South Tampa Front Desk: November/December 2020
One of St. Pete’s favorite drink spots is opening a new location in Ybor City. The Copper Shaker specializes in craft cocktails including the Last Summer Cocktail (shown), and shareable appetizers. The new location will be located at 1502 E. 7th Ave., across the street from The Ritz Ybor. Opening date is set for late October.
The Tampa Theatre, known as one of the most haunted buildings in Tampa, will be hosting a virtual Halloween cocktail party on October 24. Spiritfest will be held in collaboration with Papa’s Pilar Rum and Treaty Oak Distilling. To-go cocktail boxes will be available for guests to pick up on the day of the event from noon to 4 p.m. The night will include movie trivia, a mixology class, a ghost tour and more.
YBOR CITY SATURDAY MARKET
The Ybor City Saturday Market is back. After six months away and missing the entire summer season, the market returned on Saturday, September 19. Produce, plant and craft booths are open on 19th Street in between Eighth and Ninth Avenues in Ybor City. Although there are now mandatory mask and social distancing rules, the market is keeping its same schedule of every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
NEW DOWNTOWN MURALS PROMOTE PEDESTRIAN SAFETY
As part of its Vision Zero initiative, the city of Tampa collaborated with the Tampa Downtown Partnership and artist Meaghan Farrell Scalise to create the newest colorful mural on the streets of Downtown Tampa. The project is an effort to promote road safety and protect pedestrians. Stretching across six blocks of North Ashley Drive, the neon painted asphalt serves to draw attention to the city’s existing crosswalks and bike lanes. The mural will be on display indefinitely.
LIGHTNING BRINGS BIG WINS TO LOCAL NONPROFITS
To help improve equality and inclusion in the Bay area, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Jeff and Penny Vinik recently donated $400,000 to local nonprofits. Each organization received $50,000. The donation was split between eight Pinellas and Hillsborough County nonprofits, including the United Way Suncoast, R Club, Community to Develop Communities in Tampa, Pinellas County Urban League, Tampa and St. Petersburg police departments, University Area Community Development Corporation, and St. Petersburg Free Clinic. Over the course of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the team donated a total of $1 million.