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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. Allendale residents oppose potential development


    ST. PETERSBURG — In the stately Allendale neighborhood known for grand stone houses and spacious lawns, residents are concerned about the potential development of up to eight homes on a site where one house now stands.

    Nick Ekonomou, the South Florida developer who bought the historic former YMCA downtown, has the house at 901 40th Ave. N under contract. The 8,000-square-foot home built in 1965 sits on eight lots. No rezoning or other changes are required for it to be razed and replaced by eight homes....

  2. Women can tie one on, too


      Alex Sanchez, Tampa Bay Times web developer, by day and beautiful hipster by 24-7 isn't the first female to rock a bowtie but she may be leading the trend in Tampa Bay.

    Rihanna wore one to a Met Gala party. Drew Barrymore calls them "fabric smiles." Emma Stone and Kim Kardashian have also been sporting the neck candy that has wrongly been relegated to men for centuries.

    Alex, celebs and women on the site show you can wear bowties as casual or cocktail attire. But to wear one as it's intended a collar shirt is best, especially a button-down oxford....

    This flowered look is classic.
  3. Markoe Gallery in St. Pete Beach to close


    ST. PETE BEACH — A landmark in St. Pete Beach and the local art world is closing. Nancy Markoe Fine American Crafts Gallery just south of the Loews Don CeSar Hotel will soon go dark.

    "There are so many things I want to do and it's time. Change comes upon you," said 71-year-old Nancy Markoe, who started her gallery there 30 years ago. At first the store at 3112 Pass-a-Grille Way housed her own pottery and the works of 14 other artists. Now it sells pottery, glassware, jewelry, textiles and much more made by 450 different artists from around the country....

    Nancy Markoe opened the shop to show her pottery.
  4. Beach Drive attracts two new retailers


    ST. PETERSBURG — Landing Company at 282 Beach Drive NE is an addition to the retail strand. It's an expansion of the Landing Company's original store at John's Pass Village in Madeira Beach.

    The store answers what many say is missing on Beach Drive: affordable, interesting retail. It's filled with jewelry from brass wire bracelets with faux gemstones for $15 to sterling silver necklaces for $150 or more. In between there's leather, copper and silverplated pieces in a wide array of designs including sand dollars, crabs, fish and geometric shapes. ...

  5. Lifetime of memories, Barbies ruined in self storage

    Human Interest

    SEMINOLE — When Angela Porter stopped by Uncle Bob's storage facility on Seminole Boulevard to pay her monthly bill, a staff member told her she should check on her belongings. Porter walked into the air-conditioned building to her small unit, rolled up the door and couldn't believe what she saw.

    A lifetime of memories covered in water and mold.

    The quilts her grandmother and great-grandmother made her when she was a child, her wedding dress, the photos of her dad in his firefighter's uniform, a valuable collection of vintage Barbies still in unopened cases — had all been tucked safely away in cardboard and plastic boxes. The boxes were now soaked or filled with water, many speckled with white and black mold. Above them was a gaping hole in the roof....

     Photo of Angela Porter's rented storage unit with water damage at Uncle Bob's Self Storage, Seminole. Photo is from May 2011.
  6. Writers, hipsters finding old machines are just their type (w/video)

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Who needs control-alt-delete or copy-cut-paste when you can have the satisfying rhythm of click-clack, click-click-clack, ding?

    This seems to be the mind-set of a growing subculture of typewriter enthusiasts who are scouring the country for the manual machines, renting them for weddings and baby showers and taking part in "type-ins."

    For you typewriter veterans shaking your heads and feeling like you're 120 years old, just accept it. There are now generations raised on computers who find typewriters as old fashioned as their elders once viewed party lines or telegrams....

    Customers try out a variety of typewriters at Inkwood Books in South Tampa. Customers could use and potentially purchase a refurbished typewriter as part of World Typewriter Day on Tuesday. [MICHAEL BOU-NACKLIE   |   Times] 
  7. Out-of-state buyer nabs downtown St. Petersburg parcel

    Real Estate

    ST. PETERSBURG — The vacant tract of land that has sat dormant since the former Maas Brothers department store was razed in 2005 could finally see some action. Half a city block at First Avenue N and Second Street is under contract to an out-of-state buyer.

    "It went under contract the day after the (for sale) sign went up," said Brian Py, of the Kessler Enterprise, which owns the property. He didn't disclose the buyer or the selling price. The deal is expected to close in August, he said....

  8. After slow start, St. Petersburg Job Corps seeing rise in graduation rate

    Economic Development

    ST. PETERSBURG — Almost four years after the Pinellas Job Corps Center graduated its first class of 55 students, the facility, which got off to a slow start, is finally at full capacity. And its graduation rate has jumped from 54 percent to 76 percent.

    But for the 277 students enrolled in Job Corps this year, the free training they receive in health care or construction is the easiest part of the nine months or so they spend in the program, according to the director of the $40 million facility at 500 22nd St. S....

    Brittany Bourgeois, 23, graduated two years ago from the Pinellas Job Corps and works as the activities coordinator at Gulfport Rehabilitation Center. She also goes to school full-time at St. Petersburg College.
  9. Shop ETSY in person Friday night


    Ever wonder who really makes the cool jewelry, scarves, pillows, journals and 23 million other things you see when you shop ETSY online? Well, you can meet 60 Tampa Bay "Etsians" in the flesh Friday night at the Coliseum in St. Petersburg at the annual Etsy Craft Party.

    Parties like this are happening in towns and cities all over the world this weekend as ETSY promotes its artists and online marketplace. The first 100 shoppers at the Coliseum get a free swag bag. There will also be free "make-and-takes." You can make an oragami flower out of an old encyclopedia page. (I guess there's no such thing as a new encyclopedia page.) Or type a letter or poem from vintage typewriters....

    Local ETSY artist Julia Richarme, who made this necklace, is one of 60 Etsians who will be at the ETSY Craft Party Friday night.
  10. Go bare down there. But don't make me watch it on TV.


    So I saw a woman shaving her pubic area on TV the other day.

    It wasn’t on a soft porn channel or "Keeping Up With the Kardashians." It was a commercial during "Frasier" smack dab in the middle of the day.

    Brazilians are in. I know that. Landing strips took off several years ago. Even though American Apparel shocked New York with mannequins  that were oh-nat-ur-el under sheer underwear last year, there is still a steady increase in the number of women choosing to go bare down there....

    This ad puts pressure on women to do yet another thing to enhance their appearance.
  11. 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."...

  12. 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.
  13. 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....

    Actor Emily Blunt has led sharp criticism of the Cannes Film Festival after women, including the wife of a director attending his own movie, were turned away from the red carpet because their heels were too low.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.