Deals & shopping

  1. Urban Juice to open; tot-to-teen salon; boxing club begins presales


    TAMPA — A fresh-pressed juice bar with a tech lounge on the first floor, a state-of-the-art fitness center and spa on the second floor and a video conference center on the third floor — that's the vision for the Urban Juice Co., opening in mid May in "the Franklin," a historic building on Franklin Street.

  2. 5 things to do under $5 April 24-30


    1 Spring Postcard Show: Deltiology, or postcard collecting, is the third-largest collecting hobby in the world, behind coins and stamps, but postcards offer a rich treasure of images of old-time tourism and vacations of another era. The Sunshine Post Card Club is having its spring show with dozens of dealers from 9 a.m. …

  3. Dick's Sporting Goods to open April 25 at WestShore Plaza


    TAMPA — Dick's Sporting Goods is opening Friday at WestShore Plaza.

  4. General Mills reverses online legal policy after consumer outcry


    General Mills, maker of Cheerios and other grocery staples, has reversed a recent change to its online legal policy after an outcry by consumers.

  5. Apple plans free recycling, renewable energy push


    SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is offering free recycling of all its used products and vowing to power all of its stores, offices and data centers with renewable energy to reduce the pollution caused by its devices and online services.

    Apple announced initiatives Monday to offer free recycling of its products, as well as plans to use renewable energy sources at its 420 worldwide stores.
  6. O.J. Simpson houseguest Kato Kaelin to launch clothing line


    Kato Kaelin became a household name — and the butt of many jokes — for being the slacker houseguest who testified during the murder trial of O.J. Simpson.

    Brian Kato Kaelin, a friend of O.J. Simpson’s ex-wife, who was living in Simpson’s guesthouse, uses a diagram of Simpson’s Brentwood mansion to describe what he saw the night Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend were killed. Kaelin testified during a preliminary hearing for Simpson in Los Angeles Tuesday, July 5, 1994. (AP Photo/John McCoy, Pool)
  7. For pizza vendors, Vegas expo is a slice of heaven


    LAS VEGAS — My old pal Vinnie the pizza guy called recently. He was coming to town, but not to gamble: Pizza people — shop owners, sauce makers, cheese peddlers — were gathering for their annual trade show, and he planned to be there.

    Every year, thousands flock to the International Pizza Expo. 
       Here’s why.
  8. As love affair with cars wanes, Tampa Bay stuck in slow lane of change


    Amid the parochial arm wrestling over what kind (if any) of mass transit lies in its future, the Tampa Bay metro area remains surprisingly blind to the bigger trend.

    Travis Kalanick is CEO of Uber, one of two ride-sharing services that are now accepting passengers in Tampa, connecting passengers with drivers via a smartphone app. Lyft is the other service.
  9. Florida's unemployment rate inches up to 6.3 percent

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    Florida's unemployment rate inched up from 6.2 percent to 6.3 percent in March, ending a remarkable 42-month streak in which the rate has either dropped or stayed unchanged.

  10. Lloyd's of London dramatically lowers its flood insurance rates in Florida


    Here's something that might shock many Tampa Bay homeowners:

    Flood insurance rates are falling.

    For $250,000 of coverage, the National Flood Insurance Program from FEMA quoted a rate of $4,846 for this home in the Shores Acres section of St. Petersburg. The Lloyds of London rate for this home was $2,123.