard, Tom duPont, and Elizabeth Flower. Fine wines, hors d’oeuvres, and music will combine for a glorious afterparty. Feb. 4: The weekend concludes with “Le Champagne Brunch” in the MFA’s Marly Room. A wide variety of champagne, international culinary delights, and live music will be featured, toasting Wine Weekend 2018 and the Museum. Tickets are $100.


Wine Weekend

12/5 Free Swing Dancing in the Sundial Courtyard 12/6 PureLife Medi-Spa Men’s Night 12/6 A Very Merry Market @ Great Explorations Children’s Museum 12/6 Rooftop Holiday Party @ Station House St. Pete 12/7 DTSP Night Market! @ Plaza Tower & Courtyard Shops 12/7 9th Annual Power of Giving Holiday Party 12/8 Grow Smarter Summit· 901 34th St N 12/9 Meet the Solar Shepherd @ Cage Brewing 12/9 Art in the City Red Carpet Screening @ The Palladium at St. Petersburg College 12/13 Boley Centers’ 35th Annual Jingle Bell Run 12/14 Night Market @Side Lot 12/16 St. Pete Shuffle Holiday Members Party 1/3 Midnight in the Garden @ The Vinoy Renaissance St. Peterburg Resort & Gulf Club, SuncoastHospiceBall.org 1/4 Long Table Lunch with Resident Artists 1/13 Sunshine Music Festival @ Vinoy Park 1/27 45th Annual Art Festival Beth-El 2/24 3rd Annual Black Arts and Film Festival @ Gallerie 909


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This issue is the ultimate guide to what to do, where to eat and where to enjoy arts, nightlife and culture in St. Pete. Here’s a cornucopia of fun when they get bored with the beach or holiday movies. History Buffs: St. Pete Museum of History’s baseball exhibit and Signs of the Time’s vintage journey in roadside art Young Bachs: The Pinellas Youth Symphony celebrates its 60th anniversary Nov. 19 (St. Pete) and Nov. 29 Clearwater. Turkey Trot: Run or walk Thanksgiving Day for fun or for real. tampabay.tom/ turkeytrot Wild Kingdom: In addition to Busch Garden and Lowry Park Zoo, take a walk on the wild side at Sawgress (gators), Weedon (Native American artifacts) and Boyd Hill Nature Preserve. Nice Ice: In addition to the DTSP rink, checkout the Clearwater Ice Arena and Tampa Bay Skating Academy, or opt for a roller rink!

Lobby Lizards: People watchers can sip some bubbly in the historic Vinoy lobby, The Canopy at Birchwood and the Don Cesar, even get a little night music. Wheeled Adventures: Like hot rods and motorcycles? At Biff-Burger, it’s bike night Wednes. and Sat , , Mustang night 1st Mon., classic car cruise Friday. At Quaker Steak & Lube, Thursday is classic car night, Wednes. bike night. Paddle Perfect: Rent a kayak or paddleboard at Ft. deSoto or Weedon Island, or find a meet-up online or through a local surf shop. Teed Off: Miniature golf is fun, but so is hitting balls at the local public golf courses, or playing Frisbee golf, Start Your Engines: At Tampa Bay Grand Prix, you can go indoor kart racing. Paintball Bike Tours DTSP: In addition to the St. Pete Preservation Society’s walking tours (and new audio app), grab a Coast Bike Share and pedal the waterfront.

Om My: Yoga, yoga everywhere, from The Sundial to breweries and local yoga studios. Get your zen on at Mind Body Staton, St. Petersburg Yoga, Grassroots Yoga and more. Windy City: Take a sailing class or charter at Simple Sailing.com. Pedal Party: Rent CycleCruises.com and check out the local drinkeries, while you pedal and sip. Nautical Adventures: Take the Ft. DeSoto Ferry to Egmont or Shell Key, snorkel or go sport fishing from Hubbards Marina. Game On: Some of the local breweries have board games, Jenga and cornhole, but Parks and Rec have that and more. Kids of all ages like the video games at Treasure Island Fun Club Sea Critters: See Winter the Dolphin at the Clearwater Aquarium and check out The Florida Aquarium in Tampa. Geek Out: MOSI, Great Explorations and the Glazer Children’s Museum delights young Sheldons.


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Nashville. “Happy Fall Ya’ll!” The land of denim, cowboy boots and country music. Gotta love a city that offers a Gibson Café and live music in their airport. Upon arrival, we head to the roof top bar of the Westin in Nashville for a sunset view that is breathtaking. Music, food and a fabulous welcome to the heart of country music.

Musicians live, work and play here. It’s the home of Tayor Swift, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, Charles Kelly of Lady Antebellum and Martina McBride. Celebrities like Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban wander around just like any other locals. Check out their fav gourmet ice cream store called Jeni’s place. We did and said “HI YA’LL” to musician Chris Isaac enjoying his pre-concert treat wearing dark glasses. Hometown hero and resident Sheryl Crow is often a headliner during local outdoor free events. From the stage, she exudes joy for her fans and this city that adores her. Why not? It’s easy to sing her heart out to a loving crowd and then go home to her own bed, a few miles away, happily skipping the tour bus. For more information, go to VisitMusicCity.com Downtown, Draper James & More: Actress/producer/super star Reese Witherspoon loves her hometown of Nashville so much she created a store to honor her family. The locals call it “Reese’s Southern Spirit” and flock to her famous shop called Draper

James. Ya gotta love wandering around downtown trying on cowboy boots in stores located on every block. Nashville’s downtown area features a diverse assortment of entertainment, dining, cultural and architectural attractions. The Broadway and 2nd Avenue areas have night clubs and an assortment of restaurants. North of Broadway lie Nashville’s central business district, Legislative Plaza, Capitol Hill and the Tennessee Bicentennial Mall. The town salutes the arts and offers 160 venues showcasing singers and songwriters. Downtown Nashville reminds me of New York City. Wander around the honkey tonk “Times Square” west side/ downtown area or venture to the “upper east side” more Madison Avenue-like neighborhoods called the Gulch. A favorite hot spot for people-watching is the rooftop bar of Acme Feed & Seed overlooking downtown. Nothing says “Nashville” like a visit to the Grand Ole Opry. True confessions: I had to see where The Bluebird Cafe was. This tiny iconic club featuring up-&-coming & experienced songwriters is located at 4104 Hillsboro Pike. It’s a “must” for those of us who love the Nashville TV show.

Spirited Season: During the holidays, lavish lights and decorations envelop the city, with a full slate of cultural celebrations, topped off by Music City’s Bash on Broadway live concert, fireworks and a “Guitar Drop” as thousands count down to a Happy New Year.

Opryland Rocks: No matter what time of year you visit, don’t miss Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center with nine acres of indoor gardens complete with a 44-foot cascading waterfall. On the opposite end: Monday nights are hot at “3rd and Linsley,” a sort of insiders Music Hall. We met a diverse group of music lovers there from all walks of life, including the Mayor of Alaska. This place fills up hours in advance. The crowd turns out to cheer on “old timers” called the “Time Jumpers.” We even had a Vince Gill sighting. Culinary Mecca: One of Nashville’s best known culinary contributions, hot chicken, was an accidental creation by a woman seeking revenge. Prince’s Hot Chicken, the first and perhaps most well-known hot chicken restaurant, began when Thornton Prince’s girlfriend suspected him of cheating on her so she put extra pepper in his fried chicken. Thornton liked it so much that he opened the BBQ Chicken Shack in the mid-1930s which would later become Prince’s Hot Chicken. The trendy “Virago Robato Grill & Sushi bar,” is THE hangout for Asian fusion fare, sushi & cocktails, with chic, modern decor & a roof deck. This is located in the cool district of Nashville known as the Gulch. The famous Martin’s Bar- B –Que on Belmont Blvd. has rave reviews. Another ex-Florida friend and now Nashville resident Dave Gerber took me there for lunch, where they cook their meats fresh every day. Lines are out the door with customers waiting for what seems like hours in a casual setting. The oh-so-yummy pulled pork sandwiches are a big hit.

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Concurrent Art Fairs Aqua Art Miami 12/6-10 Aqua Hotel, 1530 Collins Avenue Tickets: $20 one-day pass; $90 multiday pass aquaartmiami.com Design Miami 12/6-10 Meridian Avenue and 19th Street, Miami Beach Convention Center Tickets: $25/day; $65 multi-day designmiami.com Fridge Art Fair 12/3-10 ($15) Blue Moon Hotel, 944 Collins Avenue fridgeartfair.com

The St. Pete arts scene is booming. We’re getting ready to welcome several new multi-million dollar museums next year and our arts districts are literally exploding with new talent. Once a year, we head south to Miami to mingle with art lovers from around the world at the annual Art Basel event Dec. 7-10 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The week encompassing the fair is known as Miami Art Week when dozens of satellite fairs, events and all night pop-up celeb parties take over the entire city. As the largest contemporary art fair in North America, nearly 100,000 art collectors and aficionados descend. Heads up: it’s not for everybody. The nonstop action is morning, noon and night. The sidewalks are teeming with visitors and reservations are booked a year in advance. There’s zero parking and hotel rooms double in price. Art collectors and fans fly in from all over the United States, Europe, and South America to pack Wynwood Art District’s mural-covered streets by day and South Beach clubs by night. Where To Go: Walk along South Beach’s famous Ocean Drive strip to beachfront restaurants and dozens of Art Deco hotels. Stay north of 15th Street to be within walking distance of everything you’ll need during Art Basel. Hotels: The best hotels in South Beach are within walking distance of the show and have a five night minimum, easily setting you back about $7,000.



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OUCH! TIP: hang out in the lobby bars and restaurants of The Confidante, W South Beach, Soho Beach House and The Plymouth to check out the scene. If you’re a design lover, stay at The BetsySouth Beach and feel like you’re going to bed in Copenhagen rather than SoBe. The Washington Park Hotel, a group of landmarked Art Deco and Craftsmanstyle buildings were renovated and retrofitted to the tune of $100 million.

Ink Miami Art Fair 12/6-10 (Free) Suites of Dorchester, 1850 Collins Avenue inkartfair.com NADA Art Fair Miami Beach 12/7-10 Ice Palace Studios, 59-71 NW 14th Street $20/day; $40/multi-day newartdealers.org Pulse Miami Beach 12/7-10 Indian Beach Park, 4601 Collins Avenue $25/day; $40 multi-day pulse-art.com Satellite Art Show 12/7-10 Where: The Ocean Terrace Hotel, 7410 Ocean Terrace $20/day pass; $40/week satellite-show.com

Explore The Design District: Miami Design District was born in 2005 and now called Design Miami, it is a decorative-arts sideshow to the annual Art Basel Miami art fair. This area is a fashionable hangout with round-theclock street life plus a deluxe shopping zone with boutiques from Bulgari to Berluti, Céline to Cartier. Party Hearty: By about 11 p.m. or 12 a.m., the people who are actually here for the art go to sleep, and then the parties kick in. They’re held everywhere from clubs to pop-up locations, but a popular choice is to hold them directly on the beach in a tent. • The Delano is always buzzing during Art Basel whether it’s an exclusive soiree

Scope Miami Beach 12/5-10 ($35) Scope Pavilion, 801 Ocean Drive scope-art.com Untitled Art Fair 12/5-10 ($30) Ocean Drive and 12th Street Tickets: $30 general admission art-untitled.com Mainland Miami Art Miami 12/5-10 One Herald Plaza at NE 14th Street $50/day; $95 multi-day artmiamifair.com Art Beat Miami Art Fair 12/6-10 (Free) Caribbean Marketplace 5925 NE 2nd Avenue artbeatmiami.com

by the pool, an installation in the lobby or an impossible-to-get-into pop-up club located off the iconic Philippe Starck lobby. • ORA is South Beach’s newest megaclub and a VIP “grown up” nightlife experience. • Bardot is Midtown’s premier live music venue. • Mana Wynwood occupies a 100,000 square-foot warehouse space on the outskirts of Wynwood and has become the ultimate cultural event space hosting concerts, art shows and creative happenings. • Count on the new club called Employees Only for a tasty Eastern European bistro menu. If you can stay out late enough, the bar is famous for serving a round of complimentary homemade chicken noodle soup around 4 a.m.

Mini-Music Festival Scene: Over the years Art Basel Miami Beach week has become perhaps one of America’s best under the radar mini-music festivals. The music ranges from A-List pop stars to late-night sets at mainland clubs. If you wanted to you could spend the entire week ignoring the art in favor of the music and still come away fulfilled. Basement at The Miami Beach EDITION promises to be a hot spot for late night Art Basel after parties. The subterranean club-lounge boasts the intimate Discobox dance club hosting everyone from Questlove to Soul Clap, an ice skating rink and a four-lane bowling alley. Late Night Munchies: You’re out till the wee hours. Here’s my recommendations: Bodega: Open-air taco stand on South Beach that stays open until 5 a.m. nightly. Ricky’s: outpost of New York City’s Artichoke Pizza serving their craveworthy pizza by the slice or the whole pie until 5 a.m.

Talde: Top Chef alum Dale Talde’s restaurant and lounge inside The Confidante hotel is where to keep the party going with a craft cocktail and a live DJ Thurs.-Sat. nights.

Concurrent Art Fairs Art of Black Miami -Ongoing Kroma Art Space 3670 Grand Avenue & other locations artofblackmiami.com ArtSpot Miami 12/6-10 ArtSpot Miami Tent 1700 NE 2nd Avenue $20/day; $50 opening preview/5-day pass artspotmiami.com

Lagniappe: New Orleans-style outdoor bar offering freshly grilled barbecue paired with an impressive wine selection until 3 a.m. on weekends. Big Pink: A retro diner in the South of Fifth neighborhood, salmon eggs benedict until 5 a.m. on weekends. La Sandwicherie: Sandwiches on crisp baguettes and fluffy croissants open until 5 a.m on weeknights and 6 a.m. on weekends. The South Beach location is an al fresco counter across the street from the notorious Mac’s Club Deuce bar. Getting Around Town: A free shuttle service connects art shows from the beach to the mainland. This service is offered Wednesday through Sunday during Art Basel and Miami Art Week. There are CitiBike stations throughout Miami Beach, Wynwood, Downtown, Brickell and Coconut Grove.

Context Art Miami 12/5-10 One Herald Plaza at NE 14th Street $45/day; $90 multi-day contextartmiami.com HIVE Pop-up Art Village & Lounge 12/6-10 Mana Wynwood (Free) 2250 NW 2nd Avenue in Wynwood hivewynwood.com Miami River Art Fair 12/4-6 (Free) James L. Knight International Center 400 SE 2nd Avenue miamiriverartfair.com Pinta Miami 12/6-10 Mana Wynwood 2217 NW 5th Avenue $20 pintamiami.com Prizm Art Fair 12/5-17 $15/day $55/multi-pass prizmartfair.com Red Dot Miami 12/6-10 Red Dot Miami Tent 1700 NE 2nd Avenue $25/day $75 opening night + five-day pass reddotfair.com Spectrum Miami 12/6-10 Spectrum Miami Tent 1700 NE 2nd Avenue $25/day; $75 opening night + five-day pass spectrum-miami.com Superfine Fair 12/6-10 56 NE 29th Street $10/day; $35/all-access superfine.world

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Celebrations / Kissimmee

Kissimmee is known as the vacation home capital of the world, offering families a “home away from home” when celebrating the holidays. Vacation home companies will even bring in a Christmas tree and decorate the home to your liking.

ICE! At Gaylord Palms: New theme for 2017 is ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World. Journey through more than TWO MILLION pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures and two-story-tall ice slides. Delight in a celebration of cultures featuring holiday scenes, and travel to the North Pole to see Santa and his elves. Stop by the Frostbite Factory where you’ll see our artisans from Harbin, China carving ice LIVE. Nov. 21 – Jan. 18

Whether you have visiting friends or family, want to go for a daytrip or longer, here are three of our favorite holiday excursions. Now Snowing in Celebration: Central Florida’s original and premier “Snowing” event, offers a new snowfall program, an ice rink and a schedule filled with surprises. Now Snowing is a month long Winter Wonderland Spectacular featuring strolling Charles Dickens Carolers, community performers, photos with Santa, horse drawn carriage rides, the Celebration Express train, and nightly snowfall at 6, 7, 8 and 9 pm.

DISNEY HOLIDAY ATTRACTIONS Here Come Mickey and Santa: Start planning for a marvelous gathering with family, friends and some familiar Disney faces! Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party: When Mickey celebrates the season, Magic Kingdom park lights up with excitement for Guests of all ages. Cinderella Castle shimmers. Joyful music fills the air. Disney Characters

don their most festive attire. Favorite attractions take on a holiday theme. And enchanting surprises lie around almost every turn! Season’s Greetings: Meet some of Disney’s most beloved characters decked out for the holiday season in this stage performance featuring Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald and Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration: Feel the holidays come alive in a jubilant stage show that fills the air with music, dancing, laughter and shimmering snowflakes! A Frozen Holiday Wish: Enjoy Elsa and Anna in a magical stage performance featuring the cast of Disney’s animated film Frozen. A parade float in front of Cinderella Castle features a holiday elf alongside larger than life figures from Disney’s animated film Toy Story. Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade: Wave to your Disney friends during this holiday parade brimming with magic and cheer! Holiday Wishes Dessert Packages: Sweeten your celebration with a delectable dessert buffet and spectacular views and holiday fireworks.

A MERRY MOBILE HOTEL Expecting guests for the holidays or during Florida’s balmy winter? Why not rent a GuestWings™ suite in a premium Airstream elegantly appointed with all the comforts and amenities of a nice hotel room., but parked in your driveway. “We deliver and set up a wellappointed mobile guest suite to your residence so your short term visitors have a great place to relax and sleep. The GuestWings™ units have a premium queen size bed, complete bathroom,



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towels, linens, TV, digital thermostat, power outlets, USB chargers, microwave and a coffee maker,” says owner/ entrepreneur Terri Shapiro. The beautiful oyster ultraleather dinette easily converts to a twin bed enabling the GuestWings™ suite to accomodate up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 small children. If you have a pet, and a guest who is allergic to animals, the GuestWings™ suite is a place that is free of animal dander and other potential irritants. They wash the linens in detergent that is free of scents and dyes and use natural cleaning products that don’t have a lasting odor.

An Airstream rental kitchen comes with everything needed to prepare meals including a refrigerator with freezer, a gas cooktop with oven and a microwave that doubles as a convection oven. For an additional fee, theywill fully stock the kitchen with dishes, flatware, cooking utensils, basic condiments and accessories to serve 4…and if you it furnished with food and beverages, the GuestWings elves will make the arrangements. FYI: terri@guestwings.com guestwings.com


Non-Stop Asheville

Desert Holiday Getaway

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A combination of cool weather (60 to 70 degree highs!), stunning views, numerous belly busting restaurants and, of course, tons of breweries, we can’t help but give a well-rounded grade of A for the city of Asheville, North Carolina. It probably helps that it’s just less than a 2 hour plane ride on the budget carrier, Allegiant, from the St. Pete-Clearwater airport which makes it convenient. We wonder why it took us this long to make the visit. We’ve been missing out on this cool, hip, progressive town all along. We enjoyed driving through the Blue Ridge Parkway, and made a pit stop at the Grove Park Inn. It may be a little pricey for a night’s stay but you can always have a nosh and a cocktail in their outdoor dining area with stunning views of the mountains. Even the hotel itself is just architecturally distinct. And if you’ve got time for some exhilarating fun, spend a few hours with your friends on one of Navitat’s zipline tours. The adventure goes with the views and you get to know more about the city and the surrounding natural beauty. They probably have the best (and funniest) guides to make the experience relaxing and entertaining at the same time. FYI: ExploreAsheville.com Brews: Be ready to get your beer game on! With just a population of about 89,000 people and 26 craft breweries, Asheville just ranked number 1 in the country for breweries per capita. We tried our best to drink as many pints as we could in the amount of time we

were there including an entertaining brewery tasting tour of the newish New Belgium Brewing Co. which we highly recommend. Below are some of our other favorite brewery stops during our visit. Green Man Brewery: One of NC’s oldest breweries. New Belgium Brewing Co.: Great beer selection. Learning about its history and how it is the biggest employee owned brewery in the country is quite impressive. Employees also get a cool bike after their first year in the company! Catawba Brewing Co.: The live music outdoors is a nice touch. Thirsty Monk: Good looking bartenders to go with their delicious beers on tap. The Funkatorium: Some of the best sours we’ve had! Bars: If beer is not your speed, Asheville also has plenty of cocktail bars sure to impress you with their own takes on classic libations. Sovereign Remedies: Beautifully designed interiors, perfect for just lounging with friends. Tupelo Honey Café: There’s usually a line…but it’s so worth the wait. They also have a couple of branches in Asheville. Nightbell: Ever had an Old Fashoined that tasted like peanut butter? Oh-EmGee. Foodie Faves: Of course, you’ll need some delicious eats to go with all that drinking. Asheville also delivers on that front. It’s amazing how this small town can boast of so many foodie places with some of the most talented and revered chefs in the country. Biscuit Head: They have a couple in Asheville. Best biscuits and fried chicken! Loved their sriracha slaw too. Be ready for food coma. Over Easy Café: Limited seating but at least they give you coffee while you wait. Delicious and perhaps a lighter breakfast fare. Buxton Hall Barbecue: You have to try ALL the sauces.

Fly into Phoenix and escape the crowds at The Hermosa Inn in Paradise Valley AZ, just ½ hour outside Phoenix. Luminaries, multiple outdoor fireplaces, signature hot toddies and s’mores highlight cool desert holidays at this AAA Four Diamond luxury boutique hotel perfect for a romantic sojourn. Take advantage of a special holiday getaway rate (starting at $199 plus tax and resort fee) from November 17 - December 30, 2017. The Hermosa Holidays Getaway includes overnight accommodations in one of 43 luxury casitas, signature seasonal cocktails at check-in, complimentary cider and house made cookies in the lobby daily. Nestled on six acres in the foothills of Paradise Valley, an exclusive suburb of Scottsdale, this newly renovated 43-room luxury hotel was originally built in the 1930’s by cowboy artist Alonzo “Lon” Megargee as his private residence and art studio. Its handcrafted adobe architecture exudes the spirit of the holidays with luminaries that glitter along the rooftop of Lon’s, the namesake of the hotel’s signature restaurant. Multiple wreaths and elaborately decorated trees with handmade ornaments and dried flowers from Arizona grace the property, adding an authentic charm. With scenic views of Camelback Mountain and surrounding vistas, numerous cozy fireplaces adorn the hotel’s celebrated outdoor patio, perfect for enjoying s’mores for two or signature hot toddies from the hotel’s bar Lon’s Last Drop, providing the perfect amount of warmth on a cool desert evening. FYI: 844-423-3981 www.hermosainn.com

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Thirsty Pelican Tours


How long have you had the business? Basically it was fun times that evolved into a business plan, with Thirsty Pelican Tours officially incorporating in 2015.

Entrepreneur Maris Jeffery is the owner of the Thirsty Pelican Tours, a sudsy endeavor that took her from working as an engineer to craft beer tourism. Maris was recently selected as an Inner City Connections 2017 Champion of Entrepreneurship Fellow and will be in NYC for a conference of CEO’s to learn more about how to sustain momentum as an inner city small business. “The best part about this is I’ll be stopping by Brooklyn Brewery to sample a few brews and remind them of how nice the weather is this time of year in St Pete!” What breweries do you tour downtown? Being that St Pete is so central, it is a great city to tour, and also, a great city to tour from, as we make our way around to over 65 Tampa Bay area breweries. As a St Pete resident & business owner, it is so easy to show off our town, and of course we tour ALL of the St Pete craft beer breweries (and craft distilleries)! Do you book for private parties for the holiday? Absolutely! We book custom private tours all year long, in all types of vehicles, but the holidays are especially fun! People can book an Ugly Sweater Tour, Santa’s Helpers Tour, Holiday Lights Tour, or really, just about any kind of tour they want! What did you do before this? The short story is I’ve had a very unique career as an engineer and project liaison. My home base has been St Pete, but I travelled so much that one year I was actually Jet Blue’s passenger with the most miles on the west coast of Florida!



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What gave you the idea to do this business? This idea sparked out of my desire to stay home! I’d enjoyed the craft beer scene throughout my travels, and city tours were a big part of that. At the time we didn’t have any bus tours based in St Pete, and I think we’re still the only one. I realized that, with this company, I wouldn’t have to miss out on the cultural experiences & great mix of people that I enjoyed most about traveling. St Pete’s got that! What were the obstacles? How did you overcome them? A huge hurdle for us has been introducing people to the concept of professional bus tours. Believe me when I say I’ve been on some really good tours, and some scary bad ones! The goal was to create the highest quality tour where people can relax and enjoy the various craft brews and hear about the unique stories behind each brewery. The challenge was to get the word out and do it on a low budget.

November is National Entrepreneur Month. Tampa Bay ranks among the top 40 U.S. metros for growth entrepreneurship. From USF St. Pete’s Business School to The Innovation District, Dali’s Innovation Lab to SPC’s Collaborative Lab, there is no shortage of vision and support. HSN’s Dream Academy HSN knows a thing or two about rags-toriches biz folks with good ideas. Their most well-known entrepreneur, Joy Mangano is on a tour promoting her new book, “Inventing Joy,” with personal and professional tips for success. HSN has its own version of Shark Tank, a project called American Dream initiative, that invites entrepreneurs to pitch their product and trains and supports the innovators and inventors. In October, HSN announced a partnership with the University of Tampa’s Lowth Entrepreneurship Center to develop curriculum for the Ameircan Dream Academy,

We picked up a lot of momentum coming into 2017 when Expertise.com out of Seattle recognized us as a Top Tampa Bay Tour Company! We continue to work on getting the word out, and thankfully, it is getting easier each year as more and more of our neighbors in and around St Pete get to know us!

The first Dream Academy in Washington D.C. was Nov. 18-19, followed by quarterly academies across the U.S. The event features a renowned keynote entrepreneur, trainng (manufacturing, legal, quality assurance, branding, marketing, pitching, social media) and a product pitch panel.

What’s next? Well, the plan is to stay focused. There are 3 pillars to our business. One is public tours, two is private tours and three is Beercations. While we keep building up the first two, we will be putting more effort into attracting people to Tampa Bay specifically for Beercations in 2018. In St Pete, we’re currently teamed up with two local St Pete hotels on taking care of Beercationers.

The Dali Museum Innovation Labs: Their Creative Problem Solving Boot Camp helps you learn the tools and methods used by the top business schools in the world to instruct and facilitate the creative problem solving process. Led by seasoned creative problem solving professionals Nathan Schwagler and Museum Director Dr. Hank Hine, this course teaches you to your comfort and capability with creative thinking and problem solving, including clarifying challenges and opportunities.

ThirstyPelicanTours.com info@the brewtours.com (727) 201.8221

Learn More: The St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, Pinellas County EDC and The Greenhouse offer business support and entrepreneur workshops.


Career Change 101 less pay equal less time commuting, for example? • Don’t make a decision out of fear of not succeeding. Assess your skills, personality and the opportunity to do what you like and know what you can earn. • Make a list of occupations to explore, know the job outlook, make a list of potential companies you want to work for and talk to those who do what you want to do. • Set your goals and write a career action plan. Does it include training, taking a course or obtaining an advanced degree? Have you been inspired by SPL’s entrepreneurs in this issue? Before you make a career change, or decide to start a business, take these simple steps to success. • Do the numbers before you decide to make a move. Does work at home for

Work Smarter ActionCOACH may be a global franchise, but for Tampa Bay owners Ford and Barbara Kyes, it’s all about local empowerment. With classes, ebooks and mentoring, this dynamic duo train local business coaches rigorously so they

can evaluate and help business owners become more successful. Some of the reasons to hire a business coach include: • You work too many hours and need your business to operate seamlessly with or without you there. • A business coach will help you understand how to make a profit and make more money for a better return on your time investment. • You want to build a team, and need help recruiting, training and motivating employees. Take the first step to designing your business’s best year in 2018. Don’t miss the Grow Smarter Summit Hosted by the St. Pete Chamber of Commerce on December 8th. Learn more at GrowSmarterStPete.com; get tickets at StPete.com

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5 Fiscal Tips

Ready For Retirement?

From end-of-year charity deductions to buck boosters, here are some ways to wrap up savings and wish auld lang syne to 2017. Give smart: Plot your charitable contributions for the year and make a plan for 2018. Be sure to keep receipts and research your choice of charity with the help of CharityNavigator.com Shop wisely: Download a shopping or coupon app and store your merchant loyalty numbers on your phone and add digital coupons to your supermarket loyalty card. Bring competitor flyers with you to retailers and always negotiate, if you can, a better price. At the pump, use gas advantage programs from grocery store chains and gas

station brands. Buying a dishwasher or dryer, ask for open box items, display models or unused, slightly dinged or returned products. Check credit: Review your credit card bills, and renegotiate lower interest and be on the lookout for recurring for charges you don’t use. Consolidate, pay off and cancel cards you don’t use and set a budget for what you’ll spend this season in advance. Save on health: Snag the lowest price for procedures (MRI, ultrasound) for different facilities within your network, compare costs on SaveOnMedical. com and cut your drug costs by talking with your doctor about cheaper drugs. Shop around for meds and buy glasses/ contacts online. Auto Savings: If your car is driven under 5,000 miles a year, ask your insurer for a low-mileage discount. Looking for tires? Buy them online and pay to have them installed. Buy gas on Monday, it’s usually cheaper.

It’s not just about savings and setting up a 401 K. Whether you’re ten or 30 years away, it’s smart to consult a financial advisor about how you can plan ahead to fund your bucket list. You need to factor in housing, health and inflation costs and educate yourself about financial options and trends. Here’s some tips: • Put 15% of your salary in savings and put it on autopilot with a direct deposit. • Take your employer’s 401K match. • Audit your retirement account fees every year and review your investments with a professional. • Don’t make early retirement withdrawals. • Put every tax refund into savings.

Bill Hoyt, lifelong resident of St. Petersburg, has more than 24 years of experience in the securities industry. He joined Raymond James in 1993 and built his practice specializing in private wealth management for high net worth families and institutional investment consulting for endowments and foundations. Bill’s thorough knowledge of the securities industry, combined with his integrity, enables him to provide sound investment advice and customize financial plans to his clients’ unique needs and goals.

William B. Hoyt Jr., CPWA®,CIMA®,CFP®


Managing Director • Senior Vice President, Investments

Email: bill.hoyt@raymondjames.com

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The FT 400 was developed in collaboration with Ignites Research, a subsidiary of the FT that provides specialized content on asset management. To qualify for the list, advisers had to have 10 years of experience and at least $300 million in assets under management (AUM). The FT then invited a list of just under 1,000 advisors to complete a survey used to obtain more information on the advisors practices. 400 qualified advisers were then scored on six attributes: AUM, AUM growth rate, compliance record, experience, industry certifications and online accessibility. AUM is the top factor, accounting for roughly 60-70 percent of the applicant’s score. Additionally, to provide a diversity of advisors, the FT placed a cap on the number of advisors from any one state that’s roughly correlated to the distribution of millionaires across the U.S. The ranking may not be representative of any one client’s experience, is not an endorsement, and is not indicative of advisor’s future performance. Neither Raymond James nor any of its Financial Advisors pay a fee in exchange for this award/rating. The FT is not affiliated with Raymond James.



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FAVES Sunken Gardens: Enjoy a merry market 12/6, the Jingle Mingle 12/7, Dance in the Gardens 11/19 and improve your garden IQ: 11/18 Designing a Low Maintenance Landscape, 12/9 Air Plant Terrarium Workshop, 12/16 Wild for Wildflowers The Independent: The beer community gathers 12/2 (6-9 pm) to support The Spring, Affordable Christmas and Meals on Wheels. Bring canned goods, toys, and toiletries (shampoo, body wash, deodorant). Drop them off at a local tasting room or bring them with you to The Independent.

Hollander Hotel: Enjoy this beautiful weather poolside with live music by 11/19 (2-5 pm)) while sipping craft beers, boat drinks and enjoying one of the best burgers in town.

Art Pool Gallery: Come to Crafty Fest Market 12/2-3 and 12/16-17 to buy local, handmade & vintage fabulous finds from local artisans and ETSY folks at our favorite funky hang-out!

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Et Cultura Cultivates Creativity Take the concept of SXSW, inject it with some Florida flair, place it in beautiful St. Pete and the result is the beautifully executed Et Cultura St. Pete. From November 15-19, Et Cultura returns for its 2nd year with a 5-day culturally immersive event spotlighting Florida-based artists, thinkers, musicians, filmmakers, and entrepreneurs along side their national/international counterparts while cultivating the City of St. Pete’s reputation as a premiere arts and innovation destination in America. The goal of the festival is to foster conversations with audiences, the community and contributors while supporting emerging artists, ideas and explore the stories that spring from creative collaboration. Et Cultura encourages new avenues of innovative thinking, new collaborations and unique experiences.

Among the films shown will be the North American premiere of The Key to Dalí, a documentary about the exceptional story of Spanish scientist Tomeo L’Amo, who bought an unknown painting in 1989, that he strongly believes is an original Dalí painting.

Experience a creative melting pot throughout the streets of St. Pete with interactive, music, art, film, and makers’ events over an action packed 5 day period. Et Cultura will certainly have something for everyone, boasting over 60 performers across multiple venues in St. Pete, signature speakers, documentaries, art exhibits and makers markets. Music headliners include Son Volt, Slowdive, Cloud Nothings, Talib Kweli and, St. Pete natives, The Hip Abduction.

There will also be free events open to the public including local music, morning yoga, and the Projection Mapping Project. The soul of a community thrives on the arts that it supports. Et Cultura wants to help build the next generation of artists, filmmakers, musicians, and makers. A 10% donation of all sponsorships will go to arts and cultural based not-for-profit organizations in St. Petersburg to grow opportunities for the next generation of collaborators! etcultura.com/event-calendar

Skyway Marina District sushi restaurant is also in the works for the area. It’s first major project — a $70 million mixed-use development — will feature apartments, retail space and foodie spots on 9 acres of land at 30th Avenue South and 34th Street South.

The rejuvenation of the Skyway Marina District is abundantly clear as new businesses continue to open. The Skyway Marina District comprises the 2 mile stretch between 54th Avenue and 29th Avenue South along 34th Street. The area boasts a bounty of culinary and commerce staples. Toward the end of 2016, the Publix at Bay Point Plaza (5295 34th Street South) revealed a fresh new look, and Pet Supermarket (5001 34th Street South) officially opened its doors to the public. The city also got to know Elite Watersports — a family owned business in the heart of the Skyway Marina District. The forward momentum continues in 2017 with the addition of Wawa; a new



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An estimated 35,000 sq. ft. will be devoted to retail. The apartments are said to be tailored to the millennial demographic. Construction on the site should begin this summer. Visit the district’s Facebook page for updates on new developments, openings and events. The Getaway also has plans to open a 13,000 sq. ft. location in the Skyway Marina District in late 2017/early 2018 at 4801 37th Street South. In October, the Chamber of Commerce and city officials cut the ribbon on the latest business to open in the reemerging Marina Mall, Brea’s Coffee. The once mobile gourmet coffee concept has set roots at 4301 34th Street South — owners Bruce and Andrea McWilliams have already endeared themselves to the local community. Visitors can enjoy servings

of Organo Brand Hot Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate, Mocha’s & Espressos, along with Iced Coffee, Tea & Frappe’s. Caffeine seekers with a demanding sweet tooth are invited to indulge their sweet tooth with creations like the Red Velvet, Caramel or Oreo Frappes. The McWilliams consistently dedicate themselves to helping worthy causes. The duo donates up to 30% of proceeds during fundraising cycles to charity. (they’re currently raising funds through the sales of their red velvet frappe during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.) Very soon, Kaye’s Vintage Jewelry will join Brea’s at the burgeoning shopping center. Their respective arrivals complement an already diverse mix of food, fun and retail concepts — Doc’s has long stood as a live music bastion in the recently rebranded Skyway Marina District. Burg residents got to know the vendors better during the Skyway Marina Mall’s first outdoor flea market November 4, with local shops showing their wares. An official coronation ceremony Nov. 15 celebrated the mall’s grand opening.



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The Kind Mouse Mouse Nibbles Weekend Feeding Program: Non-perishable food is provided each and every weekend to the “hungriest of the hungry” students in the Tampa Bay area. This is a confidential program, where they feed regularly 350 students on average, but up to 400 over the summer.

Gina Wilkins started off as an architectural draftsman but after seeing the 2011 CBS 60 Minutes Story “Hard Times Generation: Homeless Kids”, she just knew she had to help her neighbors. The mother in her couldn’t imagine not being able to feed her children or not knowing they had a safe place to call home. The Kind Mouse was born as a nonprofit in 2012 by Gina Wilkins to assist local families in transition and their chronically hungry children. In addition to doing good, The Kind Mouse involves children in their program, training them to make “kindness” part of their lives from an early age.

Kind Mouse Transitional Families: A 90-day program for hardworking individuals and families affected by the economy. Food, houseware and pet supplies provided. Most families do not stay in the program for the 90 days once they realize they can feed their families, they are able to clear their heads and find some sort of employment. Jane’s Pantry: A program designed for hungry students today in conjunction with Pinellas County School Board (PCSB). A counselor will determine their needs and come to location that same day. We provide 9 meals for each child in the family. There are 2 locations – the Kind Mousepantry and Bayside High School in Clearwater, FL.

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Answered Prayers Project supports women and builds community by gathering to work with clay and now sewing circles. They our launching their newest program, Welcome Home. We all want to feel that safety, security, and love that comes from going home. Women in transition gather in small groups to produce beautiful pillows and build self-worth. They are given



Mice In Training & Mice Intern Programs: Mice In Training is targeted at 5-12 year olds. The children learn about the mission of The Kind Mouse, volunteerism, and the importance of eradicating hunger. The children shadow organization leaders and adult volunteers so they can see The Kind Mouse in action. The children work as volunteers at The Kind Mouse events. They budget, purchase and pack food for the Mouse Nibbles program; run food drives; and participate in fundraising activities. The children also have an opportunity to develop their public speaking skills by speaking at meetings and events. When a child reaches the age of 13, and with sufficient volunteer experience under their belt, they are eligible to graduate and become a Mice In Training Intern, targeted at 13-18 year olds.

a hand up, not just a hand-out. Purchasing a Welcome Home pillow welcomes friends and family to your home and supports women struggling to keep theirs. These handcrafted items make wonderful gifts and are available on the website and in the studio. answeredprayersproject.org

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Here are the many ways you can help your St. Pete neighbors and community. In addition to giving money, you can donate or do good here: 1. Give furniture to Habitat for Humanity or CASA (clothes too). 2. Canned and non-perishable foods to local food banks. 3. Visit a senior center or assisted living with cards, and help write and mail them.

4. Invite a family to share your holiday meal, or a senior who lives alone 5. Recycle your children’s unbroken toys to local charities, or donate a new one for Toys for Tots. 6. Brings books to the little libraries around town and beaches or donate them to a senior or homeless center. 7. Adopt a family and make their holiday wish list happen. 8. Make giving service/ volunteering part of your family’s holiday tradition allyear round. Tampa Bay Watch and others need help! 9. Pet shelters, SPCA and rescue pet groups need clean towels, blankets, pet beds, toys, litter and food supplies. 10.Buy gifts from folks who donate a portion of the purchase to a charity like TOMS shoes.


Business Updates: Cerulean Blu transforms into Mermosa this month. Check out The Shops at Parkshore Plaza for one-stop gifts (Optik!, Vom Fass, Swim Assets) and a new hairdo at Salon Colorbar, then head over to The Annex for some java and joy. Park & Rec takes over Proper Kitchen & Cocktail Space mixing foodie and fun games. Mark Heimann helms the Vinoy’s anticipated new restaurant Paul’s Landing (replacing the resort’s poolside Alfresco) and will feature Floribbean sandwiches, salads, entrees and aged sipping rums.

Two Eckerd College alumni were awarded 2017 Heroes of Chemistry honors for their work on two breakout medicines. Peter Meinke ’82, Ph.D., a chemistry graduate who now lives in Scotch Plains, N.J., was honored for his work developing Zepatier, a two-drug combo for the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV). Dan Sutherlin ’91 also received honors for his team’s work with the basal-cell cancer medicine Vismodegib for his company, Genetech.

Muse Visual Arts Awards: On Feb. 9, the St. Pete Arts Alliance will celebrate artistic inspiration at MFA, honoring Charlie Parker (Charles Parker Pottery) at the Fifth Annual MUSE Awards. Other winners are: Mark Sforzini, St. Petersburg Opera Company; Sheila Cowley, Playwright; Sylvia Rusche, Sylvia Rusche Insurance Agency, Inc. for their art support; MUSE Arts Ambassador Award honors Paul Wilborn, St. Petersburg Palladium Theater & Eugenie Bondurant, Actress/Teacher.

City News: St. Pete’s plan to create livable streets for pedestrians and cyclists is moving along, part of the national Complete Streets initiative. Check out the public art covering St. Pete’s traffic signals and the new murals from this fall’s Shine Festival.

12/12 (5 pm) Chanukah Celebration: The Chabad Jewish Center of Greater St. Petersburg will host its 15th Annual Chanukah Family Celebration at the Sundial Courtyard. International recording artist Lazer Lloyd will headline the event. Lloyd is a US born, Israeli singer/songwriter influenced by blues, gospel and southern rock. DownbeatMagazine praised his “exuberant vocals and razor sharp guitar work” and Vintage Guitar featured him as a talent to watch showing off his chops on “tough blues-rockers, soul ballads, and funky Hendrix-inspired rock.” Guests will also enjoy a variety of free family-friendly activities and entertainment including face painting, Chanukah crafts, games, and more. A giant menorah will be lit after sundown by Rabbi Alter Korf and area dignitaries.

Coral Gables developer Altis Cardinal plans Loft apartments on the edge of Historic Kenwood between 34th and 31st Streets and Fifth and Third Avenue N. Restauranteur Steve Westphal (Go To Steve’s) threw in his toque for the Pier’s coveted restaurant spot vying with Doc Ford’s. The New Hyatt Place opened in DTSP, and The Hybar and Sunday brunch are where you’ll find hipsters and visitors. A sad sayonara to Bruce Watters Jewelers, a downtown legend. University News: The Florida Institute of Oceanography hails the gleaming stateof-the-art research vessel W.T.Hogarth into Bayboro Harbor, build by Duckworth Steel Boats of Tarpon Springs. University of Florida Professor Jack E. Davis wins the 2017 Kirkus Prize for his non-fiction book The Gulf. St. Petersburg College’s piano concert series at SPC Gibbs Campus features Marian Conti 12/8, Rebecca Penney’s Piano Festival (RPPF) Ambassador Pianists 1/5 and Charles Damaras 1/12.

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November/December 2017




Topics included: Small is Big - The Allure of Local Affordable Housing - MicroUnit apartments, tiny homes, Multi-family living, modular construction and shared spaces. Inclusive Cities (Social Justice) Green & Grey - Urban Renewal and the Environment On Friday, Michael Sturtz held us spellbound. Michael is a sculptor, teacher, designer, builder, theatrical director, facilitator of creative thinking,



Michael retired from The Crucible, on its 12th anniversary to the day. He then began teaching at Stanford University’s design school and leading the Redesigning Theater project. Michael then launched The Stanford Creative Ignition Lab @ Autodesk, which focused on the future of making and learning. He now leads a secret prototyping lab for one of the top innovation companies.

November/December 2017

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Et Cultura hosted a series of Future City interactive sessions at the Station House 11/15-11/17. These provocative conversations focused on what will define St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay area in the years to come.

and world land speed record holder. In 1999 Michael set out to reinvent the idea of arts education, by founding an art school that encouraged a truly non-competitive learning environment. @the_crucible started with only a conceptual design and a grant for $1,750, but quickly grew to become the largest nonprofit industrial arts education facility in the country, teaching over 8000 students a year.

Beautiful St. Pete morning in Williams Park for Veterans Day. Thank you for your service Brigadier General Carrie Nero. You deserve this Honored Veteran Award from Mayor Rick Kriseman...to say the least.

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St. Pete Life Magazine November/December 2017  

A bi-monthly magazine about St. Petersburg and downtown St. Pete (Florida). We curate the best of the city's arts, culture, nightlife, shopp...

St. Pete Life Magazine November/December 2017  

A bi-monthly magazine about St. Petersburg and downtown St. Pete (Florida). We curate the best of the city's arts, culture, nightlife, shopp...

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