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  1. Q&A: Tampa Bay shoe designer Lindsay Phillips says, trust your gut


    Lindsay Phillips applied for a patent on her shoes, which feature interchangeable straps and adornments, before graduating high school in Tampa. She had created a ceramic sandal during a high school art class and the idea took off from there.

    For SwitchFlops founder Lindsay Phillips, success started with a ceramic sandal art project in high school. She saw merit in interchangeable shoe straps and adornments.
  2. Hybrid businesses that mix food, drinks and shopping are on the rise


    OVIEDO — In this city outside Orlando, shoppers can grab a coffee while getting a bike repaired. Java lovers can browse modern furniture for sale. And happy-hour customers at a brewery are free to take in and even buy local art or partake in a painting class.

    Anna Lovelace makes a tiramisu latte at Velo Creek Bike and Brew in Oviedo. The store is a full-service bike shop and coffee shop. “They kind of support each other,” said owner Thad Daughtery, who runs the business with his wife, Kristina.
  3. New owner takes over old book browsers' paradise


    TAMPA — The owners of the Old Tampa Book Company have given away the store, a downtown browsers' cluttered paradise steeped in the fragrance of old books.

    David Brown and his wife, Ellen, owned the Old Tampa Book Company in downtown Tampa for more than 20 years.
  4. In its 30 years, Beef 'O' Brady's evolves into a defining Tampa Bay franchise


    BRANDON — It was almost called Potatoes O'Brien. The "neighborhood hangout" chain didn't serve wings. Or have TVs. Or pour liquor. It was a tiny unassuming Irish pub — named partly after the owner's mother — at the end of a mundane strip mall. It served steaks, at least until a thief burgled the meat. …

    Since its founding 30 years ago, Beef O'Brady's has been a defining franchise for Tampa Bay. It now has more than 200 locations, including two overseas. OCTAVIO JONES, Times
  5. WestShore Plaza adds boutique, Apollo Beach pizzeria celebrates 25 years, Westchase salon expands services


    Apricot Lane, WestShore Plaza's newest boutique for women's fashion, promises to deliver brands unique to the area.

    San Remo Pizzeria in Apollo Beach is celebrating its 25th anniversary. General Manager Peter Esposito, right, stands with his mother, Rosa, and his brother-in-law, John Boyd.
  6. New offerings in St. Petersburg: gourmet food to grilled cheese, Boho chic to high-end bongs


    ST. PETERSBURG — More than a dozen new businesses are open, or in the works, along four blocks of Central Avenue on the edge of downtown.

    A new business, Central Melt, will occupy the old Fountain and Restaurant space at 685 Central Ave. The restaurant will sell several kinds of grilled cheese sandwiches.
  7. Redecorating? Forty Three Oh 3 has your number


    Most people would have shied away from the retail space on Manhattan Avenue, but not Jennifer Kapper. The house was in desperate need of some rehabbing three years ago, but since Kapper beautifies and refurbishes spaces for a living, the place didn't scare her. Se transformed it into Forty Three Oh 3, a destination spot …

    For potions, elixirs or nothing at all. Mercury glass bottles ($20 each) can be functional vases or just pretty accessories.
  8. Megamall project in Miami wins state approval for land deal


    A land deal at the heart of an ambitious plan to bring the largest mall in America to northwest Miami-Dade County got the green light on Tuesday from Gov. Rick Scott and Cabinet members.

  9. Free and cheap fun: 5 things to do under $5 April 16-22


    1 All Art, All Day, All Clearwater: In celebration of Clearwater's 100th birthday, this citywide open studio day will feature galleries participating in the 100 Plus Artists for 100 Plus Years art show. There will be art demonstrations, open houses, classes, free food and beverages, performances and more into the …

  10. You can get free tickets for kids in Florida Orchestra's Masterworks series


    The Florida Orchestra has shows coming up that appeal to kids and a price that appeals to parents: Kids 18 and under get in free with a paying adult to masterworks concerts. As many kids as you have with you are free, though there are a limited number of kids tickets reserved for each concert, and children under 5 are …

    The Florida Orchestra .