Make us your home page
Everybody's Business

Everybody's Business: Florida Jean replacing Bradley Cooper Gallery; Adams House expands


Longtime Ybor City arts haven the Brad Cooper Gallery is closing Saturday with a final sale of art and handcrafted jewelry at 1714 E Seventh Ave.

Then it's off to Greece, to the island of Naxos, where Cooper and wife Elizabeth have operated a store for five summers.

The art dealers remain bullish on Ybor, but "summer activity in Greece brings about 30 percent of the world's tourist population," he said. His wife is originally from Athens and the store, featuring her handmade jewelry, carries her name in Greek: Elisavet.

"I started out on Howard Avenue opening a gallery 28 years ago," Cooper said. "I actually coined the name SoHo for that area south of Kennedy Boulevard."

A need for bigger space brought him to Seventh Avenue in 1990, when Cooper was integral in building the arts community, giving many artists their first solo shows.

So, bad news, the Coopers are leaving.

Good news. Florida Jean Company will move into the storefront March 15, specializing in Lucky Brand for men and women.

It will be the second location for Wayne and Tammy Collier, who also own a shop on Corey Avenue in St. Pete Beach. Other clothing lines include True Religion, Pretty Angel, Kandy Wrappers and Sun Bum. Also handbags, hats, jewelry and three lines of Brazilian sandals — Havaianas, Ipanema and Rider.

"We think we'll be just the right fit for Ybor shoppers," said Tammy. Visit for updates.

South Tampa senior residence is growing

Expansion to Adams House is under way, bringing a 14-room addition to the senior assisted living residence at 3330 S MacDill Ave.

Sebring Sierra, president of Lighthouse Healthcare Group, said design plans feature fewer hallways for a more homey atmosphere, a second dining room, a library and a lobby area for socializing and playing piano.

Ten rooms will be shared rooms, and four will be private. All rooms and common areas are ADA compliant with roll-in showers.

A new facade, "from stucco to white plank," Sierra said, will fit into the Bayshore Boulevard neighborhood.

For information about Adams House, at 3330 S MacDill Ave., visit

Do you know something that should be Everybody's Business? Call (813) 226-3332 or e-mail

Everybody's Business: Florida Jean replacing Bradley Cooper Gallery; Adams House expands 02/14/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 5:28pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Appointments at the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA and the Straz Center highlight this week's Tampa Bay business Movers & Shakers



    The Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA has named Matt Mitchell its new chief executive officer, effective Oct. 16. Selected by the Y's CEO Search Committee following a five-month search, Mitchell will succeed Tom Looby, who is retiring. Looby has served the Y Movement for 37 years, the past 10 …

    The Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA has named Matt Mitchell as its new Chief Executive Officer. [Handout photo]
  2. Rep. Larry Ahern gets roughed up by Clearwater City Council

    State Roundup

    It seemed innocuous enough: an "end of session report" from state Rep. Larry Ahern, R-Seminole, to the Clearwater City Council.

    Then Ahern got taken to the woodshed.

    Rep. Larry Ahern is vying for a seat on the Pinellas commission.
  3. There's a bar in Tampa where you can roller skate and eat sushi

    Food & Dining

    Roller skating, it's not just for kids birthday parties and the 1970s anymore.

    The exterior of Pattinis features this mural by Art Aliens! [Pattinis South Tampa via Facebook]
  4. Lockdown: Florida's 97,000 prison inmates confined through weekend

    State Roundup

    All of Florida's 97,000 state prison inmates are on lockdown — and will remain confined to their dorms at least through the weekend — in response to unspecified threats about possible uprisings, officials from the Florida Department of Corrections confirmed Thursday.

    Blackwater River Correctional Facility. [Florida Department of Corrections]
  5. Carnival announces five more cruises from Tampa to Cuba


    TAMPA — Carnival Cruise Line is adding five more cruises from Tampa to Cuba in 2018, Port Tampa Bay announced Thursday.

      Carnival Cruise Line announced additional cruises to  Cuba. Pictured is its Paradise cruise ship departing on its inaugural voyage to Cuba from Tampa. | [MONICA HERNDON | Times]