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  1. Restoration Hardware at International Plaza will be like a mini mansion


    TAMPA — When the Restoration Hardware gallery store opens at International Plaza, Tampa shoppers are in for an new kind of shopping experience.

    Restoration Hardware's Tampa Bay store in Hyde Park Village, pictured, closed. RH opened a temporary store inside International Plaza, which will close when the new store opens on Bay Street by The Capital Grille. [Times files (2001)]
  2. Don't twist that Oreo: Cookie gets skinny, 'sophisticated'


    NEW YORK — Oreos are getting a skinny new look, and its maker says the new cookie is a "sophisticated" snack for grown-ups that isn't meant to be twisted or dunked.

    This product image provided by Mondelez shows an "Oreo Thin". Mondelez International Inc. says it will add "Oreo Thins," which have a similar cookie-to-filling ratio as regular Oreos, except that they're slimmer, to its permanent lineup in the U.S. starting next week. [Mondelez via AP]
  3. Whole Foods takes blame for 'inadvertent' mispricing


    A week after a New York City investigation found that Whole Foods Market stores were overcharging for prepackaged products, the company's co-chief executives admitted pricing mistakes were made.

  4. Caroline Hailey: 3 best and worst things to buy generic


    Whether you're single or married, have a large or small family, finding ways to save money is always a good feeling. And with so many generic options out there, it's often tempting to just buy the cheaper products and save your money for something else. But "cheaper" doesn't always mean better. So, how can you know what …

  5. Glazer Children's Museum offers summer admission deal


    The Glazer Children's Museum is celebrating its fifth birthday this summer by giving out buy one, get one free admissions through September. Go to the museum's website at glazermuseum.org and print your BOGO coupon for a free museum admission that can be used Monday-Friday through September with one paid admission. …

    TP_328655_WALL_childrens_4 (09/25/2010 Tampa) Donald Tobin (CQ), 5, marvels at the air power station, where tubes of blowing air hover foam balls the kids place in the airflow. The Glazer Children's Museum opened to the public on Saturday at noon. [DANIEL WALLACE, Times]
  6. Coffee company's past financial problems not discussed by aviation board


    TAMPA — The Hillsborough County Aviation Authority board had a full house for its regular meeting Thursday at Tampa International Airport, as many anticipated that board members would discuss a concessions contract involving a local coffee shop owner with a history of financial troubles.

    But that didn't …

  7. Coffee company awarded spot at Tampa airport has history of financial troubles


    TAMPA — Today, Herb Colvin runs a coffee stand inside a Hills­borough County Public Schools building, sells organic teas and coffees at farmers markets and other locales, and has a record of financial problems, including federal and state tax liens, evictions, a foreclosure and a bankruptcy.

    Bay Coffee & Tea Company’s one actual coffee stand is in a Hillsborough County Public Schools building in Tampa.
  8. Rooftop surf park, wave pool coming to Orlando's International Drive


    Add a surf park with three pools atop a 10-story parking garage to the attention-grabbing features coming to the Skyplex entertainment complex set to open on Orlando's International Drive in about 18 months. Developers have already announced plans for the world's tallest roller coaster, a drop tower attraction, a zip …

     A surfer rides the stationary artificial wave in on a San Diego, Calif., rooftop in 2000. (Photo by David McNew/Newsmakers)
  9. Tampa Premium Outlets mall tenants identified in building permits


    WESLEY CHAPEL — Simon Property Group says it is not yet ready to announce its tenants for the Tampa Premium Outlets mall, but public records filed in Pasco County identify scores of retailers — from Coach to Rack Room Shoes — for the nine-building mall scheduled to open Oct. 29.

  10. Free and cheap fun: 5 things to do under $5 June 25-July 1


    1 Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail: With much fanfare, the final connection between Pinellas and Hillsborough counties opened June 22. Now joggers, cyclists and skaters can enjoy panoramic views of Upper Tampa Bay and safe passage between Clearwater and Tampa on the Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail. …

    Tiffany Edens, 41, of Tampa takes in the view as she climbs up the big bridge on the Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail. Runners, bicyclists and pedestrians can now traverse the entire span of the Courtney Campbell Causeway from Clearwater to Tampa.