PALMA CEIA — When Kate Kyres opens the doors to Silly Dilly in its new location on MacDill Avenue next week, she says, she'll really be opening "a creative reservoir.''
Known for its selection of handmade artisan clothing, accessories and toys, Kyres says the shop "has morphed from tot spot into an artsy fun space for people of all ages, especially fairy godmothers.''
She shortened the name from Silly Dilly Tot Spot when she closed the Kennedy Boulevard location Aug. 20.
Now in a former post office, the first floor displays clothing for babies to size 14. She dubbed the selection for tweens and teens "Granola Glam," referring to "a sense of style that is down to earth with sparkle.''
Kyres is also pleased to offer numerous global fair trade products. The former discrimination lawyer and mother of a kindergartener owns the U.S. distribution rights to a Scandinavian company, En Gry & Sif. The company recently put 500 women to work in Nepal turning New Zealand wool into felted products, she says.
The Silly Dilly expansion "gives me creative license to build a community nest where people just come in and be happy,'' she said. "I'm peddling joy."
But kids can expect some boundaries, too.
"Shoes come off to sit on the blue chintz teacup love seat."
Silly Dilly is scheduled to open Tuesday at 3217 S MacDill Ave. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Visit sillydillytotspot.com or call (813) 839-8687.
Furniture boutique thrives in new spot
The lackluster economy may have spurred the growth of Forty Three Oh 3 Decor Boutique.
In May, Jennifer Kapper moved her rehabbed and recycled furniture designs to a bigger space on Manhattan Avenue, just around the corner from where it opened on W El Prado Boulevard exactly a year ago.
Kapper, along with her sister Andi Iskandarani, favor the new spot for its outdoor space.
"Now we can put the display of old iron furniture in a better setting,'' said Iskandarani, including tables, chairs, benches and serving carts. In mid October, the store also will carry plants and holiday decor.
Being neighbors to shops with similar inventory, such as Summer House and Relic Vintage Home & Garden, conveniently widens shoppers' selection of resurrected and repurposed furniture. Kapper said the eclectic mix and reasonable prices draw from a wide area.
"We find things everywhere,'' said Iskandarani. "From big dealers to small-town estate sales and flea markets."
Her favorite piece du jour: a big funky, '50s chandelier.
Forty Three Oh Three, 3626 S Manhattan Ave., is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Visit tinyurl.com/426yrvc or call (813) 443-0699.
Fitness studio rolls onto Cass Street
Jessica Fant left Michigan in July 2010 to open her first fitness studio in Westchase. Just a year later, the personal trainer has a second location near downtown Tampa.
Ryde for Life opened Aug. 18 on Cass Street, near the University of Tampa athletic field.
Part of her success, Fant says, is new technology for exercise bikes that gives riders a "road bike experience," she says.
"The fly wheel is not welded in a stationary position. So the rider sitting on the saddle creates right and left, side-to-side, motion," said Fant, 29.
"Riders lean, steer and bank using the upper body and core muscles very much the same way they would on an outdoor bike,'' Fant said. The first class is free, and grand opening prices are available for a limited time.
Ryde for Life is open daily at 1221 W Cass St. For a class schedule, visit rydeforlife.com or call (813) 475-5915.
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