Until public-transit officials make our dream of commuting to work by rollycoaster a reality, we'll have to settle for the adrenaline rush of traditional pick-me-ups. Percolate perkiness with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of café eats and coffee at Craftsman House in St. Petersburg.
Craftsman House marries buzz-inducing beverages, specializing in well-crafted coffee and espresso drinks, with the ambience of an eclectic art museum. Nestled in the kitchen of the bungalow, the café portion of Craftsman House serves up homemade iced tea ($1.50), mint water ($2.25), and a robust coffee menu that can pep up any dormant mind for artistic exploration. A modestly sized menu of café eats includes salads, wraps, and sandwiches. Try the strawberry salad ($7.25), an earthy mash-up of ripe berries, blue cheese, walnuts, and homemade sweet onion dressing, or nibble on a savory cheese globe plate ($6.95).
The Craftsman House, built in 1918, is renovated with breezy windows and seaside décor. Recline on the massive front porch for a laid-back lunch, or peruse the wares of more than 300 local and national artists in the gallery. Open daily, the St. Petersburg café plays host to a rotating selection of musical and art events.
Craftsman House won the NICHE magazine award for Best New Store and was featured in the St. Petersburg Times' Critics Circle blog and by Creative Loafing. Meanwhile, 73% of Urbanspooners recommend it. Here's what people are saying:
- [Co-owner] Stephanie [Schorr] originally made all the salads and sandwiches herself…Added aesthetic bonus: she makes the plates on which you're served. – Lennie Bennett, St. Petersburg Times
- …served on homemade crockery while you sit on mismatched rattan and wood furniture and watch the world go by. That's nice, especially this time of year. – Brian Ries, Creative Loafing
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 Ave.
St. Petersburg, Florida 33713Get Directions