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  1. Publix is opening second store in downtown St. Petersburg

    Retail

    ST. PETERSBURG — Reflecting the westward growth of St. Petersburg's revitalized downtown, Publix announced Tuesday that it is opening a new grocery store on a previously moribund stretch of Central Avenue.

    The Publix supermarket at 700 Central Ave. will be more than 30,000 square feet and will include a three-level parking garage.
  2. Amazon wants new 'Prime Day' to be bigger than Black Friday

    Retail

    On the eve of its 20th birthday, Amazon is launching a global shopping event exclusively for Prime members that it says will be bigger than ''Black Friday."

    Amazon Prime members will have access to deals starting at midnight July 15, with waves of marked down prices coming every 10 minutes.
  3. Free and cheap fun: 5 things to do under $5 July 9-15

    Events

    1 Why Snakes Are Cool: We have to admit they can be hard to love, but herpetologist George Heinrich is determined to change our minds in his free talk on Florida snake diversity, natural history conservation measures and snake safety Saturday at the Weedon Island Preserve. Be warned: Live snakes …

    Eastern corn snake: The corn snake averages about 18 to 44 inches in length. They can be found in a number of habitats, including urban areas.
  4. Restoration Hardware at International Plaza will be like a mini mansion

    Retail

    TAMPA — When the Restoration Hardware gallery store opens at International Plaza, shoppers are in for a new kind of shopping experience.

    Restoration Hardware’s Tampa Bay store in Hyde Park Village, pictured, closed. RH opened a temporary store inside International Plaza, which will close when the new store opens on Bay Street by the Capital Grille. 
  5. Don't twist that Oreo: Cookie gets skinny, 'sophisticated'

    Consumer

    NEW YORK — Oreos are getting a skinny new look, and its maker says the new cookie is a "sophisticated" snack for grown-ups that isn't meant to be twisted or dunked.

    This product image provided by Mondelez shows an "Oreo Thin". Mondelez International Inc. says it will add "Oreo Thins," which have a similar cookie-to-filling ratio as regular Oreos, except that they're slimmer, to its permanent lineup in the U.S. starting next week. [Mondelez via AP]
  6. Whole Foods takes blame for 'inadvertent' mispricing

    Retail

    A week after a New York City investigation found that Whole Foods Market stores were overcharging for prepackaged products, the company's co-chief executives admitted pricing mistakes were made.

  7. Caroline Hailey: 3 best and worst things to buy generic

    Retail

    Whether you're single or married, have a large or small family, finding ways to save money is always a good feeling. And with so many generic options out there, it's often tempting to just buy the cheaper products and save your money for something else. But "cheaper" doesn't always mean better. So, how can you know what …

  8. Glazer Children's Museum offers summer admission deal

    Events

    The Glazer Children's Museum is celebrating its fifth birthday this summer by giving out buy one, get one free admissions through September. Go to the museum's website at glazermuseum.org and print your BOGO coupon for a free museum admission that can be used Monday-Friday through September with one paid admission. …

    TP_328655_WALL_childrens_4 (09/25/2010 Tampa) Donald Tobin (CQ), 5, marvels at the air power station, where tubes of blowing air hover foam balls the kids place in the airflow. The Glazer Children's Museum opened to the public on Saturday at noon. [DANIEL WALLACE, Times]
  9. Coffee company's past financial problems not discussed by aviation board

    Airlines

    TAMPA — The Hillsborough County Aviation Authority board had a full house for its regular meeting Thursday at Tampa International Airport, as many anticipated that board members would discuss a concessions contract involving a local coffee shop owner with a history of financial troubles.

    But that didn't …

  10. Coffee company awarded spot at Tampa airport has history of financial troubles

    Retail

    TAMPA — Today, Herb Colvin runs a coffee stand inside a Hills­borough County Public Schools building, sells organic teas and coffees at farmers markets and other locales, and has a record of financial problems, including federal and state tax liens, evictions, a foreclosure and a bankruptcy.

    Bay Coffee & Tea Company’s one actual coffee stand is in a Hillsborough County Public Schools building in Tampa.