The Treasures of Fort Pierce has had a unique opportunity to get to meet some real celebrities through some of our clients. One of the biggest known Superstars in the news right now is Buddy Valastro also known as the The Cake Boss. Buddy is the owner of Carlo’s Bakery.So, unless you have lived in a cave, you have at least heard of him if not seen his show that is featured on TLC. Two of our clients are related to Buddy, Nick Tubito from Tubito Painting and his sister Dena Tubito of The Bagel Girls are cousins to Buddy. Nick and Dena’s mother was a sister to Buddy’s father. When Buddy went on his tour several years ago Nick Tubito got Plythe Gibbons and her family go backstage and meet Him and his family. Not only that but they were able to sit only six rows back from the stage. It was such a wonderful experience and Plythe will be forever grateful for Nick giving her family that experience. Nick Tubito’s painting business has bragging rights of his own. His company has painted many of the county’s schools and local businesses. His sister , Dena has had her own success with several food establishments in the area and we are thrilled about her newest place called the Bagel Girls which is located on Second St. in the Historic Downtown Fort Pierce.
The Urban Fire Dance Studios located on Oleander also has a superstar connection through the owner Kelli Moore. Her brother Kyan Douglas was on a famous Bravo show called, “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” which debuted in 2003. Currently, Kyan works with the well-known chef, Rachel Ray on her show and makes frequent appearances. At this years recital of Urban Fire remix of the NutCracker, Plythe Gibbons was able to meet Kyan in person. He travels to Fort Pierce a few times a year to visit his sister and her children. Kelli, the owner of Urban Fire Dance has written a book called, ” Ignite the Fire” which can be purchased on their website. The Dance studio focuses on Hip Hop in a Christian concept s that the whole family can be involved.
Several months ago, The renowned painter, Drew Brophy and his wife, Maria came to Fort Pierce for a visit. Drew taught a class at Art Mundo and Treasures of Fort Pierce, showed his beautiful wife, Maria around the area. Fine Artist Susie Cassens and Plythe Gibbons(TFP) took Maria to Cobbs Landing and the Backus Art Gallery. When Drew and his family first arrived in town, they ate lunch at Rinelli’s Yellow Tail restaurant. The couple brought their son Dylan with them while they had their short stay. Before they left the area, they made a surprise appearance at Spunky’s Surf Shop and Drew sat on the floor with a surf board and began to do what he does best! It was an amazing sight to see his fans young and old watch him paint out a masterpiece on Spunky’s surfboard.
The last connection is John Jetson of Jetson TV and Appliance. John not only is a big fan of the Highwayman, he also has a Highwayman show every year in March. Several of the painters come to his Fort Pierce store and visit with the locals. This year the Doretha Hair, the widow of the founding group Al hair will be at the show on March 16th from 10am – 2pm. Mr. Jetson was gracious enough to give Plyhe Gibbons and her daughter tickets to see Wynnona Judd and they were able to get in backstage for a meet and greet thanks to Main Street’s manager, Doris Tillman. Our clients and residents are truly Treasures of Fort Pierce.