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Council Oak Restaurant

BEST OF METRO 2018: Dining & Spirits

 Best of Dining & Spirits The Hall on Franklin Best New Food Court Concept A chic new restaurant in the Tampa Heights area offers seven drink and food establishments, from a coffee bar to a cocktail bar...
Tampa Resident Reveals True Colors in Newly Designed L.A. Townhouse

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 owned by a prominent...
Best Doctors in Tampa Bay

Best Doctors in Tampa Bay

  Best Doctors® List Tampa Bay Metro’s 16th Annual Guide: 505 Respected Physicians 62 Medical Specialties  For 16 years, Tampa Bay METRO has partnered with Best Doctors, Inc. to provide a valuable community resource. The list includes...
METRO Home Tour: 5120 W Longfellow Ave Tampa FL

METROHome Tour: The Look of Love

  Building and Designing a Family’s Dream Home By Mary Lou Janson | Photography by Susan Carnes   Designing a new home for their family of five was truly a labor of love for Benjamin and Nadia Heldfond. Their...
Tampa Bay Metro Home Tour

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 Club, landmark...
The Henderson in Destin, Florida

A Coastal Escape With A Sense of Place

   The Henderson in Destin, Florida By Chad H. Vorbrich  Located on the “Emerald Coast” in Destin, a stunning new resort is nestled on property that offers sweeping views of the Gulf of Mexico, pristine beaches, dunes,...
Elevated Beach Chic

Elevated Beach Chic

 Elevated Beach Chic By Mary Lou Janson  Moving to Florida presented New Jersey residents, Lee and Cindy Launer with an opportunity to take a more comfortable — but unconventional — approach to how they live....
Maureen and Doug Cohn

A PASSION FOR ART

Maureen and Doug Cohn Support Tampa Museum of ArtMaureen and Doug Cohn  Maureen and Doug Cohn are pillars within the Tampa Bay art scene, as both private collectors and supporters. The Cohn’s passion for art...
Pantone Color of the Year

Stylish Trends Inspired by the Color of the Year – Ultra Violet

click on images to enlarge or view as a slideshow  Purple Reign Introducing Pantone 18-3838 Ultra Violet, Pantone® Color of the Year 2018. A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity,...

BEST OF METRO 2018: Arts & Entertainment

 Best of Arts & Entertainment Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Best Entertainment Under One Roof The casino features high stakes table games, thousands of the hottest slot machines, as well as a new smoke free slots area. The...
Tampa Bay METRO Style - Boots and Bags for Fall

METROstyle: Boots & Bags

  Boots 'n Bags Kick up your Fall fashion game with a pair of new suede or colorful booties and a new leather, fur or suede handbag to carry all the essentials.   All About Stripes These Manolo Blahnik...
Metro Home Feature

METROHome Tour: Color, Texture, Sophistication & Creativity

  Posh custom-designed high-rise condo By Mary Lou Janson The private elevator opens to reveal bold black and red monogrammed carpeting, marking the entrance to the custom-designed condominium, just beyond the mirrored doors guarded by two lions...
Private schooled families in Tampa Bay

Family Profiles: Choosing A Private School

Deciding where your children go to school should involve a lot of research and visits to various schools around town. For some parents, the choice is made by their own experience and fond memories...
Reeves Porsche

BEST OF METRO 2018: Style & Décor

 Best of Style and Décor Val’s Home Décor Best Place to Accessorize the Home Within a warehouse setting in Carrollwood, there are aisles of home décor accessories to make your house a home. From table top décor...
Tampa Bay Metro holiday coctail recipes

Holiday Cocktail Recipes

 Whether you're toasting to turkey day or gearing up for a day of family debates at the dinner table, one thing's for sure: A festive cocktail in hand is sure to make Thanksgiving a...
Tampa Bay Lightning Head Coach John Cooper

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 the entire team,...
New Wheldon Home

METROHome Tour: Fine Lines

New Wheldon Family Home in St. Petersburg By Mary Lou Janson    Inspirations for the interior of Susie Wheldon’s custom-designed home were drawn from such diverse sources as the white-washed interior brick walls of a local business,...

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 waterfront parcel...

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. Acting...

METRO Home: High Life Living in Downtown Tampa

  Grand Penthouse at Skypoint  Feel the vibe of the city and escape the suburbs with one of the most unique properties currently available in downtown Tampa. The two-story, two bath Grand Penthouse is on the...
children on cell phones

12 Best Parental Control Apps

12 Best Parental Control Apps to Restrict Screen Time Addiction 
state-of-the-art office for Michael Martin’s branding, sales and marketing company

Work Space Design Tour

Work Space Geared For Battle  By Ronda M. Parag     Driving along Cypress Street in West Tampa, there has been ongoing construction behind the metal fence that was once Hector-Elisa’s Health Club. For the past eight months,...
Ocean Prime Ahi Tuna Rossini

Ocean Prime Features Dish From James Beard House Dinner

Ahi Tuna Rossini, a dish created by the Ocean Prime culinary team especially for the James Beard Dinner menu     Ocean Prime Tampa Features Dish From Brand's James Beard House Dinner Menu  Ocean Prime, an award-winning modern American...

Metro Pix: Tampa Bay Heart Ball 2016

METRO SPONSORED EVENT: Tampa Bay Heart Ball 2016 When: Saturday, April 30, 2016 Where: Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel On Saturday, April 30, 650 people gathered in downtown Tampa for the 58th annual Tampa Bay Heart Ball, emceed by WFLA News...
The Rezz at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa

The Rez Grill Opens in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

The newly opened Rez Grill offers elevated comfort food including delicious house made biscuits, shrimp and grits and chicken and waffles. The new American grill concept is under the direction of Creative Culinary Director,...
adding pizzaz to a modern estate

METROHome Tour: In Living Color

Adding Pizzaz To A Modern Estate By Mary Lou Janson A contemporary architectural style, features that include tall glass walls, wide windows and light-inviting skylights are mixed with a monochromatic color scheme. The lines and design...
Hammock Beach Resort

METRO GETAWAY: Hammock Beach Resort

Unspoiled Haven By Patricia A. Vorbrich  With two championship golf courses, a 6.5 acre multi-level pool complex, a 10,000 square foot spa, and coquina-laden beaches just a stroll away, Hammock Beach Resort beckons to be explored....
Susanne Bartsch

A Bold Look At The Art Of Fashion Icon Susanne Bartsch

  The upcoming exhibition at the Tampa Museum of Art will display Susanne Bartsch: Art-a-Porter from July 29 – November 12, 2017. The exhibit will feature 35 looks spanning Bartsch’s career including designs by Alexander...
Exterior View From Palm Terrace Pool

Getaway: Naples Grande Beach Resort

    A Peaceful or Playful Escape Naples Grande Beach Resort | By Patricia A. Vorbrich  Set on 23 waterfront acres on Florida’s Paradise Coast, adjoining a 200 acre nature preserve and mangrove estuary reminiscent of Old Florida,...
Iconic Bayshore Midcentury modern home in Tampa Bay Metro magazine

Mid Century Modern Home Tour

Iconic Bayshore Mid Century Mod By Mary Lou Janson |  Photography by Raif Fluker  Distinctive, distinguished and designed to take full advantage of the panoramic views afforded by its floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall windows, this Bayshore Boulevard...
The Getaway in St. Petersburg

Dock and Dine

5 Great Tampa Bay Dock & Dine Locations Travel by boat to get a cold cocktail or a delicious bite at any of these five great waterfront bars and restaurants.  
The Getaway 13090 Gandy Blvd N. St. Petersburg,...
Tuxes and Tails

Social Pix: Tuxes & Tails

  13th Annual Tuxes & TailsWhen: Saturday, October 17, 2015Where: Tampa Convention Center  The Humane Society of Tampa Bay hosted its 13th Annual Tuxes & Tails event at the Tampa Convention Center. Co-chairs, Kelly Feldman and Brooke Palmer...
White Party 2016 at The Seminole Hard Rock Casino & Hotel

Metro Pix: 2016 White Party

  2016 White Party   The 13 Ugly Men hosted one of the hottest parties in town at Tampa’s Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino last weekend. The rainy weather forced the party inside as Grey Salt...
cookbook – Bern’s: Rare & Well Done

David & Christina Laxer Release New Cookbook

  "Bern's: Rare & Well Done" The Bern’s legacy continues to be honored with the latest release of a new cookbook, Bern’s: Rare & Well Done, by David & Christina Laxer. Written in collaboration with Chris...
Sacred Pepper restaurant in North Tampa

Where Everything That Happens Around The Table Is Considered Sacred

  North Tampa's Sacred Pepper. Worshiping food, flavors, people and style. By Patricia A. Vorbrich    Upscale dining in North Tampa has been long overdue, enter Candy DeBartolo and interior designer, Enrique Crespo, Crespo Design Group, to create, Sacred...
Doc B's Fresh Kitchen Interior

Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen in Tampa

Seeking Fresh Comfort Food In A Modern Social Setting?   Doc B's Fresh Kitchen to the Rescue.   A chic and contemporary interior invites guests inside at the new Doc B’s located on Bay Street in International Plaza....
Metro Home Details. The Pantone Color of the Year

METROHome Details: Greenery, The Color of the Year

Pantone® Color of the Year: Greenery    Symbolizing new beginnings, the newest color trend in home décor and design is a bright, fresh burst of Greenery. Inspired by nature and bringing the great outdoors in, METRO has found...
Compass Land & Title in downtown St. Petersburg

Colorful, Bold and Creative Office Space

 With a flair for fashion and love of art, Compass Land & Title owners and founders, Phil and Valerie Yost, designed the new St. Petersburg office together. Rather than a stuffy and conservative law...
Oktoberfest Tampa

12 German Phrases To ‘Drop’ At Oktoberfest Tampa

  The festival of "gemütlichkeit" returns for the 6th Annual Oktoberfest Tampa event. For 3 full days, Tampa’s downtown Curtis Hixon Park will be transformed into the city’s largest, waterfront beer garden.  Here are 12 German...
Executive Chef, Luke Decker

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 Chef, Luke...

Sneak Peek of Opal Sands Resort on Clearwater Beach

 Opening in less than a week, METRO got the chance to see the stunning new hotel that is part of the transformation of Clearwater Beach. Announced today by TripAdvisor, Clearwater Beach was No. 1...
Pantone Color of the Year 2017 and fashion

Fashion Inspired by ‘Greenery’

  Fashion Inspired by the Pantone Color of the Year A reconnection with nature and the pursuit of personal passions and vitality, are reflected in Pantone’s Color of the Year – Greenery. To add a pop...
Checkers

Rockwell: A True Artist

American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell on view at Tampa Museum of Art   One of the most popular American artists of the past century, Norman Rockwell (1894 - 1978) was a keen observer of...
Beach Bound Style Guide by Tampa Bay METRO

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 the eyes and...

Expanding The Art Scene: The New James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art

  Enhancing St. Petersburg's Cultural Status  Downtown St. Petersburg adds another museum – The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art to its already acclaimed museum district. Co-Founded by Chair Emeritus, of Raymond James Financial, Tom...
Tampa Bay Metro resort wear style feature

METRO Style: Resort Gear Trends

It’s time to think about what to pack for that next vacation and METRO has found a few must-have essentials. From top to bottom, you’ll be stylish with these finds.   Suit Up Be colorful and cool...

METRO Home Tour: Custom Coastal Chic Estate on Boca Ciega Bay in Sunset Park

Blending Views with a Custom Coastal-Inspired Design in Sunset Park By Ronda M. Parag  Creating and designing a custom home involves lots of decisions and vision. Homeowners and builders, Mark and Lori Todsen, created a majestic home...
Strawberry Lemon Glade

10 Cocktails For The Bay

Stay cool and hydrated with these fruity warm-weather-friendly drinks. Use fruits of the season including kiwis, strawberries, peaches, oranges and watermelon to add flavor to these delicious cocktails.Strawberry Lemon Glade 2 oz        Strawberry RumShine 3...
SoHo Backyard bar

Foodie: Not Just Another Gastro Pub

SoHo Backyard’s Bar   SoHo Backyard In South Tampa Continues To Shine   The SoHo Backyard, located at 610 S. Armenia, was named South Tampa’s “BEST PUB WITH A PALATE” after it opened three years ago. Today, the gastropub continues...
METRO PIX: Bern's Winefest VIP Party & Grand Tasting

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 elegance of the...
Ichicoro Ramen with plum cocktail

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 of students...
classic stripe indoor outdoor pillows

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...

METRO ART: Canvassing The Bay

   By Mary Lou Janson  Large-scale paintings are popping up in unexpected places throughout Tampa Bay, creating brilliant backdrops on exterior walls, adding drama to drab parking garages and bringing original, dynamic artworks to the...

Exploring the Evolution of Portraiture Art

Vanni Rossi (Italian, 1894-1973) Self-Portrait Smoking (1920) Oil on canvas Collection of Robert Flynn Johnson    Contemplating Character Drawings and Oil Sketches from Jacques-Louis David to Lucian Freud There is still time to visit the Museum of Fine Arts' exhibition Contemplating...
Best of Show

Gasparilla Festival of the Arts Winners

The 45th Annual Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts announces winners of the awards, totaling $75,000. Recently hosted at Tampa's Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, February 28th - March 1st, the event is a premier...
roux-tampa

Expect the Unexpected

   Roux Brings Cajun & Creole to Tampa By Ronda M. Parag   When owners, Roger & Suzanne Perry do something, they do it right. As owners of Datz and Dough in South Tampa, the  couple decided to...
the soho backyard

A Pub with a Palate

   The SoHo Backyard Gastropub By Ronda M. Parag   Tucked behind SoHo’s Gourmet Pizza Company, The SoHo Backyard Gastropub opened earlier this spring and is a great alternative to the madness of the bar scene on Howard...
Norma Kamali in Tampa Bay

Fashion & Art: A Discussion With Norma Kamali

   Merging Fashion, Fitness and Art  Metro Exclusive Interview With Norma Kamali by Ronda M. Parag   On June 6 in New York City, Norma Kamali received the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion...
Tommy Bahama in Tampa Bay Metro

Inspired By The Sun

From your head to your toes, look stylish at the beach this summer in bold, bright hues of orange, yellow and white.  Hula in Hibiscus Print Include this tropical and casual dress for a weekend escape. Catch...
The Zombie Pirate cocktail recipe for Gasparilla

The Zombie Pirate: The Perfect Grog For Ye Maties!

The pirates are setting upon Tampa Bay and it’s time for the locals to prepare for the annual invasion in typical fashion — throw a party!  METRO has a great Rum recipe for such an occasion.  ZOMBIE PIRATE SPICED...

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