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Santa's Workshop opens on Dr. M.L. King Jr. Street in St. Petersburg

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Santa's Workshop to sell classic tin toys, ornaments

Patty, meet your new friend, Santa. Santa's Workshop has opened at 1219 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N between Patty and Friends Antique Mall and the Dairy Inn. Along with personalized ornaments, it will carry Baldwin, Radko and Krebs decor. The shop also will sell stockings and classic tin toys. In December it will offer pictures with Santa in front of the fireplace of the 1920s home that houses the shop. The store will be open year-round. "There is a trickle of business throughout the year," said owner Sylvie Fafalios.

Katherine Snow Smith, Times staff writer

St. Pete Beach

Tweetup open house highlights new tool

Realtor David Greenlees' recent tweetup open house in Pass-a-Grille didn't have a frenzy of actual tweeting, but there was excitement over the new way of marketing. A tweetup is an event where people on Twitter meet in person. They then tweet about what they are doing. So an open house would have brokers tweeting about the house they are touring. Greenlee, with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate in St. Pete Beach, billed the event as "Tampa Bay's first ever Realtor tweetup" though he seemed to be the only one tweeting. Still, he showed others how to tweet, had their photos taken and tweeted about the event and the home. "It's just one more tool to sell houses," he said. Greenlee also uses quick-response codes on marketing pieces that let smartphones load information. The six-bedroom house on the beach is listed at $3.5 million.

Katherine Snow Smith, Times staff writer

Santa's Workshop opens on Dr. M.L. King Jr. Street in St. Petersburg 11/05/11 [Last modified: Saturday, November 5, 2011 4:30am]
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