Bodhi Basics, which started as a pop-up, celebrates their grand opening at their new location in the Fringe District on Saturday.
PURE AND SIMPLE: BODHI BASICS GRAND OPENING It’s likely you’ve seen products from St. Petersburg-based personal care company Bodhi Basics around town. The line was established in 2011 as a pop-up shop, and the response to the natural products was so positive that owner Kim Vorperian, right, opened a physical location on First Avenue S. Things got even busier, and that space became too small for what they needed for production. So now they’ve found a new home in the Fringe District, where they join Planet Retro Records, Foolish Pride Tattoo Co. and Star Booty Salon. Bodhi Basics celebrates its grand opening on Saturday night, teaming up with neighbors for a block party. They’ll have music, food, drinks and Halloween specials, as well as other “witchy” stuff. It happens 7-10 p.m. at 240 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N. bodhibasics.com. …
Feeling Lucky: The Art of Superstition It’s that time of year when all things spooky, or even just mysterious, are on the brain. That notion is being celebrated in an art event Friday (the 13th!) at the Bricks Ybor. The Art of Superstition features the work of Blaine Haverty, who will explore bad luck, and Theresa Crout, who will handle good luck. Crout is the artist behind the VooDoods, cool little themed sculptures that she usually creates by challenging herself to make a number of them for her birthday. For this exhibit, she has made a limited edition of 13, including a Ganesh VooDood and an Evil Eye VooDood, and they’re all presented in shadowboxes. Haverty’s illustrative works explore occult, religion, fantasy and surrealism. Sounds like the perfect event to get you in the Halloween spirit. Free. 7-10 p.m. 1327 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. …
This past Friday night, I had the privilege of attending the Tampa Museum of Art’s fabulous fashion event, City. This year, their annual fundraising event was focused on Susanne Bartsch, fashion muse, event producer and New York City’s, “Queen of the Night,” whose wild, wonderful wardrobe is the subject of the museum’s current exhibit, “Susanne Bartsch; Art-a-Porter.” The exhibit includes designs from fashion superstars including Vivienne Westwood, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and Thierry Mugler. They’re all totally over-the-top and theatrical; perfect for Bartsch’s personality and lifestyle.
Yes, our local fashion event is now a decade old, and a birthday party it did have. I've been attending the festivities for probably eight of those years, and I've seen the evolution, from scaling up to scaling down, from no runway show to two runway shows, from a wild, celebrity-filled party vibe (who can forget Kato Kaelin?) to the classier, more subdued yet celebratory event we saw Friday at International Plaza in Tampa. As it did in 2016, Tampa Bay Fashion Week presented a mix of mall retailers and local designers. The tone this year felt decidedly more elegant, with less focus on swimwear and more focus on eye-catching designs, particularly gowns. Everyone on the runway seemed a bit regal, and I left feeling inspired and energized.
Elizabeth Carson Racker in her studio, working on her latest collection to be shown at Tampa Bay Fashion Week.
MAKE IT WORK: TAMPA BAY FASHION WEEK
Now that we’ve come through Hurricane Irma, we can begin to focus on the things that we enjoy and make us happy. Like fashion.
Lucky for us, Tampa Bay Fashion Week kicks off today. Now in its 10th year, the event was originally scheduled for September, but Irma wasn’t allowing it. Some of the designers and models were affected by power outages and flooding issues, so founder Nancy Vaughn made the decision to postpone the event, which is probably for the better, since you may have not been too keen on going to fabulous fashion events when you haven’t had a hot shower in a week. Here are the details of the rescheduled event.
EVERYONE HAS A FASHION STORY
This year’s theme, “Fashion Is a Story,” is a community-driven project in which Tampa Bay fashion professionals and enthusiasts are encouraged to share their fashion journeys and stories on social media using the hashtag #fashionisastory. TBFW also interviewed locals with an affinity for fashion, including our own features editor, Stephanie Hayes. They’re great fun to read; find them at tampabayfashionweek.com.
The Belle of the Ball will distribute homecoming dresses on Saturday.
Dress You Up: Homecoming Dress Distribution You’ve heard of being all dressed up with nowhere to go, but it would be worse to have somewhere to go, like a homecoming dance, but not have a dress. The Belle of the Ball project has been doing its part to ensure that doesn’t happen to in-need high school girls. The organization collects formal dresses and accessories all year long, and distributes them during prom and homecoming season. Homecoming distribution season kicks off this Saturday, at the boutique location in Clearwater. Choose from a huge inventory of over 3,000 dresses. A $1-$5 donation is suggested but not necessary. No referral or appointment is needed. Additional distribution dates are Sept. 30, Oct. 12 and Oct. 21, and donations can also be made during distribution times. The event runs from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 1210 Holt Ave. (727)386-4502. belleoftheballproject.com. …
Get a jump on Halloween decoration at the Fall Harvest and Tailgate Festival Friday-Saturday.
Shop for Harvey Victims: Goodwill’s Round Up Goodwill has come up with easy ways to contribute to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Now through Tuesday, when you make purchases at Goodwill Industries-Suncoast stores, you’ll be asked if you’d like to round up the amount of your purchase to support relief efforts. The donations will go to the American Red Cross. If you don’t want to purchase anything, you can just donate cash at a Goodwill store. While it seems like the people affected could use new clothes and household items, right now those are too difficult to deliver, so monetary donations are more helpful. For store locations, visit goodwill-suncoast.org. …
Faro Farak and his wife, Nandi Safiyah, pose for a photo at the grand opening of Faro’s Cutting Lounge and Afrikan Boutique in Tampa in August. Farak is the barber. Safiyah’s expertise is braiding and natural hair.
Faro Farak dreamed of working for himself.
Though the Tampa native became a licensed barber in 2008, his travels around the country, to California and Atlanta, led him on different career paths, including as a personal trainer and in commercial plumbing.
Nandi Safiyah began doing hair in her native Tobago when she was just 9. Her sisters noticed her gift and would bring her down to the cruise ships to braid tourists' hair. She saved the money she earned to move to the United States and continued doing hair to put herself through school. She gave up braiding hair professionally but would occasionally style friends' hair.
When Farak and Safiyah met in Tampa in 2014, they bonded not only over their hair backgrounds, but also over their passion for African culture. The idea for Faro's Cutting Lounge and Afrikan Boutique was born: a full-service salon and barbershop that specializes in natural hair, and a place where African culture could be celebrated.
"I wanted to bring culture into it, and be something new and fresh in the area," Farak said. "We didn't wantto be a cookie-cutter salon." …
Niknaki Vintage is vending at the St. Pete Side Lot end of summer market on Sept. 2.
Courtesy of Nikki Life
The ’Burg Has It: St. Pete RoundUp There are so many markets around St. Petersburg this Saturday, you can easily make a day of it. The following list takes you up Central Avenue with one short detour on the way. It’s the St. Pete Indie Market’s last event at its indoor summer venue, the State Theatre, with more than 50 artists and makers selling their creations. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 687 Central Ave. The folks at ARTpool are back from their summer vacation, just in time to hold Crafty Fest Market. Shop vendors selling handmade and vintage items, and check out the shop and gallery, too. You can even grab a beer there. Crafty Fest runs Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 2030 Central Ave. Here’s the short detour I mentioned: the Side Lot Summer Sale. Vendors will be selling new and used items, and there will be music, food and drinks next to Brocante Market and 3 Daughters Brewing at 2133 Second Ave. S. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Find antiques, art and crafts at the Grand Central Market, located in the parking lot of Punky’s Bar & Grill, 3063 Central Ave. Grab a bite and a libation and enjoy live music, too. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. …
Tyler Goelz of St. Petersburg, the creator of Organic Beard Supply, is pictured at Central Oak Barber Co. in St. Petersburg with some of his products. Goelz, 28, has had a beard since he could grow one.
Tired of sitting in front of a computer screen for a living, Tyler Goelz wanted to make something tangible. The 28-year-old web developer only had to look in the mirror to find inspiration.
Facial hair is back in full force. Whether they are making a trendy statement, or are just lazy shavers, guys are rockin' ZZ Top full-length beards, swoon-worthy scruff or even just a wispy hipster mustache. But men are arguably clueless when it comes to skin care, said Goelz, so with his own beard in mind, he knew he could help.
Soon after concocting beard oils in his spare time, he found two business partners, and Organic Beard Supply was launched about a year ago.
The St. Petersburg company started selling oils to men with furry faces. Goelz hand-mixes and hand-bottles everything in his Pinellas County home. And he prides himself on using only the best ingredients. After getting to know his indie market customers, and making a few recipe changes, the St. Pete native realized he could grow more than just a long beard. …
Celebrate Oscar at his Pawsome Birthday party at Strands of Sunshine on Saturday.
Dog Party: Oscar’s Birthday Celebration If you’ve ever visited Strands of Sunshine in downtown St. Pete, it’s likely you’ve met Oscar, the shop dog. The shih tzu-poodle mix is pretty famous: He has his own Instagram (@shopdogoscar) and was also featured in Keep St. Pete Local’s pet calendar a few years back. The little cutie is turning 12, and to celebrate, owner Amy Marshall is throwing him a Pawsome Birthday party on Saturday. The shop carries all kinds of adorable pet-related stuff, including doggie bow ties, cat toys and animal art, not to mention their air plants, unique greeting cards and other sparkly treasures. They’ll have doggie treats and a raffle for prizes. A portion of all sales will benefit Pawlicious Poochie Pet Rescue, which will be at the party with a few chihuahuas. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 633 Central Ave. strandsofsunshine.com. …
Rachel Korman, left, and Amanda Galmiche opened their St. Petersburg salon, Mane Stay Hair Studio, in January. They both have Aveda educations and apprenticed at Arrojo Studio in New York City.
Sitting poolside one weekend, Amanda Galmiche started daydreaming of her own salon and asking "What if?" Luckily, her friend and co-worker Rachel Korman got serious, and together, they opened Mane Stay Hair Studio in St. Petersburg in January.
Both Galmiche, originally from Detroit, and Korman, of Palmetto, have Aveda educations and apprenticed at Arrojo Studio in New York City. But their paths didn't cross until they shared the same station at a St. Pete salon. After breaking out on their own, the women are growing their business slowly.
"We're taking our time and doing this right," said Korman, 31, a mother of two. They have six chairs, potentially more soon, as well as a few apprentices who help with clients.
Galmiche, 32, with her bubbly personality and purple hair, travels across the country teaching hair-coloring classes. She has more than 40,000 followers on Instagram (@thehaircolorexpert) who get to see before-and-after transformations, hair process videos and her beauty tips. She and Rachel (@trustyourhairdresser) stay up-to-date with trends and are excited to now offer hair extensions, Korman said. "Our client is California meets Brooklyn girl," Galmiche said. …
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So Long, Summer: Back to School Events Well, here it is. The last weekend of summer before most area schools go back Aug. 10. For some kids, this is the last hurrah of sweet freedom. Some parents are counting down the days until the return of their sweet freedom. Whatever your emotional disposition on back to school, here are a few fun ways to be prepared.
Tax Free Weekend: Saving money is always a blast, and Friday through Sunday, state sales tax is waived on school supplies, clothing and computers. This back-to-school special takes place at all retail stores throughout Florida. See floridarevenue.com for a detailed list of what’s covered.
Back to School Fair: This event at Tampa’s WestShore Plaza will get you prepared with workshops, exhibits and speakers, and will also be fun, featuring live entertainment and activities. The first 500 kids will receive a free book bag. It happens from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 250 WestShore Plaza. (813) 286-0790. westshoreplaza.com. …
Jennifer Kosharek's painting based on Goldilocks and the three bears is part of the "Legends" series of art shows, presented by Black Amethyst Tattoo Gallery.
Fairy Tales and Folklore: Legends Chapter 2 Art Show and Market Legends, folklore and myth are the stuff great art is often based on. The folks at Black Amethyst Tattoo Gallery know that, which is why they are presenting a series of fantasy-themed art shows throughout the summer. This month’s event happens Friday at Green Bench Brewing Co. They have teamed up with the St. Pete Indie Market, which will present a Gypsy Market, with loads of handmade goods from local artisans and makers. The art show looks really cool, featuring imaginative artwork by area talent. Florida Folk Scene provides the tunes with a live set. The next two events are scheduled for Aug. 25 and Sept. 29. Friday’s event happens from 7-11 p.m. at 1133 Baum Ave. N, St. Petersburg. …
Volume lash artist Gabrielle Dalip poses for a portrait at Lash Addict Studio.
Natali Cespedes knew the next big thing was lash extensions.
After applying eyelash extensions on clients for eight years out in California, she wanted to open her own business somewhere where trend hadn't quite taken off, yet.
"I've always wanted to move here," said Cespedes. She opened Lash Addict Studio in January 2016 and her business grew so fast she had to move to a bigger place almost immediately. In the last year and a half, she has brought on more lash technicians, who are "always booked and busy."
Women have wanted full lashes since the dawn of time. Mascara and falsies have been the go-to quick fix. Now you can walk into a lash studio and leave with lusciously long lashes that last for a few weeks at a time. Lash extensions look a little more natural, because a stylist glues individual synthetic lashes onto your real ones, and the whole process can take up to two hours. But it'll certainly make getting ready each morning that much easier.
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Natali Cespedes poses for a portrait at Lash Addict Studio in St. Petersburg. Lash Addict Studio does applications for clients in its space off of First Avenue N. …
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