Deals & shopping

  1. 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.

  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

  5. 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.
  6. HSN's Mindy Grossman a hot commodity among retailers

    Retail

    These days, retail big shot Mindy Grossman is hotter than any skinny jean, perfume or kitchen appliance sold on HSN.

    Mindy Grossman, CEO of St. Petersburg-based HSN Inc., earned $13.8 million last year, making her the highest-paid CEO of any public company in the Tampa Bay area. She sits on the boards of the National Retail Federation, UNICEF and Tampa-based Bloomin’ Brands.
  7. Soup up your sluggish Wi-Fi

    Consumer

    Slow-loading Web pages. Email freeze ups. Stuttering music and video streams. These are signs your tablet, smartphone or game system is struggling, at the "fringe" of your home modem/router's Wi-Fi radio range. And in dire need of a Wi-Fi-signal extender.

  8. Everybody's Business for July 18: salon, pizza and CDB's

    Retail

    WEST SHORE DISTRICT — No hair cutting, no hair coloring — just wash, blow and go: That's the speedy salon appeal of Blo Blow Dry Bar.

  9. 5 things to do under $5 July 17-23

    Events

    1 Dive-in Movie: Everything is awesome when they play The Lego Movie poolside Friday at the St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center. The Olympic-sized pool has a spray play area for kids and two large water slides. Bring your noodles, floats and chairs for movie watching. Gates open at 8 p.m. and the movie starts after …

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  10. Shoppers in pajamas get deals Thursday at Sunrise Sale in downtown St. Petersburg

    Events

    You can even wear your pajamas and slippers for extra deals starting early Thursday in downtown St. Petersburg during the annual summer Sunrise Sale. Follow the trail of yellow flags and colorful balloons to participating locations. Shoppers can get started at the refreshing time of 6:43 a.m. — and still have …

    SP_341413_SHAD_sunrisesale_03 (07/21/11 ST. PETE) Mia Sadler (cq), from St. Petersburg, who said she is in her 50's, sports her bunny slippers while shopping on Beach Drive NE during the annual Sunrise Sale and Pajama Party Thursday early morning in St.Petersburg. "I'm on my stay-cation," Sadler explained. The annual event officially kicked off at 6:43am. [DIRK SHADD, Times]