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  1. Amazon challenges Etsy with Amazon Handmade


    NEW YORK — Amazon launched its site for handcrafted goods called Amazon Handmade on Thursday, hoping to capitalize on shoppers' appetite for homemade goods ahead of the holiday season.

    Eric Unangst, at his workshop in Twinsburg, Ohio, sells handcrafted wooden signs on Etsy and eBay. He says Amazon Handmade, which went live Thursday, is yet another platform that may bring a bump in his sales. 
  2. Here's a list of the 103 stores opening at Tampa Premium Outlets


    WESLEY CHAPEL — Simon Property Group has filled 103 stores in its new Tampa Premium Outlets scheduled to open Oct. 29 in Pasco County.

    Construction workers at the Tampa Premium Outlets work toward completion of the mall for their grand opening on Oct. 29. An inclusive list of the 103 tenants at the mall was released for the first time this week. [LUIS SANTANA  |   Times]
  3. Sarasota's Mall at University Town Center trying to flourish as others struggle


    Sarasota's shiny new mall was a long time in the making.

    The Mall at University Town Center in Sarasota was the only mall to open in the U.S. last year. It celebrated its 1-year anniversary this month. Harold Bubil |  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

  4. Tampa Premium Outlets said to be on schedule for Oct. 29 grand opening


    WESLEY CHAPEL — Dust rose from a stone saw by the food court.

    A worker attaches the marquee on a store at the Tampa Premium Outlets on Thursday. The mall’s grand opening will be Oct. 29. [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
  5. South Tampa mastectomy boutique helps breast cancer patients find beauty amid the pain


    Jan Adams has been around breast cancer for most of her life. She helped her mother and other women in her family through treatment for years, but today she chooses to be around it. As one of the owners of About You, a mastectomy boutique in South Tampa, she has found a way to give women hope and support through one of …

    For the beach. Pocketed swimsuits ($84) allow women to fit a waterproof form inside. The fabric is infused with SPF 50, and it’s chlorine-resistant to last longer.
  6. Plan in the works for on-campus Publix at USF in Tampa


    TAMPA — If all goes according to plan, a Publix supermarket may soon be coming to the University of South Florida campus.

  7. 5 things to do under $5 Oct. 8-14: Roboticon, Tampa Bay Lightning pep rally, fall plant sales


    1 Eat at Joe's Lunch and Concert Series: This monthly lunch and concert party turns into a Tampa Bay Lightning pep rally when the Bolt Brigade shows up with alumni players, the Lightning Girls, ThunderBug and the team's Rolling Thunder Truck with giveaways. Food trucks will be on site and there will …

    Fans and the Lightning Girls celebrate a Tampa Bay Lightning win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals in June. The Lightning Girls, ThunderBug and the team’s Rolling Thunder Truck will be at the monthly Eat at Joe’s Lunch and Concert Series for a Lightning pep rally Wednesday in the Joe Chillura Courthouse Square.
  8. What the fright? How did Halloween turn into such a huge holiday?


    Not that many years ago, Halloween consisted of a Peanuts special on television, a few hours of dressed-up kids stomping house to house to fill pillow cases with candy, and maybe a costume party at school or the library for older kids or adults.

    And that was it.

    Juan Acevedo, 21, of Zephyrhills stirs up scares at the Bedlam 3D haunted house at Scream-A-Geddon in Dade City.
  9. LG unveils smartphone with dual display, improved camera


    Associated Press

    SEOUL, South Korea — LG Electronics unveiled a new smartphone Thursday with an additional screen and a camera that can capture a wider scene when taking a selfie, hoping to arrest a slide in its market share.

    Members of the media try LG Electronics’ new smartphone, the V10, which has an additional screen and a camera that can capture a wider scene when taking a selfie. LG unveiled the smartphone Thursday, hoping to arrest a slide in its market share.
  10. Aerial yoga in Tampa Bay: Fly away, strengthen core


    Paddleboard yoga, hot yoga, electro yoga, kickboxing yoga. Just when you thought all hybrids of the ancient workout had been explored, aerial yoga gets students off their mats and flying over them.

    Aerial yoga practice can be lovely.