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GuestWings™ Extends Your Hospitality

GuestWings™ Extends Your Hospitality

Living in Florida means more than hot summer nights and dazzling days at the beach.  It means house guests, and how to accommodate them! GuestWings offers an interesting way to host your guests, and keep everyone’s privacy (and sanity) intact.

GuestWings delivers a fully equipped Airstream to your yard, so guests have real beds to sleep in, with their own bathroom, kitchen, living room, and television.

Owner Terri Shapiro writes on the GuestWings website, “GuestWings™ was inspired during the weekend of our daughter’s wedding in St. Petersburg. Most out-of-town guests were staying at a hotel. But we wanted the 5 members of our Los Angeles family to stay with the 4 of us. That meant a total of 9 people!

“It was because of our beautiful Airstream trailer that we pulled it off. Everyone had a real bed to sleep in. No one had to miss out on any of the ‘adventures.’ And nieces and nephews were around to lend a hand.”

The simplicity of having a fully functional “guest wing” on her property led Terri to create the mobile accommodation service that is now GuestWings.

The company will even deliver mobile GuestWings to an RV park, for those who prefer a camping experience.

GuestWings come with soft, beautiful linens and plush towels. They can be fully equipped with dishes and cookware.

Your Pets, Their Passion: Animal Hospital of Treasure Island

Your Pets, Their Passion: Animal Hospital of Treasure Island

Since 1986, Animal Hospital of Treasure Island has cared for the furred and fanged residents of our beaches with conscientious compassion. Doctors Charles Allen and Joci Forkner acquired the practice in 2015, and continue the hospital’s tradition of exemplary veterinary service for pets on Treasure Island and in the surrounding area. Both of these dedicated… Continue Reading

Sweet Brewnette Brews Coffee, Memories

Sweet Brewnette Brews Coffee, Memories

Whether it’s a quick cup o’ joe to start your day, or a leisurely lunch with friends, Sweet Brewnette brews up more than coffee here on Madeira Beach. Sweet Brewnette is a neighborhood coffeehouse inspired by people, cultures, and culinary adventures from the world we live in. They pride themselves on the importance of offering… Continue Reading

Celebrating National Small Business Week

Celebrating National Small Business Week

Every May, the National Small Business Administration recognizes the contribution that small businesses make to our economy and our communities. This year, that recognition runs from May 5 to May 11, and we’ve been encouraging residents to SHOP LOCAL and support the small businesses that not only provide jobs, but also support a wide range… Continue Reading

Leave Your Mark Here! We’ll help!

Leave Your Mark Here! We’ll help!

One of the most important benefits of membership in the Treasure Island & Madeira Beach Chamber of Commerce is our ability to speak for our members in a variety of ways. First is through our website’s Member Directory, where we present a quick look at your business, either garnering information from your company website, or… Continue Reading

Paradise News: Still Serendipitous After All These Years

Paradise News: Still Serendipitous After All These Years

In many ways, Paradise News, now in its twenty-fifth year of publication, is the embodiment of serendipity. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “serendipity” as “the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for; also : an instance of this.” This phenomenon was at work well before Paradise News made its debut in… Continue Reading

Easter Events/Services

Easter Events/Services

For our faith-based communities, Spring marks a time of spiritual renewal and festive celebration. To help you connect with these events, here is a list of what our local churches have planned to celebrate the Easter season. Our member Church By The Sea (495 – 137th Avenue Circle in Madeira Beach) begins the season on… Continue Reading

Earth to Autism promotes sustainable business

Earth to Autism promotes sustainable business

Local businesses looking to become more eco-friendly can turn to the non-profit Earth to Autism for help. Incorporated in July 2017, Earth to Autism exists to help adults living with autism to find and maintain meaningful employment opportunities in green industry jobs. Founder and Board chair Leanne Scalli, PhD, says the organization serves two of… Continue Reading

Health Fair & Trade Show April 18

Health Fair & Trade Show April 18

TREASURE ISLAND ­­— The 3rd  Annual Health Fair and Trade Show, sponsored jointly by the Treasure Island & Madeira Beach Chamber of Commerce (TIMB Chamber) and Revenue Generating Activities Network (RGA) is set for Thursday, April 18, from 10:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m., at the Treasure Island Community Center, 154 – 106th Avenue, Treasure Island.… Continue Reading

Madeira Beach Election Results (Unofficial)

Commissioner, District 3 **Doug Andrews – 53.02% J. Roger Pryor 0 46.98% Commissioner, District **John E. Douthirt – 50.47% Steve Kochick – 49.53% Charter Amendments #1 Simple Majority Vote To require a simple majority vote of a quorum of Commissioners present and eligible to vote, instead of three affirmative votes for most actions of the… Continue Reading

William Karns Installed as Chairman

William Karns Installed as Chairman

It was truly a “night to remember” January 31, when William Karns (William Karns Enterprises) accepted the Chamber’s chairmanship for 2019 from outgoing chairman Joe Dise (Dise Wealth Management) during the Chamber’s Annual Dinner and Awards Banquet at the Bilmar Beach Resort. The gala also saw the installation of the 20019 Board of Directors:First Vice-Chair… Continue Reading

Ribbon Cutting Celebrates Chamber Relocation

Ribbon Cutting Celebrates Chamber Relocation

Treasure Island, FL ­­— The Treasure Island & Madeira Beach (TIMB) Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on January 16 to celebrate its relocation to 12601 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. The move from its former location at 245 – 107th Avenue was accomplished on Friday, November 30, with help from members Ken Hautmann (Caddy’s… Continue Reading

Women in Tourism Pineapple Award goes to Missy H. Hahn

Women in Tourism Pineapple Award goes to Missy H. Hahn

Treasure Island, FL ­­— Missy H. Hahn, president of the Treasure Island & Madeira Beach Chamber of Commerce, received the Tampa Bay chapter of Women In Tourism (WIT) Pineapple Award on December 21, 2018. The award came during the chapter’s luncheon on Friday, December 21, at The Edge Hotel on Clearwater Beach. Prestigious Pineapple Award… Continue Reading

Sport Kite Competition and Fest Flyin’ High!

Sport Kite Competition and Fest Flyin’ High!

The 22nd Annual Treasure Island Sport Kite Competition and Festival returns January 19 and 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, behind the host hotel, the Thunderbird Beach Resort. Windworks and the Eastern League Sport Kite Association sponsor this popular sport kite competition and are now gathering competitors from around the U.S. to perform… Continue Reading

Treasure Islettes CANDYLAND Holly Fest 2018: Sweet Success

Treasure Islettes CANDYLAND Holly Fest 2018: Sweet Success

TREASURE ISLAND.   The Treasure Islettes kicked off the holiday season on Saturday, December 1, with CANDYLAND —Sweetest Holly Fest Ever.  The event drew a sell-out crowd of more than 160 people to the Treasure island Community Center to enjoy a festive bazaar and luncheon. Treasure Islettes President Toni Hawkins, BJ Flowers, the Chair of the… Continue Reading

Risk Management for a More Secure Future

“Life is filled with risks,” observes Jim Everett, of Jim Everett Risk Management Planning, LLC. “Risk management can help mitigate those risks and preserve your assets. This is true whether you’re protecting personal or business assets.” Jim explains that risk management goes far beyond simply purchasing an insurance policy. “That’s a large part of it,… Continue Reading

Sharing Holiday Hope at the Chamber

Sharing Holiday Hope at the Chamber

Every year, we’re excited about sharing holiday hope. We search for just the right gifts for friends and loved ones. We plan parties to throw and attend. We prepare our traditional meal favorites, or research new recipes. And we look forward to boat parades and street parades, holiday festivals, and holiday mixers. Sharing Holiday Hope… Continue Reading

Friday Morning Market returns for 11th Season

Friday Morning Market returns for 11th Season

The Friday Morning Market, sponsored by the Treasure Island & Madeira Beach Chamber of Commerce, enters its eleventh season on December 7 with a variety of crafts, produce, art, collectibles, foods, jewelry and live music. Vendor applications are now being accepted. The Friday Morning Market is open from 9 a.m. till 2 p.m. on Fridays… Continue Reading

Seafood Festival a Feast for the Senses

Seafood Festival a Feast for the Senses

The 37th Annual John’s Pass Seafood Festival has it all: the flavors of fresh seafood, the sounds of live music, and the sight of hundreds of vendor tents offering custom-made jewelry, clothing, arts and crafts, and preserved treats. And it’s happening this weekend! A tradition nearly four decades in the making, the John’s Pass Seafood… Continue Reading

Red Tide on our Beaches

Red Tide on our Beaches

Here’s the latest update for  red tide on our beaches. Our partner, Visit St. Pete/Clearwater, tells us that the latest daily water samples analyzed by Pinellas County for red tide, taken on Monday, October 15, show normal to slightly discolored waters throughout Pinellas County, and either no, slight, or mild unpleasant odors. Visit St. Pete/Clearwater’s… Continue Reading

VSPC Red Tide Update 9/14

VSPC Red Tide Update 9/14

The VSPC red tide update for September 14 shows low to high concentrations of the Karenia brevis Harmful Algae Bloom (HAB) at 11 locations along the Pinellas Suncoast. Even so, we’re pleased that our beaches have not experienced a significant volume of dead marine life washing ashore, thanks to the diligence of Pinellas County Environmental… Continue Reading

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