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Fynn's fills Franklin St. spot; Sweet Ava's treats Palma Ceia; Salt Pines fashions Hyde Park

DOWNTOWN TAMPA — Blending their last names to create Fynn's Bar & Grill, Michael Fisher and Michael Wynn are reinventing their Franklin Street restaurant's previous incarnations, Tunduree, Magic of the Indian Grill, and before that, Metro Restaurant and Lounge.

They look for late-night diners to be their niche. Appetizers, soups, salads, top sirloin, ribs and mahi mahi are available nightly until midnight.

Sandwiches, wraps and burgers should suit busy lunchtimers.

Chicken wings were an immediate hit, with a choice of sauces, including the popular Sweet Asian sriracha.

"I bought out Pat Bhava, my former partner in Tunduree, and reopened Feb. 28," Fisher said. There is a full liquor bar, assorted draft beers and drink specials. Seating is available indoors and outside. Music is planned for weekends.

Fynn's Bar & Grill, 511 N Franklin St., is open from 11 a.m. to midnight Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday through Sunday. Call (813) 224-0011 or visit fynnsgrill.com.

Sweets, treats, gifts in Bayshore Plaza

Gourmet gift baskets stuffed with cookies, cupcakes and candy, customized with corporate logos or handpicked treats for a friend, are delivered locally and shipped nationwide from Sweet Ava's on MacDill Avenue, just south of Bay to Bay Boulevard. Wedding cakes are another speciality.

Carol Henderson brings 30 years of baking experience to the retail store bursting with baby gifts, hostess gifts and holiday decor.

Recovering from cancer, Henderson vowed to spend more time creating memories with daughter Ava, now 7, who loves to help her mom.

"It was a wakeup call to do what you love, and baking was always a passion."

Partner James Terino bought Chris's Cookies, "which was in business for 28 years," said Henderson, who is also mom to two college-age sons.

Sweet Ava's, 3215 S MacDill Ave., is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; visit sweetavas.com or call (813) 837-4402.

New name, still fashioned in the USA

Southern lifestyle outfitter Andrew Smith changed the name of his Hyde Park Village shop to Salt Pines last month, citing potential confusion from "a million businesses with names similar to High Cotton Living."

The new name reflects an appropriate reference to Florida's ecosystem, said Smith. "It lends itself to more coastal theme products."

Store-branded T-shirts and hats, "manufactured domestically," he adds, are coming soon, joining the selection of Made in America clothing, stationery, furniture and accessories, including popular Town Tiles trays by City Times/North of Tampa cartoonist Charles Greacen.

A new, more user-friendly website was introduced as well.

Salt Pines, 1619 W Snow Circle, is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call (813) 644-5991 or visit saltpines.com.

Get moving to mark YMCA's 125 years

Now through March 15, Tampa Metropolitan YMCA celebrates its 125th anniversary with a $1.25 joining offer. In addition, Tampa YMCA members who complete a 125th Anniversary Wellness Challenge by working out a minimum of 125 minutes a week each week of March will receive a commemorative towel.

The Tampa Y serves 167,000 people at 10 family facilities, four wellness centers, two golf facilities, a Community Learning Center in Sulphur Springs, a Riverview adventure camp, a youth and family center in Carrollwood and 33 afterschool program sites. Visit tampaymca.org for more details.

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Fynn's fills Franklin St. spot; Sweet Ava's treats Palma Ceia; Salt Pines fashions Hyde Park 03/05/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 1:15pm]
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