Whole Foods Clearwater Opens September 24th

Whole Foods Clearwater Grand Opening

Set your alarms and get ready for the Grand Opening of the brand new Whole Foods Market in Clearwater this Wednesday (Sept 24th) morning at 9am.  They will be opening the store with a traditional bread breaking ceremony right at 9am.  Be one of the first 500 guests and you'll receive a free gift certificate ranging from $5 to $500.  I don't know about you, but I would LOVE to win a $500 gift certificate to Whole Foods!!! The social media and marketing team at Whole Foods invited a group of local bloggers for a tour and tasting event tonight.  Our bellies were filled with some really amazing foods that you just can't find at other local grocery stores.  For me, there aren't many different places to shop in North Pinellas besides the traditional grocery stores.  There are a few specialty stores (some of which I truly LOVE...Kym, you know I love you) but not many places I can complete my entire shopping trip without having to bounce from store to store.  If you're looking for a place ... [ Read More ]

Winter Has Hope #DolphinTale2

Senior trainer Abby with Winter and Hope

Did you know that Dolphin Tale 2 the movie is coming out September 12th?  I had the honor to be invited to a press junket this weekend in Tampa.  I'm still waiting for someone to wake me up and tell me it was all a dream. We started the weekend with a family trip to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium for a behind the scenes tour of the facility.  During the tour, David Yates (CEO of the aquarium) sat down with us to tell us the story of Winter, Hope, and the Dolphin Tale movies.  We also got to talk with one of the senior dolphin trainers, Abby Stone.  Both of these individuals shared with us why Winter and Hope are inspirational to so many people and how the aquarium continues to work in the local community to protect the wildlife. David started by sharing with us that the aquarium has actually been around since the early 70's in it's current location.  Did you know that the aquarium use to be a waste water treatment facility?  The primary mission of the aquarium has always been ... [ Read More ]

When Restaurants Remodel – A Lesson from Red Lobster

Red Lobster remodel Tampa

Have you ever considered the environmental impact of a restaurant?  What about when a restaurant decides to remodel?   I've always held a special place in my heart for the Darden family of restaurants (Olive Garden and Red Lobster especially).  For years while I was growing up my mom worked at Olive Garden as a bartender.  One of my first jobs in college was with Olive Garden.  I remember the smell of the restaurant after coming home from a shift to this day.  My mom always had those little Ande's Candies mints stuffed in her apron and on her night stand. I'm sure if I looked hard enough I'd still find some in her house today - many, many, many years after she left the company. My job was short lived as I quickly realized the restaurant life was not in my future. I remember as a child going out to dinner with my family and Red Lobster was always one of our favorites. We always thought of it as a special treat.  I would always press my nose up against the lobster tanks ... [ Read More ]