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  1. Publix recalling snack mix because label didn't warn it had peanuts

    Retail

    Supermarket chain Publix is recalling a snack mix because the label doesn't warn shoppers that it contains peanuts.

  2. Tampa's Urban Body Clothing: Magnetic looks with men in mind

    Consumer

    When Scott J. Moore first opened his menswear store in Tampa, brands thought he would be out of business in a year because "men don't shop." Fifteen years later and bigger than ever, he managed to prove them wrong. Now they reach out to him to get a chance to dress Tampa Bay's fashion-forward men.

    Signature scent. The Signatur by Urban Body fragrance was created to have a fresh Florida smell. The box ($64) comes with a total of 4 ounces of the scent: 2 ounces for the home, one small TSA-approved 1-ounce bottle of cologne and a 1-ounce roll-on for the gym bag.
  3. Tampa costume shop Features closing after 27 years

    Retail

    TAMPA — For years, browsing the rows of Features costumes in search of the perfect Halloween outfit has been a tradition for Mary Hanyok.

    Features Costumes, at 3015 W Barcelona St. in Tampa, has been the spot for Gasparilla and Halloween costumes for nearly three decades. Now, as the owners try to retire, the store is closing. Costumes are selling for their rental prices.
  4. 5 things to do under $5 Oct. 16-22

    Events

    1 MarineQuest and the St. Petersburg Science Festival: The open house at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute has grown into a huge extravaganza of science-related exhibits and activities that spreads from the marine institute along the waterfront to the adjacent University of South Florida St. …

     Fans and streetcar riders board the TECO Line Streetcar for a rolling concert with indie folk-pop duo Good Graeff Saturday evening September 6, 2014.  Twin sisters Brittany and Brooke, 26, make up the duo group Good Graeff, a cello-driven group with guitar and vocals. The cost of the concert was $2.50 one way or $5 to attend the full two hours concert. This is the second in the “Streetcar Live” concert series that will take place on the first Saturday of each month.
  5. Disney's Magic Kingdom opens first gift shop devoted to Haunted Mansion ride

    Florida

    The Haunted Mansion ride at Disney World's Magic Kingdom now has its own line of swag at a new gift shop called Memento Mori that has opened in Liberty Square in the Orlando theme park.

    Disney’s Haunted Mansion attraction in the Walt Disney World Resort.   SCOTT KEELER, TIMES
  6. Latest retail destination: big new mall in Sarasota

    Retail

    SARASOTA — The Tampa Bay area hasn't had a new major mall since 2008, when the Shops of Wiregrass opened in Pasco County.

    The 888,000-square-foot mall is bright and airy, with a 1,100-foot-long curved skylight and color-changing LED lighting system.
  7. Sony set to launch Xperia Z3 smartphone

    Retail

    NEW YORK — Sony is launching its new Xperia Z3 waterproof smartphone through Verizon, the nation's largest wireless carrier, as well as T-Mobile.

    The Sony Xperia Z3v waterproof smartphone, which is the Verizon model, is submerged in a fish tank.
  8. Coke, Pepsi threatened by new 'junk food' taxes

    Retail

    NEW YORK — No wonder Coke and Pepsi are spending millions of dollars to fight proposed taxes on sugary drinks in California.

    A Coca-Cola store in Mexico City is subject to a 1-peso, or 7-cent, increase in the cost of a liter of soda. Coke and Pepsi are spending millions of dollars to oppose similar taxes proposed in California. Coke reports its third-quarter results Oct. 21.
  9. Noi and the Bake cook Italian to Interbay; the Joint cracks Palma Ceia, Amelia's Abubut fashions for kids

    Retail

    INTERBAY — An Italian renaissance is under way at the southern end of Bayshore Boulevard with the arrival of the Bake, a cafe and bakery, and Noi (translates as "us") Italian Kitchen and Bar.

  10. In a crowded market, new Publix on Fourth Street stocks up on extras to lure shoppers

    Retail

    ST. PETERSBURG — Now that the new Publix at 3700 Fourth St. N is open, it's doubtful shoppers will still refer to the chain's other store two blocks away as "the good Publix." Many have used that term for the store at 200 37th Ave. N since the Albertsons across the street was converted to a Publix in …

    100 people were in line when the new Publix store at 3700 Fourth Street N, St. Petersburg opened at 8 a.m. Thursday. Customer Dave Springer, 64, St. Petersburg, a retired worker for Pinellas County, who is disabled, was first in line. He had waited for the store to open since 6am. "It's not a store, it's an experience, said Springer who has shopped at Publix for 8 years. "When they were out of product, Publix called me at home when they got the product. Now that's customer service," he said. "I'm looking forward to the new shopping experience." SCOTT KEELER   |   TIMES