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Crave spa offers safe, natural treatments

PALMA CEIA — When Jozette Hite was pregnant—both times—pedicures were a treat for swollen feet. Until the strong smell of chemicals overpowered her. Reading about the dangers of formaldehyde fumes made her take matters into her own hands.

Hite, 30, and husband Brad opened Crave on Oct. 5 to offer 100 percent organic nail and spa treatments to men and women in a former children's shop on Bay to Bay Boulevard. Crave lotions, scrubs and facial products are all free of toxins, some of which Hite says have been linked to cancer.

"All natural and safe," said Hite, 30, a dermatological pharmaceutical sales rep and now the mother of two boys, Colin, 2 1/2, and Evan, 7 months.

Hite points out two other safeguards: pedicure bowls with disposable liners and an autoclave sterilizer. Rather than simply being dipped in disinfectant, metal implements are sterilized at high temperatures and sealed in sterile pouches until ready to use.

Changing the liners after every client, she says, "prevents your feet from ever exchanging bacteria, hair or skin with someone else."

Walk-ins are welcome, and now through December, a 60-minute manicure and pedicure combo costs $29.

Crave, at 3211 W Bay to Bay Blvd., is open Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (813) 837-2600;

Fly-fishing made easy at El Prado Boulevard store

For Enver Hysni the best part of fly-fishing "is helping someone learn the process and watching them catch their first fish on something they've tied themselves."

That's why he opened Tampa Bay on the Fly on Oct. 1 to sell gear by Sage, Tibor, Rio, Redington and other brands and to share 25 years of fly-fishing experience, in mostly local waters, inshore and offshore.

Fly-fishing uses artificial lures instead of live or dead bait, explained Hysni. The "flies," or lures, are hand-tied using natural or synthetic materials to resemble bait fish, crustaceans or insects.

"Techniques and equipment differ for various species and habitats so we can help you chase after any kind of fish you are looking for,'' he said.

Hysni offers fly-tying classes on Tuesday nights. Casting clinics and fishing excursions are coming next.

Tampa Bay On The Fly, at 4203 El Prado Blvd., is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Open late Tuesdays for tying clinic. Call (813) 443-0660;

Tea shop moves to new site at Henry and Nebraska

You never know what's brewing at Candy Lowe Tea Time, recently relocated to the corner of Henry and Nebraska avenues.

Besides 22 kinds of tea and dozens of accessories, Lowe offers her shop for book signings, club meetings, showers and, of course, tea parties. Her own annual tea party, usually in November, draws about 180 people. Do-it-yourselfers may rent teapots or Lowe will arrange an event for $15 to $22 per person.

For the past four years, Lowe has hosted Saturday afternoon Tea & Conversation from 2 to 4 p.m. Political candidates often pop in, expressing opinions over a civilized cup of tea.

"Education, politics, crime — we talk about the issues in our community,'' said Lowe, who first opened in 2003 in the Harbor Club in Sulphur Springs. "I was the last business to leave there," she said.

On alternate Saturdays, Lowe offers teapot painting classes for up to 12 girls per session. The next one is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday. The $20 fee includes pots and paints.

On Sundays, Lowe closes to paint. You'll see her canvases throughout the shop. All are for sale.

Candy Lowe Tea Time, at 904 1/2 E Henry Ave., is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call (813) 394-6363.

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