Saturday, January 20, 2018
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Pinellas County business news and events

ST. PETE BEACH

Chamber to host Be Thankful Breakfast

The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Be Thankful Breakfast at the Postcard Inn, 6300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. This is an opportunity to meet businesses that require your services. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. Thursday, and the program will run until 9:30. The cost is $10 for members and $20 for nonmembers. Registration is required. Call (727) 360-6957 or email [email protected]

ST. PETE BEACH

Restaurant moves to free-standing building

Fetishes Fine Dining has relocated to a free-standing building at 6305 Gulf Blvd., three blocks from its original spot. The new location used to be a pizzeria and had been abandoned for several years. Other than the new location and the addition of a wine bar, the 18-year-old restaurant hasn't changed much, still serving classics such as steak Diane, bananas Foster and Caesar salads made tableside.

PINELLAS COUNTY

Law and order will be topic at chamber lunch

Register now for the Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce Business to Business lunch from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Tuesday at Alfano's Restaurant, 1702 N Clearwater/Largo Road, Clearwater. The discussion will be on "Law & Order: The Sheriff's Citizens Academy.'' Representatives from the Sheriff's Office will discuss the academy, a program that looks at how the Sheriff's Office operates and the law enforcement challenges facing the county. Cost: $20 for chamber members, $25 for nonmembers. Call (727) 584-2321 or email [email protected]

News of businesses and businesspeople can be faxed to (727) 893-8675, emailed to [email protected] or mailed to Katherine Snow Smith, Tampa Bay Times, 490 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Photos can be emailed as jpgs.

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Published: 01/19/18
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Published: 01/19/18
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