Susan Taylor Martin - Bay Magazine Editor

Bay Magazine Editor

I am the editor of Bay Magazine although you might recognize me from my longtime coverage of real estate in the Tampa Bay area. I grew up in New York City, went to college at Duke and wound up in Florida when my parents retired here. After working for more news organizations than I care to count, I was thrilled to join the St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times) in 1982. where I’ve been an editor, national correspondent and foreign correspondent (I still have a burqua from covering the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.) I retired long enough to take up painting and drawing and realize some people do retirement better than others!

  1. Luggage Service Inc. owner Robert “Bob” King, right, poses with son Eric at the Tampa store. The family-run business has been around more than a century.
  2. Avi Brosh is owner of Palisociety, a California-based company that is opening the Palihouse hotel in Tampa's Hyde Park Village.
  3. Very high ceilings like these in Leah Chorniak's great room can pose a decorating challenge.
  4. Macon, Georgia, has a skyline marked by church spires and low-rise buildings like the century-old city auditorium.
  5. Arts Club in the Tampa Edition hotel has tableside cocktail service, light bites and entertainment.
  6. A 1965 American Girl Barbie wears the original outfit called Saturday Matinee, trimmed with real fur.
  7. Guests at Playa Largo Resort and Spa in Key Largo can roast marshmallows by a beachside fire pit.
  8. Joe's Stone Crab in Miami Beach ships stone crabs throughout the United States.
  9. The unusually large terrace of this Signature Place condo has sweeping views of the downtown St. Petersburg waterfront.
  10. Sucré Table owner and pastry chef Brenda Villacorta, left, and her mother, Giovanna Castro, pose for a portrait at the shop in Tampa in March.
  11. Docent  Janice Embrey Brown, who was "blown away" the first time she saw Salvador Dali's surrealistic artwork, wears a shoe-shaped hat like that designed by Dali's friend Elsa Schiaparelli.
  12. Bob Glaser is CEO of Smith & Associates, which has represented most of Tampa Bay's major condo towers, including ONE St. Petersburg, Signature Place and Saltaire in St. Petersburg and Virage, Altura and the Residences at Tampa's Edition hotel.
  13. This house in St. Petersburg's Old Northeast was built in 1927, seven years after the start of Prohibition.
  14. Claire Bridges of St. Petersburg worked at a local kava bar as well as being a model.
  15. Pedestrian-friendly downtown Tarpon Springs has many shops and restaurants serving a variety of cuisines.
  16. Michael and Beth Vivio own St. Petersburg-based Corporate Fitness Works.
  17. This home on Ranch Road in northern Pinellas County is surrounded by an 8,700-acre nature preserve.
  18. Spa Oceana at the Don CeSar resort on St. Pete Beach offers pedicures, manicures and a host of other beauty services.
  19. "It's a hobby,'' Cathy Martin, shown here with husband Jim and dog Nora, says of the lavish holiday decorating she does every year.
  20. The Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel is beautifully decorated for the holidays.
  21. This aerial view shows St. Armands Key and the shopping area known as St. Armands Circle. Circus magnate John Ringling bought the key, or island, in 1917 and built a causeway to it.
  22. Monique McLaughlin styles model Ariana Del Mar.
  23. Anna Silvestri selects pastries at La Casa Del Pane, the Italian bakeshop her family opened three decades ago in St. Pete Beach.