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  1. Gourmet Locale Market set for afternoon opening at St. Petersburg's Sundial

    Retail

    At 3 p.m. Wednesday, Locale Market opens its doors in the new Sundial St. Pete.

    Celebrity chefs Don Pintabona and Michael Mina, far left, pose with Locale Market employees Tuesday afternoon during a group photo session in front of the restaurant in St. Petersburg. [BOYZELL HOSEY   |   Times]
  2. 5 things to do under $5 Dec. 18-24

    Events

    1. St. Pete Makers Fest: Also known as hackerspaces and fablabs, a makers fest is a DIY gathering for people with common interests to collaborate and create. For St. Pete's first makers festival, the family-friendly event at the Mirror Lake St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club will have a Biscuit Bot Challenge. …

    A shuffleboard player uses a cue to push a disc down one of the shuffleboard courts Thursday (1/30/13) at the Lawn Bowling and Shuffleboard Complex in Clearwater.
  3. Legoland offers some Christmas deals

    Florida

    Legoland Florida is offering a couple of Christmas deals that will get you a free second day. If you visit the Winter Haven theme park by Dec. 27, you get a free ticket to return between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28. Simply show your paid ticket at the park turnstiles for processing before Dec. 27 to claim your free ticket. And …

  4. Florida still No. 1 for mortgage fraud, but improving

    Banking

    For the fifth straight year, Florida is holding on to its unwanted crown as the mortgage fraud capital of the country.

  5. Meteorologists work to keep your holiday deliveries on time — no matter what

    Retail

    MEMPHIS — Deep within a global operations nerve center here, a team of specially trained operatives scan data from nearly 200 countries, issues urgent "SNOCON" alerts and tracks a fleet of cargo jets via a glowing, wall-sized "war board."

    At the FedEx global operations center in Memphis, corporate meteorologists examine the “war board,” which shows the company’s flights and weather systems that could disrupt them.
  6. Ground broken for new outlet mall in Wesley Chapel

    Retail

    WESLEY CHAPEL — Ground was broken Friday for Wesley Chapel's long-awaited, multimillion-dollar outlet mall, which will feature more than 110 retailers. Completion is expected in October.

  7. Culver's 'Butter Burgers' come to Tampa; shops exit Hyde Park Village

    Retail

    NORTH TAMPA — Culver's, the Wisconsin-based chain best known for its ButterBurgers with butter-coated buns, debuted in Tampa on Monday with the opening of a restaurant at 15001 N Nebraska Ave.

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  8. U.S. retails sales increase 0.7% on holiday shopping

    Retail

    WASHINGTON — U.S. retail sales perked up in November with the start of the holiday shopping season, led by online buying and purchases of autos, clothing and electronics.

    Kevin O’Neil, 36, who owns a lawn care business, stocks up on Black Friday-priced poinsettias as Christmas presents at Home Depot in St. Petersburg. Many analysts say holiday spending could rise by at least 4 percent this year on job growth.
  9. Free Bleachers show coming to Jannus

    Events

    Alternative station 97X is in a giving mood, putting on a free concert by Bleachers, on Dec. 29 at Jannus Live with MisterWives opening the show. Bleachers is the new project from Fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff, the boyfriend of Lena Dunham, a collaborator with Taylor Swift and Sara Bareilles and a burgeoning alternative …

  10. Creme de la Creme bursting with tasty gift ideas

    Consumer

    Sharon Yerrid-Carneal calls her shop, Creme de la Creme, "Tampa's cutest gift shop" and every day she's on the lookout for add-ons to make the store even cuter.

    Fifty-two ways to keep someone busy. The “52” series of card decks ($6.95 each) gives ideas to keep anyone from getting bored.