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University of Florida fans will chomp at the bit for Love That! boutique's Gator merch




If you bleed orange and blue, then head to Love That! boutique tomorrow from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. That's when the South Tampa women's clothing shop will hold a Florida Gators party with special merch, food and giveaways.

Items for sale will include ladies' T-shirts, tank tops, hoodies, baseball caps, sunglasses, watches, hair clips, earrings, writing pens and more. Don't miss iced-out apparel by local designer Bebe Ziegler and Swarovski-encrusted belts, dog collars and cuffs from the national brand B.B. Simon. (The store regularly stocks these items.) A smaller selection of University of South Florida Bulls, Tampa Bay Lightning and Miami Hurricanes paraphernalia will also be offered. And local sandal company Havana Slackers will be on site with discounted footwear.

But wait -- there's more. Outside the boutique, Alligator Bob is scheduled to attend with one of his scaly friends. You can also kick back in the tailgate tent as you nosh on free grilled sausages, beer and gator black bean chili. Yep, it's made with real alligator meat.

"I don't know if that's a good thing to eat your mascot," said Love That! owner Angela Llewellyn. There will also be "girlie" food inside, she said, where Gator football highlights will play on the store's two TVs. And patrons are invited to submit a recipe for swamp juice. The winning alcoholic cocktail will be served at tomorrow's event.

So what's with the UF lovefest?

"My husband's a huge fan. Last holiday, we had some special Gator stuff and it sold so very well," Llewellyn said. "We're doing the gators first because of the national championship. ... We will carry other colleges, as well."

For more info, call Love That! at (813) 902-0500. The store is located at 4109 S MacDill Ave. Just look for the 6-foot-tall blow-up gator.

Deal Diva Dalia

(Photo: This ribbed UF tank top sells for $16.99 at

[Last modified: Thursday, May 20, 2010 5:20pm]


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