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  1. Bloomin' Brands Joseph Kadow says hospitality careers often overlooked


    The restaurant industry employs a lot of people, especially in Florida.

    Joseph Kadow, chief legal officer of Bloomin’ Brands, was recently elected as chair of the National Restaurant Association’s board of directors.
  2. Want to virtually walk through Diagon Alley? With the Florida Attraction Finder, you can


    Imagine being able to experience the rush of Falcon's Fury at Busch Gardens before even setting foot inside the Tampa amusement park.

    Visit Florida plans to launch its new online interactive tool this spring. This is an early look at the Tampa page in the guide.
  3. Allegiant flight from St. Pete-Clearwater makes emergency landing in Birmingham


    Passenger Nick Janovsky realized something was amiss with Allegiant Air Flight 872 when he witnessed a scene that seldom occurs on a commercial aircraft cruising at 30,000 feet:

    An investment group is calling on Allegiant Air, which has had a series of emergency landings over the last several months, to form a safety committee. Here, a plane sits at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport, where the discount airline accounts for 95 percent of traffic.  [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]
  4. Publix prepared to take on new states while defending its home turf


    In September 2012, Publix Super Markets announced it would expand by opening stores in North Carolina. The first one opened near Charlotte in February 2014.

    Photo illustration by Ron Borresen   |   Times
  5. World of Beer to open taverns in China this year, India and the Philippines are next


    WESTCHASE — World of Beer is about to become an international brand.

    Paul Avery, CEO of Tampa-based World of Beer, is pushing the craft beer tavern chain into new international markets this year. 
[Photo courtesy of World of Beer]
  6. St. Petersbark sells healthy treats and toys for dogs and cats


    Even as a child, Krista Schmidt dreamed of being her own boss — she just didn't know how to make it happen.

    Playing mind games. Puzzle games such as Tic Tac Twirl ($14.99) are designed to keep your dog focused as it solves a problem to get a treat. 
Photos by Natalia Lima/tbt* correspondent
  7. 5 things to do under $5 Feb. 11-17: Chinese New Year party, USF public art tour


    1 Chinese New Year: Celebrate the year of the monkey by trying your hand at traditional Chinese crafts and activities at this celebration in Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, on Saturday. There will be colorful Chinese exhibits, lion and dragon dances, kung fu and Chinese instrument …

    The 2013 Tampa Bay Chinese New Year Celebration at Largo’s Central Park. This year’s is Saturday, celebrating the year of the monkey.
  8. Setting up shop downtown


    Construction on downtown Tampa's first Publix Super Market is expected to begin as early as this spring, executives for Tampa real estate developer Mercury Advisors said this week, as early permits were approved. The 37,600-square-foot Publix is expected to open in the fall of 2017 at the corner of E Twiggs Street and N …

    Downtown Tampa’s first Publix Super Market will be at E Twiggs Street and N Meridian Avenue.
  9. St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport sees spike in passenger traffic for January


    St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport set a record for the month of January with a 14 percent spike in passenger traffic.

  10. Lucky's Market could be coming to Tampa Bay soon


    There's been a lot of buzz about some of the new grocery stores coming into Florida.

    The Lucky’s Market in Naples. The organic grocer has plans to expand in Florida. (Justine Griffin   |   Times)