Companies in Greater Orlando have outsourced their legal, engineering and surveying work for decades when it comes to real estate development. Now land acquisition consultancy Blake-Wilder Strategies is two months into staking its claim as the market’s next competitive advantage. Active in eight markets nationally including Tampa/St. Petersburg, the firm’s two-man office for Greater Orlando went live in early June….
Tampa Bay Times tried learning how to bartend at the Mandarin Hide in St. Petersburg Every bar’s a stage, and all the bartenders merely players. At least, that seems to be Erin Lee’s philosophy. As director of operations at the Mandarin Hide, a prohibition-style bar in downtown St. Petersburg, she equates bartending to acting. “When we open, the….
Prior to joining Blake-Wilder Strategies, Max spent time as both a Land Acquisition and Land Development Manager with the CalAtlantic Group in Orlando, FL. Max was responsible for land acquisition, due diligence, entitlement, and development of thousands of lots throughout the Orlando MSA. He was instrumental in guiding CalAtlantic’s second largest division throughout their merger with Standard Pacific Homes in one of….
ST. PETERSBURG — A St. Petersburg-based investment firm is purchasing the Masonic Lodge building in downtown St. Petersburg with a broad menu of development options. Blake Whitney Thompson, the founder and CEO of Blake Investment Partners, is open to rent the “boutique” space for an art studio, office space, tech firms, food hall or even a rooftop bar. He….