Another amazing First Friday celebration is in the books! We say it every month, but it seems like each First Friday is bigger than the last!
We welcomed back our favorite celebrity bartender, Nick Peterson (he was off working with Give Kids the World last month) and he did a fabulous job serving up our signature cocktail from the Junior League of Tampa’s Capture the Coast Cookbook. Guests also enjoyed delectable flatbreads generously provided by Boca Tampa. Located just around the corner, Boca is an amazing restaurant with the philosophy of seasonly fresh ingredients from local growers. If you have never been to Boca, you must go! Want proof of local and organic items being used in your food? Check out their living wall of greens. That’s right, in place of artwork, there are several areas that are “decorated” with live lettuces, greens and herbs that are actually used in your meals!
The ladies from the Junior League of Tampa were in the house as our spotlight charity. So much more than just cookbooks (which are fabulous!), the Junior League of Tampa is 1,800 ladies strong and responsible for giving back 75,000 hours of service to the community and over 60,000 volunteer hours, each year. Focusing on critical community needs, the league is comprised of powerful ladies from all walks of life. Students, politicians, business owners, CEOs, and stay-at-home moms all make up the wonderful force that is the Junior League of Tampa. We are pleased to announce that we experienced our highest sales of the night for a First Friday with 20% of the sales going back to the League. Thank you to all of the Leaguers that came out to support Clayton Gray Home and we are so happy to give back to the community.
It has been so much fun to watch First Friday grow over the last few months, with more and more neighbors joining in on the party. From the Oxford Exchange down to Malindy Elene Couture for the Bride, shoppers were able to visit many of our friends including Soho Cycling Studio, and the awesome collaboration of PowerStories and Buddy Brew Coffee for open mic night.
Once again, Michael Trefry of michaelJon Photography did a fabulous job capturing the moments of the night. Michael is an up and coming local photographer that has captured several of our First Friday moments and we are very thankful for his support. He is available for all kinds of sessions, check out his Facebook page for more information.
We have amazing plans for October, so if you missed First Friday this time, save the date for October 3rd. As always, if you are interested in joining us as a First Friday participant as a charity, food or beer/wine sponsor, please contact us at the shop for more info.