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Everybody's Business: Piano shop here for now

A year ago it was just a stand in the middle of the mall displaying a few models.

Today, Piano Distributors is in the former Rice and Co. site in the Westfield Citrus Park Mall, offering a full line of grand, vertical and digital pianos from manufacturers such as Yamaha, Petrof, Wyman, Baldwin and Steinway.

The store opened in mid October. Although its lease runs out Jan. 31, the shop may remain open, said store manager Phil Silberman.

"Traditionally we're just temporary, seasonal, and we're out after December," he said. "But we're not sure what will happen this time."

The company's roots go back to a small band instrument retailer in North Carolina in 1945. Over the years, it grew to several stores and then a distribution center. During the 1980s, the owners decided to eliminate the sales of other instruments and focus on pianos. Today, there are 10 stores throughout Florida, including Brandon and Clearwater, as well as in North Carolina and Missouri.

Should the Tampa store close in January, all products are still backed by Piano Distributors.

For information on purchases, rentals or lessons, call Silberman at (727) 647-7668.

Lights & More flicks switch on Dale Mabry

A new radiance comes to N Dale Mabry Highway as Lights & More opens its first Florida store.

Headquartered in Puerto Rico for more than 20 years, Lights & More carries traditional and contemporary styles in chandeliers, floor and table lamps, ceiling fans, furniture, mirrors, home accent pieces and accessories. Items are made in the United States, Italy, France, Spain and Czechoslovakia.

The north Tampa location was chosen because it's "centrally located and close to other furniture stores, which makes it easy for customers to shop" and has "plenty of visibility from the heavy traffic," company spokeswoman Bettina Velez said.

The new 7,000-square-foot showroom is at 6215 N Dale Mabry. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For information call (813) 877-3300.

Budget Blinds' new owner widens swath

Budget Blinds of Greater Tampa Bay has a new owner and is now serving Westchase, Keystone, Upper Tampa Bay, Lutz, Carrollwood, Northdale and New Tampa in addition to eastern Hillsborough County and central Pasco County.

With Budget Blinds, consumers can shop at home, owner Jim Trotter says.

"With lifestyles becoming more hectic, consumers require the most convenient services possible for home improvements," said Trotter, of Lutz, a former apparel executive. "Our window-covering specialists come directly to customers' homes to present products, discuss features, professionally measure the space and install the products."

Customers can pick from a variety of shutters, blinds, draperies, shades, awnings and window film from many manufacturers, including Norman Shutters, Kathy Ireland Home and Hunter Douglas.

To schedule an in-home visit, call Budget Blinds of Greater Tampa at (813) 909-9000 or visit www.budgetblinds.com.

Know of a business that has just opened, closed or relocated? Contact Sheryl Kay at skreporter@hotmail.com or call (813) 230-8788.

Everybody's Business: Piano shop here for now 12/11/08 [Last modified: Thursday, December 11, 2008 3:30am]
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