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South Tampa shop Red Herring moves

PALMA CEIA — The Red Herring, lauded by a community magazine as the "Best Antique Shop in South Tampa," takes that distinction to its new location on S MacDill Avenue near Euclid Avenue.

"New location, same eclectic selection," says Deborah Granado-Hayes, motioning at the mix of vintage and modern furniture and artwork moved from her original store on Bay to Bay Boulevard two weeks ago.

"It's really a grab bag, an inventory that is constantly changing," she says, eyeing paintings by Charlotte Scarce and artist Ramona Fullmore's seabirds on reclaimed wooden cupboards and shutters. Another gesture points out vine balls, reindeer moss, tiny tin birds from Haiti, fresh leafy boxwood frames and Brazilian pottery.

"A little bit of everything,'' she says.

Or as her business card reads: "Curious goods for your home."

The Red Herring is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 3910 S MacDill Ave. For information, call (813) 831-5635.

Fish photos as fine art at Tony H20 Gallery

"We're the new Guy Harvey," says Steven Carter, comparing the work of his partner, deep sea photographer Tony Ludovico, to the prominent marine artist's multi-million-dollar merchandise.

Carter and Ludovico license more than 200,000 images of aquatic life, "all live photos taken by Tony in baited waters," Carter said. Six months ago, they opened Tony H20 Gallery to display fine art photos of ocean fish — marlin, tuna, sailfish and more — printed on canvas in giclee format. Prices start at $25 and rise to several thousand dollars.

Add to that collection, Tony H2O mugs, bottle openers, coasters, cutting boards and furniture. Says Carter, "We can imprint just about anything."

Pelagic, a high-end fishing gear company, has begun marketing its Ocean Conservancy Project featuring Ludovico's marine images on T-shirts, board shorts and hats.

In addition to the South Tampa store, there are three other locations, including production headquarters in downtown Sarasota and stores in Ocean Springs, Miss., and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Tony H20 Gallery, at 3405 S Dale Mabry Highway, is open Tuesday through Thursday from noon to 6 p.m., Friday till 7 p.m. and Saturday till 5 p.m., or by appointment. Call (813) 443-4948 or visit TonyH20.com.

Celebrity collectibles can benefit charities

Autograph hound John Osterweil turned his hobby into Memorabilia Magic, selling celebrity signatures and collectible items such as balls, bats and jerseys.

"From sport stars and entertainers to presidents,'' said Osterweil, a retired businessman who became a dealer after 50 years as a collector. Earlier this year he expanded the collection to 500 N Willow Ave. and opened it to the public.

Supplying memorabilia and sporting event tickets to nonprofit organizations for silent and live auctions may be his favorite aspect of collecting.

"They can make a substantial amount of money on the piece and use it for research," he says, explaining that he sets a price for each item, "and the charity keeps whatever it sells for, above the cost."

A recent example: A Super Sports package he consigned for $30,000 included a variety of tickets to a Masters, Kentucky Derby, a Super Bowl and a World Series championship, with autographs of stars associated with each sport.

"It sold for $105,000, netting the charity $75,000," he said.

Among the most unusual memorabilia is a baseball signed by Babe Ruth and autographs of 1936 Olympic gold medalist Jesse Owens and golfer Bobby Jones.

Osterweil also deals in rare coins, Dutch tobacco boxes and vintage postcards. For information visit memorabiliamagic.com or call (813) 259-0052.

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South Tampa shop Red Herring moves 12/30/10 [Last modified: Thursday, December 30, 2010 3:30am]
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