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Downtown St Pete Sunrise Sale 2012

Sunrise Sale in St Petersburg brings out the pajamas

Christy from Sweet Divas visiting the Gift Box


Flags, balloons and music on the downtown St Pete sidewalks for sunrise sale

Beach Drive welcomes you to the Sunrise Sale in downtown St Petersburg

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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Paint Your Shoes and help Morean Arts Center – Chihuly style

Paint Your Shoes at Morean Arts Center

Paint Your Shoes at Morean Arts Center

Paint your shoes and help Morean Arts Center in St Petersburg by attending one of their Paint Your Shoes sessions:

  • Saturday, May 22  10-3
  • Thursday, May 27  5-7

On July 11th the Morean Arts Center will open The Chihuly Collection on Beach Drive.  The suggested donation for attending one of the above paint sessions is $5.

Why paint your shoes?  What does this have to do with Chihuly?  Chihuly is known for his glass work, but he also does splatter painting, which generally results in his shoes always being splattered.

What a great time to show your creativity. Bring in a pair of shoes, from sneakers to high heels, or even Cowboy Boots and use acrylic paints to show your style.   Read Chihuly, Shoe-huly.

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William Eleazer book signing at ALVA International

Author William Eleazer

Author William Eleazer

 Savannah Law


 William Eleazer book signing  at ALVA International in downtown St Petersburg is scheduled for May 1st from 10 am – 1 pm. His novel, Savannah Law, is inspired by his years as a lawyer and law professor at Stetson University College of Law and his childhood in Georgia.

The young protagonists are young law students but the building suspense is not limited to the young. The action is fast paced and his characters are people we’d like to see in more books. You encounter a notorious national criminal defense attorney, dysfunctional faculty meetings, law history and case building and a Cheers bar.

For a first published book, this legal thriller leaves you wanting more. Come and meet William Eleazer and his wife, Jan, both St Petersburg residents, on Saturday, May 1st, at The Simms Team real estate office at ALVA International, Inc. 238 Beach Drive NE in downtown St Petersburg.

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Celebrate First Night in downtown St Petersburg

Fireworks in downtown St Petersburg

Fireworks in downtown St Petersburg

Celebrate First Night tonight in downtown St. Petersburg. For the 17th time, downtown St Petersburg has lots of fun planned – musical events, fireworks, restaurant specials – you can check out the whole First Night schedule online. Enjoy the downtown waterfront and all the parks, and see why so many people choose to live downtown.

Several downtown condos are great spots to view the fireworks and see the activities.  Live at Vinoy Place, 400 Beach, Parkshore Plaza, Cloisters, Ovation, Florencia or Bayfront Towers? Great views. If you don’t live there, we can help.

ALVA International will be closing their downtown St Pete office on Beach Drive at noon today for a long New Year’s weekend. We’re available by appointment, though, so just call our office at (727) 898-2582.

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Downtown St Petersburg happenings today – Saturday, Dec. 5th

Vinoy Basin downtown St Petersburg Florida

Vinoy Basin downtown St Petersburg Florida

9 – 11 am  Breakfast with Santa at the Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Dr. NE.

9 am – 2 pm  Saturday Morning Market at Al Lang Stadium parking lot, 1st Ave S and 1st St S.  Food, plants, crafts, music and more.

9:30 – 11:30  Breakfast with Dali at The Dali Museum, 1000 3rd St S. Tour especially for children 5-12. Interactive tour followed by breakfast buffet.

10:00 am  Annual Santa Holiday Parade. Central Ave & 5th St to Bayshore Blvd to 5th Ave N.

10 am – 4 pm  Holiday Extravaganza Day at the Museum of fine Arts, 255 Beach Dr NE

10 am – 7 pm  St Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show at South Yacht Basin and Albert Whitted Park, 400 1st St S.  Gulf Coast’s largest boat show.

11 am – 3 pm  Snowfest in North Straub Park,  Play in the snow: toboggan slide, ice skating, snowball toss and more.

12 Noon – 2:00 pm  FISH-ful Saturday Celebrates the Year of the Fish at The Pier Aquarium, 800 2nd Ave NE

6 – 9 pm  Santa in the Park in N. Straub Park.

Plus: exhibits at the Florida International Museum and others; afternoon and evening performances at American Stage.

Check out the list of downtown activities for the month of December.

And remember – from 10 am to 4 pm ALVA International, Inc real estate is open at 238 Beach Drive NE.

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Taste of Pinellas 2009

The waterfront Vinoy Park in downtown St Petersburg is the site for the 2009 Taste of Pinellas, a fundraiser for All Children’s Hospital.It runs from noon to 10 pm today and from noon to 7 pm on Sunday. Admission is free, then you buy tickets at 8 for $5 which you can use for food and drinks from over 40 restaurants. Selections range from 2 to 12 tickets. There’s live music, games, and even fireworks after dark.

Lots of local restaurants are supporting this event and providing favorite foods: Pacific Wave, the Hurricane, Parkshore Grill, Red Mesa, The Pub, Pepins, Snappers and more. Even the soon to open 400 Beach Seafood & Tap House is there, offering Seafood Louie salad and King Crab tails. There’s enough to make your mouth water, from fried chicken to grouper, from jambalaya to vanilla bean creme brulee.

All Children’s Hospital will open their new building later this year.  All Children’s is a regional facility which includes a 97-bed neonatal intensive care unit, a vardiovascular intensive care unit, and a pediatric cancer and blood disorders center. You can watch the progress on this webcam.

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Florida International Museum reopens

Florida International Museum presents In a New Light

The Florida International Museum has reopened as part of the St Petersburg College Downtown Arts Cultural Center. Appropriately, the first exhibit comes from the Gulf Coast Museum of Art collection, which is also part of St Petersburg College‘s contribution to the arts. The current In a New Light exhibit is a juxtaposition of pottery, paintings, furniture and other comtemporary media. George, Tami and I were all invited guests to a pre-opening reception and preview on Friday night, and we each found things to enjoy. I was a Director of the Florida International Museum from its inception, from Treasures of the Czars in 1995 through the Vatican Splendors in 2008. It’s gratifying to see the museum continue under St Petersburg College which has created a magical synergy of the arts in downtown St Pete.

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Webb’s City Musical at The Palladium St Petersburg

Last night George, Tami and I enjoyed Webb’s City: The Concert Version at The Palladium Theater in downtown St Petersburg. I remember back when Webb’s City store/mall/entertainment covered 10 city blocks in downtown St Petersburg. It’s hard now to imagine a store that huge in downtown St Pete. The musical covered Doc Webb’s life, as well as the Bust and Boom period of St Petersburg, starting back in the 1920s. The Palladium is also a beautiful building to enjoy, with its classic architecture. We’re grateful to St Petersburg College for making this venue possible. I even heard SPC president Carl Kuttler referred to as the Doc Webb of today’s downtown.

You still have a chance to see the performance – it runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday this weekend, May 15-17.

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Downtown St Petersburg Florida – busy Saturday, April 18, 2009

The 34th anual Mainsail Arts Festival is this weekend at Vinoy Park in downtown St Petersburg Florida (Bayshore Drive and 7th Ave NE, on the waterfront just east of the Renaissance Vinoy Hotel and the Vinoy Place condominiums.

 Saturday, April 18th, 2009  from 9 am to 6 pm
Sunday, April 19th, 2009 from 10 am to 5 pm

This juried art show generally attracts about 100,000 visitors.

It’s within walking distance of our ALVA office at 238 Beach Drive NE.

Also this weekend in downtown St Petersburg are events from the Festival of States.

The Harvey’s 5K Festival Run starts at North Straub Park at 8 am
The Festival of States Day Parade starts at Central and 5th St at 10 am and ends at North Straub Park at the Renaissance Vinoy Hotel.
The Festival Familyfest is from noon to 4:30 pm in North Straub Park. Games and live entertainment.
Harley Davidson Motorcycle Show.

North Straub Park is between Beach Drive and Bayshore, just south of 5th Avenue North.

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Grand Prix days in St Petersburg Florida

Grand Prix St PetersburgThe Grand Prix races are taking place in downtown St Petersburg, along city streets and an airport runway, adjacent to the beautiful waterfront. This is the weekend that downtown condo dwellers wither invite their friends to party and watch the races or leave town to avoid the noise. Temporary docks are set up for yachts, and there’s an area for RVs as well. It’s picture perfect weather, as all the tv viewers up north will notice.

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