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With more than 30 sweet and savory olive oils and vinegars to choose from, Kalamazoo Olive Company may overwhelm the shrewdest gourmand. That?s why the shop?s expert staff members happily lead customers on tasting tours, pouring small samples from the gleaming fustis that line wooden shelves. Customers can taste oils infused with exotic ingredients such as chipotle peppers or persian limes and lap up sweet, syrupy dessert vinegars. Oil experts are also happy to recommend complementary food pairings from their shop?s selection of Italian pastas, antipasti, and stuffed olives. Once customers have honed in on their ideal oil or vinegar, staff will bottle and seal them onsite to ensure they stay fresh and free of genies.

449 Central Ave
Saint Petersburg,
FL
US

The Tampa Bay Times traces its origins to the backroom of a pharmacy in 1884, when the bay area was a sleepy backwater. In those days, only 480 people read the four-page journal. But over the course of the next 50 years, cadres of plucky, adventurous businessmen, including W. L. Straub and Paul Poynter, oversaw an unprecedented expansion in the newspaper?s circulation and prestige as they promoted the region?s booming growth in business and population. Paul?s son, Nelson Poynter, took over as editor in 1939, establishing a reputation for journalistic integrity that led admirers to revere him as a patriot and genius and detractors to denounce him as a muckraker, a communist, or a delirious sleepwalker.

Readers of the Tampa Bay Times witness Nelson Poynter?s legacy for sober, detailed analysis in the pages of today?s publication, which has claimed ten Pulitzer Prizes?including one in 2014, one in 2013, and two won in 2009, one of which was awarded to its nationally renowned PolitiFact.com fact-checking operation.

490 1st Avenue South
St. Petersburg,
FL
US

The Tampa Bay Times traces its origins to the backroom of a pharmacy in 1884, when the bay area was a sleepy backwater. In those days, only 480 people read the four-page journal. But over the course of the next 50 years, cadres of plucky, adventurous businessmen, including W. L. Straub and Paul Poynter, oversaw an unprecedented expansion in the newspaper?s circulation and prestige as they promoted the region?s booming growth in business and population. Paul?s son, Nelson Poynter, took over as editor in 1939, establishing a reputation for journalistic integrity that led admirers to revere him as a patriot and genius and detractors to denounce him as a muckraker, a communist, or a delirious sleepwalker.

Readers of the Tampa Bay Times witness Nelson Poynter?s legacy for sober, detailed analysis in the pages of today?s publication, which has claimed ten Pulitzer Prizes?including one in 2014, one in 2013, and two won in 2009, one of which was awarded to its nationally renowned PolitiFact.com fact-checking operation.

490 1st Ave S
Saint Petersburg,
FL
US

Florida Trend, a business-focused magazine, has reported on the state's important events for more than 50 years. The magazine's award-winning journalists explore developments from Miami to Pensacola, painting a broad picture of the latest news in local business, culture, and politics. In addition to ranking the Sunshine State's biggest businesses and best graduate schools, Florida Trend has profiled famous Floridians, including Governor Scott, Burt Reynolds, and the Miami Dolphins mascot.

490 1st Ave S
Saint Petersburg,
FL
US

The cylinder sculptors at the relaxing Central Cigars hand roll cigars on-site with 100% Cuban seed and 100% long-leaf filler. Connecticut shade wrappers enclose the smooth, mild flavors of the Connecticut Robusto ($7.95) and the Connecticut Toro ($8.95). Sumatra wrappers such as the Sumatra Toro ($8.95) or the Sumatra Torpedo Giant ($11.95) emit meandering smoke trails that pirouette through the air like a jazzercising ghost. Hoarding ashtrays also collect the flecks from a variety of name brands, including Arturo Fuente, Padron, Ashton, and Rocky Patel ($3.95+).

273 Central Ave
Saint Petersburg,
FL
US

At Whim So Doodle, clients browse aisles brimming with eclectic scrapbooking and crafting supplies or pick up new techniques in conventional or holiday-themed crafting classes listed on the class calendar. Unlike flattened Christmas ornaments, patterned scrapbook paper and cardstock ($0.70–$3) create an elegant base for holiday cards, and Copic markers ($6.99) add color to mundane messages. Shoppers can browse swathes of Amy Butler fabric ($10.99/yd.) or redirect flee-floating emotions to the pages of Smash journals ($12.99).

237 2nd Avenue South
St. Petersburg,
FL
US