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New Market Features Local Artists, Crafters + Makers

Posted By LocalShops1, Friday, September 1, 2017

 

 

What: DTSP Night Market: A celebration of local arts, sounds + flavors

When:  6-10 pm the first Thursday of every month

Where: Tower Plaza & Courtyard Shops
               Second floor overlooking the courtyard
               111 Second Ave NE, downtown St Pete 33701

Admission: Free; pets welcomed!

More informationdtspnightmarket.com or 727.637.5586

Media Contact: Ester Venouziou, LocalShops1 founder
                             ester@localshops1.com or 727.637.5586

 


ST PETERSBURG, FL -- A new celebration of local arts, sounds + flavors kicks off in downtown St. Petersburg this month.

 

DTSP Night Market, a LocalShops1 production, takes place 6-10 pm the first Thursday of every month at Tower Plaza & Courtyard Shops, 111 Second Ave NE, St. Petersburg.

 

 

DTSP Night Market offers locals and tourists a unique shopping experience, showcasing a curated selection of local artists, crafters and other local businesses.  

 

The market, on the second floor of the Plaza Tower in downtown St. Petersburg, overlooks the large courtyard, which features live entertainment and local craft beers, thanks to The Ale & the Witch, and specialty wines at Wine Madonna. Vendors will feature products including hand-crafted jewelry, upcycled home goods,  bath and beauty products, artisanal food products, screen printed T-shirts, vintage treasures, home decor and more.  

 

The market is a production of LocalShops1, made possible with sponsors including Radish & Company, Pets in the City, Northeast Animal Hospital, Tampa Bay Furnishings, and Blood Brothers.

 

More than 20 local artists, crafters, makers and local businesses will participate each month. DTSP Night Market vendors will rotate among the following founding businesses:

  •  Niknaki Vintage
  • Wordier than Thou
  • Amazon to Andes
  • Blood Brothers
  • Emmy & J Gourmet
  • Tampa Bay Furnishings
  • Unique Gifts For Friends
  • Bernies Jewelry
  • Iamsonotcool Vintage
  • Retro Nuevo Jewelry Designs
  • Limbo Chihuahuas
  • Top-Dog Treats
  • Pets in the City/Northeast Animal Hospital
  • FinFish
  • Wide Sky
  • Betty Shop
  • The Hausler Collection
  • Rootman
  • Daisy kaysie boutique
  • Mandalina
  • Lazy Gecko Travel
  • BluStone Creations
  • Treasures of the Gulf
  • Sunshine City Books
  • B & G Succulents
  • Riley Massage
  • H Family Farmstead
  • Momz Mystic Creationz 
  • Gray Space
  • Warehouse Candles
  • Combat Performance and Fitness
  • Nori's Catering
  • Prisca Art
  • PhoenixFire Designs
  • Evan Gatsher
  • Pergamo Paper Goods

Vendor spaces are filled up for all DTSP Night Markets in 2017, but interested artists and businesses may join the waiting list at www.dtspnightmarket.com.

 

 

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Lariana Forsythe Named Interim CEO of CASA

Posted By LocalShops1, Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Lariana Forsythe, CASA CEO
Lariana Forsythe, Interim CEO of CASA
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June 12, 2017, St. Petersburg, FL – 
After conducting an extensive, nationwide search, CASA has proudly named Lariana Forsythe to serve as its new Interim CEO, effective June 5, 2017. (Interim status is a temporary designation being used while Lariana completes Florida Administrative Rule requirements.)

“On behalf of the CASA Board of Directors, I am extremely excited to announce Lariana’s hiring,” said CASA’s Board President, Nicholas McDevitt. “CASA has been through, and will continue to move through, significant periods of transition and growth. Knowing this, we set out to find a person who could combine vision, leadership, communication and passion for the mission, with a strong business acumen and dynamic fundraising experience to lead CASA into the future.  After an extremely thorough and methodical search, we feel like we have found that in Lariana.  We are so proud to call her our Interim CEO and have her leading CASA into the future.”

Lariana brings extensive nonprofit leadership experience to CASA, which is implementing a significant expansion of its programs for survivors of domestic violence in southern Pinellas County, Florida. Longtime employee Suzanne Horn, who had served as Interim Director during the transition period, has been promoted to CASA’s Chief Operations Officer (COO) and Harry Linn has been promoted to Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

"I am honored to have the opportunity to help change the image of domestic violence in Pinellas County,” said Ms. Forsythe. “So many domestic violence survivors live in the shadow of this systemic issue, which effects as many as 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men, and often fear the undeserved stigma and false assumptions that can come with it.”

“Now celebrating its 40th anniversary of service to this community,” she continued, ”CASA is a larger influence than ever before, providing safety and a voice for those who have had theirs taken away.  I look forward to getting to know and working closely with the leaders in our community to ensure St. Petersburg is a vibrant and safe community for everyone."

CASA is the official domestic violence center for southern Pinellas County, Florida. It is also a proud member of the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV), the professional association for Florida’s 42 independent, certified domestic violence centers. FCADV’s President/CEO, Tiffany Carr, released this statement in honor of Lariana’s hiring:

“FCADV is pleased to welcome Lariana as CASA’s Interim CEO. Her experience, knowledge and vision will help propel CASA and thus create a vibrant, sustainable future for survivors and their children.  We stand ready to assist Lariana as she immerses herself within the domestic violence field in Florida and learns the challenges and rewards of engaging in this critical work in our great state. I commend the CASA Board of Directors for engaging in an exhaustive national search that led to the hiring of this candidate.”

Lariana has more than 20 years of nonprofit experience, most recently serving as the Vice President/Chief Development Officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix. In addition to 17 years with the Boys & Girls Clubs, she has held a variety of roles within National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Special Olympics. Lariana has earned a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, a Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University, and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive.

 

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Total Eclipse Field Camp

Posted By Preparatory Academy, Inc., Monday, June 5, 2017

Not quite once in a lifetime, but super-rare. We've arranged for families to view the total solar eclipse at a private property right in the path of the eclipse! We'll have telescopes out Saturday night for planet and star gazing, and we'll have some fun, educational astronomy activities for the kids.  Then, Sunday we'll get together for a full day of field camp - ecology, earth space science, some biology (we'll have the microscopes out), and even a little art and language arts and conclude with dinner. All the activities are age-appropriate and fun as well as educational.  Monday is the BIG EVENT and we'll meet in the morning for more fun and make sure everyone knows how to watch the eclipse safely. We'll have a few different ways to watch it. Monday will also include a barbeque lunch followed by the rare event of the moon moving between the earth and the sun!

 

Each participant will receive a T-shirt and students will receive both a book and field notebook.

 

Includes snacks and water, Sunday dinner, Saturday barbque lunch.

 

Families will have to arrange their own transportation and any other meals.

 

COSTS:

Parents: $75

Students: $100

Children under 3: $25

Single event day: $50

 

Register at www.preparatoryacademyinc.org

 

 

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Gecko Ball Tickets Now Available

Posted By LocalShops1, Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Tickets for the Ninth Annual Gecko Ball are now on sale  The Ball will be celebrated with a theme of “Geckostock!” on Saturday, August 26, 2017., at the Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd S  

 

The party will be a celebration of hippie culture and the legendary 1969 Woodstock Festival.  Décor and scenery will transport ball-goers into a psychedelic era.  Expect to experience over-the-top revelry and costumes, from hippies to rock stars to other 60s cultural and political touchstones.  Ball-goers are encouraged to develop costumes relating to hippies, Woodstock and the 1960s, or to geckos, or any creative combination!  A costume contest will help decide some of the best outfits at the Ball. 

 

“Geckostock” includes over the top décor, full cash bar, geckotinis and other cocktail specials, passed hors d’oeuvre and tapas.  Live music by the Throwback Band will fill the dance floor this year with 60s-era pop, rock and soul music as well as hits from nearby decades.  Hundreds of silent auction items will be up for bids, and the annual live auction of artist-created geckos will once again be a highlight of the evening.  Witness the whimsical coronation of Gulfport’s next Gecko Queen! 

 

Tickets are $35 and available at the Gulfport Welcome Center (3101 Beach Boulevard South) or the Gulfport Beach Bazaar (3115 Beach Boulevard South).  Tickets may also be purchased online at VisitGulfportFlorida.com.  The Gecko Ball sells out every year, so would-be Ball-goers should purchase tickets as far in advance as possible. 

 

Gulfport celebrates the Gecko each year with a series of whimsical events at the end of summer.  Other highlights: include the annual street festival September 2, Gecko Crawl August 12, and the  “Art Gecko Show” throughout August, with opening reception on August 4.  All Gecko events are sponsored by the non-profit Gulfport Merchants Association and a portion of proceeds is donated to local charities each year.  Community Support Grants this year will be made to the Creative Play Preschool and the Sonia Plotnick Health Fund.  Visit GeckoFest.com for more information on all events. 

 

For more information follow the Gecko Ball Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/GeckoBall or email  John Haugen at jhaugen@hudsonmkt.com.

 

 

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July 27: Art Extravaganza to Benefit CASA

Posted By LocalShops1, Wednesday, May 31, 2017

 CASA, the domestic violence center for southern Pinellas County, has been named a beneficiary of UNIFIED, The Tampa Bay Chapter of the United Nations Association of The United States of America’s upcoming live art event and panel discussion on gender equality and women’s empowerment. The event will take place 6 to 9 pm July 27, 2017, at the Morean Center for Clay in St. Petersburg.

UNIFIED includes locally and internationally recognized artists and performers based in Tampa Bay. It will feature an art installation by Ya La’ford, sculpture by Cecilia Lueza, mural by Carrie Jadus, sand cast glass by Marlene Rose, paint on wood by Tessa Moeller, 3-D Printed Sculpture by Tina Piracci, dance performance by Helen French and poetry by Maureen McDole. The panel discussion on gender equality and leadership will be led by Lorna Taylor, CEO of Premier Eyewear and Chair of TBBCA; Nadine Smith, CEO of Equality Florida; and Beth Houghton, Executive Director of St. Petersburg Free Clinic.

“The Tampa Bay Chapter of The United Nations Association of The United States (UNA-USA Tampa Bay) is proud to have selected CASA as a beneficiary of our UNIFIED Gender Equality event,” said Clint Elbow, President of UNA-USA Tampa Bay. “CASA’s work in combating domestic violence is an amazing example of the work being done in the Tampa Bay area to combat gender specific abuse. This partnership between CASA and UNA-USA Tampa Bay is an example of the collaborative advocacy efforts for gender equality in our community.”

For more information on the event visit unatampabay.org. To learn about sponsorship opportunities contact Robert Kruithoff at 727-410-9597 or fundraising@unatampabay.org.

 

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July 8: Tampa Bay Etsy Crew Craft Party!

Posted By LocalShops1, Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Tampa Bay Etsy Crew is bringing more than 60 of the area’s most vibrant makers, artisans, and vintage sellers together for the annual Etsy Craft Party. The event takes place 11 am to 4 pm July 8  at the St Petersburg Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave N.

 

This free community event features craft demonstrations and make-and-take projects for all! The first 100 through the door get a swag bag full of goodies from vendors, sponsors, and community makers. 


The event also includes raffles, and all proceeds go to the Heart Gallery Tampa Bay. LocalShops1 is a proud sponsor, along with St. Petersburg Greenhouse, The Paper Seahorse and Strands of Sunshine.

 

Participating vendors include LocalShops1 members KateKreates, Pretty Practical Bands, Pergamo Paper Goods, Art by Evan Gatscher and Lola’s Handcrafted. For updates go to TBEC’s page on Facebook, facebook.com/tampabayetsycrew and click on the “events” tab..

 

DIY Projects and Live Demos
Carnage Leathers - Leather Keychains
NspiredMpressions by Judy Bales, Printmaker - Stamp Printing Bookmarks
Little Bad Wren - Pamphlet Stitched Journals
Polly E Perkins - Custom Notecards
Pretty Practical Bands - Braided Headbands
The Giftsmiths - Fun with Felties
Judy B Freeman Pottery - Polymer Clay Sculptures
Organic Flame Pottery - Pottery Hand Building
Katekreates - Color Your World
With These Hands: Stationery and Gifts by Becky Blitch - Make Your Own Mandala

Additional Handmade and Vintage sellers
Freak Show Follies
Pergamo Paper Goods
Sunshine Canning
Art By Evan Gatscher
All About the Stitches
Book Beads
Collections of a Chaotic Mind
Concepcion's Mayan Back-Strap Weaving
Dark Cycle Clothing
Fortuitous Fox
Kelley Love Designs
Laura Albright Studio
Lola's Handcrafted
Matt Albright Studio
Metal + Mineral Jewelry
NativeSon3006
Odebear Press
Our Lady of Perpetual Pickles
Sew Atomic Studio
The Indigo Owl
Twin Mommy Creations
Warhole Designs
Armillata Designs
Astatula Candle Co.
Birdie Baby Boutique
C.A.B. Fayre
Hither Rabbit
Poopy Doops
The Littlest Trunk Children's & Maternity Resale Boutique ST. PETE
The Norsk Woodshop
The Whimsical Studio
UndRground Market

 

 

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Visit Florida Spotlights Local Artist

Posted By LocalShops1, Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Visit Florida, the state’s official tourism marketing corporation, recently featured Gulfport artist Lauri Zavala, owner of Tillie’s Off-Beat Bazaar.

 

“As a child, she and her grandmother, Tillie, spent hours creating art together and Tillie continues to be her muse today,” Visit Florida writes on their blog, visitfloridamediablog.com. “She enjoys creating colorful offbeat art; finding ‘orphans’ and giving them new purpose is her specialty.” 

 

 

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Jade Soap Going Brick-and-Mortar

Posted By LocalShops1, Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Jade Soap Shop is opening its first soap boutique at 105 E Robertson Street in Brandon. Grand opening    
is set for June 30, and customers get 20 percent off all purchases through July 8. Customers who spend $30 or more also receive a gift.

 

In addition to the company’s all-natural artisan handmade soaps and bath products for humans and pets, owner Jenny Ho plans to offer soap-making classes at the shop.

 

For information check out Jade Soap’s Facebook page, facebook.com/jadesoapshop, or its website, jadesoapshop.com. Jade Soaps are also available at markets throughout the Tampa Bay region, and at the LocalShops1 Shop, 2908 Beach Blvd S, Gulfport.

 

 

 

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Total Solar Eclipse Field Trip

Posted By LocalShops1, Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Preparatory Academy in Lutz invites everyone to a three-day field trip to South Carolina to see the total solar eclipse, The event, Aug 19-21, is open to students, families, and the general public.


Prep Academy will provide telescopes for night viewing on Saturday, along with astronomy-themed activities. The group will meet again Sunday for fun and educational ecology, earth, and space activities, including contests, scavenger hunts, science experiments, microscope activities, and speakers. The big event takes place Monday, and the day starts with morning discussions and a barbeque lunch, and wraps up with the solar eclipse.

 

The fee ($75 adult, $100 student, $25 children under 3) includes all activities, plus a T-shirt, Sunday dinner and Monday barbecue. Students also receive a book and field notebook. Transportation and accommodations are not included, but hotels and campgrounds are available nearby. 

 

Payments may be made by Paypal to preparatoryacademyinc@gmail.com or mailed to Preparatory Academy, Inc. at 17001 Melba Lane, Lutz, FL 33549.

 

For more information email: preparatoryacademyinc@gmail.com

 

 

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Tampa Pizzeria Opening St Pete Location

Posted By LocalShops1, Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Fabrica Woodfired Pizza in Tampa is planning a second location, on the ground floor of St. Petersburg’s The Hermitage apartment building at 151 7th St. S.

 

The restaurant, which started in the Channel district almost two years ago, will occupy nearly 2,000 square feet, according to the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

 

A Neapolitan-style pizzeria which also offers salads, Italian appetizers and gelato, the restaurant will have delivery service available via Uber Eats. There’s no firm date for the new opening, but Estefania Perez, who co-owns the restaurant’s concept with her husband, Jonathan, expects it to be by the end of the year.



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