Flamingo Resort Turns Four
Four years ago, business partners David Reinhardt and David Baker bought the JMS Hotel on 34th Street South in St. Petersburg, which had become run-down and an eyesore to its neighbors, and transformed it into a gay resort called The Flamingo. In the process the transformation of the JMS into the Flamingo gave the community in Tampa Bay and in Florida a new place to vacation and party. It also satisfied their neighbors and the local civic association, as the area became beautiful again.
From the resort’s beginnings, it has now expanded to include their recently renovated restaurant, Hemingway’s Key West Grille; specialty shops such as a jewelry shop and a travel agency; facilities for gshradio.com; and an HIV testing site run by the AIDS Services Association of Pinellas (the latter has been a part of the Flamingo since its doors opened).
All that is not even mentioning the different entertainment options available at the Flamingo, and theyflamingo 3 are plentiful. Show director Iman presides over the resort’s signature Saturday night show, bringing out the hottest talent in Tampa Bay and points beyond, and Kamden T. Cass hosts a show on Wednesday evenings. In addition, there are seven different bars with different themes for you to choose from, such as the poolside Cabana Bar and and the similarly outdoor-themed Hurricane Bar.
With all that the Flamingo has to offer, why not come down and help celebrate their milestone as they ring in four years in business this coming weekend, August 23-25. Everything will be priced in fours (ex. a room for $44.44/night) to not only celebrate the milestone of four years in business but also to give discounts to all who attend. There will be a T-Dance on Saturday and Sunday, as well as a free anniversary CD giveaway to all attendees. Go to www.flamingofla.com to find out the special themes for their anniversary parties and other anniversary news!
Hotspots was lucky to get the chance to interview Tom G., hospitality and marketing director at the Flamingo Resort, to discuss the successes of the past four years.
How does it feel to celebrate four years in business?
It’s awesome. In four short years we have built a great customer base, and appreciate everyone who comes out to the Flamingo! We have much more fun and exciting promotions and packages to come.
Considering the economy has been less than ideal the last few years, what has Flamingo done right to succeed in these trying times?