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  1. Tampa's Pink Petticoat boutique a lacy ladies' getaway


    Some people buy clothes to show them off in public. Others, like Leslie Geyer, prefer to shop for items that will only be worn in private. For women like her with a penchant for intimate wear — and men who like to gift the women in their lives — Geyer opened the Pink Petticoat, a luxury lingerie shop in …

    Underwear as outerwear. The Bombshell and Bat Your Lashes bras ($125) are festival-inspired pieces meant to make a peak-a-boo appearance under tank tops and muscle tees.
  2. Everybody's Business for Sept. 19: 'Tampa Cuban' cuisine


    SOUTH TAMPA — Third-generation Tampa natives Rodney and Ricky Rodriguez honor Cuban national hero José Martí with a modern menu of island specialities at their new restaurant, Café Martí, which opened Sept. 4 on Gandy Boulevard, near S Dale Mabry Highway.

  3. Arigato Japanese Steak House closes restaurants


    Arigato Japanese Steak House, a popular spot for birthday parties, prom dates and special occasions, has closed after more than four decades.

    This sign posted outside the Clearwater Arigato Japanese Steak House announces the closure of the restaurant.
  4. Route 66 Kitchen & Dining Car: A taste of Americana in a former trolley car


    LUTZ — Route 66 Kitchen & Dining Car serves up a taste of Americana in an unusual setting. The trolley-turned-dining car is the brainchild of Lutz Mail Depot owner Greg Skibbee and business partner Paul Fischer.

  5. 5 things to do under $5 Sept. 18-24


    1 Movies on the Patio Fight Club: The first rule of the Dalí Museum's Movies on the Patio is you don't talk about Movies on the Patio. But you can expect shirtless and barefoot dudes to be there for this free cult film series featuring the oh-so-quotable …

    Brad Pitt, left, and Edward Norton star in Fight Club.
  6. Sears Auto Center closed at Westfield Countryside mall


    CLEARWATER — Sears has closed its standalone auto service center at Westfield Countryside mall as part of a nationwide strategy to save the struggling retailer.

    Sears Auto Center stores will soon be closing across the country as the struggling company tries to sell or lease the spaces to other retailers. Sears owns more than 700 auto centers, which are described as only marginally profitable.
  7. GreenPal app lets people hire lawn services


    Bryan Clayton knows not everyone likes to mow their lawn. But they also don't know who to hire and don't have the time to gather bids.

    That's where his service comes in.

  8. Amazon fulfillment center in Ruskin nearing completion


    RUSKIN — Construction is nearing completion on Amazon's fulfillment center in southeastern Hillsborough County, which could start processing online shoppers' orders this week.

  9. Trigaux: Detailed peek inside ailing Olive Garden chain sheds light on tough economic trends


    When unhappy investors start dinging a restaurant chain for serving too many breadsticks or too much salad dressing at once, for failing to salt cooking water for pasta, and for using too-costly "to go" bags, is an overhaul far behind?

    The once popular, now stumbling Olive Garden  chain was targeted this past week by an activist investor group trying to put its own directors on the board of the chain's struggling parent, Darden Restaurants in Orlando. [MELISSA LYTTLE   |   Times]
  10. Home equity loan, HELOC or cash-out refi?


    Homeowners who want to cash out their equity might be puzzled by the advantages and disadvantages of their three choices: a home equity line of credit, home equity loan or cash-out refinance.

    Which makes the most sense?

    The answer depends on:

    • How much equity you have.

    • How much you …