20 Apr Why We Love Grand Central
Just west of Downtown St.Pete, between the 1600 and 3000 blocks lies a great community (and our home) the Grand Central District. Formed in 2001, the area was designated as a site focused on historical preservation and economic development. Since then it’s been bustling with many local hotspots and exciting happenings. At The Queens Head, we want to show our appreciation for this stretch of St. Pete with a list of why we love Grand Central.
1. It’s Sidewalk Friendly
Sure, there’s a lot of hustle and bustle in Downtown St. Pete for many great reasons. However, if you’re seeking somewhere more relaxed and with space to breathe, the streets of Grand Central is where you’ll want to go.
Our sidewalks are hardly ever crowded, and there’s rarely any traffic. You can park in a spot (because you can actually find parking) to find that a variety of shops, restaurants, and venues that are just a walk away. This also makes Grand Central bicycle, and even better yet, pedal pub friendly.
Who doesn’t like a craft beer that’s made in your own neighborhood? No. Seriously. With Cage Brewing and Pinellas Ale Works, we’re in no short supply of craft beer in this area. Also, just a few blocks south is 3 Daughters Brewing. Even better, is that they’re all in walking distance from each other!
Local beer isn’t the only craft we have to offer. It’s no secret that in St. Pete that we like to boast about our murals. We even have the annual SHINE festival that’s dedicated to them, but murals are just the tip of the iceberg.
There are also many other great artists working with a variety of mediums located in the Grand Central District as well. We’re home to an art gallery which also holds fashion shows, and a stained glass studio. Also, don’t forget to swing through district during the Second Saturday ArtWalk.
4. Historic Kenwood
Just outside of Grand Central is Historic Kenwood. If you’re not already living there, take a stroll on a sunny afternoon, even stop by Seminole park, and you’ll see what makes this a pleasant neighborhood.
You don’t have to be a know-it-all about architecture to appreciate the many bungalows that lie on the brickroads of this neighborhood. In 2014, the city declared the area as an artist enclave.
5. We Have Our Very Own Book Series
You may or may not know it, but there’s a murder mystery series that takes place in Grand Central. Started in 2015 with Pane and Suffering by Cheryl Hollon, the series follows amatuer sleuth Savannah Webb who returns to St. Petersburg after her father’s mysterious death.
The protagonist runs a glass shop and there’s also a British Pub, named The Queens Head, that’s used as a setting. But don’t let that scare you away from the area. After all, it’s pure fiction…right?
6. Live Entertainment
Drop by Grand Central on any weekend night and you’ll be sure to hear local musicians performing. We’re also home to the newly established improv club, Unscripted Theatre. Sure, it’s great to head out to big a concert once in awhile, but here there are a lot of small shows with artists yet to be discovered. Also, don’t forget that we have many talented artists who frequently play at The Queens Head.
7. The Birthplace of Pride
The largest Pride celebration in Florida is right here in St. Petersburg and the St. Pete Pride parade/festival has been on Central Avenue in the Grand Central District since 2003. The 2016 Pride saw an attendance of over 250,000. Grand Central is also home to several LGBT+ owned businesses and you’ll often see a sign reading “All Are Welcome Here”.
In (Grand) Total
To an outsider, the biggest highlights of St. Pete are probably the beach and downtown areas. However, Grand Central has a special place in the heart of the locals. It’s relaxed, creative, and everything is just a walk away. Next time you visit, stop by The Queens Head to kick off your night, and enjoy this neat corner of our city.