Meet Bryan Sampson! Bryan is the owner & operator of Sampson Auto Spa. What Bryan loves most about this area is the stunning similarities between New Orleans and St. Pete, where he spent most of his upbringing. Just take a walk through Old Northeast and you will be captured by the brick roads and charming bungalow homes, so many of which resemble the Garden District of New Orleans. Beyond the neighborhoods – the food, the art and music scene plus the many festivals and events have Bryan feeling more and more at home! The one thing that does separate St. Pete from New Orleans is the quick trip to one of the breathtaking beaches here. Nothing beats admiring a Florida sunset!
Thanks Bryan for sitting down with me to talk about your love for DTSP!
Question: What inspired you or led you to your current career?
Answer: “Godfather-Silas Harrison. He played a pivotal role in my life.”
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in DTSP, and what do you love there?
A: “Rays Vegan Soul food. My favorite dish is the Vegan Ruben Sandwich. the food there is excellent.”
Q: How long have you lived or worked in DTSP?
A: “I just made DTSP my forever home in June of 2018.”
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? And why?
A: “I have always wanted to go to Africa, especially South Africa.”
Q: What is your favorite movie OR what is the first movie you remember seeing in a theater?
A: “Rad the movie. It is a BMX racing movie that has stuck with me through the years.”
Q: What advice would you give a crowd of people?
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
A: “To give away my dream car, a Ferrari 458. I would love to give it away to someone that has the same love for the car as I do but could never afford it. I find a lot of happiness & peace in charity.”
Q: What is your favorite music/ 3 bands you would like to see (dead or alive)?
A: “Favorite music-Hip Hop. Three bands-Beatles, Jimi Hendrix & Bob Marley.”
Q: What current / former local business makes you the most nostalgic about DTSP?
A: “Plant Love Ice Cream on Central. I love that place.”
Q: Choosing anyone alive and a non-relative: with whom would you love to have lunch? Why? Where in DTSP would you have lunch?
A: “Chip Foose because we both share the love of cars. He is a innovator in his field & I would love to pick his brain. Naturally, we would have lunch at Ford”s Garage.”
Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about DTSP?
A: “Diversity. St. Pete is rich with diversity & is one of the reasons I moved here.”
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?
A: “Fixing up my wife’s dream home & working on my car in the garage.”
Q: (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
A: “That I have an creative artistic side to me. I don’t always show it but it is there.”
Q: What 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
A: “Love, peace & clean.”
Q: Who would you like to see nominated for this project, The Faces of DTSP?
A: “Jose Rodriguez, the barber. He cuts hair for the homeless by St. Vincent de Paul. He is an amazing & generous person.”
Q: If you were cast into a major motion picture and had your choice of anyone to be your co-star, who would you choose?
A: “Iris Elba. Excellent actor.”
Q: If you had a full time staff member that was fully paid for, who would you choose? Chef, Housekeeper, Driver, Coach, Physical Fitness Trainer, or Nanny?
A: “Coach. Sometimes I feel like I need the extra help.”
The Faces of Downtown St. Pete was created to showcase the diverse community we live in & the wonderful people that make it so special. If you would like to nominate someone interesting for this project, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.