Nicole Blake

Owner of Amazing Lash Studio

Favorite exercise spot:
Bootcamp With A Cause in Westchase and Lutz. Bryan and Denise know how to get the results you want to see with a lovingly consistent push!

Cool Tampa fact:
Tampa has a lot of history – there are so many incredible stories from West Tampa and Ybor City!

Best place for a girl’s night out:
At the Carmel Kitchen, you and the ladies can customize your experience.

Favorite local boutique:
I am still rocking my favorite one-of-a-kind shoe booties from LMB Boutique after three years. You will always find the perfect complement to any outfit!

Best place to celebrate special occasions with family:
Prepare for a three-hour celebration at Bern’s Steak House – it’s the total package.

Best place to get a craft beer:
At Cigar City Brewery and bar, you can take a tour and sample their beer. I also partake in a cigar or two once in a while!

Best place to catch a live band:
Definitely the Blue Martini. A dirty martini with blue cheese olives in hand is a must while swaying to the beat. Beware: it’s for the grown and sexy crowd!

Best margarita:
I have fond memories of enjoying sugar-rimmed margaritas and queso and chips with my colleagues at the Green Lemon… Salud!

Favorite breakfast spot:
Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café has a great spinach and feta omelet and very nice portions. You also can’t go wrong at Pinky’s Diner.

Favorite museum or gallery:
The Dalí Museum, and not just because my son occasionally has his artwork on display there!

Best place to have dinner on the water:
Salt Rock Grill was the first restaurant my family and I visited when we first moved here 12 years ago for my birthday. I’ve been going back ever since for the coconut-crusted shrimp.

Best Sunday brunch:
It’s all about you and endless choices at Jackson’s Bistro and Oxford Exchange. Go to Clearwater for the views at Ocean Flame at Shepard’s Beach Resort.

Best place to grab a drink in downtown after work:
Taps is cozy, calm and relaxing – just what the doctor ordered after working all day!

Best place to watch a Lightning game:
Where else? At Amalie Arena!

Place you take friends from out of town:
4 Rivers Smokehouse gives me life! Any of the stackers are a must, but the Six Shooter with cheese grits is absolutely sinful!

Best Italian food:
What is the discussion? Donatello… Hands down!

Best wings:
Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza.