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  1. 5 things to do under $5: Streetcar Live, director Ciro Guerra, Pinellas Pork Barbecue Cook-Off and Rodeo

    Events

    1Streetcar Live: The live music series aboard Tampa's TECO Line Streetcar System returns Saturday. Americana duo Lady and the Bard will play folk, bluegrass and blues for riders from 5 to 7 p.m. Streetcar fare is $2.50 one-way, $5 all day. See tecolinestreetcar.org or catch the trolley at Centennial Park, 1800 E …

    TP 147917 - - DELIVER TO: TAMPA & STATE - - 10/9/2002 CAPTION INFO:  The first phase of the TECO Line Streetcar System serving downtown, Channelside and Ybor City opens Sat. Oct. 19, with free rides during the grand opening weekend.  - - Times Photo by: Stefanie Boyar - - Story By: David Karp - - SCANNED BY:  RUN DATE: 10/13/2002
  2. Sprouts Farmers Market to open Carrollwood store next year

    Retail

    Sprouts Farmers Market will open a store in Carrollwood early next year.

    Sprouts Farmers Market will open a store in Carrollwood early next year. Photo courtesy of Sprouts Farmers Market.
  3. Busch Gardens adds extra free months to annual pass

    Florida

    Busch Gardens is temporarily extending the reach of its annual passes by three months, which means you can get 15 months at the Tampa theme park for the price of 12 months.

    Busch Gardens’ 12-month pass is good for 15 months if you buy by Jan. 3.
JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times
  4. Earth Fare, the newest grocery store to hit Tampa Bay, seeks a healthy crowd

    Retail

    SEMINOLE — Frank Scorpiniti doesn't like to think of Earth Fare as a grocery store.

    Employees get the new Earth Fare grocery store set up in Seminole on Monday. The new grocery store is set to open on Wednesday in Seminole City Center. EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times

  5. Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival returns, with free screenings for students

    Movies

    If the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival survives another 27 years, it'll require the future of LGBTQ culture remembering its past.

    Equality activists Evan Wolfson, Thalia Zepatos and Marc Solomon plan a nationwide push for same-sex marriage in Freedom to Marry, Friday’s opening night selection at the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.
  6. Spaghetti Warehouse to close for good in Ybor City after efforts to save and relocate it fail

    Retail

    TAMPA — Spaghetti Warehouse in Ybor City will close for good Sunday despite a recent effort to save and relocate the restaurant in the Tampa Bay area.

    Spaghetti Warehouse is closing for good in Ybor City on Oct. 2. Photo courtesy of Lydia Dodson


  7. How is discount grocer Aldi trying to stand out in a crowded Florida market?

    Retail

    TAMPA — It has been eight years since the low-cost German grocer Aldi opened its first store in the Sunshine State.

    Geman Discount grocer Aldi came to Florida about eight years ago and plans nearly 20 store openings in the state this year. Joerg Sarbac | Associated Press
  8. How do you transform a downtown like Tampa's that has such little history?

    Economic Development

    It's one thing to decide which building goes where when mapping out a new $3 billion district for downtown Tampa. But it's another challenge entirely to create a sense of place and identity that has been lacking in downtown Tampa for decades when there isn't much history in that part of town.

    James Nozar is CEO of Jeff Vinik’s real estate firm.
  9. Why did shopping centers like BayWalk and Channelside Bay Plaza fail so miserably?

    Retail

    Nearly two decades ago, real estate developers wanted to build open-air shopping centers in Florida.

    New developers led by Tampa Bay Lighthing owner Jeff Vinik want to demolish Channnelside Bay Plaza, which opened in 2001. [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times]
  10. Every day's a safety drill as Chipotle woos customers back

    Retail

    A large digital kitchen timer perches near a sink at a Chipotle Mexican Grill in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan. It is reset every 30 minutes, and 12 minutes have passed.

    Chipotle hired James Marsden to focus on food safety and regain customer confidence.