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By SHARON L. BOND, Neighborhood Times Business Editor
© St. Petersburg Times
published October 30, 2002

Downtown cooks up a fresh idea

ST. PETERSBURG -- A weekly Saturday morning market is scheduled to start downtown on Nov. 9 on the block of Second Street between Central and First avenues S.

"I noticed we have a need for a farmer's market," said Dennis D'Ettore, who describes himself as a "local downtown citizen."

D'Ettore said the market will rent space to vendors, who will bring in their wares.

"Different kinds of produce, some arty stuff, ethnic specialties. We even want to bring in fresh fish," D'Ettore said. Entertainment also will be part of the deal. The official name is Saturday Morning Market.

Gail Eggeman, who is helping to put the market together, said there should be about 20 vendors on the first day, with room for more. In addition to D'Ettore and Eggeman, organizers include Judy Staunko, Celeste Simon, Heidi Lovett, Theresa Ellis and Rand Luttenburg.

Vendors interested in the market can get information and meet the organizers at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Atlanta Bread Co., 179 First Ave. N.

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Midtown Sundries Restaurant and Bar, at 200 First Ave. S, is working with the Saturday morning market in two ways.

The restaurant will offer complimentary coffee for the duration of the market at a vendor's booth there. It also will begin serving breakfast in the restaurant, according to owner Charles L. Kott. Breakfast, which initially will be a limited menu, will begin at 9 a.m. and be served until 1 p.m. The standard lunch menu will be offered beginning at 11 a.m., he said.

"People have asked me to consider it," Kott said of breakfast service. The market was the impetus he needed. "The greater the success of the Saturday Morning Market, the greater success of breakfast."

BayWalk shop targets young teens

ST. PETERSBURG -- BayWalk, the downtown entertainment/retail complex nearing its second birthday, is getting a new store that caters to young teens, the Buzz.

The Sembler Co., which developed the $40-million complex, signed a lease with the Buzz last week. The store that offers junior high apparel and bath and bodyworks, will open in the spring.

"We have been looking for the right junior store, and we have taken a decisive approach to find the right tenant to match the junior target," said Greg Sembler, vice chairman of the Sembler Co.

BayWalk, which features a 20-screen Muvico theater, has been a big draw for younger teens, according to the company. It opened in November 2000.

The Buzz will take a 7,000-square-foot space that never has been leased. It is next to Acorn on the first level.

Businesses can brag and schmooze

ST. PETERSBURG -- The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce and Star Graphics Group are sponsoring a business showcase, 5-7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at the St. Petersburg Country Club, 2000 County Club Way S.

The showcase gives owners a chance to promote their businesses and network with colleagues.

For more information about reserving booths and tables and registering, call (727) 445-7922.

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