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Kahwa Coffee opens third Tampa location

Raphael Perrier opened his sixth Kahwa Coffee shop last month, the first with a drive-through.

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Raphael Perrier opened his sixth Kahwa Coffee shop last month, the first with a drive-through.

PALMA CEIA — Zoom up to the drive-through window, settle on a sofa or perch at the communal table at Kahwa Coffee's newest location — and first freestanding site — opened in a former Wendy's on Henderson Boulevard near Neptune Avenue on Oct. 25.

The menu is short: coffee, espresso, cappuccino, a few breakfast sandwiches, quiche and maybe some fruit. Also tea, hot chocolate and freshly squeezed orange juice and lemonade.

The coffee-colored shop, Raphael Perrier's sixth, is the largest at 2,800 square feet. "This makes three in Tampa and three in St. Petersburg with a goal to operate 15 by 2015," he says.

Perrier and his wife, Sarah, began importing green coffee beans from South and Central America in 2006.

"Now India as well," he adds. Shipments come to St. Petersburg weekly, where they are roasted daily. "Then we grind, package and distribute to our stores and more than 400 wholesale customers — restaurants, cafes and hotels," he said.

Kahwa Coffee, 3928 W Henderson Blvd., is open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends. The drive-through window is open daily till 8 p.m. Visit or call (813) 443-0819.

Former owner revives NoHo hair salon, spa

Selling her salon and day spa in December started Barbara Kennedy's new year with great expectations. But the buyers defaulted on the purchase of Kennedy Salon and Day Spa, she said, "cleaning me out as if they were going into a witness protection program."

In August, Kennedy took possession of the shop two blocks north of Kennedy Boulevard, renovating, refurbishing and renaming it Salon 220.

"They wiped out 16 years of business. All my equipment, plus all my personal possessions are gone," she said, listing such losses as a roll-top desk, refrigerator, washer, dryer and microwave.

Kennedy plans to rent out space in her new, slimmed-down salon, possibly to a boutique, seamstress, masseuse, hypnotist, "anyone who thinks their business might be a good fit with mine," she said.

Kennedy reopens on Saturday for hair, facials, manicures, pedicures and spray tan appointments, celebrated with an art show from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Salon 220, at 220 N Howard Ave., is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Visit or call (813) 251-1100.

Women shape up, get fit on West Shore

Certified personal trainer Lynn Valaes put her fitness prowess to work when she opened Wise Women Fitness for Wellbeing on West Shore Boulevard, a block south of Euclid Avenue. With the recent closing of Shapes in South Tampa, she saw an opportunity for a women-only fitness center offering a variety of small group classes, including Zumba, cardio, strength training and yoga.

"Our studio is a comfortable space to take a class without feeling intimidated, as is so often the case with the coed gym scene," said Valaes, who works as a paralegal when she's not exercising.

The first assessment session is free and women of all fitness levels are welcome. Drop in for $10 or buy a one-month unlimited pass for $50. Ask about private, semiprivate and Skype training packages. Bridal party fitness sessions are another niche for Valaes.

And ladies, take note: Yoga is free at 9 a.m. every Sunday.

Wise Women Fitness for Wellbeing, 3805 S West Shore Blvd., is open evenings, weekends and by appointment. Visit wisewomen or call (813) 310-2628.

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Kahwa Coffee opens third Tampa location 10/30/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 6:16pm]
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