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  1. Columbia Restaurant again cancels its 1905 Day special

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA — The party is over.

    For one day each September for years, diners lined up along Seventh Avenue in Ybor City, devoting hours for a crack at the annual bargain that is 1905 Day, when the Columbia Restaurant rolls back its prices in celebration of its early years.

    The Columbia Restaurant cafe dining room, shown in 1906, was the original 60-seat restaurant that opened in 1905. Today it is one of 15 distinct dining rooms. Photo courtesy the Columbia Restaurant.
  2. Tampa Bay gas prices falling below $2 a gallon — and then some


    Gas prices typically spike in the summer, and with travel this month pushing record levels, you'd expect more of the same.

    Average gas prices in the Tampa Bay area fell to $1.997 a gallon Thursday, according to market tracker GasBuddy, the lowest summer price in 11 years. Some analysts predict prices could fall to $1.75, or even $1.60, by the end of the year.
  3. Brooksville's new Christmas House already gearing up for holidays


    BROOKSVILLE — Even this time of year, winter's major holiday can be celebrated with summer elegance, which is proven by the pretty-in-pink, flower-bedecked, faux evergreen tree that welcomes visitors to Rogers' Christmas House Village at Saxon Manor, just east of downtown Brooksville.

    Owner Dorothea Stephens’ fondness for animals is evident in the many home decor items included in the shop’s wide ranging offerings. She says the holiday store is “not just Christmas.”
  4. James Nozar has been busy planning the future of downtown Tampa

    Economic Development

    LAKEWOOD RANCH — James Nozar has had a busy five months.

    Real estate developer James Nozar, 37, described his job as “creating a city within a city.’’
  5. 5 things to do under $5: Bucs training camp, free show from DJ Elephante, 'Inside Out' by the pool


    1Bucs and the Bulls: Football is coming, and this week you can get a look at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camps and hear what the University of South Florida head coach has to say about the coming season for the Bulls. The public is invited to a series of free admission Bucs practices with discounted …

    This is an isolated closeup of an American Football
  6. Here's what two beer bloggers think of Tampa Bay's craft breweries


    TAMPA — This month's Beer Bloggers and Writers Conference hosted an array of writers at the Marriott Waterside and Marina Hotel with varying degrees of knowledge. Some were merely hobbyists looking to gain more experience by touring Florida breweries, but others were far more adept at both writing skill and …

    Derek Springer, left, and Brandon Kraft, both blog about beer.  
  7. Tampa Bay's surging craft beer scene was center stage at blogger's conference

    Economic Development


    Decoherence. The McCracken. Unholy. Xolo. Hydration Station. Sander's Shandy: No, these are not title tracks to a new Grateful Dead album. They are the creative names of locally brewed craft beers that have gained some notice nationally.

    MillerCoors hosted Beer Bloggers and Writers Conference attendees at a four-course beer lunch at World of Beer in Tampa. Participants had the chance to check out Tampa’s beer scene.
  8. Back-to-school spending expected to rise 10 percent from last year; Target is hiring


    TAMPA — The back-to-school shopping season is upon us, and it's gearing up to be a big one.

  9. Unique Tampa grocer Bulk Nation to expand with five more stores


    Tampa-based grocer Bulk Nation is more than doubling its number of storefronts with five new locations slated to open this fall, the company announced Thursday.

    Tampa-based grocer Bulk Nation is expanding with five new stores planned in the fall. Customers pay for items at Bulk Nation by weight, including nuts, spices, coffee and honey. Photo by Scott Purks.
  10. Brandon keeps buzzing by drawing Dave & Buster's and Carvana


    BRANDON — Exciting developments keep coming to Brandon.

    Carvana, an online car-buying and -selling company that launched in Tampa Bay recently, operates “vending machines” like this one. Though the company has plans to build in the Brandon area, it’s unclear if a machine is in the plans.