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  1. St. Petersburg's Anime Fix a magnet for manga fans

    Consumer

    It had only been one week since Erika Strahle had made the journey from MacDill Air Force Base to Tampa Bay's only all-anime store, but she had to come back.

    A wide selection of new and hard to find items for sale at Anime Fix in St. Petersburg. Owner Bobby Koonce talks about a vintage G.I. Joe toy. Photos by Luis Santana/tbt*
  2. Former star athlete, wife offer a personal touch at their Brooksville sporting goods store

    Retail

    BROOKSVILLE — Long before the advent of sporting goods chain stores and big box outlets, Hernando County athletes shopped at Kelly's World of Sports in Brooksville.

    Eddie and Jennifer Looper own Looper Sports Connection in Brooksville. Eddie played baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals organization, the University of Alabama and Hernando High School.
  3. Whole Foods Market in Countryside Mall to open Sept. 24

    Retail

    CLEARWATER — Whole Foods Market's debut location in Pinellas County will hold its grand opening on Sept. 24, the company announced Wednesday.

  4. 5 things to do under $5 Aug. 28-Sept. 3

    Events

    1 Sleep Walk Tampa Bay: A walk on the beach to raise awareness of sleeping disorders is fittingly called the Sleep Walk. Participants are encouraged to wear pajamas or other sleep-related costumes from the land of Nod for this 1.5-mile walk behind the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort to benefit Project …

  5. Don't fall for tech-support scams

    Consumer

    The phone rings. The voice on the other line informs you that your PC is infected with a virus that, fortunately for you, the caller's well-known company can eliminate. Hmm, you think, that's odd, since our family only uses Macs.

  6. Florida consumer confidence still hovers at post-recession high

    Personal Finance

    Consumer confidence among Floridians remained flat in August, hovering at a post-recession high of 82 for the third consecutive month, according to a University of Florida survey released Tuesday.

  7. After rough times, talk of optimism by Florida shopping center leaders

    Retail

    ORLANDO — After a long, hard climb out of the recession, Florida shopping center officials are seeing better times ahead.

    COMING TO YBOR: A 7-Eleven is scheduled to open Friday on Seventh Avenue, across from Centro Ybor.
  8. Hot sauce factory CEO: "We make hot sauce, we don't make tear gas"

    Retail

    IRWINDALE, Calif. — A Southern California hot sauce plant that came under fire for its spicy odors is throwing open its doors to the public, offering a whiff of excitement and perhaps a breath of fresh air in its relations with its neighbors.

    Employee Victor Avila pushes chili peppers Friday during the grinding process at Huy Fong Foods’ factory in Irwindale, Calif.
  9. Walmart looks to Neighborhood Markets to boost lagging sales

    Retail

    TAMPA — Bigger isn't always better, even when it comes to Walmart.

    Nhi Nguyen shops for produce at the new Walmart Neighborhood Market along Gunn Highway in Tampa on Wednesday.
  10. Mexican restaurant headed to Hyde Park Village

    Retail

    A long-awaited restaurant is headed to Hyde Park Village in Tampa.