Streetwear shop caters to the Fresh crowd
Freshly Squeezed, the new men's clothing store with a mural of a succulent orange dripping juice, fills a void in downtown, says owner Gary Swenson. "This is a cool, little town. How do we not have a cool shop for men?" asked the 33-year-old Brooksville native. "There's a lot of stuff on Central Avenue for women but not a whole lot for men." That was his thought process when he and fiance, Victoria Phipps, decided to open the 500-square-foot store at 900 First Ave. N together. It carries several clothing and accessory lines from the West Coast out of Seattle and California. T-shirts range from $16 to $30, sweatshirts cost around $60 and jeans are $40 to $60. The store's name signifies that it carries only the newest, freshest styles with a nod to nearby Tropicana Field and Florida citrus. "I can't say how many times people stop in thinking it's a juice shop," Swenson laughed. "I think I will start stocking some juice in the back just for that."
Katherine Snow Smith, Times staff writer
Fat Tuesday mixer with chamber
The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce's networking mixer lets you celebrate Fat Tuesday and make business connections with a Cajun flair. Enjoy music and New Orleans style hors d'oeuvres. Cost is $10 for members or $20 for future members. Tuesday, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Blackwater Grille, 9610 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. Registration is required. For information, call (727) 360-6957 or email rsvp@tampabay beaches.com.