Business briefs: Original Popi's Place sold to Pirates at a loss

February 27, 2014 

Original Popi's Place sold

BRADENTON -- The Pittsburgh Pirates picked up the original Popi's Place for a discount, according to land sales records.

The Pirates organization purchased Popi's Place Feb. 14 for $307,000, according to the deed filed with the Manatee County Clerk. The Pirates announced the sale of the restaurant on Feb. 14 but did not disclose the sale price. The restaurant closed the same day.

The sale price was less than the $350,000 Gus, Anastasia and Constantine Johnson paid for in 2004 from Popi and Manny Ameres. The Ameres family opened the original Popi's Place, 818 17th Ave. W., in 1986 after buying The Dugout restaurant.

Popi's Place, adjacent to the Pirates' spring training home McKechnie Field, will be demolished at the end of spring training to create about 60 parking spaces for season ticket holders, according to the Pirates organization.

Symposium adds Bradenton location

BRADENTON -- SRQ Magazine is expanding its symposium series and adding a new location in Bradenton.

The kickoff to the new series will be held from 5-7 p.m. April 30 at the Powell Crosley Mansion. The topic is "Arts and Culture as Economic Drivers." Current sponsors for the Bradenton series are the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and IMG Academy.

The kickoff will also reflect the Bradenton area's strategic branding position. Future events in the Bradenton series will be luncheons held at IMG Academy Golf Club in the months of June (Topic: Surveying the County and State Political Landscape), August (Topic: Connecting to the World: SRQ Airport & Port of Manatee), October (Topic: Education-Private and Public Challenges and Successes in Partnership with the Business Community) and December (Topic Philanthropy: The Business of Philanthropy-Effective practices and oversight).

Homebuilder's website wins ADDYs

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- The recently redesigned John Cannon Homes website by boostDFM, was awarded two Gold ADDYs and an AMY.

The website won for Best Consumer website and Best Responsive website (a web design approach aimed at crafting sites to provide an optimal viewing experience across a wide range of devices from mobile phones to desktop computer monitors). The company also took home the AMY (Best in Category) Award at the AdFed Suncoast's annual competition, or ADDYs.

John Cannon Homes was also awarded two Silver ADDYs for Best Packaging DVD and Best Consumer Trade Magazine.

To view the new website, go to

-- Herald staff report

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