The Don CeSar is Mindy Grossman's favorite place to watch a sunset in the Tampa Bay area.
Mindy Grossman is the high-flying CEO of St. Petersburg, Florida-based HSN, Inc., a $3-billion enterprise that encompasses HSN (formerly known as the Home Shopping Network), the country’s fourth-largest cable network, as well as Cornerstone Brands (think retailers such as Frontgate, Garnet Hill, Ballard Designs and Smith+Noble, among many others). She has her finger on the pulse of how America shops. The former head of Nike’s apparel business and former president and CEO of Polo Jeans Company, Grossman splits her time between New York City and St. Petersburg. She offers up her favorite spots to do business (and catch some between-meetings sun) in the Tampa Bay
area, from sleepy St. Pete and Clearwater to bustling Tampa.
Best Place to Watch a Sunset: The Don CeSar
“Rising from the sugary gulf shores of St. Pete Beach, The Don CeSar resort is the perfect place to kick off your shoes and take in a fabulous sunset.” The legendary pink palace has been a favorite of celebrities, athletes and socialites from F. Scott Fitzgerald to Beyoncé Knowles.
Best Place to Grab a Snack: Saturday Morning Market
“The Saturday Morning Market in downtown St. Pete has some of the freshest fruits and vegetables in the state. Nosh on deliciously sinful mot-sa-pies (grilled cornmeal pancakes filled with mozzarella) and listen to live music from area musicians.”
Best Bar Scene: Ocean Prime
“Ocean Prime is a newcomer to Tampa and is the place to be seen on Friday nights. Be sure to try the sea salt caramel martini, available by request, with its dramatic black lava salt.”
Best Spa: The Vinoy Salon & Day Spa
“The Vinoy Salon & Day Spa is a wonderful place for our on-air guests to rejuvenate after the rigors of being on live television for hours on end. The Baybreeze Cabana massage overlooking Tampa Bay is a must.” Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club, St. Petersburg.
Best Power Lunch: Cafe Ponte
An insider gem in Clearwater, “Cafe Ponte is one of the area’s best dining experiences and the personal favorite of a number of our celebrity chefs when they are in town to appear on HSN. The modern yet elegant motif provides the perfect setting to close any business deal.”
Great Way to Spend a Few Extra Hours: Dali Museum
The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg is home to the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of Salvador Dalí’s work outside of Spain. Featuring a broad range of the renowned Spanish artist’s work—including the Impressionist and Cubist styles of his early period and the famous surrealist canvases for which he is best known—the museum is a must-visit.
Best Places to Catch a Few Rays: North Beach & Honeymoon Island
“If you’re looking to work on your tan, Tampa Bay has some of the world’s most beautiful beaches.” North Beach at Fort De Soto (2008 and 2009) and Honeymoon Island State Park (2009) were ranked in tripadvisor.com’s