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A MAGAZINE OF THE TAMPA BAY TIMES

FEBRUARY 2018

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL


YACHT CLUB ESTATES 4 Bed | 3 Bath | 2,339 SF | Offered at $783,900 Debbie Momberg & Lee Stratton 727.432.8408 791710thavenuesouth.smithandassociates.com

BEACH PARK 4 Bed | 3/1 Bath | 3,668 SF | Offered at $1,249,000 Mary Pond & Ed Gunning 813.690.7902 4425westculbreathavenue.smithandassociates.com

BELLEAIR 5 Bed | 6/2 Bath | 13,001 SF | Offered at $12,400,000 Nick Janovsky 813.391.8291 144willadeldrive.smithandassociates.com

DOWNTOWN ST. PETERSBURG 3 Bed | 3/1 Bath | 3,660 SF | Offered at $2,995,000 Steve Meyer 727.743.2896 Ovation1001.com

TREASURE ISLAND 4 Bed | 3/1 Bath | 4,850 SF | Offered at $2,379,000 Debbie Momberg & Lee Stratton 727.432.8408 28paradiselane.smithandassociates.com

IT’S YOUR MOVE. WE MAKE IT EXCEPTIONAL.

SUNSET PARK 5 Bed | 3/1 Bath | 3,200 SF | Offered at $799,000 Ed Gunning & Mary Pond 813.294.8867 4613westlambavenue.smithandassociates.com


WESTCHASE - CITRUS PARK 4 Bed | 4 Bath | 3,972 SF | Offered at $1,187,500 Doug & Nancy Wood - The Wood Team 813.957.3941 thewoodteam.smithandassociates.com

ONE ST. PETERSBURG Pricing from the $700s to $4M | 1,402 - 4,062 SF ONE St. Petersburg Sales Team 727.240.3840 ONEStPetersburg.com

PALMA CEIA GOLF COURSE 6 Bed | 6/1 Bath | 8,250 SF | Offered at $4,750,000 Mary Pond & Ed Gunning 813.690.7902 1902southardsleystreet.smithandassociates.com

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5 Bed | 4/1 Bath | 3,768 SF | Offered at $749,000 Debbie Momberg & Lee Stratton 727.432.8408 2109meadowbrookdrive.smithandassociates.com

4 Bed | 4 Bath | 4,014 SF | Offered at $879,000 Rick Miller 813.784.6468 14743waterchaseboulevard.smithandassociates.com

OLD NORTHEAST 3 Bed | 2/1 Bath | 3,089 SF | Offered at $925,000 Sharon Kantner 727.278.5866 sharonkantner.smithandassociates.com

VIRAGE BAYSHORE Pricing from $1M | 2,415 - 6,796 SF Virage Bayshore Sales Team 813.336.3460 VirageBayshore.com

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February WELCOME TO THE PERSONAL ISSUE

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Fashion meets history Modern, romantic looks at the Henry B. Plant Museum. Burgundy and black lace dress, Alexis. Black tassel clip-on earrings, Oscar de la Renta. Multicolored velvet buckle bag and butterfly velvet sunglasses. Both by Prada. All from Neiman Marcus, International Plaza, Tampa. Page 44. Cover photograph by Jim Damaske

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GET ON YOUR SOAP BOX

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Services tailored to enhance experiences.

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Charities raise money with gourmet meals prepared by a conglomerate of greats.

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FINDING YOUR FRAGRANCE Learn what goes into pairing perfumes with personalities.

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THE PERSONAL TOUCH Two artists’ brushstrokes make anything one-of-a-kind.

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BEING THERE, DOING THAT Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla: Ye Captain’s Debutante Ball Museum of Fine Arts: Star Wars and the Power of the Costume The Florida Orchestra: 50th Anniversary Gala with Sting The St. Petersburg Debutante Club: Annual ball marks the holidays

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A MAGAZINE OF THE TAMPA BAY TIMES

EDITOR Katherine Snow Smith kssmith@tampabay.com PHOTO EDITOR

CREATIVE DIRECTOR Pegie Stark pstark@tampabay.com

Patty Yablonski

GENERAL MANAGER

Christopher Galbraith

Bay is published eight times a year by Times Publishing Co. and delivered to Tampa Bay Times subscribers in select neighborhoods in Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco counties. Copyright 2018. Vol. 11, No. 4. THE TAMPA BAY TIMES CHAIRMAN AND CEO Paul C. Tash MANAGING EDITOR Jennifer Orsi DEPUTY MANAGING EDITOR Amy Hollyfield VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES AND MARKETING ADVERTISING MANAGER

Bruce Faulmann

Mark Shurman

TAMPA ADVERTISING MANAGER

Dawn Philips

National /Major Retail Advertising Manager Kelly Spamer St. Petersburg Retail Advertising Manager Andi Gordon Clearwater Retail Advertising Manager Jennifer Bonin Brandon Advertising Sales Manager Tony Del Castillo Classified Real Estate Manager Larry West Pasco Retail Manager Luby Sidoff Automotive Advertising Manager Larry West FULFILLMENT MANAGER Gerald Gifford IMAGING AND PRODUCTION Gary Zolg, Brian J. Baracani Jr., Ralph W. Morningstar, Patsy Boatright, Greg Kennicutt DISTRIBUTION MANAGER Jim Thompson REGIONAL HOME DELIVERY MANAGERS Diann Bates, David Maxam To view the magazine online, visit www.tampabay.com/bay To advertise in Bay magazine: (727) 893-8535

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A PERSONAL TOUCH GOES A LONG WAY Several years ago I couldn’t decide what to give my then-11-year-old goddaughter for Christmas. She wasn’t into jewelry yet but was long past toys. A craft kit or iTunes card was too impersonal. Then I drove by 1 of 1 Customs in downtown St. Petersburg. Inside the studio, Rasta Geary Taylor painted custom art on high-heeled shoes, wine glasses, guitars, leather pocketbooks and anything else customers bring him. No, he’d never done a basketball, but of course he could. I went to Sports Authority and bought a Spalding, then printed out pictures of the Old Well landmark at the University of North Carolina. My goddaughter, Pell, who has been a standout guard on the court almost since she could walk, is a devoted fan of the Tar Heels. Rasta loved the challenge, which wasn’t really much of a challenge for the man whose motto is

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“I put paint where it ain’t.” When I walked in to pick up the finished product three days later, I literally teared up. It was beautiful, a true work of art on a round, bumpy basketball. The Old Well looked dignified and stately surrounded by dogwood blossoms with Pell’s name inscribed in Carolina blue letters. When she heads to college next year, the ball will go with her as a reminder of my love and support. Whether it’s a gift from others or something we do for ourselves, everyone loves something personal. This issue of Bay highlights many ways we can personalize our lives with custom pieces and services. Wefeaturesevenpeopleofferingpersonal services,fromanartconsultanttohelpyoucurate andexpandyourcollectiontoachefwhocan


preparemealsthatsuityourscheduleandnutritionalneeds. Have a favorite broach from Great Aunt Martha or the vertebrae of a long-deceased impala found on a trip to Africa? There are two local jewelry designers who can turn those keepsakes into one-of-a-kind pieces. You can love your home even more with towels monogrammed with the name of your beach house or with soap designed to signify your favorite sports team or even your dog. There isn’t much that’s more personal than a woman’s signature scent, but finding just the right one isn’t always easy. Bay creative director Pegie Stark talked with the senior fragrance specialist at Neiman Marcus to learn what goes into finding the best fragrance for your personality and your body chemistry. A few years ago, my parents were at an art museum when a woman approached my father and said she had just brushed by his wife and loved the scent of her perfume.

“This is a strange question, but could my husband go smell your wife so he can see if he likes it, too?” she inquired. “Well,letmeaskher,butI’msure itwouldbefine,”mydadsaid.“SoI wentandtoldyourmothersomebody wasgoingtocomebyandsmellher,”he recountedtomelater. Yes,therearemanywaystogetupclose andpersonal. Thank you for reading, — Katherine Snow Smith Have comments, questions? Let us know. Contact Katherine Snow Smith at (727) 409-3642 or kssmith@tampabay.com.

Basketball for Pell Williamson personalized by St. Petersburg artist Rasta Geary Taylor.

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THE MAGIC OF MONOGRAMS PHOTOGRAPHS BY DIRK SHADD COORDINATED BY WHITNEY COHEN

They have been around for centuries, first for royalty and over time, for everyone. Somehow, three letters stitched, stamped or carved onto anything makes it meaningful and polished.


Personalized Turkish hand towel, $18. KT Janes, 2120 S Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 251-5090.

On opposite page and at right, Good Night Moon, which was a favorite store for a long time on Beach Drive NE and then Second Avenue NE, said good night and good bye to St. Petersburg brick-and-mortar retail several years ago. But owner Diane Lyle operates online at goodnightmoonlinens.com. She carries many lines of linens including the Matouk brand pictured here. Prices vary based on style.


Monograms can go far beyond initials with full names — first or last — or even the name you’ve given your home such as this one we found at a house on Pass-a-Grille.

Turkish hand towels, $18. Set of four shatterproof Govino 14-ounce whiskey glasses, $33. Ceramic monogrammed serving tray, $56. All from Cotton Colors, 1716 S Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 254-1251.

Above, maplewood monogrammed board, $156. Personalized Turkish hand towels, $18. At right, linen wedding pillow, $140. Monogrammed throw, $40. All from KT Janes, 2120 S Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 251-5090. Photographic assistant, Molly Brackett

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Teresa Ross, owner of Milagros, checks out a sheet of finished custom soap before cutting them into bars at Milagros.

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bar of soap featuring a dachshund motif to match the dog of the house or140 purple and silver agate-shaped soaps for wedding guests in Budapest. These are some of the personal touches you can find at Milagros.

Anything customers want, from initials to a team mascot to an eyeball, owner Teresa Ross finds a way to create that image or phrase within a bar of soap. The eyeball, complete with long lashes, was the first custom soap she made years ago for a customer who wanted to give it to her boyfriend, an ophthalmologist. They are now married and loyal customers. When Milagros first opened on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg 20 years ago, it focused on selling furniture and Southwestern artifacts, with soap as a small sideline. Today, the business is almost completely about handmade soap in a variety of colors, designs and more than 100 scents. In the age of over-the-top party favors that are pictured across social media, personally designed soaps for special occasions are akey part of Milagros’ appeal. The shop at 1104 Central Ave. resembles a bakery in a way with boxes filled with knives and cookie cutters in every shape. The colors of the soaps, which are made of glycerin, vegetable oil and essential oils, are unlimited. A cheese cutter slices thin slabs of soap that are then cut into detailed shapes with cookie cutters or free hand with a knife going around a stencil. Then, other soap in its liquid form is poured into a mold and the individually created flamingo, monogram, bulldog or what have you, is placed in the middle.

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I think the stuff Milagros does is so clever and the soap is really good quality. I love shopping local, that’s really important to me.” CATHY VON BRECHT, customer of Milagros

A nod to the University of Tampa.

“This is really not high science,” laughed Ross, who worked in programming for CBS Sports in New York before moving to St. Petersburg. But building customer loyalty and creating a product that didn’t exist before is still a feat. Cathy von Brecht recently gave 10 bars of soap featuring a palm tree with tennis balls for Christmas ornaments to the women she plays with. “When I asked (Ross) if she could make something like that, she said she’d have it ready for me the next day,” von Brecht said, adding that she wanted to give something different than a pad of paper with tennis balls on it. “I think the stuff Milagros does is so clever and the soap is really good quality. I love shopping local, that’s really important to me.” An 8-ounce “slice” of soap, costs $8 whether it’s a custom order of one or 100. The shop also sells a wide variety of premade soaps for $8 each in an array of designs. For corporate customers, Milagros makes soaps that bear the name of area hotels and apartment complexes that are used in welcome baskets. One of her more unusual creations was the agate soap. Ross first made a prototype for the bride who loved the sparkling purple chunks embedded in a white and black stone — all made of soap, of course. She ordered 140 for her September wedding in Budapest to be placed in guests’ hotel rooms. But September brought Hurricane Irma and shut down Milagros for almost a week, so the soap wasn’t ready when the wedding party left Florida. Fortunately, the priest was leaving a few days later, so he took the 140 individually wrapped stones of soap to Hungary. “I was so glad we could make that happen,” Ross said.

Team spirit in soap form at Milagros.

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They make you veal piccata or force you to do squats and stretches. They help you celebrate your favorite art or your nieces’s baby shower. They find just the right piece of jewelry that only you can wear or tell the life story only you can tell. There’s an array of personal services out there that can enhance and ease your life. Here’s a taste of some of the offerings.

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ary Maloof recently put on a necklace strung with chunky pieces of coral and white turquoise with an impala vertebrae from Africa dangling at the center. “In the summer, when it’s really hot, you wear this with a big, linen shirt, capris and flip-flops,” she said. “It makes a statement.” All of the jewelry Maloof and business partner Susan Schiereck create make a statement. A personal statement. They work with customers to design oneof-a-kind pieces out of unique materials including a favorite earring, a fossil found on the beach or a family heirloom that the client wants incorporated into something new. “You can bring in Great Aunt Martha’s broach and we suggest what to go with it,” Schiereck said. To complement the rare pieces, they choose from boxes and boxes of stones, shells and beads from around the world bought from agents as well as individual things the women have found over the years at antique stores or estate sales. Materials used in their creations include coral, jade, quartz, baroque pearls, sea urchin shells, a copper pendant from Nepal, crystal pieces from an antique lamp, a Chinese needle holder, a scarab pin from the ’30s and the rectangular face of a dainty 1926 white gold watch. Since they sell out of their St. Petersburg studio instead of stores that take a cut of the profits, the women don’t mark up the prices as much as many retailers. Necklaces, their specialty, cost between $125 and $300. “Our eyes are trained to go to the more interesting and unusual,” Schiereck said. “We like those unexpected combinations.” “We like doing things that are asymmetrical and not with everything matched up,” Maloof explained. When customers make an appointment with the jewelry designers, they can request a custom necklace, buy something that’s already made, or ask for something similar that’s shorter or longer or has blue turquoise instead of orange coral. “If they are afraid of too much attention, they might want something smaller, for example,” Schiereck said. But all their pieces garner attention. Mary Maloof can be contacted at (727) 360-9886 Photographs by Lara Cerri

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robably the best reason for having a personal trainer is the commitment you and your wallet make means you are locked into a routine of working out. You have to show up and can’t hide in the back of a class doing a mediocre job. Beth Scanlan, co-owner and trainer at Bayshore Fit in Tampa, points out that another significant plus of a personalized workout regimen is that it can be more effective than hitting the machines on your own or exercising with a group. “I help them reach their goals, whether it’s to lose 10 pounds or run a marathon,” she said. If every move in a routine is designed around one person’s needs, be it the buttocks or the Boston Marathon, progress is evident faster and that is a motivator that keeps clients coming back. “I also cater to what’s happening on a particular day,” she said. If a client’s neck is sore or knee feels weak, Scanlan can adjust the workout on the spot. It’s also important, of course, to like your trainer. Scanlan, as well as many personal trainers, picks up on whether clients like to converse or not between squats and burpees. For more information, go to bayshorefit.com

ob Parrinello has cooked in a kosher deli, a hospital cafeteria, a lobster bar and a jazz club. He’s tossed pizzas, campfire cooked for Boy Scouts and prepared food for 100 wedding guests. For the last 15 years, he’s been a personal chef working for four to six steady clients, weekly or monthly. “Us New Jersey-New York Italian boys either did construction or cooking and I did both. It just comes naturally,” said Parrinello, 57, known as Chef Bob Tampa, a member of the United States Personal Chef Association since 2001. “I cook in their home, two or three hours at a time, plus planning and shopping, so I save a working couple seven hours a week at least,” he said. “People tell me about the stress it takes away.” Parrinello begins with a comprehensive questionnaire and sometimes in-person consultation. “Choices are really limitless,” he added. “I can look at a photo of a (meal) and nine times out of 10, I’ve got it.” “Clients simply email requests and we establish a menu,” Parrinello explained, a vast improvement over the fax machine era when he first started out as a personal chef. “I’m able to adjust anything based on constructive criticism — quantities, spiciness, protein concerns. … It allows me to quickly make some suggestions,” he said. Of Chef Bob’s various plans, 20 meals for two people is the most popular at $700 a month. “About the price of stopping for takeout and spending $30 to $50 a night and not getting exactly what they want,” he said. Clients also book him for family events, parties and cooking lessons. “I am right there in their home, it’s very personal,” Parrinello said, “the food is fresh and they learn a lot very quickly.” For more information, go to chefbobtampa.com


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s a personal art curator, Kathy Gibson helps clients collect and stage their art, while serving as a bit of a life coach along the way. “I think sometimes people just want a hand to hold,” said Gibson, the director of Arthouse 3. “When I’m with a client, it becomes sort of a combustion of energy. I come to hang a piece of art, then we find we have to move a piece of furniture to create a better environment and it keeps going from there.” Gibsonseesartanditssurroundingsinadifferent lightthanherclients,butevenwithafamiliarityofmore than100regionalartists,shedoesn’tcomeinanddictate. “First I sit for a moment,” she explained. “I ask, ‘What door do you come in? Where do you sit when you’re in this room? Do you ever use this piece?’” If the client says she never sits in this chair or she never really liked that wall hanging, Gibson makes sure that’s the case, then moves forward. “I say, ‘I have my Jeep. I can haul it away right now, let’s just get it out of your sight,’ ” she said. Over the past 20 years Gibson has run two galleries and become friends with many local artists, though she doesn’t represent any exclusively. “I’d rather have the freedom to work with multiple artists. I go to a lot of art events and I know artists who introduce me to other artists,” she explained. Favorites include painter George Anderton, photographer Selina Roman and self-taught folk artist Ruby Williams, who is nationally recognized. “My main reason for supporting local artists is I want them to stay here,” said Gibson, who also curates the growing corporate collection of the Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick law firm.

Kathy Gibson helps clients curate their own art collections. Photograph by Daniel Veintimilla

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e it inconspicuously transporting jewelry and fur coats across the country, planning a party or designing a backyard alligator habitat, Premiere Lifestyle Management chief executive Jodi Jacolow and a staff of seven are game for just about any task a client might request. “Some clients never want to see us, they call us house fairies working from a ‘to-do’ email,” said Jacolow, a schoolteacher-turned-personal assistant when she started her business as Just Ask Jodi in 1999. “Others want us 20 hours a week doing things they never want to have to do, like resurfacing the floors or flushing the plumbing lines. We make educated decisions that the homeowner would make,” she explained. As her services grew, she rebranded to Premiere Concierge, then switched to Premiere Lifestyle Management to sandwich in homeowner services. In 2009, the company expanded to New York where a number of Tampa Bay clients maintain second homes. “Managing people is our most valuable asset,” Jacolow said. “We don’t do drywall and hang mirrors, so my expertise is having the relationships with vendors to get the jobs done efficiently.” Jacolow charges $65 an hour. She doesn’t accept assignments involving children due to liability concerns. Discreet is the byword. Jacolow won’t even hint at her client list. “That’s why people trust us,” she said. “Clients compliment us in public, but it’s never going to come from my staff or me.”

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ersonal memoirist and ghostwriter Paula Stahel’s first client was herself when she made a memory book for her parents’ 50th anniversary. “I contacted everyone I could think of to send stories and the reaction to the book was astounding,” she said. Stahel formed Breath & Shadows Productions in 1998 to preserve life stories in hardback or softbound books and CD and mp3 recordings. Clients can hire the former associate editor of two Tampa magazines to write an original narrative from recorded interviews or as an editor to improve their own biographical work. If Stahel is writing the memoir herself, she begins with an in-depth questionnaire to gather basic background and trigger recall. “The first interview session is always devoted to childhood, they are the strongest memories — then we move through the stages of life,” she explained. When someone is talking to a professional interviewer, it can bring out stories they never shared. “So often people will say, ‘I’ve never told anyone this before,’” Stahel said. Photographs are added to print versions and sometimes clients ask for additional historical research to add context, said Stahel, a past president of the international Association of Personal Historians. For audio versions, she edits out her questions and removes coughs and long pauses and can also rearrange the material and add music. Pricesrangefromaround$2,000to$30,000ormore. “Doing a life story is not inexpensive, but is invaluable,” she said. “Families are changed and tell me they see a change in the storyteller. They are thrilled with the attention and interest they get from friends and family as they realize how many of their stories would have been lost forever.”

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ake the story a step further with video by former broadcast journalist Stacey Cahn. Witnessing the World Trade Center crumble 300 feet from her apartment led her to shift her lens from chasing breaking news to preserving life stories. “We still don’t know why our windows didn’t shatter,” said Cahn, a former New York producer for CNBC and the Fox News Channel, now a personal video documentarian in Tampa. “I’ve had an amazing career, but the work I do now is the most gratifying,” said Cahn, who founded Time in a Bottle Video Productions to create 30-to 90-minute diaries of one’s life. “Jogging a memory can be joyful or sobering,” she said. “Who better to tell your story in your words with your voice and gestures than you?” Cahn interviews family members and friends for stories, combines their questions with her own and lets the conversation take off from there. “This is very personal for me,” she said. “Sometimes I just have to stop the camera to give a hug.” She edits out her voice and integrates home movies and photographs in postproduction. The initial consultation is complimentary, with prices for the finished DVD starting around $10,000, depending on how much work is involved. Some projects take hundreds of hours. She also produces legal and corporate videos for businesses clients. “I’m not a wedding videographer, but I have done weddings,” she said. “It’s a rare opportunity to interview family and friends and make a montage video that is really the ultimate gift to the newlyweds and their loved ones to have forever.” Since 9/11, Cahn said, “I have seen life through a different lens and I am committed to bringing this to every project.” For more information, go to timeinabottlevideo.com

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IN A MONTH KNOWN FOR LOVE AND ROMANCE, it’s fitting that Bay’s February fashions are presented at the Henry B. Plant Museum. It’s inside the former Tampa Bay Hotel on the campus of the University of Tampa and exposes visitors to the opulence and elegance of the late Victorian era and early days of Florida tourism.

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On Andriana, pom-pom trim wide-leg pants and bell sleeve blouse, Galvan. Two-tone beaded hoop clip-on earrings, Oscar de la Renta. Coral Suede chunky-heel sandals, Prada. On Enrique, coral plaid jacket, Canali. Navy pants, Theory. Navy pocket square, Edward Armah. Black driver shoes, Giorgio Armani. All from Neiman Marcus, International Plaza, Tampa.

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FOLLOWING INSTINCTS Afteracquiringandbuildinganetworkofrailways throughoutFlorida,HenryBradleyPlantopened thequarter-milelongTampaBayHotelin1891. Investorsdidn’tthinktouristswouldflockhere,so Plantspent$3millionofhisownmoneytobuild andfurnishthehotel,oneofthefirstinthestateto haveelectricityandtelephonesineveryroom. The Tampa Bay Hotel, which was advertised as “completely fireproof,” had all of the latest luxuries including a billiard room, barbershop, beauty shop, flower shop, telegraph office and music room with an orchestra.

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CREATURE COMFORTS Guests moved between the hotel’s five floors on one of Florida’s earliest passenger elevators. They could swim in a heated indoor pool located below the removable floorboards of the Casino. Plant and his wife, Margaret Josephine Loughman, spent $500,000 acquiring the hotel’s furnishings from Europe and the Orient. The hotel’s Flower House was stocked with rare plants from around the world as well. After a few days dining on eight-course meals and strolling the hotel’s six acres, guests could take the train to Port Tampa City and board a Plant Line steamship to Mobile, Ala., Jamaica, Cuba or Bermuda.

Heart blouse, Alice & Olivia. Black and white stripe wide-leg pants, Alice & Olivia. Black beret, Portolano. Gold scarab pendant necklace and bracelet, Oscar de laRenta. All from Neiman Marcus, International Plaza,Tampa.

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GILDED The parlor suite located directly below one of the iconic minarets was designed to catch cool breezes. Several of the 511 rooms were suites, some with three to seven rooms, that provided luxury never offered before in Tampa. Plant himself did not grow up in such opulence. He was raised on a modest Connecticut farm and lost his father and younger sisters to typhus fever at age 6. At 18, he started working as a captain’s boy on a steamship and eventually moved up the ranks of the shipping industry.

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STILL TURNING HEADS This graceful and striking dress at the right, photographed in the Writing & Reading room, which looks just as it did in 1898, would have turned plenty of heads back in the day. Tampa Bay Hotel guest Lt. Col. Theodore Roosevelt most likely would have looked twice. But the low-cut neck and high slit would not have fit in with the conservative necklines and bustles worn by the hotel’s female guests, which included Clara Barton, the nurse who founded the American Red Cross.

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ONLY APLACE INTIME The hotel closed in 1932, during the Great Depression. The following year, Tampa Municipal Museum was established to oversee the south wing of the first floor as a way to preserve a sliver of the Gilded Age. The remainder of the building, as well as the property, became part of the University of Tampa.

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have my suspicions. Recently at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort held its third James Beard

Award Celebrity Chef Dinner. It’s a great series, directed by dynamo Jeff Black and bringing together Beard award-winning chefs for multicourse meals open to the public as a way to raise awareness — and money — for the James Beard Foundation, an organization that honors chefs and culinary leaders, named for the fabled cookbook author and educator. It started in 2004 when the foundation’s finances and reputation were a shambles, helping to right the ship and cement the James Beard awards as the annual “Academy Awards of food.” The series has ballooned to more than 20 cities across the country each year. Four Seasons chef Fabrizio Schenardi, left, shows a sous chef how to plate chef Dean Max’s octopus and clam dish, the first of five seated courses, each paired with wine. Above, the evening’s signature cocktail, made with Tito’s vodka, one of the evening’s sponsors, included a subtle squid-ink infused liquor and cedar-soaked Campari for a mellow smoky bitterness on the finish.

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They all met when I was young and they were old. And now I’m old and they’re super old.” PAULA DASILVA, referring to her fellow chefs

Below, the dining room of Ravello, the Four Seasons’ first-floor Italian restaurant with a wood-burning oven and exhibition kitchen, was the setting for the hotel’s third annual James Beard Award Celebrity Chef Dinner, guests paying $235 to eat courses by six Beard-winning or Beardnominated chefs.

Still, my suspicions are that Fabrizio Schenardi, the Four Seasons’ executive chef, has ulterior motives. Yes, he wants to raise money for the foundation, bringing an all-star cast of chefs together for a sharing of ideas and exposing the culinary cognoscenti to all this collaboration. Buthealsowantstogettogetherwithhisfriendsandplay. He’s known Dean Max (chef/owner of DJM Restaurants, a collection of seven restaurants in the United States and Caribbean and a semifinalist for the Best Chef in 2011, 2010 and 2009) for years. Schenardi met James Boyce (chef/owner of Cotton Row in Huntsville, Ala., and a 2002 Beard nominee) some time back at the St. Regis in California. Paula DaSilva (a 2012 Best Chef semifinalist and chef de cuisine at Burlock Coast at the Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale, also of Hell’s Kitchen fame) he knew through some Marriott connection. And Kathleen Blake (chef/owner of the Rusty Spoon in Orlando and 2013 and 2015 Best Chef South nominee) is a fellow Florida bigwig and impossible not to like. As the more than 100 diners settled in for a long evening at the Four Seasons’ Ravello restaurant, for which they each

paid $235, DaSilva summed it up with a little dig. “They all met when I was young and they were old. And now I’m old and they’re super old.” The meal that ensued was surely the work of the preternaturally spry. Beginning with a cocktail reception with loads of raw oysters, house-cured lonza and capicola and flowing bubbly, the one-night-only, six-course dinner with wine pairings, got off to a dramatic start. A cocktail anchored by Tito’s vodka brought together squid ink and cedar-soaked Campari — just a bit of ocean brine and sweet smoke with that telltale bitters bite — an exceptional accent to Max’s first course of charred “tumbled” octopus (the tumbling is an age-old tenderizing process) with clams, a spicy pork sausage and pepper broth — an example, he said, of a very sustainable dish. Straying into Rivoli, Italy-born Schenardi’s territory, Blake took the next course, toothsome little hand-rolled pasta shells bedded on an intense puree of local beets with a sprinkling of bitter greens and pecorino studded with peppercorns, juxtaposed with a Scarpetta Barbera del Monferratowithitscrushedberriesandearthyporcininotes.


The evening’s chefs, all friends, included, from left, James Boyce, Kathleen Blake, Fabrizio Schenardi, Paula DaSilva, Dean Max and Four Seasons pastry chef Rabii Saber.

Not to be outdone on the sustainability front, DaSilva chose a cobia from Open Blue, an open-water farmed fish thathaswonnumerousawards,whichshepairedwithcrispy yucca with a smooth sauce that paid homage to moqueca, a Brazilian-stylefishstewlushwithcoconutmilk. I’m not going to lie. At this point guests didn’t know how they were going to manage Boyce’s entree course, not to mentionFourSeasonspastrychefRabiiSaber’spostprandial sweets. But then, somehow, the plates of boneless ciderbraised Snake River Farms Wagyu short rib, butter tender and sitting against a truffled grit cake made of Pollard cornmeal from Alabama, with a length of black trumpet mushroom and a puddle of bordelaise sauce, arrived, all of it

capped with outrageously generous shaves of black truffle. And guests dove in, glasses of Spottswoode Lyndenhurst 2014cabattheirelbows. Pacing.Stamina.Workingdeep.Andmiraculously,Saber’s quenelle of nougat glace with chestnut, another quenelle of mixed fruit sorbet, and an architectural plank of Valrhona Bahibe 46 percent milk chocolate seemed almost doable. It was a gorgeous dessert and a perfect note on which to finish, the dish composed like a precise Japanese garden, flavors explosive. And as dinner guests scraped the last bit of fruit from their lovely ceramic bowls, Schenardi and his friends kibitzed at the front of the open kitchen, a jostle of white chef jacketsasthechefscomparedwarstories.

At right, Chef Dean Max, whose restaurants are in the United States and the Caribbean, oversaw the first course, a marriage of charred “tumbled” octopus with clams and a spicy pork sausage in a pepper broth, with a crusty toast as dunker. Photographs courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort

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FRAGRANCE Fragrance. The ancient elixir can bring back memories of a moment in time, a great love, a relative or friend, holidays or travel or just a feeling of pure joy. For our February issue, we took a deep dive into fragrance, to discover its mystery, its history and how it is made. Bay creative director Pegie Stark talked with a perfume sales specialist, a fragrance manufacturer and a “nose,� to discover the how and why of the magic of perfume.

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senior fragrance specialist C A R LT O N J O N E S You must have a fun job, advising clients about what perfume to buy for themselves or for others. What is your background and how long have you been a fragrance expert? I have been in the fragrance industry collectively for 27 years and started at Hudson’s department store in Flint, Mich., where I was a senior fragrance specialist. I worked for many fragrance collections including Ralph Lauren, Armani, Gendarme, Elizabeth Arden, Aramis, Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jo Malone and Tom Ford. What do you suggest for someone buying fragrance as a gift? It’s a good idea to know some of the fragrances the recipient currently wears. Or, know the person’s general fragrance category. For example, an active or sporty person would probably enjoy a light, citrus or fruity eau de toilette. A person who is more of an introvert, enjoys quiet evenings instead of going out a lot, or is a bit mysterious may enjoy deeper tones that are spicy or woody. What is a good all-around choice for someone who wants to buy a fragrance for someone they don’t know very well? Quite simply, a bottle of a clean, fresh citrus or light spice fragrance is the best gift. Only go for the woody, floral, or deeper spice fragrance if you know that the recipient will appreciate it.

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What is the most frequently asked question of someone who is buying fragrance for themselves? How long will the fragrance last is the most common question. And that really depends on the quality of the oils used in the fragrance and the person’s skin type. Essential oils found in parfum last the longest with eau de parfums coming in second and eau de toilettes, which have more alcohol, lasting the least amount of time. Oily skin holds the fragrance longer while dryer skin does not permit a fragrance to wear as long. You mentioned that there are different perfumes for different events. So what do you suggest for these? Big or small dinner parties? For all dinner parties, light, fruity, floral, light spice like cinnamon or cardamom. The choices here are all light because you don’t want to overpower all of the other fragrances in the air with the food, candles, potpourri and flowers that adorn the event. Romantic evening? Floral, sweet, oriental or woodsy. Weddings? Floral, sweet, soft spice, green. You don’t want to take away from the bride and groom. Every day or at work? Citrus or green, which are fresh and natural. Where should you NOT wear perfume? Be sensitive about wearing fragrance in medical environments, as well as close quarters.

What fragrances do men buy women and women buy men? Men usually buy floral fragrances for women and I think it is because they think love is sweet so they select sweeter smelling fragrances. Women select woody and spice fragrances for men, which they associate with masculinity. And they like the scent of vanilla — a sweet, sexy smell. What do you know about fragrance and memory? Like music, fragrance can instantly bring forward a memory. Whether it’s a particular note or the entire composition of a fragrance, our senses link and remind us of a person, time, emotion, or place. I once smelled a fragrance that reminded me of sitting between my great-grand parents in church and the way their two fragrances smelled together. It instantly brought wonderful memories to mind. What is the most expensive perfume in the world? This is hard to say, since new niche fragrances (those created by a perfumer and distributed to an exclusive number of stores, salons and spas) are being introduced all the time. However, the Clive Christian perfume house produces some of the most expensive, often close to $1,000 for a small bottle. Creed was first created in the 1700s and it can run into the $800s for a bottle. What is the most popular and best-selling perfume in the world? This year according to most top selling lists, Chanel Chance followed by Coco Mademoiselle are top sellers.


Finding my scent After our interview, I asked Carlton to select a fragrance for me. I am an artist and designer. I enjoy being around people, and love yoga and meditation. I have worn fragrances (sometimes too much) all of my life. Fragrances make me feel good and inspire my creativity. I told Carlton I’ve worn La Vie Belle, a floral fragrance and Cinnabar, which is spicy and heavy. I also love Paloma Picasso and an old fragrance called Norell, which has made a comeback. Carlton said I’m a “floriental,” a mixture of floral and oriental spice. He suggested two day scents: Chanel Coco Mademoiselle, which is fresh and floral with a little bit of spice. The eau de toilette is $80 for 1.7 ounces. The other is Tom Ford Champaca Absolute which is $230 for 1.7 ounces. For evening, he recommended three fragrances from the newly created Norell. One called Norell, another called Blushing, a light fragrance, and Elixir, a heavier spicier fragrance. All are $150 for 3.4 ounces.

Carlton Jones at Neiman Marcus in International Plaza, Tampa, in front of a vintage Neiman Marcus catalog print. Photograph by James Borchuck


the distributor ARIZ BOUSAID

FLORIDA PERFUME LLC Did the idea of perfumes and fragrance originate in France? Perfume began with the Egyptians and Persians. In Europe, it is believed that in 1370 Queen Elizabeth of Hungary commissioned a perfume for the first time and it was called “Hungary Water.” It is believed that only the wealthy and royalty wore perfume, not the commoners.

What is a “niche” perfume? A niche perfume is usually created by a perfumer, not a designer. Niche perfumes use higher concentrations of ingredients and they focus on more natural ingredients. They take longer to create and they tend to last longer on the body than regular overthe-counter fragrances. Niche perfume creators do not believe in mass marketing, and advertising is limited as they mostly rely on word of mouth. Some niche perfumes may take up to 18 months to create before they become a perfect scent. Because of the amount of time and the choice of more expensive ingredients by the creators, niche perfumes are expected to be more expensive than mass marketed perfumes. How would you describe a “nose” and how does one become a “nose”? A nose starts out as an apprentice and undergoes years of experiences and testing. It is dedication and hard work. After many years they smell a scent and distinguish all of its composition. Roja Dove, one of the world’s most respected noses, is able to recognize more than 100 different scents blindfolded. A nose helps a company mix the right ingredients and determines what scent would work for their winter collection or their new perfume they are trying to create. A nose can also be called a master perfumer.

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Ariz Bousaid, director of Florida Perfume LLC

You mentioned there are only 27 noses in the world and only one is a woman. According to Christian Louis, a nose and perfume creator in France, “There are many perfume creators. But, when it comes down to noses and master perfumers with the ability to differentiate blindly between one scent and another, there are only a few. It is a male-dominated industry and always has been, often a business passed down from father to son.” Are all noses in Paris? Master perfumers are all French for the moment, but more are sprouting up all around the world. They usually work in Grasse, not Paris, which is the worldrenown city of fragrances. The French climate helps grow the best ingredients, including flowers and herbs that create the most exquisite scents for the world.

You said that there are fragrances for younger women, one you represent called Zizou. Tell me more about that and why does it appeal to the younger crowd? One must keep up with the evolution of the young crowd demands and the change in their taste. We created Zizou Parfums based on this belief. And we created four fragrances to represent the evolution. What is the most expensive perfume in the world? A perfume that is considered the most expensive in the world is the scent that was worn by Princess Kate Middleton on her wedding day. The scent was created by Clive Christian. His perfume can be found in department stores such as Neiman Marcus. The price is well over $800 a bottle. We will be introducing to the U.S. a beautiful new scent currently sold at Gallery Lafayette in Paris. The collectible bottles of the scent are sold for $850. The bottles are made of Swarovski Crystal and are designed as art pieces. The noncollectible bottles are sold at $175 for 100 milliliters.

For more information contact zizouparfums.com


the ‘nose’ JULIEN MERZ

SENIOR PERFUMER

How did you become a perfume creator or a “nose”? For example, is the talent something that you are born with? Do you inherit the position? I was born in Switzerland in Neuchâtel near a beautiful lake in the middle of the mountains with a fresh and pure air. When I was young, my father discovered secretly that I have a good nose and decided to send me to the South of France to test it to be sure. And yes, my nose wasn’t so bad. So, I think we all have some predispositions. For some people it is for piano, some for football or some for perfumes.

What do you love most about your job as a perfume creator or a nose? Are you training someone to follow in your footsteps? If someone wanted to start a career as a perfume creator, where to begin? I love creating new fragrances by thinking that people will wear it … and it will give emotions to them and also to the people around them, the people they cross everyday. I train young people here in the Seluz Fragrance Co. The best thing that I can advise someone who wants a career as a perfumer is to smell everything.

What inspires your creations? How long does it take to create a fragrance? How many can you create in a year? All inspire me, the people, life, history, music, women, food, a situation. The number of creations depends on the customers’ needs and the inspiration I get. You can’t create something on demand if you don’t have any inspiration.

Why is fragrance important in our lives? We can consider fragrances as the signature or the final touch, like a watch. When you go to work or outside on the weekend, it is the last thing that you put on to finish the preparation. Fragrance finalizes all. It can be fresh or very heavy, especially in winter, and you emanate something very special. That’s really amazing.

Julien Merz, Seluz Senior Perfumer, Scent Creator for VERTUS Paris

If one were to ask you to create a personalized parfum, where would you begin? What questions would you ask? To start a new creation, I need some information to begin and to know in which direction we will go. Like what do you want such as floral, fruity, musky or ambery. Which color do you like, do you want your fragrance to be strong or heavy. All this information can help me start from somewhere to achieve your best wish or dream.

What is your favorite fragrance and can we purchase it in the U.S.? My favorite fragrance is Paradox from Vertus Exclusive series. This niche perfume brand is distributed very selectively around the globe, but you can find it in the U.S. market, too.

VERTUS is a niche collection by the Seluz Fragrance Co. Julien Merz designed a significant part of the collection. For more information go to vertusshop.com

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eorge Stovall, 73, was almost done hand painting a denim shirt when I interviewed him. An orange leaf lies on the upper left side above the pocket for inspiration. He and his wife, Jane, found it on the streets of Huntsville, Ala., when they were there for a music festival a few months back. He’s also painting beaver teeth on the shirt. For a model, he’s using some he found on the last camping trip he took with good friend and late Tampa Bay Times outdoors editor Terry Tomalin. Stovall, a recently retired St. Petersburg chiropractor, has been painting on clothing since the 1960s when he started in California. He’s personalized T-shirts and jackets for hundreds of friends, customers and even a few celebrities, including Gram Parsons, the late President Gerald Ford and members of Earth Wind & Fire. (They wanted characters from their favorite fairly tales painted on their jeans.)

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asta Geary Taylor, 48, paints shoes, shirts, bicycles, roller skates and anything else clients bring him at his 1 of 1 Customs studio on First Avenue N in St. Petersburg. His motto — “I put paint where it ain’t” — sums it all up. He’s painted murals and put brush to canvas for celebrities. He also leads custom tours of around 50 murals in downtown St. Petersburg. Bay editor Katherine Snow Smith lets the two artists tell their stories.

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Examples of Stovall’s designs on various items of clothing.

GEORGE STOVALL How did you develop your artistic talent? When I was in church with my parents, I was the guy who took the pencil that we were supposed to write our tithes with and I drew pictures on the envelopes. I drew designs and I never stopped. I sprained my foot one summer and I couldn’t work and my mother asked if I wanted to take art lessons. She was the one who encouraged me. That’s the only formal art class I took. How did you end up in California painting clothes? I was a stock broker in New York on Wall Street then I came home (to St. Petersburg) and was a stock broker in ’68 and ’69. … I dropped out of the stock brokerage business and decided to go to Berkeley (Calif.) The ’60s and ’70s were happening and that was the best place to go. … I lived in a commune with eight people and we all worked to bring money in. I started painting and drawing on clothes. I called my stuff 7-Eleven Art because I would buy Magic Markers and ball point pens there. Some of my clothes wound up in a national magazine and it just exploded. People started writing me letters, asking me if I could paint something for them. I would paint it and send it to them and they would send me money. Nobody ever stiffed me. What were some of the more unusual things you painted? I’ve done NASCAR scenes, nursery rhymes. I did a jacket for a friend of Gerald Ford that he gave to him for one of his birthdays. Ford was into lions and waterfalls and the color blue. Pat Mason in St. Petersburg, she was one of the people in charge of the Bicentennial celebration. I did pants and a jacket for her with the Liberty Bell, the American Eagle, Don’t Tread on Me and flags of, course. I have a Florida shirt with stuff from the Calusa Indians. I love to do feathers, mullet, crabs and shells.

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I lived in a commune with eight people and we all worked to bring money in. I started painting and drawing on clothes. I called my stuff 7-Eleven Art because I would buy Magic Markers and ball point pens there.” GEORGE STOVALL


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I painted Obama on a pair of shoes and a woman from Chicago bought them from my store even though they weren’t even her size. Then she sent me a picture of Obama autographing them.” RASTA GEARY TAYLOR

RASTA GEARY TAYLOR How and when did you start painting? I would draw my neighbors’ houses and take the sketches to them and they would buy them from me. I grew up in Bellevue, Neb. I just got back from there, actually. I was speaking to kids in the schools there. I would sketch my dad reading the newspaper and smoking cigarettes, and my mom would be knitting in the other chair. My parents saw that I had some talent. They took me to take art classes with this woman who was teaching older people. They paid $20 a class and I went every Monday from age 6 to 11. That’s the only training I’ve had. I started painting everything I could. My walls, doors, speakers, clock radio. How did you start painting on clothing, shoes and other things professionally? Back in late ’90s and 2000, custom shoes became really popular when Nike Air Force 1 became a canvas for artists around the world. One of my best friends said he’d paid $100 to a guy in Tampa to paint the Nike swoosh in different colors on his shoes. I told him I could do better than that and he asked me to paint Fourth of July shoes for him. It took off for me, painting shoes. I came down here (after graduating Bellevue University) doing sales jobs and I wanted to get a job detail painting cars. I met a man through that and I painted some Air Force 1’s for his son and he came back and told me “My son is 16 years old and he slept in those shoes last night. I want to help you really do this.” He took me to Tyrone Mall and gave me $7,000 to get started painting shoes there in 2007. In 2010, I started 1 of 1 Customs on Central Avenue when the artists moved into the 600 Art Block. What are some of the more unusual things you’ve painted? Someone from Utah sent me two ski jackets and wanted me to paint David versus Goliath on the back of them. … I painted shoes and ties and jackets for the opening of the Dalí. I’ve painted (drinking) glasses for Bucs players with them and their numbers on them. They like to give them as gifts to their parents. I painted a piano for a Tim McGraw concert in Tampa. It went with his background. It had big waves of water and a yellow fading sunset. That was a big one for me. I’ve done so much stuff for Rays fans. One lady came in and said the players keep coming and going so she wanted Raymond on her shoes and hats. I’m doing more for the Lightning now. I painted ties for some of their (management.) I painted boots for the Lightning Girls. I painted Obama on a pair of shoes and a woman from Chicago bought them from my store even though they weren’t even her size. Then she sent me a picture of Obama autographing them.

Personalized shoes, bike and tie at Rasta Geary Taylor’s studio.

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Do you also teach art? I teach classes at Westminster Shores (independent living residence). They paint on wine glasses, shoes, canvases for their gifts for friends and grandkids. One of the older men did something really cool. He likes to gamble and he painted a shirt with an ace hanging out of the sleeve. I’m talking with other artists, some of the graffiti artists, about doing classes together for more people throughout the city.


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Debutante Isabelle Everett is presented by her father, pirate Anthony Everett.

Debutantes Anne Myers, Caroline Grieves and Brooks Harris. Gasparilla pirate Robert Joyce presents daughter Jacqueline.

Triplets Mark, debutante Mary Olive and Max Gauthier. Photographs by Amy Scherzer

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Ye Mystic Krewe pirate Carlton Carter presents his daughter Elizabeth.


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being there, doing that Museum of Fine Arts Star Wars and the Power of the Costume Patrons of the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg toured the “Star Wars and the Power of the Costume” exhibit before it opened to the public at the First Look Cantina party where “intergalactic cocktail” was the suggested attire. Erin Aebel, a member of the board of trustees, was happy to comply with a hat made just for the occasion. The fascinator featured a silver planet with a gold ring. Stars and planets were painted on the heels of her black pumps. The exhibit runs through April 1. Emily and Jim Gilespie.

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Erin Aebel had her shoes painted to match the intergalactic dress code. Photographs by Scott Keeler and Katherine Snow Smith


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being there, doing that The Florida Orchestra 50th Anniversary Gala An audience of more 2,000 guests celebrated 50 years of the Florida Orchestra with Sting at center stage. Patrons attended a reception before and a dinner after. The night raised $1.5 million that will be used for securing soloists and expanding community work in such areas as schools and hospitals.

Sting and Michael Francis, Florida Orchestra conductor.

Bob Shuck, Marcy Shuck, Sting, Anne Yadley, Greg Yadley and Michael Pastreich.

Mark and Marianne Mahaffey.

Cindy Francis, Michael Francis, Elizabeth Elmeer and Bob Schmidt.

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Mayor Rick Kriseman and Kerry Kriseman.

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being there, doing that St. Petersburg Debutante Club 2017 Debutante Ball The St. Petersburg Debutante Club recognized 18 young women at its time-honored ball during the holidays. After missing last year because he was sick, former St. Petersburg Mayor Bob Ulrich, who has served as master of ceremonies for the previous 20 years, was back at the microphone to everyone’s pleasure.

Carlina Sarabia (facing camera) hugs Patricia Viola. Viola’s son was an escort at the event.

Nikita Bundschu, Ellen McMullen, Kaitlyn Hanna, Lauren Fox, Blair Kennedy and Burchie Ellinger, wait backstage before the ball.

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Megan Freedman puts on lipstick backstage.

Ellen McMullen, right, pauses backstage. Photographs by Loren Elliott

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GO RED FOR WOMEN LUNCHEON: The American Heart Association event starts at 10:30 a.m. Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel, 4200 Jim Walter Blvd., Tampa. $150. (727) 563-8106 or tampabaygoredluncheon.heart.org.

CATTLE BARRON’S BALL: Benefits American Cancer Society. 6 p.m. Armature Works, 1910 N Ola Ave., Tampa. $500 and up. (813) 3195902 or cattlebaronsballtampa.org. EQUALITY FLORIDA: Tampa Gala. 7:30 p.m. TPepin’s Hospitality Centre, 4121 N 50th St., Tampa. $125. (813) 870-3735 or eqfl.org/tampagala.

EVENING OF DREAMS: Benefitting Academy Prep Center of St. Petersburg. The gala raises support for the Student Scholarship Program while honoring an outstanding contributor to the school with the Jeffrey L. Fortune Dream Maker Award. 6 p.m. TradeWinds Island Grand Resort, 5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. academyprep.org

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ISLAND NIGHT & LUAU: Benefit for St. Petersburg International Folk Fair Society. Includes fire dancers and dancing for guests. 6 p.m. Admiral Farragut Academy, 501 Park St. N, St. Petersburg. $50 for one or $75 for two. (727) 552-1896 or spiffs.org. FOSTERING HOPE: Black tie gala benefits A Kid’s Place of Tampa Bay. 7 p.m., Glazer Children’s Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. $250. akidsplace2b.org or (813) 381-3839.

A NIGHT AT THE OSCARS: Battle of the Minds benefitting the St. Petersburg Free Clinic. TradeWinds Island Grand Resort, 5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. stpetersburgfreeclinic.org.

ST. ANTHONY’S HOSPITAL AUXILIARY SPRING LUNCHEON: Food and cards. 11 a.m. Hospital auditorium, 1200 Seventh Ave. N. St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 345-2862.

HOLLYWOOD AWARDS NIGHT: Benefits Tampa Theatre. 7 p.m. red carpet reception followed by live telecast of the Oscars. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St., Tampa. $75. tampatheatre.org

FLOWERS AFTER HOURS: Astounding flower arrangements complement works of art. 6 p.m., Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. $100 per person.

GOLDEN BATON: Awards Dinner sponsored by the Florida Orchestra Guild. Monroe and Suzette Berkman will be honored. 6 to 9 p.m. Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club Sunset Ballroom, 600 Snell Isle Blvd., St. Petersburg. (727) 289-4931.

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ST. ANTHONY’S HOSPITAL FOUNDATION LEGACY DINNER: Honors community members. 5:30 p.m. Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park, 950 Lake Carillon Drive, St. Petersburg. $75. BE MORE: WEDU awards luncheon. 11 a.m. Glazer Family JCC, 522 N Howard Ave., Tampa. $65. (813) 739-2949 or wedu.org/bemore. (727) 825-1086.

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60TH QUEEN OF HEARTS BALL: Benefiting Friends of Strays and the St. Petersburg Free Clinic. 6:30 p.m. Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, 333 First St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 631-1778 or queenofheartsball.org.

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT: Hall of Fame dinner. 6:30 p.m. Busch Gardens Dragon Fire Grill, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. $500. (813) 539-3029 or jatampabay.org WOMEN OF DISTINCTION AND PROMISE: Benefitting Girl Scouts of West Central Florida. Guest speaker Soledad O’Brien. Noon. Hilton Tampa Downtown, 211 N Tampa St., Tampa. $75. (813) 262-1688 or gswcf.org/wod

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CHISELERS MARKET: Preview party. 6:30 p.m. Plant Hall, University of Tampa. $75; (813) 254-2530.

ELEGANT FARMER: Luncheon and fundraiser for the Museum of Fine Arts. 11:30 a.m. Guest designer is Elizabeth Heiskell of Oxford, Miss., a caterer, cookbook author and regular on Today. Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club, Palm Court Ballroom, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. $90 per person.

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CONVERSATIONS WITH DESIGNERS: Art in Bloom designers talk tricks of the trade with museums guests. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Museum of Fine Arts, 225 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Free with museum admission.

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CHISELERS MARKET: South Tampa’s big tag sale benefits Plant Hall. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Plant Hall, University of Tampa. Free and open to the public. chiselersinc.org

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REMOTEAND REWARDING The next Bay takes you to out-of-the-way places. The only path to Cumberland Island, Ga., just north of Fernandina Beach, is by boat, but it’s well worth the trip. The island, once a winter retreat for the Carnegie steel family, is a National Seashore with 9,800 acres of wilderness inhabited by wild horses, deserted beaches and lush forests. Yet it also offers the elegant, 120-year-old Greyfield Inn, a former Carnegie mansion and the only place to spend the night other than camping in a tent. To get to Telluride, Colo., you must fly to Denver, take another plane to Montrose, then drive south 90 minutes. Soon after passing Ralph Lauren’s sweeping Colorado property, the former mining town of Telluride is around the bend. It’s a skier’s haven in winter, with great slopes and shorter lines than other mountains because it’s more remote. In summer, the hiking, golf and fly-fishing are a magnetic pull. But at the start of every September, during the Telluride Film Festival, stars and movie fans converge to enjoy premieres in high school auditoriums and the downtown square. The 2017 festival introduced more than 25 films, including The Shape of Water and Lady Bird which have racked up mul tiple nominations. Sabina is a region of Italy about 30 minutes north of Rome at the foothills of the Lucretelli Mountains. This is where a former Raymond James vice president hosts culinary trips for guests who enjoy a week of cooking classes, gourmet meals, off-thebeaten-path tours and relaxing among the olive trees on the 150-acre estate. Enjoy stories on these distinctive destinations and much more in the travel-themed issue of Bay that arrives on your doorstep March 18. — Katherine Snow Smith

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Love It. SPEND YOUR WEEKEND WITH SALVADOR AND MARCEL Presented as a “conversation taking place through art” this newest exhibit at the Dalí Museum, Dalí/Duchamp, explores the friendship between these two dissimilar modern masters, including their correspondence and collaborations. And what is the backdrop? The emerald green water, electric blue sky and 35 miles of white sand bliss known as St. Pete/Clearwater. Isn’t it time you painted a perfect getaway?

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Bay Magazine - February, 2018  

Up Close and Personal

Bay Magazine - February, 2018  

Up Close and Personal