Monday, January 22, 2018


Katherine Snow Smith

Katherine Snow Smith

Katherine Snow Smith has been at the Times either fulltime or parttime since 1995. She started as a business reporter then spent a decade writing the Rookie Mom column with stories from her own family and advice from other average moms and the experts. She now covers business in south Pinellas County. Katherine has a degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina and is married to Times political editor Adam Smith. They have three children, two dogs and still feel like rookie parents much of the time.

LARA CERRI   |   Times
The Carter G. Woodson museum is collecting black dolls to give to lower income children because the supply in most retail stores is low and doesn't offer as many price options as there are for white dolls. The color of dolls that children prefer has long been an issue in building a good self image.

Dolls come in all colors at St. Petersburg’s Woodson museum

ST. PETERSBURG — As a little girl, Terri Lipsey Scott played with a baby doll named Sindy in Savannah, Ga. Scott is black, Sindy was white. Dana Battle, also black, had a white doll named Toni, in Los Angeles. There weren’t many affordable dolls that...
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A glass of Nog is seen at Haven located at 2208 W Morrison Avenue in Tampa. The Nog eggnog is scratch made at the restaurant and contains 4 different liquors: bourbon, rum, cognac, and plum brandy. (ALESSANDRA DA PRA   |   Times)

Why is eggnog a holiday tradition? Exploring fresh renditions of the classic drink

Eggnog dates back to medieval times when the British enjoyed a drink called "posset" that was made with hot milk, ale and spices. Later it became a drink for the wealthy who added expensive brandy or sherry. It was the alcohol that kept the milk from...
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Rossie Newson became a photographer after leaving his career as an illustrator for the Tampa Bay Times in 2009. (Photo by Rossie Newson)

Picturing something different: St. Petersburg man finds second career as photographer

A chance meeting during a really tough time in Rossie Newson’s life resulted in him finding a talent he never knew he had. After leaving his job as an illustrator at the Tampa Bay Times in 2009, Newson devoted most of his time and energy to his...
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Wee Gallery art blocks in the Wee Gallery office at Signature Place at  147 2nd Ave South, Suite 210, St Petersburg. (CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times)

Wee Gallery entrepreneurs turned black-and-white baby mural into thriving business

When Surya Sajnani and Dave Pinto were expecting their first child in 2002, she painted a mural with black and white zebras on one wall of the nursery. The couple had read that a baby’s eyes are stimulated by repeating patterns of black and white. "It...
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Nick Reader, co-founder and CEO of PDQ Restaurants, poses in front of the Pinellas Park store at 4601 Park Boulevard. (SCOTT KEELER   |   Times)

Creating PDQ from scratch: CEO of growing brand came from Bucs’ front office

Shortly after leaving his job as chief financial officer of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to strike out on his own as an entrepreneur, Nick Reader wondered if he’d made the right move. "I probably had one of the coolest jobs in Tampa," said Reader,...
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Perspective: The year Santa Claus didn’t come

Perspective: The year Santa Claus didn’t come

The doctor studied the glob of puss oozing from the patchwork of scabs along my one-year-old son’s left index finger."It’s definitely infected. And you have no idea when or how it happened?"He didn’t say it, but here’s what I heard next...
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Sting, center,  performs with Michael Francis, Music Director of the Florida Orchestra, center top, and Natalie Hoe, Principal Clarinet for the Florida Orchestra, right, 
during the Florida Orchestra's 50th Anniversary Gala celebration at the Mahaffey Theater. GABRIELLA ANGOTTI-JONES  | Times

Every little thing they do is magic

12.9.17I first saw Sting when I was 16 during the Police Synchronicity tour. I was wearing jeans, standing on my seat and screaming my lungs out. Now he’s 66 and some of us, wearing heels and evening gowns, wondered how we all got so old as we...
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Holiday spreaders, $10. ZaZoo'd, 531 Central Ave.

10 gifts for $10 or less on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg

You can soon be done with your holiday shopping after less than an hour on Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg. Here are 10 great gifts for $10 or under for the teachers, neighbors, friends, frenemies, kids, baby sitters, coworkers,...
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The Holiday Motel, with its signature multicolored doors.SCOTT KEELER   |   Times

Fourth Street’s mom and pop motels are a dying breed

ST. PETERSBURG — Billboards as far north as Tennessee beckoned tourists by the thousands to St. Petersburg’s Fourth Street calling it "the longest motel street in the world" in the 1940s and ’50s. There were 95 motels between the Gandy Bridge and...
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YMCA President & CEO David Jezek, Mary Brandes, YMCA Board Chair David Neely and Bertha James. Brandes received the Chester James Award.

Charity supporting 9/11 victims’ families is model for many

Edie Lutnick initially was relieved to receive a call from her brother Gary, who worked for Cantor Fitzgerald finance firm in One World Trade Center on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001."I said ‘Thank God you aren’t there,’ and he said, ‘Edie, I am...
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