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  1. Here's what two beer bloggers think of Tampa Bay's craft breweries

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    TAMPA — This month's Beer Bloggers and Writers Conference hosted an array of writers at the Marriott Waterside and Marina Hotel with varying degrees of knowledge. Some were merely hobbyists looking to gain more experience by touring Florida breweries, but others were far more adept at both writing skill and …

    Derek Springer, left, and Brandon Kraft, both blog about beer.  
  2. Tampa Bay's surging craft beer scene was center stage at blogger's conference

    Economic Development

    TAMPA

    Decoherence. The McCracken. Unholy. Xolo. Hydration Station. Sander's Shandy: No, these are not title tracks to a new Grateful Dead album. They are the creative names of locally brewed craft beers that have gained some notice nationally.

    MillerCoors hosted Beer Bloggers and Writers Conference attendees at a four-course beer lunch at World of Beer in Tampa. Participants had the chance to check out Tampa’s beer scene.
  3. Back-to-school spending expected to rise 10 percent from last year; Target is hiring

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    TAMPA — The back-to-school shopping season is upon us, and it's gearing up to be a big one.

  4. Unique Tampa grocer Bulk Nation to expand with five more stores

    Retail

    Tampa-based grocer Bulk Nation is more than doubling its number of storefronts with five new locations slated to open this fall, the company announced Thursday.

    Tampa-based grocer Bulk Nation is expanding with five new stores planned in the fall. Customers pay for items at Bulk Nation by weight, including nuts, spices, coffee and honey. Photo by Scott Purks.
  5. Brandon keeps buzzing by drawing Dave & Buster's and Carvana

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    BRANDON — Exciting developments keep coming to Brandon.

    Carvana, an online car-buying and -selling company that launched in Tampa Bay recently, operates “vending machines” like this one. Though the company has plans to build in the Brandon area, it’s unclear if a machine is in the plans.
  6. Here's an updated look inside the $1 billion construction project at Tampa International Airport

    Airlines

    Tampa International Airport is halfway through phase 1 of its $1 billion renovation, and things are starting to take shape.

    Construction continues on what will become the new rental car facility at Tampa International Airport. The new facility will consolidate all rental car companies and will be serviced by the airport’s people mover from the main terminal. [CHRIS URSO | Times]
  7. 5 things to do under $5: Night of Protest Poetry, Dollar Pool Night, Tampa Bay Home Show

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    1A Night of Protest Poetry and Poetry of Witness: Florida's poet laureate, Peter Meinke, right, and other poets, spoken word artists and institutional leaders join Sunday for poetry readings, photo exhibits, music and live painting. The outpouring is in memory of those killed in the police ambush in Dallas …

    Peter Meinke, Lucky Bones
  8. Bloomin' Brands testing delivery at Tampa Bay Outback and Carrabba's restaurants

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    Tampa-based Bloomin' Brands is the latest company to get behind the online ordering and delivery trend by testing food delivery at some Tampa Bay area Carrabba's Italian Grill and Outback Steakhouse locations.

    Tampa-based Bloomin' Brands is testing delivery in some Outback Steakhouse locations around Tampa Bay.
  9. Amalie Arena getting a free 'beach' made of opaque balls; no sunscreen required (w/video)

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    TAMPA — Imagine a simulated ocean of translucent bubbles crashing onto a white turf carpet beach inside Amalie Arena.

    A boy enjoys the Beach installation at the National Building Museum in August 2015 in Washington, D.C. The Beach is an interactive architectural installation, with an "ocean" of nearly one million recyclable translucent plastic balls, that brings the experience of going to the beach indoors.  (Getty Images)
  10. Expanding grocery titans Publix and Wegmans are about to battle it out in Virginia

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    FREDERICKSBURG, VA. — In a Virginia suburb not far from where Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant to end the Civil War, a 21st century clash of a different kind of superpowers is looming.

    Wegmans grocery store, based in upstate New York, is moving south while Florida-based Publix moves north. They are starting to square off in Virginia. Photo courtesy of Wegmans.