Gabrielle Calise -  Culture and Nostalgia Reporter

Culture and Nostalgia Reporter

I’m proud to report on offbeat Florida, nostalgia and local personalities at my hometown paper. My favorite stories explore our state's history and provide context for local oddities, but I also report on culture news, interesting people in the area and trends. I launched our community reporting project Florida Wonders and write stories that answer reader-submitted questions about the Tampa Bay area. Before I joined the Tampa Bay Times as an intern on the digital team, I graduated from the University of Florida in 2018 and was a journalism fellow in Germany through the RIAS Berlin exchange program. When I’m not poking around in the Times’ archives, I can be found embroidering something or eating baked goods.

  1. The Backstreet Boys perform during the band’s DNA World Tour at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Tuesday.
  2. Dalton Mason and Tori Lacey are raising their African Grey parrot, Apollo, like a human toddler.
  3. David Fischer, the entrepreneur behind ZaZoo'd and the Saint, is opening an LGBTQ+ friendly hotel and a rooftop pool in the same building as his popular gay bar, COCKtail St. Pete. Here he poses at COCKtail on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 in St. Petersburg.
  4. Wilson’s Sports Lounge has closed after five decades in St. Petersburg. The dive bar served cheap drinks and was featured in the 2012 male stripper movie, “Magic Mike”.
  5. WFLA Channel 8 meteorologist Eric Stone is a two-time world champion in pinball.
  6. Munch's has been serving customers at 3920 6th St. S in St. Petersburg since 1952. The restaurant was started by the late Dean and Clariece Munch. It is known for it's burgers, fried chicken, fried green tomatoes and hand spun milkshakes.
  7. The Beach Theatre in St. Pete Beach.
  8. Grammy-nominated performer Phoebe Bridgers took her sold out Reunion tour to Ybor City's Cuban Club on Tuesday, May 24.
  9. Derek Stephen Yanes, 46, was a big space fan, growing up watching launches and making model rockets.
  10. Co-anchor Kelly Ring pauses during a break in the Fox 13 6 p.m. news segment at the Tampa station on Wednesday, March 30, 2022. Ring, who won three Emmy awards and traveled overseas, announced her retirement after 37 years at WTVT. Her last broadcast is scheduled for May 25.
  11. Clockwise from top left: A Tiki Gardens pennant, a decal depicting the water skiers of Cypress Gardens, orange blossom perfume made in Jacksonville, an alligator-skin handbag and a Weeki Wachee-themed coloring book. All of these items will be at Floridania Fest at the Gulfport Casino on May 21.
  12. A view of the gift shop at the Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement in St. Petersburg. Take Mom to the museum this Mother's Day and let her pick out her present in the gift shop.
  13. Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats performed at 97X Next Big Thing on Dec. 1, 2018 at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa.
  14. A screenshot from Old Dominion's Instagram. The band played a pop-up show in Ybor City at Crowbar Thursday. Kenny Chesney joined.
  15. Caulin Donaldson, known as @TrashCaulin on TikTok, poses for a portrait with his phone and a cup of cigarette butts he found during his sunrise trash cleanup session on April 11 in Redington Shores.
  16. Times reporter Gabrielle Calise prepares to rest at the Nap Pod in Tampa.
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  18. The exterior of Wilson's Sports Lounge, a beloved 4th Street dive bar, is seen Tuesday, March 29, 2022, in St. Petersburg, Fla.
  19. Banners for Bernini and the Roman Baroque hang from the front of the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg on Beach Drive NE.
  20. Stephen Zane, 26, owner and founder of Coastal Film Lab, is pictured between rolls of 35mm color negative film and a shelf of vintage film cameras at Coastal Film Lab, 1704 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa.
  21. Bending Arc at the St. Pete Pier got a new light design, with yellow and blue colors, to support Ukraine.
  22. The Weeknd performs during the halftime show at Super Bowl 55 between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021, in Tampa.
  23. Young Jack Kerouac.

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