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West Park Bagel and Deli expands again

DAVIS ISLANDS — The owners of West Park Bagel and Deli have big plans, and they're starting with an expansion to Davis Islands.

The deli, which introduced its boiled-then-baked bagels to Westchase six years ago and has a second location on Race Track Road in North Tampa, will open a third location in South Tampa this summer, probably in early August.

Manager Benjamin Clark will run the Davis Islands location at 217 E Davis Blvd., in a building that already houses casual spots Java & Cream and Grecian Island. West Park's new full-service catering division also will operate out of the new location.

"The plan is to open 10 to 15 stores in the state and around the bay area in the next four to five years," Clark said.

West Park's following has grown so much in Westchase, Clark said, that owners Brian Mallon and Charlie Brink recently decided to stay open in the evenings. What sets the company apart, he said, is its commitment to traditional New York-style bagels, where they are boiled first and then baked.

West Park offers breakfast items and a full menu of hot and cold sandwiches, Clark said, including hamburgers and hot dogs. Customers like that the deli uses Boar's Head meats and "that we're friendly-type people," Clark said.

Clark said the catering division will be able to serve large banquets and weddings throughout Tampa. West Park Bagel and Deli will be open 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Downsizing by design

Liquidation sales are a sign of the times in today's struggling home furnishings market. In the case of Cox-Feivelson Antiques and Design, though, it simply means the company is moving to a smaller space.

"We're downsizing mainly because of the cost of the rent," co-owner Charles Cox said. "We're going to do more one-of-a-kind pieces, a lot of custom orders. Most of our business is design work. We're going to be more 'boutiquish.' "

It is the second time the company has downsized; in 2002 it left its 6,200-square-foot showroom for the location on Bay to Bay Boulevard, which is less than half the size. Cox-Feivelson's new space at 2408 S MacDill Ave. will be about 1,200 square feet. The space was occupied for a year by Mattie G's clothing boutique.

Cox said one advantage is that the company is moving into the heart of what is being called the Palma Ceia Design District. Cox is the new vice president of the district, which encompasses businesses on and nearby MacDill Avenue.

Hours at Cox-Feivelson will be the same: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The company will continue liquidating much of its furnishings inventory until the move is complete, probably sometime in mid-August.

Meanwhile, Davani's Home Furnishings at 3642 W Kennedy Blvd. closed June 29, another victim of the economy. The company will continue to sell some furniture at its online site, davanisfurniture.com.

A touch of the tropics

Flowers have taken root in the little bungalow that, until recently, was occupied by fabric and gift shop Town Toiles.

The new Latin Flowers Art and Decor, at 3312 W Bay to Bay Blvd., opened May 15. The shop, co-owned by 20-year flower designer Libia Mahe and partner Genevieve Perez, specializes in tropical flower arrangements.

Most of the flowers come from Hawaii and south and central America, but the shop can order any type, Perez said. She said her shop strives to help customers convey their feelings through flower arrangements.

"You can express love, gratitude, kindness, sensation," Perez said. "It's not just 'flowers.' It's a detail you can add to any moment in your life."

Hours at Latin Flowers are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and by appointment.

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West Park Bagel and Deli expands again 07/10/08 [Last modified: Friday, July 11, 2008 8:06pm]
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