Local clothing designer opens second store
There's a new sign up at 209 First St. NE near BayWalk for a second store by local clothing designer Josie Barber. She also owns 7-year-old Accents by Josie at 531 Central Ave. The new 600-square-foot store, LaChá, which opened this month, offers Barber's clothing line and accessories, such as jewelry, belts and home furnishings. "We're pretty excited, and you know what, we've been pretty busy," said assistant Eileen Stafford.
PR firm marks 25 years in business
Strategic Communication, a St. Petersburg public relations and marketing firm, celebrates 25 years in business this month. "There weren't many women business owners in the Tampa Bay area at that time, and even fewer in the video production, marketing and public relations fields," said founder and president Marie Stempinski. She started the business after a 20-year career that began with a job as the first female reporter at Channel 9 in Orlando and included stints with Brevard Community College, St. Petersburg Junior College and General Electric.
Clothing charity opens new location
Clearwater nonprofit Clothes to Kids has opened a St. Petersburg location to provide free new and used clothing to children. The location at 1059 N Hercules Ave. will be joined by a store at 3251 Third Ave. N, Suite 145. It operates with volunteers and clothing donations, and it needs shoes and new, unopened underwear and socks. To learn more, visit ClothesToKids.org or call (727) 441-5050.