Friday, December 15, 2017
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St. Petersburg businesses news and notes

ST. PETERSBURG

Vinoy Renaissance has new GM from Miami

Barbara Lippert Readey is the new general manager of the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club. She fills the vacancy left by Russ Bond, who held the post for 14 years, but moved to an Arizona Marriott in December. Lippert most recently was general manager of the Marriott Biscayne Bay in Miami. She has held 15 management positions with Marriott, including serving seven years at the company's headquarters.

In Search of Balance shifts to busier location

After almost seven years of living in the shadows of Beach Drive a few doors up on Third Avenue NE, In Search of Balance has moved to the Ovation building on Second Avenue NE.

"This new location puts us in the thoroughfare of Sundial and Beach Drive. It's exciting to see how far downtown St. Petersburg has come even in the seven years that we have had our business down here," said Julie Meyer, co-owner of the exercise and casual clothing and shoe store.

Downtown apartments now named Beacon 430

Cleveland developer NRP Group has changed the name of the apartment project it's building at 430 Third Ave. S from the Sol to Beacon 430. Some of the 326 apartments, ranging from studios to three-bedroom units, should be completed this summer, with all units expected to be done by early next year, said spokeswoman Diane Richey.

Mathnasium sets up shop on Fourth Street

Mathnasium, a new math tutoring company with a drop-in scheduling concept, recently opened at 3451 Fourth St. N. For a flat monthly fee, students in grades 2-12 can come in any day after school and on Saturday mornings for help in math without an appointment. This summer it will offer packages of 10 or 20 sessions to help students keep math fresh in their minds, said owner Erin Nobles. The center is a franchise of Los Angeles-based Mathnasium.

Plain Jane boutique fits near Grand Central

Plain Jane is a new boutique at 1104 Central Ave. that features hand-crafted products by artisans from throughout the country. Items include beach totes, individually forged charms, hand-dyed scarves and small-batch fragrances. Owner Karen Porterfield has worked as a creative director for Hallmark Cards and general manager for Crate & Barrel.

Deuces Sunday market returns to 22nd St. S

The Deuces Live Sunday Market will start April 6 at 22nd Street and Ninth Avenue S. The market will run from 1 to 6 p.m. with vendors selling baked goods, produce, fruit, flowers, plants, seafood, meats, art, fine crafts, gifts and more.

Hustle and bustle along Beach Drive

The Beach Drive shuffle is going on downtown.

Bruce Watters Jewelers will soon move to the Red Cloud Indian Arts space at 208 Beach Drive NE because Bella Brava is razing the jewelry store to build a gastropub. Red Cloud will move into the Trinity Gallery Art & Antiques space at 214 Beach Drive NE.

Trinity owner Allen Abrams is retiring but will continue to paint and market unique artist works on eBay.

Katherine Snow Smith, Times staff writer

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