PALMA CEIA WEST — Stay-at-home mom Jenny Clayton isn't staying home anymore. With her youngest son at Dale Mabry Elementary and her eldest at Plant High, Clayton decided now was the time to open Sweet Pea Consignment.
"My kids are six years apart, but I always passed their things on to my nephews," Clayton said. In addition to clothing, she "recycles equipment, such as swings, high chairs and strollers, toys and books" in the shop near the intersection of S Dale Mabry Highway and Neptune Avenue.
"If they can use it, we will sell it,'' she said, pointing out Webkinz, Barbies and DVDs. "I think there's a great need for consignment right now. Anywhere you can save money is the right thing to do. It's good for the environment and good for families."
Merchandise has varied seasonally since the September opening. A selection of smocked outfits for boys and girls arrived in time for the holidays. Dozens of dresses still bear tags from a posh South Tampa linen boutique.
"Someone thought she was having a girl," Clayton said.
Employee Amy Plummer takes orders for the pillowcase dresses she makes from fancy fabrics, starting at $25. "She also monograms and embroiders," adds Clayton.
Moms might find some surprises for themselves, including Lilly Pulitzer in women's sizes and Vera Bradley purses that look like new.
Sweet Pea Consignment is open 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at 1521 S Dale Mabry Highway. Call (813) 374-9980.
Sweet things of life are right next door
The idea of a strawberry chocolate pedicure, enjoyed while eating handmade chocolate truffles, sounds divine to Tammy Childers, who renovated and divided space at 201 E Twiggs St. to offer both.
At the Peppermint Reindeer Konfection Kafe she will sell gourmet chocolates and a variety of nostalgic candies. Childers' grandparents owned a chocolate shop in Illinois, "so it's in my blood," said the Florida native.
A few steps farther, 201 Twiggs Studio Salon offers his-and-her grooming. "Manicures, pedicures, waxing, massage and facials, available seven days a week," Childers said. "All services will be very male friendly." Trendy couture products include those by Jessica Nail, Sonya Dakar and Bella Lucce.
Renovations were extensive and delayed the opening until this week, said Childers as she awaited the city's final inspection at the southeast corner of Tampa and Twiggs streets.
Childers spent the last decade working for Internet and financial start-ups in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. She believes her company logo, a dancing reindeer, embodies her independent spirit. "I've always been someone who lived on the edge."
Call the Peppermint Reindeer Konfection Kafe at (813) 223-1666 and 201 Twiggs Studio Salon at (813) 225-1800.
Tile Market offers new lines, designs
Military wife and interior designer Liz Price moved four times in the past five years, personalizing each new home as if she and husband Wes were never leaving.
"It's your home, not your work cubicle,'' said Price, 42, manager of Tile Market on S MacDill Avenue, which she opened in mid November. The owner, Archie Vandermass, is well-known in the tile industry, said Price, and owns showrooms in Orlando and Sarasota in addition to this one just north of Bay to Bay Boulevard.
Tile options range from "economy styles to high-end products,'' said Price, a graduate of East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C.
"We're bringing new vendors that Tampa doesn't have," she said, such as Original Style of Exeter, England, known for hand-molded ceramic and glass designs.
The Prices arrived in Tampa in May when Wes was assigned to work at U.S. Central Command. And Tampa is where they plan to stay.
"There are so many opportunities here," she said.
Tile Market is open at 2406 S MacDill Ave. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; visit tilemarket.com or call (813) 381-5021.
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