PALMA CEIA — Two South Dale Mabry Highway gifts shops, Ktjane's and Occasions, are about to get hitched.
"It's the perfect marriage," said Katie Smith, owner of Ktjane's. Buying Occasions doubles the size of her Carriage Trade Plaza shop three blocks away.
Smith will merge Occasions inventory of china, glassware, serving pieces and popular bridal registry with Ktjane's personalized gifts, invitations, stationery and jewelry.
"It happened fairly quickly," said Sandra Tuttle, who opened Occasions with Martha Azzarelli and Chris Cordell about eight years ago.
"We've had the best time and are still very dear friends," Tuttle said. "It's such a happy place and fun time to see people. We'll miss seeing our customers and our brides the most."
Occasions closes Aug. 23 and Ktjane's on Aug. 29.
"We'll move over Labor Day weekend and reopen Sept. 2," Smith said. "It puts all the pieces of the puzzle together."
Ktjane's/Occasions, 2120 S Dale Mabry Highway, will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Call (813) 251-5090.
Fresh doughnuts tailored to your tastes
Vanilla cake doughnuts, made while you watch, then iced and sprinkled with a choice of toppings, could cause traffic jams at Perk's Donut Bar on S Dale Mabry Highway.
Owners Katie and Shane Perkey discovered the popular concept while on a family vacation and expect to open late this month opposite Plant High School.
"We thought it would be fun to bring to Tampa," she said. Partnering with Buddy Brew coffee and TeBella tea companies adds more local appeal.
When the doughnut is ready, "hot and fresh," she says, choose an icing, such as chocolate, peanut butter, cinnamon, powdered sugar, maple and more, and dot with sprinkles, crushed nuts or coconut.
Weekly speciality and seasonal doughnuts include strawberry margarita, pumpkin, apple cider and gluten-free. Other breakfast options will be added later.
Catering for corporate meetings and community fundraisers for schools, sport teams and charities is available.
The grand opening event is Sept. 6.
Perk's, 2109 S Dale Mabry Highway, will be open 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday; with extended weekend hours coming soon; 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.
Fitness center offers group training
Group training made personal fueled demand for more space, said South Tampa Fit owner/head trainer Michael Gianeskis, now offering eight daily classes on South Dale Mabry, north of Kennedy Boulevard. Gianeskis relocated from Memorial Hospital on Aug. 4.
"We're the closest thing to personal training in a group setting that you can get," he said.
Hybrid classes combine intense cardio, sports performance and boot camp in three-month programs that change every month. "So you see results fast," he said.
"It might sound intimidating, but it's go-at-your-own pace." Fees are monthly or per class at the artificial-turf-carpeted gym.
South Tampa Fit, 317 N Dale Mabry Highway, is open 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Visit southtampafit.com or call (813) 545-6141.
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