New York culinary student returns home to open bakery

Chef Brenda was a culinary student at Steinbrenner High School, then went off to study at the Culinary Institute of America in New York City. After paying some dues in the Big Apple, she’s returned to her hometown to fulfill her dream of owning her own bakery -- Sucre Table in South Tampa.

Run away and join the circus in Sarasota

The Circus Arts Conservatory is a group sharing the circus arts with a new generation, through after school programs and summer camps. They usually have a big summer show, but COVID-19 put a stop to that. They are still moving forward with camps and activities.

Troubled Waters Brewing is a family affair

In Safety Harbor, Troubled Waters Brewing is a father-son project that has the dad in the back brewing the beer, and the son running the front-of-house operation. They have added an outdoor beer garden since the pandemic, and if you aren’t comfortable being out right now, you can always pick up a crowler or a growler to go and enjoy some locally brewed craft beer at home

Bassano Cheesecake now has their own retail space

Before, Bassano Cheesecake's owners were selling their desserts in restaurants and delis. Now, they have their own store, offering their handcrafted cheesecakes, as well as coffee and some other surprises. They just opened last week at 507 Main Street in Safety Harbor.

Take a stroll through George McGough Nature Park

George McGough Nature Park in Largo is a beautiful place to visit where you can take a stroll along the boardwalks and nature paths, and see some amazing birds of prey. The pandemic has taken a toll on fundraising here, as they have mouths to feed whether they are open to visitors or not. The park has stayed open, but the nature center is only open on weekends at this point.

James Museum welcoming visitors back

James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art in St. Petersburg is back open. They refer to it as 26,000 square feet of calm. Here, there is plenty of room to both stay socially distant and also enjoy some incredible paintings and sculptures. You will be required to wear a mask and they will check temperatures as guests enter.

Summer camps return at Dunedin Fine Art Center

The Dunedin Fine Art Center is back open, and moving forward with classes, camps and exhibits. The DFAC is an incredible resource for anyone wanting to broaden their horizons or take up a new craft.

Clearwater's summer camps are underway

In this COVID-era we are living in, it’s been difficult for parents to secure summer camps for their kids. Clearwater is moving forward with their camps, but with some changes, as you might imagine.

New procedures in place at Topgolf

Topgolf has been back open for a couple of weeks now. This is a place to work on your golf game, or just have fun hitting with friends or family. They are known for their food and fun -- and usually pretty large gatherings, but there are new procedures to keep people safe.

'Rooster and the Till' adapts during pandemic

Rooster and the Till in Seminole Heights is a modern American cuisine restaurant with a focus on local and handcrafted food. The pandemic has certainly hurt small restaurants like this one, but they are adapting and evolving and doing their best to continue to serve the community.

Bill Jackson's Shop is always an adventure

Bill Jackson’s Shop for a fun store to explore. This weekend, you don’t need a fishing license to fish in freshwater. They can hardly keep paddle boards and kayaks in stock these days, as people have been getting outdoors more than ever during this pandemic.

Cask Social celebrates 5 years in SoHo

Cask Social Kitchen is celebrating its fifth anniversary. Former Buccaneer Vincent Jackson is part of the ownership group here. They have just brought in a new executive chef, who is creating new additions to the menu.

Vintage Vinyl found a new home

Vintage Vinyl used to be located in Tarpon Springs, but has a new location in Palm Harbor. The record shop is also a place that buys and sells all sorts of movie and music memorabilia as well. You never know what you might find in here.

Summer camps begin at Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center

Much like the rest of the Florida, Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center is starting back up its summer camps, and returning to programming for the summer months. They host everything from drowning prevention and kids programs to world class diving and swimming training.