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Kings Street Food Counter – a new spin on an old concept

Local restaurateur behind the Avenue brings a new-age diner to St. Petersburg.   Artisan grilled cheese and gourmet hot dogs are the name of the game at Kings Street Food Counter. The new St. Petersburg eatery is the brainchild of local restaurateur Stephen Schrutt, 37, who is also the owner of The Avenue, a restaurant […]

What started as a story became a lifestyle

  One month ago, I wrote an article on the comeback of vinyl records. I knew nothing of the format. The seemingly departed method of music delivery was of no interest to me. Then, something terrible happened. In the last 30 days, I have spent $347.62 on records and record-related items. An Audio Technica turntable, […]

Extreme sports comes to St. Petersburg

ASA World Tour looks to ramp things up at Al Lang Stadium   Things are about to get rowdy at Al Lang Stadium, but not in the way local soccer fans have grown to expect. Some of the biggest names in skateboarding, BMX and freestyle motocross are set to compete in St. Petersburg on Dec. […]

University opens doors for veterans

USFSP accommodates student military with new success center   (From left to right) Milton White, assistant director of veterans services; Sophia Wisniewska, USFSP regional chancellor; David Creighton, president of the Student Veterans Organization; Nicole Smith, constituent services supervisor for U.S Representative David Jolly; and State Representative Kathleen Peters.   University officials, politicians, students and veterans […]

USFSP Alum dives into scuba industry

How scuba diving shaped the life of a recent grad. Eighty-five feet beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, a spearfisherman entered the decrepit remains of Fin Barge, a shipwreck 25 miles off Sarasota’s Longboat Pass. Boom. Boom. Boom. A series of thunderous echoes resonated throughout the ship’s hollowed steel remains. The diver entered […]

Everyday I’m shufflin’

Do the St. Pete shuffle. Walk into the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club at 559 Mirror Lake Drive N on a Friday night and the slick green courts are packed with young city residents. Originally dominated by seniors, the pastime’s surge in popularity with millennials has left older residents scratching their heads. “If you’re a young […]

Residential skyscrapers offer high living at a high price

Measuring in at 683 feet, The Austonian is the tallest building in Austin, Texas. At 200 Congress Avenue, the 56-floor skyscraper offers residences starting at $1.5 million. The tower is also the tallest residential building in the state. In comparison, Priatek Plaza, the tallest building in St. Petersburg, is only 386 feet tall. However, a 41-story tower set […]

Breaking records

Vinyl LPs turn the tables on digital music. Vinyl records are practical by no means. They’re large, fragile, costly and can only be played on turntables that are far from portable. Regardless of the format’s lack of convenience, the LP has seen record growth in popularity in recent years. As the system continues to grow […]

Locals Only: A celebration of independent businesses

St. Pete residents savor the flavor at Localicious. Much like the “Keep Austin Weird” campaign, “Keep Saint Petersburg Local” is the self-proclaimed voice of the city’s locally-owned independent businesses. Olga Bof, who founded the organization in 2012, said she is working to build a thriving local economy and unique community by nurturing business connections and […]

Beer. Beer. Beer.

Five of fall’s best brews. The month of October –arguably the best time of year for seasonal beer enthusiasts – is finally upon us. As Halloween decorations re-emerge and all that is pumpkin spice takes over our lives, breweries across the country are shipping out their newest seasonal brews by the truckload. Although Christmas-themed beers […]