The downtown development boom is starting to have a ripple effect on the areas surrounding the downtown core. Neighborhoods like the Grand Central District, Warehouse Arts District, and EDGE District have all benefited from Downtown St. Pete’s increasing popularity. And as these communities continue to evolve, they’ve started to develop distinct identities and personalities of their own.
The Grand Central District, for example, is a growing, creative, and bohemian collection of 350 locally owned and operated businesses, including merchants, restaurants, bars, art galleries, professional services, and health and wellness providers. The neighborhood is located just west of Downtown St Pete with boundaries between 31st Street to 16th Street, and includes Central Avenue, 1st Avenue North and 1st Avenue South.
Many of the small businesses that would have once eyed the 600 block are instead looking west down Central Avenue due to significantly cheaper rents. While this shift is seen as a negative by many, the businesses moving into the district have reactivated buildings, and even entire blocks, that have sat underutilized or vacant for decades.
Chai Mixology, boba tea and poke bowls, is NOW OPEN at 1106 Central Avenue (formerly Milagros Soap Company) in the EDGE District! 🍵🍣😄 Cool off from the Florida heat with boba tea! Options include tapioca boba, popping boba, or jelly, and a selection of 15 different flavors. 🙌😋 Ask for sugar-free or vegan boba! And for poke, protein options are salmon (regular or spicy), ahi tuna (regular or spicy), or chicken. If you're in the area, check them out! Hours are 11am-6pm 🥳☀️
Art Fusion Galleries, a contemporary art gallery, is NOW OPEN at 106 Central Avenue, in the building that also houses The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art. 🎨👨🎨 The goal of the gallery is to provide opportunity for emerging to mid-career artists from around the globe to exhibit, promote, and enter the discerning art market. 😊🖌️ Art Fusion Galleries has one other outpost in Miami's Wynwood District. 😎☀️ 📸: Lindsey Porter's Picture St. Pete
Icon Central is NOW OPEN at 855 Central Avenue in Downtown St Pete! 🙌😁 Move-ins began a few weeks ago at St. Petersburg's newest luxury apartment community, featuring 368 units across 15 floors. 🏢🤩 The building is currently over 15% leased and will continue to fill up over the next 18 months.
Amenities include an expansive ground-floor pool deck, indoor fitness center, an eighth level rooftop terrace, and more. 🏊♂️🏋️♂️🍻 The project also has over 38,000 square feet of ground retail space, however no tenants have been announced yet. We'll be sure to let you know who's moving in once we find out! 😉