Saturday, January 20, 2018
Business

Furnish Me Vintage expands; Steam & Chill adds bar; Gulfport gains a cafe; top-tier tenant wanted

ST. PETERSBURG

Furnish Me Vintage to expand

Long known for housing antiques and multiple dealers, the Gas Plant Antique Arcade at 1246 Central Ave. is streamlining.

Furnish Me Vintage, the midcentury furniture gallery resembling the set of Mad Men, is expanding from the third floor to the first floor now that Pinkee's Antiques has vacated that space for Tarpon Springs.

Furnish Me Vintage will also occupy the second floor and take up about a quarter of the third floor, according to property manager Sabrina Downing with Commercial Asset Partners.

Planet Retro, the vintage record and toy store that was on the second floor, is leaving Gas Plant. Owner Rob Sexton just signed a lease at 2414 Central Ave. and plans to open there by the end of August.

"It's a great location and good for the business," said Sexton, who hopes to have live music on occasion.

ST. PETE BEACH

Steam & Chill adds adult beverages

Steam & Chill restaurant at 7410 Gulf Blvd. just got bigger. The family-owned eatery serving breakfast, lunch and dinner now has a full bar and lounge.

GULFPORT

Mangia Gourmet has a fresh approach

A popular vendor at Gulfport's Tuesday Fresh Market is putting down full-time roots. Jill Johnson of Mangia Gourmet is opening a cafe and market at 2930 Beach Blvd. S by late August. The menu offers salads with the usual fixings as well as surprises like kale, baked cranberries, ginger poached apples and baked eggplant. Wraps include special touches like vegan pecan pesto, curry, hummus and tapenade. Johnson plans to offer music and lectures in the courtyard and plenty of takeout.

ST. PETERSBURG

Tall ambitions

There is a fresh push for getting an identity atop the former Bank of America tower that has sat nameless for more than two years since the bank moved out. The top three floors, with lavish woodwork and penthouse views, have been empty even longer since the former Progress Energy left the building.

Owner Kucera Properties has asked Gulf Coast Commercial to take over leasing the 295,000-square-foot building, which is about 70 percent occupied. The company is reaching out to local and national companies that might consider moving a headquarters to the tower at 200 Central Ave. known as One Progress Plaza.

The 28-floor building soars 386 feet.

"There are prospects we're reaching out to about the top three floors. I think naming rights are a compelling piece of the puzzle for these folks," said Justin Boudreau, a Gulf Coast partner who specializes in commercial leasing.

"We're a fresh set of eyes on the property. We're young and aggressive," he said, adding that "the ownership is motivated and creative."

Lease rates are about $29 a square foot.

Katherine Snow Smith, Times staff writer

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