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Oxford Exchange draws a Tampa who's who for lunch

The Oxford Exchange has quickly established itself as Tampa's see-and-be-seen lunch spot.

The dynamic bookstore, coffee shop and restaurant at 420 W Kennedy Blvd. offers a historic feel — people say they don't feel like they're in Tampa anymore — and an open and bright dining area that's drawing a variety of notable personalities. Owner Blake Casper has managed to recapture the lunchtime buzz spot the city lost when Valencia Gardens closed in 2009. …

The League of Women Voters says to vote no on all the proposed amendments on the ballot. Works for me. …

St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster wrote that Stu Sternberg bought the Tampa Bay Rays with "eyes wide open," but Sternberg — and everyone else involved — believed attendance would rise if the Rays fielded a winner. It's disingenuous for St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster to gloss over the fact that didn't happen. If the city really wants to uphold its interests, it needs more salesmanship and less legalese. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Eschew Obfuscation. …

When organizers invited me to the Purple Masquerade Zumba Party to raise awareness of domestic abuse and funds for the Family Justice Center, I didn't quite understand the connection between Zumba and domestic abuse. But it all made sense Saturday after witnessing the energy, strength, power and camaraderie of the dancers — assets that help victims emerge as survivors. …

Dunedin teen Nathalie Hernandez was eliminated from The Voice this month, but after hearing her perform at the Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture & Arts gala last week, I'm certain we're going to hear more from her.

That's all I'm saying.

Oxford Exchange draws a Tampa who's who for lunch 10/28/12 [Last modified: Sunday, October 28, 2012 10:36pm]
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