In the blink of an eye, another year has passed. This Friday, December 5th will be Clayton Gray Home’s last First Friday of 2014 and we have a so much to celebrate! We are so thankful to all of our clients, friends, neighbors and all of the new business friends who have helped our FF celebrations grow. We have made so many new small business friends along the way this year from charities, caterers, photographers, salons, drink sponsors, restaurants, etc. All of which have donated food, drinks, raffle and swag bag items, coupons and they have all helped to make each FF extra special. We hope that all of our guests have enjoyed meeting the new business owners and learning more about the new small businesses in the area. It’s the sense of community that embodies our goals for First Friday and makes our Hyde Park neighborhood and neighbors so special.
Our spotlight charity is so excited to be a part of our First Friday and we are thrilled to have them. Academy Prep Center of Tampa is a tuition-free, independent center for education for middle-school aged children who qualify for need-based scholarships. In the atmosphere of an extended family, Academy Prep encourages and teaches students to excel in academics, ethical and moral understanding and judgment, and life skills. Opening its doors in 2003, it is modeled after its predecessors, Nativity Mission Center, which opened in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York, in 1971, as well as the Academy Prep Center of St. Petersburg, in operation in south St. Petersburg since 1997. The mission of Academy Prep is to inspire and empower students to become future community leaders through a rigorous middle school program coupled with ongoing graduate support. Please come out and support Academy Prep and learn more about this spectacular school and how it is helping to shape the future minds of Tampa. 20% of the sales from First Friday as well as all monies raised through the raffle will go to benefit Academy Prep.
We are excited to introduce you to our caterer for the night, The Family Table Catering & Meal Delivery Services. The Scarpa family offers everything from catering for big to small holiday parties and events — to home delivery of meals for young singles or large busy families. Focusing on American food that is heavily rooted in Italian influences, each meal is not only nutritious it is also comfort food. Bringing you the best from the Tampa area, The Family Table partners with local butchers, bakers and farmers.
For your entertainment pleasure Bob Frierson from Boneyard will be back in the front window playing those awesome jams. It’s just not a holiday celebration without Bob. We love having him in house to pump up the jams, and he may even take a request of two. The wicked riffs from Bobs’ guitar are all the holiday cheer you will need to feel the spirit of the season!
Santa’s little helper, our resident bartender, Nick Peterson will be on hand serving up tons of holiday cheer…and maybe we can talk him into wearing a festive costume?! Don’t forget that after all of the holiday indulging, you’ll be ready to start on that New Years Resolution. Why wait?! Get a jump start before the New Year and combat those holiday pounds. Nick is a great personal trainer and he will whip you into pre-holiday shape in no time. Nick offers personal, duo, small group sessions and bootcamp. Contact Nick for more info and pricing, CPTPeety@gmail.com.
Capturing the magical moment of the night, 4d Studios will be acting as our paparazzi, so make sure to smile pretty for the cameras. Our raffle basket will be filled with amazing gifts including a gift certificate from Shear Art Salon South Tampa and many other fantastic items. You will receive one raffle ticket when you enter the store however, you can always purchase more tickets to increase your chances to win. You need not be present to win, just make sure to put your contact information on your ticket. We can’t wait to see you on Friday, December 5th from 6–9.