The Best of Discover Bradenton: 2020 Review – Part 1

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Wow, this year flew by like no other! There’s no doubt it’s been full of twists and turns, and most of us are looking forward to turning the page to 2021. Before we do, though, let’s take a look back at some of our favorite posts from the first half of 2020.

Star Academy of Dance & Aerial Arts: A Fun New Way to Get Your Kids Off the Couch

We started the year off by chatting with Caitlyn Haley, the Owner/instructor at Star Academy of Dance & Aerial Arts about all the fun ways she’s helping kids get off the couch and up into the sky! If you have little ones, you’ll definitely want to check this out. READ MORE.

Loaded Cannon Distillery: Crafting Quality Spirits Right in Our Own Backyard

Next, we headed over to Loaded Cannon Distillery, located in Lakewood Ranch, to learn more about their operations and all the cool things they offer. From new spirit releases to tours, cocktail classes, and more — they’ve always got a ton going on! READ MORE

Cremesh: A Taste of Europe in Northwest Bradenton

Cremesh European Restaurant offers diners a truly authentic European dining experience. We had a great time catching up with owners Chef Pavel Hasenohrl, who hails from the Czech Republic, and his wife Tracy Hasenohrl, who comes from England, to learn more about their restaurant. READ MORE

TreeUmph! Adventure Course: Step Outside Your Comfort Zone and Have a Blast!

If you’ve ever found yourself watching the kids play and wishing there was a playground for adults, you’re in luck! Bradenton’s TreeUmph! Adventure Course gives you the chance to “zip, climb, swing, and soar” like never before. We loved learning about this amazing outdoor activity, and you will too! READ MORE.

Birdrock Taco Shack: These Aren’t Your Grandma’s Tacos!

Chef David Shiplett’s Birdrock Taco Shack is an innovative restaurant in Bradenton’s Village of the Arts. If you’re looking for an unforgettable dining experience, this is it! READ MORE

Bradenton Kiwanis Club Awards Major Grant Money to Local Organizations!

Every year, the Bradenton Kiwanis Foundation awards grant money to local organizations. In January of 2019, they awarded a whopping $197,614! We were excited to attend the event and share more information about the causes they helped support. READ MORE.

Gypsea Soul: Bringing Fashion and Fun to Downtown Bradenton

Gypsea Soul boutique in downtown Bradenton is one of the area’s most unique shopping experiences! Owner Ashley Louda hand-selects all of her stunning fashion items, home decor, artwork and more. They also offer fun classes in their studio! READ MORE.

Bradenton’s Central Cafe: An Incredible Dining Experience … And So Much More!

If you haven’t visited Central Café recently, you’re missing out! They’ve made a lot of changes, including adding a new bar, live music, and the stunning, newly remodeled “Urban Loft” upstairs. READ MORE.

The Spot Tacos & More: Fresh, Authentic Mexican Food in Bradenton

We were SO IMPRESSED when we happened upon The Spot Tacos & More. If you’re looking for fresh, authentic Mexican food in Bradenton — this is it! READ MORE

Jan Lewis Fine Art: A Gorgeous New Gallery in the Village of the Arts

When Jan Lewis Fine Art opened in Bradenton’s Village of the Arts, we couldn’t wait to check it out — and it was well worth it! You’ll love this stunning gallery! READ MORE.

Ice Cream in Bradenton: 10 Local Shops You Need to Try!

With National Ice Cream Day right around the corner, we were excited to explore some of the best Bradenton-area ice cream shops and provide our readers with a round-up of our top 10 favorites. READ MORE.

Celebrate National Hot Dog Day at Willy-Yums!

As if National Ice Cream Day wasn’t great enough, not long after, we visited Willy Yums to celebrate National Hot Dog Day! They have some of the best hot dogs in Bradenton. READ MORE.

Koko Vartalo: A New Approach to Pain Relief

We were excited to meet structural massage therapist Melissa Baskind, owner of Koko Vartalo, and learn more about her unique approach to pain management. READ MORE.

Vet Care Express Animal Ambulance: Driven by Compassion

Vet Care Express Animal Ambulance provides an incredible service to our area, and we were honored to share their story! READ MORE.

Discover Bradenton 101: Getting Started with Our Site

Last, but certainly not least, we were THRILLED to announce the release of our updated website. It features tons of business listings, deals and discounts, events, and more! READ MORE.

There you have it! A round-up of our favorite blog posts from the first half of 2020. Make sure you check back next week so you can revisit our favorite posts from the rest of the year.

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