The ladies behind the amazingly successful August First Friday at Albany Square
Well, hello again! After taking off for the month of July, Clayton Gray Home came back with an absolutely incredible August First Friday. We had several of our Albany Square neighbors join in this month as well as the Historic Hyde Park Neighborhood Association and it was fabulous! We had our biggest crowd yet! Buddy Brew Coffee joined in, celebrating their grand re-opening after their expansion with an open mic night. Showcasing the musical talents of the Tampa locals, it was standing room only for the gastro-caffeinated clientele of Buddy Brew. If you missed the open mic night, you really need to keep an ear open for the next showcase, Tampa is full of crazy talented people. Malindy Elene Bridal and SOHO Cycling Studio also joined in the street party. Yadhira Maldonado from SOHO Cycling Studio and our own Wendy Garraty greeted revelers at the door of Clayton Gray Home and even did a little First Friday hopping themselves. Many, many thanks to the Tampa Police Department for providing traffic control to help all of the wonderful party-goers safely cross back and forth to visit the First Friday participants. Our neighbors down the street at Ducky’s provided amazing bar nibbles for all of our guests. Healthy wraps and kale salad cups were the perfect accompaniment to our signature drink, the Hibiscus Rum Cooler, delivering the perfect amount of refreshments to keep the shoppers and guests going long past the scheduled end time for the evening.
First Friday party goers and raffle winners
Our evening spotlight was the Historic Hyde Park Neighborhood Association, and many thanks to them for not only arranging for the traffic cops, but also getting the word out to the community about First Friday. It was an amazing turnout and great to meet so many new neighbors from the community. We cannot wait for September First Friday, so stay tuned as details are revealed on our Facebok page.
If you are a new business (food, wine, beer, liquor, desserts, photography, musician, etc) and are interested in participating our First Friday celebrations, we are always looking for sponsors. We would love to help you get your name and business out and in front of the community. In addition, we spotlight local charities each month and are always looking for new groups to introduce to the community. Please contact Brandi Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.