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  1. Retail Fix: Consignment furniture in the bay area has deals galore

    Consumer

    College students moving into their first dorm and others striking out on their own often look to Ikea for lower-cost, put-it-together-yourself furniture. As part of their initiation, they must enter a labyrinth designed by Lewis Carroll and Satan. • Consider instead a growing number of "gently used" …

    This small-apartment-friendly drop-leaf table is $100 at Colonial Furniture & Mattress.
  2. 5 things to do under $5 Aug. 25-31: Fourth Friday Tampa, latte art, train show

    Events

    1 Fourth Friday Tampa: The museums and businesses along the Tampa Riverwalk have free and cheap deals, as well as free water taxi rides for this month's Fourth Friday party. There's $5 admission at the Glazer Children's Museum from 4 to 6 p.m. Bestselling author Dawn Tripp will give a free talk about her …

    DAKOTA MOYER | Times The Glazer Children’s Museum will offer $5 admission from 4 to 6 p.m. for this month’s Fourth Friday party. 
  3. Corona and the app Klink will deliver beer on Madeira Beach on Saturday

    Events

    In a publicity stunt aimed at thirsty beachgoers, Corona beer has partnered with the alcohol delivery service Klink for beach-side beer delivery for one day only on Madeira Beach this weekend.

    Writer-director Richard Tanne, center, poses with stars Tika Sumpter, left, and Parker Sawyers, who play young Michelle Robinson and Barack Obama in Southside With You.
  4. Retailers should focus on aging baby boomers, not millennials, as profit centers

    Retail

    ORLANDO — Retailers be on alert: Millennials may be getting all the buzz but it's aging baby boomers who have the bucks.

    Joseph Coughlin says college towns  are drawing older people.
  5. Here's why grocery stores and restaurants are the hottest thing in Florida retail right now

    Retail

    There's something about Florida that grocery chains cannot resist.

    Safeway store that opened in June at the site of a former Albertsons grocery store in Largo. [JUSTINE GRIFFIN   |   Times]
  6. New Tampa guitar shop will sell new and vintage equipment

    Retail

    TAMPA — In high school, Kyle Bailey and his buddies jammed out to Metallica covers in their garage thrash band.

    Replay Guitar Exchange owner Kyle Bailey shows off a vintage 1966 Epiphany Sheraton for sale at his store, which will sell new guitars as well.
  7. Survey: Too many new smartphone models released each year

    Retail

    SEOUL, South Korea — Consumers think smartphone makers are releasing too many new models each year, a survey released last week shows.

    A Greenpeace survey found that more than half of respondents would prefer to change phones less frequently. 
  8. Insider tips: Your last chance to play in 1.2 million balls at Amalie Arena

    Events

    It turns out plenty of people in Tampa Bay want to play in a ball pit.

    Lance Tejo, 15; Bryce Navarro, 15; and Hailey Alimo, 12, of Wesley Chapel cannonball into the Beach Tampa’s 1.2 million balls. The free installation ends Thursday at Amalie Arena.
  9. For Glazer museum's birthday: $6 admission, free weekend in September

    Events

    Forget those birthday party goody bags stuffed with plastic junk. The Glazer Children's Museum is celebrating its sixth birthday with $6 admission for almost the whole month of September, capped off by free admission Sept. 24-25 for a science-filled Particle Party.

    The museum has a variety of play stations, including this kitchen and food one.
  10. 5 things to do under $5: Last week of Beach Tampa, free ice skating, cupcake contest

    Events

    1The Beach Tampa: This is the last week to play in the free installation of 1.2 million white plastic balls designed to look like an ocean of bubbles at Tampa's Amalie Arena. Free timed tickets and parking vouchers are available through thebeachtampa.com. Most …

    AMY SCHERZER | Times photo Beach bathing beauties post at The Beach Tampa opening night VIP party Aug. 4 at Amalie Arena.