October 7th, 2011 categories: Downtown St Petersburg
Sweet Divas Chocolates opened today at 400 Beach Drive NE in downtown St Petersburg. Note that it’s actually on 4th Avenue North, just off Beach Drive. It joins The Gift Box and Savory Spice Shop in this strip of shops just around the corner from the Chihuly Collection.
The bright lime green awnings caught my attention as I was driving by early this morning – so I went around the block and came back to check it out. There’s free parking right along the curb.
Immediately inside the door the silent Dobson was there to greet me, offering various chocolate samples.
Once past Dobson, the greetings were warmer and vocal: Christy (the chocolate maker) and Jeanne (the baker) had smiles, even this early in the morning.
At this hour, the coffees and teas would be the most popular, accompanied by muffins or cupcakes, cookies or chocolate. I chose a latte, which could have a variety of flavors.
Conrad, Christy’s husband, was still hanging the menu board when I came in. He was quick to tell me that Christy not only made ganache, but could custom blend a chocolate just for me. When Jeanne learned that I was a Realtor, she was quick to let me know that they made gift baskets and had gift certificates.
Looking around the shop, there were a variety of chocolates, baked goods and other treats. Come here to look for gifts and be sure to buy something for yourself while you’re here.
Sweet Divas Chocolates, 400 Beach Drive NE, Suite 181, St Pete www.sweetdivaschocolates.com
…and for your real estate needs, be sure to round the corner and come to The Simms Team at ALVA International, Inc. at 238 Beach Drive NE. Come see what Beach Drive is all about!
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6:43 am Downtown St Petersburg Florida. Today was the 39th annual Sunrise Sale in downtown St Pete. Super sales awaited the early birds, with extra discounts if you were wearing pajamas! Plan your first stop for your favorite shop and get the best bargains there. For me, Stop #1 was The Gift Box. Next door was new Cerulean Blue on one side and Savory spice shop on the other. Then I stopped at Sweet Divas for a Black and White Coffee (coffee with both dark chocolate and white chocolate). Umm. Yumm.
Then I stopped at the Museum of Fine Arts store that had a variety of interesting things on sale – and free mimosas to drink while shopping. There was lots to see and do, from a $4 breakfast at 400 Beach to big sales at Bruce Watters, Jewelers.
There are usually about 30 shops open, with bargains up to 80% off! Before too long, I just sat outside of ALVA International and watched the passers-by. Ladies in pajamas, men in pajamas, even dogs in pajamas. And of course, some preferring “street” clothes, even though it meant a bit less of a bargain.
Some of us remember the old days. You’d mark the Sunrise Sale on your calendar months in advance, always a weekday morning in July. Some stores would have crowds outside the door, waiting … Remember the Straw Goat? B. Chandler’s? John Baldwin’s?
Even if you’re not a normal Early Riser – have some fun and join the Sunrise Sale in downtown St Petersburg!
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