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Business briefs: Rent-to-own franchise opens in Lutz

LUTZ — Sophisticated electronics, computers and appliances will become a little more affordable to some with the opening of ColorTyme, a rent-to-own or buy-outright store.

The 6,000-square-foot store, at 14982 N Florida Ave. and owned by franchisee John Fornero, showcases a large selection of brand names, including Dell, Compaq, Whirlpool, JVC and Sony.

The store offers monthly payment lease options with the ability to own the merchandise in as little as 12 months, manager Nancy Marques said.

"Some people might not have the cash to buy the item right away, so the lease gives them the possibility to get what they really want," Marques said.

Delivery, installation and a hands-on lesson are offered at no extra charge; some deliveries are made the same day.

ColorTyme is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. It's closed on Sundays.

For more information call (813) 229-8963.

Orders can also be placed via the Web site at

Toy store expands, moves into mall

Like its owner, Julianna's Fun Shoppe keeps growing.

From an 834-square-foot shop in Westchase, Julianna's is now in a corner position at the Citrus Park mall, with half as much additional square footage and three 12-foot-wide door openings.

The store, named for 8-year-old company president Julianna Lazzari, carries higher-end toys, including Playmobil, Haba, and their signature brand, Sanrio manufactured Hello Kitty products, often not found in big department stores.

Prices rarely exceed $20 an item, says Julianna's dad (and business trustee), Chad Lazzari.

"Everything is at a price point you don't even need to think about," he said.

While caregivers shop, children can entertain themselves at several computer workstations with Internet capability, or at fully stocked coloring stations.

Julianna's is at 7906 Citrus Park Town Center Mall.

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

For more information call (813) 926-2200.

S & K Menswear closing Tampa store

While there's no indication the corporate headquarters is folding (having just celebrated its 40th year in business), the only Tampa location of S & K Menswear is closing its doors Oct. 27.

All items in the store are on clearance, and every week the percentage of discount goes up.

Inventory includes suits, slacks, dress shirts, shoes and ties.

S & K is in North Pointe Plaza at 15241 N Dale Mabry Highway.

For more information, call the store at (813) 968-5663.

If you know of a business that has just opened, closed or relocated please contact Sheryl Kay at or call (813) 230-8788.

Business briefs: Rent-to-own franchise opens in Lutz 09/25/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 1:15pm]
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