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Kahwa Coffee opens new location at Bob Lee’s

Kahwa Coffee at Bob Lee's Tire

Kahwa opens at Bob Lee’s

Kahwa has just opened its fourth retail coffee shop in St Pete (and has four in Tampa) at Bob Lee’s Tire on 4th Street.  I like getting gas at Bob Lee’s because it’s full service. They used to just give ladies full service, but changed some time ago so they give everyone full service.  I like not having to pump my own gas, especially when it’s cold or rainy, and it’s nice to have my windshield washed and my tires checked. For some years they’ve had some sort of food operation there, but I think they’ve picked a winner by bringing in Kahwa.  After having my usual morning coffee at Kahwa North, I drove to Bob Lee’s to fill up with gas, and there was Sarah Perrier, one of the Kahwa owners, holding her familiar yellow and brown cup of Kahwa coffee and letting everyone know that they can have a free cup of coffee today (and yesterday and tomorrow). I went in for mine and discovered a unique blend of Kahwa coffee shop with vintage gas station.

Congratulations, Rafael and Sarah!  You’ve been a fabulous addition to St Pete and surrounds, so it’s good to see you expanding successfully.

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Home Tours in St Petersburg

We’re starting to get phone calls asking about the holiday homes tours here in St Petersburg, so here’s the information for your calendar.

OLD NORTHEAST Candlelight Tour of Homes

Sunday, December 8 from 3 pm to 8 pm.  Tickets are $20 when purchased in advance and the proceeds are donated to charity. This will include a self-guided tour of 8 homes. A tour brochure will have a map and a detailed description of each home. There will be free shuttles throughout the tour time. Hospitality houses offer complimentary refreshments and the use of their restroom facilities. Watch a video of the Candlelight Tour of Homes and get more information on the Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood Association (HONNA) website.

SNELL ISLE Holiday Homes Tour

Saturday, December 7 from 10 am to 4 pm.  Advance tickets are $20 and will benefit The Florida Orchestra.    The tour will include 5 homes on Snell Isle, along Brightwaters Boulevard, Coffee Pot Riviera and Monterey Boulevard. A limited number of reservations are available for a wine tasting reception with hors d’oeuvres on December 6th. Get more information on the Snell Isle Holiday Homes Tour on the Florida Orchestra website.

If you like what you see and want to buy a home in the Old Northeast or Snell Isle, please contact Sharon, Tami or Rob with The Simms Team at ALVA International, Inc.  We’re at 238 Beach Drive NE, next to Tryst and across from the Museum of Fine Arts in downtown St Petersburg.


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Rita Gould Fine Arts Gallery Opening in St Petersburg

Rita Gould Fine Arts Gallery has Grand Opening

Rita Gould Fine Arts Gallery


The Grand Opening of the Rita Gould Fine Arts Gallery is Saturday, November 9th from 5:30 – 9:00 pm. The gallery is located just across from the Courthouse at 550 1st Avenue North in downtown St Petersburg. This a welcome addition to our arts community. St Petersburg has consistently been rated the #1 mid-size city for art.

Artists featured in the gallery include Carole Bardes, Kennedi Benjamin, Mirella Cimato, Gail Falkingham, Jean Hurst, Ronn Johnson, Mary Khosh, Richard Logan, Pamela Rubinstein, Sonia Ann Smith and Rita Gould.

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St Petersburg – get service with your gas

Bob KLee's Tire Company for full service gas, tires and vehicle maintenance and repairs

Bob Lee’s on 4th St

Would you like an option to pumping your own gas? Try Bob Lee’s Tire Co at 1631 4th St N in northeast St Petersburg. Years ago only women got full service every day at Bob Lee’s but now it’s everyone who drives in. Not only do they pump your gas, they clean your windshield, check your tire pressure and check under the hood. Even before their official opening at 7:30 am they are pumping gas and cleaning windshields – with a smile.  Bob Lee will tell you why paying about 6 cents more a gallon can actually save you money.

Bob Lee’s has been around for 66 years, since 1947. They were on Fourth Street when it was a brick road with a trolley running down the center. They aren’t just a gas station – they have tires for cars, trucks and all sorts of equipment and they have 10 mechanics so they do both small and large repairs and maintenance.

For full service real estate service, contact The SimmsTeam at ALVA International. Look for the red awning on Beach Drive across from the Museum of Fine Arts.


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Rhinoceros Christmas in St Petersburg

St Petersburg has lots of decorated homes and boats for Christmas. One of the things I enjoy is looking for unusual decorations. On Coffee Pot Blvd NE I found this rhinoceros decorated for the holidays.

It's nice to see the rhinoceros even when he's not decorated. I miss the giraffes that were around the corner.


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Welcome to St Petersburg, Matt Silverman

St Petersburg Waterfront Home

St Petersburg Watedrfront Home


Welcome, Matt Silverman, as a new resident of  St Petersburg.

Yes, we know you’ve been here investing and committing to St Pete since you took over as President of the Tampa Bay Rays, and we appreciate you for that.  We’re even happier that you decided to buy a waterfront home here in northeast St Pete. As you know, we offer a wonderful waterfront lifestyle and an inviting downtown. Thank you for choosing to live here as well as work here – we’re glad to have you.

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Straub Park St Petersburg Christmas preparations

Preparing Christmas displays in north Straub Park in downtown St Petersburg

North Straub Park


This morning as I passed North Straub Park in downtown St Petersburg I noticed a parked trailer (sans cab) marked X-MAS and many City of St Petersburg workers preparing a Christmas display. The gray skies reminded me of pre-holiday days up north.

But it’s only the first half of November! For me, that’s too early to be seeing Christmas displays. Later in the morning I was shopping at CVS and saw that they already had Christmas cards on display. Call me old-fashioned, but I want to wait until December to see Christmas decorations.

A week ago I was at The Grande condominiums on Sand Key and was surprised to see their lobby already had Christmas trees and decorations.

When are you ready to see Christmas decorations and displays?

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Perfect afternoon in St Petersburg

This weekend was perfect weather here in St Pete. All the tables at Tryst, right outside our office, were filled, as were their couches and lounge chairs. People were walking their dogs, stopping for yogurt or gelato, carrying totes of goodies from the Saturday Morning Market.

Not too hot – not too cold. Just right for enjoying the outdoors.


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St Petersburg Arts and Entertainment Pass

Main entrance to the Museum of Fine Arts in St Petersburg

Museum of Fine Arts

The new St Petersburg Arts and Entertainment Pass can be purchased for $43 at the Welcome Desks of the Museum of Fine Arts or the Chihuly Collection. The pass allows one admission to the Museum of Fine Arts, the Chihuly Collection, the Morean Glass Studio and Hot Shop and the Titanic exhibit at the Mahaffey. The pass also allows you to use a special offer at various downtown restaurants: 400 Beach Seafood & Tap House, the MFA Cafe, The Parkshore Grill, Marchands at the Vinoy, The Hangar, and Spice Routes at the Morean – the offer may be a clam chowder, a dessert, or a glass of wine. The $43 pass has a retail value of $110 and can be used from now until March 3, 2013.

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Sample ASPEC during the summer in St Petersburg

The Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College (ASPEC) is offering a chance to sample its offerings, hoping the sample will whet your appetite to join the organization. ASPEC is a group of interesting people who share their broad life experiences and continue to share and learn with each other. From current events to opera, from computers to foreign languages, from tai chi to building a dragon boat, from bridge to chess, from visual arts to drama and writing workshops, there’s a broad variety of interest groups. Monthly restaurant visits, holiday parties by the water and weekly socials are other opportunities to meet each other and have fun.

People have moved to St Pete just to participate in ASPEC (some famous, some not). The summer offerings are fewer than in the busy winter season, but the smaller number of attendees gives you a better change to get to know them.

You can “sample” two weeks at ASPEC for only $100. Call (727) 864-8834 for more information and be sure to tell them that Sharon Simms sent you!

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