Appreciating the Arts and Crafts movement in a café setting has come a long way since the days of making your own lunch date out of construction paper and exchanging googly-eyed glances. Craft new memories with today's Groupon for café dining packages at Craftsman House in St. Petersburg. All packages include: choice of one entree (up to a $7.50 value), beverage (up to a $7 value), and dessert (up to a $3 value) per person. Choose between two options:
- $17 for two people (up to a $35 value).
- $30 for four people (up to a $70 value).
Equal parts gallery and café, Craftsman House integrates art and lunch with a gallery of work from over 300 local and national artists and a menu of fresh wraps, specialty drinks, and baked goods. Step onto the bungalow's wraparound porch and lounge on wicker chairs while sipping a Cigar City microbrew beer ($3.75) or Yuengling Lager ($3). A fruity mosaic of Craftsman House's seasonal summer chillers ($4.50-$5.00) blossoms against the complementary crispness of a Granny Smith apple salad ($5.25) served in a pottery bowl crafted onsite. Beyond the home's airy corridors, cunning kitchen hands assemble edibles, such as roast beef on focaccia ($7.50) or the pulled-pork wrap, which is quilted together with homespun slaw and vibrant red-pepper sauce ($7.25). Postmeal, resist urges to sponge-paint your date's face with moist cupcakes, brownie wedges, or a strawberry rhubarb pie.
Craftsman House showcases glass art and artisan jewelry and hosts live music shows and art events. Meandering through 2,000 square feet of winding hallways, guests may stumble upon Chad, the café's friendly akita mascot, who charms guests with his loving demeanor and his ability to bark in pig latin.
Origin Stories: Bungalow Rescue Squad Mobilize!
Before they became proud parents of a refurbished bungalow, Jeff Schorr found professional success in the skateboarding and snowboarding industries, while his wife Stephanie spun her wheels as a potter. The two set out to transform a mutual love for food, music, and art into a for-profit passion, and traveled from Colorado to Florida, stumbling upon an unused bungalow built in 1918 and perched on the west side of a sleepy retail corridor.
By 2005, the rogue revitalists had nursed it back to health and converted its carriage house into a bustling pottery studio. Today, Craftsman House anchors an entire end of the Grand Central business district, and once attracted the attentions of a psychic, who used her crystals to determine that the premise’s ghosts were all friendly.
Built in 1918, the Craftsman House's expansive, adobe-toned bungalow collapses time as visitors step onto a breezy veranda, walk past a lush carpet of flowers and fronds, and witness more American craftwork than they can shake an intricately whittled stick at. Blown glass, turned wood, and fine pottery and jewelry provided by a 300-strong network of local and national artists are just a few of the pieces that settle in at this homey abode. The building is so homey, in fact, that one artist hardly ever leaves. Surrounded by the courtyard, what was once an old-time carriage house is now the clay-caked studio of professional potter Stephanie Schorr. There, visitors can find her partway through many projects at once, crafting functional wares and feeding the carnival fire breathers that keep her kiln hot.
The historic hub of creative know-how hosts a multiplicity of events, including live music, gallery tours, and artistic workshops. In honor of the gallery's tireless community efforts, Craftsman House was named the 2011 Top Retailer for a Charitable or Philanthropic Event by Niche magazine.
2955 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, Florida 33713