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Roy Lichtenstein: Monet’s Garden Goes Pop! in Sarasota, Florida

Brought to you by Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Now through June 27, Selby Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota campus is showcasing Pop Art icon Roy Lichtenstein’s take on Monet’s garden. Roy Lichtenstein made his name by applying his Pop Art interpretation to cultural icons like Mickey Mouse and images from American advertising. Yet, he was also fascinated by landscapes and the popular art form of Impressionism. Starting in the 1960s, he paid homage to — and radically reimagined — Monet’s Impressionist works. Roy Lichtenstein: Monet’s Garden Goes Pop! showcases the legendary Pop artist’s take on several...

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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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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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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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5 Homes that Define Tampa Heights

Tampa Heights is on the rise again. Just north of downtown, residents are embracing the neighborhood’s history and proximity to Tampa’s urban core. “Tampa Heights has changed a lot, and it’s become vibrant,” says Nicholas Buchanan, who focuses on the neighborhood as the lead Realtor for Keller Williams’ Buchanan Portfolio Group. Like Seminole Heights saw a resurgence last decade, Tampa Heights’ early-1900s, classic wood-frame bungalows with expansive porches and tree-lined streets are in higher demand than ever. Read about five homes that exemplify the state of the neighborhood this year below. 105...

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The History of Tampa Heights

Beginning in the mid-2010s, the long-awaited renaissance of Tampa Heights was ?nally taking hold. For there to be a renaissance there has to have been an earlier decline, and to say that Tampa Heights was once in decline would be putting it mildly. The neighborhood just north of Downtown Tampa was the city’s ?rst suburb, but it also became one of the city’s ?rst economically challenged areas. The rise, fall and rebirth of Tampa Heights is a story that includes an epidemic with mysterious origins, a short-lived town government and grand residences, followed by long-lasting economic decline and...

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Salt Shack Has a Boatload of Toys for Tots this Holiday Season

Brought to you by Salt Shack Salt Shack held their first Toys for Tots fundraising event on December 10. At the event, local Marines assisted in accepting toys and monetary donations for Toys for Tots while also educating guests about the origin and impact of the charitable organization. Salt Shack is honored and privileged to be able to use their environmentally safe, waterfront property to support local children during the holiday season. With the generosity of the supportive Tampa Bay community, they are working toward their goal of filling up the Salt Shack boat to the brim with toys. Toy...

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Tampa Confidential: Aubrey Jackson

ABOUT ME CONTENT CREATION AND STORYTELLING COMES NATURALLY TO ME. Over the years I’ve worked as a news anchor and reporter, and growing up I was involved in theatre and acting. I love to connect, engage and share meaningful messages with others. My lifestyle blog, SoSouthernBelle.com, originated as a creative outlet to share my love of fashion, travel, and personal development. Over the years it’s grown from being an outlet for myself to a resource for others, and I am so humbled by that. With my blog and social media platforms I highlight fun things to see and do in Tampa Bay and started a...

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