SOHO — If you have a closet overstuffed with labels from Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue or Nordstrom, Lauren Basil wants to hear from you.
Adding a twist to the consignment and resale trend, Basil and her husband, Justin, soon will open a high-end consignment shop that they plan to fill with like-new, sought-after fashion pieces. Mosh Posh should open at 500 S Howard Ave. by September, Basil said.
"It's going to feel more like you're walking into a boutique, not your typical consignment shop where you're looking through racks for a hidden gem," she said. "We hope to have all hidden gems."
Mosh Posh is moving into a space that previously was another clothing store, a short-lived venture called Runway. The building was mostly empty just a few months ago but now is fully leased, with Mosh Posh joining other new tenants Cupcakes Etc. and the FAT Ink tattoo studio and fashion boutique.
Basil wants to feature a lot of handbags and higher end jeans, along with shoes, accessories and other upscale clothing.
"There are a lot of people locally that have the items to consign, and a lot of younger people hoping to come across an item," she said. "They don't want to spend $2,000 for a handbag."
Basil will spend the next several weeks accepting inventory for the store. For more information, call (813) 258-8800 or go to www.mymoshposh.com. Store hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Hair today ...
Even in a recession that shows few signs of abating, a Columbus, Ohio-based salon company has lofty expectations for the Tampa Bay market.
Salon Lofts, which opened its first Tampa location on Swann Avenue two years ago, is opening a second one less than 2 miles away. The new Salon Lofts at 1108 S Dale Mabry Highway is expected to open in October or November and will become the company's fifth Tampa Bay area location, with more planned.
Salon Lofts rents work space to hair stylists, with each stylist setting his or her own prices and hours. Each location has room for 16 to 25 stylists, all of whom are independent contractors.
Sarah Frey, who manages the Florida market for the company, said she has had stylists on a waiting list for the Swann location for more than a year, which prompted the decision to lease the Dale Mabry space in June. The space was a Cork & Olive store until the company filed for bankruptcy this year.
Despite the economy, "I've heard from the stylists that their business is still good," Frey said. "The difference is people are spreading their appointments out longer, but just maybe by a couple of weeks. Women still want to have their hair done, though they may give up their nails or facials."
Gelato in the window
Jackson's Bistro on Harbour Island, well-known in Tampa for its Sunday brunch, soon will be open early on other days. The restaurant, at 601 S Harbour Island Blvd., is completing construction of a to-go window, which will serve coffee drinks, pastries and gelato. Manager Andrew Grenville said the project should be ready by Aug. 9.
The early service will be for passersby only.
"You have the convention center here, and all the little hotels, and the residents in Harbour Island don't have anywhere to get coffee when they're walking by," Grenville said.
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