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🏳️‍🌈 Pride Month is here
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Make sure to check out the Bending Arc sculpture’s Pride Month installation at the St. Pete Pier. |Photo via @stpetefl
Pride Month may have already kicked off, but trust us... there’s plenty left to fill your calendar with. We’ve rounded up concerts, art exhibits, and street fairs all honoring the Tampa Bay area’s LGBTQ+ community:
Did we miss your celebration? Please add it to our events calendar, or peruse the hundreds of events to find the right one for you.
 
 
Events
 
Tuesday, June 4
  • “Lake County” | Tuesday, June 4 | 7-8 p.m. | Tombolo Books, 2153 1st Ave. S., St. Petersburg | Free with reservation | Award-winning author Lori Roy shares from her new Southern Gothic thriller reimagining the life of Marilyn Monroe.
Wednesday, June 5
  • Tyler Childers | Wednesday, June 5 | 7 p.m. | MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4801 US Hwy. 301 N., Tampa | $71+ | We’re “All Your’n” for the country star’s Tampa stop on his “The Mule Pull ’24 Tour.”
Thursday, June 6
  • Latin Nights | Thursday, June 6 | 6 p.m. | Tampa Riverwalk, 601 Old Water St., Tampa | Free | Salsa and sway to live music from Metro Latino on the scenic riverfront.
  • BBQ & Bingo | Thursday, June 6 | 8 p.m.-12 a.m. | Venue on 6th, 1701c N. Avenida Republica de Cuba, Tampa | $10-$20 | Chow down on barbecue while taking in a comedy show, live music, and hookah options.
Friday, June 7
  • Inkmania 2024 | Friday, June 7-Sunday, June 9 | Times vary | The Coliseum, 535 4th Ave. N., St. Petersburg | $25-$50 | The annual ink-stained party features seminars, a DJ Battle, special performances, an art fusion wall, a graffiti wall, and tattoo contests.
  • Next Stop Comedy | Friday, June 7 | 8-9:30 p.m. | Cigar City Brewing, 3924 W. Spruce St., Tampa | $25 | Prepare to chuckle at the monthly comedy show featuring jokesters straight from TV and podcasts.
Saturday, June 8
  • Hippie Dippie Summer Social | Saturday, June 8 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Hyde House Public Studio, 1646 W. Snow Ave., Tampa | $25 | Don your finest flower crown and enjoy a morning of mat Pilates, sound bowls, and experiences with other local businesses.
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How a pandemic pivot fueled SERVPRO’s growth
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Bank of Central Florida builds on mutual respect and a shared vision for the future.|Photo provided by Bank of Central Florida | Member FDIC
For disaster restoration franchise SERVPRO, launching on the eve of the 2020 pandemic could have easily turned into a whole different kind of disaster.

But owner Josh and his team weren’t fazed. They adapted in real-time and strategically pivoted to address community needs. The result: Explosive growth from 4 to 50 employees in a short span.

A key partner in their success? Bank of Central Florida. Their Relationship Manager, Leah Pearson, provided crucial support at every turn, from initial funding to ongoing financial guidance.
 
News Notes
 
Development
  • Water Street Tampa is getting another luxe hotel. ARC Realty Group plans to build The Ora Hotel and Residences at 1107 E. Jackson St. The 39-story, $600 million project will boast 622 units, hotel rooms, a restaurant, convention space, a lobby bar, and a helipad. (Tampa Bay Business Journal)
Open
  • Popular deli shop, Gateway Subs just opened up its first Cigar City location at Duckweed Urban Grocery (803 N. Tampa St.). Stop by for tons of specialty sandwiches, smoothies, coffees, breakfast sandwiches, and snacks aplenty. (Creative Loafing Tampa Bay)
Real Estate
  • St. Pete’s City Center is getting a makeover. Owners are planning a multi-million dollar renovation of the downtown building, located at 100 2nd Ave. S. Plans include an upgraded and expanded fitness center, 50-seat conference center, coffee bar, and sparkly new lobby. (I Love the Burg)
Transit
  • Work on Tampa’s Westshore Interchange has been pushed back. Officials expect the planning phase for the massive reconstruction project to wrap up this summer, and major construction to kick off next year. Take a peek at the plans. (Tampa Bay Business Journal)
Travel
  • Ready to beat the Florida heat? Breeze Airways just launched new flights to Orange County-Santa Ana + Greenville-Spartanburg (Hey GVLtoday) from TPA. The new flights are part of the low-cost airline’s seasonal offerings. (That’s So Tampa)
Closing
  • Big Storm Brewing is facing eviction from its Ybor City location. The Clearwater-based brewery’s taproom is expected to close on Sunday, June 16 — just over a year since the spot opened. (Tampa Bay Business Journal)
Announced
  • The Factory has a new owner. The St. Pete arts hotspot — which is home to local faves like Daddy Kool Records — was sold to a local investment group. Part of the deal includes a new tenant for a 35,000-sqft vacancy at the property. (Tampa Bay Business Journal)
Sports
  • The Rays managed to avoid a sweep in Baltimore. Get game coverage, analysis, insights, interviews and more from local experts of the Tampa Bay Rays with Locked On’s daily podcasts.
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    Outdoors
     
    🦩 Calling all birds of a feather
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    Make sure to bring a camera to take pictures of the flock. |Photo by @stpetefl
    Florida’s run amuck with flouncy flamingos. And not just at Tampa International.

    More than 100 wild Flamingos were counted roaming the Sunshine State as of February. That number comes from Audubon Florida’s recently released results of its American Flamingo census.

    The birds somehow found their way to Florida during Hurricane Idalia last August, and they seem to be sticking around

    Other than getting lucky + spotting one in the wild, you can also visit one of the brightly colored birds at one of our fave local spots:
    And if you do encounter one of these marvelous creatures in the wild, please send your photo our way — so we can share with the rest of the flock.
     
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    From the editor
    In addition to checking out the Bending Arc at night, keep walkin’ just a bit further down the waterfront to see The Dalí's beautiful glass exterior lit up for Pride Month. Here’s a peek.
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