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Ybor City's Hoffman Porges Gallery reopens under new owner

YBOR CITY — The Hoffman Porges Gallery, a longtime Ybor City business, has reopened on Seventh Avenue under the new ownership of Jill Scott and her husband, retired Air Force Gen. Dave Scott.

"I'm keeping the name," said Jill. "I really love that she (Marcie Hoffman) had 20 years of history in this market."

She favors the word "affordable" to describe her third art gallery. Jill previously owned Capitol Art in Apollo Beach and Fort Walton Beach.

"I want everyone to walk out with something affordable," she said, adding that framing prices also are reasonable.

In addition to running the gallery, she works as marketing director for ActSoft, a software development company.

The Scotts bought a home in Apollo Beach in 1988, left to travel the world, then moved back to the area two years ago. "This is where we landed,'' said Jill, who also is an Air Force veteran. The couple immediately became active participants on the Ybor scene. Dave serves on the board of the Ybor City Development Corp. and heads up the Adamo Drive Mural Project.

Through Oct. 1, some proceeds from the opening exhibition, "Virgins, Vixens and Vamps," will be donated to the Athena project at Tampa Crossroads to help homeless female veterans.

Hoffman Porges Gallery, 1907 E Seventh Ave., is open noon to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, or whenever the lights are on. Call (813) 247-2000 or visit HPartgallery.com.

Hyde Park's Jet City Espresso also has art

After nearly a decade of living in Minnesota and Colorado, Jessica Glover is back in Tampa, running her fourth incarnation of Jet City Espresso, this time in a historic Hyde Park home. She and her husband, a hurricane hunter for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, bought and rezoned a 103-year-old house on Edison Street, just south of Platt Street.

The Seattle-style coffee shop/art gallery fills the front veranda, luring neighborhood walkers, carpooling parents and longtime Jet City fans for a variety of coffees, teas, fruit smoothies and homemade scones. They'll find her specialties, Café Borgia — a latte made with honey, orange zest, nutmeg and fresh whipped cream — and the Milky Way, brewed with white chocolate and mocha.

Barista Glover's previous java spots were on S Dale Mabry near Bay to Bay Boulevard, in a courthouse kiosk and inside a Channel District skating rink.

Glover uses biodegradable paper and plastic products, and the tea bags are made of silk with no staples. Bring in your own coffee mug, and she'll knock a little off the price.

"A good guy discount,'' she says, noting that her low overhead already means low prices. Two sons, one a junior at Plant High, the other a sixth-grader at Wilson Middle School, are eager helpers.

Jet City Espresso, 318 S Edison Ave., is open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and whenever the neon sign is on. Call (813) 541-5048.

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Ybor City's Hoffman Porges Gallery reopens under new owner 09/15/11 [Last modified: Thursday, September 15, 2011 4:30am]
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