There is something magical said for embracing one’s uniqueness and there’s a gal in town who has got her one-of-a-kind character down to an art form. Marina Williams, owner of ARTpool Gallery, is truly a Saint Pete local (born at Bayfront Hospital) and she graces us with her bold style and cheerful spirit; plus she’s truly a business mastermind!
In the 80s, Williams’ parents were seeking a change of lifestyle and decided that the vibes, slower pace, and sense of community in Saint Pete were the perfect answer to their equation. Being sailors and living on their boat, it was also an added perk that the waters of the area treated them well. After being in the medical field, the awesome Becky Williams (Marina’s mother) turned to real estate and also did a really great job raising Marina, who has a zest for life – just like her mom.
Who is the mysteriously shy, but ever so sweet guy who works with Marina (and her mom) at ARTpool? That’s Evan Williams, Marina’s partner in crime, best friend for twelve years, and boyfriend for eight. They met when she threw a pizza party while they were both attending New College in Sarasota. Evan was immediately captivated by her charm (realistically, who isn’t?), but she was a tough cookie to snatch up. After giggling at their story, Marina said, “Good things come to those who wait!”
Although their days of late night dancing are over, they do enjoy low key dates together that include gelato and a walk with Franklin, the cutest mini schnauzer you will ever meet. Marina loves training the adorable little Franklin, she totally digs walking him at Vinoy Dog Park, and you can even stop by ARTpool to meet this fabulous creature that is Franklin!
Marina Williams is a key personality that makes downtown Saint Pete so special. Some days she’s dressed dark and gothic and other days she’s feathery and fabulous; but everyday she’s an inspiration for entrepreneurs and a staple to the city. Want to hear more about this quirky woman? Stay tuned for more articles on her business traits and what she enjoys doing in the area.
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