ART SMART COFFEE GALLERY HOSTS BOOK SIGNING

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Art Smart Coffee Gallery hosted a book signing on Saturday November 14th featuring a new, brightly imaginative children’s book author.

Author, Cydnie Jo Tretter’s smile is as warm, inviting and intriguing as her wildly imaginative stories; stories poured on to paper and topped off with bright, vivid illustrations. 20151114_145536

I went to the coffee shop yesterday to buy some fresh roasted coffee beans and was pleasantly surprised to come across the book signing. It was a true pleasure to meet Tretter, she has a calm kindness about her that can put anyone at ease (even after a double shot of espresso).

One of Tretter’s new books was calling my name, literally. The book,  ‘Sarah’s Special Wish,’ caught my eye immediately. I had to have it and signed. It is a fun read even for this semi grown-up.

When you purchase one of Tretter’s books you also receive the ability to download a free audio version. You can find Author Cydnie Jo Tretter at www.onceuponapage.net 20151115_144002

After a fun trip through the make believe universe, I leave you with what the book left me, never give up on a hope or a dream and beware of the Wish Gobblers.

 

 

 

DUNEDIN BIKE RIDE ADVENTURE

The town of Dunedin, Florida is flavored by it’s Scottish heritage and colored by it’s beautiful beaches, festivals and a love for bicycling. Tucked away between Clearwater and Palm Harbor, this little hidden gem is one of Florida’s best kept secrets.

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All the town’s people got together and made this great video called Funedin, it shows the character of Dunedin, corky and colorful. People are very friendly in this sweet little town, I always feel safe. Don’t let the sweetness fool you though, you might be safe but your bicycle is not! I have had 6 bikes stolen over the past 7 years; Dunedin really loves bicycles so lock it up.

The main bike trail in Dunedin is the Pinellas Trail which stretches from Tarpon to St. Petersburg. Cutting through the heart of down town Dunedin, this trail is a major hub of activity, especiallyduring the Saturday down town Farmers Market and the many festivals during which, Main street is closed.

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Another great place to ride is the Dunedin Causeway. The boardwalk is alive with sun loving people walking, running and riding while enjoying a view of the St. Joseph Sound to the left and the Gulf of Mexico to the right. The causeway ends at state park, Honeymoon Island. Honeymoon offers bike trails, beaches (including a beautiful dog beach), and nature trails.

There are quite a few bike shops and rentals in town but I recommend Dunedin Cyclery . They are on the Pinellas Trail in down town Dunedin, if you are renting it’s the perfect place to get started.

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THE PERFECT FIRST TIME DUNEDIN RIDE  (My advise for someone who hasn’t ridden a bicycle since they were a kid)

  1. Drive to Dunedin Cyclery and rent a bicycle
  2. Ride north on the trail
  3. Turn left onto Dunedin Causeway. Don’t over do it, take your time and enjoy the scenery
  4. Turn around at Honeymoon and head back. Honeymoon will be there for your next adventure, right now you are ready for a beer and some food.
  5. Pass the rental shop and head to Main St., lock your bike up and walk down to Casa Tina’s or Chic-a-Boom Room , grab a beer and some food.
  6. Go to Strachan’s across the street on the corner at the light for homemade ice cream. Take your ice cream down to the marina and enjoy the view.
  7. Walk back and get your bike. If you are not too tired yet, you may want to take some time exploring the shops on Main St.
  8. Head back to the bike shop. Great job! If you’re not ready to go home, Marker 8 Tiki Bar is  off Alt 19 a couple minutes drive north. It’s right on the water and sunsets there are always spectacular.best sunsetWhether you are an experienced cyclist or just getting back in the saddle, Dunedin is the place for bike riding adventures.

ART WITH A BUZZ

 

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Photo by: Sarah Boren

 

Dunedin’s Art Smart Coffee and Gallery features coffee from fresh roasted beans and more eye candy than the day is long. Owner, Mario Gutiérrez serves up each iced coffee with love and pride making it with 2 shots espresso, milk and most importantly, the ice cubes are from fresh brewed coffee, so melting ice makes it even better.

The iced coffee has been voted “best iced coffee in Tampa Bay,” by Tampa Bay Magazine and featured in Southern Living magazine as “Florida’s Best Coffee.”

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Photo by: Sarah Boren
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Photo by Sarah Boren

The walls are lined with vintage and contemporary art hand chosen by Gutiérrez, an expert in art and all things beautiful. There is something for everyone here in his eclectic collection.

 

Room after room, your eyes will never be bored with 3000 square feet of tasteful art.There is even a decent sized selection of books on art and also coffee table books for sale or to borrow in the portable library. With a nice coffee buzz, you can spend hours viewing art and reading about artists.

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All this space and art are not wasted on coffee shop hours, for a relatively small fee you can rent the gallery to host an event. Birthday parties, wedding receptions, the possibilities are endless in this culturally rich coffee shop and gallery.