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TIME FOR A CHANGE You hold in your hand the last official issue of New Heights Magazine and the prototype of the refined version we will introduce in May 2009 under the new name: Urban Corridor Magazine (aka UC Tampa). So why would we do such a thing? Well, over a year ago we launched with a goal to “Highlight Tampa’s Historic Urban Corridor” by drawing positive attention to the area’s neighborhoods and small businesses. At the time, “New Heights” was fitting, as our first phase was to unite the Heights neighborhoods with Ybor, West Tampa and skyscraping downtown. We had no idea just how primed the area was for our concept; or how ready the remaining UC neighborhoods were to support our phase two: connecting north UC with south UC. Today, with downtown being the urban core, the UC includes all neighborhoods from the northern tip of the Heights areas, south to Ballast Point, west past West Tampa and east through Ybor. (See map on pg. 8) And that’s not the only way we’ve grown! While some non-focused Tampa publications have reported they’re shrinking due to an “unfortunate side effect of the current shape of the economy,” New Heights’ story is one of continued success and progression (as the following chart indicates).

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We also added an extra issue (now seven) to our 2009 schedule. But, despite our rapid growth, you have no need to worry about our integrity. You will never see us stray from focusing on our neighborhoods. (As you know, our staff lives here too!) Nor will your business see itself forgotten or priced out from our ad opportunities (which start at just $150). Instead, when you pick up a brand new publication this May–and in it you see your neighborhood and you see your business–you’ll know that you must be reading UC Tampa. Thank you–all 30,000 of you–for your continued readership and encouraging support. We hope you enjoy our new look. Kind Regards,

Jay McGee, Editor+Publisher PS Check out www.NewHeightsMag.com and see some very cool, cutting-edge technology that let’s you view New Heights/UC Tampa as if you were looking at the real thing. Even if you prefer our hardcopy version, it’s worth checking out just to see our software in action. Have a comment to share with me about our new look? Email me at jay@UCTampa.com.


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KIDSAT PLAY PHOTO CONTEST

SEE YOUR CHILD(REN) ON THE COVER OF UC TAMPA MAGAZINE Enter your cutest “Kids at Play” picture into our contest and the next time you see it might just be on the cover of UC Tampa Magazine! HERE’S HOW TO ENTER: • Be sure your photo is clear, digital and of a high-quality format that’s suited for print. • Photo needs to be an action shot of a kid or kids playing somewhere in the Urban Corridor. (Still portraits will not be considered for judging.) • Include a 25 word description of who and what we’ll see in the photo.

Winning and runner-up pictures will be chosen by a panel of UC Tampa judges, printed in our July/Aug 2009 issue and posted on www.UCTampa.com. Plus, the child(ren) in the winning photo will grace the issue’s cover and homepage! All submissions will also be automatically subscribed free to UC Tampa and entered into our quarterly drawing for a $100 cash prize. If you have questions about our Kids At Play photo contest, please email them to KidsAtPlay@UCTampa.com.

Submit your photo and information, before May 22, 2009, to: KidsAtPlay@UCTampa.com

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WHAT’SIN SIGNS OF THE TIMES HEIGHTS HEIGHLIGHTS A look back at the heyday for neon signs in Tampa–a time when it was trendy for roadside businesses to use twisted tubes of glowing gas to command drivers to do things like “Drink Pepsi,” “Shop in Air-Conditioned Comfort” and “Eat at Joe’s.”

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WRITERS’BLOCK MEET THE WRITERS ▲

JOHN V. CINCHETT (left) at Nicko’s Diner (4603 N. Florida Ave.); the home to the only neon sign created by Frank Cinchett, John’s grandfather, still standing today. It has towered over the chrome eatery since 1951, when it was known as Ayres Diner. 16

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BIKING FOR THE REST OF US

HOME+HISTORY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 ~ ESPANA EN TAMPA

FOOD+DRINK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 LONG LIVE THE HERBIVORES

GREEN+EARTH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 FREE RAIN

ARTS+ENTERTAINMENT . . . . . .30 THE FAVE 5IVE STAFF Editor+Publisher, Jay McGee Creative Direction: Tweak CreativeTM Designers: Maggie Sage, Tim Scott Photographers: Olie Godinez, Adel Assily

ALAN SNEL is director of the South West Florida Bicycle United Dealers–a coalition that promotes bicycling as a healthy lifestyle and effective mode of transportation. He has biked solo across the country twice and bikes more than 12,000 miles a year in the Tampa Bay area. Snel currently authors bicycle travel stories and blogs at www.alansnel.blogspot.com. 10 RAUBI PERILLI graduated from the University of Tampa’s Writing Department and has lived in downtown, Davis Islands and Hyde Park. She recently joined the New Heights staff as an “Explorer” to tour the UC places you’ve always wanted to try, but have yet to do so. If you’d like Raubi to visit an unusual or little know type of business or event, please email your suggestions to jay@UCTampa.com. 14 CHARLES HAYNIE is a mechanical engineer and eco-friendly furniture builder. He is always happy to discuss substainable design at Tampa Street Market (www.TampaStreetMarket.com), a green furniture and retail shop he owns and runs with his wife, Amy. 28 MICHELLE BAKER, along with her husband Greg (a classically-trained executive chef), manage Cooks & Company; a personal chef and catering business (www.cooksncompany.com). She has been featured in major newspapers, as well as on WFLA–TV’s “Daytime.” Michelle is also a food explorer for the Tampa Tribune and blogs for Eating Tampa and Seminole Heights Eats. 20 New Heights Magazine LLC is not responsible for the accuracy info or claims made by advertisers. Each advertiser is solely responsible for both, as well as any statements or warranties mentioned in its ad material/placement. Use and reproduction of New Heights Magazine’s editorial, pictorial or design content–without pre-authorization–is prohibited.

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WHAT’S THE UC? The UC is comprised of more than 25 of Tampa’s largest, most historic neighborhoods. In it can be found beautiful homes, unique shops and restaurants, exciting destinations and a diverse mix of hundreds of thousands of people who call the area their home. New Heights is proud to showcase the best of Tampa’s Urban Corridor and if you have a story you want to share about it, please email your idea to jay@UCTampa.com.


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BIKING FOR THE REST OF US THE SEMINOLE HEIGHTS BICYCLE CLUB ALAN SNEL, GUEST WRITER Our members are as diverse as their rides. There's USF professor, Doug Jesseph; seated on his commuter road bike and dressed in his trusty wool jersey. And how about those long sideburns? They’re the trademarks of razor-thin librarian, Jack Sweeney; who proudly rolls in on his lengthy Xtracycle (a bike built to transport anything–although that anything is usually his young son). Then there’s ole Steve Swiger … a computer tech and fellow velo enthusiast who’s been known to show up on the “Big Bike.” (The BB is an odd-looking, double-deck two-wheeler, which elevates Steve above his fellow riders and provides him the best seat on the road.)

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Although their backgrounds and bikes of choice differ, Doug, Jack, Steve–and their dozens of Seminole Heights Bicycle Club (SHBC) co-members (which includes me)–have all come together because of a shared love: community bicycling.

GREASING THE WHEELS It all began in early 2008 when Mike Limerick, a fellow Seminole Heights resident, contacted me to inquire about forming a bike club. His idea was that our club would focus on neighborhood cycling to fill a niche not made available by Tampa’s bigger bike clubs (e.g., Tampa Bay Freewheelers). On Feb. 16, 2008, after a little behind-the-scenes planning and a lot of community cooperation, more


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SIDEBAR A STURDY FRAME At the heart of SHBC are its three bike rides, which take place (one at a time) on the first three Saturdays of each month: 1ST SATURDAY Leaves: 10am From: 1203 E. Powhatan Ave. Type: Slow + leisure family ride of about five miles. 2ND SATURDAY Leaves: 8:30am From: Seminole Heights Garden Center 5800 N. Central Ave. Type: An intermediate 10-miler that alternates each month between riding into downtown + following the Hillsborough River. than 60 cyclists–including a helmet-clad Mayor Pam Iorio–put foot to pedal as SHBC began its first, people-powered neighborhood ride. Today, SHBC has already made an impact on the way all of Tampa looks at biking. Our leisurely treks are known to be both family- and neighborhood-friendly; following the streets of our namesake neighborhood, into Tampa Heights, through downtown and off to other Urban Corridor (UC) neighborhoods and beyond.

JOIN THE VELO-LUTION When I ask people what they think about when they hear “bicycling in Florida,” one of their most common answers has to do with fast guys in colorful jerseys who ride lightweight road bikes. But the reality is quite different, as Florida’s largest category of bicyclists is actually comprised of the plain shorts and T-shirt wearing riders of hybrid bikes–like the people you’ll find in the SHBC. SHBC is unusual, in that the club charges no fees and has no positions for members to hold. The only requirements are that you enjoy bike riding; you wear a helmet; and the bike you ride is mechanically fit and safe for the road. If that sounds good to you–no matter which corner of the UC you reside–we invite you be a part of the Seminole Heights Bicycle Club. UC

3RD SATURDAY Leaves: 8:30am From: Seminole Heights Garden Center 5800 N. Central Ave. Type: A semi-advanced, 20-mile ride with a varying route. In addition to these rides, SHBC hosts many other social activities for its members; including outdoor potluck dinners and movie nights (featuring such bike-centric cult classics as Breaking Away, The Triplets of Belleville and Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure).

FINDIT SEMINOLE HEIGHTS BICYCLE CLUB www.seminoleheightsbicycleclub.com

TAMPA BAY FREEWHEELERS www.tbfreewheelers.com

WANT MORE? See page 34 for more biking news + info.

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ESPAÑA EN TAMPA SPAIN’S ROLE IN CREATING OUR CITY RAUBI PERILLI, UC EXPLORER In the early 1880s, Tampa was still an isolated village offering a lackluster lifestyle for its near 1,000 residents. Despite its shortfalls at the time, the city was at least able to boast a useful port, a brand new rail line (compliments of Henry B. Plant) and a desirable climate. This trio was all it took to convince Vicente Martinez Ybor to buy 40 acres (to start) of Tampa land, establish the company town of Ybor City, and move his cigar-making company to it. This part of Tampa’s history is a story so often told that even the city’s most novice history buffs likely have it memorized. It’s a tale with all the traditional Cuban flavors for which Ybor is so well known. After all, V.M. Ybor lived in Cuba, where he founded his cigar company, before immigrating to Florida with his popular El Principe de Gales brand in tow. What’s often left out is that although Ybor

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emigrated from Cuba to Florida, he first immigrated to Cuba from Spain. He also played a key role in bringing many Spaniards to Tampa; so many that by 1930 Tampa had the third highest population of Spanish-born residents in the U.S. The knowledge gap surrounding Spain’s Tampa-shaping influences is exactly what the Ybor City Museum Society (YCMS) hopes to remedy when it unveils its new exhibit on March 21, 2009: Spain and the Creation of Modern Tampa. “Tampa’s roots are strongly entrenched in the activities of its early Spanish population,” explains YCMS executive director, Chantal Ruilova Hevia. “They were one of Ybor City’s five core founding ethnic groups; all of which lived amongst each other, worked together and shared food, art and traditions; as well as an overall sense of community.” In an effort to communicate the depth of Spain’s


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HISTORIC HOME TOUR A self-guided tour of the interiors and exteriors of several mid-1800s to early-1900s Bungalow, Four-square and Arts and Crafts-style homes is being hosted by the Old Seminole Heights Neighborhood Association (OSHNA), Sunday, April 5, 2009, 11:30am–5:30 p.m. (Seminole Heights is Tampa’s largest neighborhood and a section of it is designated as a national historic district.) People who attend the event will be free to decide on their own route and pace; as well as whether to visit all scheduled homes or just the ones to which they’re drawn. While a few of the featured residences are within walking distance of each other, most visitors will likely prefer to travel by complimentary, air-conditioned trolley service or the comfort of their personal automobiles. Tour maps, specially designed for bike riders, will also be available.

TICKET $10 ADVANCE + $15 EVENT DAY Sherry’s YesterDAZE Antiques & Clothing 5207 N. Florida Ave. | (813) 231-2020 contributions with as many people as possible, YCMS is working with three key, local organizations that will simultaneously co-host portions of the four-part exhibit. Ybor City State Park will have part one on display: a full-sized, fully-furnished Casita (a cottage-style, threeroomed house many Ybor workers lived in around the turn of the twentieth century). Part two and three will be on display at the interim location of the Tampa Museum of Art (TMA). The first will reveal the important role Tampa’s Spaniards played in the Spanish Civil War. The second will highlight the active Spanish Clubs of early Tampa, including El Centro Espanol de Tampa (the building where TMA currently resides) and Centro Asturiano de Tampa. The latter building is the home to the final piece of the exhibit–which will focus on Spanish emigration to our city. “Tampa has a long, complicated and beautiful history–and people of many, many ethnicities have played an instrumental role in it,” says Hevia. “We hope that seeing the Spain exhibit will enlighten both young and old to the fact … and that they will want to find out even more about the rich past of this wonderful city we all call home.” UC

OSHNA www.oldseminoleheights.com Hillsborough High School (Day of Event) 5000 N. Central Ave. | (813) 272-4000

FINDIT SPAIN AND THE CREATION OF MODERN TAMPA: THE EXHIBIT PART 1. CASITA Ybor City State Park | 1818 E. 9th Ave. (813) 247-6323 | www.floridastateparks.org

PARTS 2+3. TAMPA AND THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR+ SPANISH CLUBS OF EARLY TAMPA Tampa Museum of Art 2306 N. Howard Ave. (813) 274-8130 | www.tampamuseum.com

PART4. SPANISH EMIGRATION TO TAMPA Centro Asturiano de Tampa 1913 N. Nebraska Ave. (813) 229-2214 | www.centroasturianotampa.org

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SIGNS OF THE TIMES THE BRIGHT IDEAS OF TAMPA’S NEON YEARS JOHN V. CINCHETT, GUEST WRITER My grandfather, Frank, moved from Philadelphia to Tampa over six decades ago–in 1948 to be exact–and opened the Cinchett Neon Sign Co. That was back in the heyday for neon signs–a time when it was trendy for roadside businesses across the U.S. to use twisted tubes of glowing gas to command drivers to do things like “Drink Pepsi,” “Shop in Air-Conditioned Comfort” and “Eat at Joe’s.” Tampa was no exception, but before my grandfather arrived, most of its businesses were in the dark when it came to the over-the-top, Broadwaystyle sign designs he would introduce. In no time at all, his bright ideas were in high-demand across the Urban Corridor (UC) and orders for his handcrafted beacons flooded in from the area’s most well known (at the time) shops and restaurants; including Victory Bakery, Maas Brothers and Chez Louie.

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My dad, John F. Cinchett, and West Tampa-native mom, Delia, took over the family business in 1963 when my grandfather passed away. My dad had always had an artistic flair, which was reflected in the designs of the many larger-than-life signs he went on to create. Mom, who mostly worked the office and handled the company’s books, also had a chance to be creative. A shutterbug at heart, she took over as Cinchett’s official photographer (a role my grandfather filled since the 1950s) and recorded each new sign on film. In 1982, when I was a student at Tampa Catholic High, my sister, Diana, and I worked at our mother’s side. We literally watched her grow the collection of sign photos, as she would affix many of them on what our grandfather once dubbed his “Wall of Fame” (a picture-clad office wall that doubled as a sales portfolio).


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SIDEBAR MEET THE AUTHOR BOOK SIGNING EVENTS BARNES & NOBLE March 28, 2009 | Noon-3pm 213 N. Dale Mabry Hwy. | (813) 871-2228 KAREN’S PLACE ANTIQUES April 18, 2009 | Noon-3pm 4707 N. Florida Ave. | (813) 231-2298 This is a very special “Seminole Heights” appearance by John V. Cinchett, as Karen’s is the original home (1948-1987) of the Cinchett Neon Sign Co.

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THE FATES OF THE DATES A fateful day came in 1987 as we moved our company from its long-time storefront (in a 1920s building at the corner of Florida and Osborne Avenues) to a smaller storefront at the same location. I was cleaning the store’s closets and came across several boxes of old files and newspapers dating back to the 1950s. As an employee was about to trash the boxes, I casually glanced into one of them and noticed an aging, black and white photo. I don’t know what made me spare that particular box from the landfill–perhaps a touch of nostalgia–but once I did, I didn’t see or think of it again for 10 years. In 1997, due to the passing of my father and a declining demand for neon signs, we were forced to close the family business. Soon afterward, I received a phone call from Leland Hawes, a Tampa historian and old army buddy of dad. He wanted a few pictures to go with a memorial article he was writing for the Tampa Tribune about John F. and the sign company’s peak years. That’s when I remembered the box and went in search of it.

The vintage photos seen in this article were supplied by John V. Cinchett. They can be found, along with more than 200 others (most of which have never been seen by the general public), in John’s book: “Vintage Tampa Signs and Scenes.” The softcover is now available and retails for $21.99. It can be purchased online, www.ArcadiaPublishing.com, via phone, (888) 313-2665, or at the following locations:

INKWOOD BOOKS 216 S. Armenia Ave.

HB PLANT MUSEUM GIFT SHOP 401 W. Kennedy Blvd.

YBOR CITY MUSEUM STORE 1820 E. 9th Ave.

TAMPA BAY HISTORY CENTER GIFT SHOP 801 Old Water St.

BARNES & NOBLE 213 N. Dale Mabry Hwy.

BORDERS 909 N. Dale Mabry Hwy.

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4651 W. Kennedy Blvd. 3806 S. Dale Mabry Hwy. 4738 W. Gandy Blvd.

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I found it buried under other boxes in the attic of my mother’s home. When I opened its lid and began to sift through its contents, I discovered there was more than one old picture inside the box–there were hundreds. I slowly examined each photo one-by-one; and as I did, I was taken further back into Tampa’s past and right to the front doors of the city’s most fondly remembered destinations. At the end of my trip, I knew my grandfather and mother had unknowingly done more than create a Wall of Fame by photographing every Cinchett sign–they had created an up close and very personal chronicle of

West Tampa pictorial overview of 1950s and 1960s Tampa. Today, I am proud to announce that after 10 years of careful and painstaking work, "Vintage Tampa Signs and Scenes" is now available to the public. Readers of the book will find large, high-quality and perfectly restored photographs of the many locations the residents of mid-1900s Tampa used to frequent; including department stores, cocktail lounges, restaurants, drive-ins, dress shops, theatres and hotels. Those new to the city will marvel at how different downtown (and its UC neighborhoods) looked back then; while those who grew up in Tampa will be treated to a wealth of welcomed memories. UC

Downtown decades of Tampa history. I did share some photos with Leland and he wrote a beautiful memorial to my father’s legacy. It was partially what inspired me to take on a project of my own: restoring my family’s collection of vintage photos and sharing them with the people of Tampa Bay.

HISTORY BOOK I never before considered myself a writer and I had certainly never written a book. Even so, I felt book form was the best way to share our family’s


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LONG LIVE THE HERBIVORES GRASS ROOT ORGANIC RESTAURANT MICHELLE BAKER, FOOD COLUMNIST his may be considered a bit personal, but I have amazingly long and sharp canine teeth. Like, vampire sharp. I’ve often revered them as proof that I was born to eat meat … and lots of it! That said, I do love my veggies, but the chances of me going vegan are between zero and nil. Even so, it was my interest in at least seeing how Tampa’s herbivores dined, that made me check out Tampa Heights’ Grass Root Organic Restaurant. When Spencer and Sabrina Sterling opened Grass Root–at the busy corner of Florida and Columbus Avenues–in March 2006, it was the city’s only organic vegetarian (no meat), vegan (product that comes from an animal) and raw (product cooked at temperatures no greater than 115 degrees)

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a sudden pause, but I had traveled too far into the land of the vegans to change my mind. Wanting to start off slow, I chose an appetizer with which I was familiar: Sprout Wraps ($7 for two). The wraps were actually spring rolls that Grass Root fills with a myriad of uber fresh and raw purple cabbage, live sprouts, zucchini and carrots–all of which were beautifully julienned. So much was stuffed into the wrappings that I thought they would burst with the tap of my fork. The pair was served with a Kirikou Dipping Sauce, which was a transparent, tangy and slightly sweet mixture sprinkled with a sesame seed garnish. While they were big, fresh, crisp and light spring rolls, they were still just spring rolls. Nothing overly exciting; but nothing bad either. My next course was to be a tad more adventurous (at least for me). It was the Harlem ($8); a protein shake the menu referred to as the “secret superfood of the Ancients.” When it arrived, I had to wait just a tick longer for the sticker shock to wear off. (I get that it’s organic and good for me … but $8?!) However, upon tasting the creamy beverage, I realized two things: 1) The Ancients’ superfood was a blend of cashew milk, fresh bananas, real cacao powder and coconut, and 2) It was a damn good chocolate shake! I’m talking Pulp Fiction’s Jack Rabbit Slim’s good … Hands down, the best chocolate shake I’ve ever tasted. The chocolate concoction was rich and powerful and I seemingly sucked the entire cream dream through a straw in one never-ending gulp. And once I had my dessert out of the way, it was time to move to the next course. And what goes better with a chocolate shake than a bacon cheeseburger?! But this is Grass Root we’re talking about; so I settled for a Real House Burger with Bac-un and Raw Cashew Sheese ($9). I also ordered the Parmesan ($8) and the raw Original Sabrina’s Favorite Sandwich ($9/$16). The Parmesan was made up of two breaded house-made “chicken” patties, marinara and raw vegan “parmesan” sheese. A salad of cucumber, romaine and zucchini (glazed with a light citrus vinaigrette) sat next to it; as did a heaping portion of steaming pasta. The patties were a

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SIDEBAR WHEATGRASS JUICE 1. WHAT IS IT?

Wheatgrass is a variety of grass that is “juiced” in a juicer just like carrots and other vegetables. It’s often used as herbal medicine, due to its (disputed) nutritional properties.

2. WHAT DOES IT DO? It’s said to have broad effectiveness, but the three most therapeutic roles cited are: blood purification, liver detoxification and colon cleansing.

3. WHERE DO I GET IT? Grass Root serves it juiced, but (with the right equipment) you can juice your own by buying wheatgrass at natural food stores, juice bars or even via mail.

FINDIT GRASS ROOT ORGANIC RESTAURANT Prices range from $3.50 to $16 per plate. Cash + credit cards accepted. No alcohol. 2702 N Florida Ave | Tampa (813) 221-ROOT RATING: TH TH TH TH TH

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The Parmesan typical bean combination and looked like chicken-parm should. But their flavor was pretty mild, leaving the marinara to carry the weight of the dish’s flavor. And carry, it did. The red, chunky sauce delivered a robust and vibrant burst of fresh tomato and the usual herb parings. (I’m betting Grass Root makes it from scratch.) The pasta was plain good, but I have a thing for simple pasta. It was al dente, made with a decent olive oil and sautéed nicely. I preferred it to its patty partners. The make or break point of my meal arrived when the Real House (aka Veggie) Burger was placed in front of me. The whole fake bacon thing was throwing me for a loop. (The menu did claim that it tasted like real bacon, but I’d been fooled by that catchphrase before!) The thought of vegan cheese, or “sheese” rather, wasn’t making me any more comfortable. I had a sudden urge to go running down the street to the nearest “Home of the Whopper;” however subduing my instinct was about to payoff. I know I’ve already clamored about the shake–and it may be quite unbelievable–but the Real House is easily one of the top five burgers (meat or no) I’ve ever tasted. It had all the flavor of a well-made, bacon-topped cheeseburger; but none of the grease. Its house-made patty was deep and complex, simulating beef and served on a toasted whole-wheat bun. The bac-un was crisp and tasted like bacon; the sheese just like cheese. Sandwich

garnishes included super ripe Roma tomatoes, super crisp romaine lettuce, vegan mayo (much creamier than the egg-based stuff) and ketchup. Six organic corn chips complemented the masterpiece. The Original Sabrina’s Favorite Sandwich is described on Grass Root’s menu as hummus, avocado, sprouts, sheese and lettuce all stuffed into house-made raw onion “bread.” It was next in line for my taste trials. The onion bread is pretty good and it indeed had all the stated fixings packed tightly inside it like a pita sandwich. As with items before, the veggies tasted super fresh, but I was having a hard time convincing myself that a half-sandwich–no bigger than a decent-sized taco–was worth $9. (It was served with nothing else.) The sandwich was good; but not as memorable as its price tag. In all fairness to you and the restaurant, I don’t think Grass Root is the place to go if you’re in the mood to stuff your face on the cheap. (But for vegetarians, vegans and raw enthusiasts, facestuffing is usually not their priority anyway.) But I do think Grass Root is the place to go when you crave meals made from the freshest quality ingredients–meat eater or not. On a final note, even though I thought some of its prices were a bit higher than I’d like to pay, many whom believe in and support Grass Root’s purpose would surely feel that in the long run–those of us content with schlepping down $5 value meals–are ultimately paying a higher price. Long live the herbivores! UC


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NEWS + RUMORS

You Looking At Me? White Lightning Jet Boats, known for its high speed, heart-pounding thrill rides, is now providing water taxi service throughout the UC. It is available to anyone who wishes to travel to and from the area’s water-bound neighborhoods, including the Channel District, the Islands, downtown, Heights areas and all the way to Lowry Park Zoo. (813) 665-8687 | ww.tampawatershuttle.com

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PEOPLE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD New York Yankees shortstop, Derek Jeter, is having a 31,000 sq.-ft. mansion built on a Davis Islands waterfront site that he purchased for $6.3 million. (Construction is already underway and nearing completion.) It has not been reported as to whether Jeter will occupy the home … but he might!

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Grass Root Organic Restaurant’s owners have expanded their vegan concept to outside of the UC’s borders. Their second location opened in Lakeland, Fla. earlier this year. 1212 S. Florida Ave. Lakeland | (863) 603-7668

The European-inspired Café Volo & Market has opened in the former Lucky Dill Deli location. Its market side features fresh breads, gourmet meats and a growing list of other food items. (Co-owner, Frank Bordieri, says he wants Café Volo to become downtown’s upscale grocery store.) On the restaurant side, Café Volo serves breakfast, lunch and early dinners. Beer and wine is also available. 477 N. Ashley Dr. | (813) 374-8900

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BUDDING IDEA Robin Milcowitz, one of New Heights’ very own graphic artists, has spearheaded plans for a community garden project. She is focusing on a plot of land near the 22nd Street City Park and envisions people from across the UC using it to grow vegetables, fruit, herbs and more. Many Tampa residents have already thrown their support behind Milcowitz’s idea, including Tampa City Council member, Mary Mulhern. newsandrumors@uctampa.com

PIZZA GROWS UP Pizzaiolo Bavaro is now open and is changing the way Tampa looks at “pizza for dinner” and “the downtown dining experience.” Owner, Dan Bavaro, has beautifully decorated his sit-down restaurant with Chicago historic brick. He has also flown in a chef, from Napoli to Tampa, to help create original recipes that are wood-fired in a 900-degree, brick-oven imported from Italy. Lunch is also available, as is beer and wine. 514 N. Franklin St. | (813) 868-4440

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BLOOMING CONCEPT As previously reported, a large, organic garden was in the works for Ybor Heights. Those plans have since been put on hold, but a smaller urban garden is already underway in the area. It consists of nine, squared plots and sprouting tomatoes, carrots and lettuce. Neighborhood residents can plant at no cost, while the fee for non-residents is just $20 a season. (813) 340-6942 | nataliabair@gmail.com

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FREE RAIN SAVINGS BY THE BARREL CHARLES HAYNIE, COLUMNIST

properly installed rain barrel can collect up to 670 gallons of

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water (enough to overflow an average hot tub) for every inch of rainfall that flows off an ordinary 1,000 sq.-ft. roof. And when you also consider that Tampa’s average rainfall is 3.7

inches per month, it’s crystal clear that rain harvesting can be a highly effective conservation method for Urban Corridor residents who want to save money and/or reduce their eco-footprints. Although you shouldn’t drink water from a rain barrel unless it’s properly treated first–it can be used in a number of ways to help to reduce your utility bill. For instance, because it’s naturally low in sodium and chlorine, it’s a better source than tap water for watering your plants and lawn. It can also be used to wash your car and for other out-of-home cleaning jobs. On the eco-side, each drop of rainwater you prevent from hitting the ground is one less drop that can pick up harmful fertilizers and contaminates on its way to the Hillsborough River or Tampa Bay. An overabundance of these pollutants in our water eco-system can be harmful to local aquatic plants and animals, as well as to the local land-based wildlife that use it as a source of drinking water. The most basic rain barrel system is quite simple. It’s comprised of an elevated barrel to store the water (usually with a 55-gallon capacity), an inflow arrangement to transport rainfall from the roof to the container, and an outflow system that makes the collected water useful (e.g. spigot and hose). A tight-fitting lid is also a must, otherwise debris and creepy crawlies will find their way into the barrel.


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SIDEBAR WATER WASTE + REMEDIES 1. FIX LEAKS

You can save up to 10 gallons of water a day by fixing one leaky faucet; 200 gallons a day by fixing a leaky toilet.

2. HIT THE SHOWERS Taking a shower instead of a bath can save up to 60 gallons of water.

3. SAVE THE GLASS If you pour yourself a glass of water and don’t drink all of it, don’t pour the rest down the drain. Find another use for it, such as watering an inside plant.

4. AVOID THE FLUSH Limit the amount of times you flush your toilet and don’t use it as a garbage pail for tissues, insects or dental floss.

GOING GREEN Once you have your barrel in hand, installing your complete collection system is a fairly easy, do-it-yourself job.

5. PLAN DINNER Instead of using running water at the last minute to thaw frozen food, plan your meal ahead of time and defrost it overnight.

If you’re in search of a rain barrel for your home, you can find one online or at several loca-

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Save and re-use cooking water that was used for boiling or steaming. It can be added to recipes, like pasta sauce and soups, or even sprinkled (once cooled) onto fertilizer-loving plants.

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Petersburg’s Healthy Home and Largo’s Wilcox Nursery. They’re typically priced around $150, but if that’s too rich for your blood–and you’re a Tampa Water Department customer–you’re eligible to receive one free (with spigot and

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screen) when you attend a no-cost Rain Barrel

RAIN BARREL WORKSHOP

Workshop hosted by the Hillsborough County

Offering free rain barrels to Tampa Water Dept. customers. For other residents, cost is $20. (813) 744-5519 x137 hillsborough_fyn.ifas.ufl.edu/RainBarrels.html

Extension Florida Yards and Neighborhoods. Once you have your barrel in hand, installing your complete collection system is a fairly easy, do-it-yourself job. By performing a Google

HEALTHY HOME

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2894 22nd Ave N / St. Petersburg 33713 (800) 583-9523 / www.healthyhome.com

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WILCOX NURSERY

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12501 Indian Rocks Rd / Largo 33774 (727) 595-2073 / www.wilcoxnursery.com

Image courtesy of Montgomery County Rain Barrel Resources

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THE FAVE 5IVE

WHAT’SHAPPENIN’ 1. 2009 ISLANDS FEST CELEBRATE DAVIS ISLANDS The community of Davis Islands is hosting a “Guilt-FREE Family Escape” at SeaPlane Basin Park, on Saturday, April 18, 2009, 10am–5pm. The annual festival–which is open to all UC residents–is the two-island neighborhood’s largest and 8,000 are expected to attend. The day will be filled with free, fun, family activities, including an art show, bounce house, rock wall and gyrosphere. A British Motor Classic showcase, pet parade and kids fashion show are also scheduled.

THE BASICS 2009 ISLANDS FEST | DAVIS ISLANDS Date+Time: April 18, 2009, 10am–5 pm Place: SeaPlane Basin Park | 864 Severn Ave. Price: Free Info: www.islandsfest.com

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

2. DISCOVER YOUR INNER AFICIONADO YBOR’S PREMIER, UPSCALE CELEBRATION The Ybor City Chamber of Commerce once again invites you to discover your “aficionado within” at its premier, upscale event: Ybor Aficionado Days. The third annual, two-day celebration is being held throughout Cigar City, April 18-19, 2009, and will include a traditional Spanish Brunch, a Tapas Trail (of more than 10 top restaurants), After-party/Smoker, cordials, desserts and more.

THE BASICS YBOR AFICIONADO DAYS | YBOR CITY Date: April 18, 2009 Time: Tapas Trail | 4–7pm After-Party + Smoker | 6:30–10pm Price: $35 Date: April 19, 2009 Place+Time: Traditional Spanish Brunch Columbia Restaurant | 2117 E. 7th Ave. | 12–2pm Price: $45 Both Events: $70 Info: www.ybor.org | (813) 241-8838


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3. ECO.LUTION ‘09 WE MEAN GREEN! The Urban Charrette, a design collaborative dedicated to making cities more livable, is hosting a series of events to draw positive attention to Tampa’s waterfront areas and to highlight the city’s past, present and future sustainability efforts. Called ECO.lution ‘09, its three main greeninspired activities include: a sustainable products exhibit; an outdoor expo of green products, practices, services and solutions; and a happy hour/gallery hop that will meander through several UC neighborhoods.

THE BASICS ECO.EXPO | YBOR CITY Date: April 23, 2009 Place: Ritz Theatre | 1503 E. 7th Ave. ECO FESTIVAL | CHANNELSIDE Date: April 25, 2009 Place: Cotanchobee Park | 601 Channelside Dr.

4. 2009 TASTE THE BEST OF TAMPA BAY FOOD, MUSIC, WINE AND A CAUSE The Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center (TBPAC) invites UC residents to attend Taste the Best of Tampa Bay on Saturday, April 4, 2009. The fundraising event for TBPAC is not just a party; but rather a fun and festive way to ensure Tampa continues to benefit from the quality entertainment and education programs the organization has provided for nearly 25 years. Ticket prices include food samplings from more than 40 of the Bay Area’s top restaurants, live music on five stages, premier wine tasting and the chance to bid in a fabulous silent auction that will feature original artwork from local artists.

THE BASICS 2009 TASTE THE BEST OF TAMPA BAY DOWNTOWN TAMPA Date+Time: April 4, 2009, 7pm Place: Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center Price: $60 TBPAC Donors/$80 General Admission Tickets: www.tbpac.org | (813) 229- 7827 Info: (813) 222-1018 CONT.

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5. HYDE PARK VILLAGE ART FAIR SHOWCASE OF THE NATION’S BEST ARTISTS The 20th Hyde Park Village Art Fair will bring together an eclectic mix of many of the nation’s most talented artists to showcase their wares in Hyde Park Village, April 4-5, 2009, 10am–5pm each day. The artists were juried by an independent panel of expert judges and hand-selected based on quality and diversity. All of the $15 million worth of artwork to be displayed will be original and handmade. The selection will include paintings, sculptures, photos, glass, wood, jewelry, collage and ceramics. All UC residents are welcome to attend this free event

THE BASICS HYDE PARK VILLAGE ART FAIR | HYDE PARK Date+Time: April 4-5, 2009, 10am–5pm Place: Hyde Park Village | 1622 Snow Ave. Price: Free Info: www.artfestival.com | (954) 472-3755

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GARY SHEPHERD, GUEST WRITER inging and cycling don’t share much in common, but they are the two passions that keep 21-year-old Davis Islands resident, Lily Richeson, rolling across the state. If she’s not behind the wheel of her Honda Element on her way to belt out folk-pop tunes in Anytown, Fla. (under her stage name, Inertia!), she’s behind the handlebars of her 12-speed Specialized Allez; racing through the southeast U.S. with her fellow USF Cycling Team members. With so much travel on her schedule, Lily was relieved to find out that she can see her next destination from her own back yard. That’s because she is set to race in downtown Tampa’s inaugural Twilight Criterium & Festival on Saturday, March 21, 2009. “It’s nice to have a big race like this taking place

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in my home town,” says Richeson. “I think it’s long overdue.” Tampa’s Criterium & Festival is an officially sanctioned USA Cycling event and the first of its kind for the Urban Corridor. Organizers expect approximately 2,500 spectators to make their way to city center to watch nearly 500 athletes and weekend warriors compete for cash, prizes, and state and national championship series points. Criteriums (or “crits”) are timed, relatively short races that require cyclists to drop out if they’re lapped. Tampa’s crit course is eight-tenths of a mile, with a start/finish line on Tampa Street (west of Lykes Gaslight Square Park). The six-turn track zig-zags north to Zack Street, with the longest straight being southbound to Jackson Street via the narrow, brick-paved Franklin Street.


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The series of competions to be held includes senior and junior age levels and will take place in an order that ensures faster speeds and increased atheletism with each new set of racers. The featured (and final) race of the evening will begin at 6:30pm and last for 75 minutes – plus an additional three final laps. In it, 100 pros will elbow for position as they zoom as fast as 30 mph into and out of the course’s tight corners. Racers who cross the finish line first (in their respective category) will earn points, a share of $2,000 in prize money and primes (i.e., bell-lap awards that can be cash or a product). In addition to the Criterium, an all-day bike and health festival will take place in Lykes Park. “The races are a huge undertaking, but we’re also doing what it takes to ensure the festival is just as well produced,” says Karen Kress, director of Transportation and Planning for the Tampa Downtown Partnership (TDP)–a nonprofit organization helping to plan and sponsor the day’s events. Festival attendees will be able to take part in a bike safety rodeo, a helmet giveaway, a family ride and much more. Bike vendors will also be onsite with an array of bikes, parts and accessories for purchase. Making the day even more exciting, downtown is awash with new and long-standing retail and dining destinations; many of which will be open throughout the weekend–day and night– for the enjoyment of race fans and racers alike. (An abbreviated list of downtown businesses begins on page 36.) The Tampa Twilight Criterium & Festival is in line with Florida’s Bike Month (March) and Tampa BayCycle–a TDP-backed campaign that encourages “everyone to bicycle to work or school, or for recreation or errands, instead of driving.” Original plans for Tampa to host the event came out of a mid-2008 meeting of TDP’s Blue Sky Committee–a group that brainstorms ideas to help bring people to downtown. But even ▲

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before the starting gun has fired, Greg Minder, committee member and former cyclist, says his eyes are on another finish line. “The goal now is to grow it into a two- or three-day event and make it one of the country’s premier, annual race festivals.” To learn more, visit www.tampacrit.com. UC

LET’S GO TO THE RACES! TAMPA TWILIGHT CRITERIUM & FESTIVAL Date: Saturday, March 21, 2009 Time: First Race starts at 11am Price: Free for Spectators Register to Race: www.bikereg.com

TAKE A CASUAL RIDE. USF CYCLING TEAM www.bullscycling.com TAMPA BAYCYCLE Encouraging “everyone to bicycle to work or school … instead of driving.” www.tampabaycycle.com TAMPA BAY BIKE CO-OP A Non-Profit, Community Bike Shop 8202 N. Armenia Ave. www.tampabaybikecoop.com


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ATTENTION BUSINESSES IN SEMINOLE HEIGHTS

UC Tampa’s May/July 2009 cover story will focus on Seminole Heights. Because of this, we have partnered with the Business Guild of Seminole Heights (BGoSH) to offer special rates for storefront and home-based businesses that serve the neighborhood (and have a physical address in it).

BGOSH MEMBER AD RATE: $125 NON-BGOSH MEMBER AD RATE: $175 In return for your ad commitment, we’ll: • Design your ad free (and you’ll own it too) • Plot your business on a neighborhood map (optional) See example on pg 42+43 • Distribute both in hardcopy version to our 30,000 readers • Post both on our online magazine at www.UCTampa.com If you’d like to take advantage of these subsidized ad rates–and your business qualifies for them–call (813) 389-8116 or email ads@UCTampa.com NO LATER THAN APRIL 17, 2009. NOTE: BGoSH ad rates only apply to BGoSH member businesses. Full year memberships are just $35 and can be applied for at www.BGoSH.org. If you help run a neighborhood organization and would like to find out how to take advantage of co-op advertising in UC Tampa, contact ads@UCTampa.com. Special Ad Offer: $125/$175 for Seminole Heights-based Business Only Deadline April 17, 2009 MAR+APR09


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The Tampa Club Fly Bar & Restaurant Zelda’s Café Café Hey Sumos Thai Café Nola Café L’Eden 502 Sports Café Spain Restaurant Moxies Coffee Jimmy John’s Bamboozle Café Bennigans Channelside Thai Corner Augusto Mexican Fine Cuisine Tampa Downtown Market

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Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center Florida Museum of Photographic Arts Tampa Museum of Art Florida Aquarium Tampa Bay History Center

HEALTH+WELLNESS 1 4 11 14

Papai Chiropractic Clinic Florida Wellness & Rehab Dr. John Carter DDS YMCA (3 Locations)

ODDS+ENDS 3 Eddie’s Custom Cleaners 7 District Designs 12 Express Tailors 16+20 UPS Store (2 Locations) 21 Old Tampa Book Company 22 Beverly’s Gifts 27 The Dohring Group 29 White House Gear of Tampa 31 GTE FCU 34 Sam Rampello Downtown Partnership School

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REAL ESTATE

FUTURE HOME REALTY | ERIC HOLSINGER UC Unparalleled customer service! The preferred choice when buying or selling a home in Seminole Heights and the entire Urban Corridor. Buyers– call or email and have a list of homes for sale matching your criteria in your inbox today. (813) 600-3265 / RealEstate-TampaBay.com EricHolsinger@verizon.net

ANTIQUES+FURNITURE Bali Bay Trading Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 District Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Sherry's YesterDAZE Vintage Clothing & Antiques . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19

BEAUTY SERVICES Forever Beautiful Say Salon & Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27

DRY CLEANING+TAILORING Eddie's Custom Cleaners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Express Tailors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40

EDUCATION Sam Rampello Downtown Partnership School . . . . . . . .40

EVENTS+ENTERTAINMENT Florida Aquarium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Florida Museum of Photographic Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Tampa Bay History Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Tampa Downtown Guides . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 MORE >

Florida Wellness & Rehab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Jai Dee Yoga & Wellness Studio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 John Carter, D.D.S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Living Harmony Healing Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Papai Chiropractic Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Sebastian Castellano, D.D.S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .09 YMCA Downtown Wellness Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 YMCA Central City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41

HOME+REAL ESTATE CGM Air Conditioning & Heating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .09 Coldwell Banker – Josh & Julie Garfield . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .03 Dohring Group, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Historic Shed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Mobley Park Apartments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Slide-Lok of Tampa/St. Pete . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 SunBiz Solar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27

KIDS+PETS My Sitter Baby-sitting & House-sitting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Rover Done Over Mobile Pet Grooming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 VetCare Harris Animal Hospital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19

LEGAL+BANKING+INSURANCE GTE Federal Credit Union . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Fernandez & Hernandez – Attorneys at Law . . . . . . . . . .24 Spencer Financial & Insurance Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35

ODDS+ENDS Beverly’s Card & Gift Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Metrology Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Old Tampa Book Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 UPS Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36+41 White House Gear of Tampa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40

RESTAURANTS+GROCERY 502 Sports Café . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Augusto’s Mexican Fine Cuisine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Bamboozle Café . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Bennigan’s Channelside . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Bungalow Bistro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Café Hey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Café Volo & Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Cappy's Pizzeria of Seminole Heights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Fly Bar & Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Jimmy John's Sandwiches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 L'Eden French Bistro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Moxie’s Coffee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 NoHo Bistro, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Nola Café . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Pizzaiola Bavaro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Spain Restaurant & Toma Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Sumo’s Thai Café . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Tampa Club, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .02 Tampa Downtown Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Teatro on Seventh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Thai Corner Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Zelda's Café . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39

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