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Spotlight on Mainsail Lodging & Development’s Marketing Manager, Kelly Stafford

Posted On February 9th, 2017
Spotlight on Mainsail Lodging & Development’s Marketing Manager, Kelly Stafford

Her creativity shines brighter than her smile, meet Mainsail Lodging & Development’s Marketing Manager, Kelly Stafford. Starting as an opening team member at the Epicurean Hotel, Kelly has been committed to the Mainsail Lodging & Development team for many years. Her hotel experience paired with creative marketing makes her the perfect person to tell each hotel brand’s unique story.

We sat down with Kelly to get the scoop on where she started, and some of her favorite moments that come with the job.

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Five Reasons You Don’t Want to Miss February’s Cupcakes & Cocktails: I Heart Chocolate!

Posted On February 5th, 2017
Five Reasons You Don’t Want to Miss February’s Cupcakes & Cocktails: I Heart Chocolate!

She’s back; just in time for the season of love! Chef Beth of Cloud 9 Confections returns this month for a special Cupcakes & Cocktails on Wednesday, February 22 from 7-9 p.m.

This Valentine’s Day baking class is sure to be a tasty treat for any sweet tooth!  Here’s why you don’t want to miss February’s Cupcakes & Cocktails Class in the Epicurean Theatre.

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Spotlight on Tom Haines, General Manager of the Epicurean Hotel, and newly promoted Vice President of Operations for Mainsail Lodging & Development

Posted On February 3rd, 2017
Spotlight on Tom Haines, General Manager of the Epicurean Hotel, and newly promoted Vice President of Operations for Mainsail Lodging & Development

If you’ve visited the Epicurean Hotel property, you’ve likely been greeted at some point by a larger-than-life smile that can light up the darkest wine cellar. His warm, can-do attitude comes with 30 years in the hotel business and culinary-driven education as a graduate of Culinary Institute of America. His name is Tom Haines, and he’s not only the General Manager of the Epicurean Hotel and newly promoted Vice President of Operations for Mainsail Lodging & Development – he’s also the kindest and most hospitable person you’ll ever meet in the hotel business. 

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You’ll Fall in Love with these February Spa Specials from Spa Evangeline

Posted On February 2nd, 2017
You’ll Fall in Love with these February Spa Specials from Spa Evangeline

Our Spa Evangeline team has put together a few Valentine’s Day-inspired spa treatments you’re guaranteed to fall head-over-heels in love with.

Whether you’re planning on pampering and spoiling your loved one … or yourself, our decadent services will pamper your mind, body and soul – while Awakening Appetites Unknown. From romantic couples massages, to services focused solely on you – our warm and tranquil setting will rejuvenate your soul and leave you feeling relaxed.

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Just a Few of our Favorite Things at Spa Evangeline

Posted On February 1st, 2017
Just a Few of our Favorite Things at Spa Evangeline

Nestled in the trendy Epicurean Hotel, Spa Evangeline is the ultimate luxury day spa in South Tampa, Florida. Guests often visit the spa to escape and regain their sense of peace, rejuvenate their skin and enhance their palate with the flavors of relaxation. While most indulge in spa experiences, champagne and soothing body treatments — Spa Evangeline also offers a collection of unique, new and reputable retailers in their beauty boutique. Whether you’re new to the spa, or a regular – we’d like to introduce you to our featured retailers!

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Spotlight Dominique Martinez, the mastermind behind Rustic Steel Creations

Posted On January 31st, 2017
Spotlight Dominique Martinez, the mastermind behind Rustic Steel Creations

Dominique Martinez is a visionary metal sculptor and the founder of Rustic Steel Creations since 2002.

Dominique’s artwork is unlike any other; no two designs are ever the same. Dominique studied art in school but is self-taught within the metal fab industry. He has created pieces for clients all over Florida, New York, and the British Virgin Islands. Dominique’s metal sculptures have been featured in over 50 media publications. Some well-known pieces include the p-51 Mustang replica and three 9/11 memorials. Dominique spends his free time speaking at local schools educating kids about how to use recycled metal and found objects to create art. Mainsail was even lucky enough to host their 2016 holiday party at Martinez’s personal residence, a restored Firehouse.

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Spotlight Julianne Corlew, the Vice President of Mainsail Lodging & Development

Posted On January 25th, 2017
Spotlight Julianne Corlew, the Vice President of Mainsail Lodging & Development

Julianne Corlew is the Vice President and business partner of Mainsail Lodging & Development. She has known Joe Collier, the company’s President, for over 25 years and has been his business partner for 18 years.

What do you do for the company?
That is an ever changing answer!

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BASK Art Opening Reception – TONIGHT!

Posted On January 23rd, 2017
BASK Art Opening Reception – TONIGHT!

Tonight from  6-8 pm the Epicurean Hotel and CASS Contemporary welcome BASK, the fifth featured artist to our rotating satellite gallery.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out our gallery in the Epicurean’s library lounge, it’s a must-see, must-experience in a unique venue. While this is the fifth featured artist, the origins of our gallery started when CASS Contemporary and Epicurean Hotel both recognized the need to find an additional venue for guests and members of the community to view and appreciate art.

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Meet Mainsail’s Newest Corporate Director of Training: Evelyn Avazier!

Posted On January 23rd, 2017
Meet Mainsail’s Newest Corporate Director of Training: Evelyn Avazier!

Mainsail Lodging & Development has promoted Evelyn Avazier, formally the director of human resources for the Epicurean Hotel,  to fulfill the first ever position of corporate director of training.

Evelyn is a passionate employee whose attention to her co-workers and passion for staff development has not gone unnoticed. Evelyn has 28 years of experience in hospitality and worked as director of human resources and training at Epicurean Hotel for over 3 years. Read More



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