Tombolo Books’ physical store to open Saturday

After 16 inspiring years working at Malaprop’s Bookstore, which the New York Times called “the heart and soul of Asheville, N.C., when Asheville was a sleepy little hippie town,” Alsace Walentine left the Blue Ridge Mountains for sunny St. Petersburg in 2015. Objective: An independent bookstore of her own.

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OTO Development buys St. Pete Beach hotel for $34.5 million

OTO Development, a hotel development and management company headquartered in Spartanburg, South Carolina, has bought the Howard Johnson by Wyndham St. Pete Beach Resort Hotel.

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Marxent scores patent win

The U.S. Patent & Trademark office has given the go-ahead to a patent application from Marxent, a St. Petersburg technology company with a three-dimensional visualization platform for furniture and home improvement retailers.

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ICYMI: Tampa Bay Tech poweredUP awards highlight innovation leaders [Video]

The organization honored a half-dozen individuals and companies at the Nov. 8 awards program, which included a newly created category, Tech Unicorn of the Year, recognizing Clearwater cybersecurity training firm KnowBe4 for attaining a valuation of $1 billion.

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Florida Aquarium joins effort to restore, preserve Florida coral reefs

The Florida Aquarium in Tampa is one of seven partners working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to protect and restore seven coral reef sites in the Florida Keys.

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The Shuffle

Truist names West Florida regional president
local market presidents


The Hustle

Roger Montenegro (IMpossible)

Roger Montenegro is a personal trainer at IM Possible Personal Training in downtown St. Pete. With a degree in applied physiology and kinesiology (and a minor in business administration) from the University of Florida, and a variety of work experiences under his belt, Montenegro is comfortable training everyone from beginners to advanced fitness junkies.

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As Tangerine Plaza sits empty, St. Petersburg seeks innovative solutions to food insecurity

I learned long ago that wishing for change in your city or your country or your life is a waste of time. What’s important are the artistic seeds you choose to sow, and the richness of the soil in the community garden where plant them.

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Kiran C. Patel
Entrepreneur, Philanthropist

Old Florida

Boyd Hill: The past, present and future of ‘St. Pete’s Central Park’

The zoo was located near the entrance of the 245-acre park, on the southern edge of Lake Maggiore (formerly Salt Lake), 380 shallow acres of brackish water. It was named for Boyd Hill, who’d been parks superintendent from 1954 until his death from a heart attack in 1957.

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PitchLyst Startup Report #047: Blue Halo

Blue Halo's Tony Ruben joins Joe Hamilton in the studio.

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