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 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.






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.”

Photo by: Sarah Boren
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.


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.