Meet Jamie Wilson! I recently sat down with Jamie for an interview about why he loves our favorite city, St. Pete. “I just love how pet friendly St. Pete is. I have never lived in a city that was so open & embracing of our four legged friends. It seems as if almost everywhere you go, there are water bowls out for your pups & they are given treats by the businesses. Dogs are everywhere! This city loves pets & it shows!”
Jamie comes to us by way of Gallipolis, Ohio & lived in Sarasota, FL until he landed in his forever home in St. Pete. Jamie is the owner & operator of Jamie’s grooming, a mobile dog grooming business. Jamie’s Grooming opened it’s doors in 2018 & has accumulated a huge client base. “My business has really taken off. It’s exciting to see the support I have received from St. Pete!”
Read my interview with Jamie below!
Question: What inspired you or led you to your current career?
Answer: “I took a management position that had a dog grooming business and fell in love with grooming dogs. It has become my passion. As all dog lovers know, pups make great companions & I love being around them everyday.”
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in DTSP, and what do you love there?
A: “Lemon Grass. I love their sushi. It is so fresh & delicious.”
Q: How long have you lived or worked in DTSP?
A. “6 years & I am never leaving!”
Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in DTSP? Who would you like to see nominated as a Face of DTSP?
A: “Amy Foster. She is the district 8 councilwoman here in St. Pete. I think she is an excellent representation for the city.”
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? And why?
A: “Definitely Hawaii. The beaches & the scenery look amazing. It is a long ways away but I think the trip would be worth it.”
Q: What is your favorite movie OR what is the first movie you remember seeing in a theater?
A: “Beaches. I love Bette Midler. I have always been a fan of her.”
Q: What advice would you give a crowd of people?
A: “Enjoy life at every opportunity that you have. I certainly feel that I have lived up to that!”
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
A: “To travel a lot more. I want to see more of the US & take more cruises.”
Q: What is your favorite music/ 3 bands you would like to see (dead or alive)?
A: “My favorite type of music is pop/dance. My favorite three musicians I would like to see is Lady Gaga, Madonna, & John Legend.”
Q: What current / former local business makes you the most nostalgic about DTSP?
A: “The Lucky Dill. I love that place! The sandwiches are excellent. I love NY style delis & the downtown location is where all the action is.”
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: “I would definitely have lunch with Lady Gaga. I have so many questions to ask her. We would have lunch at the Lucky Dill. Being a New Yorker, she would love that place!”
Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about DTSP?
A: “I love the diversity of the city. I have lived in areas where you did not have people from different walks of life or backgrounds. I think the vibe of the city attracts a diverse group of people.”
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?
A: “Being a comfortable homeowner in St. Pete. This is my forever home.”
Q: (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
A: “I am an avid fisherman. Fishing gives me ample time to reflect on life. I don’t like to tell people where my favorite fishing holes are so don’t ask!”
Q: What 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
A: “Comfortable, security & happiness.”
Q: Who would you like to see nominated for this project, The Faces of DTSP?
A: “Amy Foster once again!”
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: “Definitely Bette Midler in some sort of comedy.”
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: “Without a doubt, a chef.”
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.