Sunday, September 16, 2018

Business News

Chefs offer up a taste of whatís coming to Sparkman Wharf
A sample platter from Flock and Stock sits in the kitchen area ready to be served during the Sparkman Wharf preview. (TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times)
TAMPA ó On Wednesday night, about 60 people got a sneak preview of what Tampa diners soon will experience at Sparkman Wharf, part of the $3 billion Water Street Tampa neighborhood that Jeff Vinik and Strategic Property Partners are developing in what was...
People line up outside Kohl's ahead of Black Friday in 2010. (PHOTO SCOTT KEELER | TIMES)
Kohlís looks to hire hundreds in Tampa Bay ahead of holidays
Men's earnings have fallen since the 1970s, the Census says. (Times files)
Menís earnings have fallen since 1970s, Census says
Tampa Bay residents commuting with electric cars save an average of $115.38 compared to those with gas-fueled cars, according to a study by Crescent Electric Supply Co. Pictured is the BMW i3 car in 2014. [Melissa Lyttle | Times, 2014]
Electric cars could save Tampa Bay residents $115 per year in fuel

Top Business News

Tampa Bayís home prices are more affordable than Orlando and Miami

Tampa Bayís home prices are more affordable than Orlando and Miami

How affordable is Tampa Bay? One test is whether someone earning the median income can afford the median priced home.By that measure, weíre doing well, better than Floridaís two other major metro areas ó Orlando and Miami.A Tampa Bay buyer would need...
Published: 09/03/18
Updated: 09/14/18
If you live in this Florida county, your earnings go further

If you live in this Florida county, your earnings go further

We should all be lucky enough to live in St. Johns County.Not for its cool beach towns or world-class golf. Not even for easy access to venerable St. Augustine.No, we should go for the money.For the fourth consecutive year, St. Johns residents ranked...
Published: 09/06/18
Updated: 09/14/18
Tampaís Cigar City Brewing to sell its brews in Sweden, Finland and Norway

Tampaís Cigar City Brewing to sell its brews in Sweden, Finland and Norway

TAMPA ó Swedes will soon have the chance to take a swig of Cigar Cityís beloved IPA. Cigar City Brewing on Thursday announced that a new partnership with a Swedish company will expand its beer sales throughout Scandinavia.The Tampa brewery on W Spruc...
Published: 09/13/18
Updated: 09/14/18
Fueled by more people, Floridaís economic prospects look good over next 30 years

Fueled by more people, Floridaís economic prospects look good over next 30 years

Floridaís economy should be in good shape 30 years from now. There will be bumps, including four to five recessions, if history is a guide. And not everyone will get an equal share of the prosperity. But thanks largely to a steadily growing populatio...
Published: 09/14/18
Florida Chamber Foundation outlines 2030 goals for a competitive state economy

Florida Chamber Foundation outlines 2030 goals for a competitive state economy

The Florida Chamber Foundation on Thursday sketched a set of goals aimed at enhancing the stateís business climate and ability to compete by 2030:Create a less costly commercial insurance system. Keep Florida taxes low compared to other states. And p...
Published: 09/13/18
Updated: 09/14/18

Business News

Publix fan adds another first

Publix fan adds another first

ST. PETERSBURG — When Publix employees pulled up to the new Disston Plaza store about 4 a.m. Saturday, their first customer, George Mitcheson, was waiting. The ribbon cutting wouldn’t happen for three hours. Mitcheson had been there sin...
Published: 09/13/18
Townhomes are planned in St. Petersburg for the site of 1905 Victorian house

Townhomes are planned in St. Petersburg for the site of 1905 Victorian house

ST. PETERSBURG ó Eight townhomes are planned for the site of a 1905 house thought to have been connected to early African-American leader Elder Jordan.A project of J2 Developers, the St. James Townhomes at 758 Third Ave. S each will have three bedroo...
Published: 09/13/18
Red Tide: Is Florida seafood safe to eat?

Red Tide: Is Florida seafood safe to eat?

The major red tide algae bloom along the Gulf Coast is certainly smelly, and at worst may have negative health effects in exposed humans.But what about locally-caught seafood? Whatís safe to eat right now? With customers staying away from beachside r...
Published: 09/12/18
Updated: 09/13/18
Big Rayís to set up camp at the Riverwalk

Big Rayís to set up camp at the Riverwalk

DOWNTOWN ó Three years ago Nick Cruz acquired the abandoned Chubasco seafood building on Interbay Blvd. with just $50 in his bank account and introduced Big Rayís Fish Camp to Tampa because he believed the area lacked decent seafood restaurants. Cruz...
Published: 09/13/18
Wesley Chapel couple opens Restore and Renew private counseling practice in North Tampa

Wesley Chapel couple opens Restore and Renew private counseling practice in North Tampa

In 2003, James Tickal was a University of Central Florida junior studying to be a veterinarian when he decided to follow in the footsteps of several family members who served in the miliatry. He enlisted in the Army and started out as a medic on the ...
Published: 09/13/18
Strollers welcome at Baby Boot Camp in North Tampa

Strollers welcome at Baby Boot Camp in North Tampa

After working in the weight loss, health and wellness field, Amy Armstrong knows first hand the challenges moms face when it comes to working out."I know how hard it is for a mom to find the time to exercise, for all kinds of reasons," said Armstrong...
Published: 09/13/18
Hey Giant! Little Biscuits Shop gets second home in South Tampa

Hey Giant! Little Biscuits Shop gets second home in South Tampa

Nearly two years ago two educators started Hey Giant!, as a learning enrichment center in Seminole Heights, that provided free learning and creativity classes for kids and hosted game nights and camps.Shocked by the centerís popularity among K-12 kid...
Published: 09/13/18
Check, please: In red tide outbreak, diners and tourists are staying away

Check, please: In red tide outbreak, diners and tourists are staying away

The red tide algae bloom along the Gulf Coast that began in mid-August is the strongest since the 2005-2006 outbreak and also among the longest-lived. News of it came on the heels of reports of blue-green algae in Lake Okeechobee and flowing down the...
Published: 09/12/18
Updated: 09/13/18
Dear Penny: I hate roommates, but they could really help with my mortgage

Dear Penny: I hate roommates, but they could really help with my mortgage

Dear Penny, I just bought my first house. Itís small, but itís perfect for me. I have the option of bringing in a roommate for some extra income. The past has proven that I donít do well with roommates, but I could pay about $7,000 extra toward the m...
Published: 09/14/18
New residential loans plunge in the Tampa Bay area

New residential loans plunge in the Tampa Bay area

Rising mortgage rates contributed to a sharp decline in residential loans originated in the Tampa Bay area in the second quarter of this year. According to the real estate database ATTOM Data Solutions, loans secured by residential property dropped 1...
Published: 09/12/18