Best Of 2014

Best westward expansion: St. Pete's EDGE District

Best westward expansion

And the beat goes on, and on, and on. The entrepreneurial irrepressibility of St. Pete couldn’t be contained in just the city’s downtown blocks, and that spirit has taken hold in a big way on Central and 1st avenues in the blocks west of downtown between MLK and 16th — the District known as EDGE (Entertainment, Dining, Galleries, Etc.). The Bends and Engine No9 were early adaptors in 2012, and in the last 12 months the openings of Green Bench Brewing, Enigma, Bodega on Central and Mis en Chic, to name just a few, have turned up the heat on the 1100 blocks. With Grand Central continuing to thrive and freeFall Theatre Company drawing more and more crowds farther west — plus exciting plans to link all of Central visually with a transit art project by the impressive team of Carol Mickett, Thaddeus Root and Robert Stackhouse — the prospects for synergy look sunny.