Deals & shopping

  1. At independent store, couple offers pets that swim, slither, crawl and fly

    Retail

    SPRING HILL — As kids, neither was allowed to have pets. So, Jennifer and Tim Clair now are sating their animal appetites at Get Tanked Salt Water Aquariums & Supplys, an independent pet shop the couple bought this month, replete with saltwater and freshwater fish, corals, crustaceans, reptiles, birds and other …

    A ferret hangs out in its living space at the Get Tanked Salt Water Aquariums & Supplys shop in Spring Hill this month. Jennifer and Tim Clair purchased the pet shop July 1 from the previous owners and sell pets such as salt and fresh water fish, reptiles, birds, and other small pets, including an oddly colored Halloween crab. “Our goal is to provide good service and a good living environment for the animals,” Jennifer Clair said. Get Tanked is open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. on Saturday, and from noon until 4 p.m. on Sunday. They can be reached by phone at (352) 596-3461.
  2. Upcycled, unique items on display in Shannon's Web

    Consumer

    Some people wait for retirement to move from an office job to a creative project. Shannon Kelly wasn't going to wait that long. After working and interning at several companies, the college senior decided her post-graduation job was going to be being her own boss at a store that sold original and inventive items that …

    Bright eyes. Butch James’ handmade ceramic owls ($25) have eyes made of crushed glass that glow when the small tea candle placed inside is lit.
  3. Treasure Island fresh market proposal rebuffed

    Retail

    TREASURE ISLAND — Faced with opposition from the Chamber of Commerce and city staff, initial efforts to start a Sunday outdoor market in the city have been rebuffed.

  4. Two Twistee Treat ice cream stands slated to open

    Retail

    TOWN 'N COUNTRY — Two new Twistee Treat ice cream stands are opening in North Tampa in time to provide some tasty relief from the sweltering summer heat.

    You’ll soon be able to visit two cone-shaped Twistee Treat spots locally. One location will open on Sheldon Road this month, and another will open on Fletcher Avenue in August.
  5. IV drips energize, Tennis Plaza aces Westshore, Stained Market repurposes in Seminole Heights

    Retail

    PALMA CEIA — Need a pick-me-up? Anesthesiologist Uhuru Smith offers a variety of therapeutic IV drips to rehydrate and energize at HangIVer Bar on Manhattan Avenue.

  6. Clear the air: Purifiers make summer breathing easier

    Consumer

    Summer means pollen, stale air, Uncle Johnny's cigar smoke and other airborne irritants. This is when a good air purifier comes in handy. There are dozens of air purifiers on the market. We chose four to look at. Breathe easier.

  7. Construction delays push St. Petersburg Trader Joe's opening to 2015

    Retail

    Don't count on celebrating the holidays with a bottle of Two Buck Chuck from the new Trader Joe's on Fourth Street N in St. Petersburg. The much-anticipated 12,000-square-foot store under construction between 28th and 27th avenues N won't open until next year. "Due to construction delays we are opening in 2015," said …

    Construction continues Tuesday morning on the new Trader Joe’s on Fourth Street N at 28th Avenue in St. Petersburg.
  8. Nordstrom leads in using models with disabilities in ads

    Retail

    NEW YORK — It's not easy to find models with disabilities in advertisements for the fashion and beauty industry — unless you look in the Nordstrom catalog.

    A model in a wheelchair advertises boots in a Nordstrom catalog. The company has hired professional models with disabilities since 1997.
  9. Mattel to sell one Thomas the Tank Engine brand direct to consumers

    Retail

    Like many 4-year-olds, Benny Nelson adores Thomas the Tank Engine.

  10. Amazon unveils Kindle subscription service

    Retail

    After months of speculation, Amazon announced Friday that it is introducing a digital subscription service that lets subscribers download unlimited e-books and digital audiobooks for $9.99 a month. Kindle Unlimited offers a Netflix-style, all-you-can-read approach to a library of more than 600,000 e-books, including …

    Amazon is rolling out a new subscription service that will allow unlimited access to thousands of electronic books and audiobooks for $9.99 a month on devices such as this 8.9-inch Amazon Kindle HDX tablet computer.