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  1. Busch Gardens, SeaWorld raised ticket prices Thursday


    Busch Gardens and SeaWorld ticket prices went up $2 to $97, Busch Gardens announced Wednesday — the second ticket price increase in a year for the theme parks, which hiked prices $3 last May.

    The Cheetah Hunt roller coaster at Busch Gardens.
  2. It all starts with the denim


    Wayne and Tammy Collier have had two love affairs in their lives — one with each other and another with denim. When the couple decided to start a business together, it was selling jeans online.

    The universally flattering dress. According to Wayne Collier, the Pretty Angel dress ($59) is a favorite with customers of all body types because of its 
A-line silhouette and light fabric.

Photos by Natalia Lima
  3. New Walmart opens in East Tampa



    New Walmart opens doors in east Tampa

  4. Free and cheap fun: 5 things to do under $5 May 21-27


    1 Dollar Splash Day: To mark the opening weekend of St. Petersburg city pools, it's just $1 per person to swim at the seasonal city pools from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Then on Sunday, new, lower swim rates go into effect for the whole summer, $2 for ages 3-12 and $3 for age 13 and older. Many of the pools have …

  5. Controversial beach bar Caddy's sold to owner of MacDinton's


    TREASURE ISLAND — Caddy's on the Beach has a new owner, who says the party at the controversial bar will continue.

    Caddy’s on the Beach has long been the target of complaints about crowds of partygoers. The former longtime owner, Tony Amico, has had an ongoing legal dispute with the state over ownership of the beachfront at his restaurant.
  6. For 15 years Stellie Bellies has brought a boutique feel to resale shopping


    Independently owned consignment and resale stores, especially those selling children's clothes and gear, seem to continually open in small strip centers throughout Tampa Bay only to close a year or two later. The owners, often a mom or two, believe there's little money needed up front for inventory since merchandise is …

    Estella Myers is the longtime owner of Stellie Bellies Kiddie & Maternity Resale Boutique, with several stores around the Tampa Bay area.
  7. Busch Gardens/Adventure Island deal offers two park visits, two meals for $99


    Busch Gardens is offering a $99 two-park, two-meal deal available now through June 14 at the Tampa theme park and its neighboring water park, Adventure Island. Called the Ride, Slide and Dine ticket it allows visitors to choose two visits and two meals to either Busch Gardens or Adventure Island. It has to be purchased …

     files Falcon's Fury at Busch Gardens.
  8. Blue Bell ice cream agrees to rigorous testing before sales


    DALLAS — Texas health officials finalized terms outlining what Blue Bell must do to resume production of its ice cream and get products back on store shelves after the discovery of listeria in products.

    The Texas-based Blue Bell ice cream company halted production in April because of evidence of listeria, a deadly bacterium.
  9. Ringling to be free Monday for Museum Day


    Museums across the world, including the Ringling Museum of Art, will offer free admission or special activities Monday for Art Museum Day to highlight the role museums play in communities.

    Trenton Doyle Hancock, Mound #1 The Legend Plush Doll
  10. Olive Garden knows you love their breadsticks, so they're making sandwiches with them


    NEW YORK — Olive Garden's plan to win back customers? Take the breadsticks it's known for and make sandwiches out of them.

    The breadsticks used for the new line of Olive Garden sandwiches, such as this chicken parmigiana sandwich, will be shorter and wider than regular breadsticks.