Tampa will host Sunday downtown market
Downtown workers may not have their beloved Friday market anymore, but local produce and specialty goods will still appear at a new Sunday market starting next week. Between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., produce, food, art, pet and kids' toys, treats and live entertainment by the Patel Conservatory will fill the 600 and 700 blocks of N Franklin Street. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay will also showcase adoptable pets.
New events center planned at old armory
A building that hosted John F. Kennedy, Elvis Presley and professional wrestlers is now angling to be one of the bay area's top events centers. The Tampa Jewish Community Center on Thursday named TPepin's Hospitality Centre its partner in creating the venue at the historic Fort Homer Hesterly Armory in Tampa. TPepin's operates an events center on 50th Street, near Interstate 4. The new venue is expected to extend the brand of Pepin Distributing and allow the former armory to host weddings, bar and bat mitzvah celebrations and other events. The Tampa JCC announced in January plans to lease the building under a 99-year agreement with the option to buy. It hopes to open the events center by early 2015.
USF in running as one of top "vegan-friendly" universities
The University of South Florida is in the running for being one of the nation's most "vegan-friendly" universities, according to a contest sponsored by Peta2, the youth branch of the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals. Winners are chosen from schools that receive the most votes, the quality and variety of vegan foods offered, the schools' enthusiasm in promoting vegan options and student feedback.