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  1. Free and cheap fun: 5 things to do under $5 Sept. 3-9

    Events

    1 Cactus and Succulent Show and Sale: It's free admission Saturday at the USF Botanical Gardens when the Central Florida Cactus and Succulent Society holds its 21st annual show and sale of easy-to-grow cactus and succulent varieties, with experts to help choose the right plant for the landscape, and …

    Get your succulent and cactus varieties Saturday at the USF Botanical Gardens in Tampa.
  2. Macy's enters outlet arena with Backstage stores

    Retail

    NEW YORK — Macy's has an answer to T.J. Maxx and other stores that sell deeply discounted designer brands.

    Last-minute work takes place last week at the Macy’s Backstage store in New York.
  3. Business leaders to gather as Florida's retail industry sizzles

    Retail

    Dale Scott can't keep up with the demand for new retail development — from new grocery stores to mixed-use condos and storefronts — spreading across Florida right now.

    Dale Scott is an ambassador with the International Council of Shopping Centers.
  4. David Lazarus: Boycott Amazon? Not that easy

    Retail

    There are plenty of examples of consumers flexing their economic muscle in response to what they see as businesses behaving badly.

  5. Shuttered Sweetbay Supermarkets drag down nearby small businesses

    Retail

    Chetan Shah took over Anclote Pharmacy in Tarpon Springs in 2010, expecting to run a brisk, successful business.

    There are at least 18 shells of former Sweetbay Supermarkets in Tampa Bay that were never converted to Winn-Dixies during the grocery chain’s acquisition, including this one in Trinity in Pasco County. [BRENDAN FITTERER  |  Times]
  6. Tampa Premium Outlets job fair draws a crowd of 1,000 people

    Retail

    TAMPA — Just finding a place to park at the Tampa Premium Outlets job fair was itself a job worthy of a paycheck.

    People peruse business stations for applications Thursday at the Tampa Premium Outlets job fair hosted by the Embassy Suites in Tampa. CareerSource Pasco Hernando is partnering with the Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce to fill more than 800 jobs at the Tampa Premium Outlets in Lutz, which will have a grand opening in late October. [SCOTTY SCHENCK | Times]
  7. Zoo deal gives free admission for kids on Saturdays in September

    Events

    Saturdays in September will be a deal for kids at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo, where Hispanic Heritage Month means free admission for up to four kids for every adult admission on Saturdays.

    A child brushes the goats in the petting area of the Wallaroo Station at Lowry Park Zoo.
  8. Wal-Mart to stop selling AR-15s and similar weapons

    Retail

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Wal-Mart will stop selling the AR-15 rifle and other semi-automatic weapons at its stores because fewer people are buying them, a spokesman said Wednesday.

  9. Art Planner: Fashion meets art in Dunedin, St. Pete; plus cheap family fun at Tampa Museum of Art

    Visual Arts

     

     

    Its age has earned it the description "venerable," but Wearable Art 11 at Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin, on Saturday is anything but. In the past, guests have been treated to couture made with raw meat and pyrotechnics, for example, so each year the …

    Work by Lina Teixeira, who designed this dress, is in Wearable Art 11.
  10. Free and cheap fun: 5 things to do under $5 Aug. 27-Sept. 2

    Events

    1 Coffee with the Curator: The free monthly talk from the Dalí Museum's education team this month turns to math professor Kathryn Pantelis of Hillsborough Community College, who will explore the relationship between mathematics and M.C. Escher's visionary patterns. Some 135 works, mostly prints, by …

    Drawing Hands is a famous work by M.C. Escher that will be in a show at the Dal? Museum.
Image copyright 2015, M.C. Escher Co. From the collection of the Herakleidon Museum, Athens