10 Businesses We Were Sad to See Go in 2012
St. Pete Patch has put together a list of places we were sad to see close their doors in 2012. Did we leave out a great business that closed? Let us know in the comments.
1. Gallery Woo
Bill "Woo" Correira died suddenly in November inside his art gallery after battling brain cancer for more than five years. With his death, his gallery located in the 600 block of Central Avenue closed down for good. Luckily, many of his fellow artists created a mural in the alley behind the 600 block of Woo to honor and remember him.
In February the local coffee shop put out a call to local java lovers to help save the business. Unfortunately, the struggling coffee shop closed its doors in following a last hurrah party on July 31. "I'm very sad to announce it, but tonight will be our last night before getting the boot! We pushed as far as we could go - it's tough going for independent business," Mocha Vida wrote on its Facebook page.
3. 66 Fixed
66 Fixed technically didn't make it to 2012. On Dec. 31, 2011, it was the end of the route for 66 Fixed, a bicycle store on Central Avenue that catered to all the needs of enthusiasts. "The shop was more of a hub for people to share their love of cycling," said co-owner Carol Davis. Carol and her husband, Michael, ran the Central Avenue store together since 2007.
2012 brought many changes to Sweet Cheeks Candy and Beauty Bar. The candy shop moved from its location on the 1000 block of Central Avenue into a space inside the Crislip Arcade on the 600 block. Sweet Cheeks closed later in the year.
The trendy boutique located on 6th street and Central Avenue closed its doors earlier this year and moved west to the beaches. The new beach store will carry upscale baby items as well as unique gifts including candles and handmade jewelry.
6. The Boundary
Located on the edge of downtown at 11th Street and 1st Avenue North, the American Grille opened in August to rave reviews but closed in December. Not all news is had, however, Boundary owner Jim Wilson said he would open a new restaurant in Gulfport in January 2013.
The lives of Margarita Mama's and Banana Joe's did not last long in 2012. Opened in summer 2012 in the historic Kress Building, the restaurant and bar closed just a few short months later. Now, the first floor of the building along Central Avenue sits vacant.
After nearly two years of serving delicious vegan hot dogs in downtown St. Petersburg, Jim Janolek closed down his mobile business. In late October, Janolek wrote of the stand's closing, "The drive to offer cruelty free food is there but the plan needs be altered."
The stylish wedding dress boutique closed its doors in the Edge Business District on Central Avenue earlier this year. However, the store is not closed for good. Malindy Elene moved to a new location in South Tampa at 2107 West Kennedy Blvd.
10. Garden Cafe
Yes, the Garden Cafe had not been used in years but it's always sad to see a local and mark face the wrecking ball. That, unfortunately, was its fate in summer 2012 when the cafe was demolished. The building was located on 2nd Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenue N. Inside, the tropical walls were painted by historic local artist George Snow Hill, who also has a painting still hanging in City Hall.
Patch would like to thank its loyal Facebook followers, Keep Saint Petersburg Local and LocalShops1 in helping to compile this list. Did we leave out a great business that closed? Let us know in the comments.