Ask the Locals: Ashley Brundage

For this Tampa native, family, diversity and business come together in one fabulous package.

click to enlarge Ask the Locals: Ashley Brundage
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Ashley, 37, has been Vice President, Inclusion Consultant for PNC Financial Services Group for seven years. She is a familiar face around the Tampa Bay LGBT community; she is the past president of the Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce, and founder of Diamonds in Diversity and Diamond Scholarship Foundation, an annual awards ceremony for LGBTQ+ scholarships. She volunteers for Equality Florida, TransAction Florida and Visit Tampa Bay. 

Born and raised in Tampa, Ashley and her wife Whitney have been married since 2002 — and together since high school! They have two sons, Bryce, age 12, and Blake, 10. And Ashley’s favorite thing as a true Tampa local? “Besides anything relating to Gasparilla, I enjoy that every weekend there is never a shortage of things to do! We have festivals, celebrations, sports teams, beaches, and of course a close proximity to Disney World, too!”

Favorite ladies’ night out: “Anise Global Gastrobar. Love the bartenders, drinks, and food, nothing on the menu ever disappoints. They also have a DJ some evenings as well.”

Best happy hour: “Bradley’s on 7th. So much fun to be had here with no cover and affordable drinks. Don’t forget to stay for some drag shows in the diva dance room.”

Your cocktail order (and where to get it): “Tito’s Vodka and club soda with fresh lime juice and muddled lime at Hotel Bar in Downtown Tampa.”

Favorite family-friendly adventure: “Spending the day on the Riverwalk in Downtown Tampa at Sail Pavilion. We enjoy great food, drinks on the water, and the kids explore the pirate ships or boats and play in the park.”

Favorite Saturday afternoon cultural activity: “The Tampa Museum of Art. A must-see right in the heart of Downtown Tampa on the Riverwalk.”

Most scenic beach: “We prefer the more quiet beaches with less hotels like Madeira or Redington Shores.”

Tastiest brunch: “Jackson’s. The menu is always so expansive. And don’t forget to add the bottomless mimosas.”

Romantic dinner out: “Our favorite is a Friday night at The Tampa Club. It has the best picturesque views from the 42nd floor and the best service. They also have a special menu for Whitney who has food allergies and dietary restrictions.”

Family-friendly dinner: “Drag Queen Bingo at Hamburger Mary’s in the heart of Ybor City. Our kids have so much fun and always get roped into going on stage.”

Where to shop: “Besides my seemingly daily stops at Target, I love to browse all the best retail stores in the world at International Plaza.”

Best place to work out: “I prefer to jog on some of Tampa’s best scenic routes from the golf course in my North Tampa neighborhood to Bayshore Boulevard, to the Tampa Riverwalk; there is no shortage of amazing places with breathtaking views.”

Where to treat yourself for a spa day: “Bodywork in Soho at the Salon Lofts is my favorite.”

Where to go for a kids’ day: “Besides the beaches and downtown, sometimes we find ourselves boarding huge water slides and roller coasters at Adventure Island and Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay. Our kids enjoy all the rides at these two theme parks just 10 minutes from our house.”

Favorite queer bar for a night out on the town: “Probably end up somewhere in the gay district of Ybor City. Honey Pot has the best music and dance floor as well as the best VIP experience.”

Where you recommend that out-of-town friends stay: “There is no shortage of new hotels and most of them are really good. I do like the newly remodeled Le Meridien as one that stands out. They took the old courthouse and kept some amazing features, including judges’ chambers and jury boxes, to create a one-of-a-kind new hotel.

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