Friday, June 15, 2018
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Mike's Tap and Tavern flows to downtown St. Pete

St. Petersburg

Mike's brings TVs, pizza, craft beer to downtown

You can't ask for much more than the combination of beer and pizza. But throwing in walls lined with TVs and 40 craft beers makes the classic pairing better. Mike's Tap and Tavern will offer all of the above when it opens in coming weeks at 169 First Ave. N. There are already locations of Mike's Pizza and Pub, part of the same company, in Clearwater and Largo. Those stores offer delivery and the St. Petersburg eatery is expected to as well.

Katherine Snow Smith, Times staff writer

Gulfport

Try your hand in yarn spinning class

Patrons of the Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market can take a one-hour yarn spinning class for $15 starting Tuesday. Mother and daughter team Billie and Brennan Rodriguez will be on hand with spinning wheels and fibers to teach folks how to create their own materials. Some of the angora fibers are shed from the 75 rabbits that live on the Rodriguez family farm in Valrico.

Seminole

Chamber partners with LocalShops1

The Greater Seminole Area Chamber of Commerce recently announced it is partnering with LocalShops1 to launch Buy Local Seminole. According to the chamber website, the goal is promote locally owned businesses. The program will start with 20 members, featured at buylocal seminole.com. For information, call (727) 392-3245.

News of businesses and businesspeople can be faxed to (727) 893-8675 or emailed to [email protected]

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