Make us your home page
Instagram

Buffalo Gal Vintage to close; St. Pete apartments, luxury condos rising

ST. PETERSBURG

Buffalo Gal is riding into the sunset

Customers and Facebook fans are bemoaning the impending closing of Buffalo Gal Vintage clothing store. The shop at 911 Central Ave. is shutting down Sunday.

"The economy has been tough and I opened during a recession," said owner Desiree Sheridan. "I think the biggest thing that hurt me, and retailers here in general, is the slow summer. The summers just kill us."

It isn't that the snowbirds take flight in summer, but the fact that there aren't many special events that drive people to the shop where racks from numerous decades are filled with one-of-a-kind looks.

As the sole proprietor, Sheridan was working seven days a week and decided it was time to give herself a break. She will continue to sell online and may eventually open a smaller location somewhere else. Buffalo Gal opened at Gas Plant Antique Arcade in 2008 and then was on Martin Luther King Jr. St. for three years before opening on Central Avenue about 18 months ago. Sheridan amassed the ample collection of clothes, hats, accessories and home decor from thrift stores and other vintage dealers around the country.

Most items are 50 percent off through the closing date.

ST. PETERSBURG

Downtown apartments to cater to seniors

The southeast corner of Fourth Street and Fourth Avenue S is dotted with hard hats and earthmovers as work on a five-story apartment project gets under way. Urban Edge, with 125 rental units and 5,000 square feet of retail space, will be going up fast.

"We're hoping to be moving people in in December," said Scott Culp, a principal with Winter Park-based developer Atlantic Housing.

The building will have 85 apartments designated for seniors with limited income and 40 unrestricted units. Monthly rents for the one-, two- and three-bedroom units for seniors will range from $600 to $800.

Culp, along with other developers starting projects downtown, said the increased number of restaurants, stores and entertainment venues makes St. Petersburg a big draw for residents wanting an "urban" life on the water.

"Downtown St. Petersburg continues to grow from the standpoint of amenities and services," he said.

He expects the retail tenants to be a coffee shop, cafe and professionals, such as real estate agents.

There are currently more than half a dozen multifamily residential projects in various stages of development downtown.

ST. PETERSBURG

Interest in Snell Isle condos strong

Water Club luxury condo towers on Snell Isle won't be completed for 18 months, yet a number of units have already been reserved, according to developer Carlos Yepes. He officially broke ground and opened a sales center last week at the former site of the Snell Isle Market. His Belleair Development Group is partnering with West Palm Beach-based Kolter Group to build 84 condos and 11 townhomes.

Yepes wouldn't specify how many units have been reserved but said interest has been strong. Prices are in the $500,000 range.

The sales center offers potential buyers photos of the views from each floor. Pictures to the east, west, north and south were taken from a helicopter hovering at the same height of each of the planned elevations.

Katherine Snow Smith, Times staff writer

Buffalo Gal Vintage to close; St. Pete apartments, luxury condos rising 03/19/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 5:03pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Tampa Bay home prices still soaring amid tight supply

    Real Estate

    But despite Tampa Bay recording its most expensive residential sale ever — $11.18 million for Clearwater's fabled Century Oaks estate — there were signs that the pace of price increases may be slowing just a bit for single-family homes.

    The historic Century Oaks estate overlooking Clearwater Harbor has sold for $11.18 million, the most ever paid for a home in the Tampa Bay area. [Courtesy: Coastal Properties Group]
  2. These days, don't hit the theme park without an app and a phone charger

    Florida

    Emile Crawford stocks two back-up phone battery chargers these days when she takes her kids to Disney World. But she dare not venture into a theme park without a smart phone app, an accessory becoming as necessary as sunscreen in Florida theme parks.

    A wristband visitors will wear at the new Volcano Bay water park in Orlando, Florida. The wristband, called Tapu Tapu, tells you when it's your turn to get on a ride. It also lets you pay for food so you don't have to carry a wallet and opens lockers so you don't have to  carry a key. (Universal via AP)
  3. James Cameron, Zoe Saldana and more appear at Disney's Pandora

    Florida

    ORLANDO — As he stood on a stage at Disney World Wednesday, director James Cameron revealed his teenage dreams.

    Zoe Saldana tweeted a photo of herself from Wednesday's appearance at a new land in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Pandora -- the World of Avatar. The land is based on James Cameron film, in which she stars. Photo via Twitter.
  4. Parent of struggling DeVry University is changing its name to Adtalem

    Corporate

    Associated Press

    DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. — The company that owns one of the nation's largest for-profit college chains is changing its name.

    This 2009 photo shows the entrance to the DeVry University in Miramar, Fla. DeVry Education Group, which owns DeVry University, announced Wednesday that it will now be called Adtalem Global Education. 
[Associated Press file photo]

  5. New DEP secretary says there's no conflict in political side businesses

    News

    TALLAHASSEE — When Noah Valenstein, the newly appointed head of the Department of Environmental Protection, was applying in April to be the state's top environmental regulator, he left one thing off the application: Companies he started and his wife runs have been paid nearly $1 million by politicians and lobbying …

     Noah Valenstein got the job as secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection on Tuesday May 23rd, on a unanimous vote by Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet. He will take the helm on June 5, with a salary of $150,000 per year. [Florida Governor's Office]