PALMA CEIA — Renovations at the former Home Theater Gallery will make way for Outspokin Bicycles, the second location for the Clearwater business. By early February, owner Val Tavanese expects to be selling and servicing "bikes of all kinds, from tricycles to the most expensive bikes in the world" on S Dale Mabry Highway, near Bay to Bay Boulevard.
"Assembly and tuneups for children to your golden years, and anything in between," she said, as well as accessories, clothing and shoes.
"I've lost 80 pounds from biking and lifestyle changes," Tavanese said. "I truly believe in sharing the passion, especially with women. It's not easy to stay fit." Seminars will offer cycling advice and health choices; fitting and measurement services will ensure proper and safe bicycle frames, seats and handlebars.
Outspokin Bicycles will be at 3300 S Dale Mabry Highway. The telephone number, not yet active, will be (813) 831-1414. Visit outspokin.net for more information.
Check out La Joya Boutique
Fashionistas will find La Joya Boutique off the beaten path and worth the hunt, promises Myriam Castellano, owner of the trendy shop tucked behind Byblos Café.
"Our sign is hidden, but seek us out," she said, for women's clothing, artistic jewelry, handbags, shoes and other accessories. Castellano closed her N Armenia Avenue store in early November, relocating to adjoin Andrea Lauren Elegant Interiors at MacDill Avenue and Bay to Bay Boulevard.
Four times a year, La Joya showcases the Doncaster clothing line. That includes "high-end jeans, professional suits and evening dresses made of materials cut from the same mills as Chanel and Gucci," Castellano said. For customers spending at least $500 on Doncaster purchases, she hosts a private in-store party for six.
La Joya Boutique, 2832 S MacDill Ave., is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and by appointment. Find La Joya on Facebook or call (813) 833-0736.
Fresh Threads moves
Fresh Threads designer consignment started the new year in a new location, 1534 S Dale Mabry Highway, across from the Carriage Trade Plaza. "We were busting at the seams on MacDill Avenue," said owner Juli Halifax, who accepts and resells new and gently used ladies clothing, purses, jewelry and accessories. Labels include Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Tory Burch, Trina Turk, 7 for All Mankind and Marc Jacobs.
Fresh Threads also carries maternity fashions, and starting March 1, contemporary menswear. Halifax plans a grand reopening party Feb. 9. Visit shopfreshthreads.com or call (813) 449-3578.
Cupcake Spot leaves Tampa
The Cupcake Spot closed its S MacDill Avenue store Dec. 26 after five years of baking and selling 30 flavors of the treats.
"Most of our Tampa customers were preorders or catering so a retail store didn't made good business sense," said owner Nicole Longo, who is consolidating operations at her downtown St. Petersburg store at 405 Central Ave.
Longo continues to fulfill online orders (thecupcakespotinc.com), to be picked up at the Rainbow Mart, 1421 S Howard Ave. Call (813) 839-7077.
Tampa Vapor sells e-cigs
Electronic cigarettes offer a healthier alternative to smoking, says John Synychak, co-owner of Tampa Vapor with brother Mike. The two former smokers, 20-plus years each, began selling e-cigs, liquids and accessories Dec. 26 on S Dale Mabry Highway near Neptune Avenue.
Smokers get the experience of smoking with a nonflammable product, no flame, tobacco or carbon monoxide. Battery-heated liquid is vaporized and inhaled, said John, delivering nicotine "but without thousands of chemicals and tar and the smell of tobacco," he said.
"We make the liquids in-house," he added, in a variety of flavors, including menthols, fruits and his favorite, banana cream.
E-cigs save money, as well as health, said John, estimating a pack-a-day smoker will save more than $2,000 a year.
Tampa Vapor, 515 S Dale Mabry Highway, is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; call (813) 254-VAPP (8277).
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