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  1. Martin Jewelers keeps ticking after 60 years

    Retail

    BRANDON — A three-year promise to his father has turned into a lifelong passion for Freddie "Joe" Martin Jr., the oldest of Fred Martin's eight children.

    Freddie Martin, who died in 1969, founded Martin’s Jewelers as a watch repair business out of his Brandon home in 1954. 
  2. 5 things to do under $5 Nov. 27-Dec. 3

    Events

    1 Local craft festivals: Black Friday shoppers, take note: Local artisans will be set up at three beach communities this weekend to sell their work in festive, old-fashioned market atmosphere. Take the 100 Artist Show at St. Pete Beach's Horan Park, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach, where from …

    There will be plenty of pretty things to look at during Saturday’s Madeira Beach Craft Festival.
  3. St. Petersburg's Stash threads the needle of niche yarn market

    Consumer

    All Kristin Lohr wanted was a nice place to knit with like-minded friends. But when her search for such a place in Tampa Bay turned fruitless, it was clear she needed to make her own.

    Knitting the holiday cheer. The star ornament ($16) is knitted and then fired into a kiln by artists at Craftsman House in St. Petersburg so it retains its shape and has some weight to it.
  4. Ranks of super-rich Floridians on the rise

    Personal Finance

    Amid recent reports showing stagnant income growth and nearly half of Floridians struggling to afford basic needs comes this fresh insight into the Sunshine State's financial fortunes:

    The ranks of super-rich Floridians jumped nearly 12 percent last year, adding nearly 500 individuals with net assets of $30 million or more. [iStockphoto]
  5. Surprise jump in Florida consumer confidence

    Personal Finance

    Floridians haven't been this confident about economic conditions in a long time — nearly eight years — based on a monthly University of Florida survey released Tuesday.

  6. Wish granted: Same day delivery for the holidays

    Retail

    NEW YORK — A procrastinator's holiday wish come true: Presents ordered at the last minute can now show up under the Christmas tree that same day.

    Ricardo Sandoval sorts packages at an Amazon fulfillment center in Phoenix. Amazon has expanded its same-day delivery service.
  7. Review: 3 cheap smartphones to consider this holiday season

    Retail

    NEW YORK — The cheapest smartphones don't have all the gizmos of Apple or Samsung models, but I'm impressed by how many features you do get for roughly a third of the price.

    This product image provided by ZTE shows the Nubia 5S Mini smartphone.  [Associated Press]
  8. Florida unemployment rate falls to 6 percent, but problems persist

    Business

    There's little debate that Florida's economy is improving.

  9. Deal Divas: Avoid the mall with holiday shopping apps and buying local

    Retail

    Head to the malls if you'd like.

    There's plenty of selection, of course. It may infuse you with holiday spirit. And you can wait in line for a few hours to sit on Santa's lap if that's your thing.

    The mall can even tire Santa out (well, especially Santa). The Deal Divas have some ideas to avoid the mall by using phone apps and shopping local. 
  10. Deal Divas: Holiday shopping tips for everyone from the tween to grandma

    Retail

    It's tougher today than ever before to buy gifts for a member of another generation. Older adults struggle with what kind of boop-bop-beep-bop machine to get for the kids. Meanwhile, the younger generations must try to figure out if a $400 iPad for Grandma would change her life or collect dust in the dumbwaiter. The …

    The grandmas and the youngsters in this photo from a holiday party in Zephyrhills a few years ago seem in agreement that these hats and mittens are pretty neat. But it’s more difficult than ever for people from different generations to know what to get as a gift for those older or younger. Good thing the Deal Divas have some ideas.