HYDE PARK — Urban Body Clothing, known by some as "that cool store on Howard Avenue behind Starbucks," should now be even easier to find.
Scott Moore, the owner, said he moved into the street-front space formerly occupied by KaBloom to enlarge the showroom and enhance visibility. He hosts a grand opening tonight.
Moore designed the interior himself to feature a fashion bar and custom mahogany displays showcasing 50 menswear designers, including Georg Roth Los Angeles and Hard 8. For the first time, Urban Body will carry women's clothing by Mizmi, Red Haute Couture and Maj, among other trendy lines.
The shop will continue to feature artwork by local artists — photographer Jason Henthorne's will be first on display. The new space means more room for fundraisers, such as an event for the Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County where customers brought clothing from their closets and Moore donated $20,000 worth of new attire.
Urban Body Clothing, 711 S Howard Ave., is open 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Visit urbanbody.com or call (813) 251-5522.
Lani's antiques shop returns to MacDill
"It's like musical chairs,'' said Lani Czyzewski, delighted to be back where she started, running Lani's Antiques & Collectibles on S MacDill Avenue. Back to the 600-square-foot shop she opened every Saturday from 1997 until moving to a large space in Temple Terrace to 2005.
Just over three years later, when the rent there rose drastically, she and husband Paul "auctioned some stuff, stored the stuff we loved and took a much needed break."
The replay button hit in January when the barber in the MacDill Avenue shopping strip informed them that his wife, who had filled their former space with party accessories, was closing her shop. Two months later, the Czyzewskis returned to selling "really unusual things you won't find in most antique shops," said Lani. Among the treasures: violins, circa 1900; plein air paintings by the late Donald Blake; and Ashman pattern Crossroads glass dishes from the mid 1880s.
"And lots of fun vintage costume jewelry,'' said Lani. "Rings, pins and necklaces, some from my mother's personal collection."
The couple will continue their side business in estate sales, said Lani, who formerly handled public relations for the Red Cross, Tampa Museum of Art and Hillsborough County School District. Paul is a retired University of South Florida professor of art education.
Lani's Antiques & Collectibles, at 3403 S MacDill Ave., is open four days a week: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Visit lanisantiques.com or call (813) 789-3612.
NV by Nevada is new twist on old boutique
Nevada Vanderford is back in SoHo, reopening her former Howard Avenue boutique around the corner from Panera. The new place is now called NV by Nevada. Most recently, Vanderford owned a similar shop in International Plaza for about six months.
"I moved to Tampa and found three sports teams, lots of night life and very few boutiques,'' said the former model and mother of a teenage daughter.
A grand opening party is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday.
"Being a personal stylist for athletes, entertainers and A-list celebrities," Vanderford said, led her to design her own clothing line, which she sells along with such exclusive lines as Bogosse men's shirts and Beach Bunny bathing suits.
She expects custom-fit denim jeans to be her special niche.
"You pick the wash, stitching and pockets for your body type,'' she explains. "We'll measure you and they'll be ready, fitting perfectly, in seven days."
NV by Nevada, located at 701 S Howard Ave., is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call (813) 644-5915.
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