Deals & shopping

  1. Dollar Tree to buy Family Dollar for $8.5 billion


    Dollar Tree agreed Monday to buy Family Dollar Stores for about $8.5 billion in cash and stock, uniting two of North America's biggest deep-discount retailers.

  2. Days numbered for J.C. Penney at Gulf View Square


    The end looms for the JCPenney store at Gulf View Square in Port Richey.

     Mug of Susan Thurston for column sig taken Tuesday, July 15, 2014.    USE THIS SIG FOR EVERYTHING.....
  3. How to charge your phone in 15 minutes


    Say you've got 15 minutes in an airport between flights and your phone is nearly dead. What do you do?

    Ultrapak comes in two sizes, priced at $100 and $60.
  4. Amazon Fire is cool, it's got 3D, but ...


    The Fire phone that began shipping last week is an impressive debut with several cool features. It's a handsome, functional phone that works well with the company's growing array of online services, especially if you're an Amazon's Prime member. Still, its signature features are so far more novelty than …

    The Fire starts at $199 with a two-year contract at AT&T. You also get an Amazon Prime membership. Getty Images
  5. The scrunchie grows up


    Last summer, Katalina Sharkey de Solis was watching the 1988 film Heathers with her friend Ruthie Friedlander when she had a fashion epiphany. In the movie, the scrunchie, so ubiquitous in the '80s and early '90s, was a sign of power. Sharkey de Solis, who is a managing director at an ad agency, was ready for the …

    Left, a model wears a scrunchie during a Rag & Bone 2014 fashion show.
  6. This week's recalls


    GM vehicles

    Company: General Motors LLC.

    Quantity: 414,333.

    Why? The power height adjustable front seats may not work properly, allowing the seat to move up and down freely.

  7. H&M coming to Westfield Citrus Park mall


    Trendy Swedish clothing retailer H&M is coming to the Westfield Citrus Park mall.

  8. At independent store, couple offers pets that swim, slither, crawl and fly


    SPRING HILL — As kids, neither was allowed to have pets. So, Jennifer and Tim Clair now are sating their animal appetites at Get Tanked Salt Water Aquariums & Supplys, an independent pet shop the couple bought this month, replete with saltwater and freshwater fish, corals, crustaceans, reptiles, birds and other …

    A ferret hangs out in its living space at the Get Tanked Salt Water Aquariums & Supplys shop in Spring Hill this month. Jennifer and Tim Clair purchased the pet shop July 1 from the previous owners and sell pets such as salt and fresh water fish, reptiles, birds, and other small pets, including an oddly colored Halloween crab. “Our goal is to provide good service and a good living environment for the animals,” Jennifer Clair said. Get Tanked is open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. on Saturday, and from noon until 4 p.m. on Sunday. They can be reached by phone at (352) 596-3461.
  9. Upcycled, unique items on display in Shannon's Web


    Some people wait for retirement to move from an office job to a creative project. Shannon Kelly wasn't going to wait that long. After working and interning at several companies, the college senior decided her post-graduation job was going to be being her own boss at a store that sold original and inventive items that …

    Bright eyes. Butch James’ handmade ceramic owls ($25) have eyes made of crushed glass that glow when the small tea candle placed inside is lit.
  10. Treasure Island fresh market proposal rebuffed


    TREASURE ISLAND — Faced with opposition from the Chamber of Commerce and city staff, initial efforts to start a Sunday outdoor market in the city have been rebuffed.