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City Times: Published Fridays by the St. Petersburg Times
February 21, 2003

Downtown dwellings
[Times photo: Boyzell Hosey]
Lofts, penthouses, condos, apartments and townhomes: Residential projects are booming in downtown Tampa.
Grand Central
Gone like a good margarita

I LOVED Consuelo's.

Eat, drink and be humbled
It's dog eat dog while eating like a king at the monthly gathering of Tampa's most influential krewe members, where egos are grilled as often as steaks.

Amy Scherzer's Diary
Tulle, roses adorn garden center benefit

A ROSY FUTURE: Honorary chairwomen Louise Lykes Ferguson and Martha Ferman sat or stood to greet every guest -- all 235 of them -- at "An Affair to Remember," a cocktail party and silent auction benefit for the Tampa Garden Center on Feb. 14. Ferman was a young bride when she joined the Rose Garden Circle. She later served as president. Ferguson was president of the Founders Garden Circle. When? "Once upon a time," she recalled.

City People
Leader of the pack

To clinch the deal, packing groceries properly takes care, concern and a paper sack, says a Tampa grocer who shuns plastic bags.

In schools and church, she worked 'full speed'

And family was no different. Every Sunday, Mrs. Johnson insisted the family gather at La Teresita. It's in her will.

What's in a name?
Colonel's clout got armory built

Homer Hesterly served in two World Wars and was president of Turner Marble and Granite Co.

RSVP Tampa
Showcasing works of the heart

Looking for something to do? Here's a super calendar, ranging from Tony Rock to Rock, Rhythm & Doowop.

Everybody's Business
Retro boutique sells '60s chic

Vintage clothing, accessories, furniture and decor are stocked at RetroShop on Franklin Street.

Neighborhood Report
Bon Air: Gallery to exhibit photos of Florida

BON AIR -- Aerial Innovations, a South Tampa company that goes to soaring heights for the perfect photo, has opened a gallery at its offices to showcase the work of its photographers.

Channel District: Old retail hub will make way for new
Several shops that have become South Tampa traditions will move as developers rebuild a prime retail spot.

South Tampa: Developers back down in face of opposition
Separate plans for a hotel and an office building are withdrawn after residents in both neighborhoods take a stand.

Hyde Park: Farmer's market seeks vendors
The Farmer's Market is set to open March 15, and organizers hope it will become a bustling Saturday event.

Ybor City: Spanish ensemble to spice up this Sunday
A group of 23 singers, dancers and musicians will give an afternoon performance in Ybor City.

Neighborhood notebook: Pledge of Allegiance writer's home to be noted
BAYSHORE BEAUTIFUL -- Next Friday, the city will honor the man who wrote the Pledge of Allegiance.

Palma Ceia West: Residents want to put a stop to speeders
Neighbors say San Nicholas Street has become a haven for speeders, but city officials say there are worse roadways.

Front Porch: A special room of her own

TEMPLE TERRACE -- Cori Lynn McCumber spends most of her free time in her new bedroom.

Go to your (fantastic) room!
A parent's command would be some children's wish when a bedroom is a box full of whimsy.

Shop owner well versed in the poetry of orchids
A Hyde Park Village nook caters to lovers of sensuous petals and to everyone who digs the gardening life.
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