Saturday, January 20, 2018
Business

Fine diamonds, seafood in the mix for St. Petersburg's Sundial

ST. PETERSBURG — A Naples seafood restaurant that has received national praise from Gourmet magazine and beyond is opening in the Sundial complex along with Diamonds Direct, a St. Petersburg mainstay since 1984.

Chef Fabrizio Aielli and his wife, Ingrid, were stars of the Washington, D.C., restaurant scene before moving to Naples and opening Sea Salt on posh Third Street in 2008. Now they will bring their flair for fresh food with a twist to the shopping center formerly known as BayWalk.

Aielli, a native of Venice, Italy, was out of the country and couldn't be reached for comment. Tanya Buchanan, general manager of the Naples location, confirmed that the chef is opening a restaurant at Sundial.

Entrees on the Naples menu, which includes black grouper, swordfish and venison osso buco, range from $28 to $59. Homemade pasta dishes are $24 to $29. Sea Salt received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for the past five years. Gourmet called the restaurant "brilliant, accessible and irresistible."

Diamonds Direct will also have a hint of the sea, with a window display featuring jewelry submerged in 18-foot saltwater tanks. The 3,000-square-foot store will house jewels from around the world. It is creating a "sunshine cut," highly detailed with 97 facets, as a nod to the Sundial and the Sunshine City.

"This move is long overdue for us, but we've held out for the ideal opportunity and Sundial is it," said Gary Sanchez, Diamonds Direct CEO. The store will leave its longtime location at 5085 34th St. S.

Instead of the traditional over-the-counter setup of most jewelry stores, the new Diamonds Direct will be designed so the salesperson and customer can look at and even design pieces side by side.

The Marilyn Monroe Spa has also been confirmed as a part of the Sundial lineup, which is expected to include Ruth's Chris Steak House as well. The plaza expects to have most tenants in place and open by July.

Comments
Tampa Bay jobs chief Ed Peachey making top dollar

Tampa Bay jobs chief Ed Peachey making top dollar

For years, Edward Peachey has bragged about the number of jobless people he has helped find work.As president and CEO of CareerSource Pinellas and CareerSource Tampa Bay, he’s in charge of the two main government agencies that provide training to the...
Updated: 12 hours ago
Inspector General launches investigation into Tampa Bay’s local career centers

Inspector General launches investigation into Tampa Bay’s local career centers

The state has opened an investigation into CareerSource Pinellas and CareerSource Tampa Bay, days after the Tampa Bay Times asked about whether the two regional job centers were inflating the number of people they had helped get hired. The agencies, ...
Published: 01/19/18
Tech firm TranferWise moves to Ybor City, illustrating a new chapter in Tampa’s business history

Tech firm TranferWise moves to Ybor City, illustrating a new chapter in Tampa’s business history

TAMPA — You could sketch an economic history of the city of Tampa — and maybe get a glimpse of its future — just by looking at the old J. Seidenberg & Co./Havana-American Cigar Factory.It opened in 1894, making it Ybor City’s second-oldest brick ciga...
Published: 01/19/18

Want to buy into an exchanged-traded bitcoin fund? You might have a long wait

NEW YORK — It may be a while, if ever, before investors can buy an exchange-traded fund made up of bitcoin and other digital currencies. Federal regulators have a long list of questions they want answered before they’ll approve a digital currency fun...
Published: 01/19/18
Child psychologist weighs in on mom who charges 5-year-old ‘rent’

Child psychologist weighs in on mom who charges 5-year-old ‘rent’

A Georgia mother has gone viral for charging her 5-year-old "rent." Yup — the kid pays up for food, water, cable and electric, too.Essense Evans described in a Facebook post how she handles her daughter’s allowance. The post, written on Saturday, was...
Published: 01/19/18

Addicted to your smartphone? Now there’s an app for that

Did you text? Sorry, I can’t see messages right now. Arianna Huffington locked my phone.The media tycoon turned wellness entrepreneur wants to keep you out of your phone, too, with a new app called Thrive. Its goal is to make it cool for a generation...
Published: 01/19/18
Proposed monument near St. Pete pier would honor Tony Jannus history-making flight

Proposed monument near St. Pete pier would honor Tony Jannus history-making flight

ST. PETERSBURG — Tony Jannus’s history-making flight in an early seaplane — simultaneously as ungainly and graceful as a pelican on the wing — is what Mayor Rick Kriseman calls an "under-told and under-appreciated" story, but a team of local history ...
Published: 01/19/18
Learn how bus rapid transit (and rail) could work in Tampa Bay

Learn how bus rapid transit (and rail) could work in Tampa Bay

ST. PETERSBURG — The newest hope for transportation in the Tampa Bay area is a bus rapid transit system projected to cover the 41-miles separating St. Petersburg from Wesley Chapel and attract 4,500 new riders at a fraction of the cost of light rail....
Published: 01/19/18
Five things Tampa Bay needs to know about bus rapid transit

Five things Tampa Bay needs to know about bus rapid transit

ST. PETERSBURG — Transportation planners on Friday unveiled a new transit vision for Tampa Bay leaders on Friday morning: Bus rapid transit.Also known as BRT, it has arisen as the leading option in an ongoing study to find the best regional transit p...
Published: 01/19/18
Amazon boosts monthly Prime membership fees by 20 percent

Amazon boosts monthly Prime membership fees by 20 percent

NEW YORK — Amazon is raising the price of its Prime membership monthly plan by nearly 20 percent. The fee of $99 for an annual membership will not change, the company said Friday. The online retailer had added the monthly payment option about two yea...
Published: 01/19/18