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People to Watch: Kaley Hartpence .................... 12 Dining Out: Museum Cafes .............................. 20 Trending: Backyard Beekeeping ....................... 26


Street Art: Shine Mural Festival ...................... 36 Up for the Fight: Bill C. Potts ........................... 40 Florida Style: Homes Special Section ................ 46 Stylish ‘Burger: Lisa Gilmore ........................... 52 Hooper: The Right Call .................................... 72 Hot Licks: Clearwater Jazz Holiday ................... 78


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WELCOME TO SPL Fall in Tampa Bay always signals the start of a new season in many respects. On the home front, it’s a time when we often plan renovations or remodels, and St. Pete is fortunate to have an abundance of quality builders, designers and contractors to help make our dreams come true. In this issue, we offer up a special section filled with guidance, tips and ideas on upgrading or remodeling your abode. Be sure to check out our Stylish ‘Burger Lisa Gilmore, a talented St. Pete interior designer being recognized nationally for her “Livable Glamour” philosophy.

PUBLISHER/CEO Beth Ann Drake EDITOR Marcia Biggs

Have you been hearing the buzz lately? Backyard beekeeping is coming on strong in Pinellas County! We set out to learn what it takes to start your own hive and learned there are plenty of locals ready to teach you how. We interview both experts and newbies, and even pop in on a monthly learning session. Events are heating up now and we give you some insight on our faves: Shine Mural Festival, Clearwater Jazz Holiday, and Savor St. Pete. Look for some Halloween festivities, as well. And if you like to discover new lunch spots, read Café Society. Even if you’re not an art lover, three of our top downtown museum cafes are well worth a visit for their culinary excellence. And don’t forget to check out our Dining Guide to explore the restaurant scene in St. Pete, Gulfport and St. Pete Beach.

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Kaley Hartpence Gather ‘Round & Graze




BY MARCIA BIGGS Not that long ago, grazing was something that cattle and sheep and herds of other four-legged animals did. Today, it’s most definitely a people thing. Casual entertaining centered around a single bounty of imported delicacies, sliced charcuterie paired with gourmet jams, nuts, olives, and cheeses, crusty breads, fruits and veggies, paired with several varietals of wine or craft cocktails seems to be the trend.


at the beach, Hartpence works with each client to create their dream nosh. Grazes might include smoked prosciutto, honey infused goat cheese, white chocolate stuffed raspberries, goat cheese stuffed pepper, honey, dried apricots, hickory smoked almonds, gourmet chocolates, fresh blackberries, grapes and blueberries, just for starters.

And it’s gone off the charts as illustrated by St. Pete culinary entrepreneur Kaley Hartpence, whose lavish curated Gather ‘Round & Graze tables often elicit gasps of awe from those lucky enough to partake. Her lovingly prepared grazing platters extend well beyond the typical charcuterie board of yore. Each one is custom designed and styled according to the client’s desires, to be as much a feast for the eyes as for the stomach.

At 29, Hartpence seems to have found her niche. She worked her way around the St. Pete food and beverage/hospitality scene for more than a decade, doing everything from tending bar to becoming the event coordinator and catering director for a major restaurant group. “When the pandemic hit, I was laid off in April of 2020,” she said. “That gave me the time to really focus my energy on what my next steps were and where I wanted to take my career.”

From grazing tables that serve large groups, to boards for holiday cocktail parties and neatly packaged boxes for a romantic sunset

Within a few weeks, Gather ‘Round & Graze was born, which put her creative talent for food styling and event planning front

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SPL LIVING and center. Today, Hartpence is gaining a reputation for her knock-out presentations impeccably curated down to the last detail. In addition, she has partnered with wine company Malbec Bay to offer regular Cheese and Wine Pairing Experiences. For Hartpence, it’s a creative labor of love. She personally selects all the components from various markets known for fresh flowers and produce, specialty gourmet and imported food products. “I have five local markets I shop, but Mazzaro’s is a staple,” she says of St. Pete’s massively popular Italian market which carries hundreds of imported products. She rents space at a commercial kitchen where she prepares each order, then delivers it. For large events with grazing tables, she’ll arrive a couple hours in advance to do set-up, returning later to whisk away the remains. “I feel so fortunate to be doing what I really love,” Hartpence says. And her clients heartily agree. The next Cheese and Wine Pairing Experience will be at 6 pm Wednesday, October 9, in Tampa. Seating is limited and cost is $72 per person. For more information, go to, check the Facebook page, or contact Kaley Hartpence at (727) 420-9559.

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ARTS BRIEFS Uruguayan-Spanish artist Yamandú Canosa creates an intense dialog between Surrealism and contemporary art in The Visit on view through October 30 at The Dalí Museum. The sprawling exhibit features both abstract and figurative works, many with Dalinian influences, set in a dramatic installation especially conceived for the museum. Canosa is recognized as part of the Avantgarde artistic legacy that precedes Dalí, said museum director Hank Hine in a press release.

“The Visit invites us to ask what lies ahead and provides a powerful interpretation of the contemporary relevance of Surrealism.” Most works were commissioned for the exhibit with the walls integrated into the overall theme by representing nature and places in Spain that were part of Dali’s life. Canosa moved to Spain in 1975 and his work has been featured in museums throughout the world. This is his first exhibit in the United States. American Stage kicks off the new season with rock musical “Green Day’s American Idiot.” Based on the 2005 Grammy winning album of the same name by punk rock band Green Day, the raucous rock opera gives us the music of a generation while navigating themes that can be as intense as the score. The plot revolves around three friends struggling to find meaning in a post-9/11 world. Music by Green Day, lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong.

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ARTS BRIEFS St. Pete Opera begins Season 17 October 14-18 with the Giacomo Puccini classic, Tosca. Filled with love, lust, betrayal and murder, Tosca tells the tale of a famous diva as she tries to free her lover from a tyrannical police chief. Performances are 8 pm Oct. 14, 2 pm Oct. 16 and 7:30 pm Oct. 18 at the Palladium, 253 5th Ave. N., St. Petersburg. For tickets, go to or call (727) 823-2040.

Immense balloon sculptures float like complex spaceships in one gallery, while large-scale contemporary paintings depicting rage, anger, love and other emotions barter for attention nearby in an emotionally complex exhibit of works by St. Pete multi-disciplinary artist Jason Hackenwerth. It runs through October 16 at the Gallery at Creative Pinellas in Largo. Titled DARKMATTER, the exhibit is a retrospective of Hackenwerth’s body of work, including fascinating spatial sketches for major balloon installations around the world over the past 20 years. Gallery hours are limited: Wednesday-Sunday from noon to 5 pm. Creative Pinellas is at 12211 Walsingham Rd. adjacent to Florida Botanical Gardens and Heritage Village.

If you can’t get enough opera on land, St. Pete Opera will be “singing at sea” during a four-night fundraising cruise set for January 12-16, 2023. The Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas will depart the Port of Tampa with stops at Key West and the Bahamas. Guests will enjoy music performances, themed mixers, group dinners, educational seminar and social activities revolving around opera. Contact Royal Caribbean to book your stateroom at (800) 465-3595 and mention group code 4775531 and St. Pete Opera.

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Café Society

St. Petersburg is rich in culture and the arts, and lucky, indeed, to have three outstanding museums downtown. While many people visit these institutions for their works of art, they might be missing out on some rare finds at the museum cafés. We visited the top three to discover what each has to offer. What we found were hidden gems, each with its own personality and charm – and cuisine that stands out from the ordinary. All are well worth a trip to the museum, even if you don’t come for the art. — Marcia Biggs © 2022 – Salvador Dalí Museum, Inc., St. Petersburg, FL.

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Dalí Museum - Café Gala Since the reincarnation of The Dalí Museum on the downtown waterfront some 11 years ago, Café Gala has been enticing museum-goers from around the world, as well as locals, with a carefully curated menu of light Spanish tapas, salads, soups and desserts. At the helm since opening is Chef Chuck Bandel, a St. Pete native who was hand-picked to run the show by café owner and St. Pete restauranteur Steve Westphal (they are now café co-partners, says Bandel). The light, airy café is named for Salvador Dalí’s wife and muse Gala, focusing on authentic foods of the various regions of Spain, the artist’s homeland. Located in the


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museum lobby beneath the geodesic glass dome Enigma wall overlooking the AvantGarden, Café Gala diners are in the midst of the action from the adjacent museum store and the famous helical staircase that rises three stories to the galleries above. A seat at the counter is the perfect location to chill out and watch baristas whip up a latte or cappuccino. Or you can line up to place your order at the counter, then grab a seat at a table to wait for a server to arrive. The menu is constantly changing, says Bandel, according to what suits his whims, what’s seasonal, and often reflecting the major exhibit or artist at the time. He travels to Spain every summer, working

DINING OUT in the kitchens of top restaurants with renowned chefs, where he studies the nuances of every dish. This inspiration he brings back to the Dalí, where he works creative culinary magic. The menu is a study of regional Spanish cuisine often with a modern twist — Pan Con Tomat Burrata & Jamon offers grilled bread with fresh tomato rub, burrata cheese, and serrano jamon drizzled with EVOO. The classic Tortilla Españolo is a small plate Spanish omelet with onion and potato, topped with lemon aioli. The Pressed Serranita presses roast pork and serrano jamon with Manchego cheese, tomato and pimento aioli. Avocado Toast is one of the top sellers, says Bandel, a far cry from mashed avocado by adding goat cheese mousse, with pickled tomatoes and spiced walnuts, topped with microgreens. Shareable boards include A Taste of Spain featuring a trio of Spanish meats and cheeses, artichokes, nuts, peppers, olive, dried figs and apricots and grilled bread slices, and the Farmhouse Cheese Plate with a trio of Spanish cheeses. Most produce is sourced locally when possible, says Bandel, such as greens from Brick Street Farms. Café Gala is a great place to drop in for coffee and pastry or a wine after work (although you’ll have to fork over $10 to park). A selection of desserts includes a popular Tarta de Santiago almond cake, Basque cheesecake, scones, biscotti, muffins, and croissants. Kahwa is the house coffee, and the baristas are quite adept at making everything from cappuccino and café con leche to a Dalí Stinger double espresso with honey, vanilla, cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Look for a wine list heavily influenced by Spain, and a selection of local craft beer and, of course, red or white sangria by the glass or pitcher. Don’t miss: Bandel claims his recipe for chilled Gazpacho has been perfected over a decade to its current dreamy creamy state. It’s marvelous. The Catalan Mushroom Bisque, with mushrooms provided locally by ZephyrGills Farm, is a simple yet divine black truffle crema topped with spiced croutons and chives. Café Gala is open during regular museum hours, 10 am to 6 pm, and Thursdays until 8 pm.

Museum of Fine Arts - Café Clementine When the pandemic arrived in spring of 2020, most restaurants closed up shop, and the café at the Museum of Fine Arts was no exception. A joyous museum staff finally announced the sorely missed independently-run café would open in late April this year with a new name, a new menu and new owners. Café Clementine has quickly become the French pastry shop, and expert bakers Paulina and Vince Gervasi have become the darlings of downtown for their jaw-droppingly beautiful and delicious pastries. Thursday through Sunday, a regular clientele of downtown residents makes a beeline for the small pastry counter tucked in the back of the museum’s main lobby. Similar to a French patisserie, the shelves present artistic creations from elegant cream puffs and fruit tarts to organic salads, fresh paninis and breakfast bowls. The famed salted honey croissants are a starring attraction — if you get there early enough. “We always sell out,” claims Paulina, “so now we offer pre-orders by phone.” Everything is made from scratch, with ingredients sourced locally when possible. Eggs and butter are organic, which she says is key to the delicate puff pastries and other dishes such as the popular Turkish Eggs featuring two poached eggs on herbed Greek yogurt. The young couple, who met in high school in Orlando, gained notoriety in recent years as a pop-up vendor at St. Pete’s Saturday Morning Market. “People would be waiting in line the minute we opened,” said Paulina. Now, they arrive before dawn to bake each day’s offerings, a limited selection of melt-in-your-mouth pastries that look as astounding as they taste. The menu is somewhat

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DINING OUT limited with a half dozen brunch dishes including a soup and a daily special in addition to the pastries. The Croque Monsieur is a marvel, layered with smoked ham, gruyere, bechamel, slathered with whole grain mustard on a fresh croissant. A Spring Caesar is made with Brick Street Farms greens; a Peach and Heirloom Tomato Salad surround a mound of soft burrata cheese.

operated Saltblock Hospitality Group. With an entrance and floor-to ceiling-windows facing Central Avenue, Canyon Café is perfectly situated in the heart of downtown for a quick and healthy nosh with a decidedly Southwestern flair.

A selection of coffees, organic teas and bottled juices and kombucha are ready to grab and go. At this time, no alcohol is served, but hopefully it will be in the future. With the light menu and pleasant view of the Tampa Bay yacht basin, a glass of wine would be a fine accompaniment. Must try: The salted honey croissants are said to be in top demand, but we almost fell off our chairs when we encountered the Sweet Corn Custard Filled Brioche. Be forewarned, these pastries are big enough for two, do not try to eat one alone. Café Clementine at the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg is open from 9 am to 3 pm Thursday through Sunday. James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art – Canyon Café Entering the James Museum is always a transcendent experience. The lobby atrium lined with soaring sandstone walls is reminiscent of a wind-carved canyon in the American West, complete with an 18-foot waterfall and life-size bronze sculptures. Look left, and an airy museum shop invites visitors to browse, but it’s hard not to be drawn through to take a closer look in the café where a stunningly restored, 30foot antique mahogany saloon bar is a work of art itself. Its origin goes back to 1905 in Chicago, eventually moving to San Francisco in 1923. James Museum founders Tom and Mary James purchased it from an antiques dealer in Cincinnati prior the museum’s opening in 2018. After being dark for two years, the Canyon Café recently reopened under the management team of locally owned and


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Grab a seat at a café table or sit at the magnificent bar, the choice is yours. A compact menu offers a full expresso bar and pastries for morning visitors, but the lunch menu of small plates and lighter fare is where the menu excels. Everything is made on premises and from scratch, says manager Mike Ragib, and it shows. Dishes come out with the freshest ingredients, perfectly seasoned and attractively presented. In true Southwest fashion, Chef Taj Neuhoff has an open grill fired up in the kitchen where she chars fresh corn and sears squash for the Three Sisters Bowl which comes with a scoop of authentic wild rice, red onion, cherry tomatoes and a cilantrolime vinaigrette. The Southwest Caesar comes with or without charred chicken, smoked pork or farmed salmon. The Street Tacos plate is a winner with three fresh corn tortillas filled with your choice of smoked pork, shredded chicken or chipotle roasted squash and black bean puree. (Vegetarians will be happy here.) It comes with a fresh side salad. If you’re hankering for a burger, you can’t go wrong with the flavorful and healthful Bison Burger, accompanied by choice of wedge fries or house salad. Want to share a nibble at the bar? Order a nacho plate with warm tortilla chips. A decent selection of beer and wine is available, too. The menu will be changing occasionally to take advantage of seasonal produce and special dishes will be created to complement the theme of special exhibits, Ragib added. Chili Alert: As a chili aficionado, our high expectations were handily met with a bowl of house-made chili. This thick rendition combines a blend of roughly pureed pinto and black beans and ground bison, and is perfectly seasoned with smoked chipotles, a topping of sour cream and a few warm tortilla chips. Not spicy, but smoky and flavorful. Ask the server, since it’s not always on the menu. The Canyon Café is open during regular museum hours, daily from 10 am to 5 pm, and until 8 pm on Tuesdays.


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Many homeowners are turning to the hobby of backyard beekeeping to reap the sweet rewards. BY MARCIA BIGGS Becky Dineen has made bees the center of her universe. After eight years in the banking and finance industry, she swapped high heels for boots and immersed herself in the life of bees. A visit to a roadside honey stand was all it took to get her curiosity about bees buzzing. The beekeeper told her all about raising bees, then invited her to come back to watch how it was done, maybe even help. She started attending meetings of the Pinellas Beekeepers Association and set up her own backyard hives. Today, Dineen services nine apiaries (hive complexes), including her own St. Petersburg backyard where she tends six hives on a quarter-acre of land. Dineen and her husband, Art Howe, run A Bee’s Place, a full-service bee business. They crank out lots of honey – selling jars of it at shops and markets from John’s Pass Village to Safety Harbor. Howe helps in the apiaries, bottles and delivers honey, makes and fixes hive equipment, while Becky hits the road most days inspecting hives as a bee inspector for the Florida Department of Agriculture. She also works as a personal bee-tender caring for backyard hives when the homeowner prefers not to. It was unwanted bees that made a hive in his house wall that started Johnny Walker on his road to a “bee addiction,” he says. The Seminole resident and president of the Pinellas Beekeepers Association is a handy sort of guy, so was determined to remove the hive himself. When a neighbor came racing over to help, the learning began. That kind Samaritan was himself a beekeeper, inviting Walker to learn more at Tampa Bay Beekeepers Association meetings. Within a few years, Walker founded the Pinellas club, and was elbow deep in making his own honey for personal consumption. Both Dineen and Walker have been stung, excuse the pun, by the bee. They are part of a large Tampa Bay community that is concerned about the pollinator population and want to take a role in saving it. Suffice to say most of them also love raw honey, so the side benefit of having a supply of your very own is also enticement. Becky Dineen turned the hobby of beekeeping into a full time profession.


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SPL LIVING The Hive Hobby Backyard hives around Pinellas County and St. Petersburg are booming. Dineen reports that there are currently some 300 registered beekeepers in Pinellas County with 2,420 reported hives, and the number continues to grow. The clear winner is St. Petersburg, with 116 registered beekeepers tending 1,101 hives. After that, Clearwater has 50 beekeepers, Seminole has 25, Palm Harbor has 24 and Largo has 23. You don’t need a yard full of blooming flowers and trees to own a hive, by the way. “Bees travel anywhere from one to five miles from the hive for a nectar source,” explains Dineen. “St. Pete’s a great place to have bees because there are lots of flowers, gardens and trees, even downtown.” Continued on next page...

Learning the lessons of beekeeping at the KnowBe4 sponsored apiary at the St. Pete College Seminole Campus.

Bruce Rice, left, and Dwight Thomas opted to hire a professional beekeeper to tend the hive in their backyard.

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SPL LIVING Continued from previous page... “I see all walks of life doing it,” she says. “Some people want to get into the actual hive maintenance. They need to invest some money for equipment and gear and a lot of learning time. Others just want to be part of supporting the bee population by having a hive, but they hire someone to tend their hives.” Walker says anyone thinking about beekeeping needs to know it’s a commitment and can be physically taxing, especially in Florida. “Not everyone is a good candidate,” he says. “We recommend before you get a hive to come to our meetings and learn what goes into it. Every couple months you have to go in and maintain it. A full honey super (box within the hive) can weigh up to 50 pounds, and in hot weather this can be challenging.” Learning Opportunities Businesses like Great Bay Distributors and KnowBe4 are getting in on the act by sponsoring hives for training and rent. KnowBe4 provides funding for 11 hives at Pinellas Beekeepers Apiary at St. Pete College Seminole Campus. Once a month on a Saturday morning, Pinellas Beekeepers Association holds an open training and education session at the apiary. Experienced members do a show and tell for newbies, showing them how to gear up with protective clothing and handle the hives and answering any questions.

Tracy Springman hopes to share bee knowledge with her students.

Tracy Springman received a bee box as a gift from her husband which led her to the meeting one recent Saturday morning. She’s a teacher and leader of the Environmental Club at Indian Rocks Christian School. “I want to share the education I learn here about bees with my students,” she said.

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Todd Truby got into beekeeping just a few years ago because his teenage daughter wanted a hive. “So I thought, why not?” he said. “We went to a class and did some research and got some bees all within three weeks. Then COVID hit so it was a great distraction when you couldn’t do anything else.” They started with three hives and soon doubled that to six hives. By the end of the second year they were up to over a dozen; then they split those to about 25 hives. Now in his third year, Truby is all in with beekeeping as a serious hobby. Despite holding a day job, he has obtained an LLC in order to sell honey and relocate hives. In the Greater Grovemont neighborhood

of north St. Petersburg, Dwight Thomas and Bruce Rice are keeping a hive in their spacious backyard, awaiting a first honey harvest this fall. Thomas grew up with bees his father tended in Indiana, but opted to hire Becky Dineen as their bee-tender. The single hive holds roughly 60,000 bees, says Dineen, and they are angry today. Could be the nearly 100 degree temperatures, or could be they are in a dearth which means an inadequate supply of nectar. She dons her netted headgear and grabs a smoker to calm them down, but a half dozen just won’t give in. Thomas and Rice stand watching the action from across the yard. “This is why we would rather have a professional do it,” Thomas remarks.

Pinellas Beekeepers Association holds monthly open meetings the fourth Thursday of the month at 7 pm at St. Pete College Seminole Campus, 9200 113th St., Seminole. Newbie time is from 7 to 7:30 pm, with general meeting and speaker at 7:30 pm. Meetings are livestreamed, too. For more information on PBA, go to A Pinellas Beekeepers apiary funded by and located at Great Bay Distributors in St. Petersburg offers members the opportunity to rent hives on an annual basis. Local businesses and individuals can also Adopt a Beehive, with funding going to support beekeeping education and building of hives (and you receive a pound of honey!). When considering owning a hive, residents should be aware that Florida has laws and regulations related to beekeeping. You must register your bees, and have them inspected on an annual basis. Yards and other locations need to meet certain requirements for space and proximity to neighboring homes. Not a candidate for keeping a hive? You can still support the bee population by growing bee-friendly nectar plants. To learn more, go to https:// resources/

Tom Truby is starting a new bee business after a few years as a hobbyist.

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ARTS BRIEFS The Florida Orchestra has named rising star Chelsea Gallo as its new assistant conductor starting with the 2022-23 season in the fall. Gallo, who served as assistant conductor of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, will lead TFO’s youth and community concerts, conduct select Raymond James Pops and Morning Coffee concerts and regularly assist Music Director Michael Francis and other conductors. The orchestra is expanding its concert lineup into mid-September with Amadeus Live, the full Academy Award-winning film on the big screen while Mozart’s most famed works are performed live by TFO. Winner of eight Academy Awards in 1984, including Best Picture, the film concert will be one night only on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Mahaffey Theater. TFO also is adding Led Zeppelin and Beethoven x Coldplay rock concerts; a Halloween-themed Family Concert; a classical Christmas concert with Music Director Michael Francis; and a series of Soundwaves chamber music. Tickets are on sale now for the entire 2022-2023 season, including the 55th Celebration benefit concert October 1 featuring legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman. For tickets, go to or call (727) 892-3331.

Have you ever wondered how a piece of art is made? Watch the creation process from beginning to end at Artists’ Workbench sessions at Florida CraftArt each day through October 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can watch as a series of fine craft artists create a final work in mediums including fiber, ceramics, wood, glass, and metal. A total of 16 skilled artisans began the live demos August 19 and will take turns during this period to show and display their artwork which may be purchased in the gallery.

Tyler Jones, founder of heARTworks Pottery, will demonstrate the potter’s wheel Sept. 23.

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ARTS BRIEFS Quilts Present History of Black Pioneers

The always imaginative James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art explores Black history in the West with a timeline of pictorial quilts. Black Pioneers: Legacy in the American West explores colorful, richly detailed works of art that chronicle the arrival of Africans in the American West in 1528 all the way through the Civil Rights Movement, bringing to life forgotten stories and lesserknown chapters in our shared history.

core of artistic expression, taking form in the social, economic, and spiritual lives of the women who make them. “Quilts and quilt making are important to America and Black culture in particular, because the art form was historically one of the few mediums accessible to marginalized groups to tell their own story, to provide warmth for their families, and to empower them with a voice through cloth,” said curator, historian and artist Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, founder of the Women of Color Quilters Network. Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi’s quilts have been exhibited extensively in venues such as the Mint Museum, American Folk Art Museum in New York City, National Civil Rights Museum, Museum of Art and Design, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum, and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.

Dispelling the myth that Black people in the Old West were mostly cowboys, Black Pioneers: Legacy in the American West, reveals the breadth of their occupations and achievements in society, religion, education, and the arts. The 50 quilts have been created by the Women of Color Quilters Network especially for this exhibition.

The exhibit runs through January 8, 2023.

For African American women quilts have always been at the Langston Hughes, Pioneer Poet (2021) by Tierney Davis Hogan

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Debbe knew it was time to get help for her mom and she was unsure as where to turn. Her mom's dementia had progressed and taking care of her on her own was making life hard for both of them. They were both unhappy and Debbe was concerned for both their mental well being. Upon a suggestion from her friend, she visited Inspired Living. She was immediately impacted by the support they offered her and the vibrancy of life she witnessed. She felt confident in her decision to move her mom to Inspired Living and knows her mom will live her best life there. She sees her mom all the time and frequently comments on how happy she is. Debbe is relived and wished she had made this move sooner.

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ART BRIEFS More than 30 artists contribute hand-crafted works from wood furnishings and table settings to paintings and sculpture in An Artful Home at Atelier through Sept. 22 at Atelier de SoSi, 2380 6th Ave. S. The gallery is transformed into a massive living space showing that art can be both functional and beautiful. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 1 to 5 pm. Call (727) 437-9113. If you need to get in the mood for a festive fall, The Studio@620 double dog dares you to shop at the 2022 Hauntizaar, a Halloween and Day of the Dead arts bazaar, on October 22 from 10 am to 3 pm. Since 2016, Hauntizaar has been the place to find the best local handmade crafts of a spooky nature. Admission is free, and most vendors accept

credit cards but it is good to bring a little back up cash just in case. Studio@620 is at 620 1st Ave. S. Mahaffey Theater at Duke Energy Center for the Arts will be haunted by a full orchestra of spooktacular musicians at the Haunted Halls Family Halloween Concert at 2 pm on Saturday, Oct. 30. Wear your favorite costume and bring your little goblins for tricks, treats and music so good it’s scary. The Florida Orchestra will be performing Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King, John Williams’ music from Jaws and Superman, selections from the Nightmare Before Christmas and much more. Come early to try out instruments at the Instrument Petting Zoo. Tickets are $10-$20; go to for more information.

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Stop by Brenda McMahon Gallery in Gulfport to see the work of renowned Tampa glass artist Susan Gott. Known for her buddha faces and figures cast from sand molds, Gott’s work reflects mythological imagery, symbolism, and philosophies from historic and ancient cultures. Meet the artist on Friday, October 7, from 6 to 8 pm at the gallery during First Friday Art Walk in Gulfport. Head to 2901 Beach Blvd. S.

“It’s life changing.” A local clinic is helping cancer survivors live their lives free from constant pain and suffering associated with peripheral neuropathy.

Irreversible is not a term you want to hear from your doctor but it is common when you have been diagnosed with chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN). Ed of St. Petersburg, FL survived testicular cancer only to be living life in constant pain. He felt as though he was walking on pins and needles, becoming weaker and weaker everyday. “I was beginning to be worried that one day I would be wheelchair bound.”

Nearly half of patients who undergo chemotherapy will develop CIPN. Chemotherapy meds travel throughout the body and attack cancer cells; sadly they can also cause severe damage to healthy nerves. CIPN can begin within weeks of starting treatment and can worsen as treatment continues. A high number of really unfortunate people with be forced to endure the symptoms associated with CIPN for months, or even years after they have completed chemotherapy. When asked how CIPN was affecting his quality of life, Ed responded, “It was difficult to even walk up and down stairs and do things that I normally took for granted

The most common symptoms include: • Pain, tingling, burning, weakness, numbness in arms, hands, legs or feet • Sudden, sharp, stabbing or shocking pain sensations • Loss of touch sensation

• Clumsiness and trouble using hands to pick up objects or fasten clothing • Loss of balance and falling. For some, their nerves will recover over time but for most the nerve damage is “irreversible.” Ed was told this by different doctors and specialists. Then he made a call to Dr. Gibbons at Achieve Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine (AAIM). Dr. Gibbons uses the time tested science of acupuncture to assist in increasing blood flow and expediting recovery and healing to treat this debilitating disease. After a series of treatments Ed was taking stairs with stride. Again and again we see people who have tried “everything” but have had little or no results. If you are living in constant pain and discomfort and are struggling with the same symptoms, Dr. Gibbons and the team at AAIM can help. To schedule a consultation call 727-272-3587. Or to learn more about AAIM and what we treat visit

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NEWS BRIEFS The new SunRunner Rapid Transit System launches October 21, with buses connecting downtown St. Pete to the beaches every 15 minutes from 6 am to 8 pm, and every 30 minutes from 8 pm to midnight. PSTA will be offering free rides for six months, and will be passing out a limited number of Rider Gold Cards over the launch weekend.

and South are reserved for SunRunner buses and emergency vehicles, but you can drive in the lanes for up to a block before or after you make a turn.

The new hybrid electric buses will service 30 stations along 1st Avenue North and South. Bicycle riders can bring bikes right onto the bus and use one of the three in-bus bike racks. For more information, including a map of stations , visit Attention drivers: The new, rust-red lanes along First Avenues North

Construction has begun on the highly-anticipated Topgolf facility at 220 Carillon Parkway in the Carillon business park of St. Petersburg, according to St. Pete Rising. Topgolf is a high-tech driving range and entertainment complex where patrons can participate, or spectate, from climatecontrolled bays with music, food, and drinks. The $13.5 million Topgolf complex in St. Petersburg is expected to be 67,000 square feet with three floors, a restaurant and bar, along with a rooftop terrace. The facility will also have 100+ all-weather bays, over 200 high-definition TVs, and 450 parking spaces according to the company’s website. No opening date has been announced.

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NEWS BRIEFS Good ‘Burgers

Local preservation activist and Preserve the ‘Burg founding member Peter Belmont was presented with a key to the City of St. Petersburg by Mayor Ken Welch. The key to the City is the highest civilian honor and recognizes Belmont for his lifelong leadership and successful resume of local historic and environmental preservation efforts. The ceremony was held during the City Council Meeting on August 18 at St. Petersburg City Hall.

Congratulations to St. Petersburg Fire Chief James Large for receiving the 2022 Florida Fire Chief of the Year award. The prestigious award, presented by the Florida Fire Chiefs’ Association (FFCA), is given to a Fire Chief in the Florida Fire Service that demonstrates an exceptional level of leadership, integrity, and service. The selection is made by a body of peers. Chief Large has been with St. Petersburg Fire Rescue since 1974, and has served as the Fire Chief since 2006. EDGE member, 1211 1st Avenue North, has won the 2022 Outstanding Florida Main Street Business of the Year Award. Every year, the Florida Secretary of State recognizes outstanding achievements in Main Street communities. Only one nomination per community per category is allowed, and over 50 communities submit nominations 1211 1st Avenue North is owned and operated by Rick and Mimoza Noll, who received the top honor for Outstanding Business. This award is the EDGE BDA’s fifteenth Outstanding Florida Main Street Award.

Belmont’s influence and activism, especially in the realm of historic preservation, spans more than four decades. Belmont—through organizations like Booker Creek Preservation, Save our St. Pete, and Preserve the ‘Burg—played a critical role in the preservation of the Vinoy Hotel, Detroit Hotel, Historic Roser Park, Crislip Arcade, Jennie Hall Pool, the Old Northeast and Kenwood neighborhoods, and many more iconic landmarks and districts. Belmont, along with other residents, established St. Petersburg Preservation, Inc., today known as Preserve the ‘Burg, the City of St. Petersburg’s local authority for historic preservation, where Peter remains on the board of directors.

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Time to Shine

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The excitement is mounting as St. Pete’s popular SHINE Mural Festival returns for its 8th year October 14-23. Sponsored by the St. Pete Arts Alliance, this year’s festival will feature 15 new murals and a series of Bright Spot community mural projects, all painted by local, national and international artists. A block party kicks off the festival on October 15 and a finale party celebrates on October 22. Join the artists all week long as they paint the streets and alleyways of St. Pete, adding to more than 100 Shine murals that already exist. Tip: Visit the sites after dusk when many artists prefer to work. Visit for updated event details including a map of locations.

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A Conversation With Bill C. Potts

5-Time Cancer Survivor, IRONMAN Athlete, Author


The Cancer Club. Most of us are members, whether we have had cancer or not. You’re in the Club if you’ve ever been diagnosed with any type of cancer. Do you have a loved one or close friend affected by the disease? Then you’re in the Cancer Club, too. Dealing with a diagnosis of cancer can be traumatic once, but for St. Pete resident Bill Potts it’s been a recurring nightmare. Five diagnoses over the past 20 years, with subsequent treatments and recoveries, have shaped his life. He is currently battling diagnosis No. 6 for lymphoma, a blood cancer, after only 11 months in remission, and prostate cancer. The last two decades have given Potts a unique insight into the cancer fight, its physical and emotional aspects, what to expect during treatment and recovery, and how to go about being your own best advocate. His recently released book “Up for the Fight – How to Advocate for Yourself as You Battle Cancer From a Five-Time Survivor” ($16.95, Page Two Books, Inc.) is his gift to those who are entering the journey that he has come to know so well. Potts, 62, has three grown children and lives in Old Northeast with wife Kim, who has been at his side as a rock of support. He was an avid runner and Ironman triathlete, taken by surprise in 2002 at age 41 when he found a lump behind his right ear. His life changed forever. He was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, that was followed in 2003 (incorrectly, a return of thyroid cancer), 2008 (lymphoma), 2014 (lymphoma), 2019 (lymphoma) and 2020 (lymphoma and prostate).


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A successful marketing executive, Potts was working at Clearwater Marine Aquarium until 2020 when he co-founded his own marketing agency, Remedy 365. Coincidentally, he was about to endure another round of cancer treatment. Potts spent the last two years writing this practical guide that aims to help navigate every step of the cancer experience, whether you’re the one diagnosed or supporting a loved one with cancer. It was often a struggle, he admits, going through 14 treatments of chemo and immunotherapy, and multiple surgeries. “The timing was perfect to write the book,” he said. “Since it was COVID, I was staying home or driving to Jacksonville (Mayo Clinic) for treatment. … There were days and even weeks when I was too sick to write.” But he persisted, with lots of encouragement from his editors. His publisher is working to get the book into bookstores at various medical centers across the country, and he’s doing podcast interviews from as far away as New Zealand. Cancer impacts everyone in a unique way, there is no right or wrong way of dealing with it, Potts says, which is why he highly recommends a support group or therapist. These days, he only occasionally leaves the house due to his compromised immune system. “I have to be very careful where I go,” he says. “I have to be outdoors, so I go for shorts runs or to Boyd Hill (Nature Park) or someplace with outdoor seating.”

SPL HEALTH The advice he provides for both patients and caregivers is straightforward and would be of immense help to anyone newly diagnosed. A very helpful chapter is Advice for Family and Friends, with insightful sections written by his wife, Kim, daughter Anna and son Nick. “I compare this book to ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting,’ only for cancer,” Potts says. “This is the book I wish had been written 20 years ago by somebody else because it really would have helped me navigate my journey.” Up for the Fight is endorsed by doctors at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic, Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. To order the book, go to Bill Potts, left, with wife Kim, daughters Sarah and Anna, and son Nick at a recent family outing at 3 Daughters Brewing.

Top Advice From Bill C. Potts Advocate for yourself. Take charge of your cancer journey. Select your care team carefully and get a second opinion. The best care team will listen to you and respect your thoughts and decisions. Do your own research on your type of cancer and various treatment options, including trials.

Select a special buddy. This person is often a spouse or partner, but if you are single, ask a good friend you can rely on to come with you to doctor and chemo sessions and be a watchdog during your recovery. Chemo brain (fuzzy memory) is real, so a second set of ears is a good thing.

High-volume, larger cancer centers have benefits. The larger centers, such as Moffit Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic, etc. often have greater expertise, a wide range of support services, better service due to larger staff, more treatment options, the most high-tech equipment and can deal with rare cancers.

Get your legal documents in order. Just in case, select a medical surrogate and put your wishes in writing. Keep a list of your bank accounts, with online passwords to these, your phone and social media accounts.

“You can’t change the past, so focus on what is in front of you.”

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Amazing Home In The Pink Streets

Too often the word SPECTACULAR is over-used in real estate… In the case of this unbelievable home, SPECTACULAR is an understatement! What was once one of St. Petersburg’s secret historic neighborhoods has recently become a focal point for discerning homebuyers. The Pink Streets is known for both its luxury and tranquility making it one of the most desirable areas in our Sunshine City. Beautiful trees and landscaping adorn every inch of this property. The backyard entertaining space is nearly impossible to describe with words. Prepare to be amazed with the saltwater pool, custom deck, pergola lounge, outdoor lighting, and one of the most amazing poolside cabanas you will ever see! The many outside seating and lounging areas provide the ideal private outdoor space for relaxing, grilling, or simply enjoying time with friends and family. You will undoubtedly be the envy of all your event-planning and entertaining friends. This wonderful home sits on a beautiful large lot that is fully fenced. The luxury vinyl plank floors reflect the natural light that

enters from all areas of this special living space. The Great Room features a very open concept, commercial-grade kitchen with concrete countertops and volume ceilings. You will find custom upgrades and improvements around every corner! The alluring staircase was custom-crafted as was the finish carpentry and trimwork throughout this exceptional home. Notice the immaculate wainscoting, 3-D framed walls, and a very unique whisky cellar! The Pink Streets is conveniently situated in the Southernmost part of St Petersburg, and offers easy access to Tampa, multiple airports, our award-winning Gulf Beaches, vibrant Downtown, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, and all the excitement of the new developments throughout The Skyway Marina District. Walking distance to a 9.5acre city park that is directly on Tampa Bay. Plenty of room to park your boat, RV, or large trailer. Can you believe this is in Flood Zone X? If you have been searching for AMAZING – here it is. If you have been waiting for the IDEAL OPPORTUNITY – it is now. If you have expectations of an EXCEPTIONAL LOCATION – Your search ends right here in The Pink Streets at 1735 Karleton Place South.

Kent Rodahaver, Broker 727-301-7300


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SPL EVENTS Halloween on Central, presented by the SunRunner, in partnership with the Grand Central District, EDGE District, St. Pete Pride, the City of St. Pete, and the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA), is returning this year on Sunday, October 30, from noon to 5 p.m. Attendees can stroll and roll along nearly two miles of Central Avenue from Dr. MLK Jr. (9th) Street to 31st Street; Central Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic during the familyfriendly event but look for a special starring attraction just one block over – the new blue electric Sunrunner bus. “After a very successful event last year, with nearly 75,000 people attending, we are excited to further enhance accessibility to this year’s event with the opening of the SunRunner,” said David Foote, Executive Director of the Grand Central District Association. The Sunrunner will have three stops within the Halloween event: 31st Street, 22nd Street and 13th Street along First Avenue North and South; fares are free. Event activities will include trick or treating by retailers and establishments along Central Avenue, strolling performers and entertainment, food trucks, costume contest, Weiner Dog Races and dog costume contest, haunted houses, flash mob and mummy dancers, games and other children’s activities. For updated information, visit

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SPL EVENTS St. Petersburg Black History Bike Tour is launching a second season, led by historian Josette Green. The four-hour free tour is followed by lunch at Chief’s Creole Cafe and a talk by owner Elihu Brayboy and his life experiences as a lifelong resident and business owner in the Deuces area of St. Petersburg. Scheduled tour dates are Sept. 10 and 24, Oct. 8 and 22, Nov. 5 and 19 and December 3 and 17. Tours begin at 9 am at Chief’s Creole Cafe at 901 22nd St. S. Reservations are required by emailing Josette at BlackHistoryBT@gmail. com. Participants provide their own bikes and helmets are required. For an intimate theater experience, head to Studio Grand Central where the talented Off-Central Players under founding artistic director Ward G. Smith present big drama in a small space. Next up is Vino Veritas by David MacGregor, a dark comedy about the perils of honesty, running Sept. 22-Oct. 9. We’re looking forward to the world premiere of Becca McCoy’s The Year of Extraordinary Travel, December 8-18, written and performed by McCoy and directed by Vickie Daignault. It’s true tales of McCoy’s recent world-wide adventures, relationships and the pursuit of authenticity. Studio Grand Central is at 2260 1st Ave. S; to purchase tickets go to Seating is (very) limited, so be sure to purchase tickets in advance.


Two years after the popular Ichicoro Ane closed its doors, the bottom floor of the Station House has found Good Fortune. The colorful new Asian fusion theme restaurant and lounge was the vision of Hunger Thirst Group CEO Stephen Schrutt (The Avenue, Park & Rec, No Vacancy and Dirty Laundry). Since opening July 15, it’s been drawing rave reviews for a finely crafted menu, lively cocktail bar, and authentic ambiance including a private karaoke room and outdoor patio. Look for a menu of small sharable plates such as soy glazed edamame, Szechuan dumplings, crab Rangoon, and tuna tacos. Entrees include bowls and plates such as poké, marinated Wagyu, coconut curry salmon and spicy Thai seabass. An extensive sushi bar serves up an array signature rolls and sashimi, and a late night menu brings out the bao. A selection of Japanese whiskeys and different styles of saké, is served along craft beers and wine. To really impress that new date, order a smoking Liquid Sword ($18), yep, it’s smokin’. Good Fortune is located at 260 1st Ave. S., opens at 5 pm daily.

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Planning a Home Renovation is the Key to Success Design Renovations and Photos / STROBEL DESIGN BUILD

This homeowner wanted to transform the home design to a “West Indies” style. Before

A home is a sanctuary for most of us, a place reserved for family and close friends. However, if you’ve ever found yourself in the position of undergoing a remodel, you know that these sacred spaces quickly become the workplaces of countless new faces. A home remodel can (and should) be a beautiful thing, an opportunity to imprint personal style into a home, and choosing the right contractor is a key piece to the puzzle. The pitfall that many face in the beginning of the remodeling process is not contemplating a few important questions that ought to be considered before courtship between a client and a contractor should begin: What do I want to do? Write it down, discuss it with your partner, and have a concept in mind. A handy way to do this is with a list, from most important to least important, what are your goals for your home? Maybe the guest bath needs to happen by Christmas, but the outdoor space can wait until next summer.


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How much money do I want to spend? This is important to address for a few reasons. First, it will help you in your search for a contractor. There are many price points of contractors and knowing your budget for your project will help you identify which price point you are operating in. Secondly, it will inform you, and eventually your contractor, what the financial limitations of the project will be. How quickly do I need this done? Addressing timeline goals in the very beginning of your courtship will help you and your contractor in managing expectations. It gives your contractor the opportunity to collaborate with you on ways to achieve these goals, and also to give you feedback on their ability to meet these goals. Once you’ve got these figured out, you should be prepared to reach out to firms to begin your search. At the beginning of any homeowners remodeling odyssey is the

SPL LIVING inevitable search. The daunting and harrowing search for a contractor. Fortunately, there are a few things you can look out for when deciding which contractor you’ll be getting into bed with. Ask around. It’s helpful to begin this search in your neighborhood, scanning neighbors’ yards for signs or branded trucks. Friends, family, and neighbors are also great assets for referrals, so ask around. For example, the project featured in these photos was referred to the contractor through the homeowner’s real estate agent. Home remodeling is an intimate process, and knowing which firms your loved ones trust is a good place to start. Confirm regulatory compliance. Be sure to confirm that the contractors you are considering are licensed in their trade. Each licensed contractor is issued a license number that you can search and confirm on the website for the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Additionally, there are professional organizations that contractors can elect to be members of which offer additional credentials and certifications and set higher standards. The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI Tampa Bay) is a great example of this. Find the right fit. At this point you should have narrowed the list down to local, trustworthy, licensed contractors. Now it simply comes down to finding a good fit for you. Review the portfolios of each contractor to be sure they have experience delivering on the type of project and quality of work you are expecting. Inquire about the contractor’s project management process to address their plan for collaboration between you, the designer, and construction manager. A company with a strong project management process will be better equipped to provide you with quality work at a comfortable pace for you.

A gourmet kitchen is complete with custom cabinets and the latest design trends.

The outdoor kitchen has a motorized pergola to use rain or shine.

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A custom-built floating staircase leads to a loft area with dramatic oak ceiling at entry.

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SPL LIVING Years in business can also be a helpful indicator of some important things: a positive reputation in the community, a strong degree of familiarity and experience with your type of project, and strong relationships with collaborating contractors. Finally, in meeting with each contractor be sure to pay close attention to who you feel most comfortable with, as the firm you choose will likely be working closely with you, inside your home, for several months. Once you have chosen and committed to your firm, the project management process should begin. If you have already completed your plans with an architect, you will likely begin the permitting process immediately. If you are starting from the very beginning, then this is the point where your collaboration with your designer will begin. Be prepared. Remodeling your home is as much an art as it is a technical process. Good work takes careful planning and time to execute. The more time you take working through all the details with your contractor up front, the quicker the actual construction will happen without

delays. We all want to see work starting to happen as soon as possible, but living through a stop-and-go remodel on your home is frustrating. Starting and stopping a construction project has compounding effects on a timeline; if you have to stop to redesign or change a material, everyone down the line has to reschedule their work. Let your contractor cut or dig holes to inspect an existing condition up front, this will save having to stop the project to re-engineer or redesign, usually resulting in countless weeks of inactivity. Finally, don’t be afraid to make drastic changes to your home. With today’s technology and skilled designers and contractors, you can do just about anything to your home to make it fit your needs and love where you live. It just takes patience, trust in your designer and contractor, and an idea. On these pages you see a dated home transformed into a work of art with impeccable functionality. It wasn’t easy, but with a patient and involved homeowner, a dedicated contractor, and many talented designers, it has a new soul for years to come.

Strobel Design Build 2716 6th Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712 (727) 321-5588,


A retractable screen lanai, resort-style pool, and sun lounge area create a luxury outdoor living sanctuary.

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Jewel of the Pink Streets 1771 Serpentine Dr S

Record Breaking Sale of $1,375,000 by Caryn Rightmyer Group, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty / Highest Non-Waterfront Sale Pink Streets* Originally built in 1970, this 4 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom, 2,920 sq/ft, Spanish colonial home on a rare estate-sized 28,560 sq/ft lot was extensively renovated by the third owners of the home. They loved that it was a fantastic example of true Spanish colonial architecture; however, it needed extensive reconstruction. The Seller, who is also a designer, drew from her vast knowledge of Spanish architecture derived from her experience living in Spain. The design objective was to select beautiful, high end finishes and building materials that honor the nobility of the architecture, keeping the old world warmth while pairing those with a more current and livable style. The renovation included opening up load bearing walls in four directions on the first floor and adding engineered footers and supports, including a 10’ beam to open up the kitchen. These changes

The Library features custom built-in floor to ceiling shelving made from Pennsylvania black walnut wood. The decorative columns are solid wood and hand turned by master craftsmen. A hidden movie screen is enclosed above the sliding pocket doors.


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allowed for creation of a new floor plan for the center core of the home and a new redesign of space creating a bigger kitchen with a Butler’s pantry, indoor laundry, and library. The stairs were rebuilt using 1” thick hand quarried coral stone risers and a walnut base was added to the original iron railing. The renovations also included custom built doors by master craftsmen with hand forged hardware, stunning 1” think natural coral stone imported from the Dominican Republic, complete replumbing of the first and second floors, electrical upgrading and rewiring of the entire home, new HVAC systems, new Spanish-style roof, upgraded copper gutters, rebuilt columns and new pavers surrounding the newly resurfaced pool. Additionally, they added extensive tropical landscaping to the grounds and a potting shed.

Captivating first floor powder room with Spanish and Italian influences of hand quarried stone wall, inset mirror, wall mounted faucets and unique marble basin vanity.

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“My experience with Caryn and her team was nothing short of exceptional! Caryn has a wonderful combination of real estate analytics and people intuition that sets her apart from many of the agents I have worked with. Caryn really cares, is smart as a whip, is always ahead of the game, reads people well & communicates seamlessly.” -- Owner 1016 2nd St N., Historic Old Northeast

NEW LISTING in HISTORIC OLD NORTHEAST! 560 18th Ave NE Offered at $999,000

SOLD FOR OVER ASKING PRICE 1016 2nd St N, Historic Old Northeast $1,300,000

SOLD! RECORD BREAKING SALE Highest Sale Pink Streets Nonwaterfront 1771 Serpentine Drive S $1,375,000

SOLD on Water Club, Snell Isle 1325 Snell Isle Blvd #911 $1,100,000

SOLD FOR OVER ASKING PRICE 2135 Montana Avenue NE, Shore Acres $660,000

SOLD in Seminole 13191 Kensington Isle Way $1,035,000

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*Over $155 Million Sold | Top 1% Of Realtors® In Pinellas County Caryn Rightmyer, CNE, CLHMS, REALTOR® • 727.409.9696 Bill Caulfield, CLHMS, REALTOR® • 727.608.6435 Kim Vulpis, REALTOR® • 727.643.2709 Sotheby’s International Realty® and the Sotheby’s International Realty logo are registered service marks used with permission. Each office is independently owned and operated. Equal Housing Opportunity. Property information herein is derived from various sources including, but not limited to, county records and multiple listing services, and may include approximations. All information is deemed accurate.


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BY NICK STEELE Lisa Gilmore has built a reputation as one of St Petersburg’s top residential designers since establishing her company Lisa Gilmore Designs in 2011. The Central Florida native’s work has even been highlighted by such top publications as Architectural Digest, Homes & Gardens and Real Simple. She found her niche through a thoughtful bespoke approach in which she seeks to satisfy each client’s unique needs and take them beyond the territory of cookie-cutter interiors. She calls her philosophy “livable glamour” and she endeavors to capture the essence of every client’s personal style by creating interiors that feel glamorous yet accessible. “When people hear the word glamour, they think of some crazy over-the-top thing. For me, it’s about tapping into what’s glamorous to them, which could be linen and beautiful pottery,” Gilmore explains. “It’s about celebrating you, the spirit you want in your


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home and how you want to live every day.” She’s been praised for creating inviting spaces, full of soul and charming details, where her sophistication and fine eye for detail comes into play, resulting in an atmosphere of contemporary polish and the cozy ambience that truly makes a space a home. “All of our projects are so unique and different. I take pride in that, because if someone walks in and says, ‘Did Lisa Gilmore Design do this?’ that means we’re being repetitive and that’s not good,” she asserts. “If they say, ‘This feels like something Lisa would do, I’m good with that.”


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SPL LIVING Indeed, most celebrated designers have a special touch and their own fingerprint that comes from a strong identity. In Gilmore’s case, her inherent sense of style is truly matched by her unabashed enthusiasm for life. She is also refreshingly grounded and accessible. Those same qualities attracted her to St. Petersburg as a place to live and do business. “It’s got such good energy, it’s artistic and out-of-the-box, sophisticated, but also casual and fun,” she says. “I love how locally driven we are. We support each other and that is really special.” Through her work, she has the opportunity to channel that energy back into the city she loves. “At the moment, a lot of people are moving here from all over,” she explains. “They’re so excited for a new beginning and I’m excited to introduce them to St. Pete.” She’s also recently remarried and is enjoying that experience firsthand. “My husband Derek moved here from British Columbia and I feel like I’ve been re-energizing my relationship with St. Pete through him,” she shares. “We love riding our bikes. He’s a beer guy, so we go around to the different breweries. I love Book + Bottle. It’s a beautiful bookstore with a wine and coffee shop. I love Wild Roots, a plant shop where I go when I need some greenery in my life. I’ll walk around and smell the plants, which is inspiring.” Since moving here, she’s lived in a house, a high-rise and currently she and her husband, along with a German Shepherd named Cawshe and their 16-year-old cat Jilly-Boo, occupy a rented cottage


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in the Euclid St. Paul’s neighborhood. She says she gets excited by the opportunity to totally change things up when she feels inspired, which includes one of her most recent design projects. “We’re working on an incredible midcentury modern renovation,” she explains. “We have gutted it and stripped away the bad ‘90s and early 2000s upgrades. It leans very midcentury, but we brought in a lot of modern elements and artistic influences.” For this and so many of her projects, she relies on collaborations with area artisans. “We have a local artist doing some paintings on the walls for us,” she says. “We also work with local furniture makers. I love to design furniture and have it fabricated locally. One of my favorites is an architectural millwork company called T2TheS.” Gilmore says there is no “typical” client or type of home project they focus on. “We do everything from large scale custom homes where we are working with the architect and the builder to smaller projects like a bungalow that needs a refresh,” she explains. “I don’t choose based on the size of the project. I choose based on a personal connection, their goals and if I’m excited about it.” With her abundant zest for life, it’s hard to imagine Lisa Gilmore not finding something to be excited about as she navigates her various projects and the city she has chosen to call home. For more information, visit


Suncoast Jazz Festival Returns to Sand Key Nov. 18-20 For the past 32 years, fans from around the country have gathered on Florida’s West Coast the weekend before Thanksgiving to attend the Suncoast Jazz Festival on Sand Key in Clearwater Beach. This year’s annual event offers the chance to enjoy live performances from over 80 jazz musicians inside resort settings overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. This year, the “purely jazz” weekend will take place November 18-20.

Ladies of the Suncoast on Saturday, and a Bar-B-Que on Sunday. In addition, several top “legends of jazz” will be honored including Houston Person, John Lamb and Johnny Varro.

The musical line-up also includes dozens of local, regional and national musicians ranging from New York’s Grammy nominated pianist/vocalist/songwriter/ radio host Judy Carmichael to New Orleans jazz trumpeter and singer Kermit Ruffins to St. Petersburg’s own Nate Najar, Daniela Soledade and James Suggs, La Lucha, Diego Figueiredo, Jeff Rupert Quartet, Heather Thorn and Vivacity, and Tom Rigby and Flambeau. The award-winning New York-based Professor Cunningham and His Old School will entertain with highenergy swing. A diverse array of music is on tap including American Songbook jazz, New Orleans traditional, swing, blues, zydeco and rockabilly, with special events including a Swing Dance Party Friday night,

What makes the annual event so popular? “We are dedicated to preserving and promoting jazz,” says Joan Dragon, Suncoast Jazz Festival director for 15 years and a longtime member of the Board of the non-profit organization. “We offer an indoor, intimate setting held inside venues at The Sheraton Sand Key Resort and the Marriott Suites on Sand Key with the addition of Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Clearwater Beach for nearby lodging overlooking the Gulf.” The Jolley Trolley will offer a free shuttle between hotels and free parking at Sand Key Park. A variety of admission tickets are available with six options ranging from $40 (after 6 pm) up to $225 for three days of non-stop music. Sponsorships are available. For tickets and a complete schedule of performers, visit; or (727) 248-9441. Early Bird tickets are available before October 1. Students with ID are admitted free of charge Saturday and Sunday.


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Home design incorporates many aspects when creating your ideal living space, indoors and out. From initial construction or remodel to décor, furnishings and artwork, the experts in each facet of the process are all seeing the same trend. Mindfulness of artistry in every detail and how that makes the homeowner feel when living in the space. This theme weaves through the entire home design process from concept inception to completion. We talked to Tiger Construction and Development owner Tom O’Brien, who has completed 34 new builds recently in St. Pete with a team that has over 30 years of experience. “Folks are interested in their homes being designed into one cohesive story, like a piece of art with a consistent theme that complements their personalities and individuality,” he says. “The stone, the floors, the counters and fixtures all coming together to convey the personality of the owner.” What about current trends? “Homeowners are loving the true 5/8 hardwood floors complemented by either Italian or Brazilian stone,” he says. “We’re also seeing an increase in demand for 3D epoxy flooring


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which is truly one of a kind. These floors are often matched with stone, resulting in something of a signature for the homeowner.” When the tone has been set, furnishings play a big part in creating a home environment that is in tune with the owner’s artistic vision. Joseph Poltorak of Joseph Furniture creates one-of-a-kind handmade pieces working in wood. He is seeing popularity in simple functional lines leaning toward a midcentury modern style, along with strong geometric shapes and subtle curves or chamfers as an accent in each piece. “There is more of a focus towards a natural wood accent with possibly a live-edge to bring an organic feel to the home,” he explains. “The color pallet is also maintaining a neutral tone overall, bringing calm in each living area.” Joseph furniture creates heirloom quality pieces without quality compromises. When a client has a need for a specific form or function, he provides it. Recently a collector of fine Waterford crystal wanted a cabinet to showcase the collection. The massive weight of the crystal meant proper shelf size dimensioning had to be carefully designed for support. The

SPL LIVING finished product was 8 feet tall and 3 ½ feet wide. Designing a thoughtful space within a home is heavily swayed by the homeowner’s art itself. Artist and owner of Gulf Coast Gallery Pam Van Zant is seeing a strong demand for abstract art. She notes: “People are tired of feeling restrained, contained even, from the confines of our society and the pandemic and I think they are looking for art that frees them and speaks to them.” Art creates the mood and the emotional state of mind in a space and as an artist herself, Pam says: “I’m seeing demand for bold pops of color. Even on black and white prints, you will find one bold color or a few bold colors.” When selecting or commissioning art she suggests you ask yourself what kind or energy or mood you want to create. This may take some inner reflection and research as to what colors

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and designs speak to you. Pam’s current project is a resin sculpture she is creating to mimic an ocean wave. Using natural elements such as sand, shells and mica powders, the goal is to capture the movement of water in nature. Artistry within your personal space is important, and closet space is an area where homeowners can create a functional and inviting area personalized to their individual tastes and needs. Maximizing storage space with a solution that is aesthetically pleasing is a common challenge. “Our most popular products are white Shaker style cabinets and components, which appeal to 90% of our clients,” said Tony Montanez, who specializes in custom closets at New Closets Today. “We often see this style throughout the whole home.” His advice to homeowners undertaking a new project is to set goals rather than trying to preplan every detail. Keep an

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SPL LIVING open mind and allow a designer to do what they do best. Although massive closets can be complicated, Montanez likes to keep things simple. On a recent design of a 30-foot-long closet with 10-foot ceilings the solution was to take advantage of the added height by adding an extra tier of storage. Extending your personal style to outdoor spaces makes sense when you live where others vacation. Outdoor living spaces are mimicking interior furniture lines according to Stephanie Stegman of Elegant Outdoor Living. “The transitional/modern style outdoors is trending right now,” she says. “Outdoor leather fabrics along with styles and outdoor pillows constructed and designed to look more like luxury indoor pillows is very popular. More streamlined styles and frames not as bulky. We are seeing lots of black, with natural elements like teak and driftwood, and accents of golds and greens.” Toss pillows are being designed with beautiful designs and colors adding fringe, rope details, embroidery, faux fur, faux leather all created with outdoor fabric. Clients are also requesting smaller scale furniture, but adding separate entertaining spaces outdoors. For instance, having a dining area as well as a fire pit chat area. Tiger Construction and Development LLC: Joseph Furniture Co. LLC: Gulf Coast Gallery: New Closets Today: Elegant Outdoor Living:

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Stylish Design Solutions For TV Walls

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For many of us the onset of fall brings more time in front of the television watching football or a blockbuster movie and while there is nothing better than a widescreen cinematic experience, TVs can be a real eyesore. The Decker Ross Interiors’ design team has some creative ideas on how to turn this unattractive electronic element into a well designed, stylish focal wall. There are a variety of clever ways to conceal or disguise a large TV. It can be recessed into a custom built storage unit and hidden away behind artistic panels or become a piece of art itself. The television can be centered or even offset featuring curated shelves on one or both sides with spotlights directed on the various decorative items on the shelves. This treatment will take the focus off of the TV and highlight the artistic design elements in the space. Depending on your storage needs and style preference, open shelves are an option or more traditional bookcase upper shelves with closed cabinetry below may be preferred.

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solutions in the images accompanying this article. Textural elements such as grasscloth, tile, stone or decorative wood can be applied to this focal wall to add creative interest behind the television. Sculptural art can be added to these various wall treatments to enhance the visual appeal of the focal wall. Although we only occasionally get cold weather, there are a variety of electric and gas fireplace inserts on the market that can be installed below the television and an attractive mantle can provide a nice horizontal separation if desired. If a fireplace isn’t your preference, a beautiful console cabinet or other elongated furniture piece can offer storage while adding an attractive dimensional design element to the wall. There are limitless creative ways to make your TV wall not only functional, but aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Decker Ross Interiors is an award-winning, fullservice design firm specializing in residential and commercial interiors.

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A DIFFERENT KIND OF DOCTOR A local doctor provides truly compassionate care and solutions for chronic pain and complicated conditions. Do you ever wonder what it is that makes some Doctors so incredibly compassionate while others have a bedside manner better suited for the DMV? In the case of Dr. Rebecca Gibbons, RN, DOM, AP of AAIM | Achieve Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine it is a case of true empathy. “I worked in hospitals as an RN for over 15 years and saw how patients suffered from pain and other chronic conditions. Some people were able to find relief with medications, injections or surgeries but many times we would see them come back within days, weeks or months. I saw their lives were not only filled with discomfort but their days were filled with doctors appointments, hospital stays, ER visits, prescription refills and physical therapy. That is no way to live. Not only does it take a toll on the person but it also takes a toll on their family members as well.” Dr. Gibbons also had a personal experience with pain. “I had suffered from severe back pain and did not feel comfortable taking medications because of the way they made me feel. A friend recommended I see an acupuncturist. After a series of treatments I was able to get relief from the pain. I was able to sleep again and the anxiety that I was feeling had also subsided.” After her incredible experience with the healing arts she made the life changing decision to become an Acupuncture Physician, “Acupuncture quite literally changed my life and I want to share that with as many people as I can,” she proclaims. I know the frustration of feeling hopeless and frustrated. This is why I practice the brand of medicine I do and why I’ve made it my

life’s mission to treat the ‘untreatable’. “As an RN, I saw so many people who had been given a disheartening prognosis, prescribed medications and told ‘this is just something you’re going to have to learn to live with. But now as an Acupuncture Physician, I am able to integrate both eastern and western medicine to treat those who have chronic pain, neuropathy and other chronic conditions.” Understanding that Eastern Medicine excels where Western Medicine fails, Dr. Gibbons set forth to develop treatment protocols for all variations of peripheral neuropathy (including diabetic and chemotherapyinduced) and back pain and now has an 80% success rate in treating this once difficult to manage condition. Furthermore, Dr. Gibbons has surrounded herself with staff that embraces the same approach to patient care. “I have fabulous staff who share the same vision as I do when it comes helping our patients get relief and to help them to be able to live life to its fullest.” Dr. Rebecca Gibbons has a long history of treating complicated, difficult to understand conditions. She understands how tragic it can be if left untreated. Dr. Gibbons and her staff specialize in treating chronic pain, complicated neurological conditions, autoimmune diseases and infertility. For more information about Dr. Gibbons and what she treats, visit Ready to schedule? Call (727) 272-3587 to schedule a consultation today.

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Above, Amalgama El Prado is a generative video work created from art in the collection of the Museo Nacional del Prado in Spain. Creator Daniel Canogar uses algorythms to liquify the artworks into mercurial blends and random patterns. It evolves on a large LED screen mounted in a dining area next to the kitchen. Below, pendant cone lighting in a casual dining space adjacent to the kitchen.

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There are homes and then there are homes. A custom-built highly unique 7,500-square-foot home in St. Petersburg that was three years in the making recently welcomed its new owner. The lavish state-of-the-art six-bedroom home was designed with quality and uniqueness as a priority, conceptualized by the homeowner, a local businessman, who wanted a truly custom dream home.

“Luxury homes are one of the hardest project types to undertake,” says InVision Advisors President Jonathan Moore. “There are so many design considerations paired with very personal decisions. Having an owner’s representative to manage all of those decisions along with the schedule, budget and quality makes the process easier and more efficient for very busy homeowners.”

The owner travels extensively for business and pleasure and the home reflects his favorite influences from his international travels. He has a keen interest in technology, certain colors, and for art and materials that have been chosen specifically for each room.

Moore’s team provides oversight on the owner-purchased items such as art, security and audio-visual, items outside the general contractor’s scope. Moore says, “Our process is a collaborative approach that keeps designers, contractors and artisans accountable to budget, schedule and the high quality expected in luxury home building.”

With his busy schedule, the homeowner relied on Tampa-based owner’s representative, real estate building/construction consulting firm InVision Advisors to get the job done. The company came on board in 2019 to work as owner representative with the builder, Alvarez Homes, and interior designer Sharon Laird (ASID) of Surrounding Interiors, Inc. InVision Advisors provides expert knowledge of the design and construction process and industry best practices, consulting with the owner during every step of the build process to help interpret and make decisions.

In the St. Petersburg home, some of the unique aspects include: • A 10-foot-wide x 25-foot-tall living plant wall (exterior) and an interior waterfall fountain on stacked serrated stone slabs, 7 feet wide x 22 feet’ tall • Floating walnut wood staircase, engineered for no visible means of support • Clear glass guardrails throughout, indoor and outdoor Continued on next page September/October 2022


SPL LIVING • Extreme smart house; all electronic lighting, sound, security systems controlled on iPhone • Electronic kinetic, color-changing, LED and laser light art throughout both indoor and outdoor • No painted wall surfaces; virtually all walls feature custom wallcovering in fabrics, linens, satins, suedes, leathers, grasses, mother-of-pearl • In-pool bar and sun shelf lounge area, in-pool spa, two outdoor showers (the pool bar features hurricane-rated pneumatic folding glass awning windows/sun canopy) The art pieces were meticulously selected for specific rooms with the desire to convey certain feelings in various living spaces. Many pieces are kinetic, interactive and technologically produced. Often, the furnishings were designed to display the various art pieces. A number of largescale custom art pieces were created to fit the architecture, including a 20-foot-high moss sculpture rising through the stairwell; an 18-footwide custom carved wood sculpture to fit a dining room wall; and a laser-art light show that crosses over the pool from main house to guest house. The owner looks forward to enjoying every element of his custom home along with family and guests. Dramatic touches throughout the home include a 2-story water wall, left. Below, a unique wine storage system is adjacent to the formal dining area. Next page, a 2-story living plant wall is in the back patio. Modern linear white chaise lounges face the pool.


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Call for Redevelopment Proposals Was the Right One When my oldest son Mat was 12, he invited a friend over to show him all the progress he had made on a certain video game. He had vanquished villains, conquered levels and he proudly boasted how he would soon win the game.

Even I called for the city to boldly move forward. Welch made it clear he would reassess the bids from Midtown and the other finalist, Sugar Hill, before finalizing the effort. But his call for a complete do-over came as a surprise.

But somehow his friend hit the reset button on the video game as Mat played, erasing all of his progress. My son has never spoken to that friend again, and 18 years later, he’s still miffed. Clearly, hitting the reset button can result in some bitter feelings.

Yet if you drill deeper and consider the city’s changing dynamics, starting over made sense. First of all, the city’s need for affordable and workforce housing ballooned into a full-blown crisis since Kriseman first started the process. The reset gives the new mayor a chance to address that most important community need.

But Mayor Ken Welch made the bold move to hit reset on the redevelopment of the Historic Gas Plant District, home to Tropicana Field. While some may be miffed about the erased progress, Welch made the right call.

Another key change: The prospect of the Rays making a full-season commitment to St. Petersburg has grown greater. When the process started, the Rays touted a sister-city solution that would have split seasons between Tampa Bay and Montreal.

Surely, it wasn’t an easy decision. The appetite for a plan for the transformational 86 acres only grew stronger as groups competed to earn the rights. Renderings elicited excitement as former Mayor Rick Kriseman narrowed the list of contenders, and tentatively chose the Midtown group just before his tenure came to an end.

But MLB rejected the plan, and talk of the Rays crossing the Bay to Tampa cooled, in part because Tampa doesn’t seem to have the political will (or surplus) to pony up tax dollars for a new stadium. Meanwhile, the tourism tax, if the Pinellas County Commission is willing, could help fund a new stadium.

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SPL LIVING The redevelopment grows more difficult without a solution to the baseball component. Unlike the original redevelopment RFP, which sought designs with a stadium or without a stadium, the new RFP likely will require factoring in a domed arena for the Rays. The team likely will be willing participants in the process this time, and that gives Welch a much better chance of bringing a diverse, multi-use development to fruition.

Yet make no mistake, this is also about restoring the energy this area once delivered to St. Petersburg’s African-American community. Mayor Welch has clearly branded this effort the Historic Gas Plant District Redevelopment – not the Tropicana Field Redevelopment – and he encourages supporters to speak openly about preserving culture and paying homage to the past.

At a series of recent community conversations about the redevelopment, Welch and his team engaged citizens with specific comparisons to other baseball-centric complexes, including Chicago’s iconic Wrigleyville. It’s the classic combination of affordable and workforce housing stacked on top of first-floor retail that he hopes to replicate, with a mix of job creators and office space. We cannot merely create a neighborhood,” St. Petersburg deputy Stephanie Owens said at one of the community conversations. “We must create a place where people also have the opportunity to enjoy, also have the opportunity to visit and also have the opportunity to work.”

In the final analysis, this isn’t as much of a reset as it is a remix. Welch and staff will look to blend new concepts with a sentimental restoration of the classic neighborhood African-Americans once celebrated. It’ll hope to merge modern-day live-work-play concepts with features sure to make it inclusive for all. To succeed, Welch will have to vanquish villains (such as cynicism) and conquer levels (with public funding), but in the end he may very well win the game. And another reset won’t be required. Ernest Hooper is the senior vice president of communications for United Way Suncoast, and a former Tampa Bay Times columnist.


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to Suit Your Style Have you ever watched a designer fashion show and thought – wow this is stunning except way over the top, who is going to wear it? At the same time, you know that fashion is art and is here to inspire, get your attention and awake reaction. Fashion loves the runway! And fashion on the runway is all — drama, art, beauty, creativity and motivation. It is designed to transform us into a magical world of allure, enchantment and artistry. Every designer presenting his or her collection gives us their vison of their original aesthetics, their brand’s signature feel, and the story they are telling. The goal is to inspire us, deeply touch our emotions, make us fall in love with an idea we would strongly desire, an idea that will transform us into a fresher and greater version of ourself. Rarely however can we take high runway styles literally, and imagine ourselves wearing the exact attire in real life (assuming you’re not attending the Met Gala anytime soon). How can we take clues from those creative runway suggestions and transfer them into realty? How to break down a superbly artistic design and make it appealing and functional, trendy attire for everyday use? It isn’t as hard as you may think. Here are a few tips: Use one or a few pieces from the entire look We usually see a runway outfit as one integrated ensemble, but it doesn’t have to be. I love boldly printed suits. On the runway you may see it with mile-high heels with hugely wide and long pants and an overwhelmingly loose jacket accompanied with masculine elements like a white, unbuttoned tux shirt and a bold tie. As much as I love that concept on the runway, I believe it would be slightly overwhelming on someone larger than size zero and shorter than 6 feet tall.


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SPL FASHION But no worries, you can use the same, or very similar jacket with a slim version of the wide printed pants to make the entire look simply wearable for most body types. If that would be too much print for you, use the same jacket with black pants and a tank for the evening, or a pair of jeans with white tee for the day. Effortlessly, you get the incredibly chic and trendy look right from a runway. Another option is to just wear the tie with a simple otherwise boring pantsuit and spice it up that way. Modify dramatic styles On some outfits the print may be incredibly bold, shoulders superbly dramatic, color combo so daring that you would never dare, the decorations overstated, the ruffles overwhelming, or even all of the above. Try to take the cues from one element on the presented

outfit. Your attire doesn’t have to be exaggerated to be fashionable. Use the clown-like jabot and downsize it to chic ruffles on your blouse or dress, use the bold color or print on one smaller sleeveless shirt. Whatever you do, try to adjust or transform fashion to your own style, instead of taking it precisely as you see it. Megan Simons is owner of Pippa Pelure, a fine fashion boutique in downtown St. Petersburg, FL. Contact her at pippapelure@ Pippa Pelure provides a runway fashion show to Clearwater community volunteers in “Fashions With Flair,” a charity fundraiser on September 17, 123pm at Belleair Country Club. Call (727) 442-2099 or check for details.

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Clearwater Jazz Holiday: Growing the Jazz Tradition

Young Lions (from left) Charlee Loyce, Cooper Madden, Noah Bennett and Nick Love, performed at the Palladium on August 12 to open the Eric Darius concert. They are part of the CJH Give Them a Stage Program.

BY MARCIA BIGGS While most fans attending the popular Clearwater Jazz Holiday might think the music ends when the lights go down on Sunday night, that notion is far from reality. The Clearwater Jazz Holiday Foundation, the powerful machine that organizes and sustains the longstanding annual festival, continues its mission to cultivate new jazz talent year-round through a multi-generational outreach and education program. Through funding from local jazz events like Clearwater Jazz Holiday, the Wanderlust Series, donors, and state and county arts grants, the 501(c ) (3 ) not-for-profit organization has evolved into a cultural incubator, encouraging young talent to pursue and continue the jazz tradition. With the aid of partners, including area youth band directors, professional musicians, and academic instructors, educational outreach programs promoting jazz and jazz history are brought to people of all ages and cultural backgrounds throughout the year. Interactive musical presentations bring local jazz musicians into elementary and middle schools and community centers, putting instruments into the hands of children for the first time. The program has reached some 32,000 students across Tampa Bay, and has expanded to memory care centers and schools serving people with special needs. The Young Lions The Young Lions Program is a training ground for budding jazz musicians, offering promising students mentoring, group clinics and master classes, as well as performance opportunities. Clearwater Jazz Holiday Foundation CEO Steve Weinberger is excited about the potential found in the Give Them A Stage program, which rotates


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students in and out to perform live jazz for audiences both large and small. “Our vision is to be the leading proponent of jazz entertainment and education in the state of Florida,” says Weinberger. “Through the Young Lions program we develop a lot of opportunities for young players to have meaningful live performances but also connect them with education to pursue more opportunities.” A Young Lions quartet recently opened for international jazz recording artist and longtime supporter Eric Darius at an album release concert at the Palladium, and he invited two members to be part of his band that evening. It was a thrill to open for Eric Darius said St. Pete’s Charlee Loyst, a Young Lion and 19-year-old grad of Lakewood High School who is now enrolled in the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. Loyst was blowing the audience away on the Steinway in the opening act that evening, effortlessly covering jazz standards such as Pent-Up House (Sonny Rollins, 1950s), Just Friends (Charlie Parker, 1949), and Straight, No Chaser (Thelonius Monk, 1966). Loyst grew up in a musical family listening to jazz and studied classical piano as a child. But in 9th grade, he opened his heart to the genre of jazz. “Lakewood High School is known for having one of the best jazz programs in Pinellas County,” he says. “I started listening and practicing and just got into it.” He was accepted into a school jazz combo and later the Eckerd Hall Youth Jazz Program where he honed his skills. This ambition to embrace jazz made Loyst a perfect candidate

SPL EVENTS for the Young Lions Program, where he continues to study through online master classes and is provided with performance opportunities. “Jazz has changed my life,” he admits. “I am extremely grateful to Clearwater Jazz Holiday for giving students the opportunities they provide to play professional paying gigs and network with local musicians in the industry. I love performing live for people who are interested in jazz. It’s hard to see myself doing anything else now except playing jazz.” When COVID brought live performing to a halt, the Clearwater Holiday Jazz Foundation found creative solutions to continue their mission. “It didn’t stop us in our community work,” said Weinberger. “We found creative ways to adapt to be able to continue. I believe our impact was stronger than ever. In 2020, we developed the Wanderlust series of concerts at small venues, mostly outside, to help local musicians who were not performing. We turned from live into virtual mentoring sessions, which continue today. We feel we are doing our part with education and outreach to refuel this interest in jazz and grow the next generation of musicians and fans.” If you or your organization have interest in featuring The Young Lions at your next event, please email

Clearwater Jazz Holiday Oct. 14-16

The Clearwater Jazz Holiday wraps up its two-year residence at BayCare Ballpark October 14-16 with a diverse lineup from smooth and straight-ahead jazz to rhythm and blues, soul, jam band, folk, Americana, funk, fusion, and Latin. Headlining Tampa Bay’s top outdoor jazz festival will be Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue on Friday, Charlie Wilson on Saturday, and Gov’t Mule on Sunday. A few new changes have been announced: The festival drops to three nights from the usual four, and the seating configuration will provide much more access in the outfield near the stage at the ballpark. The additional outfield seating is a welcome policy change to last year when mandatory COVID restrictions required limited spaced seating near the stage at small 4-seat tables. “We were pretty much locked into that seating requirement last year,” says organizer Gary Hallas. “This year brings back the rows of stage seating similar to what we had at Coachman Park, plus there will be a general admission area on the infield where people can bring blankets.” In other words, not all general admissions will be relegated to stadium grandstand seating. General admission tickets also allow access to the grass outfield berm areas behind the stage, and the Tiki Bar. The Festival is expected to return to a newly remodeled and expanded Coachman Park next year, after two years of construction as part of the Imagine Clearwater downtown waterfront redevelopment project. The new venue will provide a 4,000-seat covered bandshell.

The lineup for this year:

Friday, Oct. 14 (Gates open 5 pm) 5:30 – 7 pm - The War And Treaty 7:30 – 9 pm - Average White Band 9:30- 11 pm - Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Above, Charlee Loyst tickles the ivories at the Palladium. Below, CJH My Journey With Jazz program visits neighborhood community centers.

Saturday, Oct. 15 (Gates open 5 pm) 5:30 - 6:45 pm - Justin-Lee Schultz 7:15 - 8:45 pm - Dumpstaphunk 9:15 - 10:45 pm - Charlie Wilson 10:45 pm Fireworks Sunday, Oct. 16 (Gates open 3 pm) 3:30-4:30pm - The Champ Jaxon Band 5-6:15 pm - St. Paul & The Broken Bones 6:45–8 pm - Old Crow Medicine Show 8:30–10 pm - Gov't Mule Tickets are on sale now starting at $25 advance for single day general admission. All ticket prices increase the day of the show. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to or call (727) 461-5200. BayCare Ballpark is at 601 Old Coachman Rd., Clearwater.

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BY NITISH S. RELE Basically, it is a souped-up version of the twin from the other stable, Chevy Silverado. And just like its sibling, the GMC Sierra Denali 1500 4WD Crew Cab truck has been overhauled inside-out for 2022. However, the power train has been retained, at least the 6.2-liter engine so that this solidly built full-size pickup ensures quick acceleration from any speed, ample passing ability and accurate handling/balance. The four-wheel-drive system can be driven in auto, 2WD, 4Hi or 4Lo modes depending on road/weather conditions. A 6.2-liter V-8 engine, mated to a 10-speed auto transmission, cranks out 420 horsepower @ 5600 rpm and 460 pounds-feet of torque @ 4100 rpm. Handling the suspension is an independent coil-over shock front and a solid axle rear. The power rackand-pinion electric power steering has an unswerving and communicative feel, making the truck easy to place at sharp curves. GM’s Dynamic Fuel Management system deactivates up to four of the eight cylinders for fuel savings. Tow capacity is an amazing 8,900 pounds. And yes, you can turn on the optional handsfree driver assistance Super Cruise while trailering too on select highways. The six-position Multipro tailgate comes in handy as a table, an extension or a step to load items onto the lightweight carbon-fiber bed. And 12 fixed tie-downs each have a capacity of withstanding 500 pounds of weight. The robust Sierra boasts a mammoth bright and multi-dimensional grille with eye-catching Vader chrome accents, surrounded by revamped LED headlights with C-shaped elements. The rear also shows off C-formed LED features within the tail lamps and integrated dual exhaust tips. Our 5’ 8”-foot box offers 63 cubic feet for stowage.

Step into the airy interior and you will notice the redesign immediately. The driver now faces a 12.3-inch diagonal digital cluster instead of the previous analog gauges. The prior 8-inch infotain touchscreen is a sweeping horizontal 13.4-inch instrument panel. It includes built-in Google Assistant, maps, etc., if you are a fan, along with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Alpine Umber interior implies you get full-grain leather appointments for the seats, instrument panel and center console, and lest we forget, a microsuede headliner and absolutely stunning open-pore Paldao wood on doors and center console. Moreover, if you want to be more visually amazed (we aren’t kidding here!), the embossed topographic maps of Mount Denali, highest peak in North America, will do just that! The maps have been laser-etched on front/rear seats, door panels and fender vent badges. Other notable features include dual auto a/c, 16-way power heated/ cooled massage front seats, two glove boxes, 60/40 rear-fold seat, leather-wrapped steering column, power side steps, etc. Dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag for second row, stability/ traction and trailer sway control with hill start assist, lane-change and rear-cross traffic alerts, front/rear park assist, four-wheel antilock brakes, rearview camera, tire pressure monitoring system and daytime running lights are standard. Indeed, the Sierra is a well-designed workhorse that you can go cruising on the highway or off the beaten path. It boasts an outstanding performance with plentiful tow capacity and a gigantic but even more high-tech and classy cabin than before. Nitish S. Rele, editor/publisher of Motoring Tampa Bay and Khaas Baat, is a former automotive editor/columnist for The Tampa Tribune. He can be reached at

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Pets Can Be a Perfect Companion As We Age BY JENNIFER GROSS

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The unconditional love of a pet may contribute more to your health than you realize. While aging can impact your physical ability to care for an animal, there are some real emotional benefits to that human-animal bond, or the “humanimality”. You may have to give up that morning run with your German Shepherd, but a lap cat or lazy Llasa Apso may be just what the doctor ordered. Here are just a few reasons: Meet New People Pet owners tend to bond over their love of animals. Whether it’s a walk with your neighbors and their dogs, a fundraiser for your favorite animal welfare organization, or just a chance to show off photos of your new dog or cat, the shared interest can help you meet new people and make new friends. A 2016 article printed in Science Daily cites research done by University of Missouri Health shows pet walking provides a significant means to socialize with pet owners and others in your community.

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sight of your pup’s tail wagging can trigger a smile and provide instant stress relief and companionship. Research shared in 2017 by the Journal of Mind and Sciences found that the companionship of a pet can provide non-human social support and satisfy some social need in older adults. The right pet can be prescription to ease the depression and loneliness that can set in as you age. Sense of Purpose As your children grow up and begin their own lives, they become independent, no longer relying on you to provide care. For some seniors, that feeling of not being needed can lead to isolation. Bringing a pet into your life can quickly ease feelings of not being needed and bring a sense of purpose back into your life. Your new dog or cat will rely on you for just about everything! If you’re concerned about your pet outliving you, there are ways to continue providing care for the animal through your estate. You can consult with an attorney about a traditional pet trust or look into SPCA Tampa Bay’s Legacy of Love Pooled Pet Trust, which helps you set your pet up as the beneficiary of a trust account. Learn more at Jennifer Gross, CFRE, is the Director of Philanthropy at SPCA Tampa Bay.


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Seafood 400 Beach Seafood and Taphouse Locally sourced coastal cuisine on the downtown waterfront. From seafood to steaks, salads and appetizers, a favorite for Sunday brunch and outdoor dining. 400 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg (727) 896-2400; $$$ Trophy Fish - Drink Like a Fish is the moniker here, so be prepared for a casual nautical atmosphere, lively crowd and fresh local fish and seafood that changes daily. Dinner only; opens at noon on Saturdays and Sundays. 2060 Central Ave., St. Petersburg (727) 258-7883; $$ Teak - With a spectacular view of the downtown skyline, Teak, at the tip of the St. Pete Pier, offers elevated casual dining for lunch and dinner. Florida-inspired cuisine runs the gamut from Cubans and paella to pan roasted grouper with citrus risotto and ginger guava BBQ short ribs. 800 2nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg (727) 513-8325; $$$

to entrees like Cedar Plank Salmon and Banana Leaf Snapper. 610 2nd Ave NE, St. Petersburg (727) 857-8118; $$$ Sea Salt - Upscale, urban and known for its raw bar and impeccably fresh seafood, this is the place to impress while enjoying a sunset over the downtown skyline. Located at Sundial, the airy and sophisticated eatery specializes in seasonal and organic ingredients, an extensive wine collection and craft cocktails. 183 2nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg (727) 873-7964; seasaltstpete. com $$$$ Island Grille & Raw Bar – Expansive waterfront dining focusing on fresh seafood, steaks, pasta, chicken, sandwiches and raw bar. Island Grille attracts a fun crowd of families, boaters and local sun-seekers who gravitate here for the food, tropical drinks and massive outdoor patio. 210 Madonna Blvd, Tierra Verde; (727) 767-0020; $$$ RumFish Grill – The under-the-sea atmosphere is as memorable as the sustainably sourced seafood. Enjoy Florida snapper ceviche before moving on to your main course of Floribbean blackened grouper. No matter what you order, you’ll be mesmerized by the 33,500-gallon aquarium in the main dining room, which is home to local rescued marine life. 6000 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach (727) 329-1428 $$$ The Hurricane Seafood Restaurant – The landmark Hurricane on Passe-a-Grille Beach has weathered a few storms, but still stands as a seafood mecca for tourists, groups and families. The fresh grouper sandwich and view from the rooftop bar are legendary. 809 Gulf Way, St. Pete Beach (727) 360-9558 $$

Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille - Shorts and flip-flops are welcome at this popular waterfront eatery on the St. Pete Pier named after a character in Randy Wayne White novels. Seafood with a Caribbean flair includes crab cakes and fish tacos


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MadFish – Look for the refurbished train dining car on Gulf Boulevard in St. Pete Beach and you’ve found MadFish, known for fresh seafood including oysters, mussels, Chilean Sea Bass, group, salmon and lobster tail. The casual diner is open for dinner only. 5200 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach (727) 360-9200 $$$


Parkshore Grill - Top-notch Beach Drive dining from fresh seafood to steaks, pasta and salads. Lunch, dinner and brunch served Saturdays and Sunday until 3 pm. Chef Tyson Grant is committed to serving local and sustainable meats and seafood and locally grown organic produce. 300 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg (727) 896-9463; $$$ Rococo Steak - Fine dining in a sophisticated steakhouse with Executive Chef Jordan Buendia offering a chic twist on classic fare. Outstanding wine selection and service. 655 2nd Ave. S., St. Petersburg (727) 822-0999; $$$$ Brick & Mortar - Rustic-chic dining in an intimate atmosphere, local foodies gravitate here for healthy American fare that changes seasonally. Dinner only. 539 Central Ave., St. Petersburg (727) 822-6540 $$$ Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse - Upscale steakhouse overlooking the Sundial courtyard in the heart of downtown, Ruth’s Chris is a respected chain with a dedicated following who come for dependable steaks, chops and seafood specialties. 131 2nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg (727) 821-4139; $$$

Urban Stillhouse - Bourbon lovers will be in heaven and everyone else will be in awe at this rustic yet sophisticated distillery in the Warehouse Arts District featuring Chef Kenny Tufo’s renowned American modern cuisine. Dinner only Thursday through Saturday, brunch Sunday 11 to 4; reservations a must. . 2232 5th Ave. S., St. Petersburg (727) 440-8040; $$$$

The Library - Tucked away in Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital with a distinguished English library setting, The Library is just the ticket for a quiet lunch or dinner or even a romantic night out. The creative menu is overflowing with healthy options such as Osso Bucco Risotto and Squid Ink Pasta with Blackened Shrimp. 600 5th St. S., St. Petersburg (727) 369-9969; $$$ Birch & Vine - Located in Beach Drive’s Birchwood Hotel, this fine dining spot is helmed by Executive Chef Lee Aquino, known for his unique and globally inspired dishes featuring seasonal, organic and locally sourced foods. 340 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg (727) 896-1080; $$$ Sauvignon Wine Locker & American Trattoria - Charming winecentric dining with a top-notch curated menu of seafood, pasta and meats in a lively block of Central Avenue downtown. 241 Central Ave., St. Petersburg (727) 827-7896; $$$

The Dewey at Berkeley Beach Club - Sophisticated yet casual dining in Pass-AGrille with a curated menu of reimagined beach cuisine, outstanding wine and craft cocktails. Downstairs is the main dining area; but for the ultimate sunset views head to the rooftop bar for an expansive oyster menu and selection of appetizers. 109 8th Avenue, St. Pete Beach (727) 228-1000; $$$$ Castile Restaurant - Hotel Zamora’s elegant restaurant stylishly prepares a curated menu of New American cuisine including tapas, Spanish and Mediterranean specialties, steak and seafood. Select from indoor or outdoor seating with a view of the intracoastal; lunch and dinner. 3701 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach (727) 4568660 $$$

Grace - Upscale yet laid-back, this intimate dining spot offers modern American and Mediterranean cuisine, wine, and cocktails in the heart of Passe-A-Grille. Stop in for happy hour from 4 to 6 pm or treat yourself to a curated dining menu that runs the gamut from seafood and salads to pasta and steak. 120 8th Ave., St. Pete Beach (727) 317-4770 $$$

Dr. BBQ - Don’t be surprised if grilling champ and TV food celebrity Ray Lampe (Dr. BBQ) stops by to say hello. His modern American ‘que is some of the best in town, with imaginative twists to housesmoked meats, awesome Southern desserts and finger-lickin’ sauces and sides. 1101 1st St. S., St. Petersburg (727) 443-7227; $$

Palm Court Italian Grill - A longtime favorite for its balmy location at the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort, Palm Court never disappoints with its signature Italian pasta and Mediterranean seafood dishes. Reserve a seat on the outdoor patio at dusk for a romantic dinner. 5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach (727) 363-2358 $$$

The Mill - A locals and tourists favorite for American style cuisine with Southern influence. Lively atmosphere, indoor and outdoor dining on a bustling stretch of Central Ave. Excellent craft cocktails and the home of the “Fonzworth Bentley,” a $100 Wagyu beef burger. 200 Central Ave UNIT 100, St. Petersburg (727) 317-3930; $$

The Maritana - The Don Cesar’s longstanding Maritana was renovated a few years ago, offering a sophisticated and intimate fine-dining experience featuring modern Coastal cuisine sustainably sourced, and an extensive wine list. The perfect spot for late-night dessert and aperitif. 3400 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, dinner only (844) 338-1501, dining/maritana $$$$


Ford’s Garage - Pull into this garage to find a fun 1920’s service station (don’t miss a stop in the restrooms) with a great selection of prime burgers, chicken sandwiches, salads, mac n cheese dishes, and craft beers. Indoor or outdoor dining. 200 1st Ave. S., St. Petersburg (727) 295-3673; $$

Stillwaters - Casual tavern and late-night hotspot on Beach Drive offers a variety of classic American fare from steak and shrimp to burgers and chicken; known for a selection of sausages made in-house. 224 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg (727) 350-1019; $$

Social Roost - Aptly named for its inviting casual ambiance, the Roost specializes in globally inspired chicken dishes and craft cocktails. Everything is fresh and made from scratch, from chicken samosas to the Peruvian Chicken and Chicken Tangine. 150 1st Ave. N., St. Petersburg (727) 202-6113; $$$ Datz - Hearty and even sinful comfort foods from loaded burgers and fried chicken to pancakes and nachos. Leave your diet at home for the Nashville Chicken Doughnut. Lively and casual indoor and outdoor dining and drinking. 180 Central Ave., St. Petersburg (727) 202-1182; $$ 22 South Food Hall - A variety of ethnic and American dishes from Spanish Chicken and Rice to Cajun Pasta and Southern Meatloaf are on the menu at St. Pete’s only downtown food hall. Family friendly with kids menu; lively nightspot with music on weekends. 642 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg (727) 592-1267 $$ September/October 2022


La V - Healthy Vietnamese fusion café featuring a variety of entrees, salads, noodle bowls and stir frys. Some of the best pho in town, and a broad menu of boba tea. Wines and dessert make this a great place for lunch or dinner. 441 Central Ave., St. Petersburg (727) 820-3500; $$

Isabelle’s at the Historic Peninsula InnNamed after the inn’s friendly resident ghost, charming Isabelle’s embodies classic Old Florida/Southern ambiance and cuisine. Specialties include Shrimp & Grits and Salmon Florentine. Ask for a seat on the covered verandah or in the lushly landscaped patio. Sunday Brunch is 10 am to 3 pm. 2937 Beach Blvd. S. Gulfport, FL (727) 346-9800 $$


Hawkers - Asian street food kicked up a notch with craft cocktails and a young vibe at a popular Grand Central hotspot. Small plates and bowls are perfect for sharing. 1235 Central Ave., St. Petersburg (727) 521-7235; $$

The Lemon Grass - Immense Asian tapas menu with sushi, rolls, Thai dishes, fried rice, noodles and much more. Popular for carryout via online ordering. 310 Central Ave., St. Petersburg (727) 894-1111; $-$$


Lingr - Highly imaginative Nordic and Asian-inspired menu is reflective of Chef Jeffrey Jew’s heritage. The new eatery is making waves for fresh sustainable seafood with a contemporary flair. Dinner only. 400 6th Street S., St. Petersburg (727) 471-6120; $$$ Cassis - Combining traditional French and American influences for brunch, lunch and dinner, this European-style café is a favorite people-watching spot at sidewalk tables along Beach Drive. Carry-out French pastries and gourmet coffee and tea from the bakery. 170 Beach Dr., St. Petersburg (727) 827-2927, $$$ Left Bank Bistro - Charming setting in the Crescent Lake community, Left Bank offers accessible French-style fare indoors or outdoors. A great late-night stop for dessert and coffee; the intimate bar presents jazz on Thursday evenings; brunch on weekends. 1225 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N., St. Petersburg; (727) 256-1691$$$

Buya Ramen - Locals favorite for authentic Japanese tapas. Ramen bowls come with meat or soy-based broths, with crispy duck, braised short rib, pork belly or grilled chicken. Seaweed salad, bao buns and vegetable gyoza are starters. 911 Central Ave., St. Petersburg (727) 202-7010; $$ Alesia - Fresh French and Vietnamese cuisine in a contemporary setting near the beaches. Salads, spring rolls and banh mi, pho bowls, curry and noodle dishes all lovingly made with fresh ingredients. 7204 Central Ave., St. Petersburg (727) 345-9701; $$


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Grand Hacienda - Festive atmosphere and a massive menu of authentic Mexican fare that includes vegetarian and glutenfree. Family friendly, there’s something for everyone including breakfast dishes and a Margarita happy hour Monday through Thursday. 399 11th Ave. N., St. Petersburg (727) 256-9770; $$

Baba - It’s hard to find more authentic Mediterranean cuisine than at this indooroutdoor casual dining spot in the heart of Kenwood. Be sure to visit the bakery for some goodies to take home. 2701 Central Ave., St. Petersburg (727) 954-3406; $$ Chief’s Creole Café - Downhome Cajun and Creole favorites in a family-run café range from gumbo and jambalaya to red beans and rice, shrimp and grits and etouffee. 901 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg (727) 498-8979; $$

Ceviche - Since moving to modern new digs on Beach Drive, the Spanish tapasinspired menu maintains its authentic dishes and creative touches heavily leaning toward seafood and a Spanish-driven wine selection. 10 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg (727) 209-2299; $$$ Red Mesa Cantina - Longtime fave for fans of fresh Mexican cuisine in a hip urban setting, come here to sit in the courtyard with a margarita or sangria and indulge in tacos, salads, enchiladas, quesadillas and burritos and bowls. 128 3rd St. S., St. Petersburg (855) 265-0812; $$

Renzo’s - Argentinian steakhouse with extensive menu of Latin American charcuterie and tapas, grilled meats, prime seafood and traditional pasta dishes, wines and desserts. Casual and group friendly, indoor and outdoor dining. 104 2nd St. S., St. Petersburg (727) 851-9983 $$$

Red Mesa - Not to be confused with the Cantina, the original Red Mesa offers fresh Mexican fare with influences of South and Central America, the Caribbean and beyond. Entrees include Filet Mignon Chimichurri and Ginger Crusted Salmon. 4912 4th St. N., St. Petersburg (727) 527-8728 $$$

consistently won accolades for traditional Italian specialties like Linguini and Clams and Chicken Marsala. Classy yet casual, a lively atmosphere perfect for groups and families. Dinner only. 2924 5th Ave.N., St. Petersburg (727) 771-3690 $$$

Fado - Authentic Portuguese cuisine and wines heavily leaning toward seafood, meats and sausages in a modern setting. Love octopus? This is the place for you. 435 5th Ave. N., St. Petersburg (727) 346-5389; $$$

Italian BellaBrava - Authentic Italian cuisine with urban flair, the New World trattoria is lively and fun with beloved pasta dishes, woodstone oven pizza and great people watching from the sidewalk patio. 204 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg (727) 895-5515; $$$ Gratzzi Ristorante - Classic Italian cuisine in a warm, friendly environment. Choose from steak and seafood to traditional Italian favorites like Pork Ossobuco and Veal Saltimbocca. Known for their Cavatelli Bada Bing, pasta prepared tableside in a wheel of parmesan cheese. Dinner only. 211 2nd St. S., St. Petersburg (727) 623-9037; $$$ Beau & Mo’s Italian Eating House Although considered a Chicago-style steakhouse, this family run dining spot has

Craft Kafe - Popular downtown coffeeshop and café specializes in glutenfree artisan pastries, quiches, pizza, salads and soups. Sit on the patio and watch the world go by. 200 Central Ave., St. Petersburg (727) 256-8587; $$ Love Food Central - This small neighborhood café serves only vegan and gluten-free sandwiches, soups, salads and the amazing Awesome Burger (beet and black bean patty with an awesome sauce) that will inspire you to eat healthy more often. 2057 Central Ave., St. Petersburg (727) 317-2034; $$

Studio Public House - Fun and funky dining in an old gas station-turnedrecording studio-turned neighborhood English/American pub. Creative sandwiches, flatbreads, vegan and veggie, but you can’t beat the Madras Balti Curry and Dragonfire Vindaloo. 2950 Central Ave., St. Petersburg (727) 873-6992; $-$$ Sea Dog Cantina - Mexican favorites in a fun atmosphere include tapas, tacos, enchiladas, burgers, shrimp al carbon, fajitas, salads and more. Select from one of several dining rooms, or try to snag a table by the fountain on the patio. Margaritas and sangria are top-notch; a great date night spot. 2832 Beach Blvd. S, Gulfport (727) 914-0112; $$


Il Ritorno - When owner/executive chef David Benstock beat TV chef Bobby Flay in a May 2021 episode, seats at this intimate downtown eatery were hard to come by. It’s still a good idea to make a reservation to discover Benstock’s fresh, modern Italian cuisine that simply brims with love and creativity. Dinner only. 449 Central Ave., St. Petersburg (727) 897-5900; $$$$ Taverna Costale - Coastal Italian dining from celebrity chef Fabio Viviani recently opened in the heart of downtown offers the perfect blend of a rustic Italian eatery, an energetic local tavern, and an upscale modern restaurant. Extensive wine list, craft cocktails and an indoor/ outdoor bar. Dinner only. 200 Central Ave., St. Petersburg (727) 954-3863; $$$ Pia’s Trattoria and Pia’s Veranda – The Trattoria’s romantic indoor/outdoor dining rooms, excellent service and classic menu, make it one of the top Italian restaurants in the region. Favorites include a classic Beef Carpaccio from grass-fed cattle, Linguini Alla Vongole and Penne Quatro Formaggio al Forno. Across the street, a more casual sister location offers shady outdoor seating and live music daily. Both locations open at 4 pm. 3054/3038 Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport (727) 327-2190; piastrattoria. com $$$

Golden Dinosaur – Voted Best Vegan Restaurant in Tampa Bay, The Dino serves an impressive menu of salads, sandwiches, tacos, Cubans and reubens, even chili, French dips and Beyond burgers, all made with meat substitutes. Betcha can’t tell the difference. Open 11 am to 7 pm daily; popular for carry-outs. 2930 Beach Blvd., Gulfport. $$

Wild Child - Named the Best New Restaurant of 2022 by the Tampa Bay Times, this coral pink neighborhood bistro meets all the requirements with creative cuisine, fresh and seasonal ingredients, and tiki craft cocktails all meticulously prepared and served. Tuna tostadas, jerk octopus, Peruvian seafood chowder are menu highlights. Indoor/outdoor seating; dinner only but open 11 am Sunday for brunch. 2710 Central Ave., St. Petersburg (727) 954-7425; $$$

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