Plus, a new boba spot.
 
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Father’s Day Gift Guide: Presents for the father figure in your life
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It’s almost time to shine the spotlight on Dad. Whether they were helping us with our sixth-grade homework or passing down life advice, our father figures influenced us in their own wonderful ways. So, how do we say thanks?

If you’re after something extra + a bit more personalized, we’ve unearthed a selection of gems to gift the father figure in your life. Bonus: Many of these gifts support small businesses.

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Shop our top Father’s Day picks:

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If dad is always whipping up new recipes in the kitchen, he will love the Broth Bomb’s Adventure Pack. Win for you to get to taste test and win for him!
 
 
Events
 
Friday, May 31
  • Ballard Designs Outdoor Styling Event | Friday, May 31 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Ballard Designs, 3620 Midtown Dr., Tampa | Free | Sip on mimosas and munch on fruit and pastries while learning the design store’s outdoor styling tips.
  • Heights Night Market | Friday, May 31 | 6-10 p.m. | Armature Works, 1910 N. Ola Ave., Tampa | Price of purchase | Hunt for pieces from artisanal artists and makers selling handmade goods, jewelry, and art, or listen to live music.
  • “Ezra” | Friday, May 31-Thursday, June 13 | Times vary | Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St., Tampa | $10-$12 | Starring Robert De Niro, this 2024 release follows a parent’s cross-country road trip with his autistic son.
  • Fiddle Fusion | Friday, May 31 | 7-10 p.m. | Grand Central Brewhouse, 2340 Central Ave., St. Petersburg | Free entry | Jam out to tunes from The Fiddle Fusion Project in the hopping spot’s beer garden.
Saturday, June 1
  • Flamingo Shattered Glass Workshop | Saturday, June 1 | 5:30-8 p.m. | 2086 Badlands Dr., Brandon | $29 | Craft your own funky flamingo art using shattered glass, seashells, and resin in this guided class.
Sunday, June 2
  • Brewers Market | Sunday, June 2 | 12-4 p.m. | Pee-Pa’s Garage Craft Brewery, 6340 49th St. N., Pinellas Park | Free entry | Sip on local beer and check out goods from vendors and artists at this monthly market.
Monday, June 3
  • “One Deadly Eye” Launch Event | Monday, June 3 | 7-8 p.m. | Tombolo Books, 2153 1st Ave. S., St. Petersburg | $35 | Author Randy Wayne White shares from his latest book, in which Doc Ford must stop a band of thieves after a deadly hurricane.
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News Notes
 
Open
  • Do we have any boba fans? Tiger Sugar, the black sugar bubble tea spot, just opened at 1518 E. Fowler Ave. The popular tiger stripe boba joint crafts its signature brown streaked drinks using an eight-hour cooking process. (That’s So Tampa)
Closed
  • Earlier this week, we shared that Bacon Bitch recently closed its doors. Now, downtown St. Pete’s Rollbotto Sushi + Central Avenue’s Tropez have also packed it up. (Tampa Bay Times)
Film
  • We’re adding a new flick to St. Pete’s IMDB. “Dear Camp ‘86,” a horror movie about six friends who travel to a remote cabin for an annual hunting trip, was partially filmed in the Burg. The cast also features TBAY’s own Paul Wilson. (Tampa Bay Times)
Announced
  • Hurricane season begins tomorrow, June 1, and so does Pinellas’ fertilizer ban. Residents should halt the use of fertilizers through Wednesday, Sept. 30 to prevent harmful algae blooms during the rainy season. (St. Pete Catalyst)
Weather
  • Speaking of hurricane season, it’s important to know where to find flooding info. Both the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration + National Water Prediction Service share data on what areas are flooded. (Tampa Bay Times)
Coming Soon
  • All you need is love. The University of Tampa just scored a 6-ft “LOVE” sculpture by Robert Indiana. The red sculpture will live on the lawn east of Plant Hall in front of the Southard Family Building. (Tampa Bay Business Journal)
Sports
  • Here’s your update on Chris Godwin’s contract. Get game coverage, analysis, insights, interviews, and more from local experts of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with Locked On’s daily podcasts.
Eat
  • Looking to dine out this weekend? According to OpenTable, top-loved restaurants this month include Babushka’s for food and Julian Restaurant for ambience.*
Drink Up
  • Raise a glass, drop a deal. We’ll be toasting to Drink Up Week — a celebration of the Tampa Bay area’s vibrant beverage scene — from Monday, July 22 to Friday, July 26. If you own a local business that serves beverages, join us by offering a fun drink deal to our readers — we may include it in a newsletter.
 
 
Development
 
Take a peek at the Rays’ future digs
A large pavillion-style stadium features large windows with palm trees right outside and people milling about.
Construction on the new stadium is expected to start in January 2025. |Rendering via Rays and Populous
It seems the Rays are embracing the dream that is Florida living: bringing the outdoors in.

The Rays + design firm Populous just released new renderings of the highly anticipated ballpark. The $1.3 billion facility features large windows wrapping around the building, porches, and doorways and terraces bridging the indoor and outdoor spaces, according to a release.

“Our baseball park will be the most intimate and inviting in the sport,” said Rays President Matt Silverman, in a release. “The park is designed to bring our fans as close to the field as possible, to create a distinctive, compelling game experience.”

The 30,000-seat pavilion-style facility will house premium clubs and suites, decks and social gathering spaces, and flexible viewing areas across three deck levels. Plus, the venue would double as a space for concerts and other major area events.

The incoming $1.3 billion stadium is still waiting on final approval from St. Pete City Council.
 
The Buy
 
Iced chai. Cool down in the summer heat this weekend with One Stripe Chai.
 
 
The Wrap
 
Bailey Lefever in a park near a pond Today’s edition by:
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From the editor
Earlier this week we quizzed you on what a pack of cownose stingrays is called. Three fourths of you got it right — a fever. That’s all from me, LeFever out.
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