Nominations now open for new ‘Best of St. Pete’ book

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It’s no secret that the Burg is a developing hotspot for young entrepreneurs to grow their big ideas. Don’t believe us? Just ask the New York Times, Huffington Post, Forbes or any of the other publications that have called this city one of the best in the nation.

A new book looks to encapsulate what makes this city such an in-demand spot to live work and play — and it will do so with literary style. Part celebration of the best businesses in the Burg, part networking rolodex that looks damn good on a coffee table, the Best of St. Pete Book is far from just a thick local listicle

Book binds the best of the Burg

This book will provide an in depth guide into the inner machinations behind your favorite spots to dine and unwind. Publisher Ashby Green was inspired by the Best of Tampa Bay books that gather budding businesses and executives to share their success stories and hopefully connect with likeminded entrepreneurs and artists.

Green is currently looking for businesses who would like to be involved. The Best of St. Pete Book will have an initial run of 5,000 copies and could feature up to 200 businesses and/or executive profiles.

Nominate your favorite local businesses

Want to get involved? You can nominate a business that you feel deserves coverage in the book, or you can self-nominate. A little hubris is good — especially when you’re creating something that makes the Burg a better place to be.

What inspires us?

How about the yogis at The Body Electric taking their life-changing routines on the beyond their studio. They’ve hosted yoga classes on paddle boards, at sunrise at the Sundial and even at the local parks across the city. They’ve introduced this exercise to folks who may not have thought to try it and made it accessible and affordable for those who are curious.

How about the Hunger + Thirst Restaurant Group enlivening the St. Pete culinary scene one district at a time. Steve Schrutt and company made an adult playground with Park & Rec, feed our carnivorous needs with The Avenue and have a retro-inspired club opening in the EDGE District soon.

Organizations that give back to the Burg

Metro Wellness and Community Centers continues to provide inclusive health services and education that remind residents that all are welcome in the Sunshine City. Beyond medical services that include HIV testing, Metro Wellness also focuses on mental health. It’s a bastion of progress and love

Want more? Eckerd Professor Jon Chopan has a new collection of short stories, Veterans Crisis Hotline, that won the 2017 Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction. The book is available for preorder and hits shelves on October 26. 

In need of creative inspiration? Look no further than Maureen McDole. Her inexhaustible love of literature? It’s infectious. So infectious that her brainchild, Keep St. Pete Lit, has grown from a small local group to a truly moving force in the literary community. The group hosts writing workshops, author readings and art shows on the regular.

What organizations inspire you? Let us know in the comments and make sure to nominate them on the Best of St. Pete Bookwebsite.

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan is in his third year as Writer/Editor of New York Times bestselling author Andre Dubus III has said of him, “Andrew Harlan has a sharp and discerning eye for detail that deftly captures character and landscape." He has published fiction and poetry in Sabal and Prime Number Literary Magazine. He graduated with honors from Eckerd College in 2013 with a B.A. in Creative Writing and a minor in Literature. He can be reached by phone: (727) 896-3435 or email: