PALMA CEIA — Amanda Brzozowski acknowledges that shoppers can find other versions of what she's selling at her new Silver Sage Organic Boutique.
But she figures those who shop locally might also be thinking globally.
"Here you feel like you're making a contribution," Brzozowski said. "You can go to Pier 1 to buy a beautiful glass centerpiece bowl, but it's mass-produced. Here you can buy one that's made from recycled glass. We're not adding to the pollution or to the trash in our landfills."
Brzozowski opened her store Sept. 9 at 2408 S. MacDill Ave., in the Palma Ceia Design District. When she couldn't find one place that had many types of eco-friendly products, she said she decided to open her own.
"I wanted to give South Tampa a place to indulge and go shopping, but still make a contribution to our nation's initiative to live a greener lifestyle," she said.
Silver Sage offers home decor items, handbags, hair and skin care products and gifts. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The store's Web site is www.silversagetampa.com.
Gourmet goes 'to go'
The original Weekday Gourmet meal-prep location has disappeared, but the concept hasn't. At least not entirely.
After the lease at the store's 3605 Henderson Blvd. location was not renewed recently, company officials decided to open a small meals-to-go location on Kennedy Boulevard to continue serving South Tampa clients.
The new location, at 3311 W Kennedy Blvd., likely will open next month. It will be a small office with no kitchen on site, where area clients can pick up frozen or refrigerated pre-prepared meals from the Weekday Gourmet menu. The meals will be prepared at the Weekday Gourmet franchise in Brooksville.
"We're going to test it out, see how it goes," said Kristy Stoker, who owns the Brooksville franchise and will open the new location.
Michelle Demo, the general partner for Weekday Gourmet who ran the Henderson location, said the store's to-go business had been strong, but interest in meal-prep sessions, where customers prepare meals in the store's commercial kitchen, had waned considerably.
"We've just found that with the sessions, we do get (some people coming in), but that is not the service that people want," Demo said. "They want the to-go (service) ... It made more sense to scale it down."
Hawk's grows Wings
The restaurant that was Hawk's Neighborhood Grill has been remade as Wings Gone Wild!, the second location of the sports-themed concept introduced this year in Brandon.
The restaurant at 3114 W Bay to Bay Blvd. was known as Hawk's for about 18 months before it closed this summer.
It reopened Sept. 4 under new ownership as Wings Gone Wild! with a slightly different look but much of the same staff. Exterior renovations are ongoing.
Owner Mike Disser promises tasty food in addition to the full bar and numerous TV sets.
"I don't want to make it 'upscale,' just take it a little notch above the Hawk's that was here," Disser said.
Hours at Wings Gone Wild! are 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Wednesday, and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.
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