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Katherine Snow Smith, Times Staff Writer

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.

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  1. Carole Crist opens new shop in St Pete


    Florida's former first lady Carole Crist has just opened a women's clothing boutique on Third Avenue Northeast off of Beach Drive. Goddessey Boutique carries brightly colored resort wear, from cover ups to elegant flowing gowns priced from $29 to more than $350. ...

    A sign in the store window says Godessey Boutique will have limited hours through May. A tag line describes the shop's offerings as "beautiful beach and resort wear for the chic & fabulous ladies of Tampa Bay."...

  2. Carole Crist, Florida's former first lady, opens boutique near Beach Drive in St. Petersburg

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Former Florida first lady Carole Crist has just opened a women's clothing boutique on Third Avenue NE off Beach Drive. Goddessey Boutique carries brightly colored resort wear, from coverups to elegant flowing gowns, priced from $29 to more than $350.

    The store is bright and airy with a white floor, white walls and a white leather sofa. It's in the same space that housed Charlie Crist's campaign headquarters when he ran for U.S. Senate in 2010. The address is 300 Beach Drive, though it faces Third Avenue, a few doors west of Parkshore Grill....

    Florida's former first lady Carole Crist has opened a women's clothing boutique in St. Petersburg, on Third Avenue NE off of Beach Drive. Goddessey Boutique carries brightly colored resort wear, from cover ups to elegant flowing gowns priced from $29 to more than $350.
  3. Just saying 'no' to high heels at Cannes (and the White House)


    The recent unrest dubbed "flatgate" after women were turned away from a movie premiere at the Cannes Film Festival because their heels weren't high enough highlights the age-old, love-hate relationship we have with spikes, stilettos and the like.

    We love those high heels when we first lay eyes on them and get a rush when we slip them on for that big occasion, only to hate them them within hours (if you're lucky) or minutes of actually wearing them....

    In the East Room of the White House, co-worker and friend Amy Hollyfield displays one of the shoes I boycotted after a painful and embarrassing evening.
  4. For 15 years Stellie Bellies has brought a boutique feel to resale shopping


    Independently owned consignment and resale stores, especially those selling children's clothes and gear, seem to continually open in small strip centers throughout Tampa Bay only to close a year or two later. The owners, often a mom or two, believe there's little money needed up front for inventory since merchandise is brought in by customers in exchange for store credit or cash. They think it will be great to bring their children to work at the kid-friendly store and fun to sell to all their friends. But that fairy tale rarely comes true....

    Estella Myers is the longtime owner of Stellie Bellies Kiddie & Maternity Resale Boutique, with several stores around the Tampa Bay area.
  5. Local designer makes "My Outfit Monday" doable


     I forgot it was my turn to post a My Outfit Monday but fortunately I am wearing a dress that I love and is somewhat flattering. I bought this Tracy Negoshian dress about three years ago on sale in Raleigh, N.C. I think it was $40 or so marked down from about $100.

    Then I was shocked a year later to learn the dsigner, Tracy Negoshian, (a Zephyrhills native) runs her growing fashion empire right out of St. Petersburg. Her clothes are in boutiques in 50 states and she has stores in Naples and our own Sundial....

    Like this dress? Get used to it Summer 2015.
  6. Pet-friendly hotels offer room service and massages for dogs


    ST. PETE BEACH — Laura Abbott typed five words into a Google search: "pet friendly, hotel, luxury, Florida." Up popped Loews Don CeSar Hotel.

    That was three years ago, when the Houston small-business owner and her husband were planning a long-awaited vacation. They've come back to the Don CeSar and St. Pete Beach every year since for a week with their dog, Boogie, a putty-colored Shih Tzu....

    Laura and Devon Abbott of Lake Jackson, Texas, hang out with Boogie on Tuesday in the lobby at the Loews Don CeSar Hotel in St. Pete Beach. More hotels are welcoming pets. Empty nesters enjoy traveling with them.
  7. At St. Pete Beach, hit this shop before sand and sea


    Most women go to St. Pete Beach for sun and sand. Yeah, yeah, yeah, that's nice. But the main draw to get me across the Pinellas  Bayway is a great little consignment shop called Two Friends' Closet.

    It's right next to the PCI (Post Card Inn) in a tiny strip center at 6360 Gulf Blvd. I discovered the shop about three years ago and can think of only one time since then that I haven't left with great finds. (And that would be because I'd accidentally left my wallet at home.)...

    It's easy to miss but well worth the U-turn on Gulf Blvd.
  8. Residents and investors benefiting from buying boom in St. Petersburg's Midtown

    Real Estate


    A steadily increasing stream of money from investors, homeowners, the city, and nonprofits is changing the look of houses and entire streets in Midtown. • As homes below $130,000 are becoming scarce elsewhere in Tampa Bay, first-time home buyers and investors are seeing potential in some of the city's poorest neighborhoods.

    A Naples-based investment group has bought about 40 houses between Central Avenue and 22nd Avenue S between 34th and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. streets. A separate, nonprofit group is rehabbing 28 other homes to sell or rent. ...

    Individuals and nonprofit investors are buying and rehabbing homes like this one at 2037 12th St. S.
  9. About 187* looks from one wrap found on Central Ave.


      The Deal Divas took to Illume Organic Boutique on Central Avenue to demonstrate just a few of the many ways The Wrap by AngelRox can be styled into a skirt, top, or dress. An instructor at Parsons School of Design in N.Y. created this super soft, super versatile swath of cloth with endless possibilities.

    (No, it's not Tim Gunn. But I'm sure the creator knows him and perhaps he gave her a "make it work" while she was designing The Wrap. So if you bought it I think you could reason that Tim Gunn highly approves of your wardrobe and you pretty much look like Heidi Klum.)...

    One wrap + lotsa Deal Divas = endless styles
  10. Downtown St. Petersburg employer uses Apple, not carrot and stick



    The local travel insurance company that woos its employees with unlimited paid vacation time, no assigned desks and a keg of beer always on tap just keeps on giving. Squaremouth Inc. is bestowing Apple Watches on its 24 employees to thank them and promote an enjoyable downtown workplace.

    About a third of employees already wear their $349 Apple Watch Sports on their wrists. Those who requested black or pink bands are waiting for them to be delivered in June or July....

Wearing shoes is optional in the laid back atmosphere of Squaremouth Inc., St. Petersburg, workplace. The company designs software to sell travel insurance online.
  11. St. Petersburg Housing Authority chief retiring by year's end

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Darrell Irions, the often-controversial CEO of the St. Petersburg Housing Authority, is leaving after 20 years as head of the agency.

    Irions, 61, is retiring so he can have more time to spend with family out of state and "start that next chapter," he said Friday.

    The authority helps provide homes to almost 4,000 low-income residents. While the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has continually rated it a high-performing agency under Irions, his tenure has been marked by several difficult chapters....

    Darrell Irions was criticized when he led the demolition and renovation of Jordan Park.
  12. Longtime barber is cut out of St. Petersburg's One Progress Plaza



    A downtown St. Petersburg institution has been handed its walking papers — under the door.

    After 25 years in the office tower One Progress Plaza at 200 Central Ave., Pedro's Tonsorial Parlor is moving out because the building's owners aren't renewing its lease.

    The management company slipped a letter under the shop's door on April 10, notifying owner Clyde "Pedro" Holladay that he would have to move out in August when his lease is up....

    Clyde “Pedro” Holladay, 66, cuts the hair of Bob Dale, 82, who has been a customer for about 20 years. The owners of One Progress Plaza slipped a letter under the door of Pedro’s Tonsorial Parlor to tell Holladay he has to move out.
  13. Always, always, always check out a liquidation sale


    I'd never even put my big toe into Cache before Saturday. I'd passed the shop a million times at various malls but always thought the dresses were a little to bedazzled or short and tight for me.

    When I passed the Cache at a mall in Raleigh, N.C. where I was on Saturday, it wasn't a dress that lured me. It was the neon orange sign screaming "70 percent off." The chain is in bankruptcy and closing its stores....

    There are a few bedazzled dresses and tops left at Cache at International Plaza.
  14. Twin Brooks upgrades will impact more than golf

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Golfers will enjoy a bigger, nicer course at Twin Brooks come October. And 4,100 youths in the First Tee St. Petersburg program will reap benefits that reach beyond the greens. But until then, the course at 3800 22nd Ave. S is closing May 1 for a major makeover.

    The city is spending $1.5 million to renovate the 18-hole, par-3 course that was built in 1957. It will be converted to 12 holes with nine for play and three for practice....

    Louis Miller practices his swing Tuesday at Twin Brooks in St. Petersburg. The course is undergoing a renovation that will begin May 1. “I’m here at least once a week unless I’m playing in a tournament, then it’s twice,” Miller said.
  15. Another grocery store is coming to downtown St. Petersburg


    ST. PETERSBURG — The Tampa Bay Rays may not be banking on an influx of residents and activity in the westward expansion of downtown, but a developer and grocer see it and are getting ready.

    ARC Group is planning a 50,000-square-foot retail center with a 32,000-square-foot grocery store for 700 Central Ave. There will be three levels of parking above, according to plans submitted to the city....

    A 50,000-square-foot retail complex with a grocery store is planned for 700 Central Ave.

source: Arc Development Group