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Snack Bar Makeover

Senior Center Snack Bar & Lobby Gets a Tropical Makeover
Re-Opens October 5, 2015


FREE MORNING COFFEE – Provided daily by the Gulfport Senior Center Foundation

Coffee Club Continues – 1st Tuesday Every Month @ 10 am
Free Movie Day Continues – 2nd Tuesday Every Month @ 11 am

Visitors to the Senior Center on Monday, October 5, entered a colorful spacious Snack Bar/Lobby with bright green walls, colorful furniture, and sturdy chairs with colorful pillows. The big screen TV is still there, in addition to a new curio cabinet filled with table games and two new bookshelves for the Curiosity Corner.

It only took a week for a crew of Senior Center staff and volunteers, along with Supervisor Rachel Cataldo, to move out the old and bring in the new tropical Florida décor.  The team worked through the weekend to remove old furnishings, repair and paint walls, and assemble the brand new furniture. Four brand new vending machines offer a large selection of chilled beverages and popular snack foods, including healthy and sweet options. There are also cold & hot foots including sandwiches & hot pockets, plus flavored coffees. Free regular coffee is provided every morning by the Gulfport Senior Center Foundation.

“These machines are ADA approved, so that they are user friendly and easy to operate,” according to Rachel.  She says the best part is that they are operated by Blind Dog Vending, a Bureau of Business Enterprise under the wing of the Florida Division of Blind Services. Blind Dog owner Woody Matthews received more than 300 hours of training and on-the-job experience  before he was selected as the BBE vendor for Pinellas County.

Snack Bar activities including the monthly Coffee Club and Free Movie Day will continue. Scott O’Berry of Edward Jones, who hosts the Coffee Club says “It looks great!” He likes the vibrant colors and additional seating.

Foundation Board Member Linda Grimes says the new décor is “brighter and cheerier.” During her weekly Senior Center volunteer shift, Linda showed off the cabinet full of table games: Bingo, UNO, dominoes, Parcheesi, and more. Sandwiches will be as low as $2, she said, so a light lunch with a beverage will cost only $3.

Funding for the makeover was provided by the Senior Center Harmonica Club and the Senior Center Foundation.