Frederick Woods St. Petersburg resident Frederick Woods, a self-taught artist and native Floridian, is known as Rootman, a name earned on the football field and one he embraces as an artist. Tell us something we might not know about you: “A long time ago, I applied to the culinary school in Orlando. I wanted to open a real soul food restaurant in New York city.”
Cindy Siriwong Cindy Siriwong is founder of Takeout Button, a platform that offers restaurants white-labeled online food ordering technology. Tell us something we might not know about you: “I’m from Bangkok, Thailand, where the food is flavorful and hot. Besides my love of food, my passion is arts, especially, drawing and painting. My dream is one day to become a full-time artist.”
Jason Sulisufay Jason Sulisufay is owner of Sulisufay Property Group and Jessi’s Restaurant, 8331 66th St N in Pinellas Park.
Tell us something we might not know about you: “When I was 16 I started Jason Internet Market and did more than $2,000 of sales on Amazon my first week.”
Sandra Lee Schick Doscher Sandra Lee Schick Doscher and her sister, Barbara Lynch, own Bejeweled Gifts From Mother Earth.They sell at local markets and festivals and can be found on Facebook at facebook.com/bejeweledgiftsfrommotherearth
Tell us something we might not know about you: “(When I was a teen I got) onto The Alan Freed Rock & Roll Show in Manhattan, and found myself backstage next to Chubby Checker.”
Lucinda Johnston The retired assistant principal is founder and executive director of the environmental nonprofit Chart 411, at 1017 Ninth Ave N in St. Petersburg. Chart 411’s vision is to make nature, outdoor adventure and environmental education accessible to everyone.
Tell us something we might not know about you: “Three things: I used to help my stepfather hunt rattlesnakes, I spent a night on a navigational buoy in the Keys years ago, and I used to ride in rodeos!”
Lynn Webb Lynn Webb is co-owner of Practically Pikassostudios, which offer paint-your-own pottery and canvas painting. Her business has two locations: 500 Main St. in Safety Harbor and 1912 Fourth St. N in St. Petersburg . Tell us something we might not know about you: “I don’t look like it, but I am a long-distance runner. Two full marathons, 32 half-marathons and counting. Will probably never run another full. It killed me!”
Robin King Robin King is co-owner of Three Birds Tavern, 1492 Fourth St N in St. Petersburg, and owner of Out of the Weeds artisan dressings.
Tell us something we might not know about you: “I was born in Japan, and my first year of college I studied at Diponegoro University in Semarang, Indonesia.”
Gini Smith & Mike Fagan Gini Smith and Mike Fagan own Gulfport Beach Bazaar, 3115 Beach Blvd. S, an eclectic 3,300 square-foot shop filled with antiques, jewelry, accessories, furniture and up-cycled art.
Tell us something we might not know about you: “Gini was born in Brazil and raised on Anna Maria Island; Mike was born in Sarasota and is the grandson of a Ringling Bros. Circus manager, concessions owner and trapeze artist.”
George Medeiros & Scott Durfee The duo known as Team Spathose creates wearable sculpture from palm spathe grown right here in Pinellas County. Their collection, which includes purses, bow ties, cuffs and more, can be seen on their website, spathose.com, and at their home studio in St. Petersburg. For appointment call 727.365.8568.
Tell us something we might not know about you: “Team Spathose has always been centered on the arts.They have also done extreme costume designs for the theater and opera!”
Lori Sapienza Lori Sapienza is founder and owner of Peace of Yoga, at 21 Dr MLK Jr St S in St. Petersburg. She volunteers her time teaching yoga to children in foster care.
Tell us something we might not know about you: “Two things: I run another small business, based in New Jersey, and do bookkeeping jobs for other small businesses. I also take care of my mom, who lives with me.”