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WHERE: PostcardMania 2145 Sunnydale Blvd., B Clearwater, FL 33765

WHEN: September 19-20, 2009 9:30am to 5:30pm

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Clearwater Arts Foundation LogoThe Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Clearwater Arts Foundation are developing a closer partnership, which they believe will enhance the community through the infusion of the arts and boardroom boundaries of the business community.

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Abe Moussa with two of Abe's Mugs Grill & Bar Waitresses - Photo by Simaen SkolfieldOn July 21st, Abe Moussa, the owner of the newly renamed Abe’s Mugs Grill & Bar (formerly Mugs and Jugs) cut the ribbon to honor the name change and celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Missouri Avenue restaurant.

Abe Moussa began his restaurant career as a dishwasher at Sweetwaters, where he worked his way up to manager. He had set a goal, however, to own his own business by the time he was 30. When he turned 29, he found “Mugs and Jugs.” Unable to pay for the place at first, Moussa worked for the owner for six months to make the down payment. Since he took over Mugs and Jugs in 1998, Moussa has managed to turn the hole-in-the-wall into a successful, respectable chain of sports bars.

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Divino Fine Italian in Clearwater, Florida - Photo by Heidi LuxDowntown Clearwater’s recent expansion includes the addition of three fine dining restaurants – Divino Italian Restaurant for fine authentic Italian food, La Cachette for fine French dining and Casanova for gourmet Italian cuisine.

The first to open is Divino, a restaurant that combines both casual and fine dining. From the moment you walk into the restaurant, you are transported to a Piazza in Italy, surrounded by the balconies of fine dining restaurants above.

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Ovation in St. Petersburg, FloridaSt. Petersburg, Fla. (August 10, 2009) – As Ovation, the area’s newest luxury waterfront community, nears building completion, two retailers—a fine jeweler and an art gallery—are among the first to open their own doors to the locals and visitors of downtown St. Petersburg.
 
Bernie’s & Son and Mindy Solomon Gallery will both be located in the street-level retail space of the upscale 27-story condominium building on prestigious Beach Drive and 2nd Avenue NE, overlooking downtown St. Petersburg’s waterfront.

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Sandpearl Residences on Clearwater BeachCLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. (July 30, 2009) – JMC Communities, the St. Petersburg, Fla. based real estate development company, announced today that their award-winning Sandpearl Residences has just completed two newly designed models.

Jill Lifsey, owner of District Designs, Tampa’s first modern design center, created a fresh twist on coastal living in one of Sandpearl’s two-story City Homes. This model has views of both the Clearwater Harbor and the downtown area. Vibrant hues of green, turquoise and canary yellow combine with crisp lines and urban style to create a unique, stylish retreat in perfect harmony with its waterside location. 

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Divino Fine Italian Restaurant Opens in ClearwaterClearwater FL, July 28, 2009 - No matter the economy, two entrepreneurs aren’t letting that be an obstacle.  6 months and $500K later, Piero Caramella and Dmitry Lisovitsky, have announced that their fine Italian dining restaurant, Divino, is opening its doors – TODAY in the evening starting at 5pm – in downtown Clearwater, FL.

Thursday, 23 July 2009 17:11

Women Mean Business Expo in Dunedin July 28, 2009

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Plan B ExpoThe “Women Mean Business” Expo will be held at the Conmy Center, 750 A San Salvador Dr. in Dunedin (at our Lady of Lourdes Church) on Tuesday, July 28th from  4pm – 8pm.

There will be over 115 exhibitors and vendors representing women owned, co-owned or managed businesses. There will be several 15 minute “Enlightenment Sessions” on a variety of interesting topics, lots of give-aways and door prizes including a cruise worth $500 and two tickets to Mamma Mia at Ruth Eckerd Hall,  a silent auction and free samples of food, beer and wine.

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Clearwater, FL, July 20, 2009 - The Clearwater Chamber of Commerce (CRCC) is continuing their mission of bringing the business community together, this time focusing on women.  The CRCC is having their upcoming Women's Expo on August 5, 2009 from 9am-2pm to bring their women-owned businesses, as well as women professionals of the business community, the ability to connect to each other, a needed activity in today's business environment.  The event will be hosted at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Clearwater Beach.  Dr. Joedrecka Brown of Morton Plant Mease Primary Care is one of the guest speakers.  

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House of SkaThe House of Ska has been known as one of St. Petersburg’s most fabulous boutiques, offering fun, funky and flamboyant fashion by Polish designer Ivanka Ska. Now, Ivanka is announcing the grand opening of House of Ska, The Art and Modeling Studio. The studio is located at 433 Central Avenue, Suite #205 in St. Petersburg. The studio will offer four day and two day workshops where students will be able to learn all aspects of the fashion and modeling industries.

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Alejandro On the 24th of June, the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce held an economic forecasting summit entitled “Banking on your Business,” featuring the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Florida Bankers Association (FBA), Alejandro “Alex” Sanchez, who predicted an economic upturn in the near future. “Things are getting better,” he said repeatedly throughout his speech.

Monday, 13 July 2009 10:48

Postcard Mania Ribbon Cutting for New Building 2009 Featured

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Joy Gendusa Cuts the Ribbon on her New PostcardMania Building On June 19th, seven employees of PostcardMania danced to “Let’s Get Postcarded in Here,” a take on the Black Eyed Peas’ hit song, entertaining the guests gathered in the green and purple offices of PostcardMania’s brand new building, just before Joy Gendusa, the tall and vivacious CEO and founder of PostcardMania announced, “I am the luckiest CEO on earth!”

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Robert A. Freeman of Ruth Eckerd Hall Elected Chairman Elect of the Clearwater Chamber of CommerceJuly 7, 2009, Clearwater, FL – Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bob Clifford recently announced that Robert A. Freedman, President and CEO of Ruth Eckerd Hall, has been elected as the Chairman Elect of the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce by the Executive Committee and Board of Directors. “The Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce is extremely excited to continue the long tradition of highly respected business community leaders with the appointment of Robert Freedman as Chair Elect. His support of the chamber over the past five years has provided great insight and direction,” said Clifford. 

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Bob Clifford the New President and CEO of the Clearwater Regional Chamber of CommerceCLEARWATER, Fla. – The Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce (CRCC) is proud to announce that Bob Clifford has taken the position of President/CEO.  Clifford has provided service and leadership to the Clearwater business community for ten years through his work on the CRCC Board of Directors.  He served six years on the Executive Committee and two years as Treasurer. 

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Divino Fine Italian with offer authentic Italian Cuisine in Downtown ClearwaterTampa Bay, June 24, 2009 -- Spaghetti, probably the first image that comes to your mind when you hear “Italian food.”  For some, it may be the extent of their knowledge of cuisine from the Mediterranean nation.  It’s easy to oversimplify traditional courses when you’re in the melting pot of the world.  But what then is authentic Italian food?  Piero Caramella, a veteran Italian restaurateur and his partner, Dmitry Lisovitsky, recently flew in an award-winning Italian chef from Italy to help create the hallmark of true authentic Italian cuisine for their new venture, Divino.

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Three New Restaurants Will Open in Downtown ClearwaterThis summer and fall, downtown Clearwater's Cleveland Street District can expect three new mouthwatering reasons for citizens to come downtown.

Divino Fine Italian, an authentic Italian restaurant, will be the first to open at the end of June at 22 N. Ft. Harrison Avenue, in what was formerly the location of the Majestic Lounge. Divino will offer European cuisine and café-style dining around a fountain, part of a charming décor reminiscent of an outdoor piazza, with fine dining served on overlooking balconies, providing an elegant atmosphere and charming ambiance in addition to the fine food. For more information on Divino Fine Italian click here.

La Cachette will be moving from their current location on Indian Rocks Beach, where they have been for more than 11 years, and will be welcomed with open arms to the district. They will serve their classic French cuisine in their new location at 635 Cleveland Street, beginning in October. For more information on La Cachette, go to www.lacachetteflorida.com.

The third new addition to the Cleveland Street District will be a new restaurant from the owners of Bellini in downtown Dunedin. The restaurant, called Casanova, is also scheduled to be open in October. Casanova will delight their patrons with gourmet Italian food at 811 Cleveland Street, where Fiore’s Gourmet Deli used to be.

“We are happy to have many progressive entrepreneurs interested in doing business in Clearwater. Even though the economy is in recession, they recognize the opportunities that are here. I am confident that our residents and visitors will welcome and enjoy these upscale dining establishments,” Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard said.

These new additions to the Cleveland Street District are part of the new growth the area  has been experiencing, and will no doubt draw even more people into the area. They will provide both locals and tourists alike with a fine dining experience, adding to the quality that Clearwater is coming to be known and appreciated for.

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