Make us your home page
Instagram
Everybody's Business

Martial arts studio part of South Tampa biz buzz

Special to the Times

Special to the Times

NORTH HYDE PARK — Jalal Khatib doesn't need to be told about the rising popularity of Ultimate Fighting. His new 6,000-square-foot martial arts studio is all the proof he needs.

In two years of operation, the Khanomtom Muay Thai studio owned by Khatib and lead instructor Ray Cole has needed to expand from a tiny 400-square-foot space in a warehouse to a 2,000-square-foot facility and, finally last month, to the exponentially larger building at 808 N Howard Ave.

Khatib describes Muay Thai as "one of the most aggressive martial arts." It is used heavily on the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the mixed martial arts series that has gained a loyal audience in more than a decade on cable and pay-per-view.

"More and more people are walking through our doors after watching it," Khatib said. "When you see them punching, kicking, kneeing and elbowing each other, that's what we teach."

Muay Thai originated in Thailand as an essential part of military defense. Each year, Cole has taken a group to Thailand for a month of Muay Thai training.

Khanomtom Muay Thai offers evening classes Monday through Friday and Saturday afternoons, but will soon add weekday classes, Khatib said.

The new studio is designed to accommodate beginners to professional fighters.

The studio started off as a fighter's gym, but "we have seriously revamped our offerings to make it more appealing for the average person to (use to) stay in shape," Khatib said.

For more information, go to tampamuaythai.com.

No go for SoHo (pizza)

Calling a new restaurant any version of "SoHo Pizza" doesn't seem to be a good plan these days for folks trying to hawk pies in South Tampa.

Two pizza restaurants whose names contain the phrase have come and gone within eight months. First it was the short-lived SoHo Pizza on Howard and Morrison avenues. Now it's the SoHo Pizza Joint, which opened at 1818 W Platt St. in October and recently closed "due to unforeseen circumstances," according to its voice mail message.

The restaurant is controlled by Tommy Ortiz, SoHo restaurant and bar owner who runs the Hyde Park Cafe, Cheap and the new "the Kennedy" at 2408 W Kennedy Blvd.

Ortiz could not be reached for comment, but Hyde Park Cafe spokeswoman Larissa Rydin said the SoHo Pizza Joint "is closed temporarily" and should reopen soon, possibly under a new partnership.

A new Sports City

After running their sports apparel business for several years in Pinellas County, Rob and Donna Wolfe recently decided the Tampa market was too good to pass up.

They opened their Sports City location in Channelside this month so they could take advantage of Tampa's role as host of the 2008 Women's Final Four and Super Bowl XLIII in February.

But Rob Wolfe said he also is looking forward to a steady stream of cruise line customers.

"The Carnival ships dock three or four times a week," he said. "With the economy as rough as it is in Florida, it's good to take advantage of tourism."

Wolfe's 1,000-square-foot storefront is on Channelside Drive, next to the Florida Aquarium.

Sports City's inventory focuses heavily on Bucs and Lightning apparel, but Yankees and Red Sox items also are top sellers.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 to 9 Friday and Saturday, and 9 to 5 Sunday.

Do you know something that should be everybody's business? Call 226-3394 or e-mail sharonlginn@yahoo.com.

>>the find

Get an easy kit;

go to GreenFest

Container gardening offers a big blast of color in a small space. All-In-One Combo Kits feature a basket with eight to 18 pockets to insert plants and plugs. Choose a 14-inch or 16-inch basket. Both fit in the 28-inch ironwork stand. The three-piece kit sells for $52. Containers only cost $30 or $38 at Bloom Garden Shop, 2991 S MacDill Ave. Call 805-2151.

Learn more about container gardening and the kits at GreenFest, from 9 a.m. to

4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Plant Park, University of Tampa. The suggested donation is $3 for adults; children under 12 admitted free. Proceeds go to the historical preservation of the campus park. Visit www.greenfest.org.

Amy Scherzer

Martial arts studio part of South Tampa biz buzz 03/27/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:47am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Tampa is 15th-most popular city to move to with U-Haul

    Markets

    TAMPA —Tampa is undoubtedly a destination point, at least according to U-Haul.

    Tampa is the No. 15 destination for people moving with U-Haul trucks. | Times file photo
  2. Florida's economy growing faster than other big states and far better than U.S. overall

    Business

    When it comes to economic growth, Florida's running alongside the leading states and well ahead of the United States as a whole.

  3. Westshore Marina District project takes shape with another acquisition

    Real Estate

    TAMPA — One of Tampa Bay's prime waterfront areas took another major step toward redevelopment Friday as WCI Communities bought 2.35 acres in Westshore Marina District.

    WCI Communities, Lennar's high-end subsidiary,has paid $2.5 million for 2.35 acres in the Westshore Marina District for 35 townhomes. WCI is under contract  to buy an additional 9.5 acres.
[BTI Partners]
  4. Posh Guy Harvey RV park to open in Tampa Bay with $250,000 cottages

    Business

    HOLIDAY — Love those Guy Harvey T-shirts with the soaring marlins? In the not too distant future, you might be able to kick back in your own Guy Harvey cottage in the first-ever Guy Harvey RV park.

    Renderings of the clubhouse and an RV cottage site of the planned Guy Harvey Outpost Club & Resort Tarpon Springs.
[Guy Harvey Outpost Collection]
  5. Port Tampa Bay secures $9 million grant to deepen Big Bend Channel

    Business

    Port Tampa Bay has secured a $9 million grant from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the widening and deepening of the Big Bend Channel in southern Hillsborough County.