Hiiiiii weary readers. Although I’m sure the only people who follow Attention to Detail are my godmother and maybe my brother, I feel as if I’ve neglected an old friend. I wanted to make some significant changes to the blog, including a name change, a different host, and a redesign. Did all of that…but managed to lose all motivation to update, post, populate, and what have you…since early this year.
So. Here we are. I’m slowly thawing the cold dead heart that was Attention to Detail, and resurrecting it as Remarqed. The change reflects a more cohesive brand…one that elicits thoughts of quality, remarkable goods and services, and a clever play on words and letters. Would you like your store or product to be Remarqed upon? Eh…eh??? I want to start writing about my local experiences with great service, product, or sensory delight. Local = Tampa. I grew up in this town and although I regularly lament about my desire to leave and how about how small Tampa feels sometimes…it has its advantages. Namely, I know it very well. Better than almost anyone I know. Ask me about any part of the city and I can probably give you a handful of bullet points to take home.
Hence…”Remarqed Tampa.” I love this city. I hate this city. I love my friends, I hate everyone else. LOL. I don’t hate anyone…I just wish there was stronger culture, stronger leadership, a greater emphasis on moving forward instead of maintaining. And, I wish we were a separate entity from unincorporated Hillsborough County. The politics of that statement could start a firestorm…so I’ll leave it at that.
What is on the menu, you ask?
Well, first, there are a number of amazing culinary and gourmet businesses that deserve public props (as public as an obscure blog can provide). I love coffee, so I will be vilifying the likes of Starbucks and steering the dedicated masses to the likes of Buddy Brew. If you haven’t been, you should.
Caffeine aside…I also want to address restaurants like Pane Rustica – a local stalwart that never fails to please the see-and-be-seen jetset (and foodies). Mise en Place always has a place in my heart. And the ubiquitous Cuban dive Arco Iris.
I will also feel it essential to promote any good, non-chain shopping. Although they are hard to find, there are some independent clothiers that deserve a bigger clientele and more buying traffic.
So I don’t belabor the point: I’m back, and I plan on doing my best to update on a regular basis, with a sharper focus on Tampa and all it has to offer. Let me know if you have any suggestions for topics!
Looking forward to the coming months!
*Photo in post & on banner…from gracious tiger on Flickr. Thank you and let me know if I need to remove.