'Burg Bits: The Loafies Loves 'Burg's Biz

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iLovetheBurg Downtown St. Pete creators with Localista Olga Bof (not in picture Sheri Kendrick) in front of Czar in Ybor.

Creative Loafing
's 21st Best of the Bay Awards didn't fail to pay homage to the 'Burg this year. Although the "Best" City Loafie went to Tampa, your very own iLovetheBurg Downtown St. Pete got love as the Readers' Pick for the Best Local Facebook Page. Thank you, thank you very much. Our Localista blog, written by the incomparable Olga Bof and illustrated by the photographs of the talented Sheri Kendrick, won the award for Best Local Blogger

St. Pete's own Geri X, who won for Best Local Singer/Songwriter entertained the crowd at Ybor's Czar Vodka Bar. Other notable winners from the 'Burg are Eric Deggans, media critic at the St. Pete Times, for Best Local Voice for Media. Artist Dan Lasata–soon to appear as Featured Artist of the 'Burg –won for Best Visual Breakout Artist and our beloved Studio@620 won for Best Arts Multi-Taskers.

The Best Idea Incubator went to USF St. Pete, for their Sustainable Entrepreneurship & Innovation Alliance program. St. Pete Pride won for Best Celebration of Diversity (and Best People Watching). Perhaps ignominously, Best Buzzing Sound went to the 'Burgs yearly zoom-fest, the St. Pete Grand Prix.  

Several Loafies acknowledged our great, unique retail offerings including 
Revolve Clothing Exchange for Best Cost-Effective Shopping  and Drop for Best Florida Wear for Young Folks.

Our entertainment and resto scene didn't go unacknowledged with Amercian Stage and freeFall Theater tying for Best Theatre CompanyNova 535  winning Best Swanky Events Space and Jannus Live for Best Small Concert Venue. Kahwa Coffee won Best Coffee Shop for its second straight year!

The award for Best Emmy, Oprah and CL-Approved Historian (a title we suspect was tailored for its recipient) is St. Petersburg resident historian and founder of USF's Florida Studies program, Raymond Arsenault.

Other notable locals include:
  • Colon Hydrotherapy for Best Place to Show Your Butt
  • Thank You Mama for Best Yoga/Aupuncture/Baby Boutique Mash-up
  • Sweet Cheeks Candy & Beauty Bar: Best Independent Retailer
  • Alésia Restaurant for Best Cheap Eats, Pinellas
  • Mezé 119 for Best Vegetarian Restaurant Even a Carnivore Could Enjoy
  • Three Birds for Best Vegetarian Dish at a place that serves Deep-Fried Bacon
  • Parkshore Grill for Best Doggie Fine Dining
  • Taco Bus for Best New Bus Stops
  • St. Pete Bagel Co. for Best Bagel Shop-Turned Drive Thru
  • Paclugo Gelato for Best Almost Ice Cream
  • Mazzaros's Italian Market for Best Reason for Foodies to Cross the Bride from Tampa to St. Pete
  • The Hangar Restaurant & Flight Lounge for The Best Jazz with a Side of Breakfast
  • Judah and Levi Love, the Emerald, for Best Bartending Couple
  • The Bula Kafe for Best Legal High
  • Impulse Pole Dance for Best Pole Dancing Fitness Studio
  • Ramblin’ Rose for Best Retail Upgrade
  • DJ Mega Stoll for Best Club DJ
  • Black Friday Art and Fashion Show at Vitale Studio won Best Holiday Shopping
  • Stellie Belies for Best Kids' Consignmen
In case we missed anyone (it's a long list to go through) and for a complete listing, go to Best of the Bay Awards page.

McDonald's Samaritan
Old Southeast resident Jim Carter was the recipient of what he called a "random act of kindness" last week, when buying his daily oatmeal at the McDonald's drive thru, 4th St. North. "When I got to the window to pay, the cashier told me the lady in front of me paid for it." According to the cashier, this good samaritan buys breakfast for the person behind her every day. There ought to be an award for that. 

Movies in the Park
“Music & Movies in the Park” is produced by St. Petersburg Preservation each October and May to highlight the beauty of our 100+ year old downtown waterfront parks. Movies are free but pay-what-you-can donations are requested. The schedule for October is as follows:

Oct. 6 - Major League
(1989) – A great comedy story built around the hapless Cleveland Indians who suddenly and surprisingly start winning, starring Wesley Snipes and Tom Berenger
Oct. 13 - Shane
(1953) – The Oscar award winning western classic starring Alan Ladd and Jack Palance set against the beautiful Teton mountains of Wyoming.
Oct. 20 Key Largo
(1948) – An Academy Award winning classic with Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson & Lauren Bacall, all taking place as the hurricane approaches!
Oct.27 Beetlejuice
(1988) – Get ready for Halloween with a couple of recently deceased ghosts who contract the services of a "bio-exorcist" in the hilarious comedy starring Alec Baldwin & Geena Davis.

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