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Businesses We Welcomed in 2012

From restaurants to home decor, several new businesses popped up in Gulfport this year!

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Eat.Sip.Indulge began offering food tours in St. Pete and Gulfport in June. Owner Deborah Molise's goal is to bring people together and try the best meals, desserts and drinks on tours in Gulfport and St. Petersburg. Molise organizes nights out for couples, groups, families and special occasions. Check out our article, "Food Tours Satisfy in Gulfport, St. Pete." Find Eat.Sip.Indulge Food Tours & Picnis on Facebook.

Scuba Cat Charters, at the Gulfport Municipal Marina Slip #8, 4630 29th Ave S., held a grand opening ceremony in July. Owner Jeff Barfoot describes his new business with three simple words: "relax and dive." The crew offers charters on weekends and upon request. There's room for six people on the 29' Baha Cruiser King Cat. For more information check out our article, "Scuba Cat Charters is the New Cat in Town." Also, check out their Facebook page to view undewater adventures.

Trace Taylor Publishing launched in July. Local author and Local Voices Blogger Trace Taylor started a full service Independent Publishing Initiative. The Indi Publishing provides several services including editing, writing, illustration, photography, print on demand, ePub, iBook and more. Learn more about Trace Taylor and her new business on her Local Voices biography. You can contact Taylor via email at tracectaylor@yahoo.com.

Castaways Recycled Style, 2902 Beach Blvd. S., opened it's doors in September. According to their Facebook page, the owner Missy Donald takes unwanted "cast offs" and turns them into fun and funky new-to-you treasures. Check out hand painted signs, vintage home decor and more recycled art.

Gulfport Dive Center, 5004 Gulfport Blvd. S., held their grand opening in November. Owners Anette and Dennis Monroe each have more than 100 dives under their belts and now they're sharing their love of the ocean and diving experience with all of us. You can get certified, buy your equipment and book a trip through The Gulfport Dive Center. Check out amazing underwater photos by Anette on their Facebook page. Learn more about the new business in our article, "Gulfport Dive Center: Dive Training, Services, Equipment."

The Gulfport Grind, 4928 Gulfport Blvd. S., opened in November. Have you seen the giant "Fresh Coffee" sign in front of their shop? It's hard to miss! Owners Ted and Mary-Jo Kehoe are trying to point you in the right direction. They not only have fresh coffee, they also serve up fresh doughnuts and pastries Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. - 2 p.m. Check out photos of their goodies on their Facebook page.

Bob Newcomb December 31, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Just a note to let you know you missed a couple of great 2012 businesses in our fair city. The first is America's Office Source, d/b/a Harmony Business Systems. Tony Spinney and Christine Gallagher-Spinney have opened a local outlet for over 100,000 business supply items. With customized pricing, free, overnight delivery and personal service, this is a real boon to Gulfport businesses, (407-967-8738). The second is Bayside Florist and Sweets at 5317 Gulfport Boulevard, former location of Thai Orchid florist shop). Renee Borghi and Elizabeth Gomez beside offering full florist services offer unique candy "arrangements" and balloons for all occasions. Stop in and see some great candy bouquets.
Cherlene Willis January 02, 2013 at 06:28 PM
Thanks so much Bob for keeping the community AND Gulfport Patch posted on all of the new businesses in town! I greatly appreciate all of your hard work with the Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce in luring and promoting local businesses. Thanks so much! - Cherlene

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