WOW! What an amazing Clayton Gray Home First Friday!! A packed house, yummy food, a celebrity bartender and lots of shoppers scooping up amazing items and 20% of sales going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Let’s start with the food. Vera Farmen with Fruit of the Vine Organics provided delicious bites for our shoppers. All of the food featured on Friday was from the current basket of the week. Guests were delighted with mushroom bruschetta, roasted pepper and gorgonzola bruschetta, Meyer lemon curd tartlets with blackberry sauce, and english pea hummus. So fresh, light and amazing. All of the fruits and veggies in the basket are local and organic. You can’t find anything fresher. You can place your order on line for a large mixed basket, half mixed basket, fruit only, or an a la cart basket. You can pick up your weekly basket on Monday at Cru Cellars or for a nominal fee, delivery is available in South Tampa. Storage tips and recipes are also available with your basket. We all know, fresh, local and organic is best.…now Fruit of the Vine makes it easily accessible for you!
As the shop filled up with First Friday guests, our local celebrity bartender, Nick Peterson, was the main attraction. Born and raised in the Tampa area, Nick attended Jesuit High School and graduated from the University of Tampa. After playing professional baseball in the minor leagues with the New York Yankees and in the independent leagues in Canada and Washington, Pennsylvania, Nick settled back in Tampa where he is currently a personal trainer. His training is geared toward weight loss through resistance training and cardiovascular exercise combined. He holds a certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Nick Peterson is best known for his appearance on ABC’s The Bachelorette Season 7 and his shocking win on Season Three of The Bachelor Pad. He enjoys being active in charitable events with The Make-A-Wish Foundation, Give Kids The World, and Bacchus Charity. If you are interested in talking to Nick about personal training or bootcamp, you can contact him at CPTPeety@gmail.com . Also, follow him on Twitter — @PeetysTraining . Thank you, Nick for being the best bartender and candle salesman! Oh, and ladies, he will be back for our April First Friday!!!
The Make-A-Wish Foundation was the house charity for this month. Make-A-Wish grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in the United States and its territories, on average, every 38 minutes. They believe that a wish experience can be a game-changer. This is one belief that guides them in their mission and inspires them to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids they serve. March 29th is the Tampa chapter Wishmaker’s Ball presented by Kinney, Fernandez & Boire, P.A. This is their biggest event of the year, a red carpet soiree that celebrates local wish-children and raises money to continue the mission of granting many, many, more wishes. If you are local and want to attend the Wishmaker’s Ball, tickets and sponsorship opportunities are still available. It truly is an amazing gift to help grant the wish of a child, to watch their faces light up and for the entire family to forget the illness and just watch true happiness wash over their child.
Every month, our First Friday celebrations are growing. Partnering with other local small businesses and local charities the excitement and revival of Kennedy Blvd is booming. Not to toot our own horn, but Ronda Parag with Tampa Bay Metro stopped by to present us with the “Best Inspired Home Decor 2014″ award. Yea us! If you haven’t made it out to Clayton Gray Home yet, you definitely need to stop by soon. Cheers!