Casa Di Mazzaro to sell cookware, linens, teas
After buying pasta, meat, wine and cheese at Mazzaro's Italian Market, customers can walk next door and get all they need to cook and serve it. Casa di Mazzaro is opening this week at 3001 22nd Ave. N, just west of the popular grocery.
A 4,200-square-foot warehouse has been converted to a store stocking cookware, cutlery, gadgets, linens, aprons, napkins and ceramics. It will also sell about 40 kinds of loose tea, teapots and infusers.
"It's everything for the kitchen and dining," said Cindy Richmond, manager of the store and daughter of Mazzaro's founders. "It's going to be a different shopping experience, not a typical kitchen store."
Casa di Mazzaro will also sell gifts such as jewelry, soaps, candles and greeting cards. The previously generic space has been decorated with chandeliers, statues, antique lights, bricks and more to give the store some of the same Old World flair of Mazzaro's Italian Market.
Homes of Allendale Court are rising
A small, single-family subdivision is springing up at 34th Avenue N and Seventh Street. Eleven lots are being prepared for a development of homes called Allendale Court that will feature front porches and garages facing the alley.
"I think they are going to look like Old Northeast bungalows," said Bill Bond Jr., who owns the land and is president of FHM Insurance Co. James Landers is developing the property and will pay Bond for the property as lots are sold. Bond's grandfather, an early developer of much of downtown St. Petersburg, bought the property in 1920.
Homes, including the lots, will probably be priced in the upper $300,000 or low $400,000 range, Bond said. They will be 2,300 to 2,800 square feet with three and four bedrooms.
New local-business guide published
Keep St. Petersburg Local has produced a new guidebook of locally owned businesses. You can pick it up at, you guessed it, locally owned businesses around town. It will also be distributed at hotels in town and the beaches. The cover features a picture of a vintage postcard of the shuffleboard courts and a newer shot of shuffleboard at night along with the slogan "Buy local. Be local."
The inside back cover is dedicated to the artist Bill Correira or "Woo," who died last year, with a photo of the mural fellow artists painted in his honor.
John's Pass wants to reel you in
John's Pass Village is hosting Sunset Saturdays in September with drink specials and entertainment.
There will be an end-of-season sidewalk sale and fashion show on Sept. 14.
Katherine Snow Smith, Times staff writer