NOVA 535 Speakeasy is the Bee’s Knees

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Upon approaching NOVA 535 Unique Event Space, a man in black tells me to go around back. I follow his directions and wrap around the building, making my way down an alley that I’m not quite sure leads to my destination. Finally, I reach an open door where another man in black greets me. I walk inside and am met by Keep Saint Petersburg Local‘s Olga Bof, who gives me a wristband and a “Welcome drink” ticket. My VIP Localicious Week NOVA 535 Speakeasy experience begins.

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Video: Indie Market and the Importance of Shopping Local

On Saturday, September 5, the St. Pete Indie Market was held indoors at NOVA 535 Unique Event Space. ‘Twas a stellar event, as usual, but was made even better by the layout, variety of vendors and, of course, air conditioning. Oh, sweet, sweet air conditioning. FLORIDA IS HOT, Y’ALL.

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9 Creative Halloween Costume Ideas for NOVAWEEN 9

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Okay, so maybe Halloween is still more than a month and a half away, but any serious Halloweener (heh) knows that it’s never too early to start planning the perfect costume. There are your classics: ghosts, witches, pumpkins; your new classics: sexy ghosts, sexy witches, sexy pumpkins (although I don’t know how that’s possible); but the best costumes are the ones you really put your all into. The best costumes are the ones that inspire random strangers at a party to want to take pictures with you.

So with that in mind, here are 9 creative costume ideas for NOVAWEEN 9 – DISCO INFERNO: 

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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

Bodhi Basics soap downtown St. Pete

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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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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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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. More than local, it’s become Hyperlocal. choose venue NOVA 535 Unique Event Space for your hyperlocal St. Pete wedding

Photo source: Wes Weber Photography

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