St. Petersburg, Florida – a paradise that has recently grown from a city with potential to an accepting home for artists, yogis, entrepreneurs, families, students and everyone in between. It is a place where the unity of the community is unquestionable, where locals are dedicated, sincere and supportive. Business owners and customers work together in creating synergy. A perfect example of that is Steve Gianfilippo, founder of Station House, St. Pete’s premiere co-working space. One of his mottos is “Always keep improving,” and that is exactly what the current upgrades and renovations of Station House represent.
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Gianfilippo’s original plan for the building was to refurbish it and turn it into a hotel. However, he understood Downtown St. Pete’s needs versus what it had to offer at the time, and built off the concept of a hotel lobby. In a way, a co-work space is like a hotel where new faces and old friends meet and connect in the lobby.
“St. Pete was right and ready for a central meeting place that would embrace the tech communities, startups and arts, but also have health and wellness spin to it,” Gianfilippo said.
That’s how Station House in DTSP came to be… all five stories of shared workspace, private offices, phone and conference rooms, coffee and teashop, restaurant, wellness studio and the beautiful rooftop area. Of course, don’t forget the numerous private and public events hosted by Station House every month. Seems like a lot? It is and they have done a beautiful job at keeping a cozy and productive environment for everyone who walks through the doors.
Aside from building on what the members desire, offering them help to succeed and providing mentoring programs, there are some exciting upgrades happening in 2017 to Station House!
First, the façade of the building will be enhanced and keep your eyes open for murals that connect all three of Gianco Companies properties in Downtown St. Pete.
Secondly, that already gorgeous rooftop is going to get a makeover. Think of a NYC rooftop garden with foliage, vines and shaded areas. That’s right, shade! The yoga instructors and students are really excited about shade on the rooftop to block the hot Florida sun during mid-day yoga classes, especially in the summer.
Rooftop yoga with our instructor member @christinalovetravelsandyoga was beautiful today! We have classes every day of the week. Download the app through @mindbodyonline for our full schedule. #dothingsatstationhouse #mindbodystation #dtsp #igersstpete #ilovetheburg #rooftopyoga #urbanyoga #mindfulnessmatters #keepstpetelocal
Then there’s the restaurant. Gianfilippo is bringing in true restaurant experts as partners from NYC, and although who it is has not been disclosed yet, there are some rumors floating around. What they will be doing is bringing new, creative, global ideas to Station House and ultimately DTSP. A few concepts are being culminated through their world travels that enhance the entertainment aspect of the restaurant. The relocation of the entrance to the restaurant will truly make it feel like a hotel experience, and the traffic flow of all the spaces will be joined together.
Expect the renovations to be completed by April 7, 2017 at Reveal: Diversity of The Arts. This is Station House’s free monthly First Friday event that showcases art, fashion, fitness with rooftop yoga and a DJ, live paintings, live music. The evening is positive and family friendly. Oh, and there’s champagne. Don’t make an excuse. Just go check it out!
Station House is dedicated to providing a comfortable, yet dynamic environment in which our guests can interact socially or professionally, enjoy food, drinks and entertainment, fusing together the ultimate Tampa Bay experience. (From Station House Website)
What are you waiting for? Do yourself a favor and experience Station House for yourself. Attend a yoga class, sip a cup of tea or have a meal downstairs, and find out how you can become a member for as little as $100 a month! While you’re there, tell Steve Gianfilippo that DowntownStPete.com sent you.