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  1. As restaurant analysts ask, 'Where's the beef?' Bloomin' execs say, 'Right here'

    Retail

    Bloomin' Brands CEO Liz Smith and executive vice president David Deno did their best to verbally wine and dine top restaurant analysts Tuesday morning.

  2. Sea World's Aquatica water park offers big price break on select nights

    Florida

    Aquatica, SeaWorld Orlando's water park, will lop off more than half its admission price for three nights in May and have extended hours to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Ihu's Breakaway Falls, its new drop-tower water slide.

    Aquatica, SeaWorld??as Waterpark Ihu??as Breakaway Falls the tallest, steepest and only multi-drop tower slide of its kind in Orlando  officially opens at Aquatica, SeaWorld??as Waterpark
  3. 5 ways to have fun giving back today for Give Day Tampa Bay

    Events

    Today is Give Day Tampa Bay, a 24-hour giving event that benefits 550 local nonprofits. You can find your favorite charity and give them a boost at givedaytampabay.org. We found five off-beat ways to have fun while giving back:

  4. McDonald's CEO takes first steps in reorganizing fast-food icon

    Retail

    Faced with slumping sales in its biggest markets, McDonald's on Monday announced the first steps of a global turnaround strategy, acknowledging that a business that has served up billions of burgers on the cheap is in urgent need of change.

  5. Free and cheap fun: 5 things to do under $5 May 7-13

    Events

    1 John LeVique Pirate Days: Pirates invade Madeira Beach for a three-day festival that celebrates the discovery of John's Pass. There will be a Pirate's Ball Friday night, a sea battle and boat parade at noon Saturday, a family treasure hunt, adult and children's costume contests, merchandise, a pub crawl, …

    Pirate performers practice their routine before the 2010 John LeVique Pirate Days at John’s Pass. This year’s event is Friday through Sunday in Madeira Beach.
  6. May the Fourth be with you: Star Wars shopping and events popping up today

    Events

    Today is Star Wars Day, so prepare to be greeted with "May the Fourth be with you," by your nerdiest friends.

  7. Shapewear maker Spanx tries to loosen up its image

    Retail

    Spanx, the flab-obscuring, body-sculpting line of bras and bodysuits founded by Clearwater native Sara Blakely, helped a generation of women squeeze into ever-tinier dresses.

    Clearwater native Sara Blakely is the creator of Spanx. Fashion is trending away from tighter is better.
  8. Colonial Charter Country Shoppe makes a homey setting in St. Petersburg

    Consumer

    There's a common rule in retail that stores shouldn't offer their customers too many options. Cecelia and Shari Novak have never believed in that rule. For the mother-and-daughter duo who own the Colonial Charter Country Shoppe, it's "the more, the better," and the formula has been working for 12 years.

    I’ll take a joke with that drink, please. These funny napkins ($4.79 for 20) feature a drink-related joke on one side and trivia questions on the other to keep entertainment going even if the party host is busy.
  9. Winn-Dixie launches app for personalized digital coupons

    Retail

    Winn-Dixie, the venerable Florida-based grocery chain, may not be able to keep up with the fancy foodie movement being embraced by such Tampa Bay competitors as Publix and Whole Foods Market. But that doesn't mean the 90-year-old Sunshine State institution isn't trying to keep up with the times.

  10. Staples to lay off 47 employees at Tampa warehouse

    Retail

    Office supplies retailer Staples will begin shutting down a Tampa warehouse facility in June, a move that will eventually leave 47 people without jobs.