► Chef Chris Ponte’s modern Italian restaurant Olivia will open, at 225 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg, on the ground floor of the Ascent apartment and hotel tower. (Pictured above)
► Cultösaurus, a gift retail shop, will relocate from 269 16th St. N. to 529 Central Ave., the former location of RockShop.
► Modera St. Petersburg, a 20-story apartment building being developed by Mill Creek Residential, had a topping out ceremony, at 201 17th St. S., in downtown St. Petersburg.
► A project of Leadership St. Petersburg, The Allendale Equity & Justice Center will become St. Petersburg’s first nonprofit organization to provide free collaborative workspaces for changemakers.
► Tampa Bay Wave, a Tampa-based nonprofit group for the entrepreneurship community, opened its St. Petersburg office at 136 Fourth St. N.
► Cork Room, a wine bar, is set to open on the ground floor of 357 Fifth St. S., St. Petersburg.
► Clearwater’s new concert venue has been named The Sound at Coachman Park.
► St. Petersburg’s Plant Love Ice Cream has opened a second location, in downtown Gulfport, at 2901 Beach Blvd. S., Unit 105.
► Coffee shop Rose’s Coffee Bar is planning to open on the ground floor of the Moxy Hotel by Marriott, which is currently under construction, at 1234 Central Ave.
► The St. Pete City Council unanimously approved an agreement that will bring up to 500, shared, electric bicycles to downtown St. Petersburg.
► The Clearwater Marine Aquarium was named the No. 2 aquarium in the country, following nationwide voting, in the 2023 USA Today’s “10 Best Reader’s Choice” travel awards.
► Marinemax, based in Clearwater, received recognition in the 2023 Tampa Bay American Advertising Awards, which gives accolades to the area’s marketing agencies, brands and students.
► Power Design, in St. Petersburg, was awarded a 2023 Top Workplaces USA award, in the 2,500-plus employee category, for the first time in company history—ranking 20th in the country.
► Colliers expanded its commercial real estate brokerage team, in the firm’s Clearwater location, with the addition of Charlie Hart as senior associate, commercial services.
► Cresco Labs, an integrated multistate cannabis operator, opened a new Sunnyside medical cannabis dispensary at 35098 U.S. Highway 19 N., in Palm Harbor.
► Kahwa is opening two new locations, at 400 45th Ave. S. and 6623 Fourth St. N.
► Squaremouth, a travel insurance marketplace headquartered in St. Petersburg, has hired Rupa Mehta as its new chief executive officer, succeeding Jessica Burns.