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Happy Holidays from the Staff at King Contracting
The holiday season is upon us, so the majority of us tend to focus on entertaining at home, attending social events and making travel arrangements to spend time with family and friends. Thoughts of new remodeling projects are usually put on the back burner until after the beginning of the new year so as not to interfere with these typical holiday activities. But in order for a remodeling project to start right after you have sworn to your resolutions, planning must begin months prior, especially so now due to the on-going supply chain issues and continued demand for remodeling services.
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What a great time to call King Contracting to schedule a free in-home consultation to get the process started! Our proven Design-Build process will show you the steps needed and help you gain an understanding to begin the planning and strategic activities for your dream home make-over! Call us or stop by our showroom soon! We wish the best the holiday season has to offer for all of our fellow St. Petersburg residents!
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Events: Holiday Happenings ............................ 20 Art: Rodin and Impressionists at MFA ............... 26 Spotlight: Second Saturday ArtWalk ................ 34
Florida Style: Holiday Home Lighting ................ 44 Fashion: Simply Elegant for the Holidays ......... 51 Wine Cellar: Gift Gadgets for Wine Lovers ......... 56 Restaurants: St. Pete Dining Guide ................... 62 People to Watch: Richard Novikas .................... 74 Special Section: Holiday Gift Guide ................... 76
Hot Wheels: Cadillac XT6 ................................ 84
WELCOME TO SPL As we look back and count our blessings, it’s been another banner year for St. Petersburg. The city is growing more vibrant, forward-thinking and diverse. We have embraced urban transit options from public bikes and scooters to a rapid transit bus route and a cross-bay ferry. In July , St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, Downtown Partnership, and City of St. Petersburg released a Comprehensive Arts Strategy with a ﬁveyear road map that aims to make St. Petersburg the preeminent City of the Arts in the Southeastern United States. Creative entrepreneurs and young professionals are opening new restaurants and small businesses. We are, indeed, fortunate to be living, working and playing in the ‘Burg!
PUBLISHER/CEO Beth Ann Drake
The holidays are right around the corner so in this issue, we’ve gathered a compendium of Holiday Happenings for everyone to enjoy. Not up to holiday home lighting? Check out our story on hiring professionals to do the job for you. Our Holiday Fashion feature is a knock-out for you fashionistas, and we love Will Howard’s Wine Cellar column on nifty wine gadgets for gift-giving.
As we head into a new year, St. Pete Life continues to support our local residents and businesses by bringing positive news, features and advertising target-mailed to more than 22,000 homes across St. Pete. (You can subscribe, too, at our web site at www.stpetelifemag.com/ subscribe) Our web site and Facebook page bring added attention to our great city. Finally, we wish to thank all of our advertisers who contributed to our 2022 issues. This magazine would not be St. Pete’s top lifestyle magazine if not for your support. And to all our readers, happy holidays and a healthy, happy new year!
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As our community grows, so does our ability to care for it. Our new patient tower is now open. For 90 years, St. Anthony’s Hospital has treated the community with extraordinary, compassionate care. That continues with our newest project: a 90-bed patient tower, featuring all private rooms, plus a new lobby and Seventh Avenue entrance. We’ve also renovated select cardiovascular and respiratory spaces and moved and upgraded the cafeteria and dining area. This expansion increases our ability to offer even better care and an enhanced patient experience. As the needs of our community grow, so does our commitment to meeting them at St. Anthony’s Hospital, the only BayCare hospital in St. Petersburg.
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Cross Bay Ferry is Back Making Waves Between St. Pete, Tampa The Cross Bay Ferry began its sixth season on October 19, transporting passengers between downtown St. Petersburg and downtown Tampa Wednesday through Sunday. The service returns following its most successful season, with a recordbreaking 62,130 riders from October 2021 to May 2022 — that’s 10,000 more people than its previous record.
Changes this season include an increase in rates to $12 each way, with discounts for seniors, youth, members of the military and college students. There are also later evening runs and an additional month of service.
The Cross-Bay Ferry is a collaboration between Hillsborough County, the City of Tampa, the City of St. Petersburg, and the Florida Department of Transportation that is working to build the ferry into a long-term local transportation resource that will signiﬁcantly relieve roadway congestion, boost commerce to local businesses, and provide a fast, fun, and aﬀordable way to travel. “Combined with the new Sunrunner BRT (bus rapid transit), we’re providing transportation alternatives for residents and visitors to enjoy all that both St. Pete and Tampa have to oﬀer,” said St. Pete Chamber President Chris Steinocher at the media launch. “You can literally go from Ybor City to the beach without having to drive a car.”
The 149-passenger catamaran oﬀers a smooth 45-minute cruise, with plush indoor cabin seating, a bar and spectacular views of Tampa Bay. It will operate from the same terminal locations as in previous seasons. In Tampa, the ferry will depart from the dock at the Tampa Convention Center, and in St. Petersburg, from the dock at North Straub Park, near the Vinoy Marina. First departures from St. Petersburg will start at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. on Fridays, 10 a.m. on Saturdays, and 11 a.m. on Sundays. Final departures from Tampa will be at 10:45 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 7:30 p.m. on Sundays. The season ends in May. Tickets and more information can be found at www.thecrossbayferry.com or at dockside ticket booths in Tampa and St. Petersburg.
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The long-awaited SunRunner rapid transit bus launched October 21 with a virtual who’s who of city, state, business and political oﬃcials at the ribbon-cutting in downtown St. Petersburg. The aqua blue buses with “Mr. Sun” on the side connect downtown St. Pete and St. Pete Beach, riding in its own lane on 1st Avenue N. and 1st Avenue S. The 10-mile route with 16 stops each way will take approximately 35-minutes. It’s designed to meet the demands of work commuters and attract tourists and new riders into PSTA’s comprehensive transit system. During peak times, buses will pick up riders every 15 minutes.
the travel needs of our residents and the hundreds of thousands of tourists who visit our beautiful area every year.” The hybrid electric/diesel buses are quieter, produce fewer emissions than diesel-powered buses, and have more amenities such as free Wi-Fi; charging ports at every seat; interior bike storage; and raised platforms at the stations that allow strollers and wheelchairs smoother, faster access. The SunRunner will be free for six months. Starting mid-April, the only payment method will be a Flamingo Fares card and app. Cash will not be accepted to allow for faster boarding.
“The SunRunner is unlike any other transit system in the area,” said FDOT District 7 Secretary David Gwynn. “One of the unique features is transit signal priority, which means as soon as the bus leaves the platform, it will trigger the traﬃc lights to turn green. Between that technology, having a dedicated lane, and limited stops, the SunRunner is about 30% faster than current bus service.” “There are currently 50,000 jobs and 40,000 residents within a halfmile of the SunRunner route, and those numbers are growing,” said St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch. “The SunRunner will help meet
“The SunRunner has been a long time coming,” said Brad Miller, CEO of PSTA. “The concept was ﬁrst introduced 15 years ago and it has taken a collaborative eﬀort with elected leaders and all levels of government to secure the necessary approvals and funding. “ A federal grant is paying for half the capital costs, the state is paying for 25 percent, and PSTA and the city of St. Petersburg are paying the remaining 25 percent. For more information about the SunRunner, including the hours of service, route, and frequently asked questions, go to psta.net/sunrunner.
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Cirque Dreams Holidaze comes to the Duke Energy Center for the Arts Mahaﬀey Theater on December 27.
It won’t be quite the same holiday season in downtown St. Pete this year since it was announced that the popular annual First Night on New Year’s Eve will not take place. But all is not lost. Plenty of other festivities are on tap from family friendly events like Snowfest to the annual Old Northeast Holiday Home Tour and performances of Christmas classics like The Nutcracker and St. Pete Opera’s Holiday Sparkle. Take a stroll along St. Pete’s waterfront and enjoy the city’s lighted tree and immersive holiday lights. The holidays are right around the corner!
City Events Sponsored by the City of St. Petersburg and the St. Petersburg Parks & Recreation Department. Nov. 26 – Santa Parade at 6:30 pm starts at Albert Whitted Park and moves along the waterfront. Tree Lighting in North Straub Park with Mayor Ken Welch, 7 pm, entertainment starts at 6 pm. Dec. 3 – Snowfest, 9 am to 2 pm. in North Straub Park, toboggan slides for adults and children, inﬂatables, arts and crafts tents, food trucks and more. A $5 wristband includes all activities.
Dec. 10-11 and Dec. 16-23 – Santa in the Park, 6 - 9 pm in North Straub Park, bring the family for a meet-and-greet with Santa perfect for photos. Dec. 16-17 – Cookies with Santa, 5:30 – 8:30 pm at the pole barn at the Pinellas Pioneer Settlement, $5 per person. Decorate gingerbread cookies, meet Santa and his elves, and purchase small gifts (all items $5 and under). Free gift wrapping provided. Must register online. Dec. 17 – Movie in the Park, 8 pm at Crescent Lake Park. TASCO will be showing “The Grinch,” along with family fun activities and a Santa photo booth. Parking lot opens at 7 pm.
In the ‘Hood Dec. 18 - Celebrate the winter holiday season at “Winter in the ‘Wood,” 2 – 7pm at Seminole Park in Historic Kenwood; parking at Metro Inclusive Health, 3251 3rd Ave N. The Artist Enclave will host a German-style winter festival with exhibits and performances by enclave artists, activities for children and adults, visit from Santa, live music, lastminute holiday shopping opportunities. After the festivities in Seminole Park, Historic Kenwood neighbors invite you to stroll the neighborhood to admire holiday lights and decorations and vote for your favorites. More event info: kenwoodartistenclave.org/winter-in-the-wood
Historic Old Northeast Candlelight Tour of Homes
December 11 - A range of historic residential styles from cozy bungalows to Mediterranean Revival mansions will be all aglow during the 24th Annual Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood Association Candlelight Tour of Homes from 3 – 8 p.m. This year’s tour will highlight homes built during the Roaring ‘20s. Docents in ‘20s attire and jazz era musical favorites will help transport attendees back 100 years to when St. Pete and the burgeoning Old Northeast neighborhood were just beginning to roar. Tickets can be purchased online at www.HONNA.org or at several local business outlets.
On Stage Duke Energy Center for the Arts Mahaﬀey Theater: Nov. 15 – Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, 8 pm Nov. 25-26 – Nutcracker! Magic of Christmas Ballet, times vary Dec. 10 – Holiday Pops with Florida Orchestra, Bob Bernhardt conducting at 2 pm and 8 pm Dec. 17 - Classical Christmas Carols with Florida Orchestra at 8 pm, Michael Francis conducting along with The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay Dec. 27 – Cirque Dreams Holidaze, 7:30 pm
Nov. 25-27 – The Night Before ‘22, at freeFall Theatre. Local fave Matthew McGee returns for the hit holiday comedy musical with an updated romp through 2022. Original music by Michael Raabe; times vary. Dec. 2 – 5 – The St. Petersburg Ballet Company’s production of The Nutcracker, featuring students from the Academy of Ballet Arts, Inc., at The Palladium, times vary. Dec. 14-15 - The Birchwood on Beach Drive will host two evenings of holiday inspired Concerts performances by Listeso String Quartet at 6:30 and 9 pm both evenings. Tickets only available in advance at feverup.com
If anything gets you in the mood for the holidays, you can count on St. Pete Opera’s popular Holiday Sparkle. This year will feature a full-staged production of Gian Carlo Menotti’s one-act opera in English, Amahl and the Night Visitors, followed by an array of holiday music from the opera’s talented cast members and a 20-piece orchestra. Shows will be performed at Opera Central, 2145 1st Ave. S. on
Dec. 15, Dec. 17 at 8 pm, Dec. 20 and Dec. 22 at 7 pm. Tickets for Opera Central shows are $30 to $250 for a VIP table for four. But wait, there’s more! On December 18 at 3 pm, the Holiday Sparkle Singers will entertain at a POPera-style afternoon concert with family friendly numbers on the outdoor stage in North Straub Park, 400 Bayshore Dr. NE. VIP seating $35 per person; or bring your own folding chair or blanket and pay what you. https://stpeteopera.org/holiday-sparkle/
Fairs and Fests
Nov. 19-20 - Holiday Markets at the Coliseum, 10 am to 5 pm, free admission, free parking. Local vendors provide unique holiday gifts including home essentials, handmade gifts, cosmetics, holiday decor, food, apparel, accessories, and more. Nov. 26-27 - Shopapalooza Festival at Vinoy Park, 350+ local makers and small businesses present annual shopping extravaganza, including four outdoor food halls, live entertainment and activities all weekend long, food trucks, beer and wine stations. Dec. 11 – St. Petersburg Holiday of the Arts in Williams Park, 10 am to 5 pm, showcases original artwork by more than 100 artisans from throughout Florida and across the United States.
ST. PETERSBURG - The popular holiday extravaganza Enchant Christmas returns to light up Tropicana Field from November 25 to January 1, complete with a dazzling installation of over 4 million sparkling lights amid a story-themed walk-though maze featuring sculptures and holiday trees over 100 feet tall. The dome of the indoor stadium will be turned into a Magical Night Sky recreating a North Pole night with thousands of animated synchronized lights. The gargantuan show takes a month to build, it’s trucked in on semi-trailers and employs hundreds of people to build, engineer lighting and sound, staﬀ the production and act as characters and entertainers. Enchant Christmas is produced in eight cities across the country; St. Pete is the only one in the Southeast. For repeat visitors, the presentation has been updated, featuring new decorations and installations, an ice skating trail, live entertainment, Santa visits, food and beverage vendors and an artisan Christmas marketplace. This year’s maze quest and scavenger hunt is new, too. “Santa’s Magic Timepiece” gives Santa the power to deliver all the presents around the world in one night – but it’s broken into pieces. Visitors help ﬁnd the missing parts to put it back together in time to get Santa on his way. Get your passport stamped as you ﬁnd all 8 timepiece gears and win a trip sweepstakes.
friendly and holiday theme movies, will be oﬀering guests a variety of custom experiences, including a “Hallmark Cozy Christmas” lounge, photo opportunities, Hallmark Channel wine tasting and a chance for fans to win a set visit to a Hallmark movie while in production.
IF YOU GO
Purchase tickets early as St. Pete is the only Enchant venue in the Southeast, and is expected to sell out on weekends. Select a date and time when you buy online tickets. General admission starts at $35 adults, $20 children ages 3-17, not including taxes and fees. Ice skating is additional $18; parking $15. Prices vary depending on day and time. Go to enchantchristmas.com and select St. Petersburg for more information and to purchase tickets.
A special treat for those who visit on opening day Nov. 25 will ﬁnd Black Friday has turned to Bright Friday. A grand entrance will be made by Santa and his entourage that afternoon to open Enchant Christmas. New this year is Hallmark Channel as a major sponsor. The popular cable television network, known for it aﬃnity for romantic, family November/December 2022
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Rodin Exhibit Includes Renowned Impressionist Painters Tampa Bay has a new opportunity to see rare works by world renowned French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) in True Nature: Rodin and the Age of Impressionism which continues through March 26 at the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg. Rodin is considered the founder of modern sculpture, one of the most recognized European sculptors of the 19th century known for iconic works such as The Thinker and The Burghers of Calais. This monumental exhibition is the ﬁrst in the region to showcase a select survey of Auguste Rodin’s best-known sculptures together with other rare masterworks by leading Impressionist painters. The exhibition includes dozens of sculptures, paintings, photographs, and works on paper from ﬁnde-siècle Paris.
Left, Rodin’s iconic bronze The Shade was conceived in 1880. Below left, Still Life With Cherries and Peaches (1887) by Paul Cézanne. Right, The Bellelli Sisters (1866) by Edgar Degas. All images © Museum Associates/LACMA
True Nature oﬀers a comprehensive look at Rodin’s hugely inﬂuential and revolutionary life as an artist and the rich, rapidly changing world in which he lived. Drawn from the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the exhibition seeks to reframe the artist and his sculpture. “This is an incredibly important milestone for The Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg,” said Stanton Thomas, Senior Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the MFA. True Nature features examples of the artist’s most famous works, including his Saint John the Baptist Preaching (1878), Eternal Spring (c. 1881–1884), and Jean d’Aire (1886). With close to 70 artworks, the exhibition features rarely seen 19th-century European sculptures and paintings created by Impressionist artists with whom Rodin worked and exhibited throughout his career. They include Claude Monet’s In the Woods at Giverny (1887), Paul Cézanne’s Still Life with Cherries and Peaches (1885–1887), Edgar Degas’ The Bellelli Sisters (1865–1866), and Pierre Auguste-Renoir’s Two Girls Reading (1890–1891). The exhibit also includes consummate photographs, drawings, and sculptures by other masters of the period. For more information, go to mfastpete.org
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Becca’s Back With Travel Tales
Award-winning actress and St. Pete native Becca McCoy returns December 8-18 for the world premiere of her new solo show The Year of Extraordinary Travel at Studio Grand Central. McCoy’s real-life experience of traveling somewhere diﬀerent every month for a year is the basis for the storyline exploring relationships, memory, and personal decisionmaking. McCoy originally published The Year of Extraordinary Travel as a book in 2021. The travelogue chronicles her travels to eight states and seven other countries in short tales. If she looks familiar, she is. In the Tampa Bay area, McCoy
has performed with American Stage, freeFall Theatre, St. Petersburg Opera, Tampa Rep, and Jobsite Theater, at the Palladium, Studio@620, and the Straz Center, and with the Florida Orchestra. Directed by Vickie Daignault, the play integrates literature and photography into traditional solo performance. “Especially after the pandemic stopped us from congregating for collective listening, I wanted to honor and explore the various ways we tell, and hear, our stories,” said McCoy. An exhibit featuring photography from the book along with original artwork will be on display in the Gallery. Studio Grand Central is at 2260 1st Avenue S.; for tickets go to studiograndcentral.com. *** The 25th Annual Florida CraftArt Festival takes place November 19-20, ﬁlling the streets just outside the galleries at Central Avenue and 5th Street in downtown St. Pete. The juried festival will feature 100 of the nation’s best contemporary ﬁne craft artists from 12 states. There will be artist demonstrations, food trucks, craft beer and music. Look for handmade works in ceramics, ﬁber, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media and wood; admission is free. Top winners will receive $10,000 in cash awards on Sunday morning.
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ARTS & CULTURE Two theatrical performances featuring Ukrainian dancers are coming to Duke Energy Center for the Arts Mahaﬀey Theater. On December 29, KOLO brings professional ballroom dancers and an immersive visual experience to the stage in a celebration of the dance and musical heritage of Ukrainian culture. Executive producers Liliia and Iaroslav Bieliei are award-winning Ukrainian competitive ballroom dancers who now live in Los Angeles. The show continues to Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, Houston and Las Vegas. Shows are at 3 and 8 pm. The State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine will perform Sleeping Beauty on January 6. For more information and tickets, go to themahaﬀey.com *** It’s time for kids to enjoy the cultural experience of a real live opera when St. Pete Opera Company presents Pinocchio (adapted by John Davies) in a onehour show in English Nov. 12-13 and Nov. 19-20 at Opera Central, 2145 1st Ave. S.
Featuring music by Mozart, Donizetti, Verdi and more, it’s the perfect introduction to opera. Tickets $15 adults, $5 youth. stpeteopera.org *** Gulfport’s ﬁne arts collective presents its sixth annual ArtJones Studio Tour & Sale December 3-4. The self-guided tour features 27 ﬁne artists across nine stops representing a wide variety of mediums including painting, ceramics, sculpture, woodworking, photography, mixed-media and jewelry. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm Saturday, and 11 am to 4 pm Sunday. “Each year we grow our vision as we expand our professional artist base while also welcoming emerging artists into the fold,” said founder Brenda McMahon of the invitation-only event. For more information on the artists and to download a brochure with a map of this year’s tour, visit ArtJonesStudioTour.com and check for updates @WeAreArtJones on Facebook.
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NEWS BRIEFS *** In keeping with its historic legacy, Sunken Gardens has developed a History Center in the original 1940 entrance and gift shop, a building that until recently housed the Garden’s tropical birds at night. The new History Center will showcase Sunken Gardens’ history and its important role in developing Florida’s tourism industry during the era of Old Florida roadside attractions. Never-before seen photos, documents, and footage of the Gardens during its heyday are showcased.
‘Burgers to the Rescue St. Pete Innovation District acknowledged the generosity of their business community to deliver support to those in need during Hurricane Ian. They include: • Saildrone and NOAA collected data in the air and on the water surface to assist in the development of tracking models and impact analysis. • US Coast Guard Sector St Pete and Air Station Clearwater conducted search and rescue operations during and after the storm. • Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and Bayfront Health St. Pete assisted in evacuating hospitalized patients. • Poynter Institute prepared journalists behind the scenes. • USF St. Pete campus opened their student center to community members without electricity so that they could recharge their cell phones and take a break in air conditioning. More shout-outs go to: • Tony Mangiaﬁco and the St. Pete Fools for multiple missions to Northport/Ft. Myers Beach • Sol Relief for ﬂying water, supplies, and medical personnel and equipment to Fort Myers • St. Pete Rotary for transporting many truckloads of supplies and funding to hurricane victims
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Over two decades, St. Pete’s Second Saturday ArtWalk has grown from a gallery hop to a highly anticipated signature event. PHOTOS/MARCIA BIGGS
SPL SPOTLIGHT BY MARCIA BIGGS As November rolls around, cooler nights are invitations to get out and enjoy all that St. Pete has to oﬀer. A guaranteed adventure awaits those who venture forth at the monthly Second Saturday ArtWalk, which encompasses galleries, studios and public spaces in ﬁve of the Burg’s downtown Arts Districts and waterfront. Drive, walk or hop aboard the white Star Trolley that circulates among the Districts; whichever you choose you must settle with the fact that you won’t be able to visit all of the 40 or so galleries and studios on the list. I always ﬁnd myself spending twice as much time as I planned at certain locations. Like any good adventure, ArtWalks present plenty of opportunities for engagement from meeting an artist to listening to live music or running into old friends. It’s also a great way to discover all those hip and trendy galleries you would never visit on your own. On ArtWalk night, you’re part of an art tribe and exploration is the name of the game. The organizer and sponsoring entity for the monthly event is the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance (SPAA), spearheaded by director Terry Marks. She feels Second Saturday ArtWalk, which takes place from 5 to 9 pm, has evolved over time to become a unique monthly celebration of the arts, and most importantly, an economic driver for downtown artists and small businesses such as restaurants and bars. It’s become a marketing tool, as well, attracting visitors and tourists to a culturally vibrant downtown. “ArtWalk not only supports local and emerging artists, it brings a sense of community,” she says. “Other cities may have art walks, but I think ours is unique because it covers ﬁve Arts Districts. And now with the addition of the Star Trolley, we hope to encourage the use of mass transit along with the walkability.” If you’re new to ArtWalks or your time is limited , I suggest focusing on a visit to a larger venue that oﬀers a number of galleries and studios. At the ArtsXchange, an indooroutdoor campus in the heart of the Warehouse Arts District, you can wander among some 25 working studios, enjoy live music and vendors in the plaza, and visit exhibits in the Tully Levine Gallery and the Burka Lounge. Next door at Soft Water Studios, drop in and see works by highly regarded painter Carrie Jadus, and large-scale public art sculptures being planned or fabricated at Mark Aeling’s MGA Sculpture Studio.
This is where I found artist Robert Sutherland and his wife Mary in his Soft Water studio/gallery, welcoming me with a cold sangria and a broad smile. His walls are covered in a myriad of paintings big and small: mystical ﬁgures, magical landscapes, fantasy scenes. No two are alike. His signature “quad” paintings, though, stand out.
Planning an ArtWalk I consider myself a seasoned ArtWalker, so will oﬀer up a few tips for the newbies: 1). Always plan your walk. Check out the Facebook page of the St. Pete Arts Alliance a couple days before Saturday to determine which galleries and studios most interest you. They do an excellent job of previewing many of the artists and galleries. The shows are wildly diverse and change monthly. Then go to the website stpeteartsalliance.org/artwalk and print out the monthly ArtWalk map and guide. I generally circle an Arts District where I want to visit a gallery, and then stroll between all nearby locations. 2) Car vs Trolley – I am all for multimodal transit, but unless you don’t mind waiting, and waiting, for the single trolley, your own transportation is ultimately more convenient (especially if you end up buying something). Parking can be diﬃcult, so plan ahead. Some lots are available for free parking such as the Arts Xchange and Five Deuces Galleria, but it’s always a crap shoot to ﬁnd a space on Second Saturday. Be prepared to walk and pay attention to that parking meter. 3) Expect a time warp. You seriously won’t get beyond a handful of galleries in one hour since you are enveloped in a magical mystery tour of wonderful, bizarre, and interesting people, music and art. I can never seem to arrive before 7 pm, allowing me only enough time for one District. Bigger venues – the Arts Xchange campus, the Factory, Art Lofts and the Five Deuces Galleria can easily consume an hour each. (Self-indulgent plea to ArtWalk organizers: Please extend the hours to 10 pm!) Continued on next page November/December 2022
SPL SPOTLIGHT “The paintings are called ‘quads’ because you see four identical images,” says the artist, who can also be found playing guitar at various clubs and restaurants in Pinellas County. He explains how the painting is placed wet on a spinning wheel and the main image “clones” itself around the perimeter of the canvas so you see four diﬀerent paintings in one. “I’m the ‘QuadFather,” he says with a twinkle in his eye. Sutherland feels Second Saturday ArtWalk “is the lifeblood of St. Pete” for local artists. “Every artist needs an audience, we need people to see our work and get feedback. ArtWalks help to establish you in the community, you meet your peers and establish a reputation. “It’s also a great opportunity for art buyers to experience a whole lot of art. I see so many regulars that come monthly, not to buy but just to experience the art. The most important thing about ArtWalk is the people.”
Visitors to MGA Sculpture Studio learn about public art projects past and present. It’s common to see a large scale sculpture in the making.
Celebrated graphic designer and mural artist Tess One at the opening of his solo show at Morean Arts Gallery during ArtWalk.
A few blocks away, the Five Deuces Galleria shares a large parking lot with 3 Daughters Brewery, so the place is hopping for ArtWalk. Spread throughout three buildings are small working studios, with a large gallery space featuring rotating
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artists each month. It’s like a maze ﬁnding the studios, each one a present to be unwrapped. A dizzying array of art runs the gamut from fantasy to contemporary, sculpture, ﬁber, ceramics, in a varying degree of price points. Here I am drawn to the colorful eye-catching graphic style of Mark Williams; his tiny working studio draws a steady stream of walkers. I learn that Williams has quite the background in graphics and set design and his whimsical ﬂamingo art is a topseller. Williams loves the opportunity ArtWalk gives to artists and local residents alike. “It gives emerging artists the same opportunity to be seen,” he explains. “As an artist, it’s gratifying to hear comments and see facial expressions, that one-on-one interaction is so important. ArtWalk allows validation of your work. “Not everyone can aﬀord ﬁne art,” he adds. “ArtWalk is a great place for people to ﬁnd more aﬀordable art.” A relative newcomer to the ArtWalk scene is The Factory, an entire city block of renovated warehouses in the Warehouse Arts District that has been transformed into an entertainment complex, with live music, shops, space for creatives, and an artists’ enclave. On Second Saturdays, you can listen to live jazz from the Young Lions program of Clearwater Jazz Holiday (6-8 pm), hear tall tales by The Storytellers of Old Tampa Bay (5-7 pm), and release your inner juju at Keep St. Pete Lit’s Poetry Series and Open Mic (7:30-9 pm). And, oh yes, don’t forget to peruse the stalls of several dozen arts and crafts dealers. Continued on next page
How ArtWalk Was Born
Excerpted from a new report on the history of Second Saturday ArtWalk by former St. Pete Arts Alliance executive director John Collins: The ﬁrst oﬃcial “gallery walk” sponsored by the St. Petersburg Downtown Arts Association took place in October 1999, scheduled for the second Saturday of the month. Most galleries were clustered along Central Avenue, a far cry from the expansive multi-district ArtWalks today. As the DAA grew, the geographical boundaries began to expand and trolleys were booked.
Mark Williams says ArtWalk is a way for emerging artists to ﬁnd an audience, and oﬀers more aﬀordable prices for entry level buyers.
In 2013, the Downtown Arts Association became the Arts Association of St. Petersburg, which eventually merged into the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance. The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance named the Beach Drive area the Waterfront Arts District; and with Florida CraftArt, named the 600 block of Central Avenue and adjacent blocks the Central Arts District. Arts leaders further up Central Avenue named their area the EDGE District (Entertainment, Dining, Galleries, Etc.), which bordered the Grand Central Arts District.
The arts community was growing rapidly, working mostly in small studios, lofts and warehouse space outside of the Central Avenue corridor where exposure to patrons was limited to nonexistent. It was time for Arts Districts to be born.
Eventually a SPAA ArtWalk steering committee was formed under the guidance of John Collins. Studios and galleries began to plan their show openings on second Saturdays, knowing that collectively they would draw more visitors. Today, ArtWalk participants are required to be members in good standing of one of the Arts Districts.
Pioneering artists such as Duncan McClellan (DMG Glass) and Mark Aeling (MGA Sculpture Studio) ) moved into the Dome Industrial Park. Aeling and others named the area the Warehouse Arts District and founded the ArtsXchange and the Warehouse Arts District Association (WADA) in 2012, expanding the city’s arts footprint and adding studios to what was mostly a gallery hop.
Visitor numbers were collected monthly and ﬁgures over time showed consistent trends. ArtWalk was attracting some 3,000 visitors every month to over 40 galleries and studios with over 200 artists participating. In good weather, some 4,000 visitors attended. It became apparent that not only was ArtWalk fun, it was an economic driver for local artists and nearby businesses.
SPL SPOTLIGHT Second Saturday ArtWalk Faves
Everyone has diﬀerent tastes, but these are favorites that generally don’t disappoint. By all means, try to visit new galleries each time you walk. The diversity is amazing and the artists and gallery owners work hard to present exhibits to amaze and amuse. Florida CraftArt and ArtLofts, Central Arts District Woodﬁeld Fine Art, Grand Central Arts District D-Gallerie and ARTicles Gallery, Uptown Arts District Morean Arts Center, Central Arts Distract Morean Center for Clay, Warehouse Arts District The Factory, Warehouse Arts District Atelier de Sosi, Warehouse Arts District ArtsXchange, Soft Water Studio and MGA Sculpture Studios, Warehouse Arts District PHOTO/MARK GOTTSCHLICH
Top photo, animal sculptor Joyce Curvin demonstrates her art at Florida CraftArt during a recent ArtWalk. Row 2, guest violinist Luz Vasquez from The Florida Orchestra was part of a Dada at Wada exhibition opening at the ArtsXchange. // The gated entrance to Five Deuces Galleria. // Bottom row: Local artist I-BOMS in his gallery at The ArtsXchange. // The Craftsman House Gallery on Central Avenue is a trolley stop in the Grand Central District.
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Returning for its 18th year to St. Petersburg’s waterfront, Festivals of Speed will take over Vinoy Park on Sunday, January 22, from 11 am to 4 pm. The event promises a colorful day of more than 250 exotic, luxury and classic cars, both vintage and contemporary, along with muscle cars, motorcycles, and collector’s vehicles of all makes and models. Festivals of Speed, which is presented by Bert Smith Porsche, is always a crowd pleaser, attracting enthusiasts and car clubs from across the Southeast. Visitors can experience new and vintage autos by Porsche, Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, AstonMartin, BMW, Mercedes, McLaren and many more. Awards are presented near the end of the afternoon in various categories. Space is still available for individuals to display; oﬀshore race boats, antique boats and other unique watercraft are encouraged to display. Advance tickets are available for $20 general admission, or $125 VIP, which includes an exclusive section featuring food, open bar with high-end spirits, and seating. Children 12 and under are free. Go to festivalsofspeed.com and click on St. Petersburg for more information.
SPL EVENTS Sanding Ovations, the popular sand sculpture competition hosted annually by Treasure Island, will take place two consecutive weekends Nov. 17-20 and Nov. 26-27 at 10400 Gulf Boulevard. The theme this year is “Once Upon a Time,” transforming the beach into a storybook fantasy created by 10 master sand sculptors. Admission is free. The event includes live music every day, a kite ﬂying festival, and ﬁreworks on Saturday Nov. 19. Bus shuttles will provide transportation Saturdays and Sundays for $5 per person, children under 10 are free. Park at: •Treasure Bay, 10315 Paradise Boulevard. Pay inside Clubhouse. •Paradise Lutheran Church, 10255 Paradise Boulevard (Church Lot opens at 1pm on Sunday). Park and walk to Treasure Bay for payment and bus pickup and drop oﬀ. For more information, go to sandingovationsmasterscup.com
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While St. Pete is not home to those picture-perfect Winter Wonderland scenes draped in a mantle of snow, locals do have their own way of making the season feel merry and bright. For many, conjuring a festive feeling means adorning their homes and yards with cheerful holiday lights. From eye-popping installations to quietly elegant displays, we love to indulge in the art of illumination.
“Welcome guests this year with an enchanting walkway lined with glowing luminarias,” she suggests. If you are worried about any potential ﬁre risk involved with these traditional holiday lanterns made from weighted paper bags with a votive candle set inside, she recommends using either solar powered lights or ﬂameless LED tealights in place.
If you want to get in on the action but aren’t sure where to start, landscape designer, former garden editor for Sunset Magazine, and Houzz.com contributor Lauren Dunec Hoang oﬀers a few pro tips to consider. An easy yet impactful example is to line your walkways with paper lanterns.
Another of her top tips is to outline the roof of your home with simple white holiday lights, stretched beneath the eaves, to create a stylish statement that will highlight your home’s architectural features once the sun goes down.
SPL LIVING She also proposes bringing in expert help when your goals exceed your capabilities. “As anyone who has untangled a snarled string of lights or come up 5 feet short on the rooﬂine can attest, the process of hanging holiday lights is more complicated than it looks,” Hoang asserts. “A satisfying result depends both on having the right products on hand as well as proper installation.” Among the top reasons to consider hiring a local lighting professional are safety, energy eﬃciency and the experience they oﬀer in creating tailored custom designs. We spoke with Nick Schriver from Decorating Elves, a local, full service, outdoor lighting and holiday décor lighting company that works with both residential and commercial clients, to learn what’s entailed with professional installations. For Schriver, who began his foray into holiday lighting when he was attending Ohio State University where he studied landscape architecture and business, the goal is to create a festive design that meets your expectations and showcases your home without any stress. “We’re trying to create that beautiful picture-postcard look,” he explains. “When our clients turn the corner and see their house, we want our homeowners to feel really great about what they see and also ensure that the design is integrated into the community.” Schriver describes their approach as collaborative and says his team begins by meeting with the client to discuss their vision and ﬁgure out just what they want to achieve. “We will give them our recommendations and explain the options,”
he states. “Once we agree on everything, we come back and do the install. We bring everything necessary to create the design. My team does the installation, automates everything and we come back, as needed, throughout the season to service it. In January, we return to take everything down and take it all away.” After almost two decades distinguishing themselves in the industry, Schriver says that Decorating Elves has many returning customers who have been with them from the start. “Our goal is to continue our relationship with our clients season after season,” he declares. “We’ve got about an 85 to 90% renewal rate.” He says the secret to maintaining successful long-term relationships with their clients can be found in their commitment to bringing the homeowner’s vision to life to ensure they feel a strong “emotional connection” to the ﬁnished project, whether the goal is to create a high impact “talk of the town” installation or a sense of serenity through a sophisticated design. “A lot of times we’re doing something similar to what we did in previous seasons, but every season we approach it diﬀerently to make sure that our standards, the quality of our work and the overall design is up to speed.” A big staple of their designs are the traditional elements, from lighting roof lines and hedges, to wrapping palms and oaks. “Properly installed tree lighting is an art and creates a signiﬁcant visual impact,” Schriver professes. “They are big pieces and each tree is diﬀerent. There’s not one uniform design for every tree, so there are adjustments you have to make as it is a living thing with an individual shape, so it takes precision to pull oﬀ certain looks. Continued on next page
SPL LIVING We train all our people to understand this and make sure that things are very even and very clean, but still work with the organic elements of each tree.”
“So, the budget for our residential customers usually starts somewhere in the $2,000 to $5,000 range.” As far as his favorite projects are concerned, Schriver says they are those where he has been able to see children enjoying what they have created. He is also proud when one of their designs is singled out by the local media for coverage.
He says that some of the popular new trends include suspending twinkly star-like LED spritzer lights from trees or eves or cascading LED meteor shower lights. But it is not just about beautiﬁcation, Schriver says, Decorating Elves ensures that safety, security, ease of use and energy eﬃciency are also considered when managing lighting projects for their clients. Of course, all this comes at a signiﬁcant cost and scale is a consideration. “We typically focus on bigger residential projects,” he explains.
“Our customers have a very good chance of winning some of those accolades,” he declares. “Sometimes that’s what they’re paying us for and other times it’s just a result of the impact of the design. But in the end, every project is special and signiﬁcant to us.” With that spirit in mind, whether you decide to DIY it or hire a professional to make your holiday lighting dreams a reality, it is certain to be a shining season.
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Tampa Bay area resident Jean P. had been experiencing the painful side effects of peripheralneuropathy, “My feet and legs were extremely painful and my doctor told me there was nothing they could do and that I would have to take gabapentin for the rest of my life.” Then she met St. Petersburg’s Dr. Rebecca Gibbons. Peripheral neuropathy is the pain, discomfort and numbness caused by nerve damage of the peripheral nervous system. Jean explained that daily tasks like opening doors and using the bathroom were overwhelmingly painful. “How can you live for the next 30 years when you don’t even want to get out of bed to do simple things?” She was experiencing the burning, numbness, tingling and sharp pains that those suﬀering with neuropathy often describe. “The way that I would describe it, is that it’s equivalent to walking on glass.” Jean hadn’t worn socks in ﬁve years and was wearing shoes two sizes too big so that nothing would ‘touch’ her feet. Unfortunately Jean’s story is all too familiar. For the over 3 million people in the U.S. suﬀering from peripheral neuropathy. If you’re unfortunate enough to be facing the same disheartening prognosis, you’re not sleeping at night because of the burning in your feet. You have diﬃculty walking, shopping or doing any activity for more than 30 minutes because of the pain. You’re struggling with balance and living in fear that you might fall. Your doctor told you to ‘just live with the pain’ and you’re taking medications that aren’t working or have uncomfortable side eﬀects. Fortunately, a few months ago, Jean read an article about Dr. Gibbons and the work she was doing to treat those suﬀering from peripheral neuropathy, without invasive surgeries or medications. Dr. Gibbons, founder of Achieve Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine in St. Petersburg, is using the time tested science of Acupuncture and other integrative techniques that assists in increasing blood ﬂow and expediting recovery and healing to treat this debilitating disease.
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to gift the wine lover in your life BY WILL HOWARD This is the season for gift giving and I would love to highlight some of the best wine gadget gifts for the holiday season as well as some incredible wines to use with the new gadgets. The categories of these gadgets are: Wine Preservation, Wine Aeration, and Wine Opening. I think that these categories highlight the best ways to create a better experience with a bottle of wine. I would also like to give an honorable mention to a gadget that I was hesitant to endorse because I cannot tell if it works. I am not a doctor and I do not suﬀer from any histamine or sulﬁte allergies personally so I have no way of really knowing, besides what I’ve heard from others. The product is The Wand by PureWine. The Wand claims to remove sulﬁtes and histamines from a glass of wine. I can’t say if it really works, but if this helps others enjoy a glass of wine, then cheers to that. Wine Preservation Coravin is a wine preservation system that allows you to pour portions of a bottle of wine without removing the cork and without allowing oxygen to come in contact with the wine. Coravin uses a needle to pierce through the cork and replaces the wine that is poured with argon gas. The cork reseals when the needle is removed and allows an “opened” bottle of wine to be saved for months. At ﬁrst this tool was hated by many wine lovers. It takes away the ceremonious moment of pulling a cork, the gas cartridges are expensive, and does it really work? Coravin has grown on me over time because it is getting better. There is now an aerator nozzle option, accessories to work with a screw cap, a Pivot model that oﬀers more of a pouring experience, and even a Champagne system! I’ve tasted wines that have been poured over several months with the Coravin and I can say that they are still good, so yes, it works. However, at my home a bottle rarely lasts more than a few hours, let alone months. If you can stretch a bottle that long, Coravin is the best way to keep the wine delicious. The Repour Winesaver is a great little gadget to save a bottle of wine. Repour does not require as much of an adjustment as the
Coravin. Repour is simply a wine bottle stopper that absorbs all of the oxygen in the bottle, thus extending the life of the wine. From my experience, a Repour will keep wine protected from oxygen for a few weeks. The only downside to the Repour is that it makes the bottle pretty tall when it’s being used. The bottle can be so tall that storing the bottle in the refrigerator or wine cooler might not be an option when using it. Wine Aeration Aveine is a smart wine aerator that allows you to give a red or white wine the eﬀect of decanting for anywhere from 20 minutes to 24 hours in the time it takes to pour the wine in the glass. Aveine attaches to the top of the bottle like a bottle stopper. You can then dial in the amount of “decanting” time on the display and simply pour the wine into the glass. Aveine also has a Bluetooth function that allows you to scan the label of the wine and set the time recommended for that speciﬁc bottle. This is a really cool wine gadget. Part of me wants to hate it because it is so far from traditional, but I have to admit that it is pretty awesome. The downside to the Aveine is the cost. At almost $500 most of us will happily opt for simply swirling the wine in our glass. Vinturi is a great option in the lower cost tier of wine aeration. You pour the wine in the top of the Vinturi, it goes through a screen, swirls around, and comes out the bottom with much aeration. Aerating a wine opens the ﬂavors and aromas in a glass of wine. That is undeniable. The Vinturi looks a little silly, but it is fun to use and yes the wine does improve. It is actually pretty shocking to taste the diﬀerence. Wine Opening Code 38 wine knives are the world’s top tool for opening a bottle of wine. Code 38 is the result of an engineer, Jeﬀ Toering, setting out to make the perfect corkscrew. It starts with a body milled from a single piece of metal. The helix, or corkscrew part, is conical in shape with a tapered thickness to the metal. This gives maximum hold, while being gentle enough to remove even a fragile cork in one piece. The blade is made from hardened knife steel so that it holds an edge and can be sharpened as needed.
DINING OUT Nearly everything about these wine tools are customizable. There are a selection of diﬀerent metal materials, diﬀerent helix options, tension to open each part is adjustable with screws, and there is even a patented tension adjustment tool for the helix. The Durand is THE tool for removing old, deteriorated, or fragile corks. This tool combines two styles of wine bottle openers, the ah-so and the corkscrew. An ah-so is a twin-pronged tool that slides between the side of a cork and the glass neck of the bottle. By grabbing the cork from the sides, it gives a better chance of keeping the cork in one piece. With the Durand, a corkscrew is inserted down the center of the cork, holding the cork together from the middle, and an ah-so grabs the cork from the sides. These two pieces lock together and can pull out even the most delicate corks in one piece. For any bottles 15-100+ years old I always use the Durand. Recommended 2020 Deovlet, La Encantada Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills, California Deovlet is a winery that is really making a name for themselves in
Santa Barbara County. This wine represents what Santa Barbara can be for pinot noir, one of the greatest areas to produce this diﬃcult grape. The wine has layers of red brambly fruit, mushroom, umami, and a lengthy ﬁnish. La Encantada Vineyard is where it all began for Deovlet, so a great place to start if you’re just discovering the wines of Santa Barbara. Try opening this bottle with a Code 38 and you’ll be the star of your wine tasting group. 2016 Chateau Ormes de Pez, Saint-Estéphe, Bordeaux, France This is the lesser known property of the Jean-Michel Cazes family of Chateau Lynch-Bages. This wine is incredible and more aﬀordable than its Grand Cru big brother, Lynch-Bages. This wine is a powerful, rich, and opulent expression of the terroir in SaintEstéphe. Try aerating this bottle with the Vinturi to see how much aeration improves a glass of wine. 2020 Wayfarer, Chardonnay, Fort-Ross Seaview, California Wayfarer is the personal project of Cleo Pahlmeyer and the Pahlmeyer family. This Chardonnay is a testament to the quality of chardonnay from California. The wine brings elements of orange blossom, white peach, chamomile and a touch of ﬂintiness. This wine is a great bottle to Coravin a glass and revisit over many weeks. Will Howard is Sommelier at Rococo Steak in downtown St. Petersburg.
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Year End is a Good Time To Evaluate Your Home BY DOUG KING Now is a good time to evaluate the exterior of your home. Check caulk around windows and doors — It’s a good idea to use high-performance water-based exterior latex because it adheres better to old caulk, adheres to most substrates and is ﬂexible with temp changes. Caution! It needs time to cure so must be dry when applied and not rained on for at least one if not two days. Read the labels carefully. Extreme cases, remove old caulk and apply new. Silicone is a good product but must be cleaned with solvents, tears easily once damaged, can’t be painted, does not adhere to old silicone, and does not adhere very well to wood. Check weather stripping around doors — If you can see light around your door, there’s air transfer taking place. Guess what else is taking place? BUGS! Remove old weather stripping to get an idea of what you need. Many exterior doors have a “sweep” at the bottom that ﬁts into a track which should be able to be changed out without removing the door. Check garage door tracks, rollers, and springs — Clean garage door tracks, lubricate with a white lithium compound. Make sure operation is smooth. Allowing a door to continue to operate in a jerky or uneven manner will decrease the life of your door. They always seem to break down during a storm! Check sliding door tracks — Clean and lubricate with white lithium compound. Check windows for “fog” inside double panes — And check for cracks in both the glass and frame. If you have any sign of moisture, you need to have the glass pack or sash replaced. You do NOT necessarily have to replace the entire window unless the manufacture and/or style is no longer available.
Check clearance around your AC condenser unit — It should be free of obstacles at least 18” on all sides. Make sure no branches have gotten into the fan blades. Check the hurricane straps for your unit (if you don’t have any, you might check into that. Also reduces potential theft of the unit as well.) Check electrical panel if exterior mounted — Make sure there is easy access in case of an emergency. Make sure the panel door cover can be easily opened, that there are not vines or other growth around and especially into the panel. Make sure the inside cover is tightly in place so that no circuits or wiring are exposed. If you have propane or natural gas, check the tank and meter areas — Best to check on a day with no wind so that you might be able to smell a leak. Better yet, take soapy water and using a rag, apply over all joints and connecting points. Watch carefully for 10 seconds. If you see bubbles, you have a leak. Call your gas supplier immediately. Do not use any open ﬂame items in the area. Shut oﬀ the main valve and stop use of all gas appliances immediately. Clean out gutters — Not only does this aid in getting water away from your house, but it’ll also keep discoloration oﬀ gutters and sides of house where it overﬂows. Plus, any run-oﬀ from Santa and his reindeer is captured, saving your landscape. Check for peeling paint, mold — A sign of moisture issues. Peeling paint should be scraped until there is no loose paint and repainted. Any mold found should be removed by pressure washing. An advanced stage of wood fungi can aﬀect the structural integrity of your frame house.
Check hose bibbs and sprinklers — Repair/adjust if they are spraying water onto your house.
Paint is your house’s protective covering — Any deterioration of this covering will lead to mold, rot, interior issues and eventually lead to structural issues, especially with wood frame homes. Water obviously attracts insects, especially the kind that like to chomp on wood.
Cut shrubs and vegetation back from house — Allow at least 24” for evaporation and air ﬂow.
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Get ready to experience 4th ﬂoor resort level living at it’s finest in this home with it’s one-of-a-kind floor plan. Located in the 400 Beach luxury high-rise, a flood-evacuation zone C and a hurricane-rated building. This particular condo is conveniently located on the 4th ﬂoor resort level for immediate and direct access to the resort swimming pool and all of the wonderful condo amenities in privacy. With a one-of-a-kind ﬂoor plan
you now have two (2) separate outdoor covered terraces! One covered terrace faces west and the other covered terrace faces north-east. The den is a custom-built ofﬁce designed by woodworking expert Michael Bright, a proprietor in St. Pete since 1981. The office has commissioned acrylic artwork that conveys to a buyer from Richard Seidel which brightens the entire room with iconic St. Petersburg sites and seascapes.
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FOOD BITES The long-awaited Allelo has opened in the combined space of former Beach Drive favorites Annata and Alto Mare. The owners of 400 Beach Seafood & Tap House, Shawn and Jeanna Damhoehler, completely gutted and transformed the property into a Mediterraneantheme restaurant, designed by awardwinning New Yorkbased ﬁrm AvroKO. Overseeing the kitchen and a menu inspired by regions near the MediterraneanAegean Sea is executive chef Alex Pyser. The menu leans heavily to seafood, pastas, ﬂatbreads and sharable appetizer plates and charcuterie boards. An extensive wine list and classic curated cocktails oﬀer a perfect sip at the elegant marble bar inside or on the comfortably appointed patio facing the downtown waterfront. *** The opening of The Pearl in Gulfport has residents rejoicing. The ﬁne dining establishment which specializes in Mediterranean/
Moroccan cuisine with chef/owner Karim Chiadmi at the helm, has moved from its longtime home on Treasure Island. The menu oﬀers a wide variety from steaks and seafood, pastas, veal and lamb. The Pearl was awarded winner for the 2022 Best of Treasure Island Awards in the category of Fine Dining Restaurant. Dinner only from 4 pm Tuesday through Saturday, at 5802 28th Avenue. *** Say good-bye to tofu stir-fries, vegans and vegetarians have a new restaurant to call their own and the menu is anything but dull. Good Intentions is an impressive addition to the St. Pete restaurant scene, serving a creative menu of healthy, colorful and delicious entrées, appetizers and desserts that would appeal to adventurous meat-eaters, as well. An inviting cocktail bar is just the place to grab a seat and sample the menu. Head to 1900 1st Avenue S.; open for dinner only.
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FOOD BITES *** Chef Ivan of The Chef’s Hat continues his popular cooking classes at Savory Spice Shop in downtown St. Pete using spices from around the world. Classes are demonstration style with tastings of four dishes with wine and cocktails to complement each course. November classes include Around the World Holiday Cocktails & Cooking (Nov. 11 and Nov. 13), Beyond Pie — Thanksgiving Desserts & Wine Pairing (Nov. 20). December classes include Around the World Holiday Cooking (Dec. 2), Holiday Appetizers (Dec. 4), Christmas Day Ideas (Dec. 11) Holiday Wine & Spice Pairing (Dec. 16), A Festive Christmas Eve Cooking Event (Dec. 18). For more information and to make a reservation, go to achefhat.com
Intermezzo Coﬀee & Cocktails once again gets big into the Christmas vibe by hosting Miracle At Mezzo, part of a chain of holiday theme cocktail pop-ups at bars across the country. Intermezzo will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland starting November 25 and running through December 31. Expect over-the-top Christmas decorations, classic toys and trains, and twinkling holiday lights, accompanied by a soundtrack of holiday songs. Libations are served in innovative holiday themed specialty mugs and glassware which will be available for purchase. Classic Miracle cocktail concoctions include the Christmapolitan, Holiday Spiked Chai, Snowball Old-Fashioned, Jingle Balls Nog, Hot Buttered Rum and more. A number of special events are planned: Santa will be visiting to determine if you have been naughty or nice on Nov. 26, Dec. 3 and Dec. 9 at 7 pm (we hear he can be bribed with a Jingle Balls Nog). Wear your ugliest sweater to the Ugly Sweater Party on Dec. 4 at 6 pm. Local favorite Nate Najar drops in for an evening of Holiday Jazz at 7 pm on Dec. 13. Intermezzo is located at 1111 Central Ave. downtown St. Pete.
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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; 400beachseafood.com $$$ Trophy Fish - Drink Like a Fish is the moniker here, so be prepared for a casual nautical atmosphere, lively crowd and fresh local fish and seafood that changes daily. Dinner only; opens at noon on Saturdays and Sundays. 2060 Central Ave., St. Petersburg (727) 258-7883; trophyﬁshstpete.com $$ 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; teakstpete.com $$$
to entrees like Cedar Plank Salmon and Banana Leaf Snapper. 610 2nd Ave NE, St. Petersburg (727) 857-8118; docfords.com $$$ 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 $$$$ Island Grille & Raw Bar – Expansive waterfront dining focusing on fresh seafood, steaks, pasta, chicken, sandwiches and raw bar. Island Grille attracts a fun crowd of families, boaters and local sun-seekers who gravitate here for the food, tropical drinks and massive outdoor patio. 210 Madonna Blvd, Tierra Verde; (727) 767-0020; islandrawbar.com $$$ 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 rumﬁshgrill.com $$$ The Hurricane Seafood Restaurant – The landmark Hurricane on Passe-a-Grille Beach has weathered a few storms, but still stands as a seafood mecca for tourists, groups and families. The fresh grouper sandwich and view from the rooftop bar are legendary. 809 Gulf Way, St. Pete Beach (727) 360-9558 thehurricane.com $$
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
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 madﬁshonline.com $$$
Parkshore Grill - Top-notch Beach Drive dining from fresh seafood to steaks, pasta and salads. Lunch, dinner and brunch served Saturdays and Sunday until 3 pm. Chef Tyson Grant is committed to serving local and sustainable meats and seafood and locally grown organic produce. 300 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg (727) 896-9463; parkshoregrill.com $$$ 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; rococosteak.com $$$$ Brick & Mortar - Rustic-chic dining in an intimate atmosphere, local foodies gravitate here for healthy American fare that changes seasonally. Dinner only. 539 Central Ave., St. Petersburg (727) 822-6540 $$$ 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; ruthschris.com $$$
Urban Stillhouse - Bourbon lovers will be in heaven and everyone else will be in awe at this rustic yet sophisticated distillery in the Warehouse Arts District featuring Chef Kenny Tufo’s renowned American modern cuisine. Dinner only Thursday through Saturday, brunch Sunday 11 to 4; reservations a must. . 2232 5th Ave. S., St. Petersburg (727) 440-8040; theurbanstillhouse.com $$$$
The Library - Tucked away in Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital with a distinguished English library setting, The Library is just the ticket for a quiet lunch or dinner or even a romantic night out. The creative menu is overflowing with healthy options such as Osso Bucco Risotto and Squid Ink Pasta with Blackened Shrimp. 600 5th St. S., St. Petersburg (727) 369-9969; thelibrarystpete.com $$$ 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; thebirchwood.com/birchandvine $$$ Sauvignon Wine Locker & American Trattoria - Charming winecentric dining with a top-notch curated menu of seafood, pasta and meats in a lively block of Central Avenue downtown. 241 Central Ave., St. Petersburg (727) 827-7896; sauvignonstpete.com $$$
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; berkeleybeachclub.com $$$$ Castile Restaurant - Hotel Zamora’s elegant restaurant stylishly prepares a curated menu of New American cuisine including tapas, Spanish and Mediterranean specialties, steak and seafood. Select from indoor or outdoor seating with a view of the intracoastal; lunch and dinner. 3701 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach (727) 4568660 $$$
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 gracestpete.com $$$
Dr. BBQ - Don’t be surprised if grilling champ and TV food celebrity Ray Lampe (Dr. BBQ) stops by to say hello. His modern American ‘que is some of the best in town, with imaginative twists to housesmoked meats, awesome Southern desserts and finger-lickin’ sauces and sides. 1101 1st St. S., St. Petersburg (727) 443-7227; drbbqs.com $$
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 tradewindsresort.com/island-grandbeach-resort/eat-drink $$$
The Mill - A locals and tourists favorite for American style cuisine with Southern influence. Lively atmosphere, indoor and outdoor dining on a bustling stretch of Central Ave. Excellent craft cocktails and the home of the “Fonzworth Bentley,” a $100 Wagyu beef burger. 200 Central Ave UNIT 100, St. Petersburg (727) 317-3930; themillrestaurants.com $$
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, doncesar.com/ dining/maritana $$$$
Ford’s Garage - Pull into this garage to find a fun 1920’s service station (don’t miss a stop in the restrooms) with a great selection of prime burgers, chicken sandwiches, salads, mac n cheese dishes, and craft beers. Indoor or outdoor dining. 200 1st Ave. S., St. Petersburg (727) 295-3673; fordsgarageusa.com $$
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; stillwaterstavern.com $$
Social Roost - Aptly named for its inviting casual ambiance, the Roost specializes in globally inspired chicken dishes and craft cocktails. Everything is fresh and made from scratch, from chicken samosas to the Peruvian Chicken and Chicken Tangine. 150 1st Ave. N., St. Petersburg (727) 202-6113; eatatsocialroost.com $$$ 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; datztampa.com/stpete $$ 22 South Food Hall - A variety of ethnic and American dishes from Spanish Chicken and Rice to Cajun Pasta and Southern Meatloaf are on the menu at St. Pete’s only downtown food hall. Family friendly with kids menu; lively nightspot with music on weekends. 642 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg (727) 592-1267 $$ November/December 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; lavfusion.com $$
Isabelle’s at the Historic Peninsula InnNamed after the inn’s friendly resident ghost, charming Isabelle’s embodies classic Old Florida/Southern ambiance and cuisine. Specialties include Shrimp & Grits and Salmon Florentine. Ask for a seat on the covered verandah or in the lushly landscaped patio. Sunday Brunch is 10 am to 3 pm. 2937 Beach Blvd. S. Gulfport, FL (727) 346-9800 isabellesgulfport.com $$
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; eathawkers.com $$
The Lemon Grass - Immense Asian tapas menu with sushi, rolls, Thai dishes, fried rice, noodles and much more. Popular for carryout via online ordering. 310 Central Ave., St. Petersburg (727) 894-1111; lemongrasstapas.com $-$$
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; lingrrestaurant.com $$$ Cassis - Combining traditional French and American influences for brunch, lunch and dinner, this European-style café is a favorite people-watching spot at sidewalk tables along Beach Drive. Carry-out French pastries and gourmet coffee and tea from the bakery. 170 Beach Dr., St. Petersburg (727) 827-2927, cassisstpete.com $$$ 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$$$
Buya Ramen - Locals favorite for authentic Japanese tapas. Ramen bowls come with meat or soy-based broths, with crispy duck, braised short rib, pork belly or grilled chicken. Seaweed salad, bao buns and vegetable gyoza are starters. 911 Central Ave., St. Petersburg (727) 202-7010; buyarestaurants.com $$ 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; alesiarestaurant.com $$
Grand Hacienda - Festive atmosphere and a massive menu of authentic Mexican fare that includes vegetarian and glutenfree. Family friendly, there’s something for everyone including breakfast dishes and a Margarita happy hour Monday through Thursday. 399 11th Ave. N., St. Petersburg (727) 256-9770; grandhaciendarestaurant.com $$
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; eatatbaba.com $$ Chief’s Creole Café - Downhome Cajun and Creole favorites in a family-run café range from gumbo and jambalaya to red beans and rice, shrimp and grits and etouffee. 901 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg (727) 498-8979; chiefscreole.com $$
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; ceviche.com $$$ Red Mesa Cantina - Longtime fave for fans of fresh Mexican cuisine in a hip urban setting, come here to sit in the courtyard with a margarita or sangria and indulge in tacos, salads, enchiladas, quesadillas and burritos and bowls. 128 3rd St. S., St. Petersburg (855) 265-0812; redmesacantina.com $$
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 $$$
Fado - Authentic Portuguese cuisine and wines heavily leaning toward seafood, meats and sausages in a modern setting. Love octopus? This is the place for you. 435 5th Ave. N., St. Petersburg (727) 346-5389; fadoﬂ.com $$$
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; bellabrava.com $$$ Gratzzi Ristorante - Classic Italian cuisine in a warm, friendly environment. Choose from steak and seafood to traditional Italian favorites like Pork Ossobuco and Veal Saltimbocca. Known for their Cavatelli Bada Bing, pasta prepared tableside in a wheel of parmesan cheese. Dinner only. 211 2nd St. S., St. Petersburg (727) 623-9037; gratzzigrille.com $$$ 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; craftkafe.com $$ Love Food Central - This small neighborhood café serves only vegan and gluten-free sandwiches, soups, salads and the amazing Awesome Burger (beet and black bean patty with an awesome sauce) that will inspire you to eat healthy more often. 2057 Central Ave., St. Petersburg (727) 317-2034; lovefoodcentral.com $$
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; thestudiopublichouse.com $-$$ Sea Dog Cantina - Mexican favorites in a fun atmosphere include tapas, tacos, enchiladas, burgers, shrimp al carbon, fajitas, salads and more. Select from one of several dining rooms, or try to snag a table by the fountain on the patio. Margaritas and sangria are top-notch; a great date night spot. 2832 Beach Blvd. S, Gulfport (727) 914-0112; cantina.seadogbrewing.com $$
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; ilritornodowntown.com $$$$ Taverna Costale - Coastal Italian dining from celebrity chef Fabio Viviani recently opened in the heart of downtown offers the perfect blend of a rustic Italian eatery, an energetic local tavern, and an upscale modern restaurant. Extensive wine list, craft cocktails and an indoor/ outdoor bar. Dinner only. 200 Central Ave., St. Petersburg (727) 954-3863; tavernacoastale.com $$$ 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 $$$
Golden Dinosaur – Voted Best Vegan Restaurant in Tampa Bay, The Dino serves an impressive menu of salads, sandwiches, tacos, Cubans and reubens, even chili, French dips and Beyond burgers, all made with meat substitutes. Betcha can’t tell the difference. Open 11 am to 7 pm daily; popular for carry-outs. 2930 Beach Blvd., Gulfport. goldendinosaurs.com $$
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; wildchildstpete.com $$$
A Healing Calm: The Gift of Sound Healing BY JAMES BRIGGS It’s an almost autumnal summer evening on Boca Ciega Bay and the tranquil light of sunset drapes the shore of Gulfport Beach in hues of lavender and gold. Musical sounds emanate from crystal and Himalayan singing bowls, shamanic drumming, and biosonic tuning forks. Musician and yogi Lindy Romez coordinates the healing sonic calm, which washes over the assembled group like waves on the accompanying low tide. The group has gathered for one of Romez’s weekly Wednesday Sound Baths which are open to the public, with donations accepted but not required. “In the relaxed state brought on by this practice, healing sound frequencies align the body and mind back into harmony,” says Romez. “It’s an easy but eﬀective way to meditate and heal and I’m grateful to be able to oﬀer this practice to so many gathered here at once.” Utilizing the qualities of sound to promote wellness has long been recognized by humanity, with some of the ﬁrst examples attributed to indigenous Australians from 40,000 years ago using ancient didgeridoos in healing rituals. In 2020, a year of global lockdowns, people across the world recollected their childhood knowledge that birdsong can provide harmony during restless days and that the breeze and tides oﬀer their own sounds for comfort. Romez discovered the power of sound early in life, with music playing an integral role in the Spanish household culture in which she was raised. By age 11, she was playing the trumpet, and her early experiences led her to continue her pursuit of music while serving in the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, where her duties included paying ﬁnal honors at the funerals of fallen soldiers with the playing of “Taps.”
But it wasn’t until a car accident in 2000 left her with a neck injury, paralysis in both arms and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that she discovered the physical and mental health beneﬁts of sound vibrations and how they may be applied to those suﬀering similar ailments of the body and mind. Self-Healing Told she would never perform music again, Romez was prescribed opioids and other medications by doctors, but oﬀered no longterm solution. Finding no relief, Romez again turned to sound to ﬁnd the mental and physical harmony that eluded her under medical guidance and, four years into her recovery, she stopped taking prescribed pharmaceuticals and started playing trumpet again. She also turned intently to the study of Buddhism, meditation, Sanskrit, and Eastern philosophies. Romez was soon writing her own songs and performing at arts festivals around her native Orlando region, culminating in both her ﬁrst album and an increasing desire to oﬀer her musical and healing gifts to others. Gulfport artist and gallery owner Brenda McMahon has known Romez for over a decade and often invites her to perform with her trumpet at the gallery’s frequent art shows. “When she’s not leading her yoga audiences in a physical practice, a meditation session or a healing sound bath, Lindy is a wonderfully gifted jazz musician, turning everything she touches into melody and movement of the body and soul,” says McMahon. In 2011, Romez completed her ﬁrst training on the path to becoming a yoga instructor, seeking to better understand what is needed to stay healthy in body and mind and how to share those practices with others. Diving deeper into sound,
SPL HEALTH she traveled to India to study the healing properties of sound, vibration, resonance, harmony and entrainment, leading to her later certiﬁcation in sound healing using Tibetan bowls and meditation.
Vibrant Wellbeing Center for Wellness in St. Petersburg. She’s also recently launched sound healing courses to certify others who are drawn to the work of reawakening sound healing as a professional oﬀering.
“I thought I understood the power of sound through performing one of the most powerful instruments there is,” she says. “But by pairing it with a meditation practice based on sound, I found something both transformative and healing: the true power of sound is within.”
Romez remains passionate and committed about sharing her gifts and knowledge about the healing beneﬁts of sound, yoga, and meditation practices that provide tools for positive mental health for all. “What you do has the potential of aﬀecting you and the entire world in a positive way,” says Romez. “My mission is to assist others in healing themselves using various tools of sound healing, music, yoga, reiki and meditation. With proper use, these tools can bring balance, peace and healing into the everyday life experience of those who practice.”
Spreading Calm Romez launched Calm One, Inc., a 501 ©3 established to assist military veterans suﬀering with PTSD using the sacred sound frequencies she had discovered. Motivated by the high rate of suicide amongst veterans and the awareness of the mental health crisis that exists within all demographics, Calm One (CalmOne.org) oﬀers meditations and tools to help support anyone suﬀering from disharmony in the mind and body. When she’s not performing sound baths on the beach, Romez oﬀers multiple services including private yoga and meditation sessions, reiki, and Tibetan sound bowl treatment at the
Live Sound Bath with Lindy Romez is held every Wednesday (weather permitting) from 6:15 to 8 pm on the beach next to the Gulfport Casino, 5730 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport. Bring your own mat, pillows and blanket. James Briggs is the Founder & Creative Director of Carroway + Rose, a St. Petersburg based creative agency representing artists, galleries and small businesses throughout the region.
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Early Learning Helps Youngest Become Achievers It involves the care of our most precious gifts.
Statistics. Why? The early learning educators, the people we task with caring for our most precious gifts, are opting to make more money stocking shelves, packing boxes, ringing up groceries or doing nails.
When properly delivered, it enhances those gifts and elevates nearly every aspect of our society. That delivery, however, remains fraught with complex problems that demand solutions.
United Way Suncoast oﬃcially launched the Campbell Park Network for Early Learning this year to help create a model for collaborative childcare that can enhance life in this St. Petersburg community. Local philanthropists Jamie and Jane Egasti provided the seed money. Jamie, a former marketing executive, and Jane, who has a longtime education background, champion the program’s objectives.
I’m talking about early learning. The precious gifts are our children, and as a community, we have a responsibility to provide them the best opportunity for success. But so many children don’t get that opportunity. Increasing access and the equity of quality childcare stands as one of the best ways to improve communities and help families. Research indicates when children arrive at kindergarten with the necessary educational and social tools to learn, they will land on the positive side of a range of outcomes, from high school graduation to postsecondary success to lifetime earnings. Kindergarten readiness also serves as a future indicator for health improvements, crime reduction and even military readiness. Crisis Revealed But in Pinellas County, only 59.7 percent of the students were kindergarten ready in 2021. The barriers that hinder early learning not only remain, they have grown locally and nationally since the advent of COVID-19. United Way Suncoast recently unveiled an early learning dashboard that tells the story of the crisis. In the Suncoast region (Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota and DeSoto), child care costs more than a year of tuition at the University of South Florida. At the same time, the childcare business model – U.S. Secretary of Treasury Janet Yellin describes it as broken – struggles to deliver competitive wages. A recent New York Times article noted that there are 100,000 fewer child-care workers than there were before the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Bureau of Labor
“As a community, we can make a strong impact for these young children and their families,” Jamie said. “We can put them in a position so when they enter school, they’re signiﬁcantly better prepared to succeed.” Campbell Park Network Ulas Butler, a United Way Suncoast senior manager, helps run the Campbell Park Network. He guides playgroups at the nonproﬁt’s Campbell Park Neighborhood Resource Center at John Hopkins Middle School, and the groups aim to help parents understand the value of clear, consistent directions, navigating expectations and enhancing pre-literacy vocabulary growth. It may sound a bit heady, but with 80 to 90 percent of brain development occurring between the ages of 0 and 5, it needs to be. “We’re not raising children, we’re raising adults,” Butler said, stressing how the network can create positive outcomes well into the future. It’s important to understand, however, that the educational aspects have to be woven with a sense of community. Butler said he’s already witnessed the network’s aim to foster trust, connectivity and care among parents, childcare providers and the students. Michele Brown, another United Way education senior manager, works on the other end, boosting a cohort of early learning
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If you want to gain greater understanding, join United Way Suncoast at 10 a.m. on Dec. 6 for a special virtual presentation on the early learning crisis. Visit unitedwaysuncoast.org to learn more. Be the voice that not only understands the challenges, but chooses to take them on. Be the voice for our most precious gifts. Ernest Hooper is the senior vice president of communications for United Way Suncoast, and a former Tampa Bay Times columnist.
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From the Heart Show Love, Style Who doesn’t know the “12 Days of Christmas” song? Everyone from near and far has heard it, but I always wondered why 12 days when Christmas is, depending on the country, a one- or twoday holiday. As I found out, the 12 days is a period between the birth of Christ and the coming of the Three Wise Men. There are many meaningful ways to celebrate the holidays according to preferences or religion of your choice and birthright, but one fact is undeniable – this is also a season of expressing our endearment, and what you do when you care for someone. You pamper them, and you gift them on special occasions. Don’t wait until the lines are long, the merchandise sold out and the overall chaos impossible to avoid. Get your big and small holiday gifts ahead of everyone, get them today. Of course, you are a wise person and your gifts are individually chosen, meaningful and will be remembered for a long time to come, but what if your gift guide could use some inspiration? What to get for the woman you adore? Jewelry is most often the ﬁrst concept that comes to mind, nothing wrong with that, but not all jewelry is the same. If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, captivating French Kande necklaces with French Vintage Medallions are not only a remarkable enhancer to any wardrobe, collectable, and look great in layers, but they are timeless conversational pieces. All of them have stories to tell, based in historic France. You simply can’t out-think and outshine all their values. Wearing French Kande is not just about a piece of jewelry but it’s really about a woman feeling alluring and exceptional when she wears it. What a great gift!
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Richard Novikas Star Trolley – Arrive in Style
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Star Trolley founder Richard Novikas, left, and partner/general manager Brian McNealy are bringing charter trolley transportation and unique tours to St. Pete. BY MARCIA BIGGS Have you seen the classy white trolleys zipping through the streets of St. Pete? Star Trolley is the ‘Burg’s latest transportation alternative, serving as both charter transit for weddings, groups, and special events, and entertainment with creative and educational public tours. Entrepreneur Richard Novikas is the founder of Star Trolley – Arrive in Style, which he describes in promotional material as “curated experiences and exclusive outings.” Star Trolley rolled onto the streets of St. Pete nearly two years ago, born of a series of life changes and circumstances that read like a tale of dreams and destiny. After moving to the United States with his mother in 2005, Lithuanian-born Novikas worked at his stepfather’s regional transportation company, Great American Trolley Company, in New Jersey. This is where he learned his chops, diving into dispatch,
sales and management. “We oﬀered a shuttle service to seven cities including Atlantic City,” recalls Novikas. “ I learned a lot.” After ﬁve years, though, he was ready for a change of scenery. To indulge his passion for boating, Novikas and his ﬁancé moved to St. Pete in 2010. For the ﬁrst couple years, he worked in the marina and charter boat industry. Later he worked in management for a residential moving company until COVID shut it down. That’s when the creative juices started ﬂowing. “After a few weeks I got so bored,” said Novikas. “I would get up at 5 am and run 10 miles a day and say now what? There must be something I can do.” Novikas knew St. Pete had a history that involved trolleys. They were a lifeline at the turn of the century when rail and shipping were
SPL LIVING predominant. He saw the Downtown Looper trolleys the city owned, which transported people around downtown. (Coincidentally, they had been purchased from Great American Trolley Company.) He also recognized that Tampa Bay and the beaches are major wedding destinations. With his step-father’s health failing, Novikas became involved in helping him sell or liquidate the trolley company in New Jersey. The company had expanded, purchasing a trolley manufacturing business in Florida. Novikas surveyed the inventory and purchased three cable car-style white trolleys. He brought them to St. Petersburg and set about refurbishing them. Star Trolley was on its way. He spent a year working on his trolleys, hitting the streets, creating a web site and videos, e-mail marketing and social media campaigns, and networking with area chambers, event planners and tourism oﬃces. Star Trolley was starting to get noticed and booked, mainly for wedding parties and special events. Novikas realized he could use a staﬀ. A year ago, he hired Brian McNealy who soon became a partner and general manager in the business. Like Novikas, McNealy had a wealth of regional transportation experience, good business sense and an open mind for brainstorming ideas. “We didn’t need to worry much about weekends,” says Novikas. “The wedding and party business is fairly constant. We knew we needed to keep the trolley moving on weekdays, so that’s where the tour ideas came in.” They booked a series of curated six-couple Valentine Trolley Tours with champagne, a guided history tour around downtown and a chef’s dinner. It was a success. They rented an oﬃce space in the trendy Station House in downtown St. Pete and hired a professional
tour and event planner, and a new sales staﬀer. The pride Novikas takes in bringing his step-father’s nostalgic white trolleys back to life is evident. “We started looking for my father’s trolleys across the country,” he said. “So we could buy them back, refurbish and put them on the road … we found one in Ohio, cable car concept like our others, bought it and are refurbishing now.” He also purchased a 44-passenger bus which he gutted and has converted into a modern 25-passenger Speakeasy Lounge Bus complete with plush couch interior and a bar. It’s making its debut this holiday season. Lately, the Star Trolley is busy working with downtown businesses. The St. Pete Museum of History hosts guided history trolley tours the ﬁrst Saturday of each month. Participants in Second Saturday ArtWalk can catch the free Star Trolley to get around, thanks to St. Pete Arts Alliance. A new venture, Murder Mystery Trolley Tours, kicked oﬀ in October. It’s a whodunit on wheels that travels the streets of St. Pete as riders attempt to solve a mystery. St. Pete for Dummies is a comedy trolley tour that rolls out the laughs and encourages rider participation. At publication time, the trolley team was discussing Mural Tours and Holiday Lights Tours (check the web site for updates.) It’s all in a day’s work for Richard Novikas. To ﬁnd out more about Star Trolley tours and services, go to star-trolley.com
Above, the new Murder Mystery Trolley Tour entertains guests. Right, ﬁne dining can be part of a custom charter.
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“Heliosphere” Braze-welded bowl, bronze and copper, 14” x 4-1/2”. $600. Art Jones December 3-4, Gulfport www.artjonesstudiotour.com
Luxurious indoor/outdoor pillows that resist rain, sun and stains. Soft and stylish pillows are all handcrafted using sophisticated fabrics in rich colors and intricate patterns that are created to withstand whatever children, pets and life can throw at them. Price range $86-$389. Elegant Outdoor Living 7601 S. Tamiami Tr. Suite 101Sarasota www.elegantoutdoors.com • 941-217-6547
“Treasure Island Kite Festival” Artist: Rhonda Care, Oil on Linen Panel, 20 x 24, (Sold Framed 22 x 26). Bursting colors and deliberate brush strokes make this gathering of talented kite flyers and enthusiastic spectators on Treasure Island Beach come alive. $750. DVR Gallery 5401 Gulfport Blvd.,S., Gulfport www.DRVgallery.com
Shop Local This Holiday Season Worn one at a time or mix-and-matched together, stackable diamond rings always make for a great gift. Available in both earth-grown or lab-grown diamonds. Starting at just $399. Diamonds Direct 117 2nd Ave. N. St. Petersburg www.diamondsdirect.us 727-867-4006 This stunning hand-beaded crossbody handbag can be used to carry all your essentials with a playful and perky sense of style. The handbag also features a secure magnetic closure to keep your wallet, phone, keys, and your other necessities safer than ever. Price $370 Pippa Pelure Boutique 500 Beach Dr NE. 727-623-0926 Handmade Glass and Crystal Earrings with Miyuki beads and Swarovski crystals. 24K gold plated finish. $185 - Multiple designs available z•aa dress up studio 727-605-0450 Available online at www.zaastyle.com 578 1st Ave N. St Pete
The Original Ceramica fabric from Alberto. The breathable, heat reflective fibers guarantee optimum wearer comfort but keep their shape, are non-wrinkle and easy to care for. Sartorial Inc 400 Beach Drive NE Unit # 169 727-290-6783 • www.sartorialinc.com
These exquisite, hand selected, GIA certified fancy colored diamonds were submitted to multiple of our designers right here in the USA. This necklace features 200 hand made pieces that were then put together to create and complete this unbelievable Juleve masterpiece! It is available for viewing at Gold & Diamond Source. Retail: $349,999 Gold and Diamond Source 3800 Ulmerton Road Clearwater www.GoldandDiamond.com 727-573-9351 VIP@GoldandDiamond.com
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Children’s Dream Fund hosted 400 guests at their signature event, Dreaming Like It’s 1981, on September 22. Guests, including dream children and their families, were encouraged to dress in their favorite 1980s styles for this “rad” throwback party held at Armature Works in Tampa. The event’s 80’s theme was a nod to the year Children’s Dream Fund was founded, in 1981. During the past 40 years, the St. Pete-based nonproﬁt has made over 3,500 dreams come true for local children battling life-threatening illnesses. Thanks to the generosity of the sponsors and guests, $350,000 was raised.
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The 9th annual Sueños de Dalí fundraiser was held Oct. 22. The Dali museum and gardens were transformed into a surreal, dreamlike experience with music and dancing, themed craft cocktails and delicious bites. This year’s event drew inspiration from Salvador Dalí’s “Twelve Signs of the Zodiac” print series (1967) and guests were encouraged to dress in whimsical or cocktail attire inspired by their zodiac sign.
Enchanted Extravaganza – A Knight for the Museum
The annual fundraiser for Great Explorations Children’s Museum took place on September 24 at The Coliseum. Guests were brought back in time for an immersive Renaissance-themed evening including a sit-down downer, auctions and interactive entertainment.
Tips to Keep Pets Safe During the Holidays
The holidays are a time for celebration, from feasts with family to parties with friends. But the holidays hold hidden dangers for your pets, from toxic foods to hazardous décor. Give the gift of good health and happiness to your pet this holiday season – and avoid a costly trip to the emergency vet – with these tips to keep them safe.
Beware of toxic foods. It’s widely known that chocolate is toxic to dogs, but grapes, raisins, onions, caﬀeine and alcohol are also dangerous. In addition, essential oils from herbs, raw bread dough and cake batter can cause problems on your pet’s digestive or nervous systems. The artiﬁcial sweetener “xylitol,” found in gum and sugar-free goods, can also be deadly to pets. When dinner is served, distract your pets with their own treat. Keep your dog from begging at the dinner table by distracting him with his own special treat, like a new chew bone or a Kong toy ﬁlled with a yummy treat. Resist giving leftover bones to pets. The leftover bones from your turkey or roast can splinter and harm your
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Give your pet personal space. If your pet is particularly sensitive to new people and increased activity, set up a secure place for your dog or cat during a party. Provide them with some of their favorite toys, treats and a bowl of water to help them feel safe and secure. Be mindful of New Year’s noise. Loud New Year’s noisemakers and ﬁreworks can terrify pets causing them to run oﬀ to ﬁnd a safe place. Keep your pets inside the house and set up a secure place for them. Turn on the radio or TV to create ambient noise and block out the bangs and pops of ﬁreworks. Make sure the information on your pets’ microchip is up-to-date and they wear collars with ID tags, in case they do get separated from you. For more tips on keeping your pets safe this holiday season and enrichment ideas visit spcatampabay.org.
Fundraiser for Pet Pal Animal Shelter Parade your pooch in his/her holiday jammies during the annual PAW-jamma Winter Wonderland Pup Crawl to beneﬁt Pet Pal Animal Shelter on December 10 from 4 to 8 pm in Grand Central District. Pre-party festivities at Pinellas Ale Works, 1962 1st Ave. S. PAW-ticipants will receive a wrist band for $25 that will permit a drink special at every stop, swag bag, raﬄe tickets, and more. Pup stops include If I Brewed the World, Right Around the Corner, Grand Central Brewhouse, Dog Bar St. Pete, and Pinellas Aleworks. For more information or to register, go to petpalanimalshelter.com
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