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Getaway bar anchors Gandy waterfront; Ballast Point photography goes digital; Botanica turns 25.

TAMPA — Boaters will have 30 slips for docking, sunset watching and drinking tropical craft cocktails and local beers when the Getaway bar opens today just across the Gandy Bridge, overlooking Weedon Island Preserve.

"We're right on the Hillsborough-Pinellas border," said owner Dave Burton, who conceived his new venture as "a laid-back, Florida Keys-inspired hangout midway between Tampa and St. Pete."

Urban Kai runs the paddle board launch, supplying boards and instruction. Kayaks are coming soon.

Fridays feature a Mallory Square-type marketplace of arts, crafts, knickknacks and "street performers mingling like you see in Key West," Burton said.

Every month, Full Moon parties will howl with live music, moonshine and moonlight paddle board tours.

Don't go looking for a kitchen. The Getaway will host a variety of food trucks, rotating to provide a range of snacking options.

This weekend's grand opening festivities feature local artists, merchants and music, plus a 4 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday. Cowhead Show 102.5 FM radio personality Spanish will broadcast on site Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. At 8 p.m., the Black Honkeys band rocks the waterfront bar.

Sunday is "Rumday" with discount rum drinks and live music.

The Getaway, 13090 Gandy Blvd. N, St. Petersburg, is open from 11 a.m. to midnight, "subject to change," Burton said. Check thegetawaytampabay.com for updates.

Going digital

Ballast Point Photography has a new name, Ballast Point Fine Art Portraiture, and a new niche: digitally mastered photographs, sketches and watercolors.

Owner Terri Daunic has partnered with internationally known artist, technology expert and Corel Painter master Jane Conner-Ziser to offer high-tech, fine art digital portraiture.

"Clients schedule a portrait sitting in the Interbay studio or on location . . . adults, children, pets and families," Daunic said.

"Then Jane uses leading-edge technology to master the photograph into digital works of art for fine art paper, canvas or online publication."

Ballast Point Fine Art Portraiture, 5607 Interbay Blvd. is open by appointment only. Visit janecz .com or call (813) 340-2661.

25 years of Botanica

Ian and Fiona Prosser are celebrating 25 years of Botanica International design work, evolving from award-winning florals and gifts to weddings and event decor.

Staff has grown to 11 employees, including two of their children, Zoe Prosser Gallina, creative director, and Jordan Prosser, product buyer and manager.

"Weddings were 50 percent of the business when they started in 1989," said Gallina. "Now we're exclusively wedding designers, flowers, draping, lighting and furniture."

Four years ago, the family expanded to an office in Orlando. Two years ago, Ian Prosser Productions formed to offer "sky's the limit" experiences, starting at $20,000.

Botanica Design & Decor Studio, 1713 W Cypress St. in Tampa, (813) 831-0965, and 4700 Millennia Blvd., Suite 195, in Orlando. Visit botanicaflorist.com or by appointment.

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Getaway bar anchors Gandy waterfront; Ballast Point photography goes digital; Botanica turns 25. 01/15/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 4:21pm]
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