Boca Ciega Class of 1985 30th Reunion

Even the pouring rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of our fellow Pirates as we gathered here at my historic venue NOVA 535 in beautiful downtown St. Petersburg, Florida to celebrate the Boca Ciega Class of 1985 30th Reunion. Legendary Joe Pequeno, my brother and close dear friend for over 30 years, was the driving force behind tonight’s successful celebration. His hard work, passion and love for his fellow classmates culminated tonight in a truly delightful, epic evening.2015 07-24 Boca-Ciega-High-School-30th-Reunion-at-venue-NOVA-535-downtown-StPete-189

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5 Unique Wedding Party Gifts

As a wedding party member, bridesmaids and groomsmen typically have to shell out quite a chunk of dough to participate in the happiest day of your life. Sure, they may get access to an open bar and choice of chicken or fish, but between rehearsals, writing speeches, throwing bachelor/ette parties and generally making sure their soon-to-be-wed friends and family members don’t lose their sh*t, they put in a lot of work for you.

Here are 5 unique wedding party gifts that will show them how much you appreciate all they do:

1. Artisanal soaps, bath & beauty products

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8 Excellent Saint Pete Pride Events to Attend

It’s that time of year again: St. Pete Pride! No matter where you lie on the Kinsey Scale, or how you define (or don’t define) your sexuality or gender, St. Pete Pride is a time to celebrate togetherness and love in Tampa Bay.

The official St. Pete Pride website defines its mission: “to promote unity, visibility, self-esteem and a positive image of and among the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community of Tampa Bay and throughout the State of Florida by way of cultural and educational programs and activities.”

And it’s those very activities that we’ll be discussing today! Here are 8 Excellent Saint Pete Pride Events to Attend:

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How to Be Awesome at Cocktail Parties

Summer is (basically) here and with the warm weather comes cool cocktails and more reasons to get together and mingle. Attending a cocktail party is an excellent way to increase your awareness about a particular cause, network with like-minded professionals or just to have fun – and we’re here to tell you how to make the most of the event. So without further ado, here’s how to be awesome at cocktail parties:

Know your role

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2015 Dixie Hollins High School Prom

Friday April 24, 2015 here at the historic yet modern venue NOVA 535 Unique Event Space in beautiful downtown St. Pete, Florida, we hosted the 2015 Dixie Hollins High School Prom. The teens were well behaved, they danced and laughed and texted and took photos galore – hopefully tagging #nova535 along the way – and seemed to have a strong unified school spirit. Little do they realize that these are some of the best years of their lives – pre amortization schedules and insurance binders – before the much heavier weight of adulthood settles in. If you’re listening young ladies and gents, enjoy yourselves. Find that balance between expecting to live to be 100 years old and that today could be your last. Enjoy every moment as fully as possible while planning to be healthy and happy and successful when you’re old and gray and wrinkled. Remember you are what you eat, and to always be your own best friend. So here’s to the class of 2015, congrats!!

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Opening Night Party for the Tenth Annual Sunscreen Film Festival

Thursday April 30, 2015 the Opening Night Party for the Tenth Annual Sunscreen Film Festival was held here at the historic venue NOVA 535 Unique Event Space located in beautiful downtown St. Pete, Florida. We can all thank visionary Tony Armer for making this all happen. A man’s dream, lots of hard work, and the help of many many of us along the way, has propelled Tony from a film lover to the current role of Film Commissioner for Pinellas County and proud papa of a successful 10 Year Old Film Festival. Go Tony!! 2015 04-30 Sunscreen-Film-Festival-at-venue-NOVA535-downtown-StPete-74

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Brides Against Breast Cancer Headliners for Hope

On Wednesday May 13, 2015 here at historic wedding and special event venue NOVA 535 in lovely downtown St. Petersburg, Florida was the Brides Against Breast Cancer Headliners for Hope. It’s a evening where local “celebs” aka “headliners” come in a guest bartend, bringing with them their friends and business associates to drive in those critical dollars to help support those afflicted with breast cancer. Oh and to have a great time too! And when it’s held here at NOVA with the fun spirits of the BABC team, you know it’ll be a great time.

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5 Tips for Hosting Better Fundraisers

Fundraising. Often perceived as more of an obligation than an opportunity. Most people have attended a fundraising event at some point – and most people would agree that many of these events can be a little ::yawn:: less-than-exciting.

WELL THAT ENDS NOW. Okay, so maybe this single post about how to put the FUN in FUNDRAISING (sorry, I had to) won’t necessarily change the course of fundraising history, but hopefully it will inspire future fundraising hosts to harness more creativity in their planning and execution.

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Check out these 5 tips for hosting better fundraisers:

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Publix is where shopping and working is a pleasure

Publix is where shopping and working is a pleasure. This I’ve experienced, from every angle, as Publix hosted their annual awards banquet here last Monday, April 20th, 2015. See as a young man I had the pleasure of working at our local Publix here in St. Petersburg, Florida for a bit more than a year. I bagged groceries, cleaned the store and learned how a great organization that is focused on customer service get’s it right. I also made pals with another young man named Jeff. Well I went on into real estate and am now running my own customer service based company, NOVA 535 Unique Event Space, here in downtown St. Pete, Florida, and Jeff, well he stayed at Publix. Fast forward about 30 years later and here we are.2015 04-20 Publix-at-venue-NOVA535-downtown-StPete-69

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Romantic White, Pink and Grey NOVA 535 Wedding

From the owner Michael S. Novilla

To start, Megan and Matt are deeply in love, and what a cute, adorable couple they make. Getting to know them a bit along the way revealed good people; appreciative and genuine. Megan’s father Marc and I had many conversations along the way, and the more I knew Marc, the further i understood how amazing Megan must be – the apple falling near the tree and all that. Then by extension, Matt must be – and is equally fabulous, because the Zudars are quality top to bottom, and wouldn’t associate with anything less. I was honored to host their wedding here at NOVA 535, kinda the exact reason I went all in and spent 3 LONG years of my life converting a once proud dime store (built 1920) that had been abused over the years, most recently a doggie day care (2005) into what we here in St. Petersburg can proudly call our own world class wedding and event space. A space worthy of the most important day for Matt, Megan and their families. So congratulations and THANKS for trusting team NOVA on your BIG DAY!

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How to Create a Hyperlocal St. Pete Wedding

Stressing. Sweating. Stitching. Crying. Yelling. Freaking out. Ah, wedding planning. The epitome of … romance?

It doesn’t have to be this way. Shhhh, there, there. We’re here to help.

Although some couples still aim for an all-out giant celebration love fest with all the fixins (which is totally cool – who doesn’t love a good party?), wedding trends these days lean more toward intimacy and simplicity. The general wedding population is getting a little greener in product selection, a little leaner in budgeting and is prioritizing originality and customization over bells and whistles.

choose venue NOVA 535 Unique Event Space for your hyperlocal St. Pete wedding

Photo source: Wes Weber Photography

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April Foolery Birthday Celebration where 4 plus 7 equals 50

April Foolery Birthday Celebration where 4 plus 7 equals 50

Thursday April 2, 2015 at historic venue NOVA 535 in gorgeous downtown St. Petersburg, Florida hosted April Foolery Birthday Celebration where 4 plus 7 equals 50. Translation, well here in 2015, business venture NOVA 535 turned 7, owner and founder Michael S. Novilla (that’s me!) turned 47 and longtime friend Mario DeFreitas turned the big 50. Here’s to birthdays with family and friends! Speaking of family, without our parents love, patience and wise lessons, we’d have gotten nowhere fast. Thanks mom and dad! (We miss you Dad)

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Alpha Delta Pi Sorority Formal

Alpha Delta Pi Sorority Formal was held on Saturday March 21, 2015 at the gorgeous 1920 built historic venue NOVA 535 Unique Event Space in lovely downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. Alexandria “Alex” was the delightful lady in charge, seemingly singlehandedly planning, organizing and running the event. Excellent work Alex!! There should be a ADPi award for that.

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Milkey AICR Fundraiser at historic venue NOVA 535

Friday 13, 2015 – Milkey AICR Fundraiser at historic venue NOVA 535

Back in 2014 we held a 50th birthday party for Kevin Milkey, hosted by his delightful wife Jeanne, here at NOVA 535, featuring the incredible dueling pianos from Rockin’ Pianos, delicious food from Puff n Stuff catering plus exciting other surprises.Well that party was so fun and successful the decided to host it again on Friday March 13, 2015 at St. Pete’s historic venue NOVA 535, yet this time instead of a birthday bash, they created a fundraiser for AICR – American Institute for Cancer Research and cleverly disguised it as a party. And wow what an incredible party we had!

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Gray, Yellow and Ivory St. Petersburg, Florida Wedding

From the Owner Michael S. Novilla:

Jeff and Christine are a warm, sweet couple that we truly enjoyed working with. They were detail oriented, responsive and willing to listen and learn from our team. We made a unique beautiful wedding together that fit their vision. These are our favorite kind of clients, couples who know what they want – they have a dream wedding, and trust us to adapt and polish it so it works here in the “real world’. We all worked well together and, well as you’ll see from the lovely photos and smiling faces, everyone was delighted. I always enjoy meeting new couples, and working with them when they understand that we 100% have their best interests at heart.

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After hosting over 1,000 successful weddings and events here at NOVA 535, we know what works well and what doesn’t, and in the same breath we believe in listening much more than talking, so we can truly understand our client’s vision and desires. Because it’s all about our clients and their guests happiness, and if you listen, they will tell you what they really want. And if they trust you to produce it for them, you can make wedding and event magic. And we did!!

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