11/20/15 Human Interest
Bryce Smith first picked up archery when his daughter saw Princess Merida shoot a bow in Disney's Brave.
Smith was a martial arts instructor — aikido — before a car accident had his doctor telling him "no more punches to the face."
Around the same time, his then-5-year-old daughter, Violet, begged him to teach her to shoot like Merida.
"So, I started going to the range, bought myself a bow and got to the point where I was like, 'Okay, now I can teach you how to shoot,' " Smith said....
After opening his restaurant, Miguel's Mexican Seafood Restaurant and Grill, 23 years ago, owner Miguel Rodriguez is expanding to include a new concept, Miguelito's Taqueria Y Tequila.
Located just 0.3 miles away from the original concept, the new restaurant will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Breakfast will feature tacos, tortas (Mexican sandwiches), cafe con leche, platters including an American style breakfast, a variety of pancakes and more....
Partygoers will need a password to enter Feldman's Flappers and Fedoras tonight.
Held on the ninth floor of the University of Tampa's Vaughn Center in the Crescent Club, not only will those attending get a beautiful view of the city, they will help honor Dr. Randy Feldman.
Feldman leaves the board of counselors after 30 years to join the university's board of fellows. Flappers and Fedoras not only celebrates Feldman's new role as a "goodwill ambassador," but all proceeds will benefit university scholarships. ...
SOUTH TAMPA — Shoppers south of Kennedy Boulevard will add a T.J.Maxx to their retail store repertoire Sunday.
The Henderson Boulevard storefront, surrounded by a Fresh Market and First Watch, will be the off-price retailer's third location in Tampa.
Like their other locations, customers can spend hours browsing through the store's wide variety of merchandise including fashion, accessories, jewelry, home goods, beauty, pet products, toys and more. ...
Before the hysteria of Black Friday hits and the inventory levels of your favorite commodities dwindle, we want to give savvy shoppers the opportunity to plan ahead. Many area malls have added stores and services to their lineups since last year's holiday shopping frenzy.
Here is a look at what's new and what's coming soon at some of the Tampa Bay area's largest retail centers.
TAMPA HEIGHTS — A slew of vendors will fill the historic Rialto Theatre and the adjacent Hidden Springs Ale Works for Tampa Indie Flea's grand opening on Nov. 15.
"It is a curated market that provides a platform to local vendors," said indie market curator Rosey Williams. "At the same time, it will stimulate the 'indie' business economy in the Tampa area."
Williams is also the originator of the St. Pete Indie Market....
Pirates aboard Good Times Invasion aren't sailing the high seas searching for buried treasure.
Though their vessel waves a skull and cross bone flag, it's not fit for floating in the water.
It is a land-locked, hand-made soapbox and it's ready to compete against 49 other teams in the Red Bull Soapbox Race on Saturday.
Though their bounty will depend on three categories: creativity, showmanship and speed, their biggest goal is to simply be the most entertaining team. ...
Matt Taneja was looking for a salon that catered to children when he and his 8-year-old daughter, Sophia, stumbled across Lil' Divas and Dudes in the Bradenton-Sarasota area.
Taneja noticed a lack in the children's salon market and took the opportunity to purchase Lil' Divas and Dudes.
After 14 years in the auto industry, he decided to take a risk as a new business owner.
"We re-did the look and menu," Taneja said. "It's the same concept, but with new energy." ...
TAMPA — Less than a mile down the road from the University of Tampa, freshmen and transfer students experience their first year living off-campus.
But the students aren't trekking to an apartment complex or private dorm every night. Home for them is the Barrymore, the venerable hotel next to the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. From transportation to laundry to food, the students face unique challenges while enjoying a few perks, and it doesn't appear using the hotel to accommodate students will change anytime soon....
PALMA CEIA — The new Remedies Coffee Bar located in Palma Ceia Health Mart Pharmacy is a modern take on old-fashioned soda fountains.
"It used to be typical to have a soda fountain in the pharmacy," said co-owner Lydia Brassington.
Remedies also will offer sodas so customers can grab one during their pharmacy trip, a tradition that dates back to the late 1800s. Italian sodas to be exact, since both Brassington and her co-owner/brother-in-law, Brad Esposito, are Italian. ...
Leave your smartphones behind and take a trip down the rabbit hole at the all new interactive live puzzle experience, Rabbit Hole Escape Games.
Teams of up to seven will enter the Bermuda Triangle room and use their skills to solve multiple puzzles.
They will then have an hour to escape.
"We're fans ourselves and got addicted," said Amy Walsh, co-owner of the family-owned business. ...
On Saturday, a group of University of Tampa students will pitch their business to five esteemed judges, including former President Bill Clinton, hoping to win $1 million in seed capital funding.
Their business, Tembo Education, was created and developed just a year and a half ago, specifically for this competition from the Hult Prize, a foundation which supports young university entrepreneurs with a focus on social business ideas....
For his very first restaurant, Nick Cruz chose to treat diners to his favorite cuisine, seafood.
Big Ray's Fish Camp serves up fresh grouper reubens, shrimp po boys, lobster and shrimp corn dogs, deep fried Oreos and deep fried key lime pie, among other menu options.
"I had a catering business for about eight years, but cooking seafood is really my passion," said Cruz, 34.
Opened for just over a month now in South Tampa, Cruz and his team see lines out the door....
TAMPA — Debra Peisner began selling her handmade jewelry at flea markets at age 15. She started with feathers and beads then worked her way up to leather, supplying a few stores as a teen. Now, the Creativeflow owner is expanding into a retail storefront.
"My location has been there since 2011, but my work wasn't very visible," said Peisner, 57. "We have two fabrication areas, but I moved them into one and created the jewelry shop where people can now purchase items I have created."...
Belly dancers, DJs, a Reiki master and wine tastings are just some of the activities planned for The Braid Mind Body Energy Center's grand opening in Ybor City on Sept. 13.
Located in the historic Mediterranean-style, Casa de Lala, which was used to film scenes for the upcoming film The Infiltrator, the center offers a space for the community to just relax.
"It's a nonprofit, educational center," said executive director Debbie Natter. "We offer a space where people can hang out in our tropical-style retreat, rent space to teach classes or take classes....