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  1. Hooters restaurants have made the most of our changing world

    Retail

    Consider Hooters, if you will: A worldwide brand so resistant to change over its 32-year run, the Clearwater-born chain spent a long time debating, then cautiously altering, a certain aspect of its iconic servers' vavoomish outfits. No, they didn't swap out those snug white tops, the traffic-cone orange shorts or even …

  2. MLB, Rays offer expanded 'digital wallet' for Trop guests

    Retail

    ST. PETERSBURG — Baseball may be our cozy national pastime, but the future is now at Tropicana Field.

    The Rays’ Brandon Guyer (5) waits for a different pitch from Yankees hurler Masahiro Tanaka during the game on April 18 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.
  3. Pinellas news briefs: Curlew Creek principal resigns abruptly

    Briefs

    PALM HARBOR — The longtime principal of Curlew Creek Elementary School has resigned suddenly, and there is no public explanation as to why.

    A kayaker relaxes off Dunedin Causeway taking in the setting sun.
  4. Florida sending more fruit — and hype — to Canada

    Tourism

    In hopes that the Great White North will warm up to the Sunshine State even more, Florida has embarked on a new promotional campaign in Canada — already the state's largest export partner — touting the deliciousness of our fruit.

  5. Another grocery store is coming to downtown St. Petersburg

    Retail

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Tampa Bay Rays may not be banking on an influx of residents and activity in the westward expansion of downtown, but a developer and grocer see it and are getting ready.

    A 50,000-square-foot retail complex with a grocery store is planned for 700 Central Ave.


source: Arc Development Group
  6. Controversy, speculation swirling around Brandon Walmart closing

    Retail

    TAMPA — Walmart is at the center of controversy and speculation after five of its stores suddenly closed last week, including one in Brandon.

    This Brandon Walmart closed its doors last week, laying off nearly 430. Plumbing problems were blamed.
  7. Free and cheap fun: 5 things to do under $5 April 23-29

    Events

    1 Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Races: With Asia Fest Tampa Bay in nearby Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park, paddlers from across the country will compete in this 2,000-year-old sport Saturday. It's free for spectators to watch, and races start at 8 a.m. Saturday at 700 S Florida Ave., Tampa.

    The Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Races will be April 25 in Tampa.
  8. Clearwater Albertsons to close next month

    Retail

    The Albertsons grocery store in Clearwater will close at the end of May, leaving 86 people out of a job and many more looking for a new place to shop.

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

    Retail

    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. • At age 25, her creations were in more than a thousand stores. At 28, …

    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.
  10. Hybrid businesses that mix food, drinks and shopping are on the rise

    Retail

    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.