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.
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.
It’s been a rough week down here in Clearwater, located on the west side of Florida.
After just watching Hurricane Harvey, the devastation and horrific flooding and terrifying evacuations, Mother Nature decided to visit us in Florida as well. Floridians were woke! The news was bad and kept getting worse; especially seeing that Hurricane Irma was three times the size of Hurricane Andrew.
As a native Floridian, I grew up in Miami and went to the University of Miami, as did my father, mother and sister.
So during football season, I sometimes like to show my Hurricane spirit. It’s usually once a season that I get out the orange and green — I live with a University of Florida graduate, and you know those Gators are relentless with their orange and blue!
Here’s a simple way to set a table on game day – you don’t always have to use paper plates! Just be sure to show your colors!
If you’re a china-holic like me, you know Replacements, the warehouse in North Carolina known for its 425,000 china patterns.
In Tampa Bay, we’re lucky to have China Finders. It’s not as big as Replacements, but for the china afficianado, or just someone looking to restock a retired china pattern, China Finders is a great find.
Located in Central Avenue in St. Petersburg, it’s just across the bridge from Tampa. If you’re a dish fanatic, it’s a must see.
I love the new mural painted on the side of the building, a tribute to Alice in Wonderland’s Mad Hatter tea party.
Inside, aisles and aisles are chock filled with china, separated by company and pattern.
I was surprised at how many of my own patterns I found there.
There are some really cool places in Tampa Bay and it’s virtually an endless adventure here.
A friend and I visited the The Florida Cane Distillery in Ybor City Historic District recently and tasted some of their spirits, where they make Florida Cane vodka, Tamiami Gin, Sunshine Moonshine and Red Drum Whiskey. (Which at first I thought was “Red Rum” from The Shining. It’s not.)
(See more about the distillery, its owners and history here. )
It can get pretty busy in where I live in Tampa Bay. Pinellas County – a peninsula off the west central coast of Florida – can get jammed packed, especially once kids go back to school and even more so in the fall when the Snowbirds/winter visitors come back.
It’s almost the end of mango season here in Central Florida. I’ve been carefully watching the blooms on my tree for several months, waiting for when the fruit is large enough to pick. The mangoes haven’t reached their yellow or orange stage yet, so I want them to stay on my tree for a few more weeks. It’s hurricane season here, and even if there are no hurricanes, there are tropical storms or at least very windy storms that knock the fruit off the tree.
We were almost giddy as we headed off to Safety Harbor to our favorite local restaurant – Parts of Paris Bistro. We first found “PoP” in December 2015 when a local friend and Safety Harbor resident told us she had had one of the best steaks ever.
We fell in love with it the first time we visited. We’ve been for a Sunday brunch, or to pop in for a couple extra large hand-crafted martinis, and often for an amazing meal of steak, boullebaise, grouper or mussels.