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SalonCentric to move; Good 'Burgers named; windsurfers to compete

Windsurfers like Charlotte Samson, 17, practicing near the Clearwater Community Sailing Center, face an October challenge.

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Windsurfers like Charlotte Samson, 17, practicing near the Clearwater Community Sailing Center, face an October challenge.


SalonCentric will move HQ to Gateway

An 87,000-square-foot office building in Gateway that has sat empty for more than three years will soon have a major tenant. SalonCentric, a distributor of hair and nail salon products to professionals, is readying the former Paychex building for its new headquarters.

The company, which currently has headquarters in Largo, is a subsidiary of cosmetic giant L'Oreal. It will lease 52,500 square feet for its 180 employees. SalonCentric plans to expand over the next several months, but the number of hires isn't set, according to spokeswoman Rebecca Bray.

Job types include management, marketing, human resources, operations, customer service and education. The building, owned by Cardinal Point Management, is at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street N and Gandy Boulevard. Cardinal Point bought it for $3.9 million in late 2011 and made substantial renovations, according to Zachary Liszt, a lawyer with the Tampa-based real estate company.


Good 'Burgers are slathered with praise

The 2014 Good 'Burgers were named recently at a St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce event. The winners, voted on by residents, are businesses, organizations or people making a positive impact on the community.

Arts and Culture: The Dalí

Eats and Treats: Chick-fil-A on Fourth Street N

Nonprofits: CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse)

Hotspots and Hangouts: Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill

Sports: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Education: St. Petersburg College

Cool Companies (Large): Crown Automotive

Cool Companies (Medium): Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater

Cool Companies (Small): The Bicycle Store of St. Petersburg

Most Valuable Burger: Dr. Jonathan Ellen, All Children's Hospital president


Sunset Market opens at the park

Last year, this city's residents told officials they wanted a fresh produce market. This week, they'll get it.

The Sunset Market will be open from 3 to 7 p.m. Fridays from September through May at Largo Central Park, 101 Third St. SE. Set up outdoors in a street market style, it will have farm-fresh produce, local packaged foods and freshly prepared meals in a casual outdoor setting. Among the items will be vegetables, fruits, raw local honey (including educational information from the beekeepers), herbal teas and wild-caught seafood. Various organic body products, essential oils, and arts and crafts will be available.

The market has onsite free parking and is pet-friendly.

For information, contact Jennifer McCafferty at (813) 846-1316 or jennifer@jens-market or visit


Mahaffey reschedules show about bullying

A musical drama scheduled for Friday at the Mahaffey Theater has been pushed to Jan. 27 because of calendar conflicts.

Freedom Found, a musical drama about an immigrant family struggling with bullying in the United States, was written by local Martha Bushore-Fallis, a retired doctor, and is intended for middle school students.

There will be a show in the morning for students and another in the evening for the public.

Staff writers Katherine Snow Smith, Anne Lindberg and Mike Brassfield contributed to this report.


Windsurfers of the world to compete

Because of turmoil in the Gaza Strip, more than 100 world-class windsurfers will soon head to Clearwater Beach to compete in an international championship.

The RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships were scheduled to be held in Herzliya, Israel. But organizers have decided to move the event because of the instability in that region.

The new location is in front of Pier 60 in Clearwater Beach. The event will run Oct. 18-25, beginning on the annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday weekend.

"We had some other options, but Clearwater's solution was most attractive as it was well prepared within a very short time," said Andrus Poksi of Estonia, the executive secretary of windsurfing's youth division.

Last year's youth windsurfing championships, held in Italy, attracted 122 competitors from 17 nations on four continents..

SalonCentric to move; Good 'Burgers named; windsurfers to compete 09/03/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 3, 2014 5:02pm]
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