On a daily basis, I fall more and more in love with St Pete. People laugh at me when I say I only cross the bridge when I have to.
St Pete has a beautiful big city feel with a small town mentality. The culinary, arts and culture here is AMAZING. It is easy to navigate, and you have several significant hubs with new art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants; whether it be downtown, on the gulf or off Central Avenue.
Recently I was driving down Central Avenue heading downtown to do some errands, and I passed a Volkswagen van parked next to a local coffee shop, I did a double take and had to circle back around.
This remarkable, unique blue van is the Tampa Bay Posies Flower Truck! The business was started by two friends who had a ‘little extra time’ on their hands. They found this van and had it retrofitted to hold flower buckets and covered it with a canopy.
The buckets are full of unique flower blooms not found in dull supermarket flowers. Today they had beautiful pink and white peonies, heather, HUGE King Protea, puffy green dianthus, and several varieties of roses and anemones.
They are available in the Tampa Bay Area for weddings as a great photo op as well as offering small wrapped posies of fresh flowers for your guests as a favor. They have many standing orders they deliver, but most times, you can find them at local events and pop-up venues. They keep a calendar of locations on their website and you can find them on Facebook and Instagram as well.
The concept is adorable, the flowers are beautiful, and the ladies are too, too sweet.
I found them on my way to check out Brooklyn South on Central Avenue. They are a gourmet cheese, meat and sandwich shop, tucked into a fun, funky 450 square foot space.
They offer an impressive selection of imported and domestic cheeses and charcuterie; unique scratch-made sandwiches and gourmet food products from Brooklyn and around the world. The shop is packed to the gills with beer, wine, unique sodas and soft drinks as well as specialty retail items.
I popped in for a sandwich and stayed for great foodie conversation with owner Matt Bonano.
I ordered the Italian, it is a pressed sandwich on locally baked ciabatta bread, but everything on the well-crafted menu and the daily specials looked exciting and delicious as well.
They offer after-hours cheese classes and work to promote local artisan meat and cheese producers.
This is my St Pete, and both of these businesses are exactly why we love it here!