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VIDEO: Hundreds find new ideas for their cities at inaugural Urban Innovation Exchange

In September, innovators from around the country convened in Detroit to exchange their ideas for building better cities and stronger communities. For three days, Detroit was transformed into a marketplace for ideas for cities.

Etsy Craft Entrepreneuship Workshop student Shannon VanAlsbury shares the contemporary style quilt she created.

Made in St. Pete: Etsy helps local crafters learn entrepreneurial skills

Tampa Bay area artisans learn what it takes to turn a hobby into a successful online business thanks to an innovative partnership between St. Petersburg and the popular online marketplace Etsy.

Worden Farm zuccini at the Saturday Morning Market in St Pete.

Tampa Bay's best outdoor markets open for business

Whether you're looking for handmade soaps, jellies, quick breads, fresh produce, jewelry or crafts, the Tampa Bay region's outdoor markets are often the best place to find vendors offering everything under the sun for everyday use or as gifts for the holidays. Read about some of our favorite local markets.

Maruchi Azorin is the owner of Villa Rosa and creator of Linen Wash.

Villa Rosa anchors South Tampa neighborhood experiencing new business renaissance

Business and community leader Maruchi Azorin, owner of Villa Rosa Distinctive Linens and a Cuban immigrant, is one of Florida’s role models for success. Her upscale store anchors a prominent intersection in Palma Ceia, a South Tampa neighborhood again experiencing the emergence of new boutiques, shops, residences and restaurants.

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Local college grads plug into new experiences with 'Never Have I Ever' Tampa blog

Three University of Tampa and University of South Florida graduates carve out space in the blogosphere by exploring what many have never experienced on the Tampa entertainment scene. 

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13 ideas for your city from the first-ever Urban Innovation Exchange

In late September, a group of innovators behind small scale, place-based projects around the country convened in Detroit and talked about what works in their cities, sharing stories of success, failure, hard work and creativity.

George Medeiros and Scott Durfee are the creatives behind Spathose.

Local artists vie for top prize in Martha Stewart competition

Scott Durfee and George Medeiros, two talented St. Petersburg artists, are finalists in the Martha Stewart American Made competition, which highlights the creativity and craftsmanship of artisan entrepreneurs from around the country.

Doug Fyvolent. - Julie Branaman

Hyperponic farm merges agriculture with technology, innovation and philanthropy

A new high-tech, sustainable urban farm in south St. Petersburg will soon be part of the Tampa Bay region’s growing urban agriculture community. A portion of the harvest will go to feed the needy.

Nancy Vaughn and team Jenna Stock, Lisa Gilmore and Dr. Zakia Carter, PhD. - Julie Branaman

Tampa Bay Fashion Week Weaves Together Business, Technology And The Arts

Learn what’s new and what’s next in fashion as Tampa Bay Fashion Week hits its stride in year seven and bolsters the local fashion industry. Expect a spectacular runway show featuring designs from well-known fashionistas as well as little known novices.

Courtney Wygle Landry, owner of Lay-Z-Dog pet beds at home with her pups. - Julie Branaman

Simplicity Key To Pinellas Designer's Chic Pet Furniture

Pet lovers meet chic design. Frumpy pet beds may soon be a thing of the past as dog-and-kitty decor is re-imagined by a Pinellas woman, getting her Lay-Z-Dog business off the ground.

Photo by Justine Benstead

New Ybor City Concept Shop Combines Caffeine, Clothing And Coworking

The Blind Tiger, a new coffee, tea and textiles cafe, will serve beverages from Buddy Brew Coffee and TeBella Tea Company, and provide a boutique selection of Black & Denim apparel and accessories along with community co-working space.

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Small-Scale, Big Deal: UIX Invites Urban Innovators To Exchange Ideas In Detroit

Cities are reinventing themselves in creative new ways. Can small-scale projects have big impact? Join the Urban Innovation Exchange this Sept. 24-26 in Detroit to explore creative projects driving neighborhood transformation and trade ideas for the future.

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Local Breweries Set Stage For Florida's Craft Beer Revolution

Cigar City Brewery in Tampa and Dunedin Brewery in Pinellas County -- pioneers in the local beer scene -- paved the way for what is becoming a vibrant craft beer culture in Florida, including at least nine new breweries in St. Petersburg, Bradenton and Sarasota.

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Clearwater Plans New Community For Techies, Artists, Entrepreneurs

Innovative apartment/retail spaces being built near downtown Clearwater will enable young professionals and other independent workers to live, work and play under one roof -- a design concept that will be a first for downtown Clearwater.

Ashley Cantero works on the ring as aerial instructor Jessica Watson closely watches. - Julie Branam

Aerial Dragons Defy Gravity in Tampa

Motivation, strength and flexibility are keys to success for any start-up company. Through Aerial Dragons, her newly launched aerial arts school, Circus Performer Jessica Watson demands these characteristics of her individual students, too.
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