Thursday, December 14, 2017


Arielle Waldman

Arielle Waldman

Arielle Waldman traded in the chilly New England winters for the Tampa sunshine in 2007, when she moved to attend the University of Tampa. Now, she is an editorial assistant covering the Things To Do section and a staff writer reporting on human interest stories.

Arletis Alfonso made the closing speech at the recent HCC Foundation President's Showcase fundraiser. Photo by Arielle Waldman.

Honor student highlights HCC’s annual fundraiser

TAMPA — At 9-years old, Arletis Alfonso’s life was uprooted. She embraced her family and friends in tearful goodbyes and left Cuba for the United States with her mother, father and older sister."Back then, I was so young I didn’t...
Published: 11/27/17
Updated: 12/01/17

Summit focuses on ways to end hunger, help those who lack regular nourishment.

TAMPA — For six years, the Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger (TBNEH) has hosted a conference to raise awareness and discuss solutions.The event, which takes place on Monday and Tuesday (Nov. 6-7), will kick off with a meal packing event, in the...
Updated one month ago
This dish, smoked pork tamales, is among the entrees you will find at Mekenita Cantina in Seminole Heights. Photo courtesy of Mekenita Cantina.

Mekenita making move from Lutz to Seminole Heights

SEMINOLE HEIGHTS — In December, Mekenita Mexican Grille will start serving citrus grilled tacos and Pacific wood smoked pork enchiladas in a new location, under a new name.The doors of Mekenita Cantina will open in Seminole Heights to a...
Updated: 2 months ago
John Brackin's return to the apparel business features gear with the Sea Party brand. Photo courtesy of the Sea Party.

Tampa entrepreneur returns to apparel business with 'The Sea Party'

TAMPA — Eighteen years after founding the company Slam Gear, John Brackin is returning to the apparel business with the Sea Party."When the recession hit, I decided to liquidate and plot my return, which took a little longer than...
Updated: 2 months ago
London Calling will look to add to the mix of bars in Seminole Heights. Photo courtesy of London Calling.

British pub to open in Seminole Heights

SEMINOLE HEIGHTS — Paul Medrano, a partner in Red Star Rock Bar, will open another bar in Seminole Heights in October: London Calling British Pub.Ten British flags will fly around the building that previously housed Ox and Fields and...
Updated: 2 months ago
Rocco Mangel brings the energy of his Rocco's Tacos to Bay Street at International Plaza. Photo courtesy of Rocco's Tacos.

Rocco's Tacos headed for International Plaza's Bay Street

TAMPA — The restaurant business has always been in Rocco Mangel's blood.His grandfather was the general manager of the Copacabana in Manhattan, the famous nightclub Barry Manilow named a song after and celebrities flocked to.His...
Updated: 2 months ago
Palma Canaria bags will be among the featured items at Boho Hunter when it opens in October. Photo courtesy of Boho Hunter.

Boho Hunter will target fashions in Hyde Park

Boho Hunter, a boutique based in Miami's Wynwood District, will expand into Tampa with its very first franchise.The partners behind bringing the concept to Hyde Park Village are Tampa native Katie Morales and Blanca Sanchez-Marcos who was born...
Updated: 3 months ago
As Sue Shapiro continued to work on her pottery in St. Petersburg, her retail space grew and her studio shrunk. Now Shapiro's is bringing wares like these to Hyde Park Village. Photo courtesy of Shapiro's.

Gallery now bringing useful art to Hyde Park customers

HYDE PARK — In 1998, Mike and Sue Shapiro opened a gallery in St. Petersburg along Central Ave., with a majority of the space dedicated to Sue's clay studio."We kept pushing the wall back and the studio shrank and the retail grew," Sue...
Updated: 3 months ago
Founder Carley Ochs poses for a portrait in her Ford Bronco at the Bourbon & Boweties warehouse in Brandon, Fla. on September 19, 2017. Ochs is a Durant High and Florida State University graduate.

With successful jewelry line, Durant High alum Carley Ochs enjoys 'incredible ride'

TheBourbon and Boweties jewelry brand, founded by a Valrico woman, continues to be a hit with boutiques.
Updated: 3 months ago
The escovitch fish will be a highlighted item on the seafood-centric menu at the Jerk Hut’s newest location in Seminole Heights.

Jerk Hut expands with new Seminole Heights location

SEMINOLE HEIGHTS — When Andrew Ashmeade was in the fourth grade, a chef from Boston in Portland, Jamaica, visited his tiny town of Christiana to demonstrate the famous jerk recipe."Boston, Portland is the first place jerk was ever made...
Updated: 3 months ago