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Daylight Saving Time: Weird Facts and History

Daylight Saving Time_ Weird Facts and History

Daylight Saving Time: Weird Facts and History


Daylight Saving Time: Weird Facts and History


This Sunday morning, just as every second Sunday morning since 2007, we will set our clock forward one hour at 2am. We all complain about it – who wants to lose an hour of sleep? But how much do you actually know about the time change? Here are some interesting and weird facts about DST.


Daylight Saving Time


The idea of DST was brought to life by William Willett from Britain but officially started in Germany in 1916 to help conserve energy. Britain followed soon after calling it “Summer Time”.


DST is not unique to the US. In fact, there are about 70 different countries who participate in DST.


The US enacted timezones and DST in 1918 with the Standard Time Act but it was repealed in 1919. Still, most of the US recognizes it.


In 1966, The Uniform Time Act worked to uniform time in the US, with DST starting the the last Sunday in April and ending the Sunday in October.


States are not required to recognize DST.


It’s actually pronounce Daylight Saving Time (singular) not Daylight Savings Time.


Florida currently has a bill that has moved to the senate called the Sunshine Protection Act proposing DST be made permanent.


DST was implemented not to help farmers have more time in the fields, as the story goes, but to saving on electric costs in cities.


In 2005, President George W Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005 Extending DST to the second Sunday in March-First Sunday in November.


Hawaii, Guam, Virgin Islands, Arizona, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa do not participate in DST.


Fall in Love with Your Home: Outside

Fall in Love with Your Home: Outside

Fall in Love with Your Home: Outside


Fall in Love with Your Home: Outside


If you’ve ever been house hunting you know that curb appeal is like any other first impression: it sets the tone for the entire home. Whether you’re interested in selling your home or want to be a contender for the Best Lawn Award in your neighborhood, follow these tips to fall in love with your home.


Fall in Love with Your Home: Paint


Get your paint brush out. An unappealing paint color will not only deter potential buyers but also not give you the warm and fuzzies when you get home from a long day. These seems like a large project to tackle all at once, but never fear. If you’ve not up for all that work take it one step at a time. Start by painting the shutters or trim a complimentary color to your paint paint color, or painting the door with a pop of color. Once you’ve made that tiny leap, getting the hole house done will be a breeze.




You can also hire a professional – and we know some! Contact us for the best painters in St Pete.



Fall in Love with Your Home: Plants

Plant some color. If you love your paint color but something seems missing, pop into your favorite home and garden store and pick up some native plants to complete your landscaping. What we love: Needle palms, Elliott Lovegrass, and Firebush will give your home’s lawn a regal feel and bright colors with low maintenance without being busy or overwhelming. If you love to garden, turn your side or back yard into a vegetable and fruit mecca. Rosemary, mint, and strawberries make great salads (and mojitos!) and also provide some visual interest. You can read more about native plants of Florida at Wilcox Nursery and Landscape.



Outdoor living. If you don’t have a lot of green space chances are you have balcony, pool area, or some other space outdoors. Especially if you live in a temperate climate, take advantage of the space by adding a screened in porch, new patio furniture, or art that make you feel at home. Don’t under estimate the power of good lighting. Tiki torches can double as mosquito repellents, but if you’re not into that, string up some tinkling LEDs around your porch or patio for an amazing outdoor ambiance.


Want more tips on loving your home? Check out how to love your kitchen, living room, and bedroom.

Fall in Love with Your Home: Bedroom

Fall in Love with You Home: Bedroom

Fall in Love with You Home: Bedroom


Fall in Love with You Home: Bedroom


We’ve covered some of the most used rooms in your home including the kitchen and the living room. In the third part of our Fall in Love with Your Home series, we talk about how to love your bedroom.

Fall in Love with Your Bedroom


Remove the TV. It’s easy to slip into the habit of watching TV before bed when it’s right in front of you. This seems harmless enough, however there are factors that can prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep, which is the whole point of loving your bedroom, right? Artificial light can cause your brain to stop making melatonin, a hormone that helps your sleep cycles. So love your room (and yourself) a little bit more and remove the TV, and limit your screen usage before bedtime. (Read more science-y stuff here.)


Make your bed an oasis. Everyone loves going to a hotel with a large, plush bed and comfortable, crisp, clean sheets. Why take that home with you? The color, fabric, and amount of pillows should make you feel relaxed and help soothe you after a long day. For softer sheets, buy cotton with long fibers. Ikea has an assortment of pillows to choose from, whether you like super soft cloud-like pillows or extra firm. Also, don’t under estimate the ambiance of an aesthetically pleasing head board and side tables. Surround yourself with things that relax and comfort you.


Did you know: Thread count refers to the number of threads in a square inch of fabric, not how soft/luxurious they are.


Keep it neutral. You may love bold, bright colors, but keep in mind that your brain may night like them when you’re trying to wind down for the day. Keep it neutral with soft tones, bring in some calming colors (like blues and greens), or add elements that create white noise that will help you relax and sleep better. If you really need some color in your life, try adding some accent pillows with patterns that include those fire-y reds and oranges – just don’t go overboard.

Fall in Love with Your Home: Kitchen

Fall in Love with Your Home: Kitchen

Fall in Love with Your Home: Kitchen


Fall in Love with Your Home: Kitchen


In February we are focusing on loving your home and what you can do to love the space you’ve invested in. Whether you’re there to stay or sprucing it up for sale, follow these tips to help you (or help a buyer) love your kitchen.


Open it up. This doesn’t necessarily mean a whole kitchen renovation. If you’ve got the time and means to blow out some walls and create a whole masterpiece from scratch, go nuts. But if you are looking for a quick way to make your kitchen seem larger, try removing some of the upper cabinet doors or invest in a pot/pan hanger. You can place your most appealing glassware (like that colorful Fiestaware you want to show off). This will create the illusion of more space and give you something beautiful to look at. Pro tip: Switch out what is displayed based on the season.


Refinish. While we’re talking about cabinets, how much do you actually like the color? Consider switching things up a bit and having your cabinets refinished. You can do this yourself (here is a great article and step-by-step how to) or have them done by a professional for $300-$3000 depending on the size of your kitchen. For a quick update, switch out the knobs for ones that feel and look great – to YOU.


Looking for a good, licensed contractor? We know some! Contact us today


Make it cozy. The kitchen is the main hub in most homes for families and guests. (That’s where the food is, it’s a no brainer!) So why not make it welcoming? Throw some comfy (but easy to clean!) rugs on the floor, add seating where you can, put up your favorite conversation starter art pieces. They’ll come for the food, but stay for the comfort. We promise.


Previous article: Fall in love with your living room.

Staycation in St Petersburg Labor Day Weekend

St Pete in Staycation Labor Day Weekend

St Pete in Staycation Labor Day Weekend



Staycation in St Pete Labor Day Weekend


Labor Day weekend is coming up and it’s time to make your three day weekend plans. Getting out of town with only three days can make for a rushed, less-than-relaxing time. Our recommendation: a staycation in St Pete. A staycation is just what it sounds like. You stay in your home town (or nearby) and do all the vacation things. Below are our recommendations to make your staycation in St Pete a blast.



Where to Stay


The Avalon Hotel is location at 443 4th Ave N, a few blocks or a short ride with their free shuttle service to everything Downtown St Pete has to offer. This boutique hotel has an art-deco,

Stacation in St Pete Labor Day Weekend

The Avalon Hotel St Pete

trendy feel with friendly, upbeat service and cozy rooms. The building was erected in the 1930’s, but has recently gone under a full renovation, keeping all the old charm and architecture and mixing in the hip-ness that is the heart of the Sunshine City.


Other things to note:

-Each room has free Wifi for those who don’t want to totally disconnect

-King or queen size beds available

-Free ride and pool, free parking, and restaurant with taproom at their sister hotel The Hollander (located next door)

-Check-in is 3pm, check-out is 11am



What to See


Go to the Saturday Morning Market and enjoy music, food vendors, and local makers. The market has been going strong since 2002 with over 170 near Al Lang Stadium with beautiful waterfront views not too far away. Come early to beat the heat, get some breakfast (or lunch!), and enjoy music presented by Mahaffey Theater.


Check out The Dali Museum. On Saturday, September 2 starting at 11:45am, take the kids to DillDally with Dali and on Sunday at 10am, all your yogis will love Yoga at the Dali.


Stroll down St Pete’s famed Central Ave where you’ll find The Chihuly Museum at Morean Arts Center, coffee shops like Brew-D-Licious, and tons of local shopping on the 600 Block.



What to Eat


There are no shortages of food option when stay in Downtown St Pete. We recommend The Galley for sandwiches, great seafood and overall gastro-pub feel.  Locale Market has options for everyone including the pickiest of foodies. Locale is located within The Sundial courtyards and is surrounded by shopping options and movie theater. For the beer adventurers, you should stop into St Pete Brewing, Cycle Brewing, and Ale and the Witch to taste what the locals drink (and some special taps from out of state).

Solar Eclipse in Tampa Bay: Viewing and Safety Tips

Solar Eclipse In Tampa Bay

Solar Eclipse In Tampa Bay



Solar Eclipse In Tampa Bay


On August 21st, 2017 there will be a solar eclipse in Tampa Bay for the first time since 1979. The sun will only be 81% covered, and may not be the dramatic spectacle you’re expecting with the naked eye (you can see it at the St Petersburg College Planetarium, or via NASA’s live stream though). People all over the country have been making plans to travel across the line which the sun will be covered 100% by the moon. So much so, that school districts have made it possible for kids and their families to travel to see the event with Monday off, given they have a note from their parent/guardian. (Read more from the Tampa Bay Times on each district’s rules.)


Seeing the solar eclipse in Tampa Bay (or anywhere) is not just as easy as walking outside and looking, up. While amazing to see, the eclipse does pose threats to your eyes if not protected properly. The good news is that there are places all over Tampa Bay giving out  or selling inexpensively specialized glasses that will protect your retinas from damage while you enjoy the view. Lowe’s and Wal-Mart both have them in stock, and you can pick them up from most public libraries throughout Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.


Where will you be for the eclipse? Tag us in your photos on Facebook, we’d love to see them!

Best Father’s Day Gifts for Every Dad

Best Father's Day Gifts

Best Father’s Day Gifts


Sometimes getting your dad the best Father’s Day gift it’s as simple as a phone call or hug. But if you want to go the extra mile (um, we think your pop deserves it!) we have put together some of the best Father’s Day gifts for you here. Bonus: They’re all local! We have a shopping guide below to make all your purchases super easy.


Best Father’s Day Gifts


For the beer-loving dads out there, you can always go with the standard gift card from any one of the local breweries in St Pete, including our friends at St Pete Brewing Co. Custom koozies from Carnage Leathers make a great addition. The prints read “GO ASK YOUR MOM,” “DRINK LIKE DAD,” and “GOOD DADS DRINK GOOD BEER.”


Need something a little less boozy and more outdoorsy? If you’re willing to spend a little more money (hey, he raised you, after all) you can take dad out on a sailboat for with Simple Sailing in Downtown St Pete. Prices depend on the type of boat (and length of time you you plan to spend.


If you’re dad is easy going or is the hard-to-shop-for we suggested treating him to a steak dinner at Parkshore Grill. Their menu is extensive, so if even if he isn’t a steak man he will have an amazing time. Make an early day of it and brunch it up with steak and eggs or lobster Benedict.



Local Shopping Guide


Local Breweries/Pubs: St Pete Brewing, 3 Daughters Brewing, Cycle Brewing, Ale and the Witch

Strands of Sunshine – for local, hand-crafted cards, gifts and the above mentioned Carnage Leathers

Dinners for Dad: Rococo Steak, Locale Market, Urban Comfort

5 Easy Spring Cleaning Tips










5 Easy Spring Cleaning Tips



Spring has officially sprung and with it the annual tradition of cleaning every-little-thing we’ve been neglecting the last three seasons. It can get overwhelming: What do you clean first? Do I have all the right tools? Keep reading to make this year’s spring cleaning simple and easy with our 5 easy spring cleaning tips.



Take inventory

5 Easy Spring Cleaning Tips Inventory List

5 Easy Spring Cleaning Tips Inventory List


Make a list of everything you want to accomplish. (You can download the sample list to the right, just right click, save and print!) After you have an idea of what you want done, take a look at the supplies you have. For example, if you want to deep clean your carpets you’ll need an upholstery cleaner (you can buy or rent these) and plenty of cleanser. If you’re mission is to spruce up the garage, you may need paint, new shelving, or pest control items.

Start at the Top


When you start your spring cleaning adventure, we recommend starting, literally, at the top. Dusting ceiling fans and other high surfaces after you’ve vacuumed can cause frustration when you get dust on your already sparking floor. Save your self some time and clean the floors, cabinets, upholstery, and washing/spot treating any area rugs last.



Hire Professionals


Feeling too overwhelmed? Don’t have the time? You can hire a reputable cleaning, pest, and maintenance services to help. Not only will they not miss a speck of dirt, they may also catch things you might have not thought of like cleaning the fridge coils or checking the efficiency of your washer and dryer.



Don’t Forget the Outside


We spend a lot of our time indoors, so when we think of spring cleaning we think of all the things within our walls. If you have a pool, lawn, shed, detached garage you may want to pay attention to those as well. Check to make sure your pool pump is working properly, and set traps/clean out any pests that may have found homes during the winter.



Clean Everything (Even if it Looks Clean Already)


Don’t let “clean” walls or floors fool you. Dirt can build up little by little over time without notice. Take a sponge and mild soap to walls with high-traffic, move furniture and vacuum underneath, wipe down cabinets, and make use of that self-cleaning oven!


And the Winner is…

Holy cow – what a historic game! We had a blast watching the Super Bowl this year and we hope you did, too! Thank you to everyone who played along with our prop bets! (Who knew there would be no Gatorade dumped on the winning coach?! Not us!)


We actually had a tie for the winner! The two names were thrown in the hat annndddddd…



Congrats to Chris! We will be sending you an email on how to pick up your $50 gift card to Bonefish Grill.



Liked playing along? Want more fun games? We have some cool stuff coming up for you next month. Stay tuned!

Things To Do In Tampa Bay 12/17-12/18

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This weekend is a perfect opportunity to cross the Bay and experience what the other side has to offer. The Cross Bay Ferry will be offering free rides on Sunday, 12/18 from 7am-5:30pm. If you haven’t experienced this new transportation this is your chance! You can check out our very own James Silver’s review of the Ferry below. If you’re traveling from St. Pete to Tampa, you can stop by The Florida Aquarium, plenty of shopping and restaurants in Channelside or hop on the trolley and make your way to Ybor for an afternoon movie or Improv show. Coming to St. Pete from Tampa? The Dali Museum, St. Petersburg Museum of History, and four blocks of shopping and dining on Beach Drive are all within walking distance.




On Saturday, you can enjoy free snow-ga (that’s yoga in the snow) at Sundial (153 2nd Avenue North, St.Petersburg, Florida) from 9-10am. IF you haven’t gone to see the decorations and the flurries, this is the perfect time do experience it while getting a jump start on your New Years fitness goals. Go grab some lunch and come back to the Sundial at 3pm to catch the Dixie Hollins High School Choir perform an hour long upbeat set of holiday songs!



Tampa also has an opportunity to get your fitness on with the Hot Chocolate 15k/5k. On Sunday December 18th, the race is family friendly with games to occupy your little ones and all things chocolate (hot chocolate too, obviously) after you cross the finish line. The 5k will start around 7:30am, and the 15k around 8:25am in the Channelside Bay Plaza, Tampa, FL. Check out their website for more details on this fun event.

St. Pete The Pet Friendly City


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It’s no secret to residents that we love our pets here in St. Petersburg. If you’re looking to move to a pet friendly city, St. Pete is the place for you. St. Petersburg businesses catered to pets are plenty, there are amazing dog parks community events just for your pets.


Pet Catered Businesses



One of the most aptly named pet businesses is St. Petersbark located 2435 9th Street North, St Petersburg, fl 33704. They are a cat and dog food supply company featuring natural food and treats. In the true spirit of our local community, St. Petersbark is locally owned and supports local vendors. Some local vendors include Bodhi Basics for dog cleanliness and Robert Phelps for art prints. The owner, Krista, has worked as a vet tech so you can trust that what you’re buying is safe for your pooch or kitty. They also offer obedience classes.


Another local business is Love My Dog Resort & Playground. They offer boarding, daycare, grooming and a ton of other services for your dogs. They also have a water park, suite cameras st pete pet friendly and overnight security so you know your pet will be well taken care of. Love My Dog, Inc has two locations. One at 6427 54th Avenue North in St. Pete and their newest location downtown located at 928 18th St N. Anything you need for pet care, they can help.




Speaking of Dog Parks…



St. Petersburg has some amazing dog parks. Two of which are off-leash, centrally located to downtown, and have some human amenities as well. The first is 901 North Shore Dr. NE. near North Shore Park. It’s within walking distance of Downtown and Old Northeast neighborhoods. This is a popular park as there are many residents with pups in the area. However, you will find a large area which is mostly shaded with obstacles your dog can play on. There are also hoses avaiable so your pup can stay hydrated.


The second is Crescent Lake Dog Park on the south side of Crescent Lake Park. It is within walking or biking distance of Crescent Lake, Crescent Heights, and Old Northeast neighborhoods. It is mostly shaded and water is available. The city recently put in charging stations so pet owners can charge their mobile devices while their pup enjoys the open range. There are tow areas, one for larger dogs and one for smaller dogs to keep the little pups safe. Nearby is a child’s playground, walking track and fishing at the pond is available part of the year.



St. Pete is for Pets



There are local businesses that help raise money for non-profits like Friends of Strays who help with spaying, neutering and emergency medical costs for animals. Pinellas Ale works has events frequently that donate $1 per drink sold to the organization. There are also many pet-friendly beaches, including the beautiful Fort De Soto. Cassis American Brasserie has a menu made especially for dogs and at just about any business downtown you can find dog bowls with water in them outside their doors.

Things To Do In Tampa Bay – 11/11-11/13

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It’s that time of year again, St. Pete! Ribfest is taking over Vinoy Park this weekend from Friday around 11am through Sunday evening. You don’t have to love ribs to enjoy this three day event. Music from big names like The Doobie Brothers and Huey Lewis and the News to local legends such as The Black Honkeys will be playing in the afternoons all weekend long. Bring the family down and enjoy the Family Fun Zone sponsored by Great Explorations Children’s Museum. They have a kids menu where everything from corn dogs to lemonade are only $2. Be sure to look for our agent James Silver who will be giving out coozies on Sunday (until they run out) – you just have to find him!


Second Saturday Art Walk


If you’ve never experience the art of St. Petersburg, the Second Saturday Artwalk is the best place to start. The event spans from Historic Kenwood to Downtown showcasing local artists from around the area. Hop on the trolley (see the full schedule here!) and enjoy local art while enjoying a craft hanging out at 3 Daughters after dinner. The trolley service makes stops all over downtown which gives you an opportunity to explore your city from a different perspective. At Trolley stop #2 you can catch The Photo Ninja and a live model photo shoot! Events start around 5pm 11/12 and go throughout the night.


St. Pete T-shirt Company Grand Opening

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Love St. Pete? We do, too! And now you can let the world know. St. Pete T-shit Company’s grand opening will be held at its store at 655 Central Avenue, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701 on 11/12 from 6pm-9pm. There will be live painting from local artist Chad Mize and raffles for shirts, art, and glass blowing workshop from Zen Glass Studio and Gallery. So, ya know… hit up Artwalk and head down here. Two birds, one stone! Learn more about the event here.


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Things To Do In Tampa Bay This Weekend

November is here! And with it comes all the things fall has to offer. This weekend is no exception with Folkfest St. Pete, Beer Night, and Grand Central Market. (Not to mention our open houses!) We have all the info you need on things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend.


Attention All Beer enthusiasts and Foodies!


Friday night is St. Pete Wine and Food Festival’s Beer Night. From 5:30pm-9:30pm in North Straub Park you can sample craft beer and ciders from all over the region. This is a great way to try new and exclusive drinks from some of your favorite breweries or discover a brewery you’ve not heard of. There will be food served included in the ticket price. You can purchase tickets to all of St. Pete’s Food and Wine Festival here and find out more information on all their events happening all weekend long.


Get Folky


Folkfest St. Pete is a favorite of local makers and musicians. Last year there was a kids station, planty of arts vendors and all the beer and food that the Edge District has to offer. There is something for everyone here from college kids to families looking for an afternoon out and about. The festival starts Saturday. November 5th at 9am and runs until early Sunday afternoon. Check out their Facebook event page for more info including their killer musical line up.


Get Started on Christmas Shopping


Saturday, November 5th is the Grand Central Market hosted by Grand Central District at Punky’s Bar and Grill. The market starts at 9am and there will be live music from 11am-1pm. This is the perfect spot to start your Christmas shopping. From collectibles to crafts, there is something for everyone. And you can’t go wrong with Punky’s weekend breakfast specials. Head on down and enjoy the beautiful weather.

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Halloween Safety Tips From The Price Group Realtors

Trick or treat! Soon little ones will be knocking on doors in costumes and adults going to less-than-kid-friendly (but still fun!) events. Halloween is a fun-for-all-ages day. But a lot can go wrong. With the recent creepy clowns that have been popping up throughout the country, we want to make sure you are being safe this candy-eating season. Here are some Halloween safety tips to help keep you and your family safe this year.

Tips For Parents

1. Don’t walk in the street

In neighborhoods like Kenwood or Old Northeast it can seem easier to cross the street wherever it’s convenient instead of crossing in the crosswalk. Especially with the parking of larger cars on the street, it can be very difficult for oncoming cars to see children in time. Also, avoid walking between parked cars. Bottom line: Use the crosswalks. That’s what they’re for.

2. Ensure your child is seen

If you are unable to go early in the evening, make sure your child is seen by passing cars by adding a reflective tape to their costume, shoes, and/or candy bag. You can also have them carry or wear glow sticks, just ensure that the life of them is longer or as long as you plan on being out and about.

3. Do not leave your child unoccupied

Again, maybe a bit of a no-brainer, but it’s worth mentioning. Keeping them within your line of sight can ensure they are not exposed to anything not age-appropriate and ensure they are not eating any candy that may be dangerous.

Tips For Adult Trick-Or-Treaters

1.  “Okay” rowdy parties with neighbors

If you’re planning on having a large party, especially one that goes into the wee hours of the morning, it’s a good idea to give your neighbors some notice. Even better, invite them to join! No one can complain about the noise if you’re all in on it!

2. Be extra cautious on your commute

Planning to party hard? Cool. Please do it safely. If you plan on drinking make sure you have a designated driver lined up or use services such as Uber or Lyft. If you are driving (and not drinking) watch out for kids in the street. Even the best kids can make a mistake and run out into the road. Drive slowly and watch both sides of the road.

3. Make sure your home is safe inside and out

Make sure there is a clear, well-lit way to and from your front door. This will help ensure no one trips while getting in and out of your party. While fake blood is to be expected, make sure no one sheds any real blood by moving glass or breakable objects out of the party area.

Not sure what to do this Halloween? Listed below are some events around St. Petersburg you might enjoy. On 10/22 show up with a carved pumpkin to 6th Annual Pumpkin Fest at Ale and the Witch and get a $10 gift card. October 21st get your grub on at Food Truck Around Town Trick Or Treat at 250 8th Ave SE. Saturday, October 29th you have your pick: Halloween Open House benefiting SPCA Tampa Bay, and Spooky Saturday at Station House


The Best Hot Restaurant’s and Venues in Seminole, FL

As a beautiful city grows, Seminole, FL flourishes in an abundance, of Real Estate properties and commercial buildings. Along with its neighbored city, St. Petersburg, FL, Seminole enlightens it’s dwellers with an alluring touch of Restaurants and Venues. Listed here, are the top three (3) Hot Restaurant’s, plus a Dinner/Dancing Nightspot, and listed as the “Top Recommended” places for dining and night life, in the Seminole, FL area. Each of these places comes graded with an all rounded, Certificate of Excellence, and can be found on Trip Advisor.

“This is a restaurant my family likes to eat at, I love the ribs!”
$$ – Big Jim’s Famous Steak Tavern and Tap Now, as we venture the Hot Spots of Pinellas County, the city of Seminole offers within it’s nightlife and dining venues, a true to service and delightful Steak and Tap House. Along with your dining pleasure, and atmospheric venue, Big Jim’s Famous Steak Tavern and Tap offers an American cuisine. They have a full liquor bar with live music and dancing; family and children oriented atmosphere; and seating arrangements that holds large groups. Their service begins from brunch to late night dinners, and their menu consists of items such as: Wood Roasted Steaks, Ribeye’s, Shephard’s Pies, and much more. Big Jim’s is listed as #5 of 65 Restaurants and Venues, out of 73 reviews, in Trip Advisor. You can find this Steak and Tap House off Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33778. $$

“This is also our go to Chinese restaurant, great food! I’m a fan of the chicken cury, hot of course”
$-$$- Zom Hee Chinese Restaurant Next is the well-known, Zom Hee Chinese Restaurant. An Oriental venue that’s noted as the top #2 Hot Restaurant, on Trip Advisor, and is rated with 119 reviews. This dining place offers a wide variety of items, taking you from Chinese to Szechuan, and Cantonese to Mongolian, lunch and dinners. Their menu items range from: Crab Ragoon, appetizer; to Moo Goo Gai Pan; Contonese Chow Mein; Subgum Chow Mein and Mongolian Beef meals, etc.
This venue offers a full liquor bar; family and children atmosphere; and large group and Business Meeting seating. Their portions are large and offer carry-out service, as well as being a family owned and operated. Come join this unique dining experience and be treated just like family. They can be found, a little set back from the main street, off Park Blvd., Seminole, FL, close to Starkey Road. $-$$
Budget to $ – Finally Mama’s Kitchen, one of the last two dining experiences, listed as Seminole’s Hot Restaurant and Venues is Mama’s Kitchen. This place serves a variety of dishes, starting from brunch to mid-evening dinners. They offer handicapped parking and have a family and children atmosphere. Mama’s Kitchen is listed as the #1 favorite and recommended restaurant noted on Trip Advisor, with 199 reviews. Mama’s Kitchen is well known for their home-styled cooking and offers a Budget dining pleasure, as well as a mixed menu of Greek and American Cuisine. You can find this Family Styled Restaurant going South on Seminole Blvd, Seminole, FL – towards Bay Pines and Tyrone Blvd. Budget to $

$$-$$$ (Early Bird Specials) – Last but not least, on the hot spot list, is Grill 131 Steak House, which offers their dinners from 4 p.m. to late night. Spoto’s Steak House offers a full liquor bar, Romantic atmosphere, family and children oriented, dinner, music and dancing, and bar scene. This venue accepts reservations, has a television and offers handicap accessible parking. Their menu ranges from Prime Rib, Pot Roast, Seafood and Steak, and early bird specials. So, if you are in the mood for a romantic evening out, with dining, music and dancing, Spoto’s is the place to be. It is rated as #14 on Trip Advisor with 138 reviews. They can be found off Starkey Road, across from Kohl’s Department Store. They offer a mid-ranged value from early bird specials to $$.

This information is Part II of The Top Restaurants and Venues in Pinellas County, and can be found, along with their ratings, on Trip Advisor.

Saturday Morning Market Returns to St Pete!

The Saturday Morning Market is celebrating its 13th season this year!

Open from Oct – May, it has grown to become the largest one-day-a-week fresh market in the Southeast US, with about 10,000 customers each week.

While great food, interesting crafts and live music are all wonderful elements of the market, this spirit of community is what really defines the market experience.

Many customers have shared that they think that the market is the most significant improvement to quality of life in St Petersburg.

This year there are around 200 approved vendors filling about 130 spaces. A core group of regular food and plant vendors, and a rotating group of craft vendors. They come from as far away as Port Charlotte, Orlando, and Tallahassee, and represent a wide variety of ethnicities and nationalities, contributing to a rich multicultural experience of food, crafts and music.

Saturday 9am-2pm

101 1st St S, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701

What can you buy for $1,000,000 on the water in Pinellas County?

I’m sure you have seen the show on TV where they look at home values in different parts of the county and ask the question “what you can get for $1,000,000” Well, if you are in the market for a waterfront home in Pinellas County and have $1-$1.1m to spend this is what you can buy today!

If you see a home you like and would like to setup a private viewing please call us anytime.

  1. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,487 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,583 sqft
    Year built: 2018
    Days on market: 5
  2. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,811 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.27 ac
    Year built: 1989
    Days on market: 8
  3. 3 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,748 sq ft
    Year built: 2007
    Days on market: 9
  4. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,300 sq ft
    Lot size: 4.70 ac
    Year built: 1959
    Days on market: 13
  5. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,586 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,613 sqft
    Year built: 2016
    Days on market: 29
  6. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,641 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,632 sqft
    Year built: 1988
    Days on market: 30
  7. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,406 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,196 sqft
    Year built: 1981
    Days on market: 34
  8. 2 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,940 sq ft
    Year built: 2014
    Days on market: 58
  9. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,198 sq ft
    Year built: 2004
    Days on market: 61
  10. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,312 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,018 sqft
    Year built: 1980
    Days on market: 71
  11. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,307 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,147 sqft
    Year built: 1968
    Days on market: 115
  12. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,973 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,276 sqft
    Year built: 1971
    Days on market: 117
  13. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,055 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,454 sqft
    Year built: 1997
    Days on market: 148
  14. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,517 sq ft
    Lot size: 14,374 sqft
    Year built: 1951
    Days on market: 148
  15. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,068 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,454 sqft
    Year built: 1970
    Days on market: 161
  16. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,234 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,890 sqft
    Year built: 1987
    Days on market: 164
  17. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,242 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.39 ac
    Year built: 2019
    Days on market: 165
  18. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,470 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,969 sqft
    Year built: 1991
    Days on market: 213
  19. 3 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,175 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,276 sqft
    Year built: 1963
    Days on market: 227
  20. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,355 sq ft
    Year built: 2005
    Days on market: 247

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(all data current as of 3/14/2018)

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St Pete Wine and Food Festival & Beer Night This Weekend

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Beer Night St Pete

Featuring over 100 beer and cider selections from local, regional, and national breweries and all-inclusive food from area establishments, BEER Night is the perfect chance to experience first hand Tampa Bay’s emerging craft beer scene. In fact, the area was voted the second best beer town in America by USA Today!

Two 10,000 square foot tents full of great beer and awesome eats, all for one price. Walk through the entrance and put your wallet (or purse) away. Everything is covered! Even the water.

DJ, dozens of picnic benches to hang out on and three different restroom areas included

Friday, September 25th 5:30 – 9:30 PM (North Straub Park)


Grand Tastings

This signature event features both Saturday and Sunday afternoon sessions. Guests will enjoy fine wines, and sample fare from the area’s best restaurants and chefs, and take in free cooking demonstrations from local and world-renowned chefs.

The refined, upscale, grand tasting caters to a clientele that likes to indulge in great food, fine art and gourmet products. One price provides unlimited tastings of fine wine and food.

Tampa Bay’s Best Chefs are bringing their finest cuisine to the inaugural St. Pete Wine & Food Festival. Experience firsthand some of the most amazing, exquisite and unique epicurean cuisine to grace an area food festival.

Saturday and Sunday 12:00 – 5:00 PM North Straub Park



Firestone Grand Prix this weekend in St Pete

It has been a decade since the Grand Prix first took over downtown, bringing thousands of fans to St Pete.

A series of races along a picturesque 14 turn, 1.8 mile temporary track, featuring the IndyCar, Firestone Indy Lights, Pro Mazda Championship, USF2000 National Championship, Pirelli World Challenge Championships, Expanded Bright House Speed Zone, Yacht Club, Indy Fan Village, autograph sessions, Ferris Wheel, Stadium Supertrucks, go cart racing, celebrity sightings and more!

New this year, the HERO ZONE, a free, interactive military obstacle course, lets kids of all ages test their skills on some of the same obstacles faced by our troops in basic training. The HERO ZONE is deployed by Wish for Our Heroes and is located inside Gate 1, next to the Bright House Speed Zone. Inside the Speed Zone, get physical with rock climbing, power jumping, mechanical bull rides, a pit stop challenge, or gyroscope.

From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. there is a FREE shuttle service from Tropicana Field to the race course. Parking at Tropicana Field will be $10. The shuttle will pick passengers up on 10th St. S. and drop off passengers near the Hilton on Fourth Ave. S. between Second and Third Streets. There will be a two-block walk to the race entry gate 5. The shuttle will operate all three race days from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

March 28th-30th

The 36th Annual St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat show this weekend

The 36th Annual St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show, the largest boat show on the Gulf Coast, is set to sail into the Progress Energy Center for the Arts Mahaffey Theater Yacht Basin and Albert Whitted Park in St. Petersburg from Thursday, Dec. 5 through Sunday, Dec. 8

The show will feature an impressive selection of power boats and sailboats in water and on land, including a 40,000-square-foot clearspan tent housing all types of marine gear. Show-goers will find hundreds of power boats and sailboats including family cruisers, runabouts, fishing boats, magnificent sailing yachts, personal watercraft and much more.  – See more here


6th Annual Chillounge Night Saturday 23rd November

Straub Park will transform again into a magnificent outdoor lounge, tomorrow evening, with 6 trucks of beautiful lounge furniture. The 6th Annual Chillounge night  is the most highly anticipated event in November.

Sipping cocktails under the stars makes an ideal venue for socializing with friends or an intimate, romantic evening. Enjoy live music from local bands, fashion shows and fireworks on the spectacular lounge seating areas throughout the park.

Tickets include complementary food and drinks from Parkshore Grill and 400 Beach.

10-20-12 Savage race – Why do I do this to myself!

After managing to survive another Savage race with Sid Roberts I’ve pre-registered for the next one. Why do I do this to myself? I can only assume that it’s my way of convincing myself that I’m not getting any older!

Check out the race video founder uses agent to sell home

The founder of, a popular for-sale by owner (FSBO) website, used a real estate broker to help sell his 2,000-square-foot, two-bedroom New York apartment after it lingered on the market for six months.

Colby Sambrotto, founder and former chief operating officer of, tried to sell the property FSBO by listing it online and through classified ads – but after six months of sitting on the market, he sought the help of a real estate broker.

Broker Jesse Buckler told Sambrotto the condo was priced too low and wasn’t attracting the right buyer for the condo.

“At first he wouldn’t let me increase the price,” Buckler said. “I told him I know what I am doing – the market is picking up.”

The condo soon attracted multiple offers and ended up closing for $150,000 more than the original asking price.

Source: “DIY Guru Gets Broker Help,” The Wall Street Journal (Aug. 3, 2011)