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Another nudge for the Crislip

Our friends at the Tampa Bay Business Journal picked up on our petition to clean up the Crislip Arcade. This could be the nudge we need to make some progress!

Businesses seeking action at Crislip Arcade on Central

The fate of the historic Crislip Arcade, a 1920s-style mall on Central Avenue, has been undetermined for years, and the property has fallen into disarray.

Now some nearby businesses are banding together to take action.

“We wanted to be part of the downtown revitalization, but nothing’s really been done “with Crislip,” said Ginger Reichl, president of Pinstripe Marketing. “We kept hoping something would come through.”

Reichl moved her company to Central Avenue in December 2007 but soon found that Crislip, located at 641 Central Ave., had been abandoned and boarded up and had become an eyesore. She met with representatives from the St. Petersburg Preservation Society about Crislip, and they decided to create an online petition calling for exterior beautification of the property.

Reichl says she is willing to organize a volunteer effort to get the job done. All she needs is the permission of Tom Gaffney, Crislip’s owner.”

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Ginger Reichl Named St. Petersburg Young Professional of the Year Award

Pinstripe Marketing president, Ginger Reichl, won the 2008 St. Pete Young Professionals Leadership in Minority Owned Business Award.

Thirty Tampa Bay young professionals were named finalists for the inaugural award program to recognize outstanding achievement in their profession, leadership and community service. Winners in six categories were selected by an independent panel of judges.

Ginger was recognized for the growth of Pinstripe Marketing, aWBENC-certified woman-owned business, and for her leadership in several professional and civic organizations including the Leadership St. Pete Alumni Association, Junior League of St. Petersburg, American Marketing Association, Legal Marketing Association, and the Tampa Bay Advertising Federation.

St. Pete Young Professionals is a national award-winning program of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce dedicated to making the city a better place to live, work and play. The organization provides networking, professional development, community service and advocacy opportunities for professionals 22 to 40 years old.

 

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Pinstripe Marketing Wins SCORE 2008 Client of the Year Award

Pinstripe Marketing has been recognized as the 2008 Client of the Year by the Pinellas County Chapter of SCORE. Pinstripe president, Ginger Reichl, received the award at the SCORE monthly meeting, which was attended by members of the district and national SCORE organization as well as St. Petersburg Deputy Mayor Goliath Davis.

According to Ron Caffrey, the SCORE counselor who worked with Ginger and nominated her for the award, “Through careful cash management and networking, she has grown her business from a small boutique agency to one of Tampa Bay’s fastest growing full-service firms.” Ms. Reichl added that it was especially helpful to have the discipline of monthly meetings with her SCORE counselors and “homework” assignments between meetings. Since working with SCORE counselors, Ron Caffrey and Carol Gamel, Pinstripe has more than doubled in revenue.

Reichl says her counselors’ assistance was invaluable to the success of her business. “I tend to be very conservative when taking risks to grow the agency,” said Reichl. “Decisions to bring on more staff, purchase new equipment, and get larger offices are ones I take very seriously, so it was important to have their input at each step.”

SCORE, “Counselors to America’s Small Business”, is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and the success of small businesses nationwide. A resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), SCORE is the premier source of free and confidential business advice for entrepreneurs. To contact SCORE, go to www.scorepinellas.org.

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Clean up Crislip

crislip4I selected downtown St. Pete for my growing business in late 2007, but the condition of Crislip is an embarrassment when my clients and potential clients come to visit. It is important that we create the beautiful, welcoming environment that people expect from our city!

The building known as Crislip Arcade, located at the 600 block of Central Avenue in St. Petersburg, has been left vacant and neglected for more than two years.

Boarded up windows violate city council’s directive that windows be fixed, and the graffiti and stenciled ‘No Loitering’ signs are an eyesore. While the old awning has been removed, temporary boards have been installed in its place. The once charming mosaic entrances have been reduced to restrooms for the homeless.

This depressed area of downtown is a deterrent for visitors to other local businesses. We respectfully encourage the Crislip Arcade owners and the City of St. Petersburg to address the condition of the property in a timely manner.

Ginger Reichl
Pinstripe Marketing

Please sign the petition as we try to improve our city.

Read more about the arcade:

Out with the old… – St. Petersburg Times, June 17, 2006

Retro arcade in downtown changes hands again – St. Petersburg Times, July 23, 2008

Central businesses sound off – Tampa Bay Business Journal, August 29, 2008

 

Ginger Reichl Elected to Leadership St. Pete Alumni Board of Directors

Pinstripe Marketing is pleased to announce that Ginger Reichl has been elected to the Leadership St. Pete Alumni AssociationBoard of Directors. She will also serve on the membership committee which is responsible for recruitment, engagement, and members benefits. Ginger is a member of the Leadership St. Pete class of 2007.

The association helps graduates of Leadership St. Pete support the improvement of local, state and national communities. The organization encourages volunteer activities in the civic, social service, health and government; helps resolve the economic, social, and political community issues; supports the Leadership St. Pete program through recruitment and scholarship opportunities; and organizes social events between Leadership St. Pete Alumni and the community leadership.

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