Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
Get your rest tonight kiddies! Tomorrow is gonna be a full day... #1 Seminole Heights Community Garden planting #2 EcoFestival downtown #3 Where the Wild Things Are at Al Lopez park.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Seminole Heights residents... fans of Tampa Street Market... public transport enthusiasts... We are trying to get a group together to join in the Urban Charrette's event "Paint the Town Green" on Friday April 2nd. This is a sort of pub crawl and social event involving public transit and bars and restaurants from Downtown Tampa to Ybor City.
Photo from 8bottles.com
[Charles] Scanning through the vendors listed for this year's NYC Green Expo I saw a strange name pop out at me - "8Bottles". I envisioned some corporation trying to convince me that I needed 8 more re-usable bottles or something ridiculous like that. What I found was a funny little company with a very simple product. Recycling 8 green plastic bottles by shredding them and spinning them into fabric they can make a green-tinted polo shirt that doesn't look bad. I would have to see and touch em in person to be sure, but I like that they are trying to do one simple thing and do it good. I feel like we sometimes get a little scattered in green and don't concentrate our efforts enough to make something good and to be good at making it. Check em out if you like. I know our expo this weekend might not be as big as the one in NYC, but I guarantee you'll meet a bunch of people who are trying to do the same thing - make something good for the benefit of our environment and the people on this little rock we call home.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
[Charles] This weekend folks, head downtown to enjoy a green festival surrounded by a bike race... You heard me, there is a criterium downtown that will be circling the blocks plus a few more. This will be a great chance to come out and enjoy our downtown. Walk over and see the new Curtis Hixon park or the Tampa Museum when you're done. We will be out with all our eco friends enjoying the sunshine.
ECO. Festival 2010
Lykes Gaslight Park and the Streets of Downtown Tampa - Saturday, March 27th, 2010 / 11am- 9pm
Presented by Mise en Place and Tampa Downtown Partnership
Live music. Local food. Street festival. Urban bike race.
ECO.festival 2010 is an afternoon full of fun, enlightenment and entertainment. The outdoor festival is highlighted by live music, food, wine tastings, green products, educational seminars and children’s activities.
The Urban Charrette and Mise en Place are proud to announce their partnership with 2nd Annual Tampa Twilight Criterium at this year’s Eco.lution festival. The Criterium or “Crit” is a fast paced, urban bike race through the streets of Downtown Tampa. Participants and spectators attending the Crit will have the opportunity to join Eco.lution and sample local food and drinks, listen to live music and learn about how to make Tampa a more sustainable city. For more information on Tampa’s Twilight Criterium visit the event website at www.tampacrit.com
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Here's a few of our latest finds in the market. Head to the website for more photos!
Friday, March 19, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
We make a lot of trunk to coffee table conversions at TSM. It's one of our favorite things to take an old trunk or locker and convert - especially with wheels. I saw this post today and I wonder why a lot of designers feel the need to overcomplicate such a simple thing. Of course, a lot of these trunks are curved on top, which we try to avoid, but still?
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Erin Go Bragh – has nothing to with your bra or even
Failte – Good luck pronouncing this one – it sounds like full shah and means “welcome”. Often, over the bar in a pub while surrounded with all sorts of knick knacks and family photos there might be a plaque that says “mile failte” (meela full sha) or even “cead mile failte” (kaid meela full sha) which means a thousand welcomes or a hundred thousand welcomes respectively. I think this phrase got co-opted by the tourist board cause it’s everywhere.
Slainte – Literally “health” and is pronounced slahn shah. This one is very useful and will come up often in the pub as it is the shortest irish toast you’ll ever hear. If someone asks for a toast you might get away with this one although, they usually want a long winded thing about your fathers and the devil and something else.
Here’s a couple of funny things they say in
Yer Man or Woman
Denotes a person whose name is unknown (or cannot currently be recalled) but whose identity is assumed to be known to everyone. Could lead to such hilarious exchanges as
"Didn't I see yer man in town yesterday?"
"That wasn't him, that was the other one ..."
Hole in the Wall – this is what they call an ATM… I know, that’s not confusing at all
Legless – one of the many entertaining ways to describe how you’ll be after 4 hours at the pub.
A few of my personal favorite irish toasts if you’re planning on celebrating properly tomorrow:
The nice one for friends – “May the roof above us never fall in and may those that gather beneath it never fall out!”
The funny one for friends – “May you be layin in heaven 15 minutes before the devil knows you’re dead!”
The funniest and best - “May those who love us, love us. May those who don’t love us, may God turn their hearts. And if he can’t turn their hearts, may he turn their ankles, so we can see ‘em by their limpin’.”
Slainte! And have a good one yerself!
Friday, March 5, 2010
Riverwalk Happy Hour Tonight 530pm-700pm!!
Location: Sail Pavilion - On the Riverwalk near the Tampa Convention Center
Come join the Urban Charrette as we end the week with a happy hour event at the new Sail Pavilion on the Tampa Riverwalk. Mr. Lee Hoffman, Development Manager for the Riverwalk, will be in attendance to talk about the next steps in the growth of this important public asset.
ECO.lution 2010 – Starts on March 25th – Visitwww.ecolutiontampa.com
This Saturday and Sunday is the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts and they have moved to the new Curtis Hixon Park downtown in the shadow of the new Tampa Museum. Here's a good chance to see both and some great artists from all over the country. Don't miss Anna Vasquez from Nested Yellow who will be featured as one of the Emerging Artists! (You've seen her amazing nature inspired jewelry designs in the shop)
Next Saturday the 13th is our Re-Green/St. Paddy's Party and it should be a good time! Get your RSVP in and paid at www.lokocuisine.com before it gets full!-
Next Sunday the 14th is the next Seminole Heights Sunday Morning Market. That should be fun and even bigger than the last one. Anthony and Elke from Reservations are doing the cooking demo so you won't want to miss it.