PALMA CEIA — Measuring spoons that hold a pinch, a dash, a quarter-cup or more gave Lory Koontz the notion to open her shop, HaleyGrace, on south Manhattan Avenue.
"I saw them in a knickknack shop in Georgia and right then knew I wanted to go into business for myself," Koontz said.
The boutique, named for her daughters Haley, 5, and Grace, 7, holds an array of accessories and fun fashions — shorts, tops, scarfs, Havaianas flip-flops, Sorrelli jewelry— plus a selection of hardware and vintage home decor.
"I love everything here," said Koontz, who stocks what she thinks other women will love, too. "I am a happy person if I can shop."
Several vendors show their work there as well, including mason jar "Redneck" wine glasses by Paula Miller, leather cuffs by Dawn J. Design and vintage furniture by Sandra Craig.
HaleyGrace, 3647 S Manhattan Ave., is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Visit HaleyGrace.com or call (813) 839-4045.
Day spa opens on Manhattan
Former medical assistant Chantal Withers opened Chan's Day Spa July 3 in the Fair Oaks neighborhood. The Tampa native, a 1982 Robinson High grad, has 10 years of experience as a massage therapist and aesthetician.
Manicures start at $15; pedicures $25. Aromatherapy — think lavender, peppermint, chocolate or vanilla — can be added to any facial or massage for men and women. Other services include spray tan, waxing and body wraps.
Chan's Day Spa, 3645 S Manhattan Ave., is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Visit chansdayspa.com or call (813) 957-1033.
Golf moves indoors
Golfers can play 18 holes in under an hour, rain or shine, at any of 75 world-class golf courses without leaving South Tampa.
And without breaking a sweat.
At Tampa Indoor Golf, duffers practice their drives or play the course, from Pebble Beach to Scotland, as a high-tech camera and simulation software provide data on the screen, showing the flight of the ball and ARC of the swing.
"It's extremely accurate," said owner Dean Chitren, who teed up in July to open the indoor facility at the intersection of Henderson and Kennedy boulevards.
"You can get really good with the driving range mode, then take what you learned indoors out to the golf course with really good results," said Chitren, who offers lessons in the short game, putting and course management using the golf simulator.
All skill levels and all ages are welcome. Monthly memberships are available. Introductory offers include one hour for $39 and a 30-minute private lesson for $30.
The guarantee? You'll never lose a ball.
Tampa Indoor Golf, 3215 Henderson Blvd., is open daily, appointments preferred. Visit tampaindoorgolf.com or call (813) 999-4998.
Hold the starch, stir the coffee
Convenient Cleaners, opened this week on Henderson Boulevard, east of Lois Avenue, touts environmentally friendly chemicals, home or office pickup and delivery, neighborhood drop-off boxes and drive-through convenience.
Owners Chris Whitney and Ryan Reynolds, both third-generation Tampans, are especially pleased to support Generosity Water, pledging a donation from every dry cleaning order to "Get Clean, Give Clean," a program to improve access to clean water in developing nations. (generositywater.com).
No dirty clothes? Come for the coffee.
Customers can choose from four kinds of starch and three kinds of Buddy Brew premium coffee. Iced tea, too.
Convenient Cleaners, 4075 Henderson Blvd., is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Customers can register at convenientcleaners.com for 25 percent off the first order. Call (813) 410-8999.
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