2018 WAVE Awards Spotlight: Fairvilla Megastore

By : Jeremy Williams
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CENTRAL FLORIDA’S FAVORITE ADULT NOVELTY STORE

Fairvilla and the LGBTQ community have something in common: we have been open and honest about our sexuality long before the mainstream caught up. Fairvilla was established as a retail store in 1991; prior to that it was the location of an adult theater.

“It was a walk-in twin cinema and our owner Bill Murphy began showing some of the racier movies at the time,” says Debra Peterson, Fairvilla’s director of purchasing. “Then along came VHS and video rental. He started to see the transition taking place and that motivated him into retail. The next thing you know we have one of the largest big box retail stores that caters to adults in the country.”

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Tampa Bay’s soulful singer Jennifer Real is ready to go global

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Watch out, J.Lo: Tampa Bay has a Jennifer of its own, and she knows a thing or two about being “Real.”

Jennifer Real’s commitment to her craft has ensured that her career has flourished in the St. Petersburg community. The sultry singer won last year’s “Favorite Local Performer – Musician” WAVE Award and performs regularly throughout Tampa Bay, including last year’s WAVE Award celebration and (you may have heard of it), St. Pete Pride.

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Watermark’s 2017 WAVE Award winners

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We’ve been doing this since 2001, so we know our way around the trophy-lined block. We ask you to tell us who among us are the best at doing the best things and we, in kind, report the goods to you. It’s the Watermark Awards for Variety in Excellence moment in our being, and we’re bursting at the staples to let you know just to whom this popularity contest lends its crowns. Is it you? Simply look inside, try not to look vain and laugh at your glory (if it is in fact you) and giggle when necessary.

No, there will be no Oscar missteps or terrible Grammy tributes, but there will in fact be plenty of surprises. This year we had a record response to our polling – which makes both us and the winners happy – and we spent countless hours creating paper cuts out of thin internet air to tabulate the votes. Initially, we had you drop names like microphones into a giant electronic bucket, whether there were spelling issues or not. Then we pulled a second round of reasonably corrected names and places from which you would choose those who most represent the land that is known as Florida.

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2017 WAVE Award winners – Tampa Bay

By : Jeremy Williams
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FAVORITE LOCAL POLITICIAN/ACTIVIST
First: St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman
Second: Equality Florida Executive Director Nadine Smith
Third: Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner

GREATEST STRAIGHT ALLY TO THE LOCAL LGBTQ COMMUNITY
First: St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman
Second: U.S. Representative for District 14 Kathy Castor
Third: St. Pete Pride President Scion Provenzano

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