Wednesday, July 4, 2012
A recession-defying crop of new businesses will include three places to eat and/or drink, plus a baby boutique.
Which new business are you most looking forward to? Post a comment below. Two words seem to be appearing all over Seminole Heights lately: coming soon. Domani Bistro and Lounge, Salem's Gyros and Subs, Red Star Rock Bar, and The Nursery Experience are all taking shape in the neighborhood and boast signage with those two words, or words to that effect. Two of these businesses, Red Star and Nursery Experience, are located in burgeoning neighborhood business hot spots. Salem's and Domani seek to stake out new ground on Seminole Heights' commercial frontier. Here's a handy roster to help you keep score at home. Business: Domani Bistro and Lounge, 6419 N. Florida Ave. Tentatively opening: Late July, according to owner Bernardo Agostino. Details…
Saturday, June 16, 2012
An effort called InVision Tampa invites residents to join in the formulation of a master plan for the future of downtown and the city's center.
Do you have ideas for livable transportation or the master plan for Tampa's future? Share them below in the comments section. What should Tampa look like in the future? A new effort led by Mayor Bob Buckhorn aims to find out. InVision Tampa is Buckhorn's attempt to bring public ideas into the creation of a master plan that will reshape downtown and the city's center over the next two decades. The project has already held two "Knowledge Exchange" meetings last month covering economic development and sustainable city living. The third is planned for 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, at the Tampa Convention Center and will cover a hot-button issue as the city develops: livable transportation. Organizers hope in-depth conversations between residents …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
The Front Porch Grill & Bar celebrated 10 years in business on Saturday night with the opening of its new outdoor bar.
Over the last decade, the Seminole Heights restaurant scene has exploded thanks to committed business owners like Pat Pupura. It was a decade ago that Pupura opened Front Porch Grill & Bar on Florida Avenue, and since that time he's grown a solid base of regular customers organically and developed a reputation for fresh made, quality cuisine. In celebrating the anniversary this past Saturday, the Front Porch also celebrated the culmination of a long-term project, the construction of an outdoor bar area. "The outside bar has been a project we've been working on for five of the 10 years we've been open," bar manager Mike McDuffie said. "That was a big deal. We had three bands, karaoke, a free keg of beer for the first hour, and we served …
Monday, June 11, 2012
A new Seminole Heights business offers a revised spin on the classic barber shop.
Editor's note: Meet the Owner is a regular Patch feature spotlighting Seminole Heights' small business owners. Want to be featured next or have a business to recommend? Post a comment below or email us at email@example.com. The spiraling barber pole at 6500 N. Florida Ave. is certainly a tip-off. But don't assume S.E. Mattis at the Heights Barber Shop is part of the classical barbershop revival of recent years. Yes, co-owners Scott Mattis and Chris Copeland provide only the essential barbershop services: Cuts, shampoos and straight razor shaves. And yes, nostalgia is their décor theme. But did your grandfather's barbershop have album covers from Duran Duran, Heaven 17 and Journey on the walls? Call it Seminole Heights eclectic — a …
Friday, June 1, 2012
The business was scheduled to open in Old Seminole Heights on Saturday, June 2.
The Nursery Experience’s grand opening has been postponed. The new baby boutique was slated to open its doors at 6202 N. Central Ave. on Saturday, June 2, but the wait on some final permits put off the official launch by a week or two, according to co-owner Amy Jensen. “We are all squared away with City Council and will open as soon as possible,” Jensen said. Jensen together with business partner and fiancé Juan Camacho have worked since last October to transform the small 1941 house on Central Avenue into a retail shop. Challenges included petitioning the city to rezone the house into commercial use and fixing up the property. “It was a huge project,” Jensen said, “the place was in a rough shape but I am now very happy with the outcome.” …
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner is holding office hours this Friday, May 25, at the Seminole Heights Branch Library.
What issue would you like Beckner to address about Seminole Heights? What would you like to ask him? Post a comment below. Want to talk to a county commissioner about issues in Seminole Heights? Here's your chance. Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner will host community office hours from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 25, at the Seminole Heights Branch Library. Beckner, the District 6 (countywide) commissioner, and his staff welcome the opportunity to meet citizens to discuss their ideas and concerns about Hillsborough County issues. No appointment is necessary, and residents are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more about Beckner on his profile page on the county's website, or call his office at 813-272-5730.
Friday, May 18, 2012
The community garden will celebrate on Saturday morning, May 19.
Seminole Heights Community Gardens will celebrate its third-year anniversary on Saturday, May 19, with a potluck breakfast at 9:30 a.m., followed by a groundbreaking of the newly approved Butterfly Roof Rain Catcher. Bring your favorite breakfast dish, or just stop by to take a tour and learn how you can get involved with the garden at 407 W. Violet St. The rainwater catchment shelter will be built to shade the common area of the gardens and to catch rainwater to be funneled into rain barrels. “And it’s good to have a focal point for gathering in the garden,” said Seminole Heights Community Gardens member David Weeks. Weeks, 49, said that the garden has become an important and beneficial component of the Seminole Heights community since …
Once a hot property before the recession, the former auto repair shop next to Starbucks will be partially occupied by the pizza delivery giant.
Is Papa John's the right fit for this location in Seminole Heights? Post your comment below. After four years of languishing in the wake of the recession, a prime commercial property in the heart of Seminole Heights will soon host a Papa John's pizza shop. In 2007, the former Leroy's 4 x 4 Automotive Center at 512 E. Hillsborough Ave. was poised to become the epicenter of the neighborhood's commercial revitalization. Located next to a then-new Starbucks and an Interstate 275 off ramp, the 5,683-square-foot building seemed ripe for redevelopment. It was purchased by a group that proposed plans to put in a tapas restaurant, sushi bar and pub. Then the recession hit, and everything stalled there until last week, when a Papa John's “coming …
Thursday, May 3, 2012
If it were up to you, what would this neighborhood become?
What should the future of Seminole Heights look like? That's a question recently asked by the The Official Unofficial Seminole Heights Blog in a post entitled, "What should be next for Seminole Heights?" As the blog puts it: For decades, Seminole Heights has been described as “up and coming”. For many, the “coming” is still a mysterious waiting game. The site's anonymous blogger points out that new businesses have been attracted to the neighborhood, but that there's room for others. Some commenters brought up their concerns about crime and zoning for certain types of businesses. Others mentioned the planned opening of a sports bar or said they'd like to see empty storefronts get renovated. If it were up to you, what would you like to see …
Thursday, April 26, 2012
A special part of the Seminole Heights community, the garden needs volunteers to help maintain and water the soil.
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Thursday, April 26, 2012
If you've ever wanted to garden but don't have the option because of the size of your backyard, it's time to grab a watering can and a pair of gloves and get to work. The Seminole Heights Community Gardens, located at 407 W. Violet St., are seeking volunteers to join their watering team. The group is coordinated by Tammy Harman and has been a key component to the success of the garden since its start in 2009. "A lot of our watering is done by hand with the rain barrels," Harman said. "Every day someone is designated to come and has a designated area that they water. What we're looking for is new people, because we like to have two people come water each day, but in the summer some days become completely available." The garden grows a wide …