One of my most commented on pieces of jewelry is a pendant of my home state, North Carolina. The gold outline shows the craggy coastline, the razor straight northern border, the southern stateline jutting into South Carolina and the uneven Blue Ridge Mountains to the west.
Actually, a lot of people think it's Tennessee or Virginia, after all we Americans have been dubbed as geographically illiterate by numerous "map heads" in recent years. But more than half recognize the shape of North Carolina and either tell me how much they like my necklace or my home state. Nobody, however, has yet to comment on my cleavage....
ST. PETERSBURG — If the new owners' vision of the historic Tramor Cafeteria comes true, 500 people will be up on their benches swigging beer made in Munich and singing Sweet Caroline by June. (The Neil Diamond hit is a staple in German beer gardens.)
Joe Matuschka and his son, Mike, are spending around $3 million to turn the 1920s Mediterranean revival-style cafeteria into Hofbrauhaus St. Petersburg. The German beer hall will have a bar almost the length of the building, communal tables and benches. All were custom-made in Austria. The bar will boast five serving stations, each with five beers on tap. And many of the hall's 75 employees will don traditional dirndls and lederhosen....
In Uptown Funk Michelle Pfeiffer is a "straight masterpiece." In Riptide, she's the pinnacle other women are held up to to as the "closest thing to Michelle Pfeiffer that you've ever seen."
A 56-year-old woman is the steamy siren in Bilboard's No. 1 and No. 33 pop songs.
Google photos of Pfeiffer and it's actually not that surprising. Whether it's the shot of her at last year's Coachella music fest in a loose black tank top, army green capris and black ankle boots or in plunging necklines and perfectly quaffed bangs in 1983's Scarface, Michelle Pfeiffer is beautiful....
ST. PETERSBURG — Add another square to the Bill Edwards Monopoly board. The mortgage man, entertainment executive, St. Petersburg developer and Tampa Bay Rowdies owner has bought the mansion next door.
Edwards paid $2.9 million for the 6,117-square-foot house at the end of Brightwaters Boulevard on Snell Isle that sits beside the residence he bought in 2011. He paid $9 million for that 12,412-square-foot house....
ST. PETERSBURG — Forty-five minutes into its first day, the newest Trader Joe's still wasn't quite like just another grocery store.
About 150 shoppers milled around the aisles in a cheery daze and checkout lines reached five people deep an hour after Mayor Rick Kriseman cut a red flowered lei at 8 a.m.
Sandra Prandy arrived at 5:30 a.m. By 6, she was joined by a couple more devotees of the store, known for its organic produce, unique foods and low prices. The new location, the 14th for Trader Joe's in Florida, is at 2742 Fourth St. N....
I'll never be a able to take a selfie in the style of Kim Kardashian and frankly don’t even want to. But I have to to get a handle on how to pose for a group photo.
(See exhibits A and B):
I’m no great gift to the lens of a camera but I promise you I do look better than this in person. I hesitate to choose this topic as my first post for the Deal Divas for fear of sounding vain. But when you willingly call yourself a “diva”, even with the word “deal” in front of it, I guess you have to be the slightest bit vain....
ST. PETERSBURG — Finally. Devotees of Trader Joe's can delight in the grocery chain's long-anticipated Fourth Street store. And the rest of the population — those who don't speak in code words like "two-buck Chuck," "cookie butter" and "Joe's Os" — will find out what all the hoopla is about.
The store at 2742 Fourth St. N opens at 8 a.m. today, 16 months after Trader Joe's officials first announced it was coming....
ST. PETERSBURG —The future of Westminster Presbyterian Church and its long-revered preschool are tenuous.
The director of the 54-year-old Westminster Day School has sent a letter to parents saying the school is expected to close at the end of the current session. Though the school is "thriving," the viability of the church itself is uncertain because of declining membership, Cindy Weber wrote. The church's minister sent a similar letter to parishioners....
02/10/15 Real Estate
ST. PETERSBURG — A Toronto-based real estate services firm briefly offered the Sundial shopping center for sale this week before Sundial owner Bill Edwards said it was a mistake and had the listing removed.
The newly reopened center is not for sale, Edwards said in a statement after the Tampa Bay Times asked him about a mass email that went out to brokers Monday stating the opposite. ...
01/29/15 Economic Development
ST. PETERSBURG — It's not just artists who see the potential of the Warehouse Arts District. A Polish vodka distillery, a high-tech company, a custom furnituremaker and a real estate investor who spent $1.7 million buying up property last year see it too.
Phil Farley, the investor, says Kozuba Vodka will make its first move into the United States later this year when it opens its distillery in a leased 20,000-square-foot building at 1960 Fifth Ave. S. Farley bought the property and five others over the past 12 months....
From a distance, the waterfront bars and restaurant scene at I.C. Sharks and the Getaway off Gandy Boulevard look like a Shangri-la of boats, beer, seafood and sand. But the owner of the Getaway and Pinellas County are both in litigation against popular beach bar, seafood market and bait shop I.C. Sharks because it has long ignored code violations and is encroaching on its neighbor's property....
01/15/15 Real Estate
ST. PETERSBURG — The Times Publishing Co., parent of the Tampa Bay Times, is placing its flagship office at 490 First Ave. S on the market for sale.
The eight-story, 250,000-square-foot facility consists of three buildings built in 1924, 1968 and 1988 that are joined together.
Potential buyers have already approached the company with interest in the building, according to Paul Tash, Times Publishing chairman and CEO....
01/15/15 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — Downtown is hopping and shoppers and diners want more than two hours of parking to take it all in. Even with a smartphone app that allows patrons to add time on metered spaces, many say the fear of a ticket in short-term parking is cramping their ability to explore St. Petersburg's steadily growing downtown.
As downtown has become more active, the citywide number of parking tickets for expired meters or overtime limits on other street parking went up 31 percent from 2010 to 2014. The city issued 57,993 parking tickets last year, most of them in downtown. ...
Hidden among the office buildings and warehouses between Gandy and Roosevelt boulevards is a golfer playland with wide-open vistas and world-class layouts.
It's just that most of it is simulated, but the golfers don't seem to mind.
Fore Seasons Indoor Golf, opened last spring, allows golfers to stay cool and dry when it's 98 degrees or raining outside. They can get digital readings of every component of their game and can pick one of 70 courses from around the world to "play" using a simulation system — from Pebble Beach to Pinehurst to St. Andrews....
01/02/15 Public Safety
The Moscow Mule, a mix of ginger beer, lime juice and vodka, hit the Tampa Bay scene about two years ago in a shiny copper mug not long after it was named one of Oprah's favorite things. But as the cocktail has become more popular so have the mugs, worth about $20 each. Now a growing number of proprietors are forced to serve the concoction, which ranges from about $8 to $12, in glasses or ask customers for collateral in exchange for the drink....