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Robin King and her husband, Jack, own Three Birds Tavern in St. Petersburg. Since “robin” is also the name of a bird, people assume the restaurant is named after Robin and the couple’s three daughters. But that’s not quite it.
Rise up this morning’,
Smiled with the risin’ sun,
Three little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singin’ sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true,
Sayin’, this is my message to you-ou-ou
Don’t Worry ‘bout a thing,
‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right.
The restaurant, in fact, is named after Bob Marley’s song “Three Little Birds,” and the story goes back to 2004, one of the most difficult years in Robin’s life.
“The year was filled with drama, illness, sadness and death,” Robin says, explaining that both she and Jack were then dealing with post-divorce and child-custody drama from their first marriages. Then real tragedy struck in the fall, when Robin’s and Jack’s mothers both died.
“The emptiness left by the death of my mother created a deep sorrow like I had never experienced,” Robin says. “Music became my muse. I listened to hours of old favorites and new trendy stuff, and something kept drawing me back to the lyrics and melodies of Bob Marley. My heart was heavy, and some days seemed more than I could bear. The message to me-ee-ee not to worry, ‘cause every little thing gonna be all right,’ became my mantra.”
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Four years later, Jack was winding down his law practice in Cleveland, Ohio, after more than 25 years of litigation work. The youngest two of their five children were getting set to graduate from high school, and Robin and Jack decided to move to Florida and pursue Robin’s lifelong dream of opening a restaurant.
A few months later they were in St. Petersburg, sitting on the porch of the restaurant they were negotiating to buy. Robin looked up, and, lined across a telephone wire hanging between the century-old oak trees, she saw three birds. And in the jukebox in the background, she heard Bob Marley humming along.
Three More Business Owners Share Their Stories
I fell in love with mermaids at Doc Webb’s Most Unusual Drug Store in St. Petersburg in the late ’50s or early ’60s. Seeing the mermaid show left such an impression on me thatit started a lifelong love for all things mermaids. When I started my skincare and make-up business, I had to have “mermaids” in it somewhere! And since the line is derived from natural mineral make up, voila, Mermaid Minerals was spawn.”
Patti Glynn, Mermaid Minerals, St. Petersburg
While in massage school in 1992, two of my fellow students nicknamed me The Peaceful Warrior. I assumed it was due to being in massage school (peaceful) and in the Army
(warrior). They chuckled and told me that my disposition and philosophy reminded them of the book by DanMillman, “Way of the Peaceful Warrior.” I had to read it to understand the depth of the compliment they gave and have re-read it several times over the years. A highly recommended read.
Scott Roberts, The Peaceful Warrior Massage, St. Pete
People come into our bar and ask, “Is there really a Madonna?” Yes! But this Madonna is the poor one and she can’t sing! My birth name is Madonna Metcalf and I have been
studying wine a very long time. I am a Certified Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers. So when we were looking for names for our bar, my partner, Kris Radish, laughed and said, “Wine Madonna!”We poured champagne and toasted the name.”
Madonna Metcalf, Wine Madonna, St. Petersburg
Things to Consider When Picking a Name
“Each word has a distinct difference,” says Richard Hughes, creative director at ClearpH Design in St. Petersburg. “Get the name right and you get branding as a by-product of your advertising.”
Hughes gives thes five tips for naming your business: