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Cafe brings flavor of West Coast


© St. Petersburg Times, published September 17, 2000

The mother-daughter team of Judy Gammon and Nicole Golden have opened West Coast Juice and Java at 7253 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. The Seattle-style coffeehouse includes an expanded menu of organic coffee drinks, vegetable and fruit juices, and smoothies, as well as sandwiches and salads.

The Washington natives arrived in Florida in 1988 after sailing a trimaran from Seattle through the Panama Canal. Before moving to St. Petersburg, Golden, now 33, got her experience operating the Energy Bar in Oregon.

Along with being the only coffee and juice bar of its kind in the South Pasadena/St. Petersburg corridor, Golden touts the shop as a gathering place. "St. Pete is filled with fascinating people. I'm not really surprised at the way people come in and start talking. The area needs a place for people to come and share," says Golden, who received a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of South Florida.

West Coast Juice & Java is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. As the weather cools a bit more, the cafe will expand its hours. For information, call 302-0727.

Seminole man elected to association board

Jim Smith of Seminole has been elected to the board of directors for the Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association based in Tallahassee. Smith, the chief executive officer of Co-Op Oil Co. of Gulfport, has been a member of the association since 1973.

Buckspan joins Coates in plastic surgery practice

Dr. Randy J. Buckspan has joined Dr. Michael R. Coates at his plastic surgery practice on Central Avenue as partner. Buckspan previously operated a private practice in Danville, Va.

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