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Tampa area business news: hairdos, Pilates, pizza

SOUTH TAMPA — Leave it to a busy pharmacist, wife and mother of three young girls to open Blowbar, an express salon where women can pop in to have their hair blown out in 30 to 40 minutes.

"No appointment necessary," said owner Leslie Giglio Betts.

The graduate of Mercer University's College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences works as an independent pharmacist specializing in HIV-positive patients. She opened Blowbar in late December.

"You'll still go to your own stylist for cuts and color," said Betts, "but it's hard to get to your regular hairdresser unless you plan ahead."

Blowouts start at $35, shampooed and styled in your choice of curly, straight, tousled or you-name-it at the new Dale Mabry Highway salon, two blocks south of Kennedy Boulevard. The price drops to $15 for girls under 12.

Up-dos, "classic and elegant," said Betts, start at $65. If New Year's Eve is any indication, Valentine's Day should be very busy.

Other services include Versa Spa spray tanning and $10 nail polish changes. "You can schedule a manicure, but a polish change fits the concept of getting in and out fast," says Betts.

A private room can be reserved for parties; makeup artists, chair massages and catering can be arranged.

Blowbar Express Styling Salon, at 310 S Dale Mabry, is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday 2 to 6 p.m. Call (813) 876-2569.

Pilates Bodies stretches out

Pilates Bodies moved a mere five blocks east on Henderson Boulevard, now near Church Street, doubling the studio space for those who practice religiously.

Believers credit Pilates for im-proving core strength, muscle tone and mind/body coordination.

Owner Lisa Tobias, an instructor since 1999, expanded the business in August to offer more group classes, specifically PilatesStick Tower and Zumba dance fitness.

"PilatesStick lets participants mimic exercises normally done in a private session, so this is more economical," she said. "It's a less complicated version of the traditional wall-mounted equipment. You vary your position, not the equipment's."

Zumba classes range from $10 to $15; Pilates group sessions start at $25. Private sessions are 80 percent of the business, said Tobias, who started with one piece of equipment in an acupuncturist's office 10 years ago.

A certified nutritionist is available to consult with clients on weight loss goals or lifestyle changes. Family and military discounts are also available.

Pilates Bodies has a full schedule of classes Monday through Saturday at 3907 Henderson Blvd., Suite 100; (813) 288-8111 or

Pizza Fusion ready to open at SkyPoint

It's the "green" factor, says owner Dave Burton, that will make Pizza Fusion sustainable.

"Some 70 percent of our menu consists of organic ingredients,'' said Burton, who is set to open Monday in the base of SkyPoint condominiums. "An under-served niche in the pizza world."

Crusts come multigrain, gluten free or organic white. About 25 vegan and vegetarian toppings run from artichokes to zucchini. The beer and wine list favors microbrews and organics by the glass or bottle. Interesting salads and sandwiches on focaccia round out the offerings.

Burton opens with two specials. A lunch deal combines a personal-size cheese or pepperoni pizza and side salad for $4.99. The $19.99 family deal includes an extra large cheese or pepperoni pizza and full-size salad.

"I thought that would be nice for families going to the children's museum or to the park," he said.

Delivery plans are still being tweaked but will probably extend to a 3-to-5-mile radius.

Pizza Fusion will be open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sundays and weekdays and until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays at 777 N Ashley Drive. Call (813) 463-1600 or visit

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Tampa area business news: hairdos, Pilates, pizza 01/06/11 [Last modified: Thursday, January 6, 2011 3:30am]
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