Monday, March 19, 2018


Katherine Snow Smith

Katherine Snow Smith

Katherine Snow Smith has been at the Times either fulltime or parttime since 1995. She started as a business reporter then spent a decade writing the Rookie Mom column with stories from her own family and advice from other average moms and the experts. She now covers business in south Pinellas County. Katherine has a degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina and is married to Times political editor Adam Smith. They have three children, two dogs and still feel like rookie parents much of the time.

The World Liquors globe came down today, about 40 years after it quit spinning. But the iconic sphere will soon rise again and resume revolving at Ferg's Sports Bar at 13th Street and Central Avenue. [GABRIELLA ANGOTTI JONES | Times]

It’s the end of the World Liquors sign as we know it (w/video)

ST. PETERSBURG — The World Liquors globe came down today, about 40 years after it quit spinning. But the iconic sphere will soon rise again and resume revolving at Ferg’s Sports Bar at 13th Street and Central Avenue."I’m glad we got it...
Published: 03/06/18
James and Barbara Brownlee, Beth Houghton and Mollie Holden before the Battle of the Minds began. Times / Katherine Snow Smith

Battle of the Minds benefits Free Clinic

3.3.18The two big takeaways from the Free Clinic’s Battle of the Minds annual fundraiser are: the organization changes lives on a daily basis, and many of its supporters aren’t as smart as they thought.Some of this year’s 30 questions...
Published: 03/05/18
LANCE ROTHSTEIN   |  Special to The Times
This year's Queen of Hearts, Gail Phares (center), is surrounded by the princess court at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfron, during rehearsal for the Queen of Hearts Ball 2018. The court, from left to right are: Catherine DeHaan, Angeline Howell, Natalie DeVicente, Carol Bonanno, Gina Wilkins, and Rebecca Malowany.

A queen, collards and the community coming together

2.24.18Gail Phares was crowned the Queen of Hearts at the annual event by the same name that recognizes women who strongly support Pinellas charities with their time and money. Of the many causes Phares has worked with over the...
Updated one month ago
The 2018 Five Fabulous Females are Anje Bogott, Irene Sullivan, Peggy Leclerc, Elithia Stanfield and Beth England.

Academy Prep students, honorees keep their heads up

1.19.18e_SDLqStanding in this roomare the greatest, most committed,most responsible people this world has ever known…"Joining the students of Academy Prep Center of St. Petersburg in their daily pledge always brings...
Updated: 2 months ago
LARA CERRI   |   Times
The Carter G. Woodson museum is collecting black dolls to give to lower income children because the supply in most retail stores is low and doesn't offer as many price options as there are for white dolls. The color of dolls that children prefer has long been an issue in building a good self image.

Dolls come in all colors at St. Petersburg’s Woodson museum

ST. PETERSBURG — As a little girl, Terri Lipsey Scott played with a baby doll named Sindy in Savannah, Ga. Scott is black, Sindy was white. Dana Battle, also black, had a white doll named Toni, in Los Angeles. There weren’t many affordable dolls that...
Updated: 3 months ago
A glass of Nog is seen at Haven located at 2208 W Morrison Avenue in Tampa. The Nog eggnog is scratch made at the restaurant and contains 4 different liquors: bourbon, rum, cognac, and plum brandy. (ALESSANDRA DA PRA   |   Times)

Why is eggnog a holiday tradition? Exploring fresh renditions of the classic drink

Eggnog dates back to medieval times when the British enjoyed a drink called "posset" that was made with hot milk, ale and spices. Later it became a drink for the wealthy who added expensive brandy or sherry. It was the alcohol that kept the milk from...
Updated: 3 months ago
Rossie Newson became a photographer after leaving his career as an illustrator for the Tampa Bay Times in 2009. (Photo by Rossie Newson)

Picturing something different: St. Petersburg man finds second career as photographer

A chance meeting during a really tough time in Rossie Newson’s life resulted in him finding a talent he never knew he had. After leaving his job as an illustrator at the Tampa Bay Times in 2009, Newson devoted most of his time and energy to his...
Updated: 3 months ago
Wee Gallery art blocks in the Wee Gallery office at Signature Place at  147 2nd Ave South, Suite 210, St Petersburg. (CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times)

Wee Gallery entrepreneurs turned black-and-white baby mural into thriving business

When Surya Sajnani and Dave Pinto were expecting their first child in 2002, she painted a mural with black and white zebras on one wall of the nursery. The couple had read that a baby’s eyes are stimulated by repeating patterns of black and white. "It...
Updated: 3 months ago
Nick Reader, co-founder and CEO of PDQ Restaurants, poses in front of the Pinellas Park store at 4601 Park Boulevard. (SCOTT KEELER   |   Times)

Creating PDQ from scratch: CEO of growing brand came from Bucs’ front office

Shortly after leaving his job as chief financial officer of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to strike out on his own as an entrepreneur, Nick Reader wondered if he’d made the right move. "I probably had one of the coolest jobs in Tampa," said Reader,...
Updated: 3 months ago
Perspective: The year Santa Claus didn’t come

Perspective: The year Santa Claus didn’t come

The doctor studied the glob of puss oozing from the patchwork of scabs along my one-year-old son’s left index finger."It’s definitely infected. And you have no idea when or how it happened?"He didn’t say it, but here’s what I heard next...
Updated: 3 months ago