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Sunova Beach splashes into South Tampa's bar, dining scene

SOUTH TAMPA — Hello Sunova Beach, goodbye Mangroves Seafood Grille and Bar. The newest addition to Howard Avenue's boisterous dining and bar scene opens Friday for laid-back landlubbers thirsting for a daiquiri on a sandy beach.

Chef Trey Taylor is staying on, mixing appetizers (nachos, chili, skewers), small plates (scallops, crab cakes and ceviche) and bar fare (hot dogs, 10-ounce monster burgers, flatbreads).

Drinks are half-price during a daily happy hour from 3 to 7 p.m. Housemade bacon is a free Friday feature. Saturday's weekly pig roasts will provide the $1 all-you-can-eat pork tacos.

Two speciality items jump off the menu: pomme frites, handcut french fries with a choice of 18 dipping sauces, and maple Thai doughnuts. Taylor also plans to feature a few high-end seafood and steak specials.

Mangroves' co-owners Sam Shah and Larry Hudson sold out to Larry Blatterfein, who ran the Knight Club for 32 years in New Brunswick, N.J., catering to the Rutgers University community. His daughter Katie and son-in-law Jeff Sorrentino now manage Sunova Beach. (Note: Shah is volunteering his services identifying cultural assets for the City of Tampa; Hudson will continue to build sand sculptures with Team Sandtastic.)

Sunova Beach, 208 S Howard Ave., is open from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.Visit sunovabeachsoho.com or call (813) 250-0304.

CC's Bridal Boutique expands in Tampa

When CC's Bridal Boutique began to outgrow its space at International Plaza, the solution was to divide and conquer, splitting inventory between two Tampa locations. Since March 6, wedding gowns are sold exclusively at the new Kennedy Boulevard shop. Prom gowns fill the Westshore Plaza store, opened Feb. 20 near the new Dick's Sporting Goods.

The original CC's, opened 30 years ago in downtown St. Petersburg, remains full service with bridesmaids' dresses and mothers' gowns. Alterations are offered at all three locations.

"Between the Tampa and St. Pete stores, we have 500 gowns to try on," said Lesley Allen, marketing director. "Inventory is completely different at each, with 20 different bridal gown designers between them. I don't think any other store in Florida has this much selection."

CC's Bridal Boutique, 4212 W Kennedy Blvd., is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Visit ccsboutique.com or call (813) 877-2410 for more information.

CC's Boutique is open daily at WestShore Plaza. Call (813) 288-0101.

Frolic Exchange offers vintage fashions

High-waisted denim shorts get fabric embellishments. Maxi dresses are cut and fringed into crop tops. Men's bow ties make going to work more fun. All are the handiwork of Bree Denicourt, who has opened Frolic Exchange in Seminole Heights with her mother, Nancy Denicourt.

"I started selling my things on the Etsy website, vintage clothing that I recycled and upcycled," said Bree, 21. She learned to sew in middle school in Land O'Lakes and soon was skilled enough to make her homecoming and prom dresses in high school.

Now the women offer shoes, accessories and novelties at the Florida Avenue shop, south of Hillsborough Avenue. A new back porch addition is for art shows, tastings and other events.

A grand opening party is set for May 10. There will be prizes and fresh-squeezed lemonade.

Frolic Exchange, 4634 Florida Ave., is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Visit frolicexchange.etsy.com or call (813) 997-2100.

Sunova Beach splashes into South Tampa's bar, dining scene 04/29/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 5:14pm]
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