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.
The Dali Museum in downtown St. Petersburg is just now reopening to the general public. If you have any appreciation for art or history, this is a wonderful place to visit and to bring guests visiting from out of town.
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.
Workers at Happy Camper Doggy Day Camp & Sleepover care for our furry friends, and discuss how you can protect your pet from the inevitable neighborhood firework displays that can stressful for them.
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
Cake Girl in Tampa had to make some adjustments during the pandemic, but their desserts are still as sweet as ever.
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.
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 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.
Sarasota-native Nik Wallenda has been keeping people on the edge of their seats for years now with his high-wire act. He’s walked a wire across an active volcano, the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls -- just to name a few.
There's no tent or bleachers, but people can watch world-famous daredevils performing together from the comfort of their cars. 'Nik Wallenda's Daredevil Rally' will be in Sarasota for one final weekend.
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.
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.
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 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 for Adventure.is 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 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 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.
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.
Charley visited Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, which has reopened, on World Ocean Day. Here, marine biologists have been working even during the shutdown. Now, there are some new rules if you visit.