RIP Lucky’s Market in Florida

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Where else can you drink a craft beer at an affordable price and shop around a grocery store sometimes with live music? Lucky’s Market was an absolutely treasure that I enjoyed shopping at whenever I was in Orlando or Pinellas County.

It was announced today that Lucky’s Market is closing all but one of their stores in Florida. 32 stores total will be closing after Kroger divested their assets from the chain in December. I was hopeful that I would eventually be able to enjoy one in the comfort my own neighborhood. It’s sad news.

Lucky’s Market closings will cost Florida 2,500 employees, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Planned stores in Brandon and Clearwater will now be scrapped.

Here’s how the internet reacted:

Carlos Eats

January 21, 2020 |

NEWS: Hemingway’s expanding north to Atlanta’s Krog Street Market

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Atlanta will soon get a taste of Tampa with Hemingway’s expanding north to A-Town’s Krog Street Market in spring of 2020. Hemingway’s is currently located inside the Armature Works food hall in Tampa Heights and serves Cuban dishes with a focus on Tampeño food such as Cuban Sandwiches (WITH salami).

Chef Felicia “Phe” Lacalle is a previous winner of the International Cuban Sandwich Festival. She worked in the past as an Executive Sous and Regional Pastry Chef at Roy’s and Executive Chef at Samba Room.

Make sure you try the chicharrones, they are not to be missed.

Here’s one of my favorite videos featuring Chef Phe:

Carlos Eats

November 16, 2019 |

NEWS: World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze and Market coming November 22nd to St. Pete

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St. Pete will host the World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze and Market presented by Enchant Christmas starting on Friday, November 22nd at Tropicana Field and run through Sunday, December 29th. St. Petersburg is joining 2 other cities as destination this year including Washington D.C. and Seattle.

Enchant Christmas guests taking a photo.

The event will run Monday through Thursday from 4PM to 10PM and Fridays and Saturdays from 4PM to 11PM from November 22nd to December 12th. From December 13th to December 29th the event will run from 4PM to 11PM.

Santa's Landing with Santa Clause at Enchant Christmas

Guests will enjoy:

  • World’s Largest Light Maze: Enter a living storybook of larger-than-life light sculptures, a light-adorned ice skating trail, and decadent delights as snow gently falls all around you
  • Christmas Market: Filled with over 40 local artisan vendors
  • Dining: Savory and sweet scents will pull you into the Christmas Market where you can feast on specially selected seasonal food and drinks as well as holiday treats
  • Carolers sing your favorite holiday tunes
  • Santa’s Landing: Santa Clause is re-invented for Enchant, guests will need to pass through trees, tree tops, and pillow-like clouds to get to Santa.
  • Kid’s Zone: Plenty of activities will be available for kids including toys to play with, coloring, group activities, and more
  • Nook and Cranny: Pinellas County’s Nook and Cranny pops up nightly for engaging craft workshops where guests can get creative and make ornaments, home decor, and more.

Adult General Admission starts at $ 19.99 with children’s tickets starting at $ 14.99 for ages 4 and older. Military, emergency services, and students receive 10% off with ID shown at the door. Family packages are also available.

Tickets are on-sale at

Event Name: World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze and Market

Neighborhood: Downtown St. Pete

Venue: Tropicana Field

Address: 1 Tropicana Dr., St. Petersburg, FL 33705

Dates: November 22nd to December 29th

Cost: $ 19.99+ for adults, $ 14.99+ for kids ages 4 and older.

Carlos Eats

November 12, 2019 |

NEWS: Locale Market and FarmTable Cucina exiting Sundial St. Pete, Armature Works entering

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After years of working to bring a mixed food concept to Downtown St. Pete, Celebrity Chef Michael Mina has sold Locale Market and FarmTable Cucina in the Sundial to Tampa-based Armature Works group BE-1 Concepts, which plans to change the space and surrounding businesses into a food hall with plans to open by late 2020.

Chef Michael Mina shared, “With so many other projects and opportunities in front of me, I felt now was the right time to pass the torch. I am beyond excited to see what Chas and his team have cooked up for this community.”

Chef Michael Mina is thought to be a powerhouse restaurateur with over 40 restaurants opened worldwide in large metropolitan cities such as San Francisco and Las Vegas.

Chef Michael Mina and Chef Don Pintabona at Locale Market.
Chef Michael Mina and Chef Don Pintabona.
Photo Credit: Locale Market

Locale Market was founded by Chef Michael Mina and Chef Don Pintabona and opened in December 2014. The concept will close five years later at the end of the holiday season in December 2019.

Former Tampa Bay Times Food Critic, Laura Reiley, reported back in 2015 that Chef Pintabona left St. Petersburg back to New York as soon as his one-year contract expired. Pintabona’s pedigree at Robert DeNiro’s Tribeca Grill was considered to be a big deal when Locale opened, but the concept never really seemed to take off despite many campaigns and changes. The team admitted to struggles between being a restaurant concept and a gourmet, locally-sourced market.

The biggest loss will be FarmTable Cucina upstairs that was recently finding ground with a new chef. Executive Chef, James Kirby, has worked hard to make the menu truly local in recent months as a former farmer himself.

BE-1 Concepts is also taking control of Jackie Z Style Co., Wellness Center at Sundial, D-Gallerie Fine Arts and additional vacant spaces on the lower level.

Armature Works in Tampa.

BE-1 Concepts owns numerous concepts in Tampa Bay and around Florida including Boca, Ciro’s Speakeasy, Atlanta Beer & Oyster, and Sea Critters Cafe. They also own Steelbach, BAR at Armature Works, Butcher N Barbeque, M.Bird, Cress and Stones Throw inside The Heights District.

Carlos Eats

November 7, 2019 |

NEWS: Italy Bottega food market and cafe coming to St. Pete’s EDGE District

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Local urban development news site St. Pete Rising is reporting that Italy Bottega, an Italian food market and cafe, is coming soon to 1045 Central Avenue in Downtown St. Pete.

The official website is under construction for Italy Bottega and is located at

More information as it becomes available.

Carlos Eats

October 29, 2019 |

Indie Flea Market launches at Armature Works – 1/21

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The popular Indie Flea Market will expand to Armature Works on Sunday, January 21st, 2018 from 11AM-3PM.

The event will be recurring every 3rd Sunday of the month. Vendors will assemble at the upcoming food hall and event center to sell “handmade wares, upcycled home goods, vintage treasuries, artisanal foods, flowers and cacti…to name a few things”.

Hundreds of people regularly attend this event so it is great that they are expanding in size.

The event is a dream come true for Tampa’s growing hipster-scene that started in Ybor City and Seminole Heights, and has now shifted into Tampa Heights.

Still no concrete word on when Armature Works (originally slated for a September 2016 opening) will open fully to the public, but it has to be close if the posts online are any indication.

Address: 1910 N Ola Ave, Tampa, FL 33602

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Follow Indie Flea on Instagram: @IndieFlea

Carlos Eats

January 16, 2018 |

The Independents: Locale Market

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  Locale Market The locals simply call it LOCALE. The media calls it one of the “Best Food Halls in America.” Restaurant insiders know it as celebrity chef Michael Mina’s “Think Tank.” By whatever name you choose, one thing is […]
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April 29, 2017 |

Walmart Neighborhood Market opening in St. Cloud this week

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The first Walmart Neighborhood Market is coming to St. Cloud.

“Walmart’s beginnings were in small towns, with the small stores bringing in everyday low prices to the customers. And that’s exactly what a neighborhood market represents,” said store manager Julie Ferreira.

Some residents like Julie Matos want to keep St. Cloud small. “I am from upstate New York and I like the country area and St. Cloud isn’t country enough for me, but I can look out my back window and fool myself,” Matos said. “[Having a Walmart here], it’s just going to bring in too much traffic.”

Others are very much looking forward to it.

Michael Schold, who is currently unemployed, lives in Stevens Plantation, a residential area right next door.

“That’s good. It’s always good to get local help. I am actually hoping to apply and get a job there myself since I can just walk there. Not have to waste time in the vehicle or anything,” Schold said.

This new Walmart on Nolte Road and Canoe Creek Road is bringing in nearly 100 jobs.

“Economically, we will have a huge impact on our local community,” said assistant manager Mary Gaston. “We hired 90 percent of our associates from the St. Cloud area. A lot of them live in the housing community that’s right around us.”

This Walmart Neighborhood Market is the first one in Central Florida to have a drive-thru pharmacy and gas station, all on site.

A couple of years ago Walmart increased their wages. Here in Florida, an average full-time employee now makes $ 13.51 an hour.

And with a few spots left to fill, Schold says he will be applying himself.

"Especially since everything is going up lately… So higher minimum wage means a better chance for people,” Schold added.

The grand opening for the Walmart Neighborhood Market is on Wednesday at 7:30 a.m.

Bay News 9 – business

April 12, 2016 |

Ready, Set, Shop at JLT’s Holiday Gift Market

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Shoppers are delighted with the selection of holiday merchants at the JLT's Holiday Gift Market

Shoppers are delighted with the selection of holiday merchants at the Junior League of Tampa’s 2014 Holiday Gift Market  

It is time to find the perfect gifts for yourself or someone on your gift list at the 12th Annual Junior League of Tampa’s Holiday Gift Market. The Holiday Gift Market will be held all weekend at the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall opening Friday, November 13 and ends on Sunday, November 15. Featuring more than 150 boutique merchants selling everything from clothing, jewelry, children’s items, holiday decor and more.

Tickets are $ 8 and are available for purchase at the door or online at Holiday Gift Market is one of the League’s largest fundraisers of the year. JLT commits 100 percent of net proceeds from fundraising events to JLT’s community and membership programs.

For tickets and more information, visit or learn more at





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