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  1. Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show displays hospitality products

    Consumer

    ORLANDO — The 43rd annual Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show held at the Orange County Convention Center last week in Orlando featured demos by celebrity chefs like Emeril Lagasse and dramatic daily American Culinary Federation team competitions. But the most entertaining part is wandering the more than 450 booths …

  2. Water park offers Florida residents unlimited ticket deal

    Florida

    As long as this heat keeps lingering, we can appreciate the deal Wet 'n Wild Orlando water park is offering Florida residents: For $36 (already $20 less than admission) you can have unlimited visits to the water slides through Dec. 31. The park this year debuted the new Aqua Drag Racer, Florida's tallest and fastest …

    A rendering of the new ride coming to Wet 'n Wild this summer, the Aqua Drag Racer.
  3. This week's recalls

    Retail

    Smoke/CO alarms

    Company: Walter Kidde Portable Equipment Inc.

    Quantity: 1.2 million.

  4. How to avoid expensive engine repairs

    Consumer

    The engine is the heart of your vehicle. When it stops working, so does your car.

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  5. WestShore Plaza sold

    Retail

    TAMPA — WestShore Plaza, Tampa Bay's oldest mall, is getting a new owner.

    WestShore Plaza, Tampa Bay’s oldest mall, will be acquired by Washington Prime Group Inc., a real estate investment trust based in Bethesda, Md., as part of a $4.3 billion deal to buy Glimcher Realty Trust of Ohio.
  6. Think beyond regular coupons to save more money

    Consumer

    Ever hear this piece of investment advice, "You've got to spend money to make money"?

  7. Amazon expands gadget lineup, offers Fire tablet for kids

    Retail

    NEW YORK — The newest version of Amazon's Fire tablets and Kindle e-readers, which launch next month, will come with the requisite incremental innovations that make the coming generation of the devices lighter and faster.

    Amazon is debuting the Kindle Fire HD Kids’ Edition, a lower-cost Fire tablet that comes with a two-year, no-questions-asked warranty if it’s broken.
  8. Tampa's Pink Petticoat boutique a lacy ladies' getaway

    Consumer

    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.
  9. Everybody's Business for Sept. 19: 'Tampa Cuban' cuisine

    Retail

    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.

  10. Arigato Japanese Steak House closes restaurants

    Business

    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.