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Scenes from last night’s “Coders, Creatives, and Craft Beer”

Last night, which was also the last night in February, the Coders, Creatives, and Craft Beer meetup took place in Seminole Heights at the Corner Club.

Anitra and I arrived a little bit before the starting time, 6:00 p.m., and had the back patio all to ourselves:

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The crowd arrived soon after, the sun set, and we got down to the business of talking about all sorts of things, from ChatGPT to a business idea so crazy it just might work to Tampa’s growing scene of tech events to cycling clubs to music, and so on.

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Coders, Creatives, and Craft Beer is a pretty good summary of what this meetup group is all about. There are no presentations, lectures, or workshops. Instead, it’s just people getting together at an interesting Tampa Bay venue, tasting what comes out of the taps and kitchen, and talking about what interests us, what we’re working on, and what we’d like to work on.

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I like to refer to the meetup’s general philosophy as “All conversations, no presentations.” The goal is to make new friendships and maintain current ones, exchange information, help each other solve problems, and if we’re really lucky, Tampa Bay’s next great endeavor — maybe a technological one, maybe a creative one, maybe even both — will come about because people met here.

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The Corner Club is one of Seminole Heights’ many hidden gems. They’re a neighborhood café with lots of great food prepared from scratch (we recommend the papas bravas potatoes), an interesting drinks selection — with and without alcohol, including some really good coffee — and even local artists’ works on the wall for sale. I really like their outdoor space in the back, which is generally where we hold events when we’re there.

We hold Coders, Creatives, and Craft Beer meetups monthly, and we’ll announce the March event shortly. Thanks to everyone who came out last night — and yes, we’ll have more get-togethers soon!

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