Clayton Gray Home turned into the Love Shack on Friday night. Another fabulous turnout for First Friday that filled Clayton Gray Home with love! We are so grateful for our sponsors and all of you who attended our event. We hope that you enjoyed meeting some new business owners from the neighborhood and learning more about our spotlight charity. It is amazing how this event has grown over the last year and we love seeing our regulars as well as meeting new guests.
We were so thrilled to have High Risk Hope as our spotlight charity for the month. Many of you shared your stories of high risk pregnancies or having a baby in the NICU and how either this organization could’ve helped you if it had been around at the time of your pregnancy or how this organization did indeed help you or someone you know. Celebrating their 4th anniversary, High Risk Hope is a fabulous organization developed by Heather Barrow, who struggled with her own high risk pregnancy. They partner with some of the top hospitals in the area to identify high risk moms to be and cater to their needs in multiple ways. After the birth of the baby, they also provide support to families with infants in the NICU. Delivering baskets of “survival” items, the little things that you don’t think about needing but that make all of the difference in the world. Unfortunately with high risk situations, there is a percentage of pregnancies and live births that do not survive. High Risk Hope is also there to help families connect with the right agencies to make it through the bereavement process. High Risk Hope is kicking off their Books For Babies campaign, designed to collect book for parents with infants in the NICU. Studies show that NICU infants improve fast and catch up with developmental milestones when they are spoken to while in the NICU. The NICU being such a quiet environment it can be a little intimidating to carry on a conversation with yourself just for the sake of talking. By providing books, it gives the parents and family a purpose for talking and helps to ease the process. Look for book collection sites or make a monetary donation on the High Risk Hope Facebook page.
What a sweet night indeed! Treat Me Sweet, confection by design, specializes in custom macarons and sweet treats. Guests enjoyed the fabulously light and delicious vanilla creme and chocolate strawberry macarons as well as fudge and raspberry fudge bites. So super yummy and very addictive! Treat Me Sweet offers a wide range of macaron flavors as well as custom ideas. These are made fresh, by hand, especially for you! Whether it is for a gift, shower, dinner party, afternoon tea, corporate party or client appreciation — Darla can offer that special something to set you apart from the mundane muffin basket.
Need something a little healthy to balance out the sweet? Swami Juice provided a fantastically fresh juice sampling bar. Cold pressed juices in fabulous flavors that were so fantastic, we even paired some of them with vodka and champagne from the bar. Talk about celebrating life! Swami offers a wide selection of juices, detox programs, holistic nutritional counseling, smoothies and acai bowls. The juice flavors are distinctive, delicious and light. You definitely need to stop by and check them out if you didn’t make it to First Friday!
It was quite simply a night of fabulous! Our fabulous bartender, Bradford Stevens created an incredible cocktail, the Love Shack! It was a definite hit! If you loved his cocktail, then you’ll love Bradford’s spin class and free bootcamp. Check out the schedule for Soho Cycling Studio and Viking Fitness. Vera from Fruit of the Vine Organics was back with her yummy appetizers. Weekly fresh, organic baskets available each Monday for pick up will keep your dinners from getting boring. Partnering with farmers and growers in the Tampa Area, Fruit of the Vine delivers freshness only topped by growing it yourself.
We definitely had plenty of goodies to tantalize your tastebuds, but we also had fabulous new items for your home and skin. Olfaction shared with us a sampling of homemade face scrubs, clay masks, bar soaps and soy candles. Several of you scooped up these goodies that not only smell glorius but are also brilliant for your skin. We all love and understand the benefits of clean burning soy candles, but what we really love are scents that create that dream atmosphere. The candle line from Olfaction definitely fits the bill. Make sure to check out the Olfaction Etsy page.
Make sure to check out the Clayton Gray Home Facebook page and that of 4d Studios LLC for all of the photos from the night. Feel free to tag yourself or your friends. We are forever grateful to 4d Studios for playing paparazzi for us and encourage you to check out their social media sites and website. 4d Studios is so much more than just event photography, they also offer modeling and acting class and acting workshops. Talent Direction and Development for Actors and Models; Digital Photography and Video Production; & Digital Design of Logos, Branding, Web Sites.…4d Studios is so much more than just photography.
Please take a moment to spread the word about your favorite First Friday participant. We are so very lucky and grateful for each and every vendor that donates their goods to First Friday and have helped our event grow into such an awesome fun filled night. Please help us show our appreciation by visiting each of them and help the small businesses in Tampa continue to grow and blossom. Save the date for our next First Friday, March 6th. As always, if you are a vendor/charity or know of a vendor/charity that would fit well with the Clayton Gray Home First Friday theme, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.