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  1. Pot Roast Spud?! Three restaurant chains look to conquer Tampa Bay

    Retail

    One has a "secret menu" and a beef-and-marinara monster sandwich called "the Godfather." Another makes pretty pizzas with spicy twists. And another is a breakfast joint that serves an omelette called "the Bacquezo" (bacon, chorizo, cream cheese).

  2. New methodology helps boost Florida consumer confidence index

    Personal Finance

    Florida consumer confidence rose sharply in January, but researchers attributed much of the climb to changes in how survey data was collected.

  3. Agriculture secretary says Cuba trade could grow by hundreds of millions

    Agriculture

    U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack predicts U.S. trade with Cuba could rebound from its current $300 million to close to $500 million with Florida among the states capitalizing the most.

    Tom Vilsack said loosened restrictions will make a difference.
  4. Cow trachea, anyone? New St. Pete pet shop goes 'primal'

    Retail

    ST. PETERSBURG — Krista Schmidt is giving a tour of her dream come true, even if it sounds like a nightmare. "When you first walk in the store," she says, "you'll see the body parts: duck feet, antlers, cow tracheas."

    The Curly Bully Stick, perhaps the steer’s most personal contribution, is one of the treats at St. PetersBark! They’re also online at stpetersbark.com. 

  5. Tampa's Love That! boutique all about looking, feeling good

    Consumer

    Angela Llewellyn is all about uplifting thoughts and good vibrations, so it makes sense that her women's boutique in Tampa reflects that. Love That! has crystals, charms and positive messages throughout the shop, but only part of them are for her own benefit. Most of them are in the clothes, accessories and gifts …

    Mix, match and switch. Ginger Snaps jewelry are some of the most popular items, since pieces like the double-strand necklace ($32) allow for endless combinations of snaps ($6.95) that embellish them.
  6. Guitar retailers worry that Fender's new online store will push them out

    Retail

    LOS ANGELES — Fender's curvy Stratocasters, Telecasters and Jazz Basses have been must-have features of guitar shop walls for decades.

    Ken Grayson, owner of Grayson’s Tune Town in Montrose, Calif., worries that guitar manufacturers will shift more to direct-to-consumer sales, increasing competition and offering lower prices.
  7. Port Tampa Bay well positioned for the future, CEO says

    Economic Development

    TAMPA — The state of Port Tampa Bay is good, CEO Paul Anderson said, and it's getting better.

    Tampa Port Authority Chief Executive Officer Paul Anderson announces the new name of the port as Port Tampa Bay. It was announced during the State of the Port meeting held in Cruise Terminal 2 on Wednesday 1/22/14
  8. 2015 Super Bowl commercials have Kim Kardashian, implied nudity … but little buzz (w/video)

    Retail

    When you pony up $4.5 million for a 30-second Super Bowl commercial — this year's whopper price to plug away, some $500,000 more than 2014 — you'd probably like a little hype, some bang-for-your-buck hullabaloo leading into the big game.

    Kim Kardashian stars in a Super Bowl ad for T-Mobile. This year’s ads cost $4.5 million for a 30-second spot during Sunday’s game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots, up $500,000 from the price for last year’s Super Bowl.
  9. Reports show growing financial squeeze for most Florida workers

    Personal Finance

    Economists pinpoint the end of the Great Recession as 2009, but for most Floridians, the financial squeeze has only gotten worse.

  10. Target's new line of plus-size clothes has blogger support

    Retail

    MINNEAPOLIS

    Her Target boycott was short-lived.

    Chastity Garner Valentine, a prolific fashion blogger with 68,000 followers on Instagram, was so fed up when she found out that the designer partnership Target announced in August would not — once again — have clothes in plus sizes that she …

    Comments by Chastity Garner Valentine, center, on social media influenced Target to bring her on board, along with two other women, Gabi Gregg, left, and Nicolette Mason. The three represent Ava & Viv, Target’s new plus-size clothing line.