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  1. 5 things to do under $5 Oct. 23-29

    Events

    1John's Pass Seafood Festival: Now in its 33rd year, this annual event has more than 100 seafood options this year, a Halloween block party, arts and crafts, live music and children's activities. The first grouper sandwiches start rolling out at 3 p.m. Friday and from 7 to 11 p.m. that night things heat up …

    This Aston Martin DB5 was used in the James Bond movie Goldfinger.
  2. Be a fairy godmother and bring dress donations to 'Cinderella' shows

    Events

    If you are heading to see Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts this weekend, you can be a fairy godmother yourself. The cast of the Tony-winning Broadway musical are asking fans to bring gently used prom dresses, cocktail party dresses, evening gowns, shoes and …

     Paige Faure, Andy Jones and the Cinderella Broadway company.  Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, coming to the Straz.
  3. IPhone 6 propels Apple profit to record

    Retail

    SAN FRANCISCO — Apple's biggest cash cow, the iPhone, is gaining weight.

    Thanks to the new iPhone 6, Apple announced a record $8.5 billion in fourth-quarter profit on $42.12 billion in revenue.
  4. Publix recalling snack mix because label didn't warn it had peanuts

    Retail

    Supermarket chain Publix is recalling a snack mix because the label doesn't warn shoppers that it contains peanuts.

  5. Tampa's Urban Body Clothing: Magnetic looks with men in mind

    Consumer

    When Scott J. Moore first opened his menswear store in Tampa, brands thought he would be out of business in a year because "men don't shop." Fifteen years later and bigger than ever, he managed to prove them wrong. Now they reach out to him to get a chance to dress Tampa Bay's fashion-forward men.

    Signature scent. The Signatur by Urban Body fragrance was created to have a fresh Florida smell. The box ($64) comes with a total of 4 ounces of the scent: 2 ounces for the home, one small TSA-approved 1-ounce bottle of cologne and a 1-ounce roll-on for the gym bag.
  6. Tampa costume shop Features closing after 27 years

    Retail

    TAMPA — For years, browsing the rows of Features costumes in search of the perfect Halloween outfit has been a tradition for Mary Hanyok.

    Features Costumes, at 3015 W Barcelona St. in Tampa, has been the spot for Gasparilla and Halloween costumes for nearly three decades. Now, as the owners try to retire, the store is closing. Costumes are selling for their rental prices.
  7. 5 things to do under $5 Oct. 16-22

    Events

    1 MarineQuest and the St. Petersburg Science Festival: The open house at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute has grown into a huge extravaganza of science-related exhibits and activities that spreads from the marine institute along the waterfront to the adjacent University of South Florida St. …

     Fans and streetcar riders board the TECO Line Streetcar for a rolling concert with indie folk-pop duo Good Graeff Saturday evening September 6, 2014.  Twin sisters Brittany and Brooke, 26, make up the duo group Good Graeff, a cello-driven group with guitar and vocals. The cost of the concert was $2.50 one way or $5 to attend the full two hours concert. This is the second in the “Streetcar Live” concert series that will take place on the first Saturday of each month.
  8. Disney's Magic Kingdom opens first gift shop devoted to Haunted Mansion ride

    Florida

    The Haunted Mansion ride at Disney World's Magic Kingdom now has its own line of swag at a new gift shop called Memento Mori that has opened in Liberty Square in the Orlando theme park.

    Disney’s Haunted Mansion attraction in the Walt Disney World Resort.   SCOTT KEELER, TIMES
  9. Latest retail destination: big new mall in Sarasota

    Retail

    SARASOTA — The Tampa Bay area hasn't had a new major mall since 2008, when the Shops of Wiregrass opened in Pasco County.

    The 888,000-square-foot mall is bright and airy, with a 1,100-foot-long curved skylight and color-changing LED lighting system.
  10. Sony set to launch Xperia Z3 smartphone

    Retail

    NEW YORK — Sony is launching its new Xperia Z3 waterproof smartphone through Verizon, the nation's largest wireless carrier, as well as T-Mobile.

    The Sony Xperia Z3v waterproof smartphone, which is the Verizon model, is submerged in a fish tank.