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Whaley opens produce stand at Platt and S Boulevard

Leonard Whaley, 69, whose grandfather opened Whaley’s in 1934, now has a produce stand at Platt Street and S Boulevard.

SHARON GINN | Times Correspondent

Leonard Whaley, 69, whose grandfather opened Whaley’s in 1934, now has a produce stand at Platt Street and S Boulevard.

Whaley's Market may be gone, but at least one member of the Whaley family has brought a bit of the old grocery store back to South Tampa.

Leonard Whaley, whose grandfather opened Whaley's in 1934, opened a small produce stand about a month ago at the corner of Platt Street and S Boulevard, setting up his stand in a corner of a gas station property.

Whaley, 69, sells mostly fruits, many of them local. He said he uses many of the same vendors Whaley's Market used until it closed in 2008.

As word has filtered out, Whaley is also seeing many familiar faces.

"I've always said Whaley's had the best customers in the world," he said. "They came to Whaley's to see their neighbors. Some of them had been shopping there since before I was born."

The produce stand is open daily from 10 a.m. to "about 6 or 7," he said.

Meanwhile, Leonard's nephew Todd Whaley — who tried unsuccessfully to create a smaller version of Whaley's Market on Kennedy Boulevard about a year ago — has set up his famous meat smokers on U.S. 41 near Sunset Lane in Lutz. "They sell out every day," Leonard said.

This store renovation has a special bite

A small but prominent MacDill Avenue building that has spent at least a dozen years as a retail location is being transformed into an orthodontics office.

Perez Orthodontics should open this month at 1906 S MacDill Ave. The building was home to vintage store Sherry's YesterDaze for six years, followed by stints as a different vintage business and, more recently, a showroom for a custom outdoor kitchen company. The unusual, window-lined building had been vacant for more than a year.

Barbara Perez said she leased the building for her new orthodontics office because of the location and suitable parking. The renovation, which started in January, will give the space a cottage-style look, she said.

"I just loved the location, loved the classic Florida style of it," Perez said.

Perez, a graduate of the University of Florida College of Dentistry, completed her orthodontics residency in Washington, D.C., in 2009. She will offer care to children and adults. The office's Web site is perez

Computer service shop opens on West Shore

Joe DeNicola, who has spent 10 years offering computer repair and consulting in Cape Coral, opened a location in South Tampa last month.

His JLD Computer Services at 3644-A S West Shore Blvd. is located next door to his sister's business, Artistic Replacement Technologies.

DeNicola offers service on both Apple and PC-based machines, virus/spyware removal, data recovery, computer sales and custom builds. He also builds Web sites and creates networks for home or business.

"Personalized service is really important to me and that's what a lot of the service industry is missing nowadays," DeNicola said.

Military and seniors get a 15 percent discount on parts and service. The store's Web site is

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Whaley opens produce stand at Platt and S Boulevard 04/01/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 4:53pm]
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