Grayl's Hotel in bank's hands; sale imminent
Grayl's Hotel is officially in the hands of Cornerstone Community Bank, but not for long. The St. Petersburg bank bid on the struggling Beach Drive hotel in an online foreclosure auction Monday. It was owed $2.1 million that the hotel's owners borrowed for renovations on the 1922 property. By Tuesday a new owner was waiting in the wings. "We have it under contract now, and it will close in three or four weeks," said David Feaster, chief executive of Cornerstone. He would not reveal the buyer but said: "I think the community will be pleased." Dale and Mary Grayl bought the three-story Spanish-style building in 1994 for $725,000. The hotel, restaurant and bar are still operating. Katherine Snow Smith, Times staff writer
Aldi seeks people to fill a range of jobs
The jobs are trickling back. Aldi wants applicants with a high school diploma or GED interested in working for the grocery company to come to a "hiring event" from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Pinellas Park store at 9021 U.S. 19 N or at the Hampton Inn at 21030 U.S. 19 N in Clearwater. It's looking to hire store manager trainees, shift managers and cashiers. Jobs pay $10 to $20 an hour.
Candy store to host steampunk event
Sweet Cheeks Candy and Beauty Bar, a new business that includes a nostalgic candy store with a makeup and photo studio, is hosting the Steam Punk Circus at 7 p.m. Thursday as its grand opening party, at 1045 Central Ave. For information, call (727) 822-2167 or visit thesteampunkcircus.com.