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  1. Stylish sensibilities merge at Tampa's fashionable Penelope T boutique

    Consumer

    Most people think they need to go to New York City for fashion, but two Floridians did the exact opposite.

    Those are some fabulous shoes. With just the right mix of casual in the front design and sophistication in the high heel, the Cynthia Vincent sandals go with just about everything.
  2. Hernando gets new baseball training facility

    Retail

    BROOKSVILLE — Budding ballplayers have a new training ground and well-experienced coaches to guide them at Stix & Seams, an indoor facility where the order of business is honing skills for baseball and softball.

    Trainer Donnie Whitehead positions a baseball on a T-post as 7-year-old Alex Senules of Crystal River checks his hand position on the bat during his second lesson at Stix & Seams, Brooksville.
  3. McDonald's tries menu makeover with 'Create Your Taste' (w/video)

    Retail

    WESLEY CHAPEL — Who's up for building a sexy new Quarter Pounder, the longtime blue-collar thug on the McDonald's menu? You know, pretty that sucker up a bit. Maybe some guac, garlic sauce, caramelized onions, all on a lettuce wrap and presented to you via perky tableside service.

    Keisha Durand, center, uses a touch screen kiosk Wednesday with her father, Dominique Durand, left, and mother, Catherine Durand, to order food at a McDonald’s in Wesley Chapel. Customers can use a giant iPad-like screen to order speciality menu items.
  4. Publix sued by family of boy who died after eating cookie

    Retail

    The family of a deceased 11-year-old Alabama boy has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Publix Super Markets claiming he died as a result of severe allergic shock from eating a cookie after a store employee misled them about the ingredients.

  5. Besito Mexican prepares for April 8 opening in West Shore

    Retail

    TAMPA

    The candle wall is already flickering with 150 electric votives, but banquettes still need to be placed and the cobblestone patio is yet to be laid. The hours are ticking by as WestShore Plaza anticipates the April 8 debut of Besito Mexican. The Palm steakhouse location closed quietly last year — too …

    Besito Mexican opens in April in WestShore Plaza in Tampa. “This is white tablecloth — but not high end,” Florida partner Stanley Goodman said Monday at the restaurant.
  6. Free and cheap fun: 5 things to do under $5 March 26-April 1

    Events

    1Fin Harp sonic sculpture: On April 1 the Straz Center for the Performing Arts opens an eye-popping piece of public art called Fin Harp, a "sonic" sculpture that will stretch 14 brass wires more than 1,000 feet in a harp form that will scale the roof of the Straz Center. Created by Luke Rothschild, the …

    A harp sonic sculpture by composer Luke Rothschild will be on display at the Straz Center from Wednesday through May 3.
  7. Target to pay $10M in 2013 data breach suit

    Retail

    MINNEAPOLIS — A Minnesota judge has endorsed a settlement in which Target will pay $10 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over a massive data breach in 2013.

  8. Judge okays $10 million settlement in Target data breach (w/video)

    Retail

    A Minnesota judge has endorsed a settlement in which Target Corp. will pay $10 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over a massive data breach in 2013.

    Shoppers arrive at a Target store in Los Angeles. Target has proposed to pay $10 million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought against it following a massive data breach in 2013. [Associated Press]
  9. Canvas apron artisan Brtch Mfg outfitting Tampa Bay's hippest restaurants

    Consumer

    Charles Britch reaches down to touch a roll of black canvas to demonstrate that it's softer than it looks.

    Charles Britch makes a custom barista apron under his label Brtch Mfg at his workshop.
  10. Ferg's Live brings restaurant, sports bar, entertainment to Channelside; second Tampa Culver's opens

    Retail

    Just because the show's over at Amalie Arena doesn't mean the party has to stop.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson is part of a joint venture across from Amalie Arena called Ferg’s Live, a restaurant and sports bar that will also have live entertainment.