If you have a dog in pain, you’ll try anything to make it better. When my vet — who’s holistic and traditional — suggested acupuncture for Calypso’s IVDD (it’s a dachshund thing), I was optimistic but also skeptical. Turns out, it did the trick — it lessened her pain and she hasn’t had any relapses since. That’s not to say they won’t happen, but if they do, I know what I’m trying first this time. We don’t call SPB Vet a vet; we tell her she’s going to the “feel better store” because that’s all they’ve ever done there: Make her feel better. St. Pete Beach Veterinarian, 6605 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. stpetebeachvetclinic.com 727-367-0096 —CS
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Who would’ve known that we’d spend our mid-30s (and beyond) collecting buttons and pins for our lapels and guitar straps? Thanks to the comic book-inspired selection at Tampa’s Bronze Age Buttons and veteran local comics artist/musician Josh Sullivan’s wide variety of enamel pins both cute and snide, getting older (and throwing around our disposable income) never felt — or looked — so cool. —Ray Roa/Scott Harrell
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