Sara DiNatale, Retail, Tourism and Workplace Culture Reporter

Sara DiNatale

Retail, Tourism and Workplace Culture Reporter

I’m a Buffalo native who has been thawing out in Florida since joining the Tampa Bay Times in 2015. I started as a night cops reporter in Tampa. But these days, I’m running to new grocery stores instead of crime scenes. As our retail, tourism and workplace culture reporter, I’m able to use my sleuth-shopper skill set and eye for trends combined with my favorite pastime, telling stories. I search out topics I know will resonate with readers and get them thinking or talking. I’m a coupon clipper, yogi novice and eyeglasses enthusiast. You’ll rarely spot me on the weekend without my mini schnauzer, Addy, in tow. We’re regulars at St. Petersburg’s Dog Bar and the area’s several dog parks. So feel free to say hi or give us a news tip. Addy gives great high-fives.

Hey, you got St. Pete in my Tampa. No, you got Tampa in my St. Pete.

Kyle Matheny and Devin Matheny play giant beer pong in the outdoor games area of Park & Rec Wednesday in downtown St. Petersburg. [LUIS SANTANA | Times]
The number of local businesses jumping across the bay to open a second location in their rival city is on the rise. How come?

Yuengling might open a beer hotel next to its Tampa brewery

Yuengling Brewery in Tampa stopped offering tours last month as it plans major updates, including a possible hotel and tasting room.  (JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times)
The company filed plans with the city that outline a possible hotel, beer garden, museum and restaurant.

About 200 Stein Mart stores to get Amazon lockers
Four Tampa Bay-area stores already have them and the one in Clearwater soon will.

Missing titles and massive debt: What happened before Tampa Mitsubishi closed

A vehicle is seen being towed as an unidentified Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputy walks past the shuttered Tampa Mitsubishi dealership located at 4636 N Dale Mabry Highway Friday. Business partners Tony Mirabella and Stuart Roffman were accused of defaulting on roughly $6 million in loans. [MARTHA ASENSIO RHINE | Times]
Republic Bank repossessed all of Tampa Mitsubishi's vehicles after the dealership defaulted on $6.5 million in loans.

Tampa's Mainsail Lodging has homes for rent in Marriott's new home rental program

Duane Lindsey soaks up the sun as his wife, Rosanne gets comfortable on their favorite part of the beach on Anna Maria Island. (Times, 2013)
Marriott's new program is like a fancy version of Airbnb, and it has properties in Anna Maria Island for rent.