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South Tampa businesses: Dress for success for less

"Sunday best," to a lot of women, still means a tailored suit and accessories.

But, as with everything, prices have made even modest suits out of reach for many, not to mention the accessories.

Enter Dresses for Less, a retailer specializing in designer label suits as well as all of the accoutrements, at drastically reduced prices.

Labels like St. Anthony and Nubiano that often sell for upwards of $250 in major department stores retail at Dresses for Less for $49.99, said owner Morgan Harnarrine, who opened the store a year ago.

"The ladies love these suits and here they can afford to buy them too," he said. "And they'll get the shoes, the hats, the jewelry and even designer label perfumes."

Dresses for Less is at 916 E Fletcher Ave. and open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 977-7900..

Ingenuity in Tampa

On the verge of an expanding staff, Ingenuity Group has moved from a home-based business to offices in Tampa Palms.

Offering full-service advertising and marketing, Ingenuity promises to meet its clients' needs with talent from around the country as well as Tampa.

"Tampa Palms offers a beautiful space, easy access to the interstate and a supportive and warm community," said co-owner Elissa Nauful. "Also, we see the I-75 corridor and New Tampa and the growth of surrounding areas a business opportunity as well."

Ingenuity is at 5334 Primrose Lake Circle, Suite A. Call (813) 977-0001; visit

EarthBoxes in Lutz

Another venture is sprouting at Great Gardens and Gifts, a retail garden center that sells annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees, fresh herbs and vegetables.

In September owners Valerie and Paul Vahue became authorized dealers of the EarthBox, a planting system that includes a plastic container filled with layers of specially prepared soil, fertilizer and mulch. Watered daily through a built-in tube, the Box can grow vegetables almost anywhere.

Great Gardens sells the EarthBox kit for $57.99. The store also offers free monthly seminars with EarthBox setup demonstrations and guest speakers.

Great Gardens is at 17910 U.S. 41 N in Lutz. For more information, call (813) 909-8802.

Know of a business that's opening, closing or relocating? Contact Sheryl Kay at or call (813) 230-8788.

South Tampa businesses: Dress for success for less 05/01/08 [Last modified: Friday, May 2, 2008 12:50pm]
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