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3 Tampa Luxury Hotels Perfect for a Staycation “Getaway”

“We live where you vacation” is a well-worn cliché about the Tampa Bay area, but it’s based in undeniable reality. Especially at this time of year — after the spring break crowds have gone home but before the breathtaking summer humidity truly sets in — there’s no better place to plan a vacation than your own city. Whether you’ve introduced COVID-conscious traveling to your lifestyle or not, staycations have become a great break from the everyday with some tangible benefits for a local hospitality industry that is only beginning to recover from the pandemic. We could all use a little break after...

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Tampa’s Front Desk: April 2021

TAMPA THEATRE REOPENS FOR LIVE AUDIENCES Exactly one year after its closure in response to COVID-19, the historic Tampa Theatre opened for in-person movies on March 11. The reopening comes with new restrictions, including limiting each screening to no more than 200 people and requiring masks and routine temperature checks. Moviegoers will use an app to order popcorn and other concessions from their seats, and the pre-show, performed on the 96-year-old Mighty Wurlitzer Organ, will also return. An aerial shot of the Tampa Edition (PHOTO: Strategic Property Partners) THE TAMPA EDITION REACHES NEW...

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The History of West Tampa

With all apologies and due regard to Ybor City, West Tampa should be known as “Cigar City” since it was (unlike Ybor) an independent municipality for 30 years. West Tampa owes its creation to both the cigar industry and to the Macfarlane Investment Company headed by Hugh Macfarlane. Born near Glasgow, Scotland, in 1851, Hugh Campbell Macfarlane moved to Tampa in the mid-1880s and opened a law practice. In 1887, as a city and state’s attorney, he helped reincorporate the city of Tampa and began purchasing several hundred acres of land on the western bank of the Hillsborough River. Then, beginning...

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Made in Tampa: Alamo Design Co.

Most people would never notice if the flow of the wood grain on their cabinets aligned from door to door. But Gabe Tavarez does. So the founder and lead builder of Alamo Design Co. takes the time on each of his projects to make sure grains flow, joinery is hidden and everything just looks simply, subtly, right. Maybe no one will realize it. “One person will,” he says with a laugh. Tavarez started Alamo Design in 2012 as a sort of passion project. He and his wife (and now business partner), Chelsea, had recently purchased a Riverview home that dates back to 1946. It needed significant renovations,...

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4 Homes That Define West Tampa

If the walls in West Tampa’s homes could talk, they’d have some stories to tell. With homes still standing that date back close to 120 years, it’s the perfect place for homeowners who are looking for charm and character. “When you find a West Tampa home that you like, whether you decide to restore an old-school bungalow or you decide that you want to tear down and build new, you’re actually a part of history,” says Aminta Goynes, Realtor and founder of The Goynes Group at Coldwell Banker Realty. But in addition to the glass doorknobs, original penny tile flooring and clawfoot tubs that you’ll...

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Tampa Front Desk: March 2021

TAMPA MUSEUM OF ART UNDERGOES $12 MILLION RENOVATION  To accommodate Downtown Tampa’s growing community, the Tampa Museum of Art announced the finalization of plans to begin a $12 million renovation. Funded entirely by private donations, the renovations aim to expand the museum’s education programs and gallery space. Construction is slated to begin in May. However, no closures are anticipated. After it was moved to Orlando due to the pandemic in 2020, WrestleMania is making its way back to Tampa.     PHOTO > WWE, INC. WRESTLEMANIA 37  RETURNS  TO TAMPA Under new safety protocols that have...

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Quesabirria Tacos Have Taken Over Tampa

Like most Tampa residents, Stephanie Swanz first encountered quesabirria tacos on Instagram. “I kept seeing these delicious tacos online and had to try some,” says Swanz, who owns Empamamas and the recently opened Muchachas at Armature Works. At the time, she was developing the taco-focused menu for Muchachas, and her team hit the test kitchen. “A crispy tortilla filled with birria, cheese, onion and cilantro pressed together and then dipped in consommé. … The moment I saw them, I knew I needed them, stat.” These crispy, cheesy, beefy stuffed tacos have taken foodie social media by storm....

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Tampa Confidential: Crystal Dukes

ABOUT ME… DUE TO HISTORICALLY LOW INVENTORY AND INTEREST RATES, REAL ESTATE IN MOST TAMPA NEIGHBORHOODS ARE IN HIGH DEMAND ACROSS ALL PRICE POINTS. Experts predict desirability and strong demand continuing into 2021. Last year I sold in Beach Park, Sunset Park and Hyde Park; all three neighborhoods are in high demand and continue to be. THE PANDEMIC CHANGED THE REAL ESTATE GAME SIGNIFICANTLY AS FAR AS CUSTOMER DEMANDS ARE CONCERNED IN THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE. People want more square footage for a home office, bonus room and/or a loft for home virtual schooling. In addition to this, direct...

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Get to Know the Toronto Raptors, Now Playing in Tampa

The news came down like the bolt of lightning the city has been missing for so many months: The Toronto Raptors, 2019 NBA Champions, would be making Tampa Bay their home base for at least the beginning of the 2020-21 basketball season. Because the Canadian government requires a 14-day quarantine upon returning from outside the country, it would have been virtually impossible for Canada’s only NBA team to participate in the season as normal. Possible city names were tossed around, from Nashville to Buffalo (where the Toronto Blue Jays played the MLB season earlier in 2020), but just before Thanksgiving,...

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Settin’ Sail for Super Bowl LV in Tampa Bay

CREW, PREPARE TO DISEMBARK The countdown has entered its final days. For the fifth time, Tampa Bay is stepping up in unusual and unpredictable circumstances to pull off the biggest game of the year with all eyes on us. In a normal year, that means an estimated economic impact upwards of $500 million, celebrities and parties galore, and hotel rooms packed not only in Downtown Tampa, but from the beaches through the I-4 corridor. This is a different year. And very likely, a much different Super Bowl. At the eleventh hour of game-week preparations, we’re entering the eleventh month of the coronavirus...

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