Meet Lara Warn! Lara is the owner & proprietor of Pup Active, a local apparel line for people that love dogs! Lara was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan & moved to Florida after high school. An FSU Alumni, Lara moved to St. Pete in 2002. After a stint in corporate America, Lara founded Pup Active: a pet sitting & dog walking business. That evolved into the apparel line she has now. She drew her inspiration for her business from her pup Charlie who sadly, passed away last year. Each clothing carries his paw print & his spirit!
When asked why she likes DTSP so much, Lara remarked “St. Pete has that entrepreneur vibe. Downtown is so authentic & is such a hub for so many things going on in our community. I love it here!”
Thanks for sitting down with me Lara!
Question: What inspired you or led you to your current career?
Answer: “I honestly just wanted to get out of corporate America and be creative and make fun stuff. The inspiration was to live an authentic life & use your creativity.“
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in DTSP, and what do you love there?
A: “My current favorite casual is Poppo’s Taqueria. They started in Bradenton but recently opened but their St. Pete spot. They serve tacos & burritos and I’ll go on a Poppo’s bender for days at a time. I love it there. Brick & Mortar is my favorite for more formal/upscale dinning. Those two are my current favorite. St. Pete is killing it with the food scene! It’s exciting! ”
Q: How long have you lived or worked in DTSP?
A: “I moved here in 2002….so for 17 years! Whoa….has it been that long?!”
Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in DTSP?
A: “Bridget Whitaker at Brew D Licious. She has a really awesome & interesting story to tell.”
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? And why?
A: “I grew up in Tokyo and have traveled all over Asia & went to Europe after college. But if I could go anywhere in the world right now, honestly, I would love to go back to Australia. I spent a month there is 2004 and loved it. I also didn’t have a chance to go to New Zealand so I would head over there as well.
Q: What is your favorite movie OR what is the first movie you remember seeing in a theater?
A: “It is a new favorite movie I just saw it in a theater..”The Peanut Butter Falcon.” It is about a 22-year-old boy with Downs Syndrome who escapes his nursing home & goes on an adventure. It is a modern day Mark Twain story. It is fabulous…I could watch it every day… a truly special movie. The first movie I remember seeing in a theater was “Dirty Dancing.”
Q: What advice would you give a crowd of people?
A: “Just be nice…. just be kind….we are all in this together.”
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
A: “I would really like to Antarctica. I think it would be really cool to see that & stand on the South Pole. Antarctica is such off the beaten path….it would be really cool to go there & explore a place so few people have been to.”
Q: What is your favorite music/ 3 bands you would like to see dead or alive)?
A: “Currently I am obsessed with Lizzo! I just went to her concert in Tampa and it was everything I expected & more….it was incredible. I would love to be her friend…she seems so genuine. Three bands I would like to see are: Guns & Roses, The Rolling Stones & lastly Pearl Jam.”
Q: What current / former local business makes you the most nostalgic about DTSP?
A: “Grassroots/Kava House & Brew-de-licous. Two great coffee houses in DTSP.”
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: “Barack Obama and I would take him to Poppo’s Taquira. That would be a fun lunch. I consider Barack & Michelle my parents and I really miss them & their wisdom.”
Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about DTSP?
A: “I love how bike friendly DTSP is. I like to ride my bike a lot & how the waterfront is protected…I love that…how it is a series of parks down by the bay. That is my favorite thing about St. Pete. I appreciate the vision of the of our local government to protect the parks & the downtown area.”
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?
A: “I see Pup Active as a global brand & just building community after community & really making a solid network of people that care about dogs & the greater good for dogs.”
Q: What 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
A: “My dogs, my girlfriend & St. Pete! St. Pete is home!
Q: Who would you like to see nominated for this project, The Faces of DTSP?
A: “Bridget Whitaker at Brew D Licious or Krista at St. PetersBark. Both of them would be excellent candidates & both have very interesting stories to tell.”
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: “Julia Roberts because she is amazing or George Clooney. George Clooney is great. Everyone has a crush on him!”
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: “I would choose a coach. I think everyone should have a coach. If you look at the high achieving business titans & athletes, a lot of them have coaches to keep them focused.”
To learn more about Pup Active or to browse their apparel line, go to: https://pupactive.com/
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 email@example.com.