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A Home Built Upon Trust and Friendship.

  By Mary Lou Janson  |  Photography by Jean Allsopp   A beachfront condominium requiring a major makeover, prompted Drew and Kerri Hudgins to first contact the founders of Chancey Design Partnership nearly three decades ago. [...]

The Face of Connectivity

| As Seen In Tampa Bay Metro Magazine |     The Face of Connectivity AAKASH M. PATEL   Aakash M. Patel is an entrepreneur who is a Republican candidate for Hillsborough County Commission District 1. [...]

The Face of Cosmetic & Reconstructive Eyelid Surgery

| As Seen In Tampa Bay Metro Magazine |     The Face of Cosmetic & Reconstructive Eyelid Surgery DR. GEOFFREY M. KWITKO     Dr. Kwitko has been treating patients in Tampa for 26 years. [...]

The Face of Healthy, Gorgeous Smiles & Regenerative Style

| As Seen In Tampa Bay Metro Magazine |     The Face of Healthy, Gorgeous Smiles & Regenerative Style HILARY DALTON, DMD, MS     Thanks to her friendly personality, warm smile, and dental expertise, [...]

The Face of Weight Loss & Wellness

| As Seen In Tampa Bay Metro Magazine |   The Face of Weight Loss & Wellness DR. JONATHAN P. URSHAN, D.C., B.A.     Dr. Urshan is one of Tampa Bay’s leading weight loss doctors. [...]

The Face of Tampa Real Estate

| As Seen In Tampa Bay Metro Magazine |     The Face of Tampa Real Estate CAROL POOLEY, GRI     Carol Pooley is a founding Realtor at Tomlin St Cyr Real Estate services, with [...]

The Face of Culinary Dreams

| As Seen In Tampa Bay Metro Magazine | The Face of Culinary Dreams KRISTIN WITTS MCKINNEY   After 23 years of catering, Kristin owns two Tampa locations of the Your ProKitchen franchise — a culinary [...]

The Face of Health & Fitness

| As Seen In Tampa Bay Metro Magazine | The Face of Health & Fitness CHAD JOHNSON   Chad Johnson has trained thousands of clients in his 15 plus years as a fitness and martial arts [...]

The Face of Redefining Real Estate

| As Seen In Tampa Bay Metro Magazine |   The Face of Redefining Real Estate JANE MAK, REAL ESTATE BROKER   With a passion for helping others, Jane Mak has served the Tampa Bay area [...]

The Face of Downtown St. Pete’s Real Estate

| As Seen In Tampa Bay Metro Magazine |     The Face of Downtown St. Pete’s Real Estate PEGGY NARUNS   Located in the heart of downtown St. Pete, Real Estate Broker/Owner Peggy Naruns of [...]

12 Places to View July 4th Fireworks in Tampa Bay

  12 Great Places to View Independence Day Fireworks in Tampa Bay     Light Up Tampa Bay Tampa’s Channel District celebrates the Fourth of July with live music by Southern Train, entertainment by DJ’s Xplicid [...]

THE ART OF THE BRICK

  EXPERIENCE THE ART OF THE BRICK in Downtown Tampa   Free to all from June 23 through September 4 802 East Whiting Street   THE ART OF THE BRICK is a global touring exhibition rated [...]

METROHome Tour: Historic Pass-a-Grille Renovation

  Couple Reclaims An Historic Pass-a-Grille Home With Flair By Mary Lou Janson | Photography By Amy Lamb   One stands grandly on the glistening white sands bordering the Gulf of Mexico. The other occupies a [...]

METRO Style: Beach Bound

  Beach Bound Style Guide The temps are ideal for a trip to the beach or nearby park. METRO found some summer time essentials from totes to shades to enjoy the great outdoors.   Made for Shade Protect [...]

Neiman Marcus Launches Givenchy Beauty

  Neiman Marcus Tampa Bay Launches Givenchy Beauty   Fashion lovers are familiar with the style and trends of Givenchy — known for French Haute Couture since 1952 and now makeup lovers will be happy to know [...]

The Independents: Ocean Hai

  Ocean Hai  Ocean Hai, the signature restaurant of the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach, offers the area’s only Asian-fusion cuisine and features local seafood and farm-raised fare, served in a refined, stylish atmosphere. Open for breakfast, [...]

The Independents: Beach Bar at Bay Harbor Hotel

  Welcome to the “Sweet Spot” of dining experiences.  The high quality beach fare, polished service and relaxed atmosphere offers incredible value and a versatile dining experience, great for family outings or intimate date nights. The [...]

METROmixer

METROmixer Toasting “The FACES of Tampa Bay”   Hosted by Compass Land & Title and Guaranteed Rate, friends and invited guests celebrated the release of Tampa Bay METRO Magazine and the new FACES of Tampa Bay. [...]

METROHome Tour: A Redesigned, Rebuilt and Refined Davis Islands Estate.

  Designing an ideal home for entertaining and escaping By Mary Lou Janson  |  Photography by John Kantor   Located on a prominent, half-acre pinnacle of land offering enviable views of the nearby Davis Island Yacht [...]

Chef Luke Decker: Passionate, Creative and Intense.

  The Birchwood’s New Executive Chef, Luke Decker By Ronda M. Parag   There are many new and exciting things cooking up in the kitchen at The Birchwood. First, is the announcement of their new Executive [...]

Gasparilla Music Festival Returns To Tampa’s Riverwalk

    The 2-day festival held on Tampa’s Riverwalk, will offer music and activities for the entire family. The festival will feature more than 40 bands along four stages. “GMF 2017 will feature the biggest acts [...]

Morean Arts Center Celebrates 100 Years

  The Morean Arts Center Is Celebrating 100 Years Of The Arts In St. Petersburg With A City Proclamation.   The Morean Arts Center is celebrating 100 years of the arts in St. Petersburg with a City [...]

SUMMER CAMPS GUIDE 2017

  Tampa Bay METRO’s Summer Camps Guide 2017 Bay Area Parents, follow this evolving guide of great Summer Day Camps to keep your children engaged over the summer break.   Academy at the Lakes Academy at the [...]

The Face of Interior Design

| As Seen In Tampa Bay Metro Magazine |   The Face of Interior Design ROB BOWEN DESIGN GROUP   The creative talents of Rob Bowen and his team create spaces that delight and inspire his [...]

The Face of Fitness

| As Seen In Tampa Bay Metro Magazine |   The Face of Fitness Zack and Hope Bell Orangetheory Fitness The dynamic duo of husband and wife certified personal trainers, Zack and Hope, have over 25 [...]

Weekender: Escape to Luxury

  Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes By Ronda M. Parag   A drive to Orlando offers endless opportunities for fun and theme park mania. For an escape from all the usual Disney, Universal, Sea World hustle and [...]

Delicious Lamb Recipes

  The Many Loves of American Lamb       (Family Features) Romeo and Juliet. Antony and Cleopatra. Lamb and Potatoes (or Mint or Feta). The list of American lamb’s great loves goes on and on. [...]

The Pirates Are Poised To Invade Our Shores!

  Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest January 28, 2017 Invasion starts at 11:30 a.m. | Parade at 2 p.m. Photos: ©Visit Tampa Bay     Named for pirate Jose Gaspar, who terrorized the coastal waters [...]

Hot Gasparilla Fashions

Yo-Ho, Yo-Ho, It’s A Pirate’s Life For Me! The pirates are taking over Tampa in celebration of the annual Ye Mystic Krewe Gasparilla pirate parade and celebrations. METRO has found a few fashionable styles to help [...]

METROHome Tour: From Beach Getaway to a Modern Gateway

Perched on a picturesque, wedge-shaped lot located on a barrier island bordered by the Gulf of Mexico and the intracoastal waterway, the single-story cottage is just steps from the shoreline. Despite a setting that afforded panoramic [...]

For Friends Who Want to Travel, Stay and Play Together

  NYAH (Not Your Average Hotel) Key West By Chad H. Vorbrich   A getaway with friends to Key West is always fun, but booking multiple hotel rooms can be expensive and often forces groups to [...]

BEST OF METRO 2017: Health & Beauty

  Tampa Bay Health and Beauty   Blowbar Express Styling Salon Best Premier Blow Dry Bar If you’re looking for a great blow out, Blowbar in South Tampa is your place. No color or cuts here, just [...]

BEST OF METRO 2017: Style & Decor

    Tampa Bay Style and Decor   Cerulean Blu Best Resort Wear Boutique and Design Center The idea that everyone can be a designer and be creative has inspired owner, Desiree Noisette to develop a [...]

METRO Style: Floral & Fringe

  The season may say fall/winter, but these bright floral prints will certainly add a boost of color to the fashion scene. Pair with some fringe on a dress, boot or handbag and you’ll be right [...]

Q & A: Tampa Bay Lightning’s Head Coach Jon Cooper

Tampa, FL. June 16, 2015 The Tampa Bay Lightning engage with fans upon their return to Tampa following Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.     “Get us to the Dance”   Fans, along with [...]

METRO Sponsored Event: The FARA Energy Ball

Scene from the 2015 FARA Energy Ball   Tampa Community Unites For 8th Annual FARA Energy Ball   Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA) is a debilitating multi-system disease and the most common cause of inherited ataxia; 1 in [...]

It’s A Sweet, Sweet Life

  Meet Stephan Schubert, Executive Pastry Chef at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino By Ronda M. Parag   Overseeing all the pastries and delightful treats at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa [...]

Grape Ideas For Heart-Healthy Meals

  Reach for grapes as a heart-healthy snack and an inventive ingredient   (Family Features) Grapes make the perfect snack: they are delicious, with a juicy burst of flavor, and are hydrating, easy to eat and [...]

Gettin’ Tiki With It

  Summer Drink Recipes The Mixologists at Datz in Tampa have created a few summer cocktails and shared the most popular Tiki cocktail concoctions with METRO. It’s Tiki time!       Endless Summer Ingredients: 1 [...]

Sun and Sand is Grand

    Ft. Lauderdale’s Pelican Grand Beach Resort By Ronda M. Parag     Summertime is the ideal time for a beach escape and there is no better place than Ft. Lauderdale’s Pelican Grand Beach Resort. [...]

Home Details: Outdoor Entertaining

  Summer time is the best time to get outside and embrace the warmth of the season, relax with style, comfort and enjoy good backyard entertaining. METRO found a few items to enjoy your next gathering [...]

Foodie: Pushing Culinary Boundaries

  The Mill in St. Pete By Ronda M. Parag   The dining scene in downtown St. Petersburg is exploding and the timing is right for the culinary movement. “With the addition of great new restaurants, [...]

The Noodle Craze

  Ichicoro Ramen By Ronda M. Parag   We all remember the ramen noodles that we ate in college for about 25 cents a pack; those noodles offered a great value and filled the hungry belly [...]

Must Try: Cheese and Charcuterie at The Mill

  Living on Meats & Cheeses   Cheese and charcuterie can be a meal in itself and the options at The Mill are quite unique. “We wanted to do cheese and charcuterie a little bit different,” [...]

Together to End Stroke Makes an Impact in Tampa Bay

  Did you know that in the time that it takes to check your mail, someone will have a stroke? Every 40 seconds someone in the United States suffers from a stroke and every four minutes [...]

HOME TOUR: Tampa Resident Reveals True Colors

view photo gallery below   Tampa Resident Reveals True Colors In Newly Designed L.A. Townhouse By Mary Lou Janson   Bright, bold and a bit unconventional. What describes a newly decorated, vibrantly designed, Los Angeles townhouse [...]

METRO PIX: Bern’s Winefest VIP Party & Grand Tasting

  Sunday, April 17 The Grandeur of Bern’s Winefest No.19 Culminated with a VIP Party & Grand Tasting   Bern’s Winefest Grand Tasting kicked off early with an exclusive VIP Party, patrons enjoyed the grandeur and [...]

METRO Health: 6 Ways to Purify Your Skin

  A Springtime Glow: 6 Ways to Purify Your Skin   (BPT) – You’ve heard of detox diets and ridding your body of toxins, but did you know the same is possible for your skin? Environmental [...]

METRO PIX: Bern’s Birthday Bubble Brunch and Mural Unveiling

Muralist – Tristan Eaton, Bern’s owners – David and Christina Laxer, Epicurean Hotel General Manager – Tom Haines, PR/Event Director – Brooke Palmer Kuhl, Cass Contemporary Art owners– Cassie and Jake Greatens     On Sunday, [...]

Must Try: The Wood-Fired Salsiccia Pizze

Ava’s Salsiccia Pizze Enjoy this wood-fired pizza as a main dish or share as a delicious appetizer; The “Salsiccia” is topped with Italian fennel sausage, San Marzano tomatoes, and Ricotta cheese. Salsiccia Pizze | 17   [...]

Metro Pix: Candy DeBartolo Celebrates Sacred Pepper

  Sacred Pepper opened in North Tampa and the DeBartolo Family Foundation presented the “Spirit of Humanity Award”   Owner Candy DeBartolo, General Manager Chad Bash and Interior Designer Enrique Crespo hosted a media tour prior [...]

Biz: Changing South Tampa One Sweet Bite At A Time

  Mini Doughnut Factory Creates A Frenzy   Patrick Ruddell and his wife, Zezura, have created a frenzy of sweet lovers in a small strip center across from Plant High School in South Tampa. On weekends, [...]

DRIVE: Discover The Undiscovered

  Land Rover Discovery Sport SUV   Land Rover’s history of luxury off-road vehicles continues with the 2016 Discovery. Upgrades this year include: new  powertrains, upgraded infotainment and connectivity systems and enhanced driver assistance features. The [...]

Charity Polo Classic 2016

The Fifth Annual Charity Polo Classic was a smashing success, with blue skies and pleasant temperatures at the DI Polo Tour Grounds in Plant City on February 27th. The proceeds of the Morgan Auto Group Charity [...]

THE FACE OF FASHION

| As Seen In Tampa Bay Metro Magazine | The Face of Fashion KARYN SEO CEO & DESIGNER, CAITE, INC.   Karyn Seo is the CEO & Designer of the ladies clothing brands CAITE and Kyla Seo. [...]

Hot Property: Stunning Waterfront Beauty

Coffee Pot Riviera Estate in Old Northeast, St. Pete The brick streets and charm of Coffee Pot Riviera only add to the beauty of this two-story, Hacienda-style home, located in the heart of Old Northeast St. [...]

Good Morning America’s Amy Robach Speaks Out

  The Philanthropic Women of St. Joseph’s Hospital will host keynote speaker Amy Robach on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at the Tampa Yacht and Country Club.   Robach was named News Anchor for ABC’s Good Morning [...]

Best of Metro 2016: Arts & Entertainment

The Best of Metro Tampa Bay. the bay’s best   Tampa Bay Arts & Entertainment       Tampa Museum of Art Best Public Art Museum The exhibits are ever-changing to promote, explore and expand the [...]

Best of Metro 2016: Style & Decor

The Best of Metro Tampa Bay. the bay’s best   Tampa Bay Style & Décor       Deborah Kent’s Best Boutique Filled with European Fashions For over 27 years, owner Deborah Skyrms has searched the [...]