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  1. Fresh Kitchen bowls over SoHo; jeans and java in Ybor

    Retail

    SOUTH TAMPA — It doesn't get much easier — or healthier — than a breakfast, lunch or dinner bowl at Fresh Kitchen, the newest addition to the Ciccio Restaurant Group.

  2. News flash: There's stuff to do in Brooksville

    Retail

    I have news that might change your whole perspective on living in Brooksville:

    Now there's stuff to do here.

  3. Glamor for all occasions, generations

    Consumer

    In 35 years of business, Georgette Diaz has seen trends come and go, hemlines rise and fall, but one thing that hasn't changed is that women are always searching for a dress that will make them look their best. To help in that department she opened Georgette's Boutique, where women could find the perfect outfit, whether …

    These shoes were made for dancing. After the ceremony is over, a bride can change into these platform sneakers ($129) so she can comfortably dance all night.
  4. Replay Amusement Museum brings video game, pinball nostalgia to Tarpon Springs (w/video)

    Retail

    TARPON SPRINGS — Dodge ghosts with Ms. Pac-Man and smack pinballs until your fingers go numb, but don't call it an arcade. Visitors won't pay by the quarter at Brian and Becky's Replay Amusement Museum, opening today (Oct. 3).

    Brian Cheaney plays pinball Monday at the Replay Amusement Museum that he and his wife are opening in Tarpon Springs. Collecting machines started as a hobby, then turned into a business.
  5. Everybody's Business: a new gluten-free option in Carrollwood

    Retail

    CARROLLWOOD — Business is booming at Stacy's Gluten Free Goodies following a move to Carrollwood.

  6. Publix restricts coupon use to discourage extreme couponing

    Retail

    Calling all extreme couponers.

    Publix is on to you.

    Florida's largest grocery chain tightened its coupon policy Wednesday to discourage shoppers from overusing coupons and buying up everything on a shelf.

    Publix on Wednesday tightened its coupon policy to discourage shoppers from overusing coupons and buying up everything on a shelf. [Times files (2010)]
  7. 5 things to do under $5 Oct. 2-8

    Events

    1 Movies in the Park: Just in time for the cooler evenings of October, we get free movies in the parks. St. Petersburg's popular date night/family picnic scene on the downtown waterfront returns this week with Robin William's great Dead Poets Society. Brazilian music by Rio Bossa starts at 6 p.m. today and …

    The Highland Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave., Largo, will again host a pups-only pool party. The festivities begin at 11 a.m. Saturday.
  8. Florida consumer confidence rises to a pre-recession high

    Personal Finance

    What recession?

    Florida consumer confidence has inched back up to the highest level since April 2007, before both the Great Recession struck and the Mild Recovery began.

  9. Amazon fulfillment center in Ruskin starts shipping orders

    Retail

    RUSKIN — Amazon's distribution warehouse is finally up and running in southeastern Hillsborough County.

  10. Four Tampa Bay entrepreneurs named Martha Stewart American Made Award finalists

    Retail

    Martha and money. What more do you need?

    That's the feeling of four Tampa Bay entrepreneurs seeking to win a Martha Stewart American Made Award. The 10 awards are given annually to small businesses devoted to quality craftsmanship and design.

     Russ Phillips started Sunshine Dye Dream with his family in 2008. Selling mostly at local farmers markets it truly is a family affair. Everyone pitches in and helps setup and sell. They are currently developing a line of tie dye kits and instructional videos in an effort to help people to make better looking tie dyes on their own. People always ask how we get such great colors on our shirts. Our kits and videos will help folks to get the colors and results they are looking for. two local finalists for the Martha Stewart American Made Awards. sent emails to phototech. One shows Sunshine Dye Dream tie-dye shirts. Good photo is the family shot of owners Russ and Loretta Phillips and their sons, Cole (left) and Ben selling their wares. Photo is courtesy of Russ Phillips.