The Sunken Gardens is such a lush and beautiful piece of property. It first started as a nursery in 1903. George Turner, Sr. bought six acres of land, which included a shallow lake ten feet below sea level. He drained that lake, and the 'sunken' gardens began. This place has withstood tough times in our country before, and they are hanging in there now.
Coppertail Brewing Co. is a popular destination for beer enthusiasts and is also known for the good food they serve. They have finally reopened their doors.
If you're craving BBQ, it may be time to pay a visit to the doctor
After weeks of only offering takeout and delivery, Dr. BBQ is back open for customers to dine-in.
Pirate Water Taxi is back open, and have added to their fleet. It’s a great and easy way to get out on the water, and enjoy much of what downtown Tampa has to offer.
Winter, Hope, Nicholas, and so many more at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium are eager to welcome back guests. The staff has been busy here, even during the safer-at-home orders, taking care of all the animals.
With COVID-19 leading to so many lost jobs, Metropolitan Ministries has been working overtime to help those who suddenly find themselves in need. FOX 13 has been helping with a campaign called $13 for 13. A $13 donation will be matched by an anonymous donor and that $26 will be used to feed 13 people. That campaign ends May 21.
Replay Guitar Exchange is back open, and back to offering in-person music lessons. They have a great collection of new and used guitars, along with amps and all the other accessories you might need to rock out at home. The owner here also does work with his family’s charitable foundation that donated $350,000 to Tampa General Hospital to help them fight COVID-19.
There are some new rules in place as The Florida Aquarium reopens to guests. They’ve been busy behind the scenes during the pandemic, keeping all of the animals happy and healthy. Now they are pleased to be able to once again open their doors to visitors.
You can now dine-in and have your 1905 Salad too.
Columbia Restaurant Group is starting to open its doors. First up, the Columbia Restaurant along St. Armand's Circle in Sarasota.
At 2601 Central Avenue, Urban Brew & BBQ was definitely a hot spot, back when crowds could gather. Here's how they have made it through the safer-at-home orders.
Gigglewaters is located right on Main Street in Safety Harbor. This is a great gathering place, known for their deliciously decadent food, and their handcrafted cocktails. During the shutdown, Gigglewaters’ owners decided to do what they could to help others. They’ve delivered meals to hospitals, provided free meals to those unemployed, and now they are grateful to be able to reopen their expanded patio area.
Forbici Modern Italian is back with its 'scissor pizza' and is located in the areas of town where they have closed a street to allow for more outdoor seating.
Michael Stewart is one of the owners at Ava on South Howard, and is involved with several eateries around the Tampa Bay area. He discusses how restaurants are getting through the pandemic and how it's working now that they've reopened limited indoor dining.
Whether you want to run away and join the circus, or just build great core strength from a different way of working out, you might want to become a Dragon. Aerial Dragon Studios is a high-flying circus arts school in Ybor City. They are now offering online classes -- even for beginners.
Jacobs is an American international professional services firm, specializing in engineering, construction and infrastructure. The city of Tampa is one of their many clients. They usually do a lot of work with school children, offering field trips and other educational opportunities. The pandemic has put a stop to that, so they’ve decided to offer a weekly, live, online STEM class.
Saint Leo University in Pasco County is offering free classes, ranging from backyard birding and budget baking to quarantine spirituality and stress management.
Businesses have certainly had to get creative, and some things they've changed may be here to last. That includes the Florida School of Woodwork in Tampa. They offer classes online and it has been so successful that they will continue to offer online classes even when they are able to reopen.
Restaurants have been devastated by COVID-19 and many of its workers have been furloughed or laid off, but some within the same industry have stepped up. In Tampa, Cass Street Deli is offering free meals every evening to restaurant workers.