BEACH PARK — Feeling stressed lately? Who isn't?
The idea of starting a new business in this economic climate makes even Roxanna Morgado a bit panicked. But she figures the business she opened last month, Mindful Body Yoga and Healing Arts Studio, will do its part to keep its clients calm and centered.
So far, it's working on her.
"You'll see me in there (doing yoga) two or three classes a week," Morgado said.
A licensed massage therapist and yoga devotee, although not an instructor, Morgado opened Mindful Body at 3347 S West Shore Blvd. in the Beach Park neighborhood. Not only did she want to serve a side of South Tampa that lacked a yoga studio, she also wanted to marry yoga with massage therapy. She expects to add massage services in the coming weeks.
"The two kind of go hand in hand," Morgado said.
Morgado said she prefers dedicated yoga studios for their calm environment, compared with the more frenetic pace of a fitness club.
"It's just you and the space and the instructor," she said. "It's a nice peaceful feeling. When you're doing yoga, you're looking for that feeling. You get to be centered."
Mindful Body aims to accommodate every age range and soon will offer classes for children from kindergarten age and up, Morgado said. Classes are offered daily; online registrations are accepted. The studio's Web site is www.mindfulbodyyoga.com.
Here come (more) brides
For years, Tampa Bay area brides-to-be have made the detour off Interstate 275 in search of the perfect wedding gown. Now they have another reason.
Bridal designer Alfred Angelo opened a boutique at 1518 N Dale Mabry two months ago, joining nearby established shops David's Bridal, Olga's Bridal and Brides by Demetrios. Store manager Katherine Caro said the company had long been looking to move into Tampa.
The area is becoming a destination for brides, Caro said. "And that's always good for business."
The full-service shop has 11 dressing rooms and offers Alfred Angelo bridal gowns from $299 to about $2,700, as well as attire for bridesmaids, flower girls and mothers of the bride, and quinceanera dresses.
Hours at Alfred Angelo are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Appointments are recommended.
Hyde Park shops scrambling
The future remains uncertain for many of the businesses evicted from part of Hyde Park Village last month, but at least two have found new homes.
The Tampa Artist Emporium will open at 3415 W Bay to Bay Blvd. on Nov. 1, and Precious Cargo children's clothing store expects to move to another location in the village in time for the holiday shopping season.
Last month, eight businesses were given 30 days' notice to vacate their locations, apparently to clear the way for new construction. Cristi McGann, owner of Precious Cargo, said last week she expects to sign a lease for a space close to the new Wine Exchange.
"They're working with us, so we'll more than likely stay," McGann said.
Shelby Boggs, owner of the year-old Tampa Artist Emporium, said she considered closing for good but was urged to find a new location by the local artists featured in her store. Boggs is leasing the prominent storefront that was occupied until recently by Cox-Feivelson Antiques and Design.
Moving into the so-called Palma Ceia Design District is a "perfect fit," Boggs said. "It'll allow us to put our local artists in touch with more designers."
The emporium closes at Hyde Park on Sunday, after one last art mixer Saturday night.
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