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PUBLISHERS FOREWORD

Joe Malinowski

'Tampa Bay: Do it, Live it, Love it' takes you on a journey through all the nooks and crannies of our awesome region. It is not about one side of the bridge or the other. It is about unity, collaboration, and the showcasing of an outstanding lifestyle. Four years ago Joe Malinowski initiated Tampa Bay is Awesome - a combination of Facebook and other social media profiles working to showcase all corners of the bay area and unify their promotional efforts. In January 2016 he and Sven Boermeester, owner of Global Village and publisher of the "Best of the World" book series, crossed paths at a Tampa Bay Business Owners social media event and from their began working together on the 1st "Best of Tampa Bay" production. The first volume was a mixture of government, business, and lifestyle stories from Zephyrhills to Sarasota and everywhere in between, needless to say this could have turned out to become a 1,000+ page book. As this first production reached its completion there was no intention of initiating another Tampa Bay publication so soon, until the team attended the Innovation Summit in January 2017.

willingness to make introductions to colleagues; without you none of this would be possible. Tampa Bay truly is a community that cares. It is a community filled with wonderful people striving to make a difference not only in their backyards but around the world. Please enjoy this glimpse behind the scenes of Tampa Bay's food, fun, fashion, festivals, arts, wellness, and the variety of "craft experiences" our cities have to offer. If you would like to make any friends or family outside of the area jealous, or want to play a part in showcasing our neighborhood to the world, please order copies of the book and gift them into the hands that matter. Have an awesome day!

As a result of this event, and subsequent others the team had heard the phrase "someone needs to organize Tampa Bay's Eco systems" long enough and took action developing this work of art you see before you along with "Innovate Tampa Bay." Growing and learning from the original "Best of Tampa Bay" book, they decided to split the production into one business focused and one lifestyle focused project giving each element of our regions ecosystem its own place to shine. We would like to thank all of the organizations who chose to support each project both financially and through their

Sincerely, Joe and Sven www.TampaBayisAwesome.com www.GlobalVillage.world


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International Group Publisher Sven Boermeester

Special thank you to our presenting Sponsor

Publisher Joe Malinowski Christina Sloan Production Manager Gia Bischofberger Editing Kaerrie Hall Gia Bischofberger Gaylene Bischofberger Art Direction and Design Peter Batistich Deep Fried Designs Photography John Weatherby Visit Tampa Bay Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in The ‘Tampa Bay Do It Live It Love It’ vol 1. Neither ‘Innovate Tampa Bay’, Tampa Bay is Awesome nor Global Village assume any responsibility for errors, omissions nor submissions by participators. All rights reserved: No part of this publication shall be reproduced, copied, transmitted, adapted or modified in any form or by any means. This publication shall not be stored in whole or in part in any form in any retrieval system. Contact details: Email: info@globalvillage.world www.GlobalVillage.world www.TampaBayisAwesome.com

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OVER 25 MUSEUMS

OVER 278 MILES OF BIKE TRAILS

OVER 35 ART GALLERIES

LONGEST (WATERFRONT) CONTINUOUS SIDEWALK IN THE WORLD AT 4.5 MILES

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At Visit Tampa Bay, we understand the power a good story has to attract visitors and build a destination’s reputation. And this destination has a timeless American story to tell: One of immigration, innovation, and inspiration – all set against the sparkling waters of Tampa Bay. From its earliest days, Tampa Bay has drawn explorers – first Native Americans, then Spanish conquistadors, later American pioneers and Cuban cigar rollers – all them looking for a better experience. The same desires still draw visitors to Tampa Bay today. The region’s unique blend of history, culture, and adventures make it Florida’s most diverse travel destination. Visitors would have to travel the entire state to do all that they can do in this one destination! Our combination of thrills, history, food, and sports makes us unique in the nation. But so does your outstanding blend of visionary leaders and creative entrepreneurs. Tampa Bay has long been a place that welcomes anyone with a great idea and the drive to make it come to fruition. That was true today as it was when Don Vicente Martinez Ybor brought his cigar factories here in 1885, and it’s still true as 21st Century risk-takers create new enterprises that make new products or serve locals and visitors.

SANTIAGO CORRADA TAMPA BAY IS A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE, WORK, AND PLAY. IT’S ALSO A GREAT PLACE TO VISIT, WHETHER FOR A CONVENTION, A SPORTING EVENT OR A FAMILY VACATION. The 22 million people who visit Tampa Bay every year carry great memories home, building our reputation as a destination. The hotels they stay in, the restaurants where they eat, and the souvenirs they buy all contribution to the community’s success. The billions of dollars visitors leave behind in the local economy creates tens of thousands of jobs here, further benefiting the local economy and tax base. Tourism is an economic engine that runs 24/7. Tampa Bay’s blend of experiences causes some visitors to fall so much in love with this welcoming, creative community that they decide to make it their own by moving here – using their own vision and talent for the betterment of our entire community. We see it in places like historic Ybor City, which was built by the cigar industry and now hosts a growing tech sector. Tampa Bay has long been a place where new ideas can take root, and where newcomers quickly feel at home. Visit Tampa Bay relishes its role of telling our community’s story to the world. Because, in the end, whether you come to Tampa Bay for a short stay or for the long haul, you’ll find what we all have found to be true here: Treasure awaits.

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THE HIP, URBAN HEART OF FLORIDA’S GULF COAST BEATS IN TAMPA BAY. WEST FLORIDA’S LARGEST METROPOLITAN AREA OFFERS EVERYTHING VISITORS LOVE ABOUT THE SUNSHINE STATE ROLLER COASTERS, CUBAN CULTURE, YEARROUND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, WATERFRONT SUNSETS - AND SO MUCH MORE.

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About three million people call the region home, with the city of Tampa (population: 350,000) as the cultural and business hub for the broader area running from Sarasota to Crystal River. The city has a diverse history and a vibrant population that blends Latin American immigrants, Florida Cracker culture and the descendants of the Cuban, Spanish, German and Italian immigrants who built historic Ybor City, once the Cigar Capital of the World. Tampa Bay is a hotbed of award-winning restaurants and the hub of craft beer brewing in the state of Florida. Beyond its urban adventures, the region includes a number of large nature parks replete with cypress swamps, migratory birds and the occasional alligator.

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More recently, Tampa Bay has risen rapidly among the ranks of smart, creative – and dare we say innovative – communities. Tampa Bay leads the nation in relocations, attracting talented people from far-flung places drawn by the laid-back vibe, natural and cultural bounties, and strong local sense of daring-to captured by the spirit of Gasparilla, the city’s annual Mardi Gras-style pirate festival. The history as Florida’s largest port means it welcomes


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newcomers with open arms. Tampa Bay is a place where new ideas – and new residents - find room to grow and flourish. Tampa Bay’s entrepreneurial spirit is on display every day in the creativity of its chefs, the abundant varieties of its craft beer, the reinvention of historic buildings for new purposes, and the growing tech sector that has taken root among the 130-yearold Cuban cigar shops in the historic Ybor City neighborhood. It is home to Bern’s Steak House, the James Beard Foundation’s winner for Outstanding Wine Program, and five-generation-owned Columbia Restaurant, the oldest restaurant in Florida. But Tampa Bay also knows how to have fun. With a mix of professional and amateur sports teams, there’s always a game on the schedule. The 2.4-mile Tampa Riverwalk

best shows to Tampa Bay. The Florida Orchestra and Opera Tampa bring some of the greatest works of music to life. Sculptures and paintings from ancient time to the post-modern era challenge viewers every day. Meanwhile, classics and indie films flicker to life in an elaborate 1926 movie palace that was among the first of its kind. Since the Gilded Age days of railroad baron Henry B. Plant and cigar magnate Vicente Martinez Ybor, Tampa Bay has welcomed creativity, innovation, and invention. The means may change, but the ends stay the same: Tampa Bay is the place where everyone finds the treasure that awaits them.

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For quieter times, major cultural institutions such as the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa Museum of Art and historic Tampa Theatre bring the arts to the heart of the community. The Straz’s Broadway Season bring the White Way’s

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unites downtown’s favorite cultural centers, hotels, and restaurants. Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay’s sprawling theme park gets everyone’s blood pumping with some of the world’s best thrill rides. Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo brings visitors eye-to-eye with rare and endangered African wildlife and with rescued manatees at Florida’s only nonprofit manatee rehabilitation center. Florida Aquarium takes visitors from the cool blue deeps of a coral reef to skimming the surface of the bay on a quest for local dolphins. Glazer Children’s Museum sets your mind racing with possibilities. And on the edge of town, the Cretaceous age is alive and well at Dinosaur World.


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beaches of st. petersburg and surrounding areas From powdery white sands, pristine blue water and sunshine year round Tampa Bay can be considered home to some of the most popular beaches in the country.

For years fun ‘n sun lovers have come from all over the world to enjoy the beaches of Tampa Bay. A diverse selection of beaches offers the opportunity to experience unique amenities in a gorgeous setting. Surfing, parasailing, snorkeling, fishing, paddle boarding or simply soaking up the sun, makes Tampa Bay a true Tropical Paradise. In 2016 millions of TripAdvisor users voted two of Tampa Bay’s beaches amongst the best beaches in the US. Clearwater beach took the #1 spot while St. Pete Beach made it to #4. It is said that Siesta Key in Sarasota receives approximately 361 days of sunshine and ranks in on the list of best Florida Beaches. Here is a list of the best beaches and activities you can find in Tampa Bay. »» CLEARWATER BEACH – Voted “Best Beach Town” in America. This beach has a little bit of everything for everyone. Do not miss sunset at Pier 60. »» CALADESI ISLAND STATE PARK, DUNEDIN – A barrier island in Tampa’s Gold Coast and voted amongst the top 10 beaches in America for 3 years in a row. Accessible only by ferry from Honeymoon Island State Park.

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»» FORT DE SOTO PARK, TIERRA VERDE – When it comes to beaches for dogs, this beach is the place to be! Pets can enjoy the off leash beach or the Paw playground. Camping and biking are also great activities at this beach.

»» Want to check out a LOCAL DIVE BAR? Stop by Mahuffer’s in Indian Rocks Beach!

»» SUNSET DRUM CIRCLE – Every Sunday at sunset come to Treasure Island beach, dance to the beat of the drums and enjoy some of Tampa Bay’s most beautiful sunsets!

»» Join an 18-year-old tradition and RING THE BELL AT PASS-A-GRILL BEACH. Every night at the Paradise Grille they hold a bell-ringing ceremony to celebrate the sun’s disappearance into the gulf as it gets ready to come back the next day.

»» ST. PETE BEACH – This Beach has been voted best beach in the US and in the world! Go down gulf boulevard and explore all the local shops and restaurants.

»» TAMPA BAY BEACH BUMS VOLLEYBALL host unique and fun beach tournaments year round. Visit their website for tournament dates and locations.

»» Make a Splash at the TRADEWINDS FLOATING WATERPARK! More than 15,000 square feet of water fun!

»» VISIT CAPTAIN MEMO’S PIRATE CRUISE in Clearwater and watch the sunset from a pirate ship!

»» Visit the “SHARK TOOTH CAPITAL OF THE WORLD” and go hunting for fossilized shark teeth in and around Venice Beach.

»» ENJOY A SUNSET SAIL from St. Pete Beach

»» Accessible only by boat, spend the NIGHT CAMPING AT ANCLOTE KEY near Tarpon Springs.

»» SHELL HUNTERS will find a plethora of shells waiting a Shell Key, just a short shuttle ride from Pass-a-Grill beach.

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»» Check out the LOCAL SURF REPORT each day at Lenny’s Surf Shop. »» KITE SURFING – With awesome weather year-round and lots of ocean-born winds Tampa Bay has become a popular destination for kite surfers around the nation. Areas such as Indian Rocks Beach, East Beach and John’s Pass are popular destinations.


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The Tampa-St.Petersburg-Clearwater region of the Sunshine State is considered the most pet-friendly region in the country, according to RewardExpert, which helps travelers use their points and miles to plan flights. The group’s researchers say they have the data to back up the claim: Tampa Bay has the most pet-friendly hotels per capita, as well as an above-average number of pet-friendly activities.

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Dog Parks Picnic Island- Tampa Logan Gate- Tampa David Island Dog Park/Beach- Tampa West Park Dog Park- Tampa Gadsden- Tampa Al Lopex- Tampa Curtis Hixon- Tampa Kenwood Park- St. Pete Lake Vista- St. Pete Northshore Park- St. Pete Mobbly Bayou- Oldsmar Ft. Desoto Dog Beach- St. Pete Enterprise Park- Clearwater Apollo Beach- Apollo Beach Chestnur Park paw Playground- Palm Harbor Freedom Lake- Pinellas Park Coquina Key Park- St. Pete


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With the idea of developing a book that showcases our regions amazing people and businesses who are creating the lifestyle that we enjoy daily we also wanted to make sure we feature some of our outstanding NonProfits making both a local and global impact. Thanks to Center States support we were able to feature all the amazing organizations and events showcased throughout our Community That Care’s Chapter. On behalf of Tampa Bay is Awesome and Global Village World; thank you for all of your leadership and staff members volunteerism, board participation, and newly developed and supported programs. 

Tampa Bay is truly a Community that Cares!

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CenterState believes in community and strongly encourages every employee to take an active volunteer role in the communities in which they work and live. Bank management is thrilled to be able to provide this level of support to local organizations and is proud of their employees for giving so much of their personal time to better the community.

CenterState team members also hold board seats with the Kiwanis Club of Tampa and The First Tee.

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CenterState employees volunteer countless hours every year to a range of organizations within the Tampa Bay community. Among the many organizations benefitting from CenterState’s involvement and contributions are: the South Tampa Chamber, Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Hillsborough County Humane Society, Heart Gallery, Metro Wellness & Community Centers, American Heart Association and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. CenterStateBank.com

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One of our favorite things about this event is the location, if you have never been this whole event takes place on the waterfront street course in downtown St. Petersburg.

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The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is among the most respected motorsports events in North America and is one of the most awesome weekends of the year in St. Pete. This annual Mid-March event is jam packed with as many as thirteen races over the three days, non-stop action, and tons of family fun.

100 2nd Ave N #340 St Petersburg, FL 33701 Phone: +1 727-898-4639 gpstpete.com

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For more than 110-years the city of Tampa has been invaded by pirates and the “last buccaneer”, José Gaspar, is the one to blame. 

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In 1904, the first krewe of Gasparilla was born, the “Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla”. Miss Louise Francis Dodge, society editor of the Tampa Tribune, and George W. Hardee, director of customs, wanted to revitalize the May Day celebration in Tampa by combining the legend of Gasparilla with elements of the Mardi Gras festivities in New Orleans. 40 members of the “Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla” took on the city on horseback and masks and surprised Tampa residents with a mock pirate invasion and captured the city during the Festival Parade on May 4, 1904. Since that day, the City of Tampa gets invaded by pirates every year.

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The mock invasion took place on horseback until a pirate ship was used for the first time to capture the city in 1911. Parade officials did not celebrate the pirate invasion during World War I, but once it restarted the parade moved from May to February to

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Legend says that during the late 18th and 19th centuries José Gaspar terrorized the coastal waters of West Florida.   It is believed that he was an aristocrat by birth and had been an officer of the Spanish Navy.   After years of ransacking and terrorizing other ships near the gulf coast, Gaspar and his crew seized a U.S Navy ship in disguise in 1821.  Gaspar and his crew met their demise as the US Navy won the battle and ended his career as a pirate.  


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Since 2005 the Gasparilla Invasion takes place on the last Saturday in January. The celebration begins when 750 swashbucklers invade Tampa Bay aboard the majestic pirate ship “José  Gasparilla”.  The ship is usually surrounded by hundreds of boats known as the “Mosquito Fleet”.  The pirates invade the city by the Tampa Convention Center where the Mayor has no choice but to surrender the keys to the city.

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Once ashore, all the participating krewes take control of the city during a four-mile long Parade of Pirates, they unload and share their treasures in the form of beads and coins to visitors and locals alike. The Gasparilla Pirate Invasion boasts over 130 custom designed vehicles which include more than 90 elaborate floats, 14 marching bands and a 1000 dressed up pirates. Today, many krewe members honor the city and promote tourism by being involved with different charities. The krewes visit local hospitals, raise money for charity and host different fund raising events throughout the year.  The Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla still carries on its social tradition with the annual Debutante and Coronation Balls. The pirate-themed Gasparilla Season kicks off every year in January and runs through March with a full line up of events such as the Gasparilla Music Festival, Gasparilla SUP Invasion, Children’s Extravaganza, Gasparilla Pirate Fest, Sant’ Yago Knight Parade, Gasparilla Distance Classic, Gasparilla Festival of the Arts and the Gasparilla Film Festival.  

In 1937, the “Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla” or YMKG, bought the first pirate ship and named it “José Gasparilla I”. The parade was cancelled during World War II but resumed in 1946. This was the second instance that the parade had been cancelled due to war. In 1954, the YMKG commissioned the building of “José Gasparilla II”, the world’s only fully rigged pirate ship to commemorate the krewe’s 50-year anniversary

Out of season visitors can visit the “José Gasparilla” docked at the Tarpon Weigh Station on Bayshore boulevard, a replica of a West Indiaman used in the 18th century.  The steel ship stands at 165’ long by 35’ across the beam and 3 masts standing 100’ tall.  Artifacts and memorabilia of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla are also on display annually at the H.B. Plant museum located inside the University of Tampa.

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In 1976 the Florida State Fair moved to a larger location away from the downtown Tampa area, but the parade stayed true to its original route and with a few small variations it continues its route down Bayshore boulevard and portions of downtown Tampa. In 1988, the parade moved to the first Saturday  in February after decades of being celebrated on the second  Monday  in February.  This allowed for more visitors to attend the celebration.  Since then, the parade has become the third largest parade in the United States with over 300,000 visitors and an economic impact of over 20 million dollars to the city.  www.ymkg.com

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coincide with the Florida State Fair. For decades both events merged and the parade route ended at the festival fairgrounds in downtown Tampa.  


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MUSIC FESTIVAL Recognized as “The Best Festival in Tampa Bay”, the Gasparilla Music Festival takes place each March on multiple stages along the Riverwalk and in the parks of Downtown Tampa.

Hosted by the Gasparilla Music Foundation, a 501C3 non­profit organization, the festival celebrates the best of Tampa Bay’s diverse music scene, highlighting the top regional bands leading into national touring headliners. Started by Tampa residents passionate about music and the arts, GMF supports youth music education and promotes the continued renewal of downtown Tampa and the cultural development of the Tampa Bay region. 2 4 V O L U M E

The Gasparilla name represents Tampa’s history of eclectic music, food, arts and personalities showcased throughout the festival weekend.

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arch ic Festival – M Gasparilla Mus two years y” Ba pa stival in Tam s local ht lig Voted “Best Fe gh o-day event hi -friendly ily in a row. A tw m fa n fu a tists in and national ar environment. llamusic.com www.gaspari Gasparilla SUP Invasion – May Paddlers attack downtown Tampa in a fun filled kid-friendly race across the Hillsborough River. www.gasparillasupinvasion.com Gasparilla Pirate Fest – January Tampa’s annual Pirate Invasion featu ring hundreds of swashbucklers aboa rd the pirate ship “Jose Gasparilla” and a para de along Bayshore Blvd. and Downtown Tam pa. www.gasparillapiratefest.com

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Sant’Yago Knight Parade – February Hosted by the Krewe of the Knights of Sant’Yago since 1974, this celebration takes place in Ybor City’s Seventh Avenue. The parade includes an impressive procession of illuminated floats, costumes, and plenty of beads! www.knightparade.com Gasparilla International Film Festival – April Operated by the Tampa film Institute, this festival features short films, international movies, documentaries and Florida-made movies. www.gasparillafilmfestival.com

Gasparilla Distance Classic – February Since 1978 thousands of participants join in support of their favorite youth programs and organizations in Tampa Bay! The event includes a half-marathon, 5k, 15k wheelchair race, Stroller Roll & Walk and much more! www.tampabayrun.com

March Gasparilla Festival of the Arts – painters, wood carvers s, pher ogra phot k, brea a take While Pirates pa to showcase their pieces. and more gather in downtown Tam 000 art lovers each year. The festival attracts more than 250, www.gasparillaarts.com

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SUGAR SAND FESTIVAL Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival is a ten-day beach-wide celebration that pays tribute to Tampa Bay’s two most valuable assets: Our sugar sands and world famous sunsets!

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The showcase of the Sugar Sand Festival is the main attraction — The Sugar Sand Walk Exhibit. This ticketed exhibit can only be seen once a year, and no two years are alike. This year’s theme was “Sugar Sand FantaSEA” featuring a magical adventure above and below the sea! Guests strolled through a 21,000 square-foot tent filled with sand-sculpted art crafted by eleven master sculptors using Clearwater’s internationally famous sugar sand. These weren’t sandcastles — they were premiere works of art!

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Head to the beach and enjoy FREE activities for all ages, including a children’s play area, street performers, artisans, crafters, live entertainment, fireworks, sand sculpting classes, speed sand demonstrations, and the master sand sculpting competition.


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VALSPAR CHAMPIONSHIP The PGA TOUR comes to the Tampa Bay area each spring with the Valspar Championship on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor.

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More than 100,000 fans have enjoyed great competition each year, perhaps never more so than in 2015 when Jordan Spieth defeated Patrick Reed and Sean O’Hair in a thrilling three-hole playoff. Less than a month later, Spieth would win The Masters.   Or maybe it was in 2012 when Luke Donald became the number one golfer in the world with a birdie on the first hole of a four-man playoff to become the top ranked golfer in the world.   Subsequent events have given those two tournaments a run for their money.  In 2016, another Masters champion Charl Schwartzel won a playoff over Bill Haas.  And in ’17, Canadian Adam Hadwin emerged from a thrilling head-to-

head final hole battle with Patrick Cantlay.   In fact, every Valspar Championship but one since 2009 has been decided by one shot or in a playoff.   Under various tournament names, the event has been on the PGA TOUR since 2000 and moved from the fall to the spring Florida Swing in 2007.  Valspar, now a brand of Sherwin-Williams, has been the title sponsor since 2014 and is committed through 2020.  Spieth, Jim Furyk, Vijay Singh, Luke Donald, Charl Schwartzel and Retief Goosen, all Major Champions and/or World Number One golfers, are among the champions.   The 2017 tournament saw record crowds throughout the week, including a sellout on Saturday.  In addition to the golf action, patrons


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enjoyed an evening concert, called Valspar Live! that has included Rascal Flatts and Toby Keith, a variety of food options and the peaceful ambience of Chameleon Cove, a beach oasis on the front nine. The Valspar Championship is hosted by a non-profit group, Copperhead Charities, Inc., with a membership of more than 130 area business and civic leaders and a history of more than 40 years hosting professional golf events in the Tampa Bay area.  The tournament’s primary mission is generating contributions to Tampa Bay area charities with more than $2 million annually in recent years.  In 2018, total charitable contributions are expected to pass the $40 million mark.   More than 2,000 individuals volunteer their time to aid the tournament, which has been estimated by the University of South Florida’s Muma College of Business to create an annual economic impact for the Tampa Bay area of more than $50 million.  The area further benefits from the broad exposure to more than 225 countries provided by the international telecasts produced by NBC Sports and Golf Channel.

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CHALK WALK The Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce proudly presents the Clearwater Beach Chalk Art Festival!

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This fun and FREE event has been made possible through the collaboration of the Beach Chambers Chalk Art Festival Committee & community minded art lovers alike. For three days, over 40 talented chalk artists will transform the sidewalks of Beach Walk on South Clearwater Beach into spectacular larger-than-life-canvases, allowing the public to get a rare glimpse into the way art is produced in all stages of progress. Each year, the public has the opportunity to choose their favorite piece


of artwork by voting for the “People’s Choice Award,” which is announced by Twelve Noon on the 3rd and last day of the event. Now in its sixth year, the Clearwater Beach Chalk Art Festival’s following continues to grow by offering top local and regional artists, student artists, and artist groups to capture your attention by creating sidewalk art using chalk that you will talk about for months to come! To make this event possible, the Beach Chamber has teamed up with several local businesses as event sponsors, including the City of Clearwater, who promote, celebrate, and engage the community in this artful event! Event Sponsors also make it possible to house non-local artists and to raise the prize money for the winner of each years “People’s Choice Award.” This family friendly festival also includes a kid’s zone, arts and crafts vendors, live music, and a one-of-a-kind open air gallery on one of Americas Best Beaches! For more information, please visit: www.ClearwaterBeachChalkWalk.com.

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EPIPHANY The Orthodox Christian celebrates Epiphany on January 6th of each year in remembrance of the baptism of Jesus Christ in the water of the Jordan River 2000 years ago. In the old country, Jesus Christ baptismal day was celebrated with spiritual emotion and long procession. Following tradition, the Greek community established that January the 6th of each year is celebrated with the sanctification of the waters and the immersion of the cross in Spring Bayou on “Cross Day” or “Epiphany”. The first observance of Epiphany in Tarpon Springs was celebrated by Greek settlers in 1903. It was held in an Episcopal church which was attended by few people. In the next few years, as the news spread throughout USA and Canada, devoted Greeks and Americans made the pilgrimage from all over the nation and Canada, in order to take part in the celebration of Epiphany and its three-day festivities.

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Nowhere in America is the feast of Epiphany celebrated as it is in Tarpon Springs where the ceremonies are identical to those that take place in and around Greece. The whole town comes alive with activity not only downtown, but also the waterfront.

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After a procession through town the Archbishop throws the cross into the water, and at that moment the young men dive into the water in search of the cross. The event then makes its way back to the cathedral where the young man receives a special blessing.

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Following the closing of the religious services, the people would then gather at the Glendi festival for traditional Greek food and dancing.

2510 E Hanna Ave, Tampa, FL 33610 Phone: +1 813-234-8693 www.epiphanytampa.weebly.com


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The Charity Polo Classic was founded in early December 2011 by Advertising Executive and Professional Polo Player, Chris Gannon and Children’s Cancer Center Board Member, Patrick Moraites. The men decided to combine their love for philanthropy and polo to create an event that is unlike any other in the Tampa Bay area. After reaching out to their business contacts and friends, the 1st Annual Charity Polo Classic Planning Committee was created. The team was given the difficult task of conceptualizing and organizing a large-scale event in only three months. Now, in 2017, we are planning the 7th Annual Charity Polo Classic and we’re looking forward to the best event yet! This year’s local charity beneficiaries are Children’s Cancer Center, Ryan Nece Foundation, and Clothes to Kids. Last year’s event raised $270,000. Since inception, Charity Polo Classic has raised $1,000,000 for local Tampa Bay charities. For more info, please visit www.charitypoloclassic.com or www.facebook.com/charitypoloclassic. We hope to see you on February 24, 2018.


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Public understanding of science and technology is one of the most important challenges of our times.

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For our nation and its many communities science and technology are deeply tied to issues of economic competitiveness, industrial advancement, health, justice, environmental protection, and social welfare. Acting as an informed consumer, preparing for the demands of the 21st century workplace, and weighing decisions as an engaged citizen, all require individuals to grapple with the rapid pace of scientific discovery and technological innovation. Developments in science and technology represent the cutting edge of what we know and can do, making their understanding a crucial component of full and meaningful participation in society. Hosted by USF St. Petersburg, USF College of Marine Sciences and the City of St. Petersburg, the St. Petersburg Science Festival creates a meaningful space where science professionals, students, teachers and the public can be fully engaged in discovery, inquiry and relevance.


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The St. Petersburg Science Festival is an annual two daylong, free, family event held in October in conjunction with MarineQuest, an annual open house sponsored by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute. The festival is designed as a fun-filled “carnival of science” for families and the public to explore the excitement and wonder of hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM), to showcase the benefits of science in everyday life, and to connect the public with the local scientific community. With over 150 interactive, hands-on activities and two stages featuring live music, shows and entertainment, it is no wonder why the St. Petersburg Science Festival is a favorite annual event for families. www.stpetescifest.org

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We paint murals on walls, make music and movies, craft new plays and develop new technologies.

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This town is full of artists and their inspiration. There isn’t just one form that defines St. Pete.

EtC INTERACTIVE Et Cultura has partnered with the Open Partnership Education Network (OPEN) to design a series of Themed interactive experiences that bring next level thought leaders and

EtC FILM is a chance to discover new people, places and ideas brought to life by the imagination and dedication of the independent filmmakers. Programmed with growing global obsession with short films in mind, our festival is designed to take you on a journey while creating an inclusive environment where filmmakers and audiences can come together during post film discussions and Q&A sessions. EtC ART pop ups of varying mediums including Projections Mapping, Photography, Graphic Arts and more are curated by St. Petersburg Arts and Culture businesses and feature not only local artists, but artists from across the country. Find your journey through this collection of creativity and innovation to define your own Et Cultura!

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Each November, Et Cultura crafts an event that focuses on 4 highly curated branches: Interactive + Music + Film +Art

EtC MUSIC rings out from several of St Pete’s Musical Landmarks including Jannus Live, The State Theatre and bars/music venues throughout downtown and up Central Ave with a combination of national, regional and local music touching almost every music genre over the 5 day event!

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nationally recognized speakers to the festival. These Themes will provide the opportunity for our community here in St. Petersburg to connect with year round discussions that will engage, entertain, spur discussion and create an opportunity for fresh ideas, collaboration and action.

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But, the newest event to hit the Sunshine City is on a mission to spotlight the creative and innovation culture coursing through our streets & bring the world to inspire, collaborate, and discover!


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St. Pete Run Fest is two full days of festival fun, including running events, a Health & Wellness Market, local food, music and craft beer from 3 Daughters Brewing. With distances for kids, beginners and seasoned runners, there’s plenty to entertain the entire family in the Sunshine City, St. Petersburg, Florida.

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to enjoy our weather, world class restaurants, craft beer and distillery options, live music and vibrant art galleries. The scenic flat and fast running course winds along our waterfront, through our unique neighborhoods, and intertwines with our bustling business districts to offer athletes and fans many opportunities to experience the DTSP.

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The event, first started in 2010, kicks off the holiday shopping season in downtown St. Petersburg and showcases all that’s great about the Tampa Bay region. Shopapalooza takes place every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving and then again the Saturday after (aka Small Business Saturday), at South Straub Park, along Beach and Bayshore drives, in the heart of St. Pete.

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SHOPAPALOOZA FESTIVAL

Festival guests meander through the waterfront park’s beautiful winding paths to find more than 130 local businesses, including artists and designers, food trucks and local restaurants, business and service providers, nonprofits and community organizations. Add to the mix: music, acrobatics and other entertainment; free raffles and giveaways; children’s zone sponsored by Great Explorations Children’s Museum; Planet Earth zone (with live animals!) sponsored by Chart 411; and lots more.

A FREE COMMUNITY CELEBRATION OF LOCAL ARTISTS, LOCAL BUSINESSES AND LOCAL NONPROFITS.

The event is family-friendly, and well-behaved pets on leash are welcomed. Admission is free. Shopapalooza is one of LocalShops1’s signature events and it is co-sponsored by the City of St. Petersburg. Learn more at ShopapaloozaFestival.com. Here is just some of what you’ll find at Shopapalooza! • Food trucks and local restaurants • Ice cream, cupcakes and cookies • Gourmet sauces and dips • Pet treats and gifts • Fashion and accessories for men and women • Screen-printed T-shirts • Fair trade home décor • Hand-crafted jewelry • Fine art • Art prints and photography • Hand-poured candles • Fishing accessories • Skincare and beauty supplies • Vintage and Old-Florida-themed products • St Pete and Tampa Bay-centric art

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The initial focus was on guided bar crawls and custom corporate events, then expanding into food sampling, beer & wine tasting and urban adventure/scavenger hunts.

What makes the Crawls even more unique are the Crawler Bussess, a line-up of 33-seater party busses, which take Crawlers from bar to bar between Downtown Tampa and Ybor. Currently, the Crawl only features Downtown Tampa and Ybor City venues, but the brotherís long term vision is to connect the sprawling urban core of Ybor City, Downtown Tampa, South Tampa, Seminole Heights, as well as expanding into St. Pete. 600 N Ashley Dr, Tampa, FL 33602 Phone: +1 813-955-2861 downtowncrawlers.com

The company is hot in its heels of turning their signature event “Tampa’s Last Saturday Crawl” into a monthly cornerstone of Tampa’s bar scene. The Crawl gives participants a chance to sample five bars in one funfilled afternoon. Crawlers will be treated to one free welcome shot at each bar, free bus transportation between Ybor-Downtown bars as well as bar games and a raffle to win drink vouchers and tickets to local

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The core idea behind the Downtown Crawlers was to enrich Tampa’s up-and-coming downtown area with unique and fun events that emphasize the “play” aspect of living in the urban core.


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The annual Suncoast Jazz Festival takes place each year in November, the weekend before Thanksgiving, on Clearwater Beach. The completely indoor festival spans five simultaneous venues and ballrooms between the Sheraton Sand Key and Marriott Sand Key, where all bands rotate hourly through the day and night. Dedicated Jolley Trolley lines allow attendees to freely ride from one property to another to hear the various entertainers throughout the 3-day festival weekend.

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Dance floors are available near the musicians for dancers who enjoy their music doing the Lindy Hop or East Coast Swing. The Friday Night Swing Dance Party from 7 PM to midnight features an oversized dance floor and exuberant musical sets from festival favorites. Dance instruction is led by the Swing Time Dancers from Gulfport, FL at 6pm.

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The festival presents over 20 bands and guest artists from around the country who are highly sought after in their respective genres. Festival bands are remarkably entertaining and span genres from traditional jazz, big band, swing, zydeco, banjos, rockabilly and more.

Daily tickets go on sale in February starting at $40. Three-day tickets are $125. Student tickets are available for $10. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit our web site at www.suncoastjazzclassic.com or call (727) 248-9441.

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The Morean Arts Center focuses on an innovative, community-oriented approach to art and art education. Classes and outreach programs are designed to bring out the artist in all of us, including programs for adults, children and family plus summer camp and early childhood programs, attracting beginners and advanced students alike. The Exhibitions Department brings contemporary art created by local, regional and national artists to the community in virtually all visual mediums. These artists include Jasper Johns, Duncan McClellan, Allison Massari, Peter Max, Babs Reingold and Jun Kaneko— to name a few, plus a large focus on emerging artists. Open daily to the public with free access to over 25 exhibitions a year.

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Known in 1917 as the Art Club of St. Petersburg, the concept was simple; create access for artists and those interested in art. Today it is still the same but on a much broader and grander scale, with four facilities operating under the Morean Arts Center, including the worldrenowned Chihuly Collection, largest working pottery in the Southeast United States - the Morean Center for Clay and the Morean Glass Studio & Hot Shop. The Morean Arts Center depends on the generous support of many individuals and other local, regional, state and national funders who have for nearly a century embraced the Center’s mission. Morean Arts Center memberships offer support to continue the mission of Connecting People with Art as guests discover the artist within.

719 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg FL 33701 Phone: +1 727.822.7872 MoreanArtsCenter.org

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The sharing of human expression through the arts builds a unified community.


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The Chihuly Collection is a stunning, permanent collection of worldrenowned artist Dale Chihuly’s unique artwork. This presentation is unique as it is the first installation of Chihuly art in a building designed specifically for that purpose.

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Designed so that the art and architecture work together to create a visitor experience unlike any other exhibition of Chihuly’s art. The Collection is marked at the entrance by an iconic 20 foot sculpture created especially for the site, the Florida Rose Crystal Tower. The Collection includes Chihuly’s spectacular large-scale installations such as the Ruby Red Icicle Chandelier created specifically for the Collection along with several popular series works including Macchia, Ikebana, Niijima Floats, Persians and Tumbleweeds which have thrilled audiences around the globe. A 30-seat theatre concludes the visitor experience showcasing rotating documentaries and features on Dale Chihuly’s work and his career as an installation artist.

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The Chihuly Collection Store is an exclusive distributor of Chihuly merchandise offering an assortment of gifts with a large range of price points plus custom Chihuly Collection items and local art, including hand-crafted and specialized products that represent the creative spirit of the Tampa Bay area. The store is accessible to the public during Chihuly Collection hours without admission to the exhibit.

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Dale Chihuly Mille Fiori (detail), 2010
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Dale Chihuly’s passion and support of children’s art education was a prime reason for choosing St. Petersburg as the home for the Chihuly Collection. All net proceeds „Dale Chihuly, Blue Neon Tumbleweed (detail), 2010, 72 x 83 x 82”, Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg, Florida



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ƒDale Chihuly, Float Boat (detail), 2007, 3 x 12 x 4½’, Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg, Florida, installed 2010


ƒDale Chihuly, Persian Ceiling (detail), 2008, 12 x 10’, Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg, Florida, installed 2010

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„Dale Chihuly, Silvered WhiteSpotted Ikebana with Gilded Purple Stems, 2009, 53 x 39 x 28”, Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg, Florida

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You can enrich your experience further by visiting the Morean Glass Studio & Hot Shop, included with general admission, where you can watch local glassblowers create one-of-a-kind pieces, have your own personal glass blowing experience and shop for unique glass art created by local and regional artists.

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stay local to St. Petersburg to help support and sustain the educational programs at the Morean Arts Center. With roots dating back to 1917 as the Art Club of St. Petersburg, the Morean Arts Center focuses on an innovative, communityoriented approach to art and art education.


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ortunity to get p p o n a s i p o h A visit to the Morean Glass Studio & Hot S ue works of art. q i n u g n i t a e r behind the scenes and observe local artists c Included with general admission to the Chihuly Collection, a narrated, live glassblowing demonstration offers an in-depth educational component to the guest’s experience of viewing large scale glass installations by Dale Chihuly.

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From gathering the molten glass from the furnace, to working it on the pontil pipe and glory hole, to its final cool down process in the annealing kiln, you will have a new appreciation for this art form that is centuries old. View the gaffer blowing glass, while the assistant narrates in detail the science behind glass, the artistic vision guiding the process and all of the steps involved as the work is being produced. All of the pieces created in the glass studio are for sale in the Hot Shop Store conveniently located adjacent to the glass studio. Inside you will find a wide variety of art glass including: jewelry, bowls, vases, ornaments and more. Ticket price is not required to visit the retail store. Open daily.

Come and watch a Hot Shop Demonstration or try it yourself and participate with our personal Hot Shop Glass Experience.

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The Morean Center for Clay located at the Historic Train Station, located on 22nd Street South in the Warehouse Arts District of St. Petersburg, FL, has become one of the largest working potteries in the Southeast United States with an over-arching goal of promoting and enhancing the education of contemporary and historic ceramics.

The Morean Center for Clay offers education, studio space, and gallery sales in one building. This seamless access to clay services is a unique experience offered in few locations in the country. The Morean Center for Clay offers high-quality classes with professional teaching artists from the local community and the Artists-in-Residence participants from around the country. Classes and workshops are designed with all skill levels in mind. The Morean Center for Clay is a haven for all pottery enthusiasts. Collectors, visitors and artists alike will be amazed at the variety of high quality clay work available for purchase.

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The Historic Train Station is available to rent for a special event, a meeting or just a fun night with your friends.

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Open to the public weekly and free of charge, Tuesday-Saturday. Join in on the fun with Friday Night Clay offered weekly, no experience necessary and no long term commitments.

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Over a dozen exhibitions are shown each year featuring local, regional and nationally acclaimed artists specifically working in clay. A large kiln pad on the property boasts the anagama kiln, only fired a couple times a year, and the only one located in the southeast United States. Over 40 working artists on site plus 6 Artists in Residence make the Morean Center for Clay a creative epicenter.


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MGA SCULPTURE STUDIO Owned and operated by sculptor Mark Aeling, MGA Sculpture Studio, LLC has been in business for over 20 years.

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In 2005 MGA relocated from Saint Louis, MO to Saint Petersburg, FL after Mark fell in love with the city and what was then an arts community that was just beginning to develop. Mark settled into a 4000 square foot space in one of the warehouses that made up the Historic Soft Water Laundry facility at the corner of 5th Ave S. and 22nd St., an area he has helped develop into the Warehouse Arts District. He has been the Warehouse Arts District Associations President

MGA Specializes in large scale public sculpture and has work around the country from both public and private commissions. Traditionally trained and incredibly versatile, Mark and his studio work with a wide variety of cast processes and metal fabrication.

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from 2013 to present and spearheaded the ArtsXchange project which will create sustainability for the arts community by creating affordable studio space.

Just a few projects from around the bay include: • The bronze Dolphins at the Sundial in St. Pete • “Budding Vortex” For Crescent Communities in Tampa near the International Plaza • “Ripples of Life” (a collaboration with Carrie Jadus) at the Florida Aquarim in Tampa • “Ripple Effect” for BayCare Health Services Administrative Headquarters in Clear Water • “Ascent” (a collaboration with Christopher Still) at the Opal Sands Resort in Clear Water

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SOFT WATER STUDIOS Named after the historic industrial Soft Water Laundry facility where it is located, Soft Water Studios was founded in 2013. The unique warehouse space houses five working artist studios and a 1500 Square foot Gallery with 25’ ceilings. Open for second Saturday Artwalk , special events and private tours by appointment. Soft Water has a wide variety of programming that is guaranteed to be creative and engaging.

Artists and founders, Carrie Jadus and Mark Aeling, have a deep appreciation for the rich history of St Pete and found the south side’s industrial area to be affordable and conducive to making art. Inspired by the international feel of the Art Basil exhibits in Miami, they sought to turn an empty warehouse into a space that would function as work space as well as an exhibit space for a small dedicated artist. The team has been active in developing the Warehouse Arts District into a creative destination for the city of Saint Petersburg.

Address: 515 22nd St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712 Phone: +1 727-871-2787

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For more information regarding upcoming events, tours and our second Saturday Art Walk can be found on our website at: www.softwaterstudios.com


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There has never been a place like The Dalí Museum. This magnificent building, located on the waterfront in the heart of beautiful downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, is home to an unparalleled collection of renowned artist Salvador Dalí’s finest works – from iconic melting clocks to imaginative visual illusions and avant-garde symbols.

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Image One: Image Rights of Salvador Dalí reserved. Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres, 2016. Images Two, Four: ©2016 – Salvador Dalí Museum, Inc., St. Petersburg, FL. Image Three: Daddy Longlegs of the Evening – Hope !, 1940, oil on canvas. Worldwide right ©Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dali, (Artist Rights Society), 2016 / In the USA ©Salvador Dalí Museum, Inc., St. Petersburg, FL (USA) 2016. Image Five: The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory, 1952-54, oil on canvas. Worldwide rights ©Salvador Dalí, Fundació GalaSalvador Dali, (Artist Rights Society), 2016 / In the USA © Salvador Dalí Museum, Inc., St. Petersburg, FL (USA) 2016.


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3 The Dalí stands as a cultural beacon in the Tampa Bay area and is consistently rated by Trip Advisor as “the #1 attraction in St. Petersburg.”

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The Dalí Museum features more than 2,000 Salvador Dalí works consisting of oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures and objets d’art. It is the largest collection of Dalí’s work outside of Spain, and one of the most acclaimed collections of a single modern artist in the world. The Dalí is the first and only museum in the Southeastern United States to be recognized internationally by the Michelin Guide with a three-star rating.

The Dalí is the epicenter of St. Petersburg’s culture and arts community. It offers a multitude of unique educational programs

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The Dalí is a one-of-a-kind destination that you simply have to experience for yourself—alone or with family and friends. Explore the inspiring architecture, taste authentic Spanish cuisine in the Museum’s Café Gala, shop the largest collection of Dalí-inspired merchandise in the world, play, wander and quench your curiosity for all that is Salvador Dalí and beyond. We welcome you seven days a week.

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The Museum welcomes as many as 400,000 visitors annually including guests from more than 40 countries. The Dalí reaches beyond the museum tradition and invites visitors to reflect on the human experience through myriad exhibits and initiatives. In addition to the extensive permanent collection of Dalí works, the Museum shows frequent special exhibitions curated from the top worldwide collections. Recent exhibitions have included the works of Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, M.C. Escher and other acclaimed artists.

and activities that take on the excitement and wonder of the art in the galleries. Regular Museum programming includes films, lectures, performances, social events and more for adults and families. The Museum also offers free public tours of the permanent collection and free audio/ visual guides for adults and children (in English, Spanish, French and German).

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The building is itself a work of art, featuring 1,062 triangularshaped glass panels – the only structure of its kind in North America. Nicknamed “the Enigma,” it provides an unprecedented view of St. Petersburg’s picturesque waterfront and The Dalí’s Avant-Garden. The garden offers a unique environment of learning and tranquility where visitors can explore the Labyrinth, Mathematical Garden, and make a wish on the Wish Tree. Inside, the Museum houses another unique architectural feature – a helical staircase – recalling Dalí’s obsession with spirals and the double helical shape of the DNA molecule.


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WAREHOUSE ARTS DISTRICT St. Petersburg’s Warehouse Arts District Association started with several leaps of faith. Artists who needed reasonably priced work space saw promise in abandoned warehouses and began to reclaim industrial buildings that once housed tomato and seafood packing plants, a large commercial laundry and a deserted railway station. In 2012, WADA organized as a nonprofit entity to attract artists, create jobs, interact with the community and offer educational programming. The district has become a creative corridor that includes roughly 200 artists. The WADA calls the area “Where Art Is Made.” Public and private funds enabled WADA to purchase nearly 3 acres of land along 22nd Street S. between Fifth and Sixth avenues and along the Pinellas Trail. The property, acquired in 2014, is now known as the ArtsXchange. It comprises six warehouse buildings that total more than 50,000 square feet of space. Tenants include Dazzio Art, MGA Sculpture and Soft Water Studios. About 11,000 square feet of additional space has been converted into 28 climatecontrolled studios constructed on two levels inside an existing warehouse. The first group of artists moved in during the summer of 2017. The studios are selfsupporting. Stabilized rents pay for maintenance, operating and utility costs. The Warehouse Arts District Association was created because of the increasing desirability of the area. As property values escalate, so do rental rates for studios and galleries, often pushing artists out of the very neighborhoods they help to improve. WADA leaders also are working with the city of St. Petersburg and the Deuces Live on an action plan that should bring better lighting and signage, safer walking and cycling areas and additional event and work space to the area, building yet another destination for visitors to St. Petersburg. 5 6 V O L U M E O N E


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DUNCAN MCCLELLAN GALLERY Nestled in the burgeoning Warehouse Arts District of St. Petersburg, Florida,  the Duncan McClellan Gallery opened in 2010 as a venue through which McClellan could showcase his work as well as the work of other glass and multimedia artists.

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Over time, and with the addition of a working hot glass studio in 2014, the gallery became focused primarily on glass. It is now Florida’s largest glass art gallery, featuring over fifty internationally acclaimed artists.

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The Emerson Avenue complex is also the home of the DMG School Project, an educational nonprofit dedicated to public arts education. It’s staff and volunteers bring the School Project’s Mobile Hot Glass furnace and Glass Etching Lab out to schools, institutions and public events, introducing a “hands on” creative  experience to those who otherwise may not have access to  the wonders of art. It also sponsors artists’ residencies, a popular lecture series in partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts, St Petersburg, glass blowing and glass etching classes, as well as offering free glassblowing demonstrations.

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With it’s tropical fruit and orchid gardens, art filled courtyards, monthly rotating art glass exhibits and visiting artists’ demonstrations and lectures, the Duncan  McClellan Gallery has become a popular destination as well as a prominent community presence and educator in the field of Contemporary Art Glass. Currently, the Duncan McClellan Gallery is expanding its outdoor sculpture garden and adding to its already 7800 square feet of exhibition space.


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Seven years ago I started Charlie Parker Pottery in a storefront on Central Avenue. After a year at that location it was apparent we had started to outgrow our building. 6 0 V O L U M E

As luck would have it we found ourselves in the Warehouse Arts District one evening and saw a building for rent that we thought would be a good fit. It turned out to be owned by one of my students and she talked us into buying the building. On February 29th 2012, we took a leap of faith and have never looked back.

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opportunity to create their own glazes as well. We have over twenty members and feature their works as well as my own in our gallery. Much of the work in our gallery is by award winning artists including myself. Along with the gallery and membership we also teach classes. Teaching is my passion. I love being able to pass on everything I know to future potters. Nothing makes me happier than when a student gets it; and makes their first pot. After honing my skills for over 40 years I developed a system for wheel-thrown pottery that is refined to the point of being simple; using the physics of the wheel and the pliability of the clay and how it responds to the physical touch of the student. It is easy to understand and can be passed along so beginners as well as advanced students can understand.

2724 6th Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712 Phone: +1 727-321-2071 www.charlieparkerpottery.com

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My vision for the future is a studio full of award winning artists and students striving to get there.


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RUSTIC STEEL CREATIONS DRIVING THROUGH TAMPA HEIGHTS ONE CAN’T HELP TO NOTICE THE OVERSIZED SCULPTURES AND METAL CREATIONS ADORNING THE FRONT YARD OF WHAT ONE MIGHT ASSUME IS A TOY FACTORY.

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The bold purple building with red and yellow trim is actually home to Rustic Steel Creations, a complete custom metal fabrication studio. Within the walls of this studio works Rustic Steel Creations team – a group of passionate craftsmen whose highly notable works adorn the streets throughout the Tampa Bay Area as well as across the nation. The creativity of their designs pushes the envelope in all directions for hotels, restaurants, corporate offices, public art, residential projects, custom furniture and for individual curators. RSC has proven their capabilities in numerous ways not to mention the diversity in style within their designs.


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Playing an active part with land developers and contractors within the Tampa Bay area, RSC has had many fortunate opportunities in accenting multiple condominium projects. As Winston Churchill stated, “ We shape our buildings; Thereafter our buildings shape us”. RSC is a firm believer in this philosophy. For the past 16 years. RSC has clearly displayed their accomplishments within countless projects such as the Waldorf Astoria (Orlando) Church St Station (Orlando), Oxford Exchange, Waterset, Epicurean Hotel, ULELE, Mainsail Corporation, Busch Gardens, Ugly Grouper Restaurant, PDQ’s, The Salvador, Pier House apts, “W” Capri, Mainsail BVI, 22 Central Park South, (NYC), 71 Reade St (NYC), just to name a few. Their design style ranges from Industrial Chic, Traditional, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Contemporary and functional art as their designs never fall into the realm of mediocrity or the “norm”. Innovative design, with functionality, in turn fuels and inspires the entire team to excel beyond their own limits. Their work makes a statement without saying and commands your attention without even asking for it. RSC is constantly setting new goals, constantly pushing the envelope of design as well as stretching the imagination with no return, and consistently exceeds client expectations. 6 5

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THE SCARFONE/HARTLEY GALLERY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA IS AN EXHIBITION VENUE THAT FEATURES NEARLY A DOZEN ART EXHIBITIONS ANNUALLY, SHOWING WORK BY STUDENTS AND LOCAL, NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS. IT ALSO HOSTS NUMEROUS ART COMMUNITY EVENTS.


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The gallery exhibits works of art and hosts visiting artists as an extension of the classroom. The gallery provides students on campus and the community an opportunity to meet artists and to view and study significant original works created by contemporary national, international and regional artists.

Gallery hours are Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., and Saturday, 1 - 4 p.m.

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Scarfone/Hartley Gallery The University of Tampa R.K. Bailey Arts Studios 310 N. Boulevard Tampa, FL 33606 Phone: (813) 253 6217 facebook.com/universityoftampa facebook.com/ScarfoneHartleyGallery twitter.com/uoftampa twitter.com/ScarHartleyUT instagram.com/uoftampa snapchat.com/add/uoftampa www.ut.edu/scarfonehartleygallery

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Lectures, open houses and receptions at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery provide special access to artists, not just to speak with them but also to watch them at work. Each year, the gallery collaborates with the UT Department of Art and Design to host a visiting artist in residence as part of The Meridian Scholarship program. During the program, invited artists create oneof-a-kind works in UT studios, work side by side with students and exhibit their work in gallery spaces. Most recently, the program featured Maxwell Taylor and Monica Cook. Over the past 27 years, the gallery has hosted several renowned contemporary artists such as Miriam Schapiro, Audrey Flack, William Villalongo, Sam Gilliam, Robert Rahway Zakanitch and Ed Paschke.

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All gallery events are open to the public, and there is no admission charge for exhibitions. Events, lectures, kids’ camps, art-making opportunities and performances that are intrinsic to engagement with all forms of visual arts are included in the gallery’s educational programming.


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URBAN CONGA The Urban Conga is an award winning design firm that promotes community activity and social interaction through play. We do this by creating interactive installations and environments that spark creativity, exploration, and free-choice learning. We have worked with a multitude of cities, communities, and companies across the nation to bring play everywhere. We design, fabricate, and install all of our work to allow us flexibility in creating unique interactive experiences.  6 8 V O L U M E

The firm was started by three architectural graduates from the University of South Florida, and is now currently run by Ryan Swanson, one of the original founders. The company is currently based in Ybor City.

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spaces and social interaction are becoming more and more sparse. Through our interactive work we hope to get people to break down social barriers and interact with one another within their communities and cities. Whether it is over a game of ping pong or playing a song on one of our musical benches our goal is to bring people together and help activate underutilized spaces through play. You can see more about The Urban Conga and our work on social media or here: www.theurbanconga.com

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“We are a creative agency specializing in the art of storytelling through interior design.” Our passionate community of firestarters, dream weavers, alchemists, and scouts empower you to be brave, to explore ideas that seem improbable, and inspire you to see what is possible. We liberate you to think differently, move differently, take action differently, and CREATE spaces that are uniquely yours. We are space planning experts and workplace strategists with artistic souls. Our innate curiosity drives us to ask a lot of questions, observe with intention, listen for what is not said, and see what others do not. We dive deep to get to the heart of your business culture to reveal your unique brand story.

Create+Co is a certified women-owned business, proud to be fueled by the smartest, most creative thinkers, disrupters, and influencers in our industry. They are the critical +Co element; bringing their unique expertise, mad skills, and unusual points of view to craft concepts that are fresh and unexpected. After 10 years, we remain a small boutique firm by design so we can be focused, agile and continually honing our craft. With deep roots in our community, we work and play here because it fully articulates all the things we love. We geek on historic architecture like our Ybor City cigar factory cellar studio, throw beads at Gasparilla parades, play at the beach, seek out incredible artist shows, and indulge in the ridiculous foodie culture. We may travel the world for our clients, but at the end of the day, we embrace Tampa Bay as our home. We are a quirky, passionate band of hooligans grounded in faith, family, and friends... surrounded by amazing people, great food, strong coffee, stiff drinks, and usually very loud music. This creates an energy that fuels us to be our very best, encouraging our clients to be themselves, see their own story unfold, and enjoy the ride.

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BELLE FLEUR BY NATALIE JANE

Marry Florida and France and you have a petite boutique flower studio packing a punch on visual impact. Natalie maintains that four years of living in Paris influenced her appreciation for simple pleasures, she believes that the French do this better than any other culture.  Keeping fresh floral arrangements in her home and offering them as gifts have become a mainstay of Belle Fleur’s motto  — that fresh flowers should be part of everyday life (la vie quotidienne) — no different than bread, wine or water. Prior to the starting Belle Fleur in 2011, Natalie worked as a private concierge specializing in “autour de la table,” meaning all the details a perfect table requires, inclusive to lavish parties, personal catering and decor. This career took her around the world allowing the opportunity to create and provide service for a number of celebrities, foreign dignitaries and private vacation estates.

ESTABLISHED 2011. OLD SEMINOLE HEIGHTS TAMPA. BELLE FLEUR IS A CULTURAL MASH-UP, TAKING THE BEST OF OWNER NATALIE JANE’S SOUTHERN ROOTS IN HOSPITALITY AND HER FRANCOPHILE INSPIRED NOTIONS OF AFFORDABLE LUXURY AND ROLLING THEM INTO ONE FORMULA.

Cultivating 15 years in luxury services and hospitality, Natalie Jane feels her education in classical and contemporary painting offer the key elements to what gives Belle Fleur its brand identity and trademark style. “Having studied art I have a way of seeing an entire project and emoting the feeling beyond the nuts and bolts of event design, the guest list and the particular occasion. What I love about working with live materials is the idea that they are ready-made art. It is up to me to assemble, create an order that makes sense visually adding meaning, romance and purpose.”  Belle Fleur strives to create designs for the individual, a little edgy, always beautiful and as ethically as possible.    “Being a painter first and foremost is what I draw upon when working on projects, I feel that it gives my designs something more customized, a spirit if you will - a free one!”

Belle Fleur by Natalie Jane Artisan Florist | Tampa | St. Petersburg Phone: 813 420 6641 Email: bellefleurstudio@gmail.com By Appointment Only www.bellefleurtampa.com

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IDEAS MADE PHYSICAL At Pep Rally Inc., we make ideas physical, blending art and design into one tangible and potent platform.

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From our 5,000-square-foot studio outside downtown Tampa, we promote culture in every project we adopt. Whether developing visuals for hospitality concepts, creating identity systems, or painting public murals, we’re digging deeper to find unexpected applications and share fresh perspectives. Founded in 2014 by multifaceted artists Jay Giroux, Josh Pearson, and Greg Bryon, Pep Rally shines brightest when building the philosophy of a project from the ground up. We are thinkers, producers, and celebrators who keep our hands in the paint, thriving on interaction and collaboration. Looking one page ahead of trend, our team draws narrative to the surface to develop layered identities

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for clients, considering everything from visual representations to the customer experience, while meeting each challenge with deep-rooted and uncommon vision. Pep Rally also reaches out to invest back into the cities that show us so much love. Our public mural projects have impact that runs deeper than colors on a wall. This kind of art can improve neighborhoods and start important conversations—firsthand interactions that inspire us to keep climbing scaffolds out in the sunshine. Like when the “We Are Seminole Heights” mural kicked off a civic pride campaign championing the independent businesses and DIY spirit of one proudly offbeat Tampa neighborhood. And in partnership with The Laundry Project, our CLEAN Campaign brings murals with a positive message into urban laundromats from Florida to Ohio, as the map keeps expanding. Through our lens, we also see the Bay area growing and changing. Pep Rally evolves alongside it as we continue to create meaningful designs and forge new relationships, striving to elevate art within businesses and communities. 7 3

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AADMIXX IS AN URBAN PROGRESSIVE DESIGN+BUILD STUDIO DEVELOPED BY TOBIN GREEN, THAT SPECIALIZES IN DEVELOPING CUSTOM HOMES, BUILT TO EMBRACE THE DIVERSE ARCHITECTURAL AND CULTURAL INFLUENCES TYPICALLY ASSOCIATED WITH URBAN LIVING.

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Each design concept shares a common language of clean lines and subtle angles, mixed with materials and finishes inspired by their respective neighborhoods. Urban, industrial, modern, and traditional architectural elements are embraced, broken, flexed, and intertwined to create a singular urban-progressive appeal. AADMIXX projects stand as punctuations, pushing against traditional boundaries while nodding to the historic character of their surroundings. AADMIXX designs also unapologetically mixx things up with an urban-tempered attitude shaped by the expressive roots found in graffiti and street art. The first AADMIXX project was built with an artisan’s mentality and a thoughtful attention to detail in the historic Hyde Park neighborhood of Spanish Town Creek. While AADMIXX has worked with a number of individual clients on custom homes since it’s completion in late 2016, construction begins on the next spec home in early 2018.

Come explore and be inspired by scheduling a home tour. www.aadmixx.com

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AADMIXX designs are intended for a select group of individuals, those like-minded design enthusiasts who appreciate Architecture, Art & Design all brought together through modern craftsmanship. Our brand stands alone as both a residential aesthetic and a reflection of our ideal clients’ flavorful lifestyle.


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“I JUST REALLY LOVE THE PROCESS OF CREATING, WHETHER THAT’S HELPING MANIFEST A CLIENT’S VISION INTO A REALITY, OR EXPRESSING MYSELF THROUGH A PERSONAL PROJECT OR MY PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTWORK.”

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While completing his degree in Advertising at the University of Tampa, John worked at a local restaurant, taking on a side role managing the company’s social media accounts. In the process of mastering social media, John quickly came to learn the importance of quality photography for advertising and sales.

John purchased his first DSLR camera and developed an instant passion for creating. Starting out photographing food, John eventually ventured outside of the restaurant taking photos of his beautiful hometown, Tampa Bay. When these photos started getting noticed and shared by residents of the community,


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including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, John began to receive a high volume of requests for his photographic services. This was all the confirmation needed to propel John to turn his passion into a career.

John’s specialties include commercial, lifestyle and fine art photography, but if you ask him what his favorite genre is, he’ll tell you that’s really not an easy question.

Upon graduation, John started his company, Weatherby Photography, and has since worked with clients such as Uber, the Home Depot, Cushman Wakefield, Hilton, the University of Tampa, and the Edwards Group to name a few.

“I just really love the process of creating, whether that’s helping manifest a client’s vision into a reality, or expressing myself through a personal project or my photographic artwork. I feel very blessed to have discovered something that I am so passionate about, that not only fulfills me, but brings joy and value to other people’s lives and businesses.”

John is best known for his vivid photos and stunning timelapse photography, often playing off of unique perspectives, lighting, and reflections. His photography has built him a following within the community and has been highlighted and recognized by Creative Loafing’s annual “Best of the Bay” awards, as well as the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s “Best in the Biz.”

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Within my first year in Tampa, I found myself on the board of a non-profit owned assisted living facility, Weinberg Village, LLC. Through that engagement, I met some phenomenal people who were both highly educated, committed to the betterment of community and establishing long-term, productive relationships in Tampa. Within the next year or two, I became fully engrained in the Tampa not for profit community, teaching for SCORE and the SBA, and serving as President and on the Board of the Tampa JCCs and Federation. About 6 years ago, I started the Walk Law Firm, PA. We exclusively represent Businesses and their owners. We heavily focus on the entrepreneur and many of our clients, like myself, are newer to Tampa and Florida. Our business has exploded. Our reach is international and national, but we also support many local businesses, not for profits, entrepreneurs, investors and private lenders.

rochelle friedman walk, esq. When I first arrived in Tampa, Florida ten years ago as a corporate executive, I was not sure how long I would remain in the area. What I have found is that Tampa is a friendly and welcoming city and if you want to get involved, opportunities abound.

Although our client base is highly diverse and includes all types of manufacturing, wholesale, retail, hospitality, allied medical and professional clients, one area of expertise that we have seen grow substantially is online sales. Our weather, economic environment, infrastructure and technical support systems makes locating an online business in Tampa ideal. For clients that like to enjoy the sun and work hard at the same time, online selling is a unique way to balance your day. As a law firm, we have developed the expertise to support clients in this unique arena where understanding Amazon, Ebay, Walmart.com and other online mass wholesale and retail distribution differentiates us from most law firms. As I look forward to growing the Walk Law Firm, PA and continuing to participate in the not for profit community, I also look forward to slowing down and retiring in Tampa. It is a great place to work, but also, a great place to place, unwind and enjoy. Rochelle Friedman Walk, Esq. Attorney Licensed to Practice in Florida and Ohio

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South Tampa Chamber of Commerce As the president and CEO of the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Kelly works with business owners and community leaders each day to make South Tampa the best place to live, work and play. A Tampa native, Kelly is actively involved in the community as an Honorary Commander at MacDill Air Force Base and serves on the board of directors of the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida and the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals. Kelly is a two-time finalist for the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Business Woman of the Year and was selected as the Tampa Bay Business and Professional Women Foundation’s 2017 Woman of the Year. On weekends, Kelly and her husband, Jim, like to explore the local community and spend time with their rescue dog, Zoey. The community of South Tampa is in the heart of Tampa Bay, centrally located and minutes away from Tampa International Airport, Downtown, MacDill Air Force Base and a short drive from St. Petersburg. Featuring historic neighborhoods, an active business community, award winning dining, diverse local arts and entertainment, and sun shine year round, South Tampa offers a small town feel with big city amenities.

South Tampa Chamber of Commerce 701 S. Howard Avenue, Suite 204 Tampa, Florida 33606 Phone: (813) 637-0156 www.southtampachamber.org

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The South Tampa Chamber of Commerce is an association of more than 600 businesses and community organizations, voted as the #1 Favorite Chamber of Commerce by the readers of the Tampa Bay Business Journal and a Top 3 Economic Development Group in Tampa Bay. The Chamber’s focus is to connect and engage its member businesses with each other and with the community. From signature events like the Taste of South Tampa and Breakfast with the Mayor, to small business education seminars and monthly networking opportunities, there is something for everyone to enjoy!


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Playing basketball and golf, in her hometown of Syracuse, NY, Sally always had the drive and discipline to succeed. Her basketball team won the 1989 New York State Girls’ Basketball Championship. Sally was named the tournament MVP and 1st-team All-State. She also won New York State Women’s Golf Championship in 1989 and 1991. Sally, a three-time Academic All-American, attended the University of South Florida where she played for the nationally ranked women’s golf team and graduated Cum Laude in 1994 and then set off for a career on the LPGA tour. On the LPGA Tour, Sally had five top 10 finishes before her career was cut short by an elbow injury. While playing on tour, Sally always had a passion for the “business side” of golf. She acted as her own agent and created a successful marketing and branding strategy that helped secure endorsements with Callaway, Nike, Adidas, Titleist, and Lacoste, over the course of her career. In 2004, she was crowned World Long Drive Champion at the ReMax Long Drive Championship. She was also a contestant on the Golf Channel reality show, Big Break X. After golf, she worked for two Fortune 500 companies, and then went back to school and in 2011, graduated with an MBA from USF. Sally founded Playbook Public Relations, LLC in 2012. Playbook Public Relations is a full-service public relations and marketing firm with a diverse portfolio of clients including transportation innovators like the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority and Real Estate market leaders like Smith & Associates Real Estate and Hillsborough River Realty Company. Playbook Public Relations won Tampa Bay Business Journal’s “Best of the Bay” award in 2014 and 2016. In 2017, Playbook Public Relations ranked #7 of the 56 businesses inducted into the USF Fast 56 by USF System President Judy Genshaft and USF Alumni Association Board of Directors Chair Jim Harvey.

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“I am thrilled Playbook was recognized by USF for our sustained growth and success. USF is the reason why I call Tampa Bay home. I moved down here when I was 18 years old with a golf bag and a dream to play on the LPGA. I had no idea my greatest joy in life would be serving my clients’ needs and helping them achieve their goals and succeed. I am grateful for our clients’ loyalty and confidence they have in our team,” said Sally Dee.

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USF Fast 56 companies are ranked by percentage of cumulative annual growth in revenue. An organization must have been in business for at least three years, have revenues of $250,000 or more for the most recent 12-month period, and be owned or led by a former USF student.


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PRESENTING POWERFULLY - DEBBIE LUNDBERG DEBBIE LUNDBERG KNEW SHE WOULD HAVE HER OWN BUSINESS ONE DAY!

An entrepreneur at heart from an early age, she loved commerce, learning, sharing… and all the possibilities that her curiosity and creativity allowed. Still, she had a lot of fun while getting things done! Debbie served General Motors in training, sales, regional management and national leadership. From there, she was a VP for Right Management Consultants. For 11 of her 14 years in corporate America, she was also an adjunct Instructor for Dale Carnegie Training (2005 sponsorship Instructor of the Year). After a year of independent consulting, her firm launched in 2006. By way of Presenting Powerfully, a Florida-based business, Debbie is sought after throughout the nation for Keynotes & Talks, Facilitation & Strategy, Teaming & Training, and Life, Business & Presentation Coaching.

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Debbie tailors each engagement, and provides what people identify quickly as “Edutainment” – Education and Entertainment wrapped in one! Keynotes and talks are invigorating, in that they are often the beginning or close to an international or national conference for a company or organization. With facilitation and strategy, Debbie is honored to become a small part of each group that is reflecting on the past while shaping the future for a year or more with/through her ability to get and keep people focused and direct in intent. Teaming and training events allow for an audience to face a challenge and/or create common language for advancing the group toward common goals/results. And, individual coaching for life, business

and presentations, is that opportunity to be the confidant… to provide a second set of eyes and ears with the goal of enhancing the coachee with lasting tips and tools for success. And Debbie’s passion is not limited to business. She loves where she lives! While not a native to Florida, she jokes that her mom gave birth to a Floridian in Flint, Michigan! Happily, with gratitude, Debbie offers one pro-bono, and two community-rate engagements each month. She serves on the Boards of Directors for The Miss Tampa Scholarship Pageant and The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. Debbie is a member of the National Speakers Association (NSA), a MacDill Air Force Base Honorary Commander Advisory Board Member, and she enjoys being a part of The University of Tampa Board of Fellows as well as a Past Chairwoman of the Board for the Board of Governors at The Centre Club Tampa. She, her husband, and two friends, founded a 501(c)3, Exchange-o-Rama, Inc., where the benefactors of quarterly charity events are Tampa Bay area women, pets and America’s Vets. As a Leadership Tampa Alumnus, community and education are at the heart of Debbie’s focus. She continues to have named scholarships at both the University of South Florida and The University of Tampa. Debbie earned her BA at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI, and holds an MBA from Edgewood College in Madison, WI. Together with her husband, Michael, and their two four-legged daughters, Lexi and Daisy, “Team Lundberg” has enjoyed living in the Bay Area since 2004.

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TAMMY CHARLES “The things we are passionate about are not a coincidence; they are a part of our calling.”

What are you excited about for the future? It is exciting to see the Tampa Bay community work together collaboratively to make an impact on the lives of people around us. Also, as a millennial, I recognize that my peers and I are the future leaders. It truly inspires me to see young people getting involved, joining boards of nonprofits, impacting policy, and even running for office. The future of Tampa is bright when programs such as Tampa Chamber’s Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay are investing in young professionals.

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Why Tampa Bay? What I love about Tampa Bay most is the community and interconnectedness that it provides. I am so grateful for the CEOs and influencers that I get to call friends and mentors who have shaped me and helped me get to where I am today. As a young professional, their investment into my life has provided me with the tools I need to be a future leader.

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What’s Your Story? My calling to serve underprivileged communities in Tampa Bay came from a trip that I took 6 years ago to Haiti. It was a year after the earthquake. Seeing abject poverty with my own eyes made me realize that I want to be a part of changing the narrative of poverty and dependency many marginalized communities struggle with and help people reach their human potential. After coming back home to Tampa I wanted to pursue opportunities that would allow me to respond to the most pressing issues in our community. I started my career at Metropolitans Ministries where I was the Senior Manager of Corporate Relations. Through this role, I retrieved community support to fund their educational and employment

initiatives. Today, I am currently on the executive team at Frameworks of Tampa Bay as their Community Engagement Director where I oversee our fundraising and development efforts. Every day I have the opportunity to invite the Tampa Bay community to invest in solutions that make a profound impact on the lives of the youth we serve in the Hillsborough and Pinellas School County Districts.

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Tammy Charles is an emerging leader with experiences in non-profit and fund development, community relations, and social enterprise development. In 2012, she graduated top of her business class from the University of Tampa with a degree in Business Management. She later received her MBA and Nonprofit Leadership Certificate in 2016. Charles is an active leader with multiple organizations. She is the Vice Chair of the board of the YWCA Tampa Bay, Chair of the Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay’s Community Outreach Committee, and is the Emerging Leaders Liaison for the Tampa Chamber’s Women of Influence Committee. Charles has received numerous accolades including President Bill Clinton’s Commitment to Action Award, Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Up and Comer Award- Under 30. Tammy was a finalist for the Tampa Chamber’s Deanne Dewey Roberts Emerging Leader Award, and was honored by The University of Tampa with the 2017 Young Alumnus Award for her professional accomplishments and civic engagement.


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CARRIE JADUS “The most fascinating part about the art scene in St. Petersburg (and really all of Pinellas County) is that for a small geographical area, there is an extremely concentrated, enormously talented group of artist’s that live and work here. We have our own tribes, and style, but there is a comradery and respect that exist between all of us. Pinellas County is its own creative bubble that is flourishing with community support and I honestly feel like this is the best place on earth to be an artist.”

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The past few years have been jam packed with interesting projects for me such as the Shine Mural Festival 2015, The Motherhood Project, The Fantastic Ekphrastic, UNIFIED (united Nations - Florida Chapter), and I have recently completed several large-scale commissions for the Florida Aquarium in Tampa and the headquarters of the Bank of the Ozark’s Innovation Lab. Next project will be a 30’ mural along the Pinellas Bike Trail on the “Arts Xchange” Building in the Warehouse Arts District.

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her skills and trained herself to work in a variety of mediums. Inspired by adventure, Jadus journeyed to Europe after graduation and discovered a passionate fascination with Impressionism. However, upon her return she took an unexpected turn and studied Electrical Engineering, earning her Bachelor’s of Science from the University of South Florida. She continued working as an engineer for a number of years before the awareness that her career, although it provided a steady income and stability for her & her family, was not setting well with her heart. Unable to shake the uncertainty of her position, Jadus decided to abandon the life as an engineer to put all efforts into her true calling: fine arts. She has since thrived as an artist and has completely dedicated herself to her skills. Jadus is a Tampa Bay Artist and her work is exhibited in galleries and a part of private collections all over the world. A painting is an account of life, a narrative. It embodies the slow heat rising off the pavements, the watery reflections of the universe, and the shaky essence of a soul. As an artist I manifest these truths in my art, and I aim to ignite the imagination of others with the reflections of the physical world. A finished piece is the artistic equivalent to a solved equation—suddenly it’s clear and coherent on the canvas before me. All the colors and forms come together in a gradual but clear impression.


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CAMILLE GOMEZ Camille Gomez is definitely one to watch. Currently, she is the VP & Business Development Manager at Travel By Appointment where she is responsible for implementing partnerships, corporate accounts, sponsorships and marketing campaigns.

In her 8 years with the company, she has made a significant impact on revenues; exceeding company goals for three years in a row. Through this job she has been fortunate to not only work alongside her mother, but has traveled extensively to many international destinations such as Mexico, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, and China, Spain, Italy and Chile. Domestically, she has traveled to the major US cities of San Francisco, New York City, New Orleans, Miami, Las Vegas, Denver, Boston, Nashville, St Louis, Austin, Philly, and DC.

people and the city. Today she sits on three boards: Tampa Bay Seminole Club (Fsu alumni group), Professional Philanthropy Network, and Young Travel Professionals Tampa Chapter.

After Camille graduated from Florida State University in 2008 she returned to her home town of Tampa. She had started a job but wasn’t sure if she wanted to stay. She only kept in touch with a few friends and went out with them in South Tampa, but Camille desired more and needed to see what Tampa had to offer before she made up her mind.

Through all these efforts she has been recognized as Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2013 30 under 30 Up and Comer, South Tampa Magazine’s Top 10 under 40 (Jan/Feb issue-2017) and Emerge Member Spotlight in Tampa Bay Times (2016). It is through her love of connecting others and her belief in the importance of giving back to her community that makes Tampa proud to call her one of their own.

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That was decided in 2009, when she began getting involved with a variety of organizations and community groups. She was told networking was the best way to get to know

She is also a loyal Greater Tampa of Chamber/ Emerging Leaders member. Besides doing her assigned job on these boards, because of her talent of connecting people and promoting; she has truly overall helped all these groups grow their memberships to new heights.


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E The story of the rescue and rehabilitation of Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s permanent residents Winter and Hope, both Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, has inspired millions around the world through the movies Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2.

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Clearwater Marine Aquarium is not your typical aquarium and provides guests with an incredible inspiring experience. Located adjacent to Clearwater Beach, Trip Advisor’s 2016 #1 Beach in the U.S., CMA works as an animal hospital with the mission of the rescue, rehabilitation and release of marine life.

Winter was found stranded in Mosquito Lagoon, near Cape Canaveral, Florida when she was only two months old, entangled in a crab trap line which cut off circulation to her tail flukes. After disentanglement, she was transported to Clearwater Marine Aquarium for treatment of her extensive injuries. However, despite exhaustive efforts to promote healing, her tail deteriorated and could not be saved. Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics, Inc., together with CMA staff, created a unique plan to attach a prosthetic tail to Winter.

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lives there to serve as an ambassador for its species to help promote environmental conservation. Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s Education Department is dedicated to inspiring guests of all ages to appreciate the marine environment while promoting conservation. The team strives to develop an understanding for the irreplaceable value of all marine life. By teaching children and adults the importance of conservation, ecology and stewardship, CMA believes they will apply this knowledge to make sustainable choices and take an active part in preserving the marine environment. animals exemplify that every day. By inviting guests to see firsthand how CMA cares for these animals, they create powerful experiences that can change lives and make a difference. CMA staff and volunteers work each day to rescue marine life and provide the most advanced and effective care to maximize the opportunity to return sick or injured animals to their homes.

Visitors not only have the opportunity to see Winter and Hope, but the other resident animals as well, including sea turtles, nurse sharks, river otters, stingrays and more. Guests can upgrade their experience to include a scenic eco boat tour, kayaking adventure, behind the scenes tour, and animal feeding and encounter programs. Proceeds from all programs and admission provide support for this unique nonprofit organization dedicated to rescue, rehab and release of marine life.

Once an animal arrives at CMA, a team of experienced staff biologists, veterinarians and volunteers create a rehabilitation plan specifically developed based on its injury or illness, with the goal of returning it to the wild.

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Sometimes the animal’s injuries are so severe, it’s so young, or it lacks the skills to survive in the wild, that release would not be in its best interest. CMA works with agencies such as National Marine Fisheries and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to make these decisions. If the animal is unable to be released back into the wild, it becomes a permanent member of the CMA family, and


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SHOP. DINE. ENJOY. Sundial is downtown St. Pete’s premier shopping and dining destination, a two-story oasis in the heart of the city’s bustling downtown center. Just steps from the world-famous waterfront, Sundial includes a special collection of shops, restaurants and spa experiences unique to the Tampa Bay area. Originally opened as Baywalk in the 1990s, the plaza saw a drastic decline and was nearly vacant when local businessman Bill Edwards purchased it in 2011 with the intention of creating a signature outdoor shopping and dining destination.

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Dining options include award-winning restaurants Sea Salt, Ruth’s Chris Steak House and FarmTable Kitchen, from some of Tampa Bay’s most celebrated chefs. And if pampering is what you need, you can experience timeless grooming and beauty treatments at The Shave Cave and Marilyn Monroe Glamour Room. From fashion shows to pop-up performances, holiday and seasonal entertainment can be found throughout the year. Every third Saturday of the month, Sundial hosts the largest free yoga event in the Tampa Bay area when upwards of 200 yogis create a sea of tranquility in the courtyard with the sun rising over the bay to the east. The courtyard features a modern, clean design with finishes such as travertine, quartzite stone, custom stainless railings, European shade umbrellas, skylights and state-of-the-art video boards.

A passion project for Edwards, the 80,000-square-foot lifestyle center opened in Spring 2014 after a $40 million makeover. This modern, open-air center is a showcase of Florida Gulf Coast living specializing in luxury, sophistication and relaxation. Sundial is home to a variety of unique shops and boutique one-of-a-kind finds. Immerse yourself in personalized fashion from local designer Tracy Negoshian, discover downtown’s best selection of footwear and swimwear, and browse a wealth of highly-desired brand names for men, women and children. Visitors regularly discover the latest trends from Tampa Bay’s own Florida Jean Company, intuitive styles with a flair for the unexpected at Juxtapose Apparel & Studio, custom jewelry with local sensibility at Diamonds Direct Fine Jewelers, and artisan goods delivered daily at Locale Market. Retail staples such as Chico’s, White House Black Market, Tommy Bahama and Swim ’n Sport join locally and regionally owned Jackie Z Style Co, Ansley Z Style Co and John Craig Clothier in offering the latest fashions for men, women and children.

www.facebook.com/SundialStPete | twitter.com/sundialstpete www.instagram.com/sundialstpete/ | @SundialStPete #SundialStPete | www.sundialstpete.com

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In addition to the sundial, bronze dolphin statues created by St. Petersburgbased artist Mark Aeling make a splash with families and guests of all ages, creating a memorable picture spot.

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The plaza’s centerpiece is a nearly three-story working sundial, fountain and mosaic lagoon, all designed by Emmy Award-winning production designer René Lagler. The sundial is a nod to St. Petersburg’s history as the Sunshine City, and was designed to keep accurate solar time.


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INNISBROOK RESORT Tampa Bay’s Most Beautiful Golf & Spa Resort.

Tampa Bay is home to an absolutely beautiful retreat that is Innisbrook. Just 25 miles from Tampa International Airport, the resort is a golfer’s dream and so much more – a fantastic place for a couple’s getaway, family escape, girl’s spa weekend or even a corporate retreat or group gathering. Condo-style suites are spacious with full kitchen and overlook the lush landscape or gorgeous golf courses. Your private patio or balcony provides views of the natural, rolling landscape – so untypical of Florida – that leave you feeling peaceful amidst the wooded surroundings.

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Home of the PGA TOUR’s Valspar Championship, Innisbrook’s four top-ranked golf courses provide an amazing golf experience with variety and exceptional service, all in one location, as well as professional instruction.

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Cynthia Gandee Its mission is to interpret the history and lifestyle of America’s Gilded Age and the life and significant contributions of Henry Bradley Plant to the development of Florida and Tampa Bay. Original furnishings and artifacts and a dynamic self-guided audio tour immerse visitors in the opulence of the 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel and its rich history.

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SINCE 1933, THE TAMPA BAY HOTEL HAS BEEN HOME TO THE HENRY B. PLANT MUSEUM AND THE UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA. THE BUILDING, RENAMED PLANT HALL, IS A NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK. THE HENRY B. PLANT MUSEUM HOLDS THE DISTINCTION OF ACCREDITATION BY THE AMERICAN ALLIANCE OF MUSEUMS.

During the 1880s, Plant was building an empire of railroads, steamships and hotels. He wanted that empire to have a palace, and that palace was the Tampa Bay Hotel. The hotel was built by Plant personally, not investors, at a cost of $2.5 million and an additional $500,000 for furnishings. It took two years to build, covered 6 acres and was ¼-mile long. Its 511 rooms were among the first in Florida to be completely electric. The building had all of the latest luxuries including a billiard room, barbershop, shoeshine service, beauty shop, flower shop, telegraph office, formal dining room, Grand Salon, Music Room with orchestra, and telephones in all guest rooms. Guests reveled in this atmosphere of heady opulence, surrounded by exotic furnishings, porcelains, Venetian mirrors, and sculptures handpicked in Europe by Mr. and Mrs. Plant. Open from December to April throughout the 1890s, the hotel was a lively place with magnificent balls, tea parties and organized hunts during the winter social season. Guests enjoyed an array of diversions, including wild game hunting, fresh and saltwater fishing, sailing, rowing and canoeing. Bicycles and carriages were at their disposal. Rickshaws


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were available for tours of the property or an afternoon ride to see and be seen. The hotel also boasted a golf course, tennis and shuffleboard courts, billiards, croquet and even a racetrack. The Music Room hosted grand balls and orchestra concerts during the week. The Tampa Bay Casino seated 2,000 people and billed national and international performers such as Dame Nellie Melba, Sarah Bernhardt, John Philip Sousa and Anna Pavlova. The casino also served as a spa with a heated indoor swimming pool located below the removable floorboards to reveal a relaxing oasis.

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The building was bought by the city in 1904 after the death of Henry Plant in 1899. It operated as a hotel until 1932. In 1933, the Tampa Municipal Museum was established in the south wing of the first floor in order to preserve the legacy of the Tampa Bay Hotel. The remainder of the building, as well as the property, became home to The University of Tampa. Today the museum houses original hotel furnishings and art objects collected by Mr. and Mrs. Plant from Europe and the Orient. The Tampa Municipal Museum became the Henry B. Plant Museum in 1974. Since then, its mission has been to interpret the Tampa Bay Hotel at the turn-of-the-century and the Victorian lifestyles of America’s Gilded Age for people of all ages, backgrounds and levels of interest. Visitors are transported through educational exhibits and events to the late Victorian period, the beginning of Florida’s tourist industry and the early years of the city of Tampa.


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THE FLORIDA ORCHESTRA What began as two regional orchestras on both sides of the bay has grown into the premier – and largest – professional orchestra in Florida. The Florida Orchestra celebrates its 50th anniversary in the 2017-18 season with more than 130 performances in and out of the concert hall.

The Florida Orchestra is still the only performing arts institution that serves the entire Tampa Bay area, with classical Masterworks, crowd-pleasing Pops, light symphonic morning Coffee, video game and rock concerts in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater. Each season the orchestra reaches about 175,000 people, almost half of those at community and education concerts for free. In fact, making a difference in the community is a true passion of Music Director Michael Francis. Since he took the reins in 2015, TFO has expanded its reach into the community and across the state with free concerts at hospitals, malls, parks, schools and more. “Our boundaries are not limited by the size of our concert halls, but by the size of our community,” Francis says. 9 8 V O L U M E

To keep the orchestra accessible to all, TFO took the unusual step of lowering ticket prices and streamlining packages in 2011. Since then, attendance has soared more than 30 percent. Tickets for Masterworks and Pops concerts still start at just $15, and kids get into Masterworks concerts for free.

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TAMPA THEATRE On October 15, 1926, downtown Tampa got a little bit brighter, with the city’s name in lights towering seven stories above Franklin Street.

Inside, opening night guests marveled at the sight of what was being touted as “One of America’s most elaborate movie palaces.” The brilliant mind behind the majestic theatre was that of John Eberson, an architect who had earned renown for a style he called “atmospheric.” Decades before Walt Disney built his first themed attraction in central Florida, Eberson set out to transport his guests out of their everyday lives and into a moonlit Mediterranean courtyard, draped in flowering vines and dotted with classical statuary. Above it all, 99 stars twinkled in a faux night sky.

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With “talkies” yet to make their debut, the 21-piece Tampa Theatre Orchestra provided the soundtrack to the films, with help – and a full rank of sound effects – courtesy of the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ.

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Like other lavish downtown movie houses across the country, Tampa Theatre was enormously popular when it opened. For 25 cents, the common person could indulge in a few hours’ entertainment and be treated like royalty by uniformed platoons of ushers and attendants.

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For several decades, Tampa Theatre remained the crown jewel of Tampa’s cultural landscape. Generations of people followed the world through the newsreels, stole their first kisses in the balcony, and grew up coming to the Theatre week after week.


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But by the 1960s, times had changed. The “flight to the suburbs” left downtown businesses hurting – especially the movie houses that had brightened America’s main streets. Audiences dwindled and costs rose. And with the advent of television, many of our nation’s finest theaters were demolished as their value dropped below that of the land upon which they sat. In 1973, Tampa Theatre, too, had a date with the wrecking ball. But Tampa’s citizens rallied, community leaders got involved, and soon a deal was struck with the city to rescue the landmark. By the time Tampa Theatre reopened to the public in 1977, it had become something of a national model on how to save an endangered theater. Today, Tampa Theatre straddles the line between the next generation and the last. Still primarily a film house, the Theatre projects more than 500 show times each year of new-release independent and foreign films with top-of-the-line digital picture and sound, each preceded by a live performance on that original Mighty Wurlitzer organ before the stagehand brings down the house lights on the vintage 1926 control panel.

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711 N Franklin Street, Tampa, FL 33602 24 Hour Information Hotline: (813) 274-8981 www.tampatheatre.org

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Recently called “One of the 10 Most Beautiful Cinemas in the World” by the BBC and among “15 of the World’s Most Spectacular Theaters” by CNN, Tampa Theatre was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978, is a Tampa City Landmark, and is a proud member of the League of Historic American Theatres and the Art House Convergence.

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With its 1,400 seats and amazing acoustics, Tampa Theatre is also one of the most intimate live performance venues in town, presenting a dozen stand-up comedians, small bands and spoken-word shows annually on its historic stage. More than 1 million school children have visited for field trips, tours and summer film camps — all within the context of one of Tampa’s largest historic preservation projects.


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cocktail series is offered in a restaurant/bar in downtown St. Petersburg. SPO presents nearly 50 other programs a year at a variety of private clubs, civic organizations, and colleges. St. Petersburg Opera Company (SPO) strives to enrich the cultural lives of the residents of and visitors to the Tampa Bay area by presenting fully staged professional opera productions of the highest quality, and to make opera accessible to present and future audiences through community outreach, educational initiatives, and collaboration with other arts organizations. SPO presents five mainstage productions per season: three full length operas performed in the original language of the libretto, one holiday program, and a Broadway or light opera production. All mainstage productions are at The Palladium Theater in downtown St. Petersburg. When the opera is in a language other than English, subtitles in English are projected above the stage

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SPO holds nationally advertised auditions in New York and in St. Petersburg. Singers come from around the world to audition for SPO. Chorus members are mostly local professional singers, again chosen by competitive audition. The orchestra is comprised of professional musicians from The Florida Orchestra, the Sarasota Orchestra, and from across the country under the baton of Maestro Mark Sforzini.

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Our popular Maestro series presents 90 minute programs that are a gateway to opera. A combination of performance, audience participation, and narration by Maestro Mark Sforzini, the programs are humorous and educational. Evenings with the Maestro are held in central Pinellas county. Mornings with the Maestro are at the Musuem of Fine Arts in downtown St. Petersburg. Afternoon performances are offered in Clearwater and Sun City Center. A new 2145 1st Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712 | Phone: +1 727-823-2040 | www.stpeteopera.org

SPO runs a children’s opera program in conjunction with Pinellas County Schools. Third graders come to the company’s headquarters, Opera Central, for performances of an opera geared for children, currently Pinocchio. Middle and high school students attend an abbreviated performance of a mainstage opera at the Palladium. All students under 18 are offered discounted tickets, but even the adult tickets for SPO shows are reasonably priced, ranging from $20 to $75. The SPO building, Opera Central, is ADA compliant and The Palladium Theater offers elevators, wheelchair seating, ADA bathroom facilities, and hearing assistance devices. Â


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THE TROPICS BOAT TOURS Welcome to the home of the daily Dolphin Exploration Tours & Sunset Celebration Cruises!

25 Causeway Blvd, Slip #5, Clearwater, FL 33767 Phone: +1 727-442-7433 | www.thetropicsboattours.com

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On top of the daily Dolphin Exploration Tours and Sunset Celebration Cruises, The Tropics Boat Tours specializes in themed events that they host every month throughout the year. Visit their website to get a peek into their tour calendar and join them on an upcoming fun-filled event!

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The story of The Tropics Boat Tours began long before Trisha Rodriguez acquired the vessel formerly known as the Dolphin Encounter. Trisha was a very successful mortgage broker in the Milwaukee area when the 2008 financial crisis hit and she lost everything. She, her husband Dennis and her daughters Hailey and Madelyn moved to Tampa to start anew. One day as she was taking her daughters for ice cream in Clearwater Beach, she walked by the Clearwater Municipal Marina and thought how cool it would be to run a Commercial Boat Business: after all, what can possibly be better than serving people

who are on vacation? What better responsibility than to make people happy day in and day out? She inquired about the idea and was told that the waiting list was 7 years long. Not discouraged one bit, she met the Harbor Master and let her know of her intentions. That same day, he gave her a call to let her know firsthand that the Dolphin Encounter was being sold and she began working hard on a business plan. Since then, and although the business has evolved, the family business still prides itself in treating everyone like a family member.

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Since 2010, our double decker catamaran has taken countless families, residents and visitors alike across the Clearwater waterways and into the Gulf of Mexico to experience what our slice to paradise has to offer.


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Yacht StarShip Cruises & Events LOOKING FOR A ROMANTIC DATE NIGHT LOCATION? WHAT ABOUT A PERFECT SPOT TO CELEBRATE A SPECIAL OCCASION WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY? YACHT STARSHIP CRUISES AND EVENTS HAS GOT YOU COVERED. JOIN US ABOARD A ONEOF-A-KIND DINNER CRUISE WITH AWARD WINNING SERVICE.

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Dine on a delightful menu that changes seasonally while you take in the beautiful panoramic views of Tampa Bay or watch stunning sunsets over Clearwater Beach. After dining, make your way up to the open-air decks to dance the night away or just sit back and relax while cruising over the moonlit waters.

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Yacht StarShip offers sunset dinner cruises throughout the week, with the option to book a reservation for you and a friend or even reserve a private party for family or a corporate get together. The fleet includes four luxury yachts that are perfect for any size event from 2 to 600 guests. Birthday parties, company holiday parties, dances, and travel groups are just a few of the bookings we reserve. Show off the city to your out-of-town guests, propose to your significant other under the stars, or celebrate a special milestone with family and friends.


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If you’re planning your wedding in the Tampa Bay area, look no further! Our experienced wedding coordinators can help with any wedding theme or dÊcor, including menu selection, flowers, photography, specialty linens, entertainment, and more! You can choose from plated, buffet or cocktail style receptions or even customize your menu with our Executive Chef. We offer alternate docking locations in Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, St. Pete Beach, Sarasota and Tarpon Springs.

603 Channelside Dr. Tampa, FL 33602 Phone: +1 813-223-7999 www.yachtstarship.com

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Yacht StarShip specializes in the highest standards of yacht hospitality where our guests are truly the captain of an unforgettable experience. Join us and set sail for a night to remember.


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JOE WAGGONER BEFORE TAKING THE HELM OF THE TAMPA HILLSBOROUGH EXPRESSWAY AUTHORITY (THEA), JOE SPENT 28 YEARS WITH THE MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION.

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road maintenance and toll operations. This change saved money, eliminated redundancies and ensured that all toll revenues collected by THEA are used to either maintain our roadway system or are reinvested back into our community through other community partnerships.

INNOVATIVE The Selmon Expressway reversible express lanes were the first allelectronic toll road in the State of Florida. In addition, by being reversible and elevated, THEA fit six lanes in six feet of right-of-way. Joe continued the Innovation legacy by bringing connected vehicle technology to our region. THEA was one of three places in the country selected to participate in the USDOT’s Connected Vehicle Pilot Program.

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INDEPENDENT Joe negotiated the end of the lease-purchase agreement with FDOT and assumed control of all

To honor Mr. Selmon, Joe set up the Selmon STEM Scholarship program, where THEA sponsors the University of South Florida’s (USF) bridge building competition, and provides book scholarships and internships for USF engineering students.

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COMMUNITY-ORIENTED As a member of the Tampa Bay community, Joe is proud to have THEA play a role in its continued development. The Selmon Greenway accommodates pedestrians and cyclists - mostly in the shade of the expressway - and connects the City’s Riverwalk to Ybor City. The first park, the Deputy Kotfila Memorial Dog Park was conceived by Joe as a tribute to the deputy. It has already been a huge hit and in the Spring of 2018, the Selmon Greenway will open five more pocket parks for the Tampa Bay community.

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Together – the Board, the Staff and Joe – have all transformed THEA, into an independent, innovative, self-sustaining, and communityoriented toll agency.

Under Joe’s sound fiscal leadership, THEA is among the top-ranked credit performers among agencies of its kind in the state. THEA are 100% funded by toll revenues and do not use any taxpayer dollars.

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Joe’s first task when he arrived at THEA ten years ago was to assemble a great team. In those years, the Board of Directors had always provided the agency with excellent leadership. As a local agency, THEA is governed by a Board of four citizens, two elected officials and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District-7 Secretary.


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Ahoy mateys! Do you have family in town looking for something fun to do? Are you a Tampa native who hasn’t had the chance to explore Riverwalk and all it has to offer? Either way, come aboard the Pirate Water Taxi, a convenient, hop on hop off service that allows you to pay for a day pass or get an annual pass! Each Pirate Water Taxi is manned by a Captain and a Deckhand, and your trip is narrated with stories on Tampa’s history, fun facts, and land-lubber jokes from our pirates. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the views as you cruise along the Tampa Riverwalk, Harbour Island and Channelside Districts. Stay on the boat for the entire route (down to Rick’s on the River and back), hop off at any of our 15+ stops, or both! With our 15 different stops along the way, you can get off on Davis Island, venture into Downtown Tampa for coffee and a trip to the Museum of Photographic Arts, or walk down the beautiful Bayshore Boulevard. The best part? You can get back on the Pirate Water Taxi at any of the stops to continue on your voyage or return to your original location.

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The Pirate Water Taxi is open Sunday – Thursday from 11:30AM – 10:00PM, Friday from 11:30AM – 11:30PM, and Saturday from 11:30AM – 12:00AM. Tickets may be purchased on board at any stop, online at piratewatertaxi.com, or at the ticket booth located at Stop #7.

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In addition to taking you to all of your favorite restaurants and attractions located in Downtown Tampa, the Pirate Water Taxi also offers a Pirate Perks Program. Guests can show their Pirate Water Taxi wristbands to receive discounts and savings with our Pirate Perks Partners! These partners include, Yacht Star Ship Cruises & Events, The Florida Aquarium, FL Museum of Photographic Arts, Anise Global Gastrobar, and more! Tampa Riverwalk, Tampa, FL 33602 Phone: +1 813-223-7999 www.piratewatertaxi.com

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Ben Brown, Owner

Ben Brown is a U.S Marine Corp veteran and a successful Serial Entrepreneur. He came to Pinellas County in 1996 as a manager of a Gold’s Gym in Clearwater and since then has created success with multiple businesses.  Ben is currently the owner and CEO of 360 Sales Consulting and has owned and operated All Pro Town Car for the last seven years.  All Pro Town Car began when Ben was driving limousines parttime and determined that this was an area where he could provide better service to his clients if he started his own company.  He invested some money that his mother left him when she passed away and purchased a vehicle for the business. 

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All Pro Town Car is the Tampa Bay area’s premier limo town car and car service that provides premium transportation for corporate and private clients. Whether a corporation needs transportation for a few passengers to the airport or hotel or for hundreds of passengers such as to conventions like the Republican National Convention All Pro Town Car can take care of those needs. Private clients rely on All Pro Town Car to provide transportation for their events such


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as weddings, concerts, special occasion dinner and theater, or a ride to and from the airport, and even trips to the local stores for shopping. The transportation area that All Pro Town Car covers is from Clearwater to Jacksonville and sometimes all the way down to Miami Beach, making it convenient for any client needing transportation to get exactly what they want. Clients can hire a town car, SUV, limousine, party bus or other larger vehicle all the way up to 55 passenger buses. With the advancement in new technology like Uber, All Pro Town Car continue to provide the

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service which is needed for the high end market by providing top notch service for individual and companies needing that special attention. This is the best way to build a brand and continue to grow in your community. Ben Brown is always excited for the next phone call that he gets whether it is coordinating the transportation for a 25-day movie shoot or helping someone get their elderly parents to and from a special concert or wedding event.  It is always great to service the customers and see the smiles on their faces when the job is done well. www.allprotowncar.com

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KAREEM J. SPRATLING In 2007 Kareem Spratling transferred from Bryant Miller Olive’s Tallahassee office to Tampa to be with the woman he loved and to remain with the law firm he loved. 10 years later, he’s still in love with both and has developed a robust love affair with the entire Tampa Bay Region. Now a shareholder at Bryant Miller Olive (“BMO”), Kareem primarily focuses his law practice on matters involving public finance. While laying his hat in Tampa (and sometimes in Treasure Island), Kareem’s law practice has a nationwide footprint and he has served as counsel in all aspects of finance transactions, both for governmental, nonprofit and for profit entities. Each year since he started practicing law, Kareem has provided counsel on at least $1 billion of transactions. In 2015, Kareem served as bond counsel on over $1 billion of bonds just for 501(c)(3) universities, exclusive of his other work. In the courtroom, among others, Kareem has successfully filed suit to validate the issuance of over $1.3 billion in bonds for projects in Tampa Bay.

Kareem’s firm, BMO, has offices in Tampa, Tallahassee, Orlando, Miami, Jacksonville, Atlanta and Washington, D.C. It was founded in the early 1970’s by a former Florida Governor and two former Florida Assistant Attorney Generals and has existed for more than 45 years. In that time, BMO has represented governments, businesses and agencies in legal matters relating to public finance, state and local government law, complex transactions, project finance, and litigation. Perhaps best known for its public finance practice, the oldest in the State of Florida, BMO has served as Bond Counsel on more deals than any other firm in the Southeast U.S. over the past 5 years, and more than any other firm in Florida over the past decade. If you know where to look, BMO’s handiwork can be seen on city halls, stadiums, roads, hospitals and classroom buildings nationwide. BMO also has a State & Local Government practice group that represents cities and counties around the state, dealing with issues ranging from charter revisions to employment issues. BMO also helps clients in such areas as labor and employment law, corporate trusts, real property and commercial transactions, and new markets tax credits. Among Bryant Miller Olive’s current focus in assisting public entities with the creation of Public Private Partnerships around the country, specifically in transportation and higher education.

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Beyond the practice, Kareem is a member of the Executive Committee of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and is currently serving as its youngest ever Legal Counsel, a member of the Leadership Alliance Advisory Board (“LAAB”) and is a member of the FSU Seminoles Torchbearers Board of Directors. He has been named a “Rising Star,” by both Super Lawyers Magazine (2010) and the Bond Buyer (2017) and is also a recipient of the Tampa Seminole Club’s “Torch Award.” www.bmolaw.com

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Dave Scott In the fall of 2010 I was smoking a cigar on the balcony of Teatro Restaurant overlooking 7th Avenue in Ybor City.  With me was Bob McCann, Executive VP for Neilsen Ratings in Oldsmar.  Bob and I spoke about the heyday of the Cigar Era in Ybor, the unique flavor and heritage of the district, and our concern over the slow erosion of what should be a point of pride for Tampa Bay. 

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Today, vision is becoming reality through the work of many residents, craftsmen, investors, entrepreneurs, concerned citizens, city officials, law enforcement officers, and a growing population of young and dynamic workers. Visitors are no longer being told “don’t go to Ybor after dark.”   Bungalow renovation and single family “infil” projects are popping up throughout the district as well as large loft/boutique apartments and

multi-family residential developments. Professional services, craft brewers, and creative business are moving into new buildings and historic structures.  The iconic Colombia Restaurant is expanding into several new Ybor venues.  A burgeoning technology, innovation, and rapid prototyping activity is growing around the old historic Ybor Land Management Office and Hillsborough Community College campus.  Coworking space and county entrepreneur support facilities are in place.  A cyber-security training center and large corporate innovation divisions are moving in, along with the national headquarters for “College Hunks” and Ashley Furniture. Tampa Bay’s Historic Landmark district  deserves a leading role in a book focused on the most attractive lifestyles of the Tampa Bay Region.  We offer a compelling mix of nostalgia, diversity, energy, innovation, coolness, and funk.  Ybor City is moving forward and again becoming a centerpiece of the Tampa Bay brand.

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Bob offered his company’s sponsorship for a deepdive census and social media analysis of Ybor’s mix of residents, visitors, and businesses. I offered to take that data and lead a strategic planning workshop comparing Ybor’s profile with several “aspirational cities.”  Two guys on a balcony probably weren’t going to change the world but just maybe we could help promote change in Ybor City.  Six months later came a one page roadmap for moving Ybor forward. 

The Vison was clear: develop a “…Unique urban community melding beautiful historic architecture, a celebrated multi-cultural heritage, a bustling “main street,” creative businesses, and livable neighborhoods…” Specific strategic objectives included attracting more residents, attracting more visitors, improving Ybor’s image, promoting our ethnic and cultural diversity, preserving our history/heritage, and finally expanding, balancing, and diversifying our business base and retail services.  To add emphasis we undertook a massive outdoor mural project reflecting “The American Journey” of this special district and those who live and have lived here.  The mural is on Adamo Drive at 17th St.  Details of its construction and meaning can be found at www.yborartproject.com.  

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The story of Ybor City is one of greatness followed by slow decline over decades. Once the “Cigar Capital of the World”, the area began to show stress as the cigar industry mechanized in the 1930s.  Things deteriorated further as “urban renewal”, the I-4 corridor, and fire destroyed much of its historic fabric.  Ybor in the 1960s was a bleak and desperate landscape – literally a dust bowl.  Liberal wet zoning and city investment in parking, the Centro complex, Centennial Park, the street car, and historic décor attempted to revive the district but fell short.  As Bob and I puffed our cigars in 2010, Ybor was known primarily for its bawdy nightlife, notorious gangster stories, and high crime rate.  We agreed that we would do something together to change that. 

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DAVE BURTON Dave Burton is a well-respected Tampa Bay area restaurateur and Tampa native who first brought his expertise to the Tampa Bay area in 2004. Today he is managing partner of Tampa Pizza Company, with locations in downtown Tampa and Westchase. Tampa Pizza Company has been a finalist for best pizza in Tampa Bay three times (by Creative Loafing) and is a “Best of Yelp” award-winner for one of the top 10 restaurants in Downtown Tampa. Burton is also managing partner of the Holy Hog BBQ regional restaurant chain, which currently has four locations. He is also a co-managing partner at The Getaway, a Florida Keys-inspired tiki-bar and restaurant in Saint Petersburg, Florida, that was recently named by USA Today as one of the 10 best beach bars in Florida. Burton recently joined SoFresh, a regional healthy fast casual up emerging restaurant chain in 2015 as a minority partner and consultant assisting in business development, strategy, and growth. Across the Bay in St Pete, Burton is also a partner in the growing Hunger and Thirst Restaurant Group, operators of four different concepts in Pinellas County. Burton also has two concepts, Melt Shoppe, and Heights Fish Camp, in development set to open this Spring in the Hall on Franklin, which will be Tampa’s first food hall in the Tampa Heights neighborhood. An active member of the community, Burton serves on the Alumni Board of Directors of Tampa Connection as well as the Advisory Board for Visit Tampa Bay. Over the years, he has been involved in several fundraisers for the Glazer Children’s Museum, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa Theatre, Gasparilla International Film Festival, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, Sustany Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA, First Tee of Tampa Bay, Feeding Children Everywhere, No Kid Hungry Campaign and various student organizations at the University of Tampa and University of South Florida.

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I LOVE THE CITY THAT I LIVE, WORK AND PLAY IN! Stephen Schrutt, CEO & Founder of Hunger + Thirst Group.

For me, it is more than just good food. The food always has to be awesome but I strive to create an atmosphere and place that people can call their own. When I came

We want people to walk away from our restaurants feeling blown away in every department – food, service, drinks, décor and our atmosphere. We want people to feel they were treated as if they are a part of our restaurant group: you’re always welcome here.     Starting the Hunger + Thirst Restaurant Group has been a dream and I am thrilled to do it in the city I am proud to call home! I hope to see you around, our doors are always open and you’re always invited.

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The people are why I do what I do. I love being around people and getting to know them. I wanted to create a space where everyone feels welcome and a place they love just as much as I do. One of my favorite things about my day-to-day is seeing people enjoy what we do.  

Everyday I feel like we are hosting our friends and family over, that’s why we do all we can to treat everyone the same as if they were coming into our home!

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I grew up working in the hospitality industry while attending both Chamberlin High School and Florida State (Go Noles). I knew this was the right path for me. I always wanted to own my own business and have a place where my ideas could come to life.

to St. Petersburg six years ago, I knew this would be my new home. I truly believed that this was not only the right place for me to thrive but it was also the right city for my concepts to flourish. I love the culture of St. Petersburg and the vibe of the ever-growing work/play mentality. I’m just trying to help grow it. 

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There is nothing better than waking up everyday and going out into the sunshine city and getting to call it home. Growing up in Tampa, I never planned on living in St. Petersburg, FL but there is no place I would rather be.

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JEFF GIGANTE Restauranteur - Ciccio Restaurant Group. Jeff Gigante started out as a waiter in the restaurant business in New York City. His partner, James Lanza, and his brothers owned five of the hottest restaurants in New York City in the late eighties and early nineties. “Most everybody in the restaurant business in New York is trying to be an actor or a director,” says Gigante. “I was shoulder to shoulder with a lot of people going through the same struggle. I loved acting. I went to school for it, and I went after it voraciously; but I was a young married guy in New York City. I remember being on Madison Avenue and my wife crying, saying, “We’re never going to have health insurance.” I was a server, and I was working for these guys that were dynamic and passionate about what they did.”

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He wanted to capture that same unique aspect and bring it Tampa. In 1996, he opened Ciccio and Tony’s in the SoHo District. His restaurant group began with himself, Lanza, a chef and a half dozen employees. Now, twenty years later, at a little over 600 employees and growing, Gigante and Lanza have become the Caesars of a small empire of restaurants in the Tampa Bay area, including Ciccio, Daily Eats and Fresh Kitchen.

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Gigante believes the secret to his success is the focus on hiring young, ambitious, inspired chefs that are coming under the tutelage of experienced chefs like Flores. “We instill a culture in the staff that encourages individuals to bring their own spark, creativity and personality to the brand,” says Gigante. “The culture of what the restaurant group is to show love and passion in what you do, and it will come across on the plate.” “When I was a young guy starting out in this, I wanted to be in the front of a restaurant. Now for me, if I can get home by 6:00 o’clock and be with my wife and kids and have a wonderful meal at the house, and still know that we’re serving 100,000 meals a month with people that are passionate about this; that is success to me.” In his free time, Jeff enjoys fishing, traveling, speaking to students about the inspiration and drive it takes to succeed in business. He also is the manager/agent of the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event runner-up, John Racener. He is married to the love of his life, Erica, and he has two amazing children, Ciro and Isabel.


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ED DROSTE A past vice-chair of the Clearwater Chamber of Commerce, former Board member for the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, and most notably co-founder and partner in Hooters Restaurants!

What keeps Ed busiest these days is serving as Foundation Board Chairman for Moffitt Cancer Institute.

He and his wife Marsha Posey, who was the founding Co-Chair of Moffitt Pinellas Partners and is the Founder and CEO of Forever Pillows, continue to work together to make not only Tampa Bay a more amazing place, but make a global impact.

“The greatest thing about the success I have been so fortunate to experience is the opportunity we have to impact other peoples lives.”

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Moffitt is the No. 1 cancer hospital in Florida and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report  as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for cancer since 1999.

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In conjunction with Hooters Restaurants, Ed formed Provident Advertising and Marketing to coordinate the chain’s promotional activities for the brand and other ventures in a number of industries. Outside of Hooters Ed has continued to enhance Tampa Bay’s fun and culinary scene also co-founding Pete & Shorty’s Tavern, and Splitsville, located in six cities including Downtown Disney in Orlando, FL.

The Foundation Board oversees the fundraising on behalf of and makes contributions to support Moffitt Cancer Center and its mission in the areas of Cancer Research, Patient Care and Education.

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In case you didn’t know Hooter’s was founded in Clearwater in 1983 and currently has over 400 units in 28 countries with sales of nearly a billion annually.


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stu sjouwerman Stu Sjouwerman (pronounced “shower-man”) is the founder and CEO of KnowBe4, Inc., which hosts the world’s most popular integrated Security Awareness Training and Simulated Phishing platform. help Clearwater’s prosperity and show how much it has to offer to others around the nation. As a spotlight and prosperous technology company, Stu’s drive and success helped show off Clearwater as a place “where growth lives” as highlighted in Inc Magazine’s special Inc 500 awards issue of August 2016. Stu is excited about the growth of Clearwater, its continued attraction as one of the country’s top beaches and the expansion downtown, including new apartment complexes and retail growth. More than 10,000 organizations in a variety of industries, including highly-regulated fields such as healthcare, finance, energy, government and insurance have mobilized their end users as a first line of defense using KnowBe4. Sjouwerman is the author of four books, with his latest being “Cyberheist: The Biggest Financial Threat Facing American Businesses.” From 1996 through 2011, Stu was the Editor-In-Chief of WServer News, an email newsletter to 100,000+ IT system administrators helping them to keep their systems secure. Along with his CEO duties, Stu is currently Editor-in-Chief of Cyberheist News, an e-zine tailored to deliver IT security news, technical updates and social engineering alerts to IT professionals.

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Sjouwerman sold his fourth start-up. As a serial entrepreneur and data security expert with more than 30 years in the IT industry, realizing that the human element of security was being seriously neglected, Sjouwerman decided to help organizations manage the problem of cybercrime social engineering tactics through new school security awareness training and founded KnowBe4 in 2010.

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STEVE GIANFILIPPO, FOUNDER Founded in 2003, Gianco Companies (www.gianco.co) primary focus has been in managing, developing, and investing in Boutique Lifestyle Brands with its main investments in hotels, residential developments, mixeduse assets, technology, finance, and energy. The company employs creative sales and marketing strategies, forward-thinking design and brand creation, and adaptive reuse strategies to add value to its real estate portfolio. Their portfolio includes hundreds of thousands of square feet of real estate in the Bay Area including many assets with historical significance that fit nicely into the Lifestyle Brand Founder Gianfilippo has created. Gianco Companies is the original seed investor, largest preferred shareholder, and board member of Textus. com, has offices in Tampa with its partner Gries Investment Funds, and maintains its headquarters in downtown St. Petersburg at its newly renovated office, co-work, and retail building, Station House. Perhaps its most notable brand creation has been Station House. A community-based co-work concept that has drawn national attention for its unique combination of culture, community, tech, and workplace. Can you share the most important features that make Station House St Petersburg especially beautiful and unique? Well, besides the members and staff, (“our DNA”), we strived to create a sense of pride and confidence in our work environment. We did this by way of creating “collisions” or an organic ecosystem. Our community and its identity have mutated itself into our building and culture. We combined all aspects of our members’ lives into the design. The 9-to-5 is dead. Work, play, wellness, all merge at Station House. We have a coffee and tea bar, restaurant, lounge, and other secrets for entertaining or relaxation after, during, or before work. Besides hosting multiple real estate events, Tech events, art and cultural events, weddings and receptions, our rooftop terrace hosts every type of yoga imaginable. Show up for our quarterly REVEAL event and you’ll witness how we bring such diverse backgrounds together for a night of family friendly networking.

260 1st Ave S., St Petersburg, FL 33701 USA | Phone: 727.895.8260 E-mail: info@stationhousestpete.com | events@stationhousestpete.com | stationhousestpete.com

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So what’s next for Gianco Companies and Station House? We are always evolving with our design and with our members. We are in a sense a hospitality brand combining LIVE/WORK. Like our Hotels in the area, we aim to please and create a lifestyle brand so just one block away from Station House we are developing an 11-story fully furnished LIVE/WORK apartment building with more cowork, retail, rooftop, and amenities to fit the new trend of “you are where you work” mindset. Then our next move is to look for expansion opportunities in larger developments, and franchise or licensing opportunities.

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Can you share in greater detail the character and design of Station House St Petersburg? Our use of materials focused primarily on preserving the history of our 105 year-old 5-story brick, post and beam structure. Our walls are mostly covered with vintage mirrors, inspirational or cheeky quotes, and art from the local community. We chose to be eclectic, yet classy and cool. Local vendors provided much of the vintage furniture and accessories, including about 30 chandeliers throughout the building. We wanted a casual yet sophisticated environment. We used black and white marble for the floors when appropriate, but switched it up to penny-dot tiles for the mirrored and chandeliered vault where our members retrieve their mail. Our phone room reminds everyone for you that “I woke up like this” in neon pink resting on a banana leaf wallpaper straight out of the Beverly Hills Hotel.


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ANDREW MACHOTA CEO of New Town Connections, hails from Rolling Prairie, a small town in Indiana.

Originally from a farm town of 500 people in Indiana, Andrew moved to Tampa in 2011 to escape the cold Midwest winters.

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He is in fact a CPA, but left that behind to start New Town Connections in 2015 as he saw a real need for people to meet and make genuine friends outside of the bar scene or online dating. This exclusive social club is headquartered in downtown St. Petersburg and hosts events every week across Tampa Bay where young professionals can establish long-lasting friendships centered around their common interests. By joining, members gain insider access to hundreds of unique experiences across the Bay Area. Creating New Town Connections has been life-changing, not only for Andrew but for many of his members. He is currently working on expanding to other large metropolitan areas outside of Florida and has recently published his first book called ‘Friend Request Accepted – Connecting in a Disconnected World.’ Andrew’s friends call him #teamnosleep but he swears he really likes to sleep! Sometimes he backpacks around the world by himself, but he’s never really alone. He thrives on being around other people.

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Andrews long term goal is to position Tampa Bay in the national spotlight for entrepreneurship and have more young professionals create their own companies here.

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260 1st Ave S., Suite 200-122, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Phone: 813-956-9696 Email: info@newtownconnections.com | Facebook: @newtownconnections Instagram: @newtownconnections | Twitter: @newtownconnect | newtownconnections.com


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John Collins has an extensive performing and management arts background as well as university fundraising experience. He is the founder and executive director of the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance. Now five years old, the Arts Alliance is a proud arts partner with St. Petersburg’s Office of Cultural Affairs. SPAA is an arts business center, an umbrella organization that advocates for the arts, facilitates the growth of our arts community, and helps drive arts-related economic development by supporting the creative businesses that attract residents and businesses to our city. The Alliance also supports in school and after school arts education, as well as provides professional arts business education in the St. Petersburg Greenhouse. SPAA coordinates and funds St. Petersburg’s Second Saturday ArtWalk, where five arts districts become one arts destination. Its Opening Night once a month, as some 40 studios & galleries stay open late with special exhibits and live demonstrations, and trolleys to take you around. Collins states, “We have a welcoming arts community and the Arts Alliance serves as our arts resource center. With funding from our city we are privileged to make awards to artists in literary and fine arts, theatre, dance, and music. We are a nonprofit sponsor and incubator for emerging arts organizations from dance to opera to arts festivals, including the SHINE Mural Festival that has turned our city into an open art exhibit.” “Please visit www.stpeteartsalliance.org to discover more information about our galleries, studios, museums, theatres, and opportunities for artists of all genres. Explore our interactive map and Guide to St. Petersburg Arts & Culture online, and download printable guides for ArtWalk and the St. Petersburg Studio & Gallery Guide. As our street lamp banners proclaim: The Arts Shine Here!”

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expect the unexpected in tarpon springs There’s a certain magic that permeates the streets of Historic Tarpon Springs; an evocative energy that encapsulates a district filled with historical buildings, bayous and Victorian homes.

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An area where treasures abound and all of the smiling faces are utterly contagious. From the world-famous Sponge Docks that transport you to a charming Grecian town, to the many eclectic, independent shops that sprinkle the streets, one can’t help but fall in love with the small town where both Greek and Floridian histories blend together to create an intoxicating cornucopia for the senses. Since the first Greek settlers arrived in the 1890s to harvest the abundant sponge found in the Gulf, the city has thrived as a cultural haven where generations have planted roots that sprouted into what has now become the “Sponge Capital of the World,” and a prime Florida destination.

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The historic area of downtown Tarpon Springs is on the National Register of Historic Places and is also an All-America City finalist.

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For locals living in the surrounding cities, downtown Tarpon Springs and the Sponge Docks serve as a quintessential and convenient escape from the norm. The myriad of momand-pop retail stores, boutiques, restaurants, bakeries, book stores, microbreweries and


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taverns help create an ideal setting to take a stroll in the beautiful climate, sample culinary treasures or enjoy a savory meal, shop for a new outfit or stylish home décor, take in the picturesque scenery and much more. The Pinellas Trail runs through the heart of the City, and users find Tarpon Springs a refreshing stop along the 64-mile trail. Tarpon Springs has so much to see and do that every visit is a fresh, invigorating experience. Visitors with a love for marine life can take a short walk from the Downtown District and head to Spring Bayou and Craig Park to see Ama, a striking, 6-foot, 4-inch bronze mermaid sculpture. During the winter months, manatees become the local favorite as they grace Spring Bayou in search of warmer waters. In addition to its beautiful beaches, shops, and docks off the working waterfront, downtown Tarpon Springs proves that it likes a good celebration.

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It’s no wonder the eclectic seaside community attracts thousands of visitors: in addition to its vibrant “Shop Local” initiative, the district hosts monthly festivals and events that include: Fine Arts Festival, Wine Walks, Arts & Crafts Shows, Hippie Fest, OktoberFest, Seafood Festival, Opa!Palooza, Snow Place Like Tarpon Springs and First Friday, a monthly event downtown with food, music, vendors, shopping, and a great way to meet your friends and neighbors to wind down from the work week.


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ANCLOTE BREW Two girls walk into a bar in Tarpon Springs... and somehow turn it into home. Not just for themselves, but for the thirsty, incredibly unique Tarpon locals who call Anclote Brew their own special watering hole.

So, just where did it all begin? A great beginning starts with many things but one thing it doesn’t start without – is passion.    Anclote Brew’s humble beginnings, began in the summer of 1978 when those two same girls, Cat and Andrea, met at Camp Keystone in the small town of Odessa, FL. Both were spending the summer working as camp counselors for children. It was there that a friendship was born that would last for a lot longer than just one summer. But slow down thirsty travelers, Anclote Brew would need a bit more time to, well… brew (pun totally intended). Cat’s dream of changing lives with her bare hands took her to Louisville, Kentucky where she opened a successful therapeutic massage center. Meanwhile,  Andrea was chasing dreams of her own by completing her education at the University of Florida

and starting her career with Federal Express. Eventually, while their friendship strengthened over the years, Cat and Andrea reunited and opened a second massage center. However, the sunshine state and Tarpon Springs in particular, were sending out quite a siren’s call and in 2014, the call was answered when the girls made their home in Tarpon Springs.   Things took on a life of their own once the neighbors got involved and became a part of the family and a part of the face of Anclote Brew.  Stacey, Marty, Janice and oh yeah! Let’s not forget Abby, Anclote’s favorite, furry mascot. She’s really the one who runs the joint. So come unwind at Anclote Brew. Where the beer is cold, the food is hot, and the jokes are questionable! But the people are family - and you can be too. 

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735 Dodecanese Blvd Unit 50 Tarpon Springs, FL 34689 Phone: +1 727-940-2503 www.anclotebrew.com


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Wine at the docks is located in the riverwalk shoppes, on the famous sponge docks of tarpon springs, fl.828 Dodecanese blvd. We offer a variety of wines FREE for tasting all day, which include Florida Wines, Greek Wines, Desert Wines, Ports, Ice Wines, and International Wines in our retail store. Our local wines include large selections from Florida Orange Groves, Aspirations Winery and Murielle Winery. For a break from walking, enjoy a glass of wine by the glass or a cold beer on tap in our wine bar. We also offer  a cooler full with 38 different craft and domestic bottled beers, plus a variety of non alcoholic drinks. We advertise our “Husband Day Care” for those husbands or partners who just want to take a break from shopping, and allow their loved ones to shop till they drop.

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We are a great location for private events and a starting point for our famous Tarpon Springs Wine Walks.

828 Dodecanese Blvd, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689 Phone: +1 727-942-9463 tarponspringswine.com

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This brewery has been a long time coming with lots of hard work, sweat and tears but all the hard work has finally paid off. In so many ways Silverking was meant to be! Our location is 325 East Lemon Street in Tarpon Springs, FL, which is the original Tarpon Springs Jail / Fire House. The original jail dates back to 1912 and is considered a historical part of the building. In 1964 the fire house portion of the building was added. Because of this our renovations had to be done with much care.

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After acquiring the building, research began to learn more about its history. Note that the name of the business had already been identified, Silverking Brewing Company. Silverking was chosen because its nickname for one of the world’s greatest sportfish, the highly sought after Tarpon.


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Our historical research led us to the name of Tarpon Spring’s original Sheriff/ Marshal, Marshal Rueben T. Jones. When located the only picture of him on record, much to our amazement there he was standing on the Sponge Docks with a 150lb Tarpon hanging next to him!! Silverking! This was so exciting... How IRONIC! As we continued with renovations and we were trying to decide on replacing the ceiling tiles in the tasting room, we uncovered the gorgeous wood ceiling. As we began ripping the ceiling tiles out, tile by tile… out from the ceiling fell old beer bottles and liquor bottles from who knows when! We truly believe these were nothing but pure signs that Silverking Brewing Company was meant to be in this old historical building! So who knows what stories these walls hold. We definitely plan to hold on to this fascinating history and bring you more interesting facts and pay homage to the history within this building and this great City... Tarpon Springs, FL. When you visit be sure to see the old antique bottles and pictures of Marshal Rueben T. Jones on display. We look forward to sharing with you!

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325 E Lemon St, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689 Phone: +1 727-647-2524 www.silverkingbrewing.com

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Great Beer… built by Fishermen and Outdoorsmen. A brewery that plans on giving back, beer by beer, to our wonderful resources.


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Dunedin’s village-like atmosphere and a relaxed lifestyle has lured people for decades from around the world.

Enjoying the natural wooded and subtropical setting and close to four miles of picturesque waterfront, Dunedin sits on central Florida’s west coast, in the heart of Pinellas County’s Suncoast. It is also one of the few open waterfront communities from Sarasota to Cedar Key where buildings do not obscure the view.

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It may be the world’s healthiest climate and the year-round outdoor fun that brings visitors to Dunedin, but it is Dunedin’s village quaintness coupled with its progressive vision and masterful planning that keeps them here. It is not surprising that many seasonal visitors elect to stay once they discover Dunedin is without the trappings and congestion of most Florida resort towns.

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Dunedin reflects the rich American and Scottish heritage of its founding fathers. This charming village-like town has the distinction of being the oldest town south of Cedar Key. Early in its history, thanks to a dock built to accommodate schooners and sloops and the ingenuity of pioneers from as near as Georgia and as far as Scotland, Dunedin became one of Florida’s chief seaport and trading centers. At one time Dunedin had the largest fleet of sailing vessels in Florida. Early settlers were primarily cotton and citrus growers, and it is hard to envision that most of what is now downtown was once a big cotton field!

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Downtown Market from November to June, Friday and Saturdays 10am - 2pm

711 N Franklin Street, Tampa, FL 33602 24 Hour Information Hotline: (813) 274-8981 www.dunedingov.com

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Dunedin’s quality of life is linked to its appreciation of its diverse and colorful past, and to the country that helped shape its future, Scotland. In commemoration of its ancestral ties Dunedin has chosen Stirling, Scotland, and Summerside, Prince Edward Island as its sister cities.


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Honeymoon and Caladesi Island NATURE LOVERS WILL FIND OSPREY NESTS, A WIDE VARIETY OF SHOREBIRDS, AND ONE OF THE FEW REMAINING VIRGIN SLASH PINE FORESTS IN SOUTH FLORIDA. THE PARK BOASTS SEVERAL NATURE TRAILS AND BIRD OBSERVATION AREAS.

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Visitors can swim, fish, and snorkel in the warm waters of the Gulf or picnic while they enjoy the beautiful scenery. Shelling is particularly good here, as the Gulf currents deposit an incredible variety of seashells on the shore. Showers are available and the park’s concession has a gift shop and snack bar.

1 Causeway Blvd, Dunedin, FL 34698 Phone: +1 727-469-5918 www.floridastateparks.org

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DOWNTOWN DUNEDIN MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION The Downtown Dunedin Merchants Association has played a key role in developing Downtown Dunedin into the popular destination it is today.

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Over the past 28 years the DDMA has put on as many as 18 festivals throughout the years, including the Mardi Gras and Parade on Fat Tuesday touted as one of the largest in the Southeast. Going strong today with just under 150 members the DDMA continues to assist the city in marketing and promotion.

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Working in tandem with their city wide partners, Visit Dunedin, the Chamber of Commerce, the City of Dunedin and CRA, the results have been amazing. The downtown has been written up in countless publications and received many awards like the Most Walkable City, best small downtown to live and retire in Florida’s Small Towns.

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Dunedin has a strong Scottish history (the name Dunedin means ‘Old Edinburgh’) and is twinned with Stirling, Scotland. The Scottish influence is honored by the Dunedin City, middle and high school pipes & drums bands and celebrated at the annual Highland Games & Celtic Festival. Dunedin is a popular tourist destination and locals agree that it has its unique charm. Dunedin was voted “Best Little Walking Town in America” by Walking Magazine and while strolling downtown you may see bagpipers or passersby in kilts. The Celtic Shop of Dunedin has high quality products from the 7 Celtic Nations of Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, Isle of Man, Brittany & Galicia. Products include Highland wear, fine crystal, jewelry, baby wear, bridal items, clothing & food. Lynn Thorn is the owner of the Celtic Shop of Dunedin and lived in the UK for 13 years, before making a short visit to Dunedin, Florida. It was love at first sight. She has owned the shop for over 8 years and feels like she has found her paradise. She loves the town so much she recently built a house in the downtown core so that she can drive her golf cart to the shop and walk most anywhere she needs to go.

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Dunedin is a vibrant, dog-friendly community. Stop into The Celtic Shop of Dunedin and meet Lynn’s dog and one of the official greeters, Ryder. The other official greeter is Roderick the Red of Dunedin aka Red Roddy. After a day at the shop, you’ll most likely find Lynn and Ryder out with friends at a local dog friendly restaurant patio. Dunedin’s eclectic mix of privately owned restaurants and boutiques and many special events make living here very special. It seems life is just getting better and better in delightful downtown Dunedin!

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For over 20 years, Salon GW owners Gregory Brady and Walter DeFord have provided hair and beauty services to their clients with fresh, exciting and creative new ways of expressing their personal lifestyle and reflecting the true beauty within. From historic roots at the Dunedin Beauty Shop in 1952, to the upscale hotspot that has helped define Dunedin’s cultural landscape, Salon GW, originally Gregory’s Salon, continues to offer people of all ages and diversity a place of beauty, style, and inspiration.

Gregory and Manager Ani Manuilow have worked on and off camera for HSN, Evine, as well as stations local to the Tampa Bay area.

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– Gregory Brady & Walter DeFord and the Salon GW Team

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You can often find the team on location; doing photo shoots, weddings, area fashion and runway shows. For all of its 13 years, the Wearable Art show, presented by the Dunedin Fine Art Center, has had Salon GW (Gregory’s) as a high level sponsor providing hair and make-up to complete the avant-garde looks for the artist’s models.

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Salon GW offers innovative techniques in cutting, coloring and retexturing all types of hair. Our salon is a working salon which means we are continuously learning, growing, and mastering our craft through educational workshops and trade shows to ensure that we are always on the cutting edge of every style and trend.


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GREGORY BRADY Moving to Dunedin right before the 5th grade in 1974, Gregory has lived in Dunedin for 43 years. In those days the downtown was full of nothing but memories of a business district of the past. The indoor malls pretty much had killed these small downtowns. Then to the surprise of everyone in the sleepy little town, Dennis Dallape changed the format of the dingy little bar, known as Blur now, to a gay bar. It was an instant success and where Gregory would begin his now 32 year career in downtown that was 1984. This began the resurgence of Main Street downtown bringing many new young entrepreneurs like Virgel Kelly of Kelly’s. When the city started it’s redevelopment efforts with the Downtown Technical Advisory Board (Now the CRA), Gregory saw the need for the business people in the community to be involved and he became an appointed member to the CRA Advisory Board in 1992. As the changes began to happen, most significantly the moving of Main Street 580 off of Main Street downtown and onto Skinner, the need to have a voice for the merchants evolved and Gregory founded; with several other business owners, the Downtown Dunedin Merchants Association, now in it’s 28th year. They began with a Mardi Gras event to drive people to town and today they produce most of the large signature events downtown. Gregory lives downtown in another property he, along with his Husband Walter, owns in the CRA district as well as the Salon GW building at the Pinellas Trail and Main Street. Gregory and Walter are planning to duplicate some of these downtown efforts in Guanacaste Costa Rica in the near future and open a business there as well.

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PETER KREUZIGER In 1976 Peter W. Kreuziger, from Austria and Karl Riedl, from Germany founnded Bon Appétit Group, formerly operating under Advantus Leisure Management Services. Peter W. Kreuziger was born in Vienna, Austria and received his early training in the industry there. He completed his apprenticeship and earned his hotel school diploma at the Park Hotel Mirabell (Sound of Music Hotel) and the Hotel School of Schloss Klessheim in Salzburg, Austria. At the age of 20 he came to the United States where he graduated from Cornell Universityís School of Hotel Administration. Following graduation, Peter opened and managed hotels and restaurants from Bermuda to San Francisco, starting his own company in 1976. Fun Fact: Back in 1976, Downtown Dunedin was nothing like what it is today. Hard to imagine now, but there were empty storefronts and no other restaurants until countryside! And 580 was just a two lane road. Peter is president of the Bon Appétit GroupSM which operates restaurants and state park concessions in Florida. Mr. Kreuziger taught classes at Cornellís Society of Hotelmen and was an Associate Professor at Schiller International University. He is also a member of the American Committee on Foreign Relations. In 2005, he graduated from the Citizenís Academy of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and he is a civilian Ambassador to the FBI.

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“It is still fun, we still enjoy coming to work. We always put our best foot forward. We pay attention to the details; being sensitive to the temperature, the noise level, ambiance and lighting. To this day, we are constantly changing and adjusting. We try to stay flexible because the most important thing is to make sure people are having a good time and are taken care of” - Peter W Kreuziger

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Mr. Kreuziger is also deeply involved with the community, as he is a founding member of the Dunedin Merchantís Association. He is also the founding president of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Memorial Foundation. Its mission was to build a million dollar memorial at MacDill AFB in Tampa, Florida, to honor those quiet professionals who have paid the price of Special Operations Services with their lives during times of war and peace.


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Group From world-class dining and weddings, to retail operations and beach services, the Bon Appétit Group, has been serving the Clearwater area for over 40 years.

Co-founders, Peter Kreuziger and Karl Riedl, opened the acclaimed Bon Appétit Restaurant 40 years ago on the Dunedin waterfront. With the success of their first venture, they expanded to nearby Café Alfresco, also in downtown Dunedin. Their commitment to the community led them to open retail spaces in the downtown area. Long known for excellent food and catering, they expanded their operations to include food and beach rental concessions on Honeymoon Island, Caladesi Island, Sand Key, Hillsborough River State Park, and various other beach parks. 1 4 6 V O L U M E O N E

The Bon Appétit Group proudly supports various organizations and contributes in a variety of ways, including fundraisers, donations in-kind and community involvement. Some of the organizations we have donated to and worked with include the United States Special Operations Memorial Foundation (MacDill), Benedictine Sisters of Florida Abbey and St. Leo University, Returning Veterans, UPARC and Ruth Eckerd Hall, Dunedin Fine Arts Center, Dunedin Youth Guild, Meals on Wheels to all Dunedin Participants, All Children’s Hospital, Beautification of Dunedin, Dunedin Fire Rescue, Stop Soldier Suicide Organization and non-partisan host to political fundraising events for all elected officials.


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Known for world-class European and American cuisines served in a casual yet sophisticated setting with an award1976 Bon Appétit Restaurant

winning waterfront view. A wonderful special events venue with panoramic waterfront views is located on the second floor of the property, perfect for weddings, corporate events and private parties. The island’s cafes and stores offer fresh, casual style beach fare

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as well as souvenirs and beach supplies. Honeymoon Island is named one of ‘Florida’s Best Beaches’ and is the perfect spot for a beach wedding and reception. Experienced wedding and event planners are located onsite. The shops on Main Street were the first of the Bon Appétit Group’s retail and restaurant spaces available for lease. Today,

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they are home to Café Alfresco, an art gallery, a pizza shop and eight retail locations directly off the Pinellas Trail. Bon Appétit Group continued to expand their real estate portfolio in downtown Dunedin over the next decade.

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These shops are just steps from Main Street and are home to three retail locations, a bakery, restaurant and bar. An award-winning casual, fun restaurant at the crossroads of the Pinellas Trail and Main Street, in Dunedin, FL. The perfect

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spot to pause and relax, it offers a menu of reasonably priced entrees inspired by countries around the world, combined with great American cuisine made fresh daily. Described as a beach with a “million-dollar view”, making it

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a memorable destination for weddings, parties and company team building events. Kayaks, beach chairs and umbrellas are also available for rent.

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Provides beach concessions, chair and umbrella rentals at Fred Howard Park in Tarpon Springs, Lake Seminole Park and Madeira Beach. Offering park goers a variety of food, beverages, souvenirs, camping supplies and rentals. Enjoy a day of adventure and 1 4 7

fun with bike, surrey and kayak rentals. Lounge with chair and umbrella rentals or take a refreshing dip in the giant swimming

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shops are located on the west end of town, just steps away from Edgewater Park, the Dunedin Marina and the company’s flagship location, Bon Appétit Restaurant.

148 Marina Plaza, Dunedin, FL 34698 Phone: +1 727-733-2151 www.bonappetitrestaurant.com

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A Dunedin landmark, the Bon Appétit Restaurant has delighted locals and tourists with award-winning cuisine, exceptional service and exquisite waterfront views for over 40 years. Bon Appétit Restaurant, named one of America’s ‘Most Scenic Restaurants’, is the flagship venture of the Bon Appétit Group. The restaurant’s unique waterfront location allows guests to enjoy two distinct dining experiences one inside and one open-air - that both create a casual yet sophisticated atmosphere.

Whether inside or out, you can choose any of the items from our award-winning menu, designed by Chef Stephen Farquhar. Our menu changes seasonally and features an eclectic blend of European and American cuisines crafted with simple, fresh ingredients.

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The waterfront terrace and outdoor bar are the perfect setting to savor a meal with friends, a glass of wine or one of our signature cocktails, while enjoying live musical entertainment.

In addition to our seasonal menu, which includes a variety of lobster dishes, filet mignon and fresh seafood, Chef Farquhar also prepares lunch and dinner specials, changing them frequently so there is always something new for guests to try.

Inside, our main dining room offers impressive 180-degree views of St. Joseph Sound with sightlines to Caladesi and Honeymoon Islands. With crisp linen tablecloths, soft lighting and the soothing sounds of our talented live pianist playing in the background, you’ll enjoy a truly elegant experience.

Phenomenal food and hospitable service keep our guests coming back, but the real show stopper is the view. From the occasional dolphin sighting to gorgeous nightly sunsets, the waterfront view simply can’t be beat! Bon Appetit Restaurant is a swoon-worthy spot for any special event. Our Sunset Pier, located off the terrace, is a picture-perfect


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Accolades and Highlights: • Named “Best of Tampa Bay” since 2009 • Named “America’s Most Scenic Restaurant” in 2016 and 2017 • Named “Diners’ Choice” since 2014

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Daily Happy Hour from 3 to 7 pm Complimentary parking and valet Complimentary boat slips at the Dunedin Marina Extensive wine selection, specialty cocktails and craft beers • Live musical entertainment

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Our waterfront location may capture our guest’s attention, but it is our commitment to providing exceptional service and a truly one-of-a-kind experience that keep them coming back again and again. There really is no better place in Tampa Bay to enjoy a lavish family meal, entertain business clients or host a special event.

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spot for wedding ceremonies. Upstairs, the Crystal Ballroom is perfect for special events, wedding receptions, private parties and corporate meetings for up to 200 people.

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Serving warm smiles, friendly hellos and world-class entrees in the heart of Dunedin since 1995. Right off Main Street in Dunedin, you’ll find delightful Café Alfresco. Bike riders and walkers from the Pinellas Trail and shoppers in town for the day know it’s an excellent place to pause and relax. Offering friendly service, delicious food and a fun, comfortable atmosphere, it’s easy to see why locals and seasonal visitors quickly become loyal fans. We’re on a first name basis with many of our guests! 1 5 0 V O L U M E

One of the restaurant’s best features are the oversized windows that let natural light pour into the dining area and provide unobstructed views of the Pinellas Trail and the Café’s butterfly and herb gardens. Though technically inside, you’ll feel as if you are dining ‘al fresco’ (Italian for dining outdoors).

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If you’re looking for a real [literal] ‘al fresco’ experience, our outdoor patio provides a relaxing atmosphere perfect for dining or enjoying a glass of wine, a craft beer or trying one of our house specialty drinks, like the blueberry mojito.

Café Alfresco offers an impressive selection of dishes from around the world as well as some of the best of American cuisine, all made fresh daily. Start your meal off with one of our homemade soups or split an appetizer. For lunch, you can’t go wrong with our scrumptious buttermilk ranch chicken, Memphis-style pulled pork, or hot pastrami on rye sandwiches. Are you hungry yet? If sandwiches aren’t your thing, choose one of our incredible salads, build your own burger or try one of our chef’s daily lunch specials. For dinner, there are delicious seafood options, home-style meals and Italian inspired dishes, along with daily dinner specials. Guest favorites include pan-seared scallops, N.Y. strip steak, orange chicken stir-fry and chicken parmesan, to name a few. Finish things off with something sweet like our homemade petite desserts. They’re guilt free when they’re small, right? Sample mini versions of,


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344 Main St, Dunedin, FL 34698 Phone: 727 736 4299 www.cafealfresco.com

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Restaurant Highlights: • Named ‘Best Restaurant on the Pinellas Trail’ • Named one of Tampa’s ‘Best Places to Dine’ • Brunch available Friday, Saturday and Sunday • Daily happy hour drink and appetizer specials • Daily lunch and dinner specials • Dog friendly outdoor patio

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With a fun atmosphere, reasonable prices and a large menu to choose from, your visit to Café Alfresco will be enjoyable and memorable. Come once and you’ll come again.


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Family owned and operated since 1988 we have been serving Tampa Bay award winning, reasonably priced cuisine since the tumble weeds were blowing down Main Street.


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Being 1 of maybe 3 places open in the late 80’s and the Pinellas Trail not even existing launching this idea was certainly no small task. We’ve always loved the family friendly vibe in Dunedin and couldn’t be more excited for its continued evolution. The local pride and passion for this community is second to none in all of the bay area. We are proud and excited to have stood the test of time with outstanding patronage from our locals and tourists. We get better every year and have always prided ourselves on staying true to our old coastal Florida, done right, scratch kitchen. It is important to us to keep up with the times, but avoid the trendiness.  It is all about the food, the environment, and the people. Historic preservation is an important part of our community which is why even through the restorative makeover of our 1903 Key Westinspired Old Florida cracker house  we made sure to keep our look and feel comfortable and cozy. We have also begun restoration of a lovely 1898 Carriage House close by for weddings and events set to open in the beginning of 2018.

221 Main St, Dunedin, FL 34698 Phone: +1 727-734-1445 www.seasearidersdunedin.com

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Come on out for a craft cocktail from our national award winning bar tenders, or just enjoy some of the freshest seafood around! We look forward to seeing you.


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A LOBSTER’S TALE As emigrants from Ireland, leaving the town of Birr, County Offaly, the Morans always felt luck was on their side. Raised on hearty Irish fare and fresh local seafood, the Morans developed a passion for creating recipes from the highest quality ingredients available.  In 1959 the dream became a reality when they opened Morans restaurant in the Chelsea nabe of Manhattan.  58 years later they headed South to find their new paradise in Dunedin, Florida.  Captivated by the beauty and the hospitality of their new found home, they felt honored when given the opportunity to offer the same New England style dining experience in the warmth of the south. As this new chapter was well on its way, along with the redesign of their new restaurant, they had yet to give it a name. In late 2016 a fisherman not far from their old home caught a giant sapphire colored lobster so rare that it was dubbed “The Lucky Lobster.”  The Morans saw this as both a sign and a blessing, and thus The Lucky Lobster was born here on Dunedin soil!

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941 Huntley Ave Dunedin, FL 34698 Phone: +1 727-228-1222 www.luckylobsterco.com


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THE HONU Aloha! The HONU restaurant opened in February 2016. They are a FAMILY and Veteran owned lei’d back café tucked away directly behind City Hall just off of Main Street in Delightful Downtown Dunedin.

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They feature live music on weekends and offer a private meeting room available for special events. Their catering business is growing as well as our space – plans for a backyard tiki bar are in the works! They are very dog friendly, complete with doggie dining menu and comfortable outdoor dining on our Lanai. Come visit and share in their version of the Aloha Spirit ~ Mahalo!

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The seasonal menu is filled with our twist on traditional Hawaiian dishes like Poke and Spam Musubi and Haole favorites like fresh ground burgers, salads, and of course the Tacos that

originated from our former business Charlie Tulum’s Dos Tacos food truck. Most dishes can be made vegetarian or vegan – just ask! We proudly serve 100% Kona Coffee,  Kangen Alkaline Water, Local Craft Beer, Wine and Specialty Sake Drinks.

516 Grant St, Dunedin, FL 34698 Phone: +1 727-333-7777 www.thehonurestaurant.com

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Owners Certified Chef Kimberly Platt and her wife, the Craft Beer and Dog Lover Extraordinaire; Lisa Platt, have been in the food service industry for 30 years combined., Kimberly says “We took a 1936 craftsman home and renovated it into a place where you can hang out, eat fresh food, drink refreshing beverages and feel comfortable as if you are in our own home. We fell in love with the Honu (means turtle in Hawaiian) on the Big Island in Hawaii and knew we wanted to pay homage to these majestic creatures.”


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THE ORIGINAL IDEA FOR AN ART CENTER IN DUNEDIN DATES BACK NEARLY 50 YEARS TO 1969.

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Recognizing the importance of the arts to everyday life, five women from the Junior Service League of Clearwater-Dunedin sought to create a space within the community where the arts could be perpetuated and celebrated. These women resolved to work toward the creation of a cultural climate and the eventual building of a fine arts and cultural center. Both the League and the city agreed that an art center would be a beneficial heritage for the city of Dunedin and the larger Tampa Bay community and set forth the motions to put the plan in action. Five years later in 1974, the vision and commitment of the City of Dunedin, its citizens and the members of the League, came to fruition when ground was broken on the Dunedin Fine Art Center (DFAC).

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The Dunedin Fine Art Center is the premier art center in the Southeastern United States, providing unparalleled educational, cultural and creative experiences through the arts.

Today, the Dunedin Fine Art Center is built on strong foundations within the community. Through donations, endowment and memberships, the center is able to not only exist, but expand to serve the entire Tampa Bay community. The Dunedin Fine Art Center continually serves our community and offers a variety of creative educational experiences in the visual arts. The goal is to stimulate both awareness and appreciation of the arts through changing exhibitions, lectures, studio classes and workshops. The Dunedin Fine Art Center strives to be the premier art center in the Southeastern United States, providing unparalleled educational, cultural and creative experiences through the arts.

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Now, after growing by twentyfold since their inception, from 2,000 square feet to over 40,000 square feet, they offer more than 1000 class sessions and workshops each year for children, teens and adults. The amazing staff of more than 70 professional artists who are among the most respected in the community and teach a variety of artistic mediums.

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In order to facilitate this continued vision, the Dunedin Fine Art Center is proud to provide an assortment of ways to engage, learn, create, and experience art from around the world.


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There’s always something new, exciting and a little offbeat happening with DFAC’s rotation of internationally recognized exhibits. Having been named the “Best Gallery” in Tampa Bay, DFAC’s talented curatorial staff ensures a steady stream of award-winning exhibits. There is always something for everyone to enjoy. Whether a special event, film, lecture or other offering you can rest assured there is always something exciting up DFAC’s sleeve for you to experience. 1 5 8 V O L U M E

As Picasso once said, “Every child is an artist.” The Dunedin Fine Art Center is on an ongoing quest to emphasize the importance of art education for children. This is why DFAC’s youth programming includes the David L. Mason Children’s ART Museum, year-round youth classes, an award-winning Summer Academy and more.

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You can make a day or an afternoon out of your visit and enjoy the fabulous Palm Cafe for gourmet coffee, delicious food and drinks. Most of DFAC’s art is the result of the fine work of local artists. In their store you will be able to buy unique gifts and decoration for you to cherish forever. In the Gallery Shop, the selection includes jewelry, paintings, pastels, glass, ceramics, wood, fiber artwork and much more.

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1143 Michigan Blvd, Dunedin, FL 34698 | Phone: +1 727-298-3322 | www.dfac.org

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The Dunedin Fine Art Center offers a little something for everyone! We hope you come out to play and see why people say the Dunedin Fine Art Center is where the ART is!


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THAT’S HOW IT ALL STARTED IN THE SEASIDE VILLAGE OF DUNEDIN. IN 1996, A MAN NAMED MICHAEL NORMAN BRYANT RECEIVED HIS LICENSE TO BREW IN A SMALL FACILITY ON THE NORTH SIDE OF DOWNTOWN DUNEDIN. Originally a self-proclaimed “hobby out-of-control” - Florida’s oldest microbrewery, of over 20 years, now stands as a lively off-center community center for those who both live and visit in the town of Dunedin for a chance to “Drink Local.” Dunedin Brewery may be the oldest continually operated microbrewery in the state of Florida, but the history of beer thereafter has grown uninterrupted. Since those early days of the mid-90s, the Tampa Bay area has grown to house 70+ breweries, with more on the way!

It’s safe to say beer is here to stay in the Tampa Bay Area. The small city of Dunedin alone boasts 8 facilities with brewing licenses within its quaint downtown: Dunedin Brewery, 7venth Sun Brewing, HOB Brewing, Woodwright Brewing, Cueni Brewing Co., Caledonia Brewing, & Soggy Bottom Brewing. There are plenty of things to do in Florida- even plenty of things to do in Tampa Bay, but Dunedin strives to be more than just a place with awesome beer; we strive to meet the challenge of creating an amazing city and an amazing craft brew.

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Heilman’s, a family-owned enterprise is built on three generations of successful restaurant experience.

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Grandparents Ross and Elenora Heilman began the family tradition with their first restaurant in Lorain, Ohio in 1920. Robert Heilman Sr. and Eva Nelle Heilman continued the legacy by founding Bob Heilman’s Beachcomber on Clearwater Beach in 1948. Back then, Mandalay Avenue, which runs parallel to the beach and in front of the restaurant, was a sandy and unpaved road. From the start, this white tablecloth restaurant that was famous for it’s “Back-to-theFarm” fried chicken enticed customers near and far.

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Fire destroyed the 11 year old restaurant in 1959, but Bob Heilman Sr. showed indomitable spirit in spite of tragedy. He immediately opened a dining room nearby and carried on business as usual during the 11 months it took to rebuild. When the restaurant reopened it had a state-of-the art kitchen for that era, contemporary dining rooms and the artistic Nosti stained glass that was designed behind the bar is still radiant today. Robert Heilman Jr, president, chief operating officer and owner since 1984 has continued the family tradition alongside wife Sheri.

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With his vast food and wine knowledge, he developed new menu creations and expanded the wine list . At more than 700 bottles, the list is now award winning and continues to grow with new and exciting wines from all over the world. Bob and Sheri’s passion for wine translated into the creation of their own wine label, FoxyRock, a Pinot Noir first planted in 2001 from their vineyard in the Willamette Valley with the current vintage available on the wine list.

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The restaurant expansion continued in 1994 when Bob and Sheri opened Bobby’s Bistro and Wine Bar named after their son, and Bob Sr. and Nelle’s only grandson. This west coast–inspired restaurant gave them the opportunity to provide more dining options to their patrons. Customers embraced the new concept from the beginning and still enjoy this light approach to the consumption and enjoyment of what they call the “casual connoisseur”.


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The founding philosophy remains as strong today as when the Heilman family began. “We believe in offering our patrons the finest food made from the freshest and best ingredients possible”. The beef is prime, the fish is fresh daily, and the dessert, breads, and pastries, including the famous Heilman Hot Fudge - are still made on the premises.

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Today, the hip “Mad Men” atmosphere still attracts food gurus, the style conscious, and great celebrities as it has done over the past seven decades. If you are looking for the finest in food and drink that oozes with classic style, the undeniable places to dine are Bob Heilman’s Beachcomber and Bobby’s Bistro.

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Menus at both restaurants are a composition of both new and traditional dishes. Along with the extensive wine list, you can delight yourself with a handcrafted cocktail made with house made mixes and fresh herbs, or many local craft brews. The Scotch, bourbon, and other sipping menus are like none other.


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TO INFINITY AND BEYOND FOR SHEPHARD’S BEACH RESORT

2017 marks 40 years of Shephard’s Beach Resort in Clearwater, Florida. Starting as a small beachside motel in the late 1970s, the Shephard family has transformed the property into the number one entertainment beach resort in all of Florida. Over the last four decades, Shephard’s Beach Resort has continued improvements to keep itself on the leading edge of style and affordability. Always wanting to grow the guest experience, founder Bill Shephard, Sr. continued to expand the scope of the resort over the years. One of the first major renovations included the addition of

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Shephard’s tiki bar. What started out as a small tiki hut with live reggae music has turned into a vibrant entertainment scene with two bars, luxe pool and cabana, and premium music venue complete with a LED video wall and state of the art sound and lighting systems. Gerri and William Jr., both continue the Shephard tradition of being leaders in the industry for the ultimate guest experience. Shephard’s Beach Resort boasts a loyal guest list who come back to stay year after year. You can’t get a Shephard’s experience anywhere else – the experience begins the moment you check in. Shephard’s Beach Resort has become the premier spot for live entertainment on Clearwater Beach, so you don’t ever need to leave the resort to have a great time.   Thanks to the more recent renovations, there are now 140 beautiful rooms to stay in. Accommodations range from pool and gulf view rooms, to studio rooms with full kitchens and luxurious suites overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.


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Even though Shephard’s Beach Resort is constantly evolving and updating the amenities, its core values never change. Shephard’s prides itself on excellent customer service. The friendly and helpful staff ensure that guests leave happy and looking forward to another stay. From humble beginnings to the world-class amenities and entertainment we know today, Shephard’s Beach Resort always continues to strive for excellent entertainment, modern amenities, and stylish and comfortable accommodations. While you might not know what Shephard’s has planned for the future, you know it will be a great time!

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Indoor and outdoor dining with breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico we offer an Inter-active Dining Experience - Ocean Flame brings the kitchen to you! You can watch their expert Chefs prepare famous dishes right on the line while they interact with you to customize your dining experience.

619 South Gulfview Blvd. Clearwater Beach, FL. 33767 Phone: 727-447-2009 | www.shephards.com

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The Hooters brand started right here in Tampa Bay, in Clearwater, on 2800 Gulf to Bay Boulevard in 1983. We love Hooters for their wings, beer, and atmosphere, but we wanted to give them a shout out for all of their community involvement over the years. “If we are going to be a neighborhood joint, we need to be involved in the neighborhood,” says Founding Partner Ed Droste. As a very well known organization, you can imagine there is no shortage of requests for support on a daily basis from all types of organizations. Unlike most companies who just let the inbox fill up or move requests to the trash, the Hooters team does their best to support requests. “Obviously we cannot accommodate every $25,000 donation request, but we do our best to support our community to the best of our ability.” Whether it has been sending calendars to the troops, building homes with Habitat for Humanity, donating a gift basket for auction at a charity event, funding the development of a Kitchen at Moffitt, or setting up a party deck at ValSpar, this is an organization we are proud to have as a part of our community.

A handful of the original leadership team is still in place, and after an hour of reminiscing with the crew about their favorite community events we can estimate that hundreds of thousands of families have been touched in some way by this little neighborhood restaurant idea. With hundreds of requests and thousands of worthy organizations around Tampa Bay, we asked Hooters if there is a specific organization where they focus more energy. Over the past few years that organization is Moffitt Cancer Center. “We are so fortunate to have such an incredible organization right here in our backyard that is affecting not only families around Tampa Bay, but is making a national and international difference. It has truly been a humbling and gratifying experience working with the Moffitt enterprise, ” said Droste.

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“The biggest thrill about the Hooters expansion is the opportunities that surface for us to not only make a difference in our community, but in mankind.�

4215 W. Hillsborough Ave Tampa, FL 33614 Phone: (813) 885-3916 www.originalhooters.com

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Fresh seafood, great steaks, ice cold beer and friendly staff are just a few of the reasons that Cooters Restaurant & Bar on Clearwater Beach has become a popular place for both locals and tourists. Owned and operated by Barry and Carol Mears, and Amanda Mears Calhoon, the restaurant has been in continuous business for twenty-four years. Over the years, Cooters has become a destination spot for many. “People love it here,” said Carol Mears. “We have guests that have been coming here for many years. We have our locals that come in on a regular basis, and out-of-

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town guests that return every time they come to Clearwater Beach. Many have told us that they make Cooters their first stop as soon as they’re in town”. Cooters originally opened in 1993 as Cooters Raw Bar, and was modeled after a rustic Key West watering hole and oyster bar. In 1997, Barry Mears and a former partner purchased Cooters and started the transformation from a bar with food to a full service restaurant with a bar. They started the now famous “All you can eat Crab Legs Special”, which was an instant success. In addition, they offered fantastic happy hour pricing on favorites such as wings, oysters, and shrimp, and of course ice cold beer. When the space next to the restaurant became available, eighteen years ago, Mears expanded, adding a separate Sports Café, now called Cooters Sports Bar. The sports bar quickly became a popular gathering place to watch sports on TV, play video games, and crank up the jukebox late into the night.

423 Poinsettia Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | Phone: +1 727-462-2668 | www.cooters.com

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The locals will tell you Cooters is the place to go for “The Best Food and Fun on the Beach!”

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The family friendly restaurant has something for everyone with a broad selection of outstanding seafood, steaks, sandwiches, wings, salads and appetizers. Cooters legendary Happy Hour features the coldest beer on the beach, awesome specials on oysters, wings & shrimp, plus liquor drinks and wine.

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The building was built in the 1940’s, and the wood walls and railings give Cooters a warm, inviting atmosphere. The walls are covered with interesting pictures, plaques and numerous license plates. The license plates have all been given to the Cooters staff from customers over the years.


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CLEARWATER FERRY SERVICES

Think about Clearwater Beach and how much the island has changed in the last 5 years… With all the new hotels, resorts, restaurants and attractions, Clearwater Beach needed new transportation alternatives for its visitors!

Since March 2015, Clearwater Ferry offers a fun, fast and reliable way to get to some of the best destinations in Pinellas County… via boat!

and your furry friends along for the ride, and keep your eyes peeled for our Florida wildlife!

With three vessels and now 5 stops on the route, Clearwater Ferry is quickly becoming everyone’s favorite way to get around. Whether you are spending the day at the beach, or are trying to get away to discover other places in our beautiful County, it is as easy as 1) hopping on a ferry, 2) paying the fare, 3) and enjoying the sights! The staff on board will serve as mobile concierge who can recommend great places to eat, shop and play along the route. They will also make sure that you receive coupons for these places. Bring your kids

Are you a local headed to America’s #1 beach? You will appreciate the FREE parking in Downtown Clearwater and the 10-minute Ferry ride to the Clearwater Beach Marina, only steps away from our famous white sugar sand! With frequent departures and easy-to-connect lines, your transit will finally be a breeze! Check out their full schedule of departures and their route maps by downloading the FREE Clearwater Ferry App or by visiting www.ClearwaterFerry.com.

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2 Drew St, Clearwater, FL 33755 | Phone: +1 727-755-0297 | www.ClearwaterFerry.com


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WORLD FAMOUS - A FLORIDA TRADITION

LOCATED IN THE HEART OF CLEARWATER BEACHES PRISTINE BEACH WALK, CRABBY’S BAR & GRILL HAS BECOME A FAMILY TRADITION FOR LOCALS AND VISITORS ALIKE.

333 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33763 Phone: +1 727-608-2065 www.crabbysbarandgrill.com

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With indoor and outdoor seating available, the best Happy Hour on the beach, and stunning sunset views, Crabby’s Bar & Grill has everything you need to enjoy your stay on beautiful Clearwater Beach. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, with live music daily, we’re sure that Crabby’s Bar & Grill will soon be your go to beach spot.


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SALTY'S ISLAND BAR & GRILLE As one of the newest restaurants on Clearwater Beach, Salty’s Island has been able to make a wellknown name in a short period of time. Featured on Cooking Channel’s Beach Bites with Katie Lee, along with winning the 2016 Clearwater Beach Restaurant Week Best Overall Experience and the 2017 Clearwater Beach Restaurant Week Best Appetizer, the accolades continue to speak for themselves. Offering an Island twist to many casual Bach Fares, Salty’s Island is proud to have found a home on beautiful Clearwater Beach. Serving happy hour every day from 11:00am – 7:00pm and 10:00pm – Close, there’s always a great reason to join us for a cold one. We invite you join us for an amazing dining experience with the best staff around.

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437 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 Phone: +1 727-216-8085 www.saltysisland.com


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CRABBY’S DOCKSIDE

While we may have changed our look and our name, the same values we created 20 years ago still hold true today. We at Crabby’s Dockside are committed to serving quality food at a fair price. Come for the fresh Florida Grouper. Stay for the Dockside Punch and the views. Offering a panoramic view of Clearwater Beach, we’re proud to share this picture perfect view with you. So come down to beautiful Clearwater Beach, Florida and enjoy a little slice of paradise with us here at Crabby’s Dockside.

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37 Causeway Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | Phone: 727.210.1313 | crabbysdockside.com


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When managing partners Dave Burton and Scott Tashkin decided to launch The Getaway on a neglected property on bustling Gandy Boulevard in 2013, they showed several potential investors, family and friends the potential parcel to discuss their plans and vision; to create a unique tropical island-inspired oasis that would serve as a restaurant, bar, and entertainment venue.

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After hearing countless rejections, the pair developed a multi-phase plan to implement over three years that would require patience and dedication. The first part of the plan constituted of a complete overhaul and rebuild of the property’s docks and seawall, to ensure that the property is boat friendly, as well as the construction of two tiki bars along the water and bathrooms. Phase two consisted of adding a kitchen built from re-purposed shipping containers to serve guests, as well as a stage for bands and DJs to entertain patrons.

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The third and final phase had the partners complete their vision with landscaping, the addition of retail and an onsite operator (Urban Kai) to conduct paddleboard and kayak rentals and sales. Nearly four years after launching, The Getaway has become one of the Tampa Bay area’s most unique and hottest destinations, offering some of the region’s best tropical cocktails and a blend of Florida and Caribbean-inspired cuisine in a

The Getaway has been named one of Florida’s Best 10 Beach Bars by USA Today and was featured on the Food Network’s show “The Kitchen.”

13090 Gandy Blvd N St. Petersburg, FL 33702 Hours: Open 11AM–10PM Phone: +1 727-317-5751 thegetawaytampabay.com

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gorgeous, well-manicured tropical oasis.


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DOWNTOWN ST. PETERSBURG GREAT CITIES DON’T HAPPEN BY ACCIDENT. AT PIVOTAL MOMENTS, SOMEONE IS THERE TO MAKE THE KEY INVESTMENTS AND RIGHT DECISIONS FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS.

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In Florida’s best downtown, we’ve understood that – even before the bridges were built across Tampa Bay. Our walkable streets and enviable waterfront make us home to dozens of restaurants, retail shops, arts venues, museums, craft breweries and other attractions that lure tourists but also an increasing number of businesses and residents who thrive in our authentic, urban environment.

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For more than a half-century of that progress, the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership is proud to have played its role in shaping a brighter future. From helping establish the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and College of Marine Science to supporting the new St. Pete Innovation District – home to world-class marine science and medical researchers, hospitals and educational institutions. From running the downtown’s popular Looper Trolley service for more than two decades to helping retool it to serve the ever-growing number of downtown residents and employees. And that’s just for starters, too. Great cities don’t happen by accident. We’re proud to help shape this one.

From creating what is now known as the Morean Arts Center, the oldest in the Southeast, to wooing an internationally-renowned collection to create the Salvador Dali Museum. From the Southeast’s largest outdoor market, the Saturday Morning Market, to the international Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. And that’s just for starters. www.stpetepartnership.org

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It’s all possible because St. Pete has always embraced big ideas for a better future. From the early 20th century leaders who set aside the extraordinary waterfront parks to the audacious bid that won a Major League Baseball team, the Tampa Bay Rays.  From Tony Jannus’ airline, the first scheduled commercial service, to a burgeoning new set of digital startup companies backed by local investors. 


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HUNGER + THIRST GROUP Hunger + Thirst Group is your one stop shop for a good time in St. Petersburg, FL

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The Avenue is the ultimate neighborhood hangout. You can go watch a game, enjoy delicious food and unique specialty cocktails while listening to great local bands. The burger of the month (BOM) started over 5 years ago and to-date, the Avenue has created more than 65 BOM’s! Owner and Founder, Stephen Schrutt, in conjunction with his chef, comes up with a unique BOM every month. Ranging from the Rasta Monsta, which has become a menu staple to the Bite Mi Burger, an AsianAmerican fusion take on a Banh-Mi the BOM does not disappoint! The doors of the Avenue are always open for a good reason… Come in, eat, drink and stay a while!

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Located in the up and coming Edge District, Kings Street Food is new school food in an old-school setting. It is a new age American street food diner – the menu is street food truck meets 1960’s diner. Kings namesake is owner, Schrutt’s, 4-year old English bulldog and the joint is pup-friendly in the outdoor beer garden! All the taps are flowing with local drafts from your favorite Bay Area breweries. Kings is where you can bring your family, friends and your dog to enjoy local crafts, some delicious grilled cheese melts and then wash it all down with their famous milkshakes! Next time you stop by, be sure to ask for the signature beer, Kings Street Gold made by Barley Mow brewery.

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proper If you are looking for some southern inspired BBQ and hand-crafted cocktails, look no further than Proper! All meat is wood-smoked overnight, every night, 7 days a week. The brisket is the best in town accompanied by fried chicken, seafood hushpuppies and some of the best southern comfort culture! It is a down home, feel good, taste good, comfort BBQ joint with style – a place where you can go to get an amazing rack or ribs paired with an original signature cocktail!

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park & rec “Youth has no age” is the sign that flashes bright all night at Park and Rec. The self-described, “fun-zone” boasts an indoor/outdoor space that has state of the art old and new school gaming. From Pac Man, Skee Ball and Air Hockey to outdoor giant Beer Pong, there is something for adults of all ages! Dubbed the local social gaming bar, you will not be disappointed if you’re looking for a nice, fun time with your friends!

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CO-WORK | EATS | LOUNGE | EVENTS | TEA & COFFEE | TECH | WELLNESS Lifestyle brand founded by Gianco Companies.

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All things unique and extraordinary are derived from a simple thought or idea, a “Vision”. Welcome to Station House St. Pete. Let the journey begin, as we introduce to you a concept established in the year 1911 through its historic DNA as a Fire Station and Train Station, with a modern sense of styling and technology, adjoined in harmony to meet the human instinctive desires for community and social interaction. Station House is dedicated to providing a comfortable, yet dynamic environment in which our guests can interact socially or professionally, work or co-work quietly, enjoy food, drinks and entertainment, and rest peacefully. We are a co-working space by day and an event space by night. We’ve created this communal environment and set a standard of service that exceeds the expectations of our members and guests.

With over 200 members that call Station House their home-office, and thousands of visitors that cross through our doors each month, everyone has the unique opportunity to cross-pollinate ideas and share multiple perspectives, all while building an organic sense of community.

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Set in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, we guarantee a unique experience within our five-story building; whether you are saying ‘I do’ on your wedding day, sipping drinks in our speakeasy, or closing your next big deal in one of our board rooms. This is where live/work/play comes into balance, where the 9-5 is dead and where ideas are sparked and made a reality.

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260 1st Ave S. St Petersburg, FL 33701 USA Phone: 727.895.8260 | stationhousestpete.com E-mail: info@stationhousestpete.com | events@stationhousestpete.com

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The Mandarin Hide is more than just a bar or lounge. Our goal is to provide our guests with a unique experience - complete with unparalleled cocktails, a refreshing warm staff, an eclectic and unpretentious vibe, invigorating music, and, of course, wonderful company. As stewards of the craft cocktail culture, if you cannot find a libation on our menu that meets your fancy, please let our staff build a signature cocktail for you. In addition to carrying one of the largest inventories of spirits, we also offer a bevy of craft beers and delicious wines. We hope that our cocktail lodge and social sanctuary can serve as your home away from home. We look forward to serving you and making your experience memorable; hence our motto: “Pouring our spirits to raise yours� Welcome to The Mandarin Hide...

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The Mill opened in 2015 on the buzzing strip of Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg to rave reviews and received the highest accolades possible that year for culinary achievements, including Florida Trend’s prestigious Golden Spoon Award for Best New Restaurant in Florida.

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The Mill’s reputation as a place to share creative cuisine in a relaxed environment or as managing partner, Jason Griffin, likes to say, “Amazing food without the attitude,” will continue to grow this year with a new location open in Brandon and plans further expansion on the horizon.

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The Mill’s commitment to serving high-quality ingredients and expanding customer’s palates through unique seasonal menu items has made them a local favorite. With a distinguished craft cocktail menu, a full brunch (at some locations), signature dinners, and award-winning made in-house, from scratch charcuterie plates, The Mill stands out from the sea of restaurants and creates an experience that is perfect for family night, friend night or date night.

Saint Petersburg,, 200 Central Ave #100, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 Phone: +1 727-317-3930 themillrestaurants.com

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The new 20-foot mural for the Brandon location is unique, yet, still reflects the general aesthetic of The Mill’s industrial design. “I was sick of simplistic design and wanted to create a work of art that is so incredible that it belongs in an art gallery. Using a public space to display art work, makes the restaurant feel more like a movie set design,” says Torok.

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receive in Grandma’s kitchen,” says Dorsey. Southern soul food with artisan ingredients, and a focus on constant culinary evolution all served in the recognizable aesthetic of The Mill envisioned and designed by local artist Istvan Torok and his team at Torok Studios.


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THE EDGE DISTRICT Located between Dr. MLK, Jr. & 16th St. and 1st Ave. N. & S. in St. Petersburg, the 7-block EDGE District is a vibrant and eclectic commercial and residential community. It is easily strolled and beautiful, with majestic palms, historic buildings, and dozens of murals coloring the landscape. These features, along with a wide array of locally-owned, independent businesses and frequent events, make this one of the fastest growing and sought-after destinations in the Tampa Bay region.

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The EDGE District is also an historic, award-winning Florida Main Street and Main Street America™. Its structured revitalization programs have been instrumental in transforming what was a blighted area to its current thriving status.

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furnishings. For a more active experience, visitors can enjoy an escape gaming room, yoga studios and gyms, and painting and soapmaking studios. The history of the District is the genesis of St. Petersburg. In the 1500s it was home to the first settlements in the area, by the Tocobaga Indians along Booker Creek. In the 1880s, the first railway in the region came through and ended in the EDGE. At that terminus, a town emerged. A small group of freed slaves settled there, joined by the African American laborers who built the railway. A pioneer opened the first general store there, and partnered with Jacob Baum to build a subdivision that became the first major artery west of then - 9th Street, Baum Avenue. The town grew from 30 residents in 1888 to 273 residents two years later, most clustered around the District’s southeast corner.

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The EDGE continued to be the focal point of growth, as many of the town’s first industries set up along the railway, along with public services. Sawmills, lumberyards, and livestock barns helped house and feed the booming town’s population. In its building peak of the mid-1920s, the District also housed the growing automotive industry. The first fire station, police station, and a power plant were also built in the District. After the Great Depression, the furniture industry took over to revive the economy. Today, Furnish Me Vintage, the country’s largest mid-century modern furniture store, occupies one of those original buildings.

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Hotels, eateries, and breweries were also part of the EDGE’s heritage, and helped transform St. Petersburg from frontier town to tourist and retirement destination. The Western, built in 1918, was the first hotel. Three more would join it – one, the first Hilton investment in the area. The first brewery was Jacksonville Brewing Co. (1933), whose flagship German pilsner, Jax Beer, was distributed throughout the South. Today, one of the premier brewers in the country, Green Bench Brewing Co., and over 20 other purveyors of craft beer lie in the EDGE. Some of the first and most popular eateries have also been in the EDGE since the 1930s. Today, it contains more than 15.


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Intermezzo is a specialty coffee shop by day and a craft cocktail bar at night. Intermezzo translates to ‘intermission’ - their message is to encourage an intermission in one’s day, whether it’s reading a favorite book with coffee or chatting with a friend while enjoying a cocktail. The aesthetic of Intermezzo follows the straightforward promise of its overall concept, populating a sparse, white-painted warehouse-like setting with pastel metal chairs, classic marble tables, vintage furniture, potted palms and fresh flowers on the tables. Everything about Intermezzo is intentional - everything has a reason. The spirits are thoughtfully picked by the owner and staff. Espresso is brewed on a La Marzocco espresso machine, handmade in Florence, Italy. They are home to the largest selection of amaro - bitter, herbal liqueurs that happen to be outstanding players in complex, exotic cocktails - in the state. They offer amaro flights explained by welltrained bartenders alongside a menu that features traditional classics and in-house creations. 1111 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33705 Phone: +1 727-342-0156 www.intermezzocoffeeco.com

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Many bars and nightclubs only manage a short lifespan, mostly because they fail to provide a fully satisfying experience. Enigma Bar & Lounge opened with a strong focus on ensuring the experience they provide is complete.  Enigma Mixology:  How can you be a great bar without great drinks & service? Their bartenders are groomed to be attentive, friendly, fast, and knowledgeable – often needing nothing more than a nod to know their “regular” is ready for their go-to beverage.  Enigma Specials:  2-for-1 cocktails, shots, bottled beers, and wine glasses are staples from noon to 9pm – Every Single Day! You get a chip with each happy-hour special, which can be used during any future visit. However, don’t think the deals end there because Enigma’s nightly drink specials don’t disappoint.  Enigma Energy:  Though dance scenes have somewhat shifted towards “mix and mingle,” Enigma balances each night just right by converting their dance floor to fit the mood. Great “Video Expert” DJs, along with amazing sound & lighting systems, satisfy even the finickiest dance enthusiasts.  2 0 0 V O L U M E

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1110 Central Ave., St. Pete, FL 33705 – a hotspot in St. Pete’s booming EDGE District: just blocks from downtown. www.EnigmaStPete.com


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TEXTURE a fabric and design studio

Texture began in Tyler, Texas in 2010. As one of the largest fabric stores in the state, Texture was able to open a second location, with a slightly different emphasis, by 2016. St. Pete was chosen as our new home, due to the rapid growth, and artistic wealth of the community. 

1029 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL, 33705 Phone: 727.258.8335 www.texturedesignandhome.com

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While residential design is our main focus, our talented designers showcase their skills in commercial work as well, having recently completed an office space in the chamber of commerce building. We love working with those who are making a difference in Tampa Bay, and are excited to be a part of beautifying the area.

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At Texture St. Pete, we offer more in the way of retail than our flagship store. Customers can visit our storefront to purchase furniture, home goods, and other design accessories, as well as meet with in-house designers to add a custom touch to their home or commercial space.  With a team including talented seamstresses, custom draperies, pillows, and bedding are our bread and butter.


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Grassroots Kava House, centrally located in downtown Saint Petersburg’s burgeoning Edge District, is a community-centric, co-working and social gathering space offering traditional style kava, coffee made from locally roasted beans, exquisite teas, and fresh, locally baked pastries.

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Kava is a traditional drink native to south Pacific locales such as Fiji, Hawaii, Tonga, Samoa, and Vanuatu. Made from the roots of a pepper plant, the kava drink naturally relaxes both body and mind. For thousands of years it has not only been used a social beverage, but also served as a central component to ceremonies and religious rituals throughout the south Pacific. What separates them from other kava bars, is their cosmopolitan take on kava, in their kava cocktail creations like the Kava Mule, a south Pacific spin on the tried and true, Moscow Mule.


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Grassroots Kava House properly pays homage to the longhouses of the south Pacific by creating a diverse yet disarming environment encouraging patrons to relax, make new friends, and build stronger relationships among friends and family. Despite being a relative newcomer to the kava bar scene, its legacy stretches back to the beginning days of the kava bar industry. Grassroots Kava House’s roots are deeply entrenched in the local kava drinking community and boasts direct ties to kava growers in the remote south Pacific islands of Vanuatu. Even though Grassroots Kava House exudes an up-scale coffee house feel with vintage décor and wood back splash walls made from reclaimed lumber from a 1920’s built farmhouse in Texas, the laid back vibe is disarming and welcoming.

957 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33705 Phone: +1 727-220-3041 grassrootskavahouse.com

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In the spirit of a welcoming and family friendly environment, when kava is enjoyed, it is done so communally. Instead of the typical “cheers,” the community of Grassroots Kava House says “BULA” which is a Fijian greeting meaning “to long life and good health.”

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Grassroots Kava House also hosts a variety of health, wellness, and entertainment events such as yoga, live music, and DJ’s. The upstairs co-working space is the ultimate out-ofoffice change of view for maximizing productivity and creativity. Additionally, the upstairs space doubles as an event space capable of hosting corporate meetings, birthday parties, baby showers, small wedding receptions, and much more.


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Historic Kenwood, on the National Register of Historic Places, was St. Petersburg’s first neighborhood built for year round working class in the City. Police, carpenters, bookkeepers, teachers - those who supported the tourist economy of the City built homes in this neighborhood from the 20’s to the 40’s.

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With our monthly porch parties, monthly meetings with attendance approaching 100, incredible events (BungalowFest, Pinot in the Park, Artist Studio Tours) and national award winning programs (Historic Kenwood Partnership, Kenwood Kidz) we’re proud to call this neighborhood home!

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Known for our quaint bungalows, we are happy to claim we have the most active neighborhood association in the City.

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GRAND CENTRAL DISTRICT The Grand Central District is a designated and accredited Main Street by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and a member of Florida Main Street.

Grand Central is the longest tenured Main Street district in St. Petersburg as its 20th year is on the horizon. After suffering a drastic economic decline in the 1980s, the Grand Central District has become a thriving community full of interesting shops, arts and craft studios, professional and personal services, health and wellness providers, local breweries and a variety of restaurants and bars.

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Grand Central is bordered by the two distinct and unique neighborhoods of Palmetto Park and Historic Kenwood, whose residents support collaborate on artistic endeavors and issues concerning the business corridor. Grand Central has also provided a safe space for the LGBT community for over two decades and was instrumental in creating one of the largest celebrations of the LGBT community in the southeast United States.

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St. Petersburg was recently designated City of the Arts following the Great Recession. Art studios and art galleries are visible throughout the entirety of the district. The arts community is woven into the fabric of Grand Central as it is now home to the ever increasing building murals that have become part of the culture of St. Petersburg.


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Grand Central is also a model for the continuing efforts of city government to cultivate and sustain alternative transportation initiatives. Recent infrastructure efforts, with the cooperation of Grand Central District and the City of St. Petersburg, have seen widened sidewalks, improved lighting, and traffic slowing concepts put to use - with the intent to replicate the model throughout the district, and potentially throughout the rest of the city. The district is pedestrian and bicycle friendly, as well a having electric vehicle chargers. When bike share platforms arrived in St. Petersburg, Grand Central was among the first to have them installed. Grand Central is easily accessible through the City’s public transportation system. One of the primary directives of the Main Street program is economic revitalization and repurposing of existing structures, and Grand Central has taken this concept to another level. The district was once dotted with gas stations and auto repair shops end to end. Those facilities shuttered and closed have been reborn as taco stands, eclectic restaurants and coffee shops. Long time businesses in the district that have survived decades have also seen great improvement, and are benefiting from the efforts by Grand Central.

2529 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33713 Phone: +1 727-828-7006 www.grandcentraldistrict.org

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As the city continues to reinvent itself, Grand Central will provide a home, an entrepreneurial enclave, and creative space for interesting people with imaginative ideas and dreams. A famous selection from the American songbook told the story of the place beyond the rainbow, Grand Central’s efforts in the future will aspire that endeavor. Whether you want to come for an hour or for a day, the Grand Central District has something for you.


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RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER St. Pete’s First Arcade Bar - Founded in 2016, John McMahan & Tom Rockhill created the ultimate playground for adults - craft brews & old school games.

Visit | Hang | Enjoy - Expect delicious local craft brews, a comfortable atmosphere, and games galore.  Right Around the Corner aka RATC surprises St Pete locals with affordable and high end brew options.  Grab a pint and enjoy Galaga, Ms Pacman, Super Mario 3, or Paperboy - RATC will bring you back into the 80’s.  Cheers. Right Around the Corner has become one of the Grand Central District’s official neighborhood bars.

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2244 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33712 Hours: Open today · 4PM–12AM Phone: +1 813-360-0766 | www.thegrid.ai/ratc


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2300 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33712 Phone: +1 727-317-4968 | www.dogbarstpete.com

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Dog Bar St. Pete is strategically placed in the heart of St Petersburg’s Grand Central District adjacent to the historic Kenwood neighborhood. This unique concept combines a full-service bar with an off leash dog park; which is a big hit with our Kenwood neighbors and as far away as Naples! Annual as well as weekly memberships are available. Spay and neuter after one year of age is required, along with vaccine records to insure a happy, healthy park for all  of our four legged patrons. JOIN US to sit, stay, drink. 


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SALTYS Saltys is a fun, dog friendly sports and beach bar on Gulfport beach. We have plenty of tv’s for all your favorite games but we also have a beautiful patio with plenty of seating facing the water. Whether you’re looking for live music, giant jenga, darts, or a Halloween party Salty’s is the best destination in Gulfport for all your bar fun needs!

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5413 Shore Blvd S, Gulfport, FL 33707 Phone: +1 727-592-4983 www.saltysgulfport.com


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GateauOchocolat “Heaven’s official chocolate cake. Now available on earth and online.” Inspired by a dessert from a Paris bistro, GateauOchocolat is a delicious flourless chocolate cake soy and gluten free to be enjoyed with friends and family with food sensitivities or not. The recipe was developed by Emmanuel Roux, the former owner of several restaurants on Central Avenue who, since 1993, has been an early pioneer of St Petersburg downtown renaissance. The cake is a local original made with a 100% pure, rare single origin, bean to bar, Ecuadorian chocolate and only 3 other main ingredients, rich European style butter, fresh eggs and Florida cane sugar topped with a sprinkle of toasted almonds as a finishing touch; absolutely nothing else.

In St Petersburg and Tampa, the cakes are available at selected retailers and for pickup by appointment at our bakery at 6931 4th St. North by calling 727 251 1879. Deliveries available upon request.

GateauOchocolat cakes are shipped anywhere and delivered within 48 hours in most instances.

To order: www.FlourFreeCakes.com Email: Info@FlourFreeCakes.com

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For convenience GateauOchocolat is also available in mini 1 OZ cakes for parties or as an easy to share office gift.

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Cakes are a perfect gift to be shipped to good friends, dear relatives and valuable clients or associates - sure to please the most demanding chocoholics.

Taste being our most persistent memory, the pleasure derived from a light and rich bite of GateauOchocolat creates a direct association with the person who sent it.

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The cakes, elegantly gift wrapped are a favorite hostess gift, birthday cake and perfect for any occasion worth celebrating. The ideal wines pairing are: Banyuls, a fortified wine from the sun drenched Rousillon area of France or a good Port wine more readily available. Red berries, fresh mint and Crème Chantilly add color and contrast as a perfect finishing touch to a spectacular dessert.


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Tampa Bay’s source for all things local. The organization, launched in 2008, provides advocacy, support and education to locally owned, independent businesses throughout the Tampa Bay region.  LocalShops1 works with businesses, artists, non-profits, and other cool groups to come up with creative ways to make our neighborhoods better. Shopping locally has the economic advantages, of course: Money spent locally is more likely to stay locally. But it’s not just about money. These are the businesses that link us to the past, and ensure our communities will have lots of character in the future. LocalShops1 grew out of a list founder Ester Venouziou kept on a scrap piece of paper at home, to help her parents find cool shops and restaurants when they were visiting from New Jersey. Ester then started a group on Facebook, asking for suggestions on shops and restaurants to add to the list. Soon LocalShops1 was born, and the grassroots organization quickly took off thanks to the support of local businesses and community-minded shoppers. Fast-forward to today, and you can find LocalShops1 at its downtown St. Pete office (111 Second Ave NE, Suite 202), which serves as an information hub for locals and tourists; and at its downtown Gulfport shop (2908 Beach Blvd S), which features locally handcrafted and locally sourced products from more than two dozen of its member artists and crafters. In addition to coordinating and marketing extensive Buy Local, Eat Local, Live Local! campaigns, LocalShops1 offers collaborative promotions, vendor opportunities, pop-up shop space, business socials, educational workshops and marketing services (including design, editing, writing, press releases, social media and websites). The company also publishes Live Local! Magazine quarterly and an annual membership guide. LocalShops1 also connects shoppers and businesses at signature events including Shopapalooza Festival in November, DTSP Night Market the first Thursday of every month, September through May; and monthly socials the second Thursday of every month, year-round.

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In 2018 LocalShops1 is introducing a new springtime event, the St. Pete Tiny Home Festival, and a new rewards card to make shopping, eating and playing locally even more fun.

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You can learn more about LocalShops1 at LocalShops1.com, and on their event websites, DTSPNightMarket.com and ShopapaloozaFestival.com


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Club Savor is the bay area’s favorite local dining club - saving diners hundreds of dollars, filling up seats in popular destinations, and helping a multitude of charities in the process. It all began with an idea and a pair of persistent partners.

So go check out what these guys have built ClubSavor.com. Helping businesses, helping charities, and helping diners enjoy more, explore more, and save more.

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Finally, Roger and Jack wanted to find a way to help charities - a long time passion of both gentlemen. The Club Savor platform was created to multitask and raise charity money from day one. The Club Savor team partners up charities with destinations and a co-invite is sent to supporters, whereby the charity receives $20 for every new member who signs up for Club Savor using that charity’s referral code. The goal is to eventually help hundreds of charities annually.

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What if you could join a club that had dozens of great local restaurants and every time you went out to eat you received half off an entrée and an alcoholic drink for both you and a guest? That deal is good all day, every day, and no blackout dates. Priced at $29.95 a month the membership would pay for itself in one night out. Combine this with an array of consumer-friendly policies: easy auto pay, no longterm commitment, no cancel fees, free month every time you refer a friend, and an all-digital platform with geo-searching and no need for cards or coupons.

On the restaurant side, Club Savor helps fill up the empty seats with a member base that loves dining out - profits remain strong on tickets that add apps, desserts, extra drinks and additional guests. Jack and Roger also go one step further and share over 50% of the monthly member fee revenue with their destinations. It’s not unusual for Jack, Roger, or their team of Club Directors to get hugs and high-fives by the restaurant and bar owners or staff when they show up.

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So, going out to dine is expensive, especially if you like to combine with a movie, play, sports event or other entertainment. There are a myriad of ways consumers can save on dining out: clip coupons, find specials, hit early birds, pick happy hours, or scale back going out. But the savings are not always significant nor is it particularly easy, fun, or flexible to get. Local entrepreneurs Jack Homsey and Roger Curlin after working for years building other businesses and having researched and repped in the dining club industry - began designing a solution to this dilemma.


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DOWNTOWN TAMPA MARKED BY THE INCREASING NUMBER OF CRANES DOTTING TAMPA’S SKYLINE, THERE IS NO DENYING: DOWNTOWN TAMPA IS GROWING. Tampa’s Downtown offers an

inspiring culture of museums, diverse cuisines and memorable dining experiences, world-class arts venues, lush city parks and waterfront public spaces including the Tampa Riverwalk, a 2.5-mile pedestrian trail along the Hillsborough River that connects five public parks. Transformative redevelopment is at an all-time high with multiple 40-plus acre mixed-use developments planned or underway.

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Connecting all of the current and new development continues to be an ongoing discussion between stakeholders and the transit industry. To help ease first-mile and last-mile needs within the Downtown core, Tampa Downtown Partnership launched the app-based Downtowner free ride service, with generous support from both the public and private sector. The growing ridership and quick adoption of the service has proven that there is a willingness to think outside of the car, especially for short trips. Downtown Tampa’s residents, workers and visitors are increasingly looking for ways to park their car once and have options for those short trips. Not only are new options being introduced and tested, including autonomous vehicles, but current transit routes are also being reconsidered for the TECO Line Streetcar, Tampa Bay Next, and the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit system.

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The next two years are going to be significant in setting the stage for Tampa and the Tampa Downtown Partnership remains committed to fostering vibrant, diverse, 24-hour Downtown neighborhoods in which to learn, live, work, and play.

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Beyond Water Street - the newly named $3 billion mixed-use district that Strategic Property Partners plans to build between the Channel district and central business district that is slated to include corporate office space, residential units, multiple hotels, street-level retail, restaurants and cultural amenities – there’s progress throughout Downtown Tampa. Scheduled to break ground later this year, the University of South Florida’s Morsani College of Medicine is a $150 million construction project that will bring medical professionals closer to Tampa General Hospital and right into the heart of downtown. There are over 4,000 residential units under construction with approximately 8,300 planned within two to four years. New retail, office and hotel space is included with most developments proving mounting investor interest in mixed-use. For the first time in over 25 years, Downtown is expecting the delivery of a new office tower with Riverwalk Tower on the east bank and Lafayette Place on the west bank of the Hillsborough River.

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Companies are attracted to downtown Tampa as a result of its impressive urban setting, which inspires business excellence and drives success. And, Tampa is a magnet for the young and educated. According to U.S. Census data, Hillsborough County’s millennial population is growing 13 percent faster than the nation as a whole, which is no surprise due to Tampa’s ideal location, high quality of life and reasonable cost of living. New dining options and retail stores are popping up in response to the new urban population with investors and developers flocking to the urban core.


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Water Street Tampa, the Transformative Redevelopment in the Heart of Downtown Tampa, Florida; To Break Ground in fall 2017. Water Street Tampa will include more than 9 million square feet of Commercial, Residential, Hospitality, Educational, Entertainment, Cultural, and Retail Space across over 50-acres. Strategic Property Partners, LLC (SPP) has announced the official unveiling of Downtown Tampa’s much-anticipated, new 50-acre mixed-use waterfront neighborhood, Water Street Tampa. Named for the existing historic street that will be transformed into the new heart of Downtown Tampa, Water Street Tampa’s ambitious vision will create one of the largest real estate developments in the United States located within an existing central business district.   Totaling over $3 billion in investment, Water Street Tampa is a multi-phased urban development project that includes more than 9 million square feet of commercial, residential, hospitality, educational, entertainment, cultural, and retail space that will be built out over a 10-year period.

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Situated on the Garrison Channel and Hillsborough Bay, Water Street Tampa is surrounded by existing cultural, entertainment and community anchors including the Tampa Convention Center, Amalie Arena where the Tampa Bay Lightning play, Tampa Bay History Center, and Florida Aquarium. Water Street Tampa will connect these community anchors to a network of new and enhanced parks and public areas that lead to the waterfront, the Tampa Riverwalk, and the nearby five mile path along Bayshore Boulevard, offering a variety of passive and active recreational opportunities.

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To implement the vision for Water Street Tampa, SPP is currently working with 10 awardwinning architectural firms on the design of 18 distinct buildings and 12.9 acres of new


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“Water Street Tampa is a story of opportunity and wellbeing, with culture, community, and character on each block. At every level, we aspire to create a well-crafted place that attracts people to come to discover, create, and live their own life stories,” said James Nozar, CEO of SPP. “By bringing together many of the world’s leading talent in architecture, planning, place making and community design, we aim to connect people both to each other and to a vibrant and stimulating environment in Downtown Tampa.”

Work on the first phase of vertical construction on Water Street Tampa will begin this year with over four million square feet of new mixed-use office,

In addition, SPP donated an acre of land to the University of South Florida (USF), which will relocate the Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute to Downtown Tampa from its current suburban campus into a new 380,000-square-foot world-class facility, scheduled to begin construction in August 2017 and open in the Fall of 2019.

Water Street Tampa also aims to set a new standard for wellness and sustainability in the built environment. SPP is pursuing both WELL and LEED building certification on individual buildings, and Water Street Tampa will become the world’s first WELL-certified community under the WELL Community Standard, currently being developed by the International Well Building Institute.

The development also includes over $200 million in new infrastructure, of which roadway and public utility work began in the summer of 2016. Thanks to a new central cooling facility that will break ground in fall 2017, the individual buildings in the neighborhood will benefit from efficient and reliable district-wide cooling. The centralized cooling will free up the rooftops of the new buildings, where individual cooling

Water Street Tampa’s historic transformation will seamlessly blend together a variety of spaces and experiences. From bike paths and green spaces, to specially-curated shopping and culinary experiences, cultural and entertainment venues, educational institutions and more, Water Street Tampa will offer a truly unique lifestyle in a city with amazing natural features and a superior quality of life.

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towers would typically be located, allowing for lushly landscaped rooftop amenity terraces with panoramic views of Downtown Tampa and Hillsborough Bay.

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Once completed, Water Street Tampa will include more than two million square feet of new office space, the first new office towers in downtown Tampa in nearly 25 years; one million square feet of new retail, cultural, educational, and entertainment space that complement the active pedestrian experience at the street-level; 3,500 new rental and for-sale residences, nearly doubling the number of housing units available within Downtown Tampa; and two new hotels with over 650 new rooms, including the city’s first 5-star hotel. In total, an estimated 23,000 people will live, work and visit Water Street Tampa each day.

residential, hospitality, retail, and cultural space across 10 blocks of development scheduled to be complete in 2020. Subsequent phases of the project are expected to be completed by 2027.

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and enhanced public space, breathing fresh energy into Tampa’s downtown. The revitalization is already underway with the construction of new roadways, streetscapes, and utility and technology infrastructure work in progress, which will bring distinctive pedestrian-oriented design to Downtown Tampa.


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The Hilton Tampa Downtown has undergone a metamorphosis since changing brands from the Hyatt, while at the same time being able to maintain the things that were good about the Hyatt, namely the staff and service levels. Many residents know the Hilton Downtown from attending one of the local fundraisers or galas that the hotel hosts each year, but this is just one facet of the hotel and there are several others that local residents may not see or think of.


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The Starbucks at the Hilton is one of the busiest in the market, but surprisingly the team knows many of the regulars both by name and by their preferred drink, to the point that they don’t even need to order, instead having their drink ready for them when they get to the front of the line. This is all the more impressive when you consider that the Starbucks handles more than 500 orders per day.

area.” “Obviously, this hotel management gets service. Everyone from the doorman, to the 211 Restaurant staff, to cleaning staff and associates at front desk made me and my party feel special. A fully trained and intelligent staff all the way around! My hat is off to Hilton here - I will lodge in the downtown Tampa Hilton from heretofore! Thank you - now, my home away from home in Tampa!”

Of course being a hotel must mean doing a lot of laundry, and during the busier season the hotel washes 28,000 pounds of sheets per week. That’s just sheets and doesn’t include towels, wash cloths, table cloths, etc. The 211 Restaurant servers of 300 people per day and many of the downtown elite have standing lunch reservations.

The hotel and staff are also focused on giving back to the community by participating on community events such as collecting and donating canned food for Feeding Tampa Bay, fielding walkers for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, painting a home as part of Paint Your Heart Out Tampa, marching in the Tampa Pride Parade, preparing and serving lunch at the Trinity Café, and many more.

What does it take to keep a 520 room hotel running? A lot of dedicated associates focused on exceeding the guest’s expectations. Our guest’s comments tell the story much better than we can: “Top notch property and staff is always on the money. Never disappoints. Highly recommend this hotel if you’re in the

At the Hilton you may share an elevator with the Governor who is in town for a meeting, with a celebrity who is speaking at an event, or with a couple going on a cruise; but you can rest assured that every guest is treated like a VIP and will have an exceptional experience.

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Anise Global Gastrobar is the creation of Tampa hospitality husband and wife team, Kevin and “Sing� Xuan Hurt. Located on the bottom floor of the Sky Point high rise condominiums in the heart of the downtown arts district, Anise serves as the popular destination for happy hour, pre and post show dining, and various lively events.

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The award winning bar program showcases the talents of the dynamic Anise team. Premium spirits are combined with fresh juices, specialty liqueurs, and aromatic bitters in classic cocktails and innovative house originals. Their menu is complimented by carefully selected boutique wines and craft beers.


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Anise incorporates the talent of local artisans throughout their dining menu. Patrons can taste the collaborative efforts in bold pasta dishes, delectable desserts, and robust coffee. Globally inspired small plates are savored and shared among friends while steaming hot bowls of ramen noodles are devoured quickly. Monthly spirit dinners reflect the culinary team’s creativity and skills. The soft, amber lit dining room is a lovely back drop to an impressive bar wall and mural that highlight global travels and family heritage. Bold patterns found on select chairs and cushions add contrast to the elegant wall coverings. A hidden private room and bar expand the unique services offered to guests. Whether hosting intimate celebrations or formal black tie galas, Anise provides the ideal setting for memorable events.

777 N. Ashley Dr. Tampa, FL 33602 | Phone: 813.225.4272 Fax: 813.223.5284 • Email: contact@aniseglobal.com www.aniseglobal.com

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TAMPA PIZZA COMPANY As a Tampa native, I am passionate about making our city and the entire Tampa Bay region the envy of the rest of the country.

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I am grateful to have been one of the early adopters as a restaurateur in Downtown. Tampa Pizza Company has been wonderful and continues to bring people together to enjoy great tasting pizza whether it is prepared in the Olde World Italian tradition or with healthy alternatives for special diets. Whether you’re vegan, gluten-free, vegetarian, dairy-free, soy-free, or a pizzatarian, we have you covered. In addition to our restaurant, we offer a catering menu and delivery service to surrounding homes and businesses.

Skypoint / Downtown Tampa 777 N. Ashley Drive, Suite C Tampa, FL 33602 United States Phone: 813-463-1600 Westchase Tampa 9556 W. Linebaugh Avenue Tampa, FL 33626, United States Phone: 813-792-1516 Fax: 813-792-1739 www.tampapizzacompany.com

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I feel that for us to continue our growth and ascent to one of the top cities and metropolitan regions of the country, it’s vital that we have a vibrant walkable downtown to attract the best and brightest folks from younger generations. I truly am proud of what our region’s entrepreneurs and local governments have accomplished over the last decade and with the 10 figure investment into Downtown Tampa made by SPP led by Jeff Vinik, think the future is bright and the sky is the limit. 

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I believe that we represent a true microcosm of everything that is great about this country, and have fallen in love with the diversity our area has to offer.

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Jack Campbell’s 50 plus years of award winning experience in the hospitality industry combined with the best views of the city’s waterfront and skyline makes Jackson’s the destination of choice for both locals and visitors alike.  

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A bustling, slightly noisy and happy metropolitan energy excites you the second you walk into the bistro. A warm sophisticated classic decor with gas lanterns, brass and polished dark woods surrounded by sharply dressed chefs, shooting flames from a turned steak or brandied sautéed dishes enthuses every patron. A hip and relaxed environment that is both intriguing and exciting to watch caters to all patrons alike.

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Sushi - “Voted The Best Sushi Bar” in Tampa thanks to its creative “Flor - Asian” sushi dishes using local fresh seafood. Sushi is served from open till close. Appetizers - calamari, coconut shrimp, yellow fin tuna, Maine lobster, sea scallops and probably the world’s best jumbo lump blue crab cakes you will ever have.  


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Lunch – Huge fresh sandwiches, homemade soups, hot and cold pastas, incredible burgers and creative salads Dinner – USDA Prime Stakes, chicken, duck, seafood and an outstanding selection of nightly specials. Wine – Jackson’s continues to win wine spectator awards since 2000. With an amazing selection of over 650 wines, creative wine parings, new and hard to find wines by the glass or savor by the bottle. Late night - The Jazz Club / Nightclub appeals to both young and mature professionals that enjoy and relate to live, upbeat, rhythms that elevate

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you on the dance floor. Saturday night hosts the biggest party on Florida’s West Coast and Jackson’s has been voted the Best Night Club in Tampa. Desserts - Homemade key lime pie, tiramisu, New York cheesecake, specialty coffees, ports, cognacs and brandies to name but just a few.

Jackson’s central location within the heart of Tampa places you within close proximity to the Tampa Convention Center, Amalie Arena, leading hotels and celebrated cultural venues.

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Whether dining before a concert, taking a break from a trade show, entertaining business clients or gathering with friends and families, Jackson’s allows you to enjoy the moment while also enjoying a memorable meal.

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Our vantage point overlooking the Tampa Riverwalk, Bayshore Boulevard and beyond is ideal for enjoying the special events, recreational activities and native wildlife that make this waterfront an integral part of the city’s pulse.


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YEOMAN’S CASK & LION After being a Davis Island institution since the late eighties, Yeoman’s has reinvented itself in a new downtown Tampa venue, just a stone’s throw from Amalie Arena in June 2015.

The new concept, a 4800 square foot restaurant and patio also saw a name change from “Yeoman’s Road Pub” to “Yeoman’s Cask & Lion”. Yeoman’s Cask & Lion is an Ultra-modern, extremely spacious pub with a distinctly British feel to it. Burnt pine lines every surface not made of brick, metal, or polished Stone. The main wall is adorned with some extra-large caricatures of British Icons created by local artist Justin Peterson. The drawing of the Queen sports a Tampa Bay Lightning Bolt across her face, and so does David Bowie to her left. Winston Churchill wears a Union Jack Bandana and so forth. In a way, these artworks embody the philosophy of the new Yeoman’s – a British theme fused with some modern American Elements.

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A giant Union Jack motif behind the patio bar, an iconic British Red telephone booth, brown leather covered chairs and benches, and two life-sized English Palace Guardsman statues – complete with their large Bearskin hats – are just some of the other major elements to make you feel like you are back in the “Old Country”.

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The menu is made up of Old English dishes like Bangers and Mash, Fish and Chips, and Shephard’s

Pie, intermingled with American favorites like Baked and Grilled Wings, Philly Cheese Steak, and various Mac & Cheese options. The Fish and Chips are absolutely an award winning favorite. It’s when we get to the drinks menu that things get really interesting. Yeoman’s Cask and Lion has a full cocktail and spirits menu – not just wine and beer like the old Yeoman’s concept. That doesn’t mean that they are skimping on the beer, though. A range of 22 draft beers on tap, with two of them being cask beers served from a traditional English beer engine, are complimented by a quality beer list. While Yeoman’s is ideal for socializing and an amazing meal, that is not all they are loved for. Yeoman’s has a strong sense of community loyalty and gets involved through various live music events and charity and fundraising efforts. Amongst many others, they choose a charity to raise funds for throughout every hockey season. Yeoman’s also supports Startup Week, hosting various afterparties and events. All in all, Yeoman’s Cask & Lion is a great place to go and relax or grab an awesome bite to eat, especially before and after Lightning games at Amalie Arena.

202 N Morgan Street Tampa, Fl 33602 Phone: 813-224-Yeos (9367) www.yeomanscaskandlion.com


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SPAIN RESTAURANT AND TOMA TAPAS BAR A family owner and operated independent business that was established by chef Maria Castro in downtown Tampa 34 years ago.

513 N Tampa St, Tampa, FL 33602 | Phone: +1 813-223-2831 | www.tomaspain.com

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Maria has been feeding all the local downtowners her homemade Spanish/Latin recipes for a long time. She not only works and runs her establishment in downtown Tampa but also lives in the neighborhood.  She has been part of this community for a long time and is very pleased with the progress being made in the past few years, and is very optimistic for its future. 


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Born in a small village in Southern Vietnam, Lynn Pham’s family migrated to the States in the early 80’s due to Vietnam’s unfavorable conditions.

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lifestyle through the use of fresh ingredients and traditional Vietnamese cooking.

Bamboozle Tea Lounge, tucked inside the Channel District neighborhood, is an eclectic French Style lounge with Asian Influence that offers an array of premium specialty loose-leaf teas and the popular options from Bamboozle Cafe.

516 N Tampa St, Tampa, FL 33602 | Phone: +1 813-223-7320 | www.bamboozlecafe.com

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Bamboozle CafĂˆ is an Urban Vietnamese Fusion restaurant located in the heart of Downtown Tampa which offers an array of Fresh Vietnamese delicacies with a focus on providing nutritious, yet delicious dining options in Downtown Tampa.

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​ LY BAR & F RESTAURANT Not too long ago, there wasn’t much going on in downtown Tampa. Fly Bar & Restaurant pioneered Tampa’s downtown bar scene when they opened their doors eleven years ago. Over the last decade Fly Bar & Restaurant has become a staple for craft cocktails, made from scratch small plates, live music and local art. It’s a unique, fun neighborhood concept in a little remote corner of the city’s center.

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It’s funky, it’s urban, and it’s a melting pot of college students, travelers, and young professionals. It’s typically the first place you think of for happy hour, your first date, a small get together with friends, dinner before the show, or drinks after the hockey game, or really just any occasion worthy of a great cocktail. The bar menu is impressive featuring local and craft beers, diverse wines, and a well thought out cocktail list utilizing fresh juice, homemade ingredients, and esoteric spirits.

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And if you get hungry, you can sample the food. Everything is designed to be shared, but it’s much more than your typical bar fare. Ingredients are sourced locally whenever possible and the menu changes frequently, paying tribute

to various cuisines and styles, or just whatever is fun and tasty at the time. Oh, and there are no heat lamps in the kitchen, so food comes out fast and as soon as it’s ready. There’s also an open-air rooftop bar offering a unique and captivating view of Tampa’s historic district. When Florida’s weather is at it’s best, there really is no better place to sit outside, hang with friends, and enjoy your favorite cocktail. Fly Bar & Restaurant has brought craft cocktails and small plates to the forefront of downtown Tampa and they did it when nothing else was really happening. Now that the downtown area has begun to boom with an array of bars and restaurants, Fly Bar & Restaurant continues to innovate their menu and elevate their guest experience. 1202 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602 | Phone: +1 813-275-5000 | www.flybarandrestaurant.com


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THE NAME ITSELF MAY BE CONFUSING – LITERALLY CALLED HOTEL BAR – BUT THE CONCEPT IS RATHER SIMPLE.

Others may be a bit more mysterious, like the Moonwalk, the Hanky Panky, or the Bamboo. Each of these, however, has a curious story to tell. The Moonwalk, for example, was created in 1969 at the Savoy Hotel’s American Bar in London to honor the first moon landing. It’s also rumored to have been the first cocktail Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin enjoyed after their legendary return to Earth. The atmosphere of Hotel Bar is, well, much like a swanky hotel, minus the pretension.

Most nights the kitchen is open late serving delectable and well thought out bites past midnight.

200 N Tampa St, Tampa, FL 33602 Phone: +1 813-533-2650 www.hotelbartampa.com

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The ceiling is patterned with black ceiling tiles and the walls with floral wallpaper. A chandelier hangs from behind the bar, casting a brilliant light on a vast collection of unique spirits. Although the focus is direct, there is still a reasonable selection of beer and wine.

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Although independent of any hotel in downtown Tampa, Hotel Bar is bringing classic cocktails made famous in hotels from around the world to the forefront of the today’s drink culture. Some you may recognize, like the Sazerac, the Vieux Carre, or the Sidecar.

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REINVENTING CLASSIC HOTEL DRINKS IN A MODERN COCKTAIL BAR SETTING.


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CENA Located at the heart of the vibrant Channel District of Tampa, Cena is a modern, fresh and simple Italian restaurant. Since its opening in 2013, Cena has been providing dining from the roots with real ingredients, traditional dishes and attentive service. It is intimate, sleek with a neighborly scene. Executive Chef Michael Buttacavoli creates dishes like wild boar lasagna, mushroom ricotta; rustic bolognese; shrimp carbonara and braised oxtail gnocchi to name a few. His food is served in a contemporary and stylish setting. The dinner-only menu, he has put together, is resolutely Italian, but very personal.  Based on Buttacavoli’s extensive experience in the Tampa Bay area, he has gained a good sense to not try to be all things to all people, but rather to offer a short, idiosyncratic menu of items you won’t find everywhere. The juicy white branzino fillet is exquisite. It is served over a base of slightly bitter escarole tempered by white beans. In addition, it is topped with a lemon sauce, garlic and herbs - just the elixir to heighten all the flavors. Being nominated multiple times as Best Desserts in the Tampa Bay area, Cena delivers deconstructed versions of ever-present dessert favorites. Skipping dessert should not be an option during your visit. The tiramisu, carrot cake and the homemade gelatos are highly recommended by its regulars. Pastry Chef Evan Schmidt has cultivated a cult-following in the local foodie scene. His confections have been dubbed as whimsical and visually arresting, but with a keen understanding of the juxtapositions of flavors and textures.

Cena – “dinner” or “supper” in Italian. 1208 E Kennedy Blvd, Channel District Tampa, FL 33602 | Tel: 813.374.8840 www.cena-channelside.com

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The Heights Chapter Twelve

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THE REFINERY It all started about 20 years ago. A young cook named Greg Baker was working the line at an upscale French restaurant. One night during a particularly hectic service, as the ticket meter began its mechanical song and the chef barked orders, Greg had an epiphany. He looked at the cooks working beside him, peered out at the well-heeled patrons in the dining room, looked down at the freshly tattooed black widow spider on his forearm and said, “Good food is wasted on people who can afford it.”

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5137 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33603 Hours: Open today · 11AM–2:30PM, 5–10PM Phone: +1 813-237-2000 www.thetamparefinery.com

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Here at The Refinery, we set the bar high when it comes to what we put on the plate. If it wasn’t grown in Florida or produced using ethically sound methods, you probably won’t find it here. We make sure each ingredient is of the highest quality and comes from folks who take great pride and care of their processes, employees, and earthly footprint.

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Motivated by the idea that good food should be made available to everyone, Greg embarked on a mission that would eventually turn Tampa’s dining scene upside down. In 2010, Greg’s vision became a reality when he and his wife, Michelle, opened The Refinery. Founded on the principle that good food is a necessity, not a right, the pair has accomplished exactly what they set out to do— serve elevated food at prices that don’t break the bank.


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the hall ON franklin The hottest new eatery in Tampa Bay is featuring top local chefs and mixologists collaborating in a unique dining experience. Explore our eclectic group of 7 taste architects.

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Our philosophy At the hall, we are reinventing the dining experience by washing away limitations to rediscover the possibilities of taste. Seven diverse culinary experts collected within one space, working together to deliver the most comprehensive dining experience imaginable. Walk the hall with cocktail in hand and engage our taste architects, or enjoy sit down service from our attentive staff. Dictate your experience, your way. Live music, diversity of thought in both food and experience, the hall is the living, breathing embodiment of the philosophy we are better together.

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In addition to explosive flavor encounters, guests will also have the unique opportunity to purchase the entire hall on franklin experience. From our sexy leather lounge sofas, crafted tables, specialty tiles & beautiful crystal chandeliers, we invite you for the opportunity to rediscover your taste and shatter restaurant expectations.


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HEIGHTS MELT SHOPPE Melt Shoppe was created by the highly-deficient and often-restless minds of Dave Burton and Libor Vitu, frequent collaborators, partners, and consultants in a variety of restaurant concepts. Combined, the two have opened over 200 restaurants. 

While visiting a local watering hole to unwind, the two thought how great would it be to develop a concept that’s warm, inviting, delicious, adventurous, friendly, and fun - that focused on the ultimate comfort food: grilled cheese. Here, the vision for Melt Shoppe was formed. Knowing that any relatively decent idea formed by men needed a woman’s touch to become great, the two brought in the highly talented and well-tattooed Larissa Pepe to help with Melt Shoppe’s development. 2 4 0 V O L U M E

This Justice League-like trio continues to look for Melt Shoppe to be a place where guests can feel comfortable, relax, forget about their day, and enjoy bold yet approachable flavors at a great value. Our life motto here at Melt Shoppe is Eat. Laugh.Thrive., and we sincerely thank you for your patronage.

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As a group, we chose Tampa Heights because of its exponential growth and our ability to be part of an ever-evolving, influential community. Excited and passionate about the food hall’s (Hall on Franklin) promise and projected ideas, Melt Shoppe seemed like the perfect fit - approachable, tasty and nostalgic with a new age twist.


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Whatever Pops and Bowls originated as a small push cart serving handcrafted ice pops at local area farmer’s markets. The business, operated by Tampa couple Steve and Nancy, graduated to a food truck, and now operates a brick and mortar shop in Seminole Heights. In addition to ice pops in flavors like earl grey lavender lemonade and coconut lime, the shop also serves house-made gelato, acai bowls, shakes, smoothies, waffles on a stick and even a grilled cheese or two.

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THE HIP ROOM DANCE STUDIO Move your hips, move your soul.

Learn to Dance One-on-One First time students can enjoy a one-time individual 30 minute dance lesson and consultation for just $25. During this time, you’ll meet your instructor and discuss your preferences, allowing the professional dance instructor to create a custom dance program for you. With a private dance lesson package, you will enjoy: • Personalized dance curriculum • One-on-one dance lessons • Real-time dance movement correction • Guidance for at-home skills development • Unlimited group ballroom classes • All the health benefits of dance!

Get in a workout at one of their many dance fitness classes like Pound, Cardio Dance, or Piyo, then come back in the evening for a one-on-one lesson, group dance class, or one of their fantastic dance parties.

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If it’s fitness you’re after, you can burn up to 1,000 calories in one Pound class. Looking to tone and strengthen? Piyo might be the best choice for you. Get in a good stretch and work out your core with a yoga class – there truly is something for everyone at The Hip Room.

Visit their website at www.thehiproom.com or call the studio at (813) 227-9600 to find out more about the studio and how The Hip Room is dancing into the hearts of people across Tampa Bay!

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The Hip Room is a unique Tampa dance studio offering ballroom, social dance, kids classes, dance fitness, yoga and much more. Nestled on the historic Yellow Brick Row in The Heights Tampa, the studio’s 100 year-old building is alive with the cinematic architecture of bygone days. Dance across beautiful hardwood floors drenched in natural light as you enjoy a true gem of Tampa Bay.

Group Dance & Fitness Classes The Hip Room Dance Studio offers wonderful group dance and fitness classes in Tampa Bay. Their group dance classes focus on social dances with easy-to-follow instructions, offering something for dancers at every skill level.


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South Tampa Chapter Thirteen


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EAT. DRINK. BE SOCIAL. At Cask Social Kitchen, we’re serving the best in new American fare and handcrafted cocktails. Partners Vincent Jackson, Adam Itzkowitz, and Executive Chef Antoine Ludcene direct a team that redefines SoHo into Southern hospitality.

Our menu features everything from comfort food, such as Chicken ‘N Waffles and Lobster Mac & Cheese, to delicious main courses like Herb Crusted Hanger Steak, Crab Crusted Grouper, and Shrimp ‘N Grits. In the mood for lighter fare? Our appetizers, flatbreads, and salads will do the trick. Whatever you’re craving, pair your dish with a bourbon flight, glass of wine, or craft beer from our taps that rotate local brewery offerings. When it’s time to wind down on the weekend, brunch on Saturday and Sunday features a DJ on the patio and bottomless mimosas. Inside, our Loft Lounge provides the perfect space for a private gathering. Able to host anything from a seated dinner for up to 50 guests or a mix and mingle style event for almost 100, the Loft includes a private bar and rustic, cozy feel perfect for any occasion. 2 4 6 V O L U M E

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HAPPY HOUR: Mon-Fri 4-7 p.m. | Fri-Sat 10 p.m.-12 a.m. // SATURDAY & SUNDAY BRUNCH: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.//LADIES NIGHT: Thurs 5 p.m. - close HOURS: Sun-Wed 11 a.m.-10 p.m. | Thurs-Sat 11 a.m.-12:30 a.m. Visit www.casksocial.com for information on menus, specials, and events.


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After years of eating stale doughnuts; husband and wife team Patrick and Zezura Ruddell, with the help of their two teenage children, set out on a mission to improve the industry. They decided to open a fresh made-to-order shop focused on mini sized doughnuts offering literally thousands of sweet combinations. On November 2015 Mini Doughnut Factory was born and became an overnight sensation. South Tampa, a foodie town, was ready and waiting for a better doughnut shop. Mini Doughnut Factory is the first and original to the area located at 2109 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33629. Besides being known for their amazing mini doughnuts, they are the originators of the flavored mini doughnut shake. Yes, milkshakes in whatever flavor a customer desires, blended with two mini doughnuts, amazing vanilla soft serve ice cream, and then topped with whipped cream and a third mini doughnut. The fun doesn’t stop there though. They also have mini doughnut sundaes and fresh roasted coffee to make any and all coffee drinks to your heart’s desires. Dreams do come true! If you stop in their shop; you get a show. Every step of the process is prepared in front of the customers; from making the dough to watching the minis float down the conveyer belt. Ending with watching the doughnut artists place the finishing drizzles before presenting the customers their box and sending them off with a smile. The show doesn’t end with doughnuts; as their raw coffee beans are roasted live out of their Saint Petersburg location. The Ruddells have been a staple in the community and have committed themselves to giving back. They have worked with various local organizations and national charities such as St. Jude, Make-A-Wish and The Salvation Army. They have come to realize that giving back to the community that has given them so much support is very important and an integral part of their success.  Less than two years after their birth, Mini Doughnut Factory has opened its second location at 730 4th St N, Saint Petersburg, FL 33701. Location number three is currently under negotiations in the North Tampa area with the goal of opening early 2018. 

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Locations: 2109 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33629 | 730 4th St N, Saint Petersburg, FL 33701 www.minidoughnutfactory.com


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It was only a few years ago that South Tampa’s quintessential neighborhood bars was just a concept scribbled on a notepad. We hope that The Blind Goat will not just be a pit stop along the way on your night out, but instead will become a destination where you are comfortable spending hours on end with some of the best company around.   The Blind Goat Food & Drink Co. continues and will always strive to be a neighborhood and community driven bar & restaurant. The neighborhood bar is an indispensable element within a community. In south Tampa, The Blind Goat has become a cornerstone. It is a place where all feel comfortable; a home away from home. As we look towards the future, we hope to maintain that element with the Tampa Bay Market while expanding for a broader audience. In our minds, it’s essential to grow and evolve with the community and city that we’ve grown to know and love. Here’s to many more years to come and drinks across the bar, Cheers Tampa!

4106 Henderson Blvd, Tampa, FL 33629 | Phone: +1 813-515-7962 | www.blindgoattampa.com

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In the more than 2 years since opening, The Blind Goat Food and Drink Co, located in the Palma Ceia neighborhood of South Tampa, has become an award-winning favorite within the community and has grown significantly, all the while retaining a high level of customer satisfaction and loyalty. At The Blind Goat Food and Drink Co. we strive to create a top-shelf social experience while also staying true to the roots of American nightlife culture. While we won’t ask you for a password, or make you obey any antiquated rules, we do ask that you take notice of our efforts to pay homage to the classics. We have made a point to consider the history of the American bar in choosing every aspect of The Blind Goat. From our customer service, to our deliciously simple cuisine, to the abundance of local and national craft beers, delicious cocktails and wines that we offer, we are excited to have you give it all a try and look forward to you becoming a part of our family.


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FRESH KITCHEN Chef-inspired foods and cold-pressed juices, with ingredients that change with the seasons. Our food is always made from scratch, from our kitchen to your bowl, as fast as you can point.

just over 2 years, Fresh Kitchen has transformed into a multiunit fast-casual concept, currently preparing to open their doors in South Florida with a new store launching in Boca this spring.

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Established in September of 2014, Steven Lanza created Fresh Kitchen in partnership with his family, the founders of Ciccio Restaurant Group. They envisioned a place where the community could eat fresh and healthy meals at pace with Tampa’s active lifestyles. “It’s food that makes you feel good after eating it,” Lanza shares in describing the FK experience.

Loyal guests frequent the build-your-own-bowl destination on South Howard Ave as often as seven days a week! With a 100% gluten free menu, hormone and antibiotic-free meats, and homebrewed teas, Fresh Kitchen gives you the confidence to leave your kitchen and know that you can still eat clean.

Making high quality ingredients available for guests on the go was the motivation behind this unique quick-service experience and is what continues to set FK apart from the competition in each new market they approach, as they continue to expand operations. In

Our goal is to help people care about the food they fuel themselves with, and know that they dont have to sacrifice great taste for speed when they come to Fresh Kitchen. Which is why we’ve coined the phrase, “Give a FK.”

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DAILY EATS Classic diner, modern convenience. Famous burgers, decadent shakes and breakfast served all day. Daily Eats has been serving up something for everyone to love, since 2006.

quickly transformed into a place that feels like home, both for first-timers and loyal, devoted guests.

901 S Howard Ave, Tampa, FL 33606 Phone: +1 813-868-3335 www.ilovedailyeats.com

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The breakfast menu spans all the home style favorites, like eggs Benedict and hearty omelets and even takes a unique approach with innovative bowls like the Cap’n Cluck, featuring DE’s famous Cap’n Crunch French toast (gluten-free options available as well). Come lunch and dinner time, Daily Eats offers delicious shredder bowls, sandwiches, out-of-this-world mac ní cheese dishes, and much more. Stop in for Happy Hour every day from 2-7pm for $3 shakes and $2 mimosas!

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Today, though you can expect vibrant crowds during brunch and breakfast, everyone will confirm that it’s certainly worth the wait - for delicious food, amazing service, and a friendly atmosphere. With nearly a decade of great success behind them, CRG owners opened a second Daily Eats location in University Park in December of 2015.

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Originally the ìOld Meeting House,î Ciccio Restaurant Group founders, Jeff Gigante and James Lanza, bought the diner and re-branded as Daily Eats. Putting a modern twist on classic favorites, the new menu and creative space


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Around the World in South Tampa

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Ethiopian »» Queen of Sheeba

Tapas »» Ceviche

Mexican »» Miguel’s »» Miguelitos »» Green Lemon »» Bar Taco

Latin America »» Pipo’s Café

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Middle Eastern »» Byblos »» Petra Indian »» Flames »» India’s Grill

American »» Goody Goody Burger »» Square One Burger BBQ »» Kojak’s »» Holly Hog »» 4 Rivers Smokehouse Thai »» Thai 5 »» Lemon Grass

Argentinian Grill »» Renzo’s

German »» Schiller’s German Deli

Sushi »» Yoko’s »» Soho Sushi

French/Vietnamese »» Restaurant BT

Korean »» Sari One »» Sushi Ninja Ramen »» Dosunco »» Noble Rice

Caribbean »» Yah Mon Steakhouse »» Bern’s »» Ruth Chris


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South Tampa is one of Tampa Bay’s most popular gastronomic destinations. While the bay area itself is a huge testing ground for franchising, many of these concepts are launched right here in South Tampa. Even though there is no shortage of new concepts opening around town there is a solid base of time tested, and award winning locations you will end up stopping by again and again. Block off a day, co-ordinate with some friends, and start bouncing around on a delicious journey.

Healthy »» Fresh Kitchen »» So Fresh »» Ciccio’s »» Evo’s

Vegan »» Pure Kitchen Organic Speakeasy »» Ciro’s Seafood »» Taste of Boston »» Big Ray’s Fish Camp

Other Creators »» On Swan »» Edison Food + Drink »» Boca »» Ulele »» Mise en Place

Pizza »» Anthony’s Coal Pizza »» Sally O’Neals Pizza Hotline »» Cappy’s Pizzeria

Southern Fare »» Cask Social

Bakery »» Wrights

Greek »» Little Greek »» Acropilis

Asian »» TC Choy’s Modern Coffee House »» Oxford Exchange British »» Mad Dogs & Englishmen

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Brunch »» Pinky’s »» Datz »» Love’s Artifacts »» Pach’s Place »» Bruchery

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Juice Bars »» Xtreme Juice »» Soho Juice »» Swami Juice

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For Winos (Enotecas) »» Cru Cellars »» Haven »» Bianchi’s »» Wine Exchange


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TABANERO At the turn of the 20th century Ybor City was the epicenter of the cigar industry, alive with activity and home to thousands. Gone are the cigar factories and for decades their empty shells were the haunt of the ghostly glory of the past. Ybor struggled to find its character and it seemed as if it had lost its identity. Now at the turn of a new century Ybor is rediscovering its lost past, forging a new identity, and is in the midst of a renaissance driven by the rise of a network of artisan cigar boutiques. Among them is a little shop on 7th Avenue called Tabanero Cigars.  This boutique is a feast for your senses.  Not surprising is the smell of cigars themselves, musky with an underlying sweetness.   There are the curling clouds of smoke with each exhale, but the shop itself is not enveloped in clouds of smoke. This is good because it allows visitors to take in all the visual elements.

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From tin signs painted with women adorned in Batas, to the mural of a tobacco field in Pinar del Rio, Tabanero is a testament to the Cuban heritage of Ybor. The colors of the shop are earthy tones that create an atmosphere; warm like the lit cigars. The best visual is the cigar rollers themselves. It is fascinating to watch them at their art as they skillfully combine various leaves, some silky to the touch, others with a feel more akin to parchment. The whole process is wondrous. If you want to learn more about the rebirth of the Ybor cigar industry; take the tour led by owner Yanko Maceda, a Cuban immigrant who became an American entrepreneur. The tour is both enlightening and entertaining and his passion and love for cigars is infectious. Be sure to get an espresso at the cafĂŠ in the back of the shop. The rich brew has a low acidity with floral undertones and hints of chocolate; it is the perfect compliment to their cigars.

1601 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605 Phone: +1 813-402-6316 www.tabanerocigars.com

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It is without a doubt a life changing experience. The same as if you had been drinking instant coffee your whole life and tasted your first roasted espresso or had always drunk beer from a can and tasted your first craft brewed ale from tap. Smoking a cigar handmade by one of their artisans will completely transform your understanding of cigars.


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The bar is in the heart of historic Ybor City, on 7th Ave between 17th and 18th streets. Ample parking is available directly behind the bar, in several surface lots within a block, and in the covered 16th Street parking garage. The streetcar stop is a few blocks away at either Centro or the 9-11 Memorial at Centennial Park.

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Our bar is unique, clean, and a while not “fussy” a notch above the normal pub. Walking in you will be greeted by a VERY bad monkey, climbing a pole to escape from the

full-scale P-40 Warhawk aircraft flying through a wall of desert camouflage in hot pursuit. Beer towers fabricated from spent 105mm howitzer shell casings stand at attention on the bar, and lovely torsos composed of smaller caliber spent brass adorn the walls. Mementos from battlefields and the lives of those who serve the nation or their community remind many guests of the old Officer’s Club or NCO Lounge at home and abroad. Our bar offers full service cocktails, frozen drinks, local


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draft beers, and a “10 things for 10 dollars” dinner menu. Events may be booked on our “Back Monkey” patio area, in the second deck “VIP Lounge”, or down on the main floor. Hosts may ask for our “island taps” to be put on line so they can own their own keg for the night. 12 TVs make the Bad Monkey a great place to watch sports. Happy hour offers half price wells and domestic drafts from 3 – 5:30 pm every Monday through Friday, and we have a complimentary tailgate buffet on weekends during football season. Those in the mood to play will find a pool table, dart board, shuffleboard, and giant jenga.

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The Bunjaku family has been working overtime for more than two years now to ensure everything is perfect in their restaurant. Why? “Because we believe in treating customers like family and delivering a superior product,” says Due Amici owner Geo Bunjaku. Due Amici is creating a lifestyle that focuses on quality. Excellence in every aspect is the prevailing theme for this small business as they’ve ripped up flooring and replumbed their space in historic Ybor City.

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The Bunjaku Family moved here with their crew from Staten Island to make hand-tossed pizza, fresh garlic knots, pasta and sandwiches for the club crowd and other leisure diners in Tampa’s premier entertainment district. Bunjaku exudes excitement about the new look his team is giving the restaurant — his fourth pie palace, but his first in Florida — and he’s pleased with the response Due Amici has received from patrons as they fill the place Wednesday through Sunday nights. This New York-style pizza joint opened up on Ybor’s famed 7th Avenue in January of 2015, and they haven’t looked back - making regular improvements to the building and expanding their menu time and again. They’ve even begun marketing a distinctive line of quality tomato-based sauces.

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thin-sliced prosciutto, or maybe a veggie pie, all made with their sauce that’s cooked for 12 hours and made with San Marzano tomatoes, then sprinkled with Grande cheese. “That’s all I use,” Bunjaku said. He went on to say, “Those are two secrets I can give away, but that’s it. We don’t heat food in a microwave. We make everything from scratch and serve it up fresh with the best ingredients.” Bunjaku and his family sell pies by the slice or in a 24-inch round, the biggest in Ybor, he claims. They also sell beer and wine in the 4,200 square-foot pizzeria with an open kitchen, so patrons can watch as the pizza is tossed, then baked in an old-school pizza oven. Dedicated small restauranteurs like Due Amici are a part of the unique fabric that sets Ybor City and the innovative Tampa Bay food scene apart from national food chain restaurants in strip-centers. Check’em out next time you’re in Ybor City!

Address: 67 E Gay St, Columbus, OH 43215 Phone: +1 614-224-9373 due-amici.com


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THE STONE SOUP COMPANY Known for its proximity to the white-sand beaches of Florida’s Gulf Coast in St. Petersburg and Clearwater, urban Tampa features delights in its own Ybor City. Founded in the 1880s by cigar manufacturers and originally home to large numbers of Cuban, Spanish and Italian immigrants, Ybor City is also home to one of the city’s best Cuban sandwiches.

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When the Soupman was asked why it took several years to get into the Cuban sandwich game he quickly answered, “Respect”. We have a lot of respect for those that toiled for years creating this street “La Septima/7th Avenue.”  We are just here to compliment Tampa’s rich traditions and heritage.

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Founded in 2010, The Stone Soup Company has re-invented the traditional Cubano. Traditionally made with ham, roasted pork, salami, Swiss cheese, pickle and a mustard-mayo mix on Cuban bread. Stone Soup slowly roasts the pork meats nightly and save the flavorful mojo pork juices to be used as a dip for the toasted sandwich that has earned Stone Soup “Best in Popular Vote” and “Judges Voting’ at the Cuban Sandwich Festival three years in a row. They have also been inducted into the “Cuban Sandwich Hall of Fame”. 


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In the ever changing climate of the music industry, artists are looking for new revenue streams, while fans are looking for new ways to connect with their favorite musicians. We believe this authentic partnership of music and beer brings that home in a new and innovative way. From recipe inception, brand creation, artwork design and even the name of the product itself, the band is involved every step of the way.

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“Music and beer have a lot in common. Both require hard work and commitment to create and both are born from the overlap of craft, art and passion. The opportunity to bring music and beer together with Rock Brothers was just too cool to pass up.” - Joey Redner of Cigar City Brewing

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Rock Brothers began as an idea in Atlanta, GA and took full form in the founders hometown of Tampa, FL as the craft beer boom was and still is exploding. An opportunity presented itself to ignite this brand in 2012, an idea RB founder Kevin Lilly had been nurturing since 2006, and by the Spring of 2014 their first brand came to life with the local band “Have Gun Will Travel.” Before the product ever hit the tap lines it received a National Championship win at the United States Beer Tasting Championship (USBTC). This was due in great part to Rock Brothers recipe collaborator and brand partner Cigar City Brewing.


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Founded in 2014 by the Lafrate family with the dream of developing a family business that would create and share spirits of the local community.

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THE COLLECTION BAR PROGRAM “The atmosphere of a great bar will affect most cultured men and women in approximately the same way. It will conjure relaxation, it will invite depth and savor to fellowship. It will encourage reflection. In short, a great bar is a place of high purpose. A great bar is a way of life.” - Esquire, 1954

A nice quote taken from the cocktail menu of one of London’s once most Iconic bars; The Player. (In Memory of Dick Bradsell 1959-2016) 

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Ro Patel started out his lifelong love affair with bar culture in London circa 1993/94 at the Atlantic bar & grill. Shortly after he set up shop as a Bar Consultant to help develop bar programs for hangouts in London before packing up his shaker tins to assist on projects in the Bahamas, Sydney Australia, & Washington DC before moving back to London to work on Virgin Atlantic Airways award winning Flagship Clubhouse.

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He moved to Sunny Tampa, FL & co-founded Ciro’s Speakeasy in 2010. During his time there, the team & program won many awards both locally and in the national cocktail community.

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The Offer The Collection at The Hall welcomes all. Attentive hospitality is always in the forefront of our thoughts. A classic American bar, serving traditional mixed drinks, in the most glamorous, authentic surroundings in Tampa Bay.  Next, what to drink! You can expect to find menu items from fresh non-alcholic cocktails, Florida Local award winning beers, an extensive yet approachable wine list; is balanced with our innovative yet classically designed cocktails, the menu has a bit of everything for everyone. Naturally you will find the ample seating around the bar offers full menus from all other vendors at The Hall. We look forward to your visit!  The Collection bar at The Hall celebrates the great drinks of Americana with a healthy measure of bold flavors from around the world. A truly unique bar design provides an ideal vantage point for people watching, as well as having intimate seating in the lounge for guests that require a less shared experience. Making your experience and time memorable is of the most paramount importance to the team at The Collection.  He is blessed to have been involved with so many wonderful people and projects including Downtown Tampa’s Anise Global Gastro & Franklin Manor. 

The Collection gives Ro the chance to develop a long-term view on hospitality and service, support bartenders to become the next generation of owners in addition to collaborating with esteemed peers that add value to the guest experience!

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He says, whilst moving around every few months (consulting) has been meaningful & fun! This is the right project, timing and a unique opportunity to test himself ‘getting back behind the stick’ once more.

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KOZUBA & SONS The distillery is run by the Kozuba family, as you would think from reading the name.

The great grandfathers of the family were farmers and after serving in the military were given land by the government, which they lived off in the 1920s. The Kozuba great grandfathers farmed wheat and rye and also produced “Okovita”, which is more commonly known as moonshine, the recipe for the Okovita was passed down the generations. Zbigniew “Papa” Kozuba the distillery’s master distiller, was a biochemist by trade & also served in the Polish Military. In retirement, Papa Kozuba would tinker with distilling & convinced his sons, Maciej & Jakub to join the efforts, & that’s when Kozuba & Sons was created. They opened their first distillery in 2005 in Poland, then after almost 10 years, decided to move things to the U.S. The Kozuba family moved everything over in 2014 & opened the doors to the public and for distribution in 2016. They chose St. Petersburg for multiple reasons. One huge reason being the climate; as the weather that Florida has is ideal for aging products.

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Another big part of moving to St. Pete was for the city itself, they were drawn to the European style of downtown with all the café’s, breweries, coffee shops & unique boutiques. The brewery boom in Florida was a good sign to move the distillery here as well, as many locals are very supportive of smaller, independent businesses. St. Petersburg brought good weather, a great vibe, business opportunity & was a perfect place to raise their kids. If the Kozuba’s ever feel the need for a snow storm they’ll go back to visit Poland, but other than that – St. Pete is home now.

1960 5th Ave S St. Petersburg, FL 33712 Phone: +1 727-201-9078 www.kozubadistillery.com


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Fish Hawk Spirits was founded in 2011 on a small farm on the outskirts if Ocala. Long dirt roads lead to a remote distillery where tourist can see the entire distilling experience first-hand. Starting with a few specialty spirits, they are the largest Farm-to Bottle distillery in Florida, offering 23 spirits including Whiskey, Vodka, Rum, Brandy, and Absinthe.

Local means local to the folks at Fish Hawk. The products use Florida ingredients whenever possible. The grains for the Whiskey are grown in Marion and Alachua counties and the blueberries and blackberries come from Island Grove. There is even one Whiskey, Silver Queen, where the corn is grown right on their farms next to the stills. Fish Hawk’s second and not so secret ingredient is the water. The farm sits on some of the purest water in Florida, just North of Rainbow Springs. By using pure spring water in the distillation process, they can bring out the true flavors of the underlying ingredients in every product.

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The first Rum made in Ybor City since prohibition is now available in Tampa, and soon the distiller’s mistake, Corn Tang, will be available in Gainesville. All locations offer tours and tastings, so come on by and have a taste of local flavors that are truly mouth-watering.

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Fish Hawk has recognized the importance of local craft, and has expanded its distillery operations to include a location in central Ybor City and in downtown Gainesville. Both locations directly distill on premises using the same craft techniques as the main distillery in Ocala. Unique spirits are made at each location.


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How have you seen the craft cocktails scene evolve over the last 5-8 years? Nationally it seems like it has run full circle. Every crazy experiment and infusion has been done, all the classics have been revisited, and every ingredient has been juiced, toasted, and manipulated like a highly trained chef. It has been great to see the cocktail world reach an insane level of maturity, but it seems like the general feel in the industry these days is to simplify things. Make simple, fresh, tasty drinks, focus on hospitality, connect with the neighborhood, and don’t take yourself too seriously. I think in less words, HAVE FUN!

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1202 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602 www.flybarandrestaurant.com

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It’s been great how connected every bartender has been, whether it’s across the bridge in St Pete, or down the street in your same neighborhood, it seems like everybody knows everybody, and that sense of community is very encouraging.

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What are you most excited about for the movement in Tampa Bay? I love seeing the movement stretch further and further out into more corporate chains, hotels, etc. It’s great to see a plethora of different concepts now doing the fresh juice, homemade syrup thing these days. Another exciting thing is watching a lot of new bartenders grow up, educate themselves, and begin to start taking over new programs, work with liquor brands, and really start to treat this industry much more like a career.


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MAGGIE ON THE MOVE As one of the original food trucks in the Bay, Maggie Loflin of Maggie on the Move has become a signature name in the area. From starting out attending farmer’s markets in St. Pete before the truck, to working as a major player in setting laws in place to allow food trucks to serve in St. Pete, it’s safe to say that Maggie is a food truck expert and veteran.

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Maggie started the truck in 2011 to further fuel her passions for food while applying personal creativity, and years of experience in the restaurant industry. Being a transplant from Maryland, Maggie applies touches of northern culture in her dishes to deliver her take on “Mediterranean Fusion”. The local fan favorite for Maggie on the Move is their Mediterranean touch on a Cuban sandwich: On pita bread – Canadian maple ham, Spanish style pulled pork, gyro, Swiss cheese, pickles, and a special blend of Cuban sauce with spices. Their homemade habanero hot sauce is a must-try as well.

As a family business fueled by passion, love, and hard work, Surf and Turf Truck is a shining example that good intentions pay off.

“My favorite thing about running a food truck in Tampa Bay is the people I get to meet. They show love back, and I feel a real sense of community.” - Maggie Loflin, Founder

Originally from Philadelphia, Beata and Adam Browne were displeased with their corporate 9-5 careers, and after the birth of their third child they decided that happiness was most important.

Maggie is also a founding member of the Gulf to Bay Food Truck Association, and you can find her truck all around Tampa Bay, but her favorite event is the Saturday Morning Market in downtown St. Pete. Go see her newly upgraded truck in this featured photo!

From Adam’s lifetime of experience and passion in the restaurant industry paired with Beata’s background in operations and marketing, the duo launched what has become a top food truck brand with features on the Travel Channel, and overwhelming support from the community. After wild success in Philadelphia and New Jersey they decided to expand to the Tampa market in 2015.

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The local fan favorite for Surf and Turf Truck is their Warm Lobster Roll: Buttered knuckle and claw (Maine lobster only), sitting on a bed of kale and cabbage with a toasted bun topped with diced mango and jalapeno for the perfect amount of sweet and spice.

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EMPAMAMAS Stephanie Swanz of Empamamas has proven that passion, hard work, and dedication pays off. Multiple awards, viral videos, and community support back this entrepreneur’s high attention to detail and customer service. A family recipe started it all where Stephanie learned how to make empanadas from her aunt. She started making them for friends and family, and fell in love with it. One day a friend saw her and called out “Hey Empamama!”. The business was founded the next day, and she moved to Tampa where she met Surf and Turf Truck as close friends and business coaches. Empamamas original plan was to focus on a distribution strategy with grocery stores, but the brand itself grew much larger than she ever imagined.

I WANNA WOK Inspired by his mother and her love for cooking, Steven Solgot fulfilled her lifelong dream of opening a family restaurant in a new way she never imagined: I Wanna Wok food truck. Originally born in Taiwan, Steven has experienced many different cultures and cuisines spanning the East from Okinawa, to the Philippines. After coming to America his creativity and passion for cooking grew as he applied his cultured experiences to his dishes creating his own version of Asian Fusion cuisine. We can all thank the Food Network for airing The Great Food Truck Race as seeing this show inspired Steven to take the plunge in 2012 and launch I Wanna Wok in Tampa Bay.

The local fan favorite for Empamamas is their Tampa Girl Empamama: Inside a disc of hand-pressed dough and fried to perfection lies 12 hour roasted pork, honey ham, genoa salami, Swiss cheese, pickles, and secret Tampa Girl sauce. Right behind the Tampa Girl is their Fried-Cheese-It Grilled Cheese. You may have seen the viral video featuring this grilled cheese on Foodbeast produced by EatMobile.

“We’re excited to continue to grow and get more connected to the community and opening a storefront. We love being a local yummy spot for friends and family to try the best empanadas in town.” - Stephanie Swanz, Founder You can find Empamamas all around Tampa Bay, but most frequent locations are at Curtis Hixon Park, local breweries, Williams Park in St. Pete, and Armature Works. www.empamamas.com

You can find I Wanna Wok all around Tampa Bay, but their most frequent locations are at Flicks and Food Trucks in Channelside, and the Gulf to Bay Food Truck Association events. www.iwannawok.com

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The local fan favorite for I Wanna Wok is the Korean Bulgogi Boom Box: fried rice, grilled onion, scallions, yum yum sauce with sweet chili, Asian cucumber salad with kimchi, and a spring roll.

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Steven took one year to research and conceptualize the business before officially launching, and that time investment has paid off tremendously. From the rock themes, to a fun and creative menu, I Wanna Wok has grown to become one of the most popular food trucks in the Bay.


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The idea was born in a garage during a brainstorming session with a friend. While discussing food trucks and culinary specialties, we joked about being a jack-of-all-trades (and master of none). How does someone translate that into a food business?

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The answer is that they don’t. They think beyond the food. Although our original idea was to promote different cuisines we soon realized that people saw potential in the “blank slate” concept and that we needed to expand the business’s scope. A chef wanted the vehicle to test out a BBQ menu; an event organizer wanted chalk murals to promote a charitable cause; a restaurant owner needed a temporary kitchen to help maintain revenue during a renovation. Our vehicle could do all of these things and more. We also

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saw it as a way to help foster small businesses, feature local artists, and promote charities in a way that is both unique and affordable. It took 2 years of restoring and re-building but now our 1968 Airstream is a mobile, customizable business, that just happens to have a kitchen inside. Chalking can be done for weddings, sports teams, charities, public/private events, business promotions, schools and institutions. Food can be catered either by our team or any number of local chefs. The CBS Airstream is more than a food truck, it’s a one-of-a-kind event space that goes where you need it.

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Your ProKitchen Tampa A culinary incubator for those wanting to start or grow their food business.

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A twenty-four hour shared commercial kitchen, with over four thousand five hundred square feet of space, where those in the food business can cook and prepare, without the huge overhead of their own kitchen. Space is also available for team building, pop-up stores, tasting room, and teaching. Kristin assists her clients by offering individual consultations, monthly Servsafe management courses, and marketing expertise through social media.

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Kristin (Witts) McKinney’s twenty-three years of catering experience is the perfect match for her everyday interaction with her clients. In a little over two years, the shared kitchen is responsible for bringing over sixty-eight bakers, caterers, food truck and retail food products to the Tampa Bay area. The problem with opening your own kitchen is not only

the initial cost, but the continued overhead. Navigating the State Licensing process can be overwhelming and finding the support needed for breaking into the local market is difficult. Your Pro Kitchen Tampa solves that problem by streamlining the process with ten steps to get licensed within fourteen days. Clients have the convenience of booking as little as ten hours and as much as two hundred per month. With 24/7 access, you work within your schedule. Your Pro Kitchen Tampa introduces your company to the local market through social media, builds relationships with local retailers to carry your products, and continues the support through monthly businessbuilding workshops, specific to the food industry.


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“We have been in business 16 years using facilities similar to this and have never found a place so clean, professional, and user friendly as YPK South Tampa. Not just Kristin (the owner) but everyone there is a pleasure to work with, so friendly, and loves to collaborate and help each other grow. It has been an amazing experience and I hope it will be well into the future.” - John Mayer, Elite Events Catering

“Your Pro Kitchen Tampa is the perfect fit for the needs of our catering company, Everyday Events. Catering space, prep space, meeting space, storage and an amazing mentor! The best part is the lasting and positive connections to grow our business that have been made through the contacts of Kristin of Your Pro Kitchen Tampa.” - Amy Adams, Everyday Events

5224 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33611 Phone: +1 727-244-5368 Email: Tampa@YourProKitchen.com Instagram: YourProKitchenTampa Facebook:YourProKitchenTampa www.yourprokitchen.com

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“Your Pro Kitchen Tampa has been the perfect place to grow my food business. It’s so wonderful to be around other likeminded food entrepreneurs, discussing ideas and feeding off each other’s similar experiences. Kristin, the owner, is amazing and does her best to make sure each of her clients are successful. The facility is well equipped and the perfect place for both startups and established food entrepreneurs.” - Liz Anthony, Liz Anthony Nutrition

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Kristin’s passion stems from years of cooking with her grandmother and mother while hearing the origin of the recipes and the stories that created her family history. As she started a family, her boys were with her in the kitchen during her very first catering jobs, hearing the same stories, continuing a legacy for a third generation. Kristin loves what she does every day because she is not only contributing to the local community but helping families bring their history to others and showcasing their passions, through the art and history of food.


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Coffee Culture Chapter Seventeen

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TAMPA BY THE CUPFUL Ty Beddingfield

Since an unruly band of patriots made tea of Boston Harbor, coffee has been the first choice of the Free & the Brave. Thomas Jefferson famously deemed coffee “the favorite drink of the civilized world.” Tampa’s coffee culture started in the early days of Ybor, when cigar rollers daily café Cubano was deducted from their pay. Coffee roasters thrived alongside the cigar industry as it grew. Tampa still has a much loved Cuban café scene; all over the city you are just steps away from a favorite neighborhood haunt. Tampa’s Coffee scene continues to flourish along with a nationwide trend toward specialty coffee roasters and shops. The movements defining nature is towards quality and transparency. You can now enjoy coffees described by single-origin rather than blend, by micro-climate and often down to the farmer. This is radically changing the ethics of the supply chain and bringing a better cup to coffee lovers. To see how far things have come, a first stop would have to be Buddy Brew Coffee’s roastery in Tampa. There you will see an industrial roaster parked in the café with green coffee along the wall and origins spanning the range of coffee from Columbia, Ethiopia, to Sumatra. Work your way downtown and your only a block away from a good cup

at any turn. Kahwa based in nearby St. Pete, is just a hop from Caffeine, which hails from Lithuania. Now that’s getting global.

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Franklin Street, where the Tampa Theater (circa 1926), anchors the culture and style of the city, leads north to what is fast becoming a coffee trail. Café Hey features Naviera a hundred year old company from Ybor. Foundation welcomes you with a fascinating Kyoto cold brewing system producing truly unique brews. Up the block, The Hall on Franklin, a food hall with seven venders, is the home of Kôfē where coffee meets the bar. Now you can start and end your day in style.

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Circle Tampa Bay and there is only more. On Central in St. Petersburg you can “coffee & cocktail” at Intermezzo across from café con leche’s at Bodega. Spot MADE COFFEE in cans for a local delight and enjoy minimalist taste sensations at Bandit. Before the beach, pull into Craft Kafe for the best gluten free treats around. Caffeinated yet?

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This is just a taste of the emerging coffee scene in Tampa Bay. La vida al café!


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Derek Scanlon and Josh Glass, co-owners and founders of Ginger Beard Coffee.

You may want to try a flight of cold brew, then take your favorite to go in a growler. They are looking to continue to push the boundaries of cold coffee and bring the people of Tampa the caffeine they are looking for. 

They took a chance and their idea became a reality. They quit the daily grind of corporate life, partnered with the Pour House in Grand Central and began serving coffee in Tampa’s Channel District under the name Ginger Beard Coffee, named after the red facial hair of the owners.

They understand some people prefer hot coffee so they also serve drip coffee and espresso beverages.

The Channel District community takes care of their own and Ginger Beard takes care of their caffeine needs.

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Ginger Beard Coffee specializes in a Nitro Cold Brew coffee. They used the same equipment they used with homebrewing beer to make coffee, minus the alcohol, and this crazy thing happened - it worked. The Nitro Cold Brew is served from four taps at the end of the bar in the Pour House. They also serve two locally sourced Kombuchas, a locally brewed ginger beer and nitrogen infused tea made in-house. There are eight taps of cold options.

Parking is endless in the garage directly above the shop, and free for the first two hours. There are 70 seats inside and 40 outside. Plenty of comfortable places to post up, enjoy a delicious beverage and get things done in a comfortable, friendly environment.

1208 E Kennedy Blvd #112 Tampa, FL 33606 Phone: +1 813-434-0795 www.gingerbeardcoffee.com

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Ginger Beard Coffee’s story didn’t start with visions of corporate profit, like most coffee shops. It started with a crazy idea by a few friends. The idea was to combine their love of coffee and of people in a new way and bring new life to an unused space.


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From daily coffee and tea service at UNION, in The Heights Market at Armature Works, to special events and collaborative projects with the Commune Coffee Trike, they desire to create space and opportunity that allows community to happen naturally. Commune + Co. is perhaps best known for their flagship product, Pressure Brew, Tampa’s first and original nitro coffee. After developing their own unique method for brewing the cold coffee, they began distributing kegs of Pressure Brew to restaurants, bars, grocers, private offices, homes and coffee shops around the greater bay area in early 2014. There are now wholesale partners stretching from St Pete, through Tampa, and as far east as Winter Haven, offering Pressure Brew on nitro tap. While their passion for finding the perfect cup of coffee excites them, their true motivation lies in the desire to love and serve people well. Not only does this mean they cannot settle for serving anything less than the best beans from around the world, sourced from the best roasters in the country, it also means they work hard to honor the stories and lives connected to the production of excellent coffee... from the farm, all the way to your cup.

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@communeandco | @uniontpa | communeandco.com


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SPADDY’S COFFEE CO. Founded with a vision. A vision to bring good coffee to good people, in a relaxed environment.

That is when founder Greg Spadaccini went on a quest to find a mobile concession trailer. In late 2015, Spaddy’s Coffee Co. became a reality when he found an old trailer listed on craigslist. Spaddy spent a few months, with the help of family and friends, rebuilding this once has-been mobile photo booth into a rolling coffee & tea shop. The trailer was remodeled into a mobile cafe, and the quest for the perfect cup began.  Spaddy knew when he started this business he wanted to incorporate the city of Tampa’s embracing local community into the plan. He wanted to keep everything as local as possible to help the local economy. The first event in October of 2015 was a community fundraiser for a local charity, Easter Seals. 
 The coffee is responsibly sourced and locally roasted by Zeal Coffee Roasters and the tea is sourced from Kaleisia Tea Lounge. Both of the highest quality available!


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The future of Spaddy’s in Seminole Heights is promising. The community is growing rapidly, the people are awesome, with more and more local businesses arising that continue to support each other!

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In September of 2016, Spaddy’s found it’s new home in one of Tampa’s most eclectic and desirable communities, Seminole Heights! Located on the property of Mauricio Faedo’s Bakery, Spaddy’s has created an outdoor courtyard style cafe. Neighboring businesses    like Faedo’s Bakery, Vintage Post Marketplace, and many other local small businesses, make Spaddy’s new outdoor courtyard cafe, a destination location! 


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My wife and I met in 2005 in Spain, where a daily café con leche is nearly a national ritual. Since she’s from Brazil, it was normal for her, but the sounds and hisses of the espresso machine and the theater of the barista pulling the shot and steaming the milk were new to me - and absolutely captivating. We resolved to bring a piece of this back to the United States.

We began in earnest a few years after that, learning the craft of coffee by taking entry-level barista positions. We figured the best way to learn about what you love is to fully immerse yourself in it. That barista position led to a job as an apprentice roaster for one of New York City’s most respected espresso bars. We spent four years in New York, learning as much as we could about coffee. We drank our way through the city trying coffee from all over the world, presented in a myriad of brew methods. In a way, New York was like going to college. We attended coffee education seminars, went to all the coffee industry social gatherings and spent a lot of time being tested by some of the most demanding consumers in the world. We even launched our first business, Eastlick Coffee Company in 2015. But, just like college, after a few years, you usually move on to the next adventure. Looking for a permanent home for our business, we moved to the Tampa Bay area in 2017. I have roots in the area, having left Tampa for Spain in 2003. Even from afar, we kept our pulse on what was happening in the area. We saw the development in the downtowns on both sides of the bay, and every visit to family led to us experiencing the burgeoning food and beverage scene. We saw coffee finally meant more than a mermaid to most people, and we decided to come back and contribute to the area that shaped us over a decade ago. Successful coffee companies recognize that coffee is both a beverage and a culture, both science and art. We like to think that hitting that happy medium is our bread and butter. We want to offer Tampa Bay something that is delicious and approachable, both complex and comforting. We want you to taste something familiar, experience something new, and share it with all!

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To put it simply, Made Coffee’s goal is to bring elevated, approachable coffee to all Floridians... in a fun little package.

131 22nd St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712 | Phone: +1 727-203-4855 | www.madecannery.com

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Their vendors represent the best of Florida. Urban grocery stores, cocktail bars, craft beer and bottle shops and the health/fitness industry are Made’s best partners. Pick them up all over Tampa Bay and bring them along on your daily journeys... Made Coffee is #MADEforFL.

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Months of sourcing the right vendors and branding decisions later, the Made Coffee Can was born. Made Coffee now roasts, brews and cans its product in the Warehouse Arts District of St Pete. Take a peek at their Instagram and it’s easy to see they have a lot of fun, while working diligently to provide their consumers with quality coffee in a beautiful aesthetic.

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The focus was always cold coffee. Cold brew to be exact, hence the tag line #DrinkColdCoffee. Made began by hooking up kegs and pouring Cold Brew and Nitro Brew at local bars and restaurants in downtown St Petersburg. Eventually they realized a portable option was needed, one that wasn’t breakable and could travel anywhere. Owner and Brew Guru, Mike Rideout, set his sights on a canned product.


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the movement sanctuary LOCATED IN DOWNTOWN SAINT PETE, IS A CREATIVE SPACE DEDICATED TO A WIDE VARIETY OF MOVEMENT ARTS.

AcroYoga/Partner Acrobatics has a strong influence over the space and the side effect of this is; community. TMS owners Aaron Tremper, Erin Yonke, and Jessica DeLeo have made it their mission to develop a space where all movement art forms and beyond can be offered with the intention for all to grow.

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So, what does that look like?

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Flex and fire up your creative muscles in a 7,000 squarefoot warehouse adorned with murals painted by Saint Pete artists Zulu, Thirst McFly, Jerry Cahill, and Suarez. The space offers roughly 60 classes a week; AcroYoga, Partner Acrobatics, Aerial arts, various mobility and flexibility classes, breakdancing, dance lifts, ninja training, juggling, flow arts, slack lining, capoeira, Jiu Jitsu, and Chinese pole are what they are starting with for their weekly offerings.


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“The Movement Sanctuary is a place to challenge your mind and body in a supportive safe space” Classes are accessible for beginners, and scaled to interest even seasoned movers, and a partner is not required. Every first Saturday of the month, TMS hosts a large event with day time workshops showcasing different classes they offer, followed by a party at night featuring a variety of DJs and performers. The TMS owners look forward to hosting renowned teachers and passionate students from all over the country and world here in St. Petersburg, FL, in support of their own community and the city at large. The space offers a bunk room and a private room for those who are looking to travel. In addition, there is a large library, moving meditation garden with a fire pit and an outside performance stage usually inhabited by fire spinners at their events.

Be safe, train smart, and do as you wish others to do. Come grow with The Movement Sanctuary. ‘We Rise Together’. One visit there is enough to show you that.

910 5th Ave N Unit A, St. Petersburg, FL 33705 Phone: +1 609-558-9769 www.themovementsanctuary.com

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Everyday the space is evolving, with new ninja obstacles and art installations, renovations, and equipment. The Movement Sanctuary is a place to challenge your mind and body in a supportive safe space. A place to foster new friendships with others and learn more about yourself. Let Rumi remind you every time you walk through The Movement Sanctuary’s’ door; “Remember, the entrance to the sanctuary is inside you.” Your first class is free, so you have nothing to lose except those poisonous thoughts that hold you back. This space has a lot to offer and just a few things to ask of you. Know yourself in order to show up better for others.

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Sunder Luber the owner of Yoga Village began practicing Kundalini Yoga 15 years ago and realized it gave her new tools to be a successful single parent as well as became instrumental in helping to heal her depression.

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Based on her experience, she began teaching Kundalini Yoga in her home with friends as students. It quickly became clear that not only was the yoga itself healing, but so was the yoga community it created, offering personal support and upliftment for the individual’s growth.

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Luber knew on a deep level that she needed to offer this healing modality on a much larger scale, where people could share in similar experiences and feel the support of a conscious, yoga-based community. This was the seed that generated the creation of Yoga Village in August 2007. Yoga Village started as the vision of two women wanting to create a sacred space for spirit to grow in the community. In this time of overwhelming technology, connection is more important than ever and Sunder believes that community and connection are key to personal growth and health. At Yoga Village, we honor all paths of yoga and meditation and trust the science in this ancient wisdom to bring you home; that is the home of your inner


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knowing and connection to Self. Sunder has personally found ways for healing and contentment in her life through the practice of yoga including the yogic lifestyle as a way to live. Yoga Village offers over 330 classes a month in many different disciplines of yoga and meditation. Like a modern day ashram, Yoga Village provides each student with the opportunity to find the practice, the style of yoga which resonates with the essence of who they are. As the students’ practice grows, they have the opportunity

2760 Daniel St, Clearwater, FL 33761 Phone: +1 727 712 1475 www.ayogavillage.com

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to experience other styles of yoga to further expand and experience the many benefits available through the practice of yoga. We also offer extensive training in yoga, meditation and lifestyle in our Teacher Training and Beyond Addiction programs.


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BODY ELECTRIC The Body Electric Yoga Company is a fixture in St. Petersburg, an active force in the community, and a happening hotbed of workshops, trainings, and special events.

But five years ago, the historic building that houses it was an empty shell, and its founders were part-time yoga teachers with a lot of ambition and little else. Co-owner Katelyn Grady says, “I started thinking about opening the kind of place that I would want to practice in: a beautiful space with an unintimidating vibe, and classes led by teachers who were down-toearth, open-minded, and positive.�

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Whether you’re looking for a class with live music, an early-morning Ashtanga practice, or a relaxing and therapeutic experience, you’ll find it at The Body Electric. Students here love the friendly, community atmosphere, the variety in the schedule, the spacious practice rooms, the accessible teachers, and the accessible prices, too. But mostly, everyone here just loves yoga. Jenny says, “Yoga is what I use to check my baseline physical and emotional state. It’s this time and space we create to notice ourselves in a loving and discerning way. We’re also subjecting ourselves to challenges as a way of bettering ourselves in regular life. How do we respond when things are hard, hot, unfamiliar, boring? Can we train ourselves to react in a way that’s more useful, that brings us more happiness? Yoga can be complex and multilayered. But this is simple: you leave class feeling good.”

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On opening day there were four teachers and 16 classes per week. Today, Body Electric offers more than 50 classes a week and has 20-some instructors. With offsite events at local breweries, coffeeshops, hotels, and beaches, The BE is living its dream of taking yoga out of the studio and to the people, wherever they are.

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Katelyn met co-owner Jenny Miller, and they found that their visions were in tune and their skillsets complementary. They spent two more years teaching, leading retreats, blogging, saving money, and honing their business plan before they found the perfect spot: a 6,000-square foot brick building constructed in 1926 by the Pinellas Ice and Storage Co. With a lot of hard work and a lot of help, the BE was born.


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is a first of its kind. It began with Patricia Noll’s discovery of other-dependency during her 30+ years of helping thousands of troubled individuals from all walks of life discover the secret to real happiness from the inside out, instead of from the outside in.

Then Good With Me: A Simple Approach to Real Happiness from the Inside Out became a book.

Good With Me Day is an annual celebration of our most valuable asset, our citizens. It provides an opportunity for each and every person to celebrate who they are and their own unique

And now Good With Me is more than a book! It’s a community of like-minded people joining together to grow a movement to cultivate an awareness of other-dependency as the root of unhappiness, addiction, depression, anger, bullying, violence, criminal activity, suicide, and more. It’s commitment to our Tampa Bay community is to implement a revolutionary approach that provides a solution to our most pressing and significant community concerns. Being Good With Me is a big deal! Mayor Rick Kriseman proclaimed September 21st of each year as Good With Me Day in the city of St. Petersburg, FL to ensure a healthier community in the future.

specialness. Individuals who are community difference-makers have the opportunity to become certified Good With Me Community Program Leaders. Individuals who like and accept themselves, like and accept others. Corporations and private entrepreneurs have an opportunity to become cutting-edge Good With Me employers through the Good With Me Corporate Employee Enrichment Program. Happy employees are productive employees.

“I am absolutely convinced that the time has never been more right for each of us to learn how to experience real happiness from the inside out by becoming a Good With Me person.” Patricia Noll

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Patricia Noll, televised self-esteem and addiction expert, is the founder of Good With Me and Focus One, an Outpatient Substance Abuse Program licensed by the state of Florida in 1989. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Certified Addictions Professional, Acupuncture Physician, and Author of the book, GOOD WITH ME: A Simple Approach to Real Happiness from the Inside Out. Her Addiction Treatment Manual has received endorsements from Deepak Chopra, Jacquelyn Small, Dr. Larry Dossey, and Jack Kornfield.

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Dr. Patricia Noll is available for media interviews, speaking engagements, and consultations. Go to www.goodwithme.com for more information.


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Across the globe people of all backgrounds are taking up the “Float Life”.

They both have always been drawn to the idea of working together and helping people in their community. St. Pete Salt Works is their way to help change people’s

Across the globe people of all backgrounds are taking up the “Float Life”. Professional athletes are saying its one of the best ways to recover as well as strategize. Over the years, Universities have used it for Super Learning. Sleep studies also show that float therapy improves sleep patterns! From pain relief to meditation – Float Therapy is hard to beat. We hope to see you soon at St. Pete Salt Works! Book your float today.

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Floatation therapy is an incredible drug-free alternative that eases pain from countless conditions. Whether the case is fibromyalgia, head trauma, PTSD or severe back pain, floating has proven effective in pain management. Not only do we see relief from physical pain in the body, but we also see an increase in overall wellbeing, joy, and mental clarity.

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Amy and Mark moved back to the Burg with their new-found experience and saw an opportunity to bring this to St. Pete as well as a way that they could work together. With Amy’s marketing background and Marks obsessive research on everything about the float industry, they were ready to jump head first into opening a float center. Local business has been important to Mark and Amy as Amy’s family owned a local electrical company, Brydebell Electric.

lives one float at a time. They are so excited to both educate and share this with the great city of St. Pete.

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Mark first heard of floating from a podcast eight years ago and was immediately drawn to the idea. A few years later, while working in Melbourne Florida, Mark found a float center that had opened. After the first few floats Mark was walking around saying... (1) why aren’t these everywhere? And (2) why doesn’t anybody know about this?  


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They host a Christmas 5 kilometer run in South Tampa, the Reindeer Race and they are committed to bringing back the mile in Tampa with a one mile race series known as the Big Guava Mile. The group also enjoys traveling for a destination marathon/half marathon every year.

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LOUD Runners was founded in March 2017 by four friends that love running together; Carla Nolan (President), Maria Williams (Vice President), Dave Yancey (Event Director), and Dale Posey (Membership Director).

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For 7 years an organic urban farm has been growing on 15th St North, 3 blocks off Central Ave.

The ½ acre organic farm offers over 40 different vegetables and fruit trees. Chicken and a few rabbits happily trade garden leftovers for delicious fresh eggs and manure.

The farm’s message highlights the intimate connections between:

The farm grows thousands of lbs. of vegetables. It is also an outdoor science lab, an environmental teaching tool and an educational play ground where children and adults offset “The Nature Deficit” of urban life. It is a place to reconnect with nature and a source of fresh healthy food.

For thousands of years our ancestors depended on nature for food, clothing and shelter. Today society removes us several degrees from the natural world; however our innate connection to nature is only hidden below a very thin layer we are happy to help you scratch off with good dirt.

Healthy Soil , Healthy Food, Healthy Community®

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Tours and classes with hands on experiences illustrate the cycle of life through gardening and cooking. We use simple metaphors to show the parallel between the hidden, complex and vital soil microbial life and our own microbiome directly impacting our wellbeing and health. The farm partners with organizations to provide nature based educational and therapeutic activities. Heartwarming spontaneous reactions from visitors are a testimony of the therapeutic power of the farm, and is an effective antidote to the superficiality of consumerism. Examples of the wonderful effects the farm has had on visitors abound. • After a 20 minute tour a 9 year old pretending to ignore the tourguide broke into a big smile after tasting a baby broccoli and said “I want to grow some” • A challenged very young mother coming for a 30 minute introductory visit with her toddler stayed over 2 hours and declared, unsolicited, that sitting in the food forest “opened her heart “ • A middle aged woman suffering from deep anxiety and shaking hands sat in the food forest for a “taste meditation” using a dandelion leaf. After 30 minutes in the shade of the fruit trees and a peaceful environment she was calm smiling and with steady hands. She has become a volunteer. The farm welcomes visitors and volunteers Wednesday and Sunday 9Am to 1Pm for tours and garden work. Classes and events are organized on regular basis and taught by instructors many of them residing at the Ecovillage. Special events such as field to fork dinners and concerts are planned but depend on a city zoning review.

We look forward to your visit. www.ecovillage-stpete.org

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Keep in touch: facebook.com/ecovillagestpete/ Drop us a line by email EmRoux1@gmail.com if you have a question about what is growing, wish to book a tour or want to get an occasional announcement of our upcoming activities. To reach us by text or phone 727 251 1879.

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You are invited to visit us at the farm to discover a unique special place.


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“I am a lifelong fitness fanatic, a former runner and I love all things outdoors, furry babies and any sport that is physically active�. - Lynn Valaes My love of fitness and teaching was a natural transition for me to enter the fitness industry. Once I became a certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise I quickly realized that I loved working just with women and I knew then that I wanted my own facility led by women, for women. Fast forward three and a half years and we continue to give women the tools they need to live a healthier, more vibrant life through exercise and smart lifestyle choices. I have worked with special populations including those suffering from obesity, Lyme disease rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, spinal fusion surgeries and spinal cord injury, to name a few. In the last year, WWF has had three clients diagnosed with various types of breast cancer. I witnessed firsthand the devastating effects this disease has left in its wake. In August 2016, I decided it was time to act and make sure that we were 100% prepared and educated to work with breast cancer survivors. I wanted to see these ladies THRIVE, not just survive! I am honored to now hold the designation as a certified Post-Rehabilitative Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist through the Pink Ribbon Program. This is a therapeutic exercise program specifically for breast cancer patients to help them regain mobility and improve their quality of life. The six-week program is held in our private women-only studio under the guidance of a female certified breast cancer exercise specialist. Wise Women Fitness is more than a fitness facility; we are a sanctuary for women and we want to make a difference in the lives of all women, particulary for breast cancer survivors!

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3311 S. Westshore Blvd. Tampa, FL 33629 Phone: 813-310-2628 Email: info@wisewomenfitness.com www.wisewomenfitness.com


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TOP-NOTCH TRAINING

COACH LAURA ROGERS STARTED TOP-NOTCH TRAINING IN 2013 TO GIVE KIDS A PLACE TO WORKOUT, IMPROVE THEIR FITNESS, AND BECOME BETTER ATHLETES. With over ten years of experience working with kids, Laura has created a very unique system to guarantee success! The main goal is to provide the best methods of training to help athletes improve their game by increasing speed, power, agility, strength, stamina, coordination, and flexibility. No sport specific skills are taught (ie- no baseball hitting, volleyball serves, soccer ball handling, etc.).  The goal is to create a better athletic base so they can perform their sport specific skills with a higher understanding and execution. TNT works with kids as young as four years old, all the way through high school. While our goal is to build better athletes, our well-rounded program encourages kids to be the best they can be, both in sports and in life. Kids that go through our program see a huge improvement in their physical abilities, which improves their confidence, and they start to set higher goals for themselves. They adopt a healthy lifestyle, achieve higher grades in school, get involved with after-school activities, and they are more willing to try new things. Our classes are designed to be small group training, so this helps enhance the kids’ abilities to better communicate with peers and authority figures. Our environment places a high value on building each other up, encouraging everyone in class, and helping your teammates. This does not mean everyone wins, it means everyone works hard to achieve their success and know peers are there for support. Under our roof, it’s about becoming the best you can be. As coaches we encourage everyone to “Ignite the fight!”

3326 Dr M.L.K. Jr St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33704 Phone: +1 727-577-5808 www.tntsportsperformance.com

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​ aizen is one of our core values. This is the philosophy of steady progress K and improvement over time, by taking small, manageable steps to reach the end result.  Basically, we do not take short cuts to build a strong athletic foundation. TNT is the most trusted sports performance gym in St. Petersburg. We guarantee results and we promise you’ll enjoy your time in the gym every day you come! We have a family of great members that have been with us for many years. We always welcome new members to come join our great community!


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Community That Cares Chapter Nineteen


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BRIAN BUTLER President and CEO - Vistra Communications.

Brian moved to Tampa in 2006 after a successful, 22-year military career. Rising through the ranks to Lieutenant Colonel, Brian commanded troops in combat, traveled to more than 65 countries, worked in the Pentagon as a Spokesperson for an Army Secretary and on the personal staff of a Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, served in a director-level position on the Homeland Security Council in the White House and led large complex organizations. 3 0 8 V O L U M E O N E

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Born in West Palm Beach, Florida, Brian and his family were excited to move to the Tampa Bay area after his military retirement, because of the area’s growth potential, educational opportunities and closeness to family. In 2007, Brian started Vistra Communications (Vistra) out of his house in Lutz during an economic decline and when some questioned the timing of starting a business. He pushed through and credits

Vistra’s steady growth to the pride Vistra team members have in their work and the company’s core values of positive community engagement and putting client needs first. Brian is committed to the Tampa Bay area and is excited by the growth, support for veterans and opportunities for entrepreneurs. Today, Vistra has more than 60 team members and is still growing. It is a full-service, communications strategy and professional solutions agency providing services to corporate, government and nonprofit clients both locally and nationwide. Vistra Team Members work at the Lutz headquarters, U.S. Central Command, Orlando, Melbourne, Miami and Virginia. Services include strategic communications and marketing plans, public and media relations, public affairs, crisis communications, market research and customer


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surveys, community outreach and engagement, branding, digital engagement, social media campaigns, video development and other professional services. Brian and his team support several local professional and community-based organizations, with emphasis on helping those in need. He serves as a mentor to Mort Elementary School Principal, Woodland Johnson, as part of the Florida Council for Educational Change (CEC) Partnership to Advance School Success (PASS) model. Vistra also regularly partners with nonprofit organizations as well as startups to support our area economically and philanthropically. Brian personally leads volunteer efforts via the Laundry Project by Current Initiatives, which pays for individuals to wash and dry their laundry at laundromats, while restoring dignity and demonstrating genuine care for the individuals.

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Brian was recognized as the 2016 Minority Vetrepreneur of the Year by the National Veteran-Owned Business Association. He also received the Heritage Leadership Award from the Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival and USF Area Community Civic Association’s Community Commitment Award, presented by Former Senator Victor Crist. He has completed several executive and leadership programs sponsored by the SBA, AT&T, CVS, Leadership Tampa and Leadership Florida. Brian is a Florida Hospital Tampa Foundation Trustee and Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Board Member.

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Vistra is SBA 8(a) Certified and a Service-Disabled VeteranOwned Small Business (SDVOSB). The company was named the 2016 SBA South Florida Region Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce 2016 Small Business of the Year in the 21-50 employee category and ranked number one in the Top PR Firms in the Tampa Bay area according to the Tampa Bay Business Journal for 2016.


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CURRENT INITIATIVES In 2008, Jason Sowell founded Current Initiatives, a Tampa-based nonprofit organization with the mission of educating communities while mobilizing them to bring about change.

Current began with their first initiative, the Laundry Project, to assist lower-income individuals and families by taking over a laundromat for a day and covering all expenses associated with and providing the necessary items required to wash and dry clothes and linens. To date, the Laundry Project has hosted nearly 400 projects in 6 states washing more than 100,000 loads of laundry for 10,000 families. Recently, Current partnered with local artists to create “CLEAN”, a mural campaign at laundromats aimed at bringing a positive message of hope along with the free laundry services. Another Current program is Affordable Christmas, which is a seasonal initiative giving needy families and parents the opportunity to purchase holiday gifts for their children for no more than $10 an item. Studies show that purchasing gifts, rather than receiving them for free, gives empowerment and dignity to these working parents who simply need a hand up.

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Current’s third project, Hopes for Homes, provides complimentary remodeling and improvement work on homes owned by working class families facing financial challenges with home repairs and maintenance. Volunteers work to repair damaged roofs and porches, remodel kids’ rooms and bathrooms, update energy inefficient kitchens and more.

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In 2015, the Tampa Bay Lightning honored Current founder, Jason Sowell, as the season’s 31st Lightning Community Hero and presented him with a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program. Creative Loafing bestowed its 2011 ‘Best of the Bay’ award designation to Jason as its ‘Best Young Hopeful’ for his work in the community. Current has also been recognized as a Fox 13 ‘Hometown Hero’ and featured on Bay News 9’s weekly segment as an ‘Everyday Hero’. engagecurrent.org

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The Kiwanis Club of Tampa has been serving children in the local community since 1919. Their enthusiastic members pursue creative ways to serve the needs of children in our community.

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This year, the Kiwanis Club of Tampa was looking for a new fundraising event that would be family friendly, kid focused, and help raise a lot of money for kids in the local community. The Incredible Duck Race seemed like the solution. On August 12, 2017 the Kiwanis Club of Tampa raced 7,401 little rubber ducks down the Hillsborough River. The ducks were available for adoption by the public for $5 per duck and they raced down the river to compete for cash prizes - the first place duck won $5,000 for it’s adoptive parent.

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The event raised almost $20,000, all of which will be put right back into the local community through programs focused on children sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Tampa. Locally they build residential accessibility ramps, hold back-to-school immunization events, purchase holiday gifts for kids in need, provide scholarships, build reading rooms in Boys and Girls Clubs, offer grants to other local nonprofits that work with children, and sponsor leadership clubs at the middle school, high school, and college level.

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The ducks raced in a lane of containment booms to prevent them from escaping, ensuring that no ducks were left behind in the river. The race was a free family event with music, duck games and prizes, bounce houses, food trucks, and lots of fun! Over a thousand people came out to cheer on the ducks in hopes of winning the grand prize.


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Fighter Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization, was created in honor of Michelle Boyd DeJong and inspired by her “Fighter” mentality. Diagnosed with an inoperable aggressive form of brain cancer called glioblastoma, Michelle was determined to use her experience to help others. She took one of her favorite sayings to heart, “BELIEVE THERE IS GOOD IN THE WORLD” and often explained, “How easy is it once you realize that YOU can BE THE GOOD? YOU can make

a difference!” Michelle lost her personal fight against brain cancer when she died on Valentine’s Day in February 2016 but her Fighter spirit and her “BE THE GOOD” mantra live on through Fighter Foundation. Fighter Foundation raises funds and awareness for research through involvement with Tampa’s worldclass cancer treatment and research facility. Michelle donated her brain tumor to Moffitt Cancer Center and

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Fighter Foundation supports quality of life improvements for brain tumor patients and caregivers through scholarships and donations. Fighter scholarship is an annual $2,500 award presented to a Tampa Bay Area rising college freshman who is both a cancer survivor and who embodies the “Fighter spirit.” A custom Fighter race chair was donated to Ainsley’s Angels of Florida to help share the joy of running with those whose physical limitations would otherwise prevent inclusion. Fighter Foundation provides opportunities for supporters to give back to their awesome community. It adopted a park along the Hillsborough River and hosts cleanup events twice a year, on Earth Day in the spring and during the Hillsborough River & Coastal Cleanup in the fall. Fighter Foundation hosts fun local events and sells apparel, jewelry and custom inspirational artwork in the online Fighter store which helps fund its mission. You can support the work of Fighter Foundation by attending a community event, making a purchase in Fighter store at http://fighter.storenvy.com and/or by donating at http://paypal.me/fighterbethegood.

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Fighter Foundation has donated more than a quarter million dollars to help fund that research.

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Our vision is to be America’s most effective caregiver to poor and homeless people. In doing so, we promise to: • Ensure families have the best opportunity to become self-sufficient, • Be the best stewards to our volunteers and donors for their gifts of time and treasure.

It’s All About Community We’re a local, independent, faith-based nonprofit committed to providing hope. We’ve been doing it since 1972. Our efforts to help poor and homeless families reach across Tampa Bay. We care for the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless through services that alleviate suffering, promote dignity and instill self-sufficiency... as an expression of the ongoing ministry of Jesus Christ.

It’s a special place where people from all walks of life come together offering the giving and receiving that exemplifies community and allows miracles to happen.

For those who have fallen on hard times, HOPE may seem far out of reach. But HOPE renews itself. Time and again, HOPE sweeps in to point us along a brightened path.

There are more than a million stories of hope, and many more yet to be written, which is why we need the continued support of the Tampa Bay community.

In 1972, in a city overwhelmed by hunger and homelessness, 13 congregations came together to offer food and assistance to those in need. From a single food pantry serving sandwiches on the sidewalk, Metropolitan Ministries embarked on a history of humanitarian aid for our neighbors right here in Tampa Bay.

HOPE is in your hands.

It’s because of you, miracles are possible for poor and homeless people who feel hopeless and have no place to turn.

To learn more about how you can get involved, visit metromin.org or come tour our campuses.

Hillsborough County Campus: 2002 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, FL 33602 | Phone: 813.209.1000 Pasco County Campus: 3214 US Highway 19 North, Holiday, FL 34691 | Phone: 727.937.3268 | metromin.org

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The Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Tent is a beacon of hope for the Tampa Bay community, serving as many at 20,000 families in recent years. Those receiving Thanksgiving and Christmas assistance say that beyond the food and toys, they receive HOPE through this iconic program. As many as 100,000 people visit the holiday tent each year through donating, volunteering and seeking help.

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Since then, what is known today as MiraclePlace®, now a campus spanning several blocks, has helped hundreds of thousands of men, women and children overcome trauma, transform their lives, and reach self-sufficiency. Our expansion in Holiday, Miracles for Pasco, is a replicable model serving an area with some of the greatest needs. More than 23,000 volunteers serve annually at Metropolitan Ministries.


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JACKSON IN ACTION The son of two military parents, NFL wide receiver Vincent Jackson understands firsthand the sacrifices and challenges faced by many military families.

Upon moving to Tampa and realizing the large presence of military families in the area, Vincent and his wife Lindsey founded the Jackson in Action 83 Foundation in September 2012. The mission of the Jackson in Action 83 Foundation is to provide support to military families, focusing on the educational, emotional, and physical health of the children. The foundation operates several annual programs, including the Military Moms Baby Shower, Salute to Reading, Salute to Scholars, and Youth in Action Camp. The foundation has also completed many other events and activities in support of military youth and families. Foundation programs center on a variety of issues ranging from youth literacy to physical health to veteran transition and family resiliency. 3 1 8 V O L U M E

In 2014, the foundation announced the publication of Danny Dogtags: Dealing with Deployment, a children’s book authored by Lindsey and Vincent Jackson. The goal of the book is to help military children and their parents cope with some of the emotional issues that deployment can bring. The second book in the series, Danny Dogtags: Soccer Superhero, was released in July 2016. The third and final book in the Danny Dogtags series will be released in late 2017-early 2018.

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CELEBRATE! EXERCISE! PLAY! CREATE! ENJOY! The spirit of service to the Tampa community that began as the Fort Homer W. Hesterly Armory in 1941, has been renewed as the Bryan Glazer Family JCC. 14 ceramics kilns and studios for pottery, jewelrymaking, metalsmithing, painting, mixed-media and glasswork. Daily classes for all ages and levels of experience ensure a personalized art experience. Selected by the TJCCF to expand its mission, designed and guided by input and generous donations of area leaders to enrich and support the Tampa community, the Bryan Glazer Family JCC welcomes members and hundreds of people daily to attend events, exercise or experience the Visual Arts Center. It stands as a living testament to the dedication to preserve the rich history, support the diverse urban community and enhance the quality of the lives of its members and the community. As Bryan Glazer said, “The most important thing for me is that it’s for the entire community.”

The Roberta M. Golding Visual Arts Center, run by the City of Tampa Parks & Recreation Department has 7,500 feet of workspace including

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The tradition of being historically recognized as a central venue for social gatherings and speaking engagements continues with the Premier Event Center. This elegant space, where Elvis Presley performed and Martin Luther King Jr. and President John F. Kennedy spoke, has been transformed to offer custom room configurations for every type of event. Corporate meetings and events, fundraisers, social occasions as well as movies can all take place in the Armory Ballroom. The Jeff and Penny Vinik Grand Entry provides a modern space for cocktail receptions, registration, meetings and dancing.

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The state-of-the-art Fitness Center has fullbody workout cardio equipment, free weights and strength training equipment. The 10,000-squarefoot gymnasium with indoor track – the former location of many wrestling matches – now hosts volleyball, basketball and pickleball games. There are more than 70+ group exercise classes each week including yoga, Pilates Mat®, tai chi, meditation, Zumba®, total body conditioning, and group cycling. Personal training is offered one-on-one and in small-groups. The Spa offers therapeutic and sports massages.

The Mezrah Family Aquatic Center provides an oasis in West Tampa with a 25-yard competitive pool and warm water therapy pool, children’s splash playground and hot tub/spa. Members enjoy aquatic exercise, swim lessons, lap swimming or relaxing in a cabana. It is also available to host poolside gatherings. The full service indoor/outdoor café offers breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages.

522 North Howard Avenue Tampa, Florida 33606 Phone: 813-575-5900 www.BryanGlazerFamilyJCC.com

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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its past contributions to entertainment, recreation, culture and architecture, the Tampa Jewish Community Centers and Federation (TJCCF) selected this location for its newest community asset, contributing to the revitalization of West Tampa. True to the mission of the TJCCF to be the heart of a vibrant, harmonious, and connected community that embraces everyone, the Bryan Glazer JCC is designed to host activities that people of all ages, talents, skills, religious beliefs and interests can enjoy.


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ST. PETE CULINARY CENTER CREATED TO SERVE AS A RESOURCE FOR AT-RISK YOUNG ADULTS TO GAIN THE SKILL SETS NECESSARY FOR ENTRY LEVEL EMPLOYMENT AND CAREER GROWTH IN THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY.

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One of the primary values of the St. Pete Culinary Center has been that our past does not dictate who we are and who we want to become. We believe that everyone should have a choice in shaping their future. It takes hard work, dedication, and passion to be successful. SPCC promotes a culture where students can begin to build these life skills.

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The inaugural class of SPCC students were offered numerous positions upon graduation and have taken their initial career steps. An organizational objective is to help guide our students throughout their culinary careers. By taking a local and holistic approach to the student’s careers we hope to ensure their long-term success. www.stpeteculinary.org


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CREATIVE CLAY The first thing you notice when you arrive at the bright, white art deco building at the corner of 19th Street and First Avenue South in St. Petersburg’s Grand Central District is a round logo reflecting the colors of the sun.

Inside, the vibe and vast collection of original folk art is just as illuminating. This is the home of Creative Clay, a 22-year-old non-profit that serves adults with neuro-differences through art. Locals, visitors and folk art enthusiasts from around the state and beyond visit Creative Clay’s gallery daily. Inside they find art of all mediums, and a vibrant community of working artists. With a vision of making the arts accessible to all, member artists in Creative Clay’s Community Arts Program learn art techniques and create gallery-ready work for sale and exhibitions. Professional teaching artists work with artists diagnosed with developmental, emotional and/ or physical disabilities. Instructors work as mentors to develop artists’ techniques and skills.

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Creative Clay’s mission is to help people with disabilities achieve full and inclusive lives through access to the arts by providing expressive, educational and vocational experiences. Its programs allow for individuals of all ages and abilities to be mentored, taught and empowered to become working artists who create, market and sell their work. The end result is that stereotypes surrounding those with disabilities are demystified, thus creating a culture of acceptance.

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Creative Clay offers six additional programs: Art Around the World inclusive summer camp for kids 6–12; Summer Studio for young adults 13–22; Open Studio, a scholarship program for adults; Transition, a vocational arts training program in partnership with the Pinellas County School for students 18–22; Creative Care, an arts-in-wellness program; and Artlink, a mentorship and employment program.


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Plant Museum 96, 97 St. Pete 180, 181 Bon Appetit 147, 148, 149, Hilton Downtown 220, 221 St. Pete Arts Alliance 125 Bon Appetit Group 145, 146, 147 Historic Kenwood 204, 205 St. Pete Beach 13 Brian Butler 308, 309 Holy Hog BBQ 118 St. Pete Culinary Center 320 Bryan Glazer JCC 319 Honeymoon Island 138 St. Pete Opera Company 102 Bryant Miller Olive 116 Hooters 121, 172, 173 St. Pete Run Fest 38, 39 Café Alfresco 147, 150, 151 Hotel Bar 233, 273 Caladesi Island 12, 139 St. Pete Salt Works 299 Hunger + Thirst Group 118, 119, 186, 187, 188, 189 Caldonia Brewing 160, 161 St. Petersburg Distillery 264, 265, 266, 267 I Wanna Wok 277 Camille Gomez 87 St. Petersburg Science Fest 34, 35 Incredible Duck Race 306, 307, 312, 313 Captain Memo 13 Station House 190, 191 Indian Rocks Beach 13 Carrie Jadus 53, 86 Stephen Schrutt 119 Innisbrook Resort 28, 29, 94, 95 Casa Tina 141 Intermezzo 198, 199 Steve Gianfilippo 123 Cask Social Kitchen 246, 247 J&S Signs 44, 45 Stone Soup Company Diner 261 Celtic Shop of Dunedin 142 Jackson In Action 318 Strategic Property Partners 218, 219 Cena 234, 235 Jackson’s 226, 227 Stu Sjouwerman 122 Center State Bank 1, 16, 17, 307 James Nozar 218, 219 Cesar R. Hernandez 123 Sugar Sand Festival 18, 19, 26, 27 Jeff Gigante 120 Chalk Board Special 274, 275, 278, 279 Suncoast Jazz Classic 42, 43 Joe Malinowski 1 Chalk Walk 30, 31 Sundial 52, 92, 93 Joe Waggoner 108, 109 Charlie Parker Pottery 60, 61 Surf and Turf Truck 276 John Collins 125 Chihuly Collection 48, 49 John Weatherby 76, 77, 78, 79 Sven Boermeester 1 Ciccio Restaurant Group 120 Kareem J. Spratling 116 Tabanero Cigars 256, 257 Clear Sky Draught Haus 141 Kelly Flannery 81 Tammy Charles 85 Clearwater Aquarium 90, 91 Kings Street Food 119, 187 Tampa Pizza Company 118, 224, 225 Clearwater Beach 12, 162, 163 Kiwanis Tampa 312 Tampa Theatre 100,101 Clearwater Ferry 176 KnowBe4 122 Tarpon Springs 13, 32, 126, 127, 128, 129 Club Savor 213 Kofe 284 Texture 201 Coast Bike Share 107 Kozuba & Sons 270 The Avenue 119, 186 Commune + Co. 286 Lenny’s Surf Shop 13 The Dog Bar 209 Cooters 174, 175 LocalShops1 40, 212 The Getaway 118, 182, 183 Cothermans Distillery 160, 161 Lori Bullard Photography 22, 23 The Hall on Franklin 238, 239 Crabby’s Beachwalk Bar & Grill 177 Loud Runner of Tampa Bay 300, 301 The Hip Room 243 Crabby’s Dockside 179 Lucky Lobster Co. 154 Craft Cocktails 264, 265 The Honu 155 Made Coffee 289 Create + Co 70 The Mandarin Hide 192, 193 Maggie on the Move 276 Creative Clay 321 Marsha Kemp Photography 306, 307, 312, 313 The Mill 194, 195 Cueni Brewery 160, 161 Melt Shoppe 118, 240, 241 The Refinery 237 Current Initiatives 310, 311 Metropolitain Ministries 316, 317 The Scarfone / Hartley Gallery 66, 67 Curtis Hixon Park 15 MGA Sculpture 52 Top Notch Training 305 Daily Eats 251 Mini Doughnut Factory 248 Tradewinds 13 Dali Museum 54, 55, 114, 115 Mirabella Fashion 140 Travel by Appoinment 87 Danny Guess 272, 273 Morean Arts Center 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51 Treasure Island 13 Dave Burton 118 Morean Center for Clay 51 Tropics Boat Tours 103 Dave Scott 117 Morean Glass Studio & Hot Shop 50 Ty “The Coffee Guy” Beddingfield 284 Debbie Lundberg 84 Movement Sanctuary 292, 293 Ulele 64 New Town Connections 124 Dodger - The Pup! 15 University of Tampa 67, 96, 97 Ocean Flame 170, 171 Downtown Crawlers 41 Urban Conga 68, 69 Oxford Exchange 65 Downtown Dunedin Merchant Association 140, 141 Valspar 28, 29 Park & Rec 119, 189 Downtown Looper 106, 184, 185 Pass-A-Grille 13 Venice Beach 13 Downtown St. Pete Partnership 184, 185 Pep Rally inc 72, 73, 236 Downtown Tampa 214, 215, 216, 217 Visit St. Pete Clearwater 38, 39 Peter Kreuziger 145 Due Amici 260 Visit Tampa Bay 6, 7, 8, 9 Pirate Water Taxi 107, 110, 111, 214 Duncan McClellan Gallery 58, 59 Vistra 308, 309 Playbook Public Relations 82, 83 Dunedin 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139 Walk Law Firm 80 Polo Classic 33 Dunedin Brewery 160, 161 Warehouse Arts District 52, 53, 56, 57 Presenting Powerfully 84 Dunedin Fine Arts Center 156, 157, 158, 159 Warrior 1 Yoga 140 Eastlick Coffee Co. 288 Proper 119, 188 Water Street Tampa 218, 219 Eco Village St. Pete 302, 303 Publicus 123 Whatever Pops & Bowls 242 Ed Droste 121 Right Around The Corner Bar 208 Why Tampa Bay 5 Edge District 196, 197 Ro Patel 268, 269 Wine at the Docks 131 Empamamas 277 Rochelle Friedman Walk Esq. 80 Wise Women Fitness 304 Enigma 200 Rock Brothers 262, 263 Woodwright Brewing 160, 161 Epiphany 32 Rustic Steel Creations 62, 63, 64, 65 Yacht Starship Cruises & Events 104, 105, 215 ET Cultura 36, 37 Salamander Resort 94, 95 Ybor city 254, 255 Sally Dee 82, 83 Fighter Foundation 314, 315 Yeoman’s Cask & Lion 228 Salon GW 143 Fish Hawk Spirits 271 Salt Tequila Bar 169 Florida Orchestra 98, 99 Your Pro Kitchen 280, 281


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