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  1. Everybody's Business: a new gluten-free option in Carrollwood

    Retail

    CARROLLWOOD — Business is booming at Stacy's Gluten Free Goodies following a move to Carrollwood.

  2. Publix restricts coupon use to discourage extreme couponing

    Retail

    Calling all extreme couponers.

    Publix is on to you.

    Florida's largest grocery chain tightened its coupon policy Wednesday to discourage shoppers from overusing coupons and buying up everything on a shelf.

    Publix on Wednesday tightened its coupon policy to discourage shoppers from overusing coupons and buying up everything on a shelf. [Times files (2010)]
  3. 5 things to do under $5 Oct. 2-8

    Events

    1 Movies in the Park: Just in time for the cooler evenings of October, we get free movies in the parks. St. Petersburg's popular date night/family picnic scene on the downtown waterfront returns this week with Robin William's great Dead Poets Society. Brazilian music by Rio Bossa starts at 6 p.m. today and …

    The Highland Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave., Largo, will again host a pups-only pool party. The festivities begin at 11 a.m. Saturday.
  4. Florida consumer confidence rises to a pre-recession high

    Personal Finance

    What recession?

    Florida consumer confidence has inched back up to the highest level since April 2007, before both the Great Recession struck and the Mild Recovery began.

  5. Amazon fulfillment center in Ruskin starts shipping orders

    Retail

    RUSKIN — Amazon's distribution warehouse is finally up and running in southeastern Hillsborough County.

  6. Four Tampa Bay entrepreneurs named Martha Stewart American Made Award finalists

    Retail

    Martha and money. What more do you need?

    That's the feeling of four Tampa Bay entrepreneurs seeking to win a Martha Stewart American Made Award. The 10 awards are given annually to small businesses devoted to quality craftsmanship and design.

     Russ Phillips started Sunshine Dye Dream with his family in 2008. Selling mostly at local farmers markets it truly is a family affair. Everyone pitches in and helps setup and sell. They are currently developing a line of tie dye kits and instructional videos in an effort to help people to make better looking tie dyes on their own. People always ask how we get such great colors on our shirts. Our kits and videos will help folks to get the colors and results they are looking for. two local finalists for the Martha Stewart American Made Awards. sent emails to phototech. One shows Sunshine Dye Dream tie-dye shirts. Good photo is the family shot of owners Russ and Loretta Phillips and their sons, Cole (left) and Ben selling their wares. Photo is courtesy of Russ Phillips.
  7. Making the indoors safer for allergy sufferers

    Consumer

    For the many people who suffer from allergies, dust mites can become a problem. The allergens in dust mite feces and body parts can lead to chronic sinus problems and coughing, among other symptoms. If gone untreated, the problem can escalate to eczema and asthma, particularly in children, according to James Sublett, …

    This photo provided by courtesy of Mission: Allergy, Inc. shows a pillow encased in an allergen-proof cover on a bed.  For those with allergies, symptoms can be serious when sleeping with millions of dust mites. Luckily, homes can be made more livable for allergy-sufferers in a few easy steps, such as protecting your pillow and mattress. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Mission: Allergy, Inc.) NYLS769
  8. Happy International (or not) Coffee Day, everybody — find your freebies

    Consumer

    Today, Sept. 29, is International Coffee Day (which, as Wikipedia points out with a straight face, is also apparently called by two less international names — Coffee Day and National Coffee Day).

  9. New Walmart in east Tampa to help turn food desert into oasis

    Retail

    TAMPA — Mayor Bob Buckhorn hasn't met a ribbon-cutting he doesn't like. One day he went to six, smiling for photos and speaking at each. Last week, he went to a groundbreaking of a Walmart supercenter in east Tampa, another seemingly routine event.

    His message was anything but.

    Nhi Nguyen shops for produce at the new Walmart Neighborhood Market in Tampa in August.
  10. J. McLaughlin dresses Hyde Park Village; California Tacos opens ; Veya Spa pampers downtown

    Retail

    HYDE PARK VILLAGE — Tradition tweaked, classic yet contemporary — that's J. McLaughlin, Hyde Park Village's newest tenant. The fashion retailer's 84th store, featuring women's and men's sportswear and accessories, opens today near Piquant Cafe.