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Hawthorne Bottle Shoppe uses vintage glasses, silver platters for eclectic whimsy

St. Petersburg is known for a lot of different things – its art scene, breweries and eclectic local stores that line Central Avenue west of downtown. Here you’ll find vinyl shops, brocante markets, consignment stores and enough hipster hangouts to fit in your disco purse.

New to the restaurant/brewery scene is Hawthorne Bottle Shoppe. Owned by Amanda King and Pegan Foster, the shop opend six months ago in February 2017.

On first glance it’s a storefront, but inside you’ll find everything is vintage with an eclectic hand in everything. The furniture is all secondhand or re-purposed. What I love about this sandwich shop/bar/gathering spot, is co-owner Amanda King’s easy vintage vibe.

Meals are served on a variety of silver plate platters and trays.


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Mix and match vintage china easy to put together

I attended the On Point Book Fair with 100 authors, writers and publishers at  WestShore Plaza in Tampa to talk about my blog,

I set up a display of mismatched vintage china  – because it’s ok not to match all the time! I have many sets of china, but I started buying random smaller sets of dishes, thinking I might use them for my daughters’ weddings one day.

You’ll find that using mismatched china is fun in itself, and there’s lots of changing and exchanging until you find a combination you like… the possibilities are endless!

I normally would make floral arrangements with softer colors, but even four days later, not all stores were open after Hurricane Irma, and the selection was slim.

Two vintage coffee pots and Sandler tea pot are flanked by silver plate candle sticks found at an auction.
Plate girl and my plates!
Mismatched settings of dinner, salad, tea cups and saucers.
September means sunflowers!
A photo of yours truly, to explain what my blog is about! 🙂
I love how the blue bow brings out the blues.
All sorts of pinks!
Florals with a Noritake dinner plate.
Love this black and pink.
Sweet berries!
Violets!