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.
For the staff at Uniquely Yours Boutique, fashion doesn’t mean exotic runway costumes; instead, they treat clothing as an everyday means of stylish self-expression. With that in mind, they curate a boutique filled with feminine dresses, blouses, handbags, and handmade jewelry as wearable as it is chic. They also welcome visitors to create artful fashion of their own during one of the shop’s painting workshops, which cover the art of painting silk scarves, pillow covers, and portraits depicting customers as a member of the House of Windsor.
Feet First is a specialty shop dedicated to running and walking—that’s why rows of athletic shoes line its walls. Working under this niche’s umbrella, the staff tends to a selection of shoes, athletic apparel, and accessories from brands such as Asics, Merrell, New Balance, and Nike. Customers can visit the Tampa or St. Petersburg location and peruse insoles and socks that are designed to help reduce the wear and tear on both human and shoe heels.
Helmed by a mother-daughter team, The Classy Closet stocks new and gently used clothing and accessories from upscale designers. In the showroom, customers peruse purses, shoes, jeans, and dresses from high-end brands such as Louis Vuitton, BCBGirls, Betsey Johnson, and Coach, each marked at a reasonable price. Sellers can stop in as well, and can trade their goods for store credit or consign them for 50% of the sell price.
Classical, opera, and popular orchestral compositions make up the repertoire of the Southwest Florida Symphony, which has made quality programming its mission since 1961. Aiming to make music accessible to all, the symphony visits schools, offers scholarships, books youth-friendly concerts, and provides a friendly First-Timer’s Guide for new audience members unfamiliar with the proper way of applauding.
Brian and Rebecca Fulton are a husband-and-wife duo that decided to turn their image-making passion into a full-time job. Bring up to three buddies or fashion-forward centaurs and the two shutterbugs will capture your best side during a one-hour photo shoot. The Fultons use high-end equipment—including Canon DSLRs and an Elinchrom portable lighting system—to slice meaty moments out of reality's carcass and grill them into images of the highest possible caliber. Along with a full array of online and digital copies, you can also adorn office desks and sleeping in-laws with good old-fashioned prints of your favorite shots. Pricing for prints varies by image size; use your $50 photo credit for a 4''x6'' ($3.95), 5''x7'' ($9.95), 8''x10'' ($19.95), 11''x14'' ($45.95), or four wallet-sized portraits ($9.95). RBF Photography dispenses prints with matte or glossy finishes.