Kirsten Fisher is the Founder and CEO of Imagine Home Organization. She transitioned from a career in sports marketing and a global nomadic lifestyle to establish roots in Tampa Bay. Embracing her entrepreneurial spirit, she embarked into the world of home organization.
I’ve lived in Tampa Bay for nearly 20 years, longer than in any other location. I’ve lived in six different countries but grew up in New Hampshire. I taught tennis in Mexico and the Dominican Republic and flying trapeze in Toronto, Canada before settling on a career in sports marketing at the Canadian Open. I was there for eight years before moving to St. Petersburg to work for the Women’s Tennis Association. I left tennis in 2014 to head up marketing for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium before leaving to start my own company.
When I first started Imagine Home Organization, no one really knew what home organizing was. With the likes of Marie Kondo and The Home Edit making home organizing super popular, people understand they want to be more organized.
MY LOCAL KNOWLEDGE
When my kids were little, we loved to go walking in Weedon Island Preserve; we would see some turtles and climb the lookout tower to see all of Tampa Bay. We also loved to go to see the manatees at Apollo Beach.
I love Wild Child, Bonu’, Ulele and Good Fortune. Wild Child has a great menu and is a fun spot. Bonu’s food is delicious with great service. Ulele is a gorgeous atmosphere with great food – fantastic for lunch. Good Fortune has transformed so many times and I adore Asian fusion food.
I don’t drink coffee or tea but will often meet at cafes for meetings. I always enjoy Black Crow Coffee in the Old Northeast. I love the eclectic furniture choices and gluten-free food options.
We take visitors to The St. Pete Pier, The Dalí Museum, the waterfront and the Saturday Morning Market. These places are all a short distance and a gorgeous walk to show off St. Pete. In Tampa, we will usually hit Armature Works or the Riverwalk. We have taken a few guests on the Cross Bay Ferry to enjoy the water.
I love to go to shows at the Mahaffey Theater. It’s intimate and perfectly located to walk to so many fantastic restaurants like Social Roost, Gratzzi and The Library. For breakfast and brunch, I love Oxford Exchange for something more upscale, but for everyday breakfast, my go-to spot is First Watch.
I love to play tennis and do so three to four times a week. If I’m outside, chances are you’ll find me on the courts. I play at The Vinoy, but also coach the Shorecrest Prep Girls JV team and we practice at the Racquet Club of St. Petersburg. I enjoy biking and will often bike various parts of the Pinellas Trail.
This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.