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4 Places to Find the Coolest T-shirt

Posted By Robert Sitten, Wednesday, November 15, 2017

 

It's hard to live comfortably in Florida without a good collection of T-shirts. Here are some great places for building up your wardrobe.

 

No automatic alt text available. FinFish Co.: Find a great shirt or hat, and feel good about where your money is going: FinFish donates 5 percent of every purchase to efforts to preserve and protect local waterways. 

 

Living Limitless Clothing Co.: You'll find a wide assortment of workout shirts, casual shirts, tanks and sweaters with a dose of attitude here.

 

TriggerMouth: If you're looking for a shirt or tank that triggers "unexpected conversations," look here. They offer a large inventory of designs, with featured artists.

 

Wide Sky: Funny Florida shirts are the order of the day here, with T-shirts, tanks and accessories like drink koozies and coasters. Wide Sky is a regular at Tampa Bay area markets and events.

 

 

You can meet all the makers and small business owners at this year's Shopapalooza Festival. Nov 18 and 25, 2017, at South Straub Park in downtown St. Petersburg. Admission is free and pets are welcomed! For more information go to ShopapaloozaFestival.com.

 

 

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3 Local Businesses That Help Empower People Abroad

Posted By Robert Sitten, Wednesday, November 15, 2017

 

With fair trade shopping, your dollars help people in another part of the world and they help a local business thrive. Fair trade businesses help makers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions. Give these three Tampa Bay businesses a try.

 

Image may contain: one or more people, outdoor and natureAmazon To Andes: With products from across the Latin America region, such as alpaca blankets and jewelry made from the tagua nut, the business strives to purchase using Fair Trade practices and whenever possible buys directly from artists. They can also get you set up for a trip to Ecuador.

 

Kush Textile: Kush works with weavers in Guatemala, who create quality baby wraps, ring slings and accessories, with a portion of proceeds going to benefit a school for the weavers’ children as well as children in their community. Sales also benefit a group called Para Adelante, which funds scholarships for women in Latin America.

 

Worldly Goodz: Unique clothing, jewelry, home goods and accessories from around the world can be found on this online store, with Sure Design clothing from Thailand. Worldly Goodz is a frequent vendor at markets and events in the Tampa Bay area.

 

 

You can meet all the makers and small business owners at this year's Shopapalooza Festival. Nov 18 and 25, 2017, at South Straub Park in downtown St. Petersburg. Admission is free and pets are welcomed! For more information go to ShopapaloozaFestival.com.

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5 Ways to Satisfy Gourmet Tastes

Posted By Robert Sitten, Monday, October 30, 2017

 

From spicy to sweet, give your dinner parties a gourmet flair with the creations of these five local businesses.

 

Image may contain: indoor Brimstone Originals: Formed by the mother-and-daughter team of Eileen O'Hara and Julie Stevens in 2003, Brimstone's pepper jellies can be found in specialty stores throughout Florida, Wisconsin, Illinois and Connecticut. They offer four pepper jelly flavors, including Cranberry Jalapeno and Habanero. 

 

Dip 'N Good Dips: Fill the cabinet with their special mixes for dips, rubs and desserts, like Wasabi-Japanese Horseradish Dip; rubs for beef, poultry and fish; and for desserts, Pumpkin Pie Sweet Treat. Even simple saltines can get a kick from Krazy Krackers Seasoning.

 

Gateau O Chocolat: Chef Emmanuel Roux's flourless chocolate cakes draw raves. "At my Christmas party, the cakes disappear within the first half hour," one reviewer writes. They're available in 6-inch and 9-inch sizes. 

 

Emmy & J Gourmet: The Lithia-based company makes seasoning mixes and dessert mixes by hand in small batches, as well as a Vino Slush frozen wine drink mix. Choose from Asiago Roasted Garlic dip, Bruschetta Oil dip for dunking your bread, or salted caramel dip to satisfy a sweet tooth.

 

Intensity Academy Gourmet Sauces: Michelle Northrup's range of acclaimed hot sauces have racked up 53 national awards in just eight years and can be found in several stores, including Savory Spice Shop, Red Hot Tiki and Duckweed Urban Market. 

 

 

You can meet all the makers and small business owners at this year's Shopapalooza Festival. Nov 18 and 25, 2017, at South Straub Park in downtown St. Petersburg. Admission is free and pets are welcomed! For more information go to ShopapaloozaFestival.com.

 

 

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Datz Opening St Pete Location

Posted By Robert Sitten, Thursday, October 19, 2017

 

The award-winning Datz deli, opened in Tampa in 2009, is expanding to downtown St. Petersburg. The restaurant's new location is projected for a spring 2018 opening next to the upcoming Tom and Mary James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art in the 100 block of Central Avenue.


Here's a little about Datz, from their website:  

 

Ever since Datz’s opening on January 28, 2009, it has been a revolving door of invention and reinvention. In its current state, Datz is comfort food with flair. It’s a craft beer oasis, a bourbon lover’s paradise, a foodie wonderland filled with bacon, cheese, and house-made breads. Datz also offers an eclectic cocktail menu with artisanal liquors found nowhere else in Tampa and boasts a seasonal menu change that reflects a growing community appetite for unique, new entrees. In 2013, Datz became part of restaurant group with the addition of a whimsical, scratch bakery next door, Dough with Owners Roger and Suzanne Perry at the helm. In 2014, Datz Restaurant Group added Roux to the mix, an upscale New Orleans-style kitchen with a South Tampa twist. Datz is an award-winning restaurant and has been featured on Good Morning America, Travel Channel, Food Network, Cooking Channel, and FYI.

 

For daily updates check out their Facebook page 

 

 

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Self-Serve Wine Bar Coming to Beach Drive

Posted By Robert Sitten, Tuesday, October 17, 2017

 

Try Wine, a self-described wine "Retail Testing Lab," is joining St. Petersburg's busy Beach Drive lineup of restaurants and drinkeries. According to I Love the Burg, the shop offers 88 wines on tap and more than 600 hand-curated wines.

 

The self-serve bar is at 1 Beach Drive SE, #101.

 

"We're hard at work to build you an all new Try Wine experience in downtown St. Pete," the company writes on its Facebook  page.

In addition to wines on tap and the retail selections, Try wine is planning new wine pairings and new wine products. "But that's not all ... Stay tuned."

For more information go to trywinecompany.com.

 

 

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Frog Pond Breakfast Spot Expands to St Pete

Posted By Robert Sitten, Tuesday, October 17, 2017

 

Frog Pond, a 30-year staple of the local breakfast scene with restaurants in North Redington Beach and St. Pete Beach, has expanded into St. Petersburg.

 

The new location, in Webbs Plaza at 890 3rd Ave. S, will continue Frog Pond's reputation for monstrous omelets, and delicious eggs Benedict and Belgian waffles.

 

I Love the Burg offers a useful tip: try the cinnamon roll French toast. Salads and sandwiches are also made to order. Frog Pond is open and serving now, but a grand opening celebration will be held Oct. 23.

 

 

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Arts XChange Opens This Week

Posted By Robert Sitten, Tuesday, October 17, 2017

 

ArtsXchange in St. Petersburg's Warehouse Arts District, more than 2,500 square feet of gallery, education and event space, is set to hold a grand opening on Thursday, Oct. 26.

 

The studios are a realization of a five-year dream by the founders of the Warehouse Arts District Association, who worried in 2012 that rising property values could price working artists out of the neighborhood, according to I Love the Burg. Some of the tenants will include Dazzio Art Experience, MGA Sculpture Studio and Soft Water Studios. The project has drawn more than 400 artists to apply for space in the facility.

 

The grand opening of Artsxchange, at 512 22nd St. S, will be 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. on Oct. 26, free and open to the public.

 

 

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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
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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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