PLANT CITY — Susan Rafalco lives in Tampa, and her best friend, Nancy Coggin, lives in Lakeland. They both love shopping, especially in Plant City.
"We just love Plant City," Rafalco said. "We'd move here if we could."
Relocating was impractical, but when they heard about a vacant storefront in the heart of downtown, it didn't take them long to decide to take a chance. They opened Oh My! Consignments and Boutique in August.
So far, Rafalco said, business has been great.
"We have nearly 200 consigners already," she said. "Our store is full, and we have a steady stream of customers coming in."
Oh My! features women's clothing, shoes and accessories — "everything from Walmart to Coach," Rafalco said — plus jewelry, home decor items and even some small furniture. They have some clothes for kids and maybe even men's casual wear on occasion, though Rafalco said men don't tend to consign clothes very often.
"Our furniture tends not to stay in the store too long," Rafalco said. "We put it out and it's sold within a few days."
One of their concepts for the store, Rafalco said, was to provide the atmosphere of an upscale boutique, while at the same time offering bargains on quality clothes and accessories. So far, she said, customers and consigners have been responding favorably to that formula.
Oh My! Consignments and Boutique is at 116 W Reynolds St,, near the corner of Collins Street. It's open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and closed Sunday. Call (813) 704-4899. Information on consigning items with Oh My! is available at ohmyconsignment.com.
Wawa starts building in Riverview
A Wawa gas station/convenience store has begun construction on Bloomingdale Avenue near U.S. 301, and that has natives of the Northeast giddy.
The popular store is known for its on-site deli hoagies, baked goods and gourmet coffees 24/7.
Several are planned for Tampa Bay. Another Wawa is under construction on Gandy Boulevard in Pinellas Park.
It has five stores slated to open in the Tampa Bay area in 2013. Wawa hopes to have 100 stores open in the Orlando and Tampa markets within five years, according to company spokeswoman Lori Bruce.
Wawa, whose name comes from an American Indian word for the Canada goose, opened its first Florida locations in the Orlando area this year.
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