#SMDAYTampa 2015

Social Media Day was launched by Mashable back in 2010 as a way to recognize and celebrate all things social media in our community. It gives social media enthusiasts and professionals an opportunity to connect offline with the networks they have been communicating with online all year long! June 30th was chosen as the date to celebrate, so that’s exactly what we decided to do!

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After being involved in Social Media Day the past few years here in Tampa Bay, NHIE decided it was our turn to take the reins and throw an over the top party to honor all things social media in the Bay Area! We began by reaching out to sponsors to see who would be game and where we could throw an awesome event. Well, these two things came super easy to us! Thanks to Reeves VW, we had our title sponsor in a snap and when you combine that with Ferg’s Live Tampa, we knew we were off to hosting an amazing event this year!

Next, we needed food and drinks. Cue JJ Taylor Distributing FL, Inc. and Tito’s Vodka. These two really stepped up to help provide our attendees with great beer and cocktails while we all got to hang out face to face. Ferg’s handled the food which was a crowd pleaser and we just HAD to invite our friends at The Sweet Tooth Cakery back to create some more awesome cupcakes! We definitely couldn’t have done it without their help. And speaking of help, let’s not forget the amazing raffle prizes that were donated to help raise money for local startup, Tech Start Tampa Bay. Their goal is to inspire local youth through the use of technology. With the help of our amazing raffle sponsors, we were able to bring in over $700 for the charity that will now be used to revamp a few of their after-school programs for local students interested in tech!

What were these prizes you ask? Well, let me tell you, they did not disappoint! Here’s the list of Raffle Packages we were able to put together thanks to all of our local sponsors!

Raffle #1 Get Fit Package ($100+ Value)

Fitlife Gift Pack

  • $25 Gift Card
  • Cooler
  • Water Bottle

Tampa Bay Water Bikes

  • Two Biyak or Water Bike Rentals

Royal Blue VW Baseball Cap

 

Raffle #2 VW Bus Bag ($100+ Value)

Vintage VW Baseball Cap

Tampa Bay Water Bikes

  • Two Biyak or Water Bike Rentals

 

Raffle #3 VW Backpack ($100 Value)

 

Raffle #4 VW Wireless Bluetooth Speaker ($90 Value)

 

Raffle #5 Local Love Pack #1 ($60 Value)

 

Raffle #6 Local Love Pack #2 ($150 Value)

SoHo Cycle Gift Pack

  • 4th of July Tank Top
  • 10 pack Gift Certificate

 

Raffle #7 Sunday Funday Pack ($94 Value)

Coast Bike Share

–    Two Pack of One Month Memberships

 

Raffle #8 Ritz Ybor VIP Package ($150 Value)

Raffle #9 Guy’s Pack ($80 Value)

Ella Bing Bowties

–     2 Ella Bing Bowties

 

Raffle #10 Great Escape Room Package ($170 Value)

The Great Escape Room

 

Raffle #11 VW Corn Hole Set ($75 Value)

            $50 Bonefish Grill Gift Card

 

Raffle # 12 Girl’s Pack ($125+ Value)

Green Body Green Home

–     60 Minute Facial

Bumble Tampa

  • Girl’s Goodie Bag

 

Raffle # 13 Ferg’s Live Raffle ($50 Value)

 

#SMDAY Award Picture Prizes

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So we had everything ready to go for the event. Now, how can we make it a unique experience for some of our favorite VIPS? Well, Reeves helped out a ton by providing us with six of their awesome VW cars to participate in a VIP blogger caravan! We paired up the VIPs, had the cars labeled to match their riders and sent them out to find 4 local landmarks in Tampa. @SMDayTampa on Instagram posted a clue on their page which drivers then had to locate and take a group photo with. Once posted online, the @SMDayTampa team would post the next clue. It made for a great time, so thanks to Green Bar Labs for holding down the social media and website for the event!  Additionally, we got to bring along our new friend, PJ Agostini, local photographer and head of Agostini Photography for additional support during the event. He was a back seat rider who snapped away as we drove on our journey through Tampa Bay. Stay tuned for all of his awesome coverage of the event! And if you didn’t follow the screens last night at the event, you should definitely check out #Tagboard, a cool way to discover social media for an event and quickly share it with the attendees!

We were so pleased with how everything turned out that we are already working on plans for the next #SMDayTampa! We began last night by announcing the first ever Social Media Day Awards. Next year, we will honor some of our best community leaders in social media after considering feedback from the Tampa Bay audience. We look forward to seeing how this play out over the next year.Social Media Day Tampa Bay Never Have I Ever Tampa Bay

So again, thanks to everyone who helped make last night’s event a HUGE and OVERWHELMING success. We look forward to making next year’s even better! Until then, tweet….post…comment…like….share….and follow us! #NHIETB

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– Nicholas

Craving a Beer Pedi

So Father’s Day is tomorrow and if you are anything like us, you may have only bought the card so far. Well, Crave Spa  has got you covered! For the past few years, Crave has teamed up with Cigar City Brewing to bring guys the Beer Pedi. We know, it sounds too good to be true. Well, it isn’t! I was invited out this past week to test it out and wow was I impressed!

I checked in and got my seat as my new nail pro grabbed all of the materials. She filled a bucket with an extra “hoppy” batch of Cigar City brew. What’s interesting is that Cigar City donated this beer to the spa because it is a batch that is not able to be served to the general public due to the high amount of hops in it. Well that works out really well for Crave because extra hoppy beer provides benefits to a pedicure. Hops help exfoliate the skin, getting rid of dead skin cells and the active yeasts in beer contain ingredients which rejuvenate and hydrate skin. Not to mention, while the pedi is happening, Cigar City has also provided Jai Alai’s for the guest of honor!

In no time, my feet were squeaky clean and ready to roll! It was a fun experience and my feet now look awesome! What a fun Father’s Day treat and a great way to increase the male clientele at the spa! Wherever there’s beer, men will come. So book your appointment NOW for tomorrow’s Father Day Beer Pedi before it’s too late. Ask for Sara…she was awesome! Have fun! I know I did.

Disclosure: NHIE received a complimentary Beer Pedi through a Crave Spa partnership in exchange for our honest review. All opinions are our own.

-Nicholas

Show and Tell

Although we do a WHOLE lot of showing and telling on our blog, we recently attended a really cool event new to Tampa Bay and hosted by some really great brands. Cass Contemporary, Penelope T Boutique and London Philips teamed up last month to bring a unique experience to South Tampa. Merging art and fashion, Show and Tell, invited guests to a night of upscale art and high end fashion. The event took place early in May at Cass Contemporary (a place we have become rather fond of recently) and highlighted fashion from both Penelope T and London Philips.

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We kicked off the night during the VIP cocktail hour by admiring the awesome art on display at Cass and imbibing on libations from Cru Cellars and hors d’ oeuvres made by Datz. As we scoped out the new exhibition on display called Pound and A Bear Hug made by local artists Bask and Tes One, we snapped some pics and spotted a new addition to the space. Where the wall that divides the room when you walk in once stood, now was home to a funky and rather secretive DJ booth. It is a great add on to the space and will allow for DJ’s to perform at all future events at Cass.

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Eventually, the VIP cocktail hour came to an end and more people began arriving. We were introduced to the MC for the night, Pedro Andrade, anchor on ABC and Univision Fusion. We said hey to our friends, Johnny and Sasha, owner of London Philips and then it was showtime!

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Guests took their seats and Pedro began the intro for the show. One of the great parts of the event was that a portion of the proceeds from the event was donated to the DeBartolo Family Foundation. The presented the donation check and then, it wa show time!

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The models were a mixture of clothing and pieces from both London Philips and Penelope T and ranged from bathing suits, to button downs, to dresses and jewelry. Both guys and girls walked the runway and with the setting of Cass as the backdrop, it made for a really unique event.

 

Not only was the fashion on point, but the Bask and Tes One exhibit on display were really something to look at. If you follow local artists then you may have seen the mural painted on the big garage doors next to Timpanos in Hyde Park Village. Anyways, the exhibits at Cass typically stay up for about a month. Although you missed the Bask and Tes One show, there will be some really awesome things coming in the late summer/early fall over at Cass. Keep an eye out!

-Nicholas

NHIE Tampa Bay

Sneak Peek | Yeoman’s Cask & Lion | Downtown Tampa

It’s not everyday that a local staple, such as Yeoman’s, gets a reboot. Before Yeoman’s Cask & Lion, it was Yeoman’s Road Pub and existed as a local bar on Davis Islands. A pub for the locals to experience casual British Cuisine that was operational for decades.

Now we can all get excited for the reinvented and redefined Yeoman’s Cask & Lion. Rumor has it, that they will be opening their doors tonight in Downtown Tampa on the corner of N. Morgan St. and E. Washington St., this location will surely bring a new dining experience, described as British Old World with a modern clean approach. Check in to their socials for all the updates (we will sure to keep you posted as well).

Yeoman's Cask and Lion Downtown Tampa

The interior design feels as though you have stepped into the street in Britain with a creative and modern twist. The walls are lined with crafted woodwork from the frames of the space to the torched wood walls. The floors are reminiscent of a British road and the brickwork is intentionally left imperfect. All of these lay the groundwork for the fun, creative and casual feel that is found in the neon signs, a restored London phone booth (originally gifted to past Yeoman’s owners from Def Leopard- it’s TRUE!), and playful artwork of rock legends and British royalty that will line the main dining room.

Here are a few close looks as some of the details that you will find when you visit. There was still some construction happening during our visit so check back on our Instagram for more once it opens this June.

Another awesome feature of the venue is the back room (not the official name, but you get it), that is a totally new feel from the old space. Its funky wallpaper and red wood structure make it stand out from the rest of the space. The main feature is a drop down ceiling that is built and lit as a traditional Union Jack.

Yeoman's Cask and Lion

There will also be an outdoor patio guarded by two Queen’s Guards (literally seven foot tall statues) and outfitted for a king with a luxurious bar outfitted with USB plugs and a wall covered in greenery. There was no skimping on detail even here, construction was heavy on the patio so not too many pictures to share (sorry)!

Yeoman's Cask and Lion

 If the attention to detail, creativity and focus on British tradition of the space are any indication of the menu that will follow, Yeoman’s Cask and Lion will become a staple in our evolving Downtown.

A few takeaways as to what is coming:

  1. They will have over 100 beers on tap
  2. They are the only location in Tampa to have two Fine Cask Ales
  3. The lion in the name was inspired by a neon art piece that the owners found in London along with two others that will be showcased at the venue
  4. Traditional British Fayre will be served

And, I will leave you with this, keep your eyes open for Union Jack wrapped vehicles (there are 11 in total) and have your phones ready. Why, you ask? Because Yeoman’s is giving away a round trip to London for two! If you spot one, take a selfie with it and post using #UnionJackAttack!

Here’s ours!

Yeoman's Cask and Ale Happy Hunting and hope to catch you at Yeoman’s pub!

– Ryan

This Bar Ain’t so Baaaaah-d

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So we had to do it! We know it’s corny, but it was too easy NOT to go there. I mean, come on, at the grand opening, Blind Goat Food and Drink Co. had an actual goat hanging out at the bar. Granted, we don’t think they splurged for a blind goat, but it still did the job.

Living in South Tampa and being in our twenties makes it seem inevitable to find us hanging out on Howard on the weekend. Now, don’t get us wrong, we love us some SoHo fun, but we have “graduated and matured” (a nice way of saying we are getting too old), and have broadened our horizons a bit further outside of our SoHo box if you will. Case and point, Blind Goat Food and Drink Co.

As you can see, we were so excited to be asked to present our new friends with the Food Blogger’s Award after their awesome showing at The Taste of South Tampa last month. We had been to the space a few times prior to the ribbon cutting and in the first few months they have been open, Blind Goat has already made changes and improvements to the dining/ drinking experience.

Let’s start with the obvious… the facelift the restaurant received prior to opening was a nice improvement to set the new scene for customers. Let me warn you though, if you are a Gator fan, this bar may not be your cup o’ tea. It is all decked out in garnet and gold and definitely gives the vibe of an upscale frat bar (in all the right ways). It has great drink specials, easy food options to munch on, live music and games to keep drinkers entertained.

But really, what do we care most about? FOOD & DRINK of course! The hottest selling point for us would have to be their awesome Shot + Beer Specials! Obviously our go-to would be the “Don Juan”. I mean, come on, who doesn’t love a good tequila shot and Corona?  We have even been back since their food menu has been added to and found ourselves really enjoying the flatbreads and salad we ordered.  Ryan tried the Mediterranean Steak Salad recently and found it to be really flavorful and unique. It had Marinated Flap Steak, Artichokes, Roasted Red Peppers, and Tomatoes tossed in a White Balsamic Vinaigrette and served in Boats of Romaine upon a bed of Tzatziki. The Tzatziki on the bottom was a really fresh and funky twist. I tried The CDS Flatbread which had Feta Cheese, Grapes, Sausage, and was drizzled in Olive Oil. Bottom line…I devoured it in minutes.

All in all, we love our new neighborhood friends and look forward to many more nights hanging out at Blind Goat Food and Drink Co. Be sure to check them out. And as always, let them know NHIE sent you!

-Nicholas
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