Oak & Stone expands from Sarasota to St. Pete

Two years ago, Sarasota buddies Joe Seidensticker and Brett Decklever – a restauranteur and a realtor/developer – came up with a unique business concept.

They created Oak & Stone, an upscale restaurant-slash-tavern serving artisanal pizza, gourmet burgers and other such fare, and – here’s the envelope-pushing part – a self-serve “beer wall” with more than 50 taps. Customers (21 and older) can pay for a wristband which allows them to sample, through an embedded RFID (radio-frequency identification) chip, an astonishing variety of craft beers, many of them locally brewed. The tap system – always attended by tavern staff – cuts them off when the pre-payment runs out.

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Clearwater, FL – Vacation Town or Tech Startup Haven?

What do you see when you think about Clearwater, Florida?

Google the city, and you’ll see nothing but beaches in the image results. Sure, the beaches are award-winning, but Clearwater locals know that there’s a lot more going on beneath the sandy, sun-kissed surface.

Clearwater is also home to a number of established and growing tech companies, including Tech Data and KnowBe4. The Tampa Bay Region, including Clearwater and St. Petersburg, is climbing the ranks as a desirable place for jobseekers and entrepreneurs. In fact, the area has been ranked as:

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March For Our Lives tour hits St. Pete on Thursday

The students of March For Our Lives – a movement born out the February 2018 school shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 people – have taken their entire summer to tour the country. The Parkland students have banded together with students of other schools and supporters to bring the March For Our Lives movement, an effort to end school shootings, around the United States.

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Seth Godin

Seth Godin is electric in this speech on why our current social system is designed to make you under-achieve. [Video 7:51]

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The Hustle

Sophie Bel

Because I love to make others feel great! My job is so rewarding and challenging at the same time. To have clients walk out saying "I need more of that in my life" is an amazing feeling. It's a fabulous environment. People are there because they want to be. It's an experience not just a facial!

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Tampa Bay Rays

Since 1998, the Tampa Bay Rays have truly been a ray of sunshine in the Tampa Bay area.

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The Shuffle

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Redefining Onboarding as a Journey [Tier1]

Onboarding has the power to transform organizations and how people relate to them. Here's how.

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