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Posted August 20, 2021

 

Art, custom hangover cures, tarot cards, vibrators and scavenger hunts—all of that and more waits inside Lucid Vending machines.

In just 9 months of existence in St. Petersburg, the creators of Lucid Vending have made their salvaged, refurbished machines popular attractions across town.

What started as one machine inside “Studios at 5663” art space in Pinellas Park has expanded to seven machines currently operating in bars, cafes and art spaces, with an eighth soon to come at The Factory St. Pete. The goal of Lucid Vending machines founders is to promote art, adventure and exploration in the Sunshine City.

“When the pandemic hit, it really got us into gear,” Chance Ryan, who co-founded Lucid Vending with his partner Kayla Cox, tells Creative Loafing Tampa Bay.

They were living in St. Augustine at the beginning of 2020 and wanted to move to a city that would be better suited for their artistic pursuits. They found that in St. Pete, where their machines have been welcomed with open arms by artists and small business owners.

In the spaces they inhabit, Lucid’s machines stand out. Wild designs by local artists and eccentric decorations catch visitors’ eyes, thus the name “Lucid”.


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