Avid Brew Company believes that limitations shouldn't stop people from stretching their creative wings. Following the simple belief that "you can brew great tasting and unique beers without a brewery and you can grow nutritious food without a backyard," the staff at Avid enable individuals to create their own brews and produce. Through the retail store in Downtown St. Petersburg or the online store, customers can buy startup kits to brew craft beer and hydroponic systems to grow produce indoors. In addition to these complete kits, the shop stocks a range of equipment and supplies including water chillers, malt extract, and hydrometer thermometers.
Leafy Greens Cafe is proudly gluten-free, non-GMO, and 100% dedicated to the health of its diners. The menu is raw and vegan featuring delicious, yet healthful items such as "spaghetti" made from raw zucchini or large romaine leaves stuffed with guacamole and raw walnut taco "meat." Originally established five years ago, the restaurant recently relocated and expanded to a new location, enabling customers to access the cafe more easily and providing ample parking.
Today’s Groupon is sure to perk up any lethargic latte-lover. For $10, you’ll get $20 worth of fresh-brewed sips and snacks at Kahwa Coffee Roasting Company, a change purse–friendly caffeination station in downtown St. Petersburg that never requires patrons to wear bowler hats.“Too Much Trouble”: After escaping from The Institute, Hunter pretends to be Dr. Boreas, a physics professor, to solve the mystery of a vanished student. Along the way, he stumbles upon a group of smugglers using baby formula to sneak drugs into the United States.
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.
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+).
Open since June, Messineo's burgeoning stock of upscale market goods and natural health foods saves shoppers from having to harvest wholesome fare the hard way, such as hoarding a winter's worth of cage-free chicken eggs for spring planting. Messineo's departments service each block of the food pyramid with delectable precision, from its full, fresh bakery to a produce section filled with local fruits and veggies, many of which are grown no more than 10 hours from the shop. Local dairies provide the milk and eggs, and artisan cheeses comprise a model U.N. of cheese-making traditions. The butcher counter is a carnivore's paradise of fresh, sometimes organic meats and poultry, including boneless, skinless chicken breast ($4.99/lb) and beef tenderloin ($12.99/lb), and pescatarians can grin with Captain Ahab's vengeful delight at Messineo's deep-sea delicacies, including the fresh tuna loin ($15.99/lb) and the snow-crab legs ($4.99/lb).