St. Pete skincare company’s Instagram posts spark a deal with a national retailer

NAMAKA, a St. Petersburg-based skincare brand, is going national, after striking a deal with Urban Outfitters.

Urban Outfitters (Nasdaq: URBN), a retail chain headquartered in Philadelphia, is carrying four of NAMAKA’s 10 skincare products.

“They found us on Instagram and emailed us and asked if we would be interested in being part of their summer lineup,” said Alix Brett, NAMAKA co-founder. “They reached out to us in December and launched our products on their site in June, and they just re-ordered.”

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Venture capital leaders: ‘We need to change the way it’s always been done’

A strategy of diversity and inclusion in the venture capital industry involves more than just providing financial backing to a startup founder who is female, Black or Hispanic.

It also involves mentoring those founders, taking them to events they’ve not had access to before, and introducing them to business leaders or investors they otherwise might never meet. And, panelists at a Florida Venture Forum webinar said, it involves changing the culture of venture capital firms.

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Just Getting Started: A limitless vision of St. Pete as a City of the Arts

Dr. Tomalin's guest is Wayne Atherholt, Director of the Department of Cultural Affairs for the City of St. Petersburg. They discuss the important role played by the arts in the healthy development of the city, as both an inspiration and a proven economic driver. Dr. Tomalin and Atherholt recall an advance tour they both took of the massive, soon-to-open Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement, and talk about the giant "floating sculpture" design by Tampa native (and world-renowned artist) Janet Echelman for the new St. Pete Pier. The groundbreaking, six-year-old SHINE Mural Festival is discussed, as well as the importance of the performing arts in a community of this size and diversity.

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Ep. 069: Sandra Braham, CEO of Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services

Dr. Braham explores balancing the quantitative and qualitative value of each of her organization's individual programs, and the wrap-around nature of those programs and how they work in tandem with one another to provide help for families in diverse and meaningful ways.

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‘Catalyst Sessions’ recap: Mike Deeson

Former investigate newsman Mike Deeson, who spent 35 award-wining years at WTSP-TV and earned a reputation as the watchdog journalist that “bad guys” did not want to see coming, discussed his career and his new memoir on Friday’s edition of The Catalyst Sessions.

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COVID-19 By Zip Code



Drive-through testing begins Monday at Tropicana Field

Beginning June 29, Tropicana Field will be the home to a new COVID-19 test site. Pinellas County, the City of St. Petersburg and the Pinellas County Department of Health are teaming up with BayCare Health System to establish a drive-through COVID-19 collection site at Tropicana Field. It will open to the public Monday.

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Free mask distribution sites set up countywide

With face coverings now required at indoor public places in Pinellas County, masks have become a must-have accessory in fighting the spread of COVID-19.

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Focus: Elevators

The Elevator Arises As The Latest Logjam In Getting Back To Work


St. Pete 2.0: What should we prioritize as we rebuild? [Survey]

Challenges related to COVID-19, an economic downturn and demands for racial equity and social justice have changed our world in significant ways. Every city in America has an opportunity to emerge from this time in ways that will shape our future, and St. Petersburg seems uniquely suited to meet these challenges...

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Marc Andreessen

Marc is one of the most notable and influential figures in the history of the internet. We were lucky to have a wide ranging conversation with him on how he spends his time, how he tries to set goals for himself, how he reads so much, what keeps him so plugged in after all of these years and what he wants people to build. Marc was generous and open with his responses and I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.

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