Monday, December 17, 2012

A new restaurant is coming to South Tampa!

Some of you may have already heard the news, but just in case you haven't, Lisa Gilmore Design is designing  an exciting new restaurant coming to South Tampa, specifically in Hyde Park Village.

So, let me introduce to you Piquant!

Here is a sneak peek of the new look as well:

There is a lot in store for this new place! Check out a bit here, they were featured in the Tampa Bay Times. So in the next few weeks, when you are shopping at Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn & Williams Sonoma, make sure you stop in on the corner and see what they have to offer. 

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Day 17 of 31 Days of LOCAL Holiday Shopping: LOCAL ART!

I am always a fan of local art. For my current project in St. Pete, I was in need of some good modern art. My client is also a fan of supporting local artists, so off I went to Dazzio Gallery!

The Dazzio Gallery in St. Pete is a one-of-a-kind experience. This place is more than just an art gallery, they have opened their doors to the public, offering art classes for people who have no experience creating art as well as professional artists. The work created here is on display for purchase, so if you’re looking for local art this really is one of the best places to find new and undiscovered talent. You’ll find work in many different mediums from artists of all ages.

Here is one of the pieces I snagged for my client, it's currently getting polished off at the framer!

So, do you have an art lover on your shopping list? This is the place to find some amazing local art that is also at great prices. I highly recommend them, their staff is so warm and inviting and will help you with any of your artsy needs!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Day 16 of 31 Days of LOCAL Holiday Shopping: ArtPool

Okay, so I must confess, the vintage lover in me, STILL has not been to ArtPool. I know, I know, so sad. But I will say, I do plan to make that change ASAP! I have a feeling I might become a little obsessed. 

Another unique store on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg is ArtPool. Not only does this boutique have an awesome selection of one-of-a-kind and vintage clothing, accessories and décor, it also serves as an eclectic art gallery featuring local artists. On top of all that, ArtPool also has a great little café with indoor and outdoor seating. If you’re looking for that perfect gift for the vintage-obsessed person in your life –and what to have an awesome shopping experience while looking for it you won’t want to miss ArtPool!

Check them on Facebook

Day 15 of 31 Days of LOCAL Holiday Shopping: Groovy Cats & Dogs

Got a cat or dog lover on your Christmas gift shopping list? Then you’ll definitely want to stop in to Groovy Cats & Dogs at 2305 West Linebaugh. This isn’t your everyday pet store; Groovy Cats and Dogs is a pet boutique with a focus on holistic products.

 It doesn't matter if you’re shopping for your own pets or someone else’s, the staff here is really knowledgeable and interested in helping you choose the products that will help that dog or cat on your list be the healthiest and happiest they can possibly be! You’ll find foods, toys, accessories, bathing products and even pet art at Groovy Cats and Dogs.

Images via: Groovy Cats & Dogs

Day 14 of 31 Days of LOCAL Holiday Shopping: Juxtapose

Juxtapose is actually one of my favorite words to use in design, right next to coexist. I love to make fabrics, prints and objects coexist beautifully through juxtaposition. So right off the bat, this next shop surely caught my eye quickly, just with it's name... but inside is a jewel box of lovely finds that I know you will love...

Jux-ta-pose, a cool art studio, apparel and decor boutique in Hyde Park Village just opened up a new holiday concept store called Corner Store by Jux-ta-pose. You can find this holiday gem next to Downtown Dogs and Wine Exchange on Snow Avenue. While the store will only be around for Christmastime it’s a great place to find the perfect gift or charming holiday décor, all at great prices.

photos via: Juxtapose facebook page

Jux-ta-pose was opened by  Karen Wesley and her daughters, Kallie and Lindsay, who were both art majors in college. Their passion for art is apparent as soon as you walk in the door of their shop, which is an absolute must-visit when shopping in Hyde Park Village.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Day 13 of 31 Days of LOCAL Holiday Shopping: Cheese Please!

Got a wine and cheese-obsessed friend or family member on your holiday gift shopping list? If so, then a trip to Cheese Please! at 4213 South Manhattan Avenue in Tampa is a must! Not only can you browse an incredible array of wines and cheeses, if you come on the right day you can even have a taste yourself as you listen to the fabulous owners give you the 411 on the pairings. (I recently went for an event with Working Women of Tampa Bay and had the BEST time! The owners are great!) They did a great job with the place, it's friendly and inviting and I feel like I could sit and laugh with my friends for hours.

photo via: Cheese Please!

 Cheese Please! also has some really great décor, servingware and glassware – including some fantastic high heel wine glasses. (See mine below that I snagged!) You really don’t want to miss this little-known South Tampa gem; there’s no doubt you’ll be a return customer! Check out their website for the tasting and events calendar.

Photo via: Lisa Gilmore

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Day 12 of 31 Days of LOCAL Holiday Shopping: Bloom

If you're having any holiday get-togethers, either at home or a work event, decorating with fresh flowers will definitely put you a cut above, no pun intended... okay maybe a little intended! Bloom Garden Shop at 3005 South MacDill in Tampa has a fantastic array of season flowers, arrangements and beautifully crafted live centerpieces. After the holidays Bloom is a great place to find the perfect accents for your outdoor (or indoor!) spaces. They have everything from topiaries and cacti to garden statues and fountains and even patio furniture. So ditch those fake plants this year, create some beauty with some live, lush new friends! 

All photos via: Bloom

Day 11 of 31 Days of LOCAL Holiday Shopping: Red Herring

The Red Herring Home is one of South Tampa's must-visit furniture and décor shops. If you’re looking for something for your own home or the perfect gift for someone that has an eclectic taste, you should definitely check this place out. They have a really great collection of interesting and unique hand-crafted pieces.

Red Herring really has everything! From furniture and throw pillows (last time I was there, they had really great hand blocked sea life pillows that I just loved!)  to hand-poured candles and one-of-a-kind artwork, you’ll definitely find something for everyone on your list! Take my word for it, they have really beautiful stuff.

All images via: Red Herring

Two locations: 3910 S. MacDill and 4219 West Bay to Bay Boulevard

Monday, December 3, 2012

Day 6,7,8,9,10 of "31 Days of LOCAL Holiday Shopping"

Okay guys, I am a horrible blogger, I have let the blog not only slip up one day, but FOUR days during this series of "31 Days of LOCAL Holiday Shopping" I am terribly sorry for this, and I plan to make it up with some great places to feature!

So here is a great little find, they don't have a brick and mortar store, but you can shop online. I met these gals at a local networking event and fell IN LOVE with their product!!!

So here is all natural, homegrown Simply Caprine Goat Milk Soaps.

These soaps smell pretty amazing, a bought a ton for holiday gifts this year! Wanna know another cool fact? They milk their own goats for the product! Talk about supporting local...

Contact Simply Caprine: