Story by LocalShops1 Girl with help from a friend
Our friends Carmen and Patrick are in town for the closing on their new home in the Old Northeast neighborhood in St. Pete, and we’re spending the day helping them find household decor and other things they might enjoy. Carmen loves to garden; Patrick, originally from Ireland, spends his spare time brewing beer in his garage. They have two children, ages 7 and 9. We decide to take them on a tour of Fourth Street North in St. Pete.
Come along for the ride!
The Hollander Hotel
421 Fourth Ave. N. (corner of 4th St & 4th Ave.)
We meet at one of St. Pete’s remodeled boutique hotels, which is conveniently close to everything. Our friends are already there, enjoying their morning tea on the beautiful 130-foot terrace. Our first order of business was to present them with their own LocalShops1 1Card, giving them discounts at locally owned businesses all over Tampa Bay. Now we’re off.
1032 Fourth St. N., havenhome.com
Our first stop is for home decor at one of St. Pete’s newest interior design firms and furniture stores. Here we found transitional furniture, art, rugs and lots of accent pieces, and there’s the added convenience of having owner Michael Mastry and his designers there to help. You can even arrange for a designer to come to your home!
1825 Fourth St. N., stpete.org/sunken
The next stop is especially for Carmen, but we know the entire family will enjoy four acres of beautiful botanical gardens right in the center of St. Petersburg. Dating to 1903, and three generations of the George Turner family, the garden is our oldest living museum and home to more than 50,000 tropical plants and flowers.
Great Explorations Children’s Museum
1925 Fourth St. N., greatex.org
The kids have been great all day, so now it’s time for them to run, jump, and play! We don’t need to travel far, since Great Explorations is right at the entrance to Sunken Gardens. Science is made fun here, and children are encouraged to think, play, move and create. The best part? They’re learning, and don’t even know it!
Three Birds Tavern
1492 Fourth St. N., threebirdstavern.com
We have worked up quite an appetite, and it’s time for a late lunch. We grab a table on the patio under sprawling oaks and enjoy the shishito pepper appetizer. There’s something for everyone here. For Patrick, shepherd’s pie and a pint, maybe two, of lager; for Carmen, vegan soup and vegetarian risotto; for the kids, chicken and waffles and blueberry muffin bread pudding. The pudding was so good, we ordered another!
Grand Kitchen & Bath
2600 Fourth St. N., grandkitchen.com
Carmen and Patrick’s new home is in desperate need of a new kitchen, so after lunch we go to meet with Julie Burch and Richard Valmain at Grand Kitchen. They have more than 40 years of experience in just this type of remodel, and customer service and craftsmanship are their top priorities. Patrick and
Carmen schedule an appointment to have Richard’s team come to their home.
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And the adventures continue ...
And so a wonderfully productive day comes to an end. But before we say goodbye we make plans to meet tomorrow and continue shopping along Fourth Street North. We still have to drop by Fourth Street Shrimp Store! And Being! And Marion’s! And Babalu! And ...
More stops along Fourth St. N.
The Cupcake Spot
405 Central Ave.
(corner of 4th St & Central)
Fourth Street Shrimp Store
1006 Fourth St. N.
St. Pete Bicycle & Fitness
1205 Fourth St. N.
Marion’s Gifts & Clothing
1301 Fourth St. N.
Being: The Art of Living
1575 Fourth St. N.
Bob Lee’s Tires
1631 Fourth St. N.
Shep’s Food Mart
2001 Fourth St. N.\
Harvey’s 4th Street Grill
3121 Fourth St. N.
3500 Fourth St. N
4500 Fourth St. N.
4912 Fourth St. N.
St. Pete Bagel
7043 4th Street North
Babalu Restaurant & Bar
9246 Fourth St. N.
For hundreds more options for locally owned shops, restaurants and service providers all over the Tampa Bay region, check out the online directory at LocalShops.com.