SEMINOLE HEIGHTS — A variety of home furnishings and accessories will swirl in and out of Kaleidoscope for the Home, "to keep it fun and interesting,'' said Sherry King, one of three owners of the Seminole Heights store set to open Jan. 3.
Like a constantly changing kaleidoscope, retro finds, closeouts and upscale consignments "will be attractive, unique and affordable," she said.
King, who also owns Sherry's YesterDaze vintage clothing and antiques, is partnering with her husband, David Call, of A Modern Line mid-century modern furniture, and interior designer Karen Brown. She said she is slowly adjusting to being part of a decision triumvirate.
Renovations are well under way on a circa-1920s building on N Florida Avenue, midway between Hillsborough and Sligh avenues. When the facade came off, the partners were delighted to discover it was once a neighborhood sundries store.
King said they plan to research the history of the building "and restore its original charm."
And please note, Sherry's YesterDaze is not closing, said King. "We're not going anywhere."
Kaleidoscope for the Home also will offer interior design services, in-home accessorizing and furniture refinishing at 6415 N Florida Ave. For more details, call King at Sherry's YesterDaze at (813) 231-2020.
Second Yummy House to open in mid April
John Zhao hears — and now heeds — his hungry customers' complaints as they wait (and wait and wait!) for a table at Yummy House.
"People are waiting outside the door when we open at 5,'' said Zhao, whose Waters Avenue restaurant was an instant hit when it opened in 2007.
Zhao said he averages 400 diners a day seeking authentic Hong Kong dishes, especially salt and pepper tofu and cashew chicken specialities.
"I have no choice, I have to expand,'' he said. "So many people waiting in line every day."
By mid April, a second, spacious Yummy House will open on E Hillsborough Avenue near 22nd Street. It will seat 200 diners in 5,500 square feet and, unlike the current spot, will offer live seafood and traditional Cantonese dim sum.
"We will be able to make everything people ask for," said Zhao, who left San Francisco to work at TC Choy's Asian Bistro. "Whatever a big city can do, Tampa can do, too. I believe that.'' He expects to serve 600 customers a day, "more on weekends and parties." Zhao is also eyeing a third location, in Sarasota.
Sanwa Growers, the developers of the new building on E Hillsborough, also own SIWF Farmer's Market across the street.
Executive vice president Wes Pinkerton said they are seeking a tenant for a 50-seat restaurant next to the new Yummy House, "a breakfast/lunch Southern diner-type" serving market hours, 3 a.m. to early afternoon.
Yummy House will open in mid April at 2620 E Hillsborough Ave. For more information, call (813) 915-2828.
Local candy idea goes nationwide
In six years volunteering in a women's hospital gift shop, Sunset Park resident Suzanne Landers often encountered new parents and grandparents looking beyond balloons and teddy bears to shout out the arrival of a baby.
"They wanted something other than those made-in-China bubble gum cigars,'' she said.
She came up with Lil Feet Candies, tiny foot-shaped sweets in two flavors, pink strawberry for girls and blue raspberry for boys, in matching gingham keepsake boxes.
On the back is a blank birth certificate, awaiting the new baby's vital stats. They sell for $1.49.
"They can personalize each box as a birth announcement,'' said Landers, a former schoolteacher and tennis shop owner. "And they're fun for shower games."
In June, Landers contracted with one of the oldest candy companies in the United States, the New England Confectionery Candy Co., known for its NECCO wafers, to produce the candy.
Lil Feet are now sold in 15 states.
Locally they're available at St. Joseph's Women's, Tampa General and Brandon Regional hospitals or order online at LilFeetCandies.com. Call (813) 957-4454 for more information.
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