SOUTH TAMPA — Biscayne Lighting, a fixture (pun intended) on Kennedy Boulevard, is subdividing its showroom and leasing some of the space to several tenants, the first two in the bridal business.
"We're a Kennedy landmark,'' said Marilyn Checkver, whose parents Sonia and the late Alfred Wasserberger started the business 61 years ago on Nebraska Avenue. "At one point he had three stores, including this one, then eventually in the '70s, he consolidated them here."
Checkver says she is leasing the space and downsizing because the economy is slow. She will maintain a smaller space within the building and call it Biscayne Lighting Center.
The first tenant, Malindy Elene, couture for the bride, is set to open today.
The boutique will be smaller than its former downtown St. Petersburg location. It moved to Tampa to be closer to its demographic, according to former store manager, now owner, Megan Bubalo.
"Almost 70 percent of our clients are from Tampa," said Bubalo, who kept the name if not the location when she bought out Malindy Bengston.
Bubalo is well acquainted with wedding drama. "It's a very emotional time,'' she said. "So a personal stylist works one-on-one throughout the entire process. They discuss everything about the wedding so there aren't too many Bridezilla moments."
Designer trunk shows will continue to arrive about once a month, like the recent Badgley Mischka sale, Bubalo said. Alterations, cleaning and preservation remain priorities.
August Settings, the other new tenant in the Biscayne building, opened in early March, offering "everything that goes on the table for a wedding or event,'' says Roshandra Anderson, owner.
"Linens, votives, vases, chargers, place card holders, plates, flatware, you name it," she said.
Besides "designing tablescapes," Anderson's wedding and floral consultations services are available as well.
Malindy Elene Bridal, 2107 W Kennedy Blvd. will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Call (813) 251-4334 or visit malindyelene.com.
August Settings, 2109 W Kennedy Blvd., is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and till 7 p.m. on Thursdays. Call (813) 251-1408 or visit augustsettings.com.
Bike shop to host grand opening
Cycle Sport Concepts rides into a former furniture store this week, tucked behind Barnes & Noble near Dale Mabry Highway and Kennedy Boulevard. The 6,000-square-foot showroom displays hundreds of bike models for all terrains, dirt, pavement, mountain or Main Street. It is the California-based business' first store in Florida.
During the grand opening weekend this Saturday and Sunday, customers can test the 2012 line of Specialized bikes.
"We're all about product, service and community,'' said owner Stan Greenway, noting that the company was a sponsor for the recent Cigar City Brewing Criterium festival and bike race before the shop even opened.
More sponsorships of school races and triathlon initiatives are in the works, said Greenway, who lives in Bradenton.
Cycle Sport Concepts, 207 N Dale Mabry will be open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Visit csctampa.com or call (813) 418-7709.
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