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Arielle Waldman, Times Staff Writer

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.

Phone: (813) 226-3321

Email: Awaldman@tampabay.com

 

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  1. Healthy eating on the menu and a gym next door

    Business

    As kids, Michael Youssef and Joey Galloway played against one another on the high school football field.

    Though it was competition that brought them together, the boys who lived on opposite sides of the Ohio river, became lifelong best friends.

    As adults, Galloway remained on the field, playing in the NFL for 16 years, while Youssef went on to become a doctor.

    Both in the business of fitness and health, they founded The Nutrition Factory in 2014....

    The Nutrition Factory founders Michael Youssef and Joseph Galloway stand in front of the new location. Photo courtesy of The Nutrition Factory.
  2. Healthy eating on the menu and a gym next door

    Business

    As kids, Michael Youssef and Joey Galloway played against one another on the high school football field.

    Though it was competition that brought them together, the boys who lived on opposite sides of the Ohio river, became lifelong best friends.

    As adults, Galloway remained on the field, playing in the NFL for 16 years, while Youssef went on to become a doctor.

    Both in the business of fitness and health, they founded The Nutrition Factory in 2014....

    TP_364488_FITT_gyms_3 Strength and conditioning coach Ryan Bruggeman, background (yellow shorts) works with Molly Gorman, right and Monica Gorman at the squat racks at Powerhouse Gym in Tampa Wednesday. At far left is Sylvia Muzquiz. Powerhouse has seen a surge in memberships since Choice Fitness closed in Hyde Park and LA Fitness bought Lifestyle Family Fitness.  BRENDAN FITTERER  | Times
  3. From tater tot trailer to toasting first cafe

    Business

    In March of 2012, Damion and Heather Davis started selling tater tots out of a food trailer.

    Five years later, almost to the day, they will celebrate the grand opening of their first Hott Mess Café storefront in South Tampa.

    "It was my wife's dream," Damion said. "I was active duty military when we started and then retired two and a half years ago."

    Though everyone told the couple their dream wouldn't work they pursued it anyway....

    The Hott Mess Cafe started as a food truck and now occupies a storefront in South Tampa. Photo courtesy of Damion Davis.
  4. Eatery brings Thai cuisine to Ybor

    Business

    Asiatic Street Food + Noodle Bar offers a new dining option in Ybor City: Thai food.

    "We wanted to offer street food from Thai culture where they have food on the side of the road, so we are bringing that here and portraying it in a better scenery," said general manager Surachai Mak Sinchat.

    That scenery includes a signature Ybor, brick exterior, bamboo on the walls inside and a menu that boasts pork belly and grilled beef appetizers, pad Thai and all kinds of noodles: noodle soups, stir fry noodles and steamed noodles sans broth....

    Asiatic Street Food + Noodle Bar offers a new dining option in Ybor City: Thai food. Photo courtesy of Asiatic.
  5. 'Sweet' exhibit adds to state fair's tasty appeal

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — This year, Nutella Oreo funnel cakes and Kettle Corn ice cream won't be the only sweet treats at the Florida State Fair.

    This year, an entire exhibit will be dedicated to candy, putting fair-goers senses into a sweet trance.

    Stage Nine Exhibitions traveled 3,000 miles to bring Sweet: A Tasty Journey to the Florida State Fair, which runs through Feb. 20.

    "It's the exhibit's first time on the East Coast," said Stage Nine Exhibitions CEO Troy Carlson....

    DeLisa Silva models a candy dress in front of the rock candy mountain.
  6. Marty Haggard, Country Gold stars bring traditional country to state fair

    News

    TAMPA — Amid the giant Candy Land game, the clowns and trapeze artists, the bears and sea lions, eight country singers known as the Country Gold tour will take to the stage at the Florida State Fair.

    This year's concert event, always a big hit, features Leroy Van Dyke, Johnny Lee, David Frizzell and Barbara Fairchild on Feb. 14, and Van Dyke, Steve and Rudy Gatlin, Marty Haggard and Bobby Bare on Feb. 15....

    Marty Haggard comes to the Florida State Fair as part of the Country Gold Concert.
  7. Cafe offers Louisiana, Creole fusion

    Business

    Custom artwork depicting coastal scenes hang on the walls inside the new South Tampa Another Broken Egg Café, surrounded by scents of lobster brie omelets and shrimp and grits.

    "I think a big thing for us is that it's not your traditional breakfast and brunch food," said general manager Brad Sharpe. "It's a fusion of Louisiana and Creole flavors so it makes for a unique menu."

    Ron Green founded the restaurant in 1996 out of Louisiana....

    Another Broken Egg Cafe opens in South Tampa. Photo courtesy of Another Broken Egg Cafe.
  8. Tough Love gym opens in Ybor

    Business

    For professional MMA fighter Sebastian Angel, the hardest part of the fight isn't stepping into the cage, it's the training leading up to the fight.

    "The fight shows how hard you worked in training camp," Angel said.

    His mixed martial arts career fueled a passion for fitness, and on Saturday, he'll join his wife Jay Angel to celebrate the opening of their new Ybor City gym, Tough Love....

    Tough Love offers training and classes in Ybor. Photo courtesy of Tough Love.
  9. Woof Gang Bakery brings pet services with a personal touch to South Tampa

    Business

    Occupying smaller square foot locations, Woof Gang Bakery is able to offer customers a more personalized pet-friendly experience.

    "We make sure we know the customers names and their dogs names, any regulars," said marketing director Morgan Gritzer.

    In two weeks, franchise owners, Bianca Ferrari and Ian Grant, will bring Woof Gang Bakery and Grooming to South Tampa at 1714 S Dale Mabry Highway for a soft opening....

    Woof Gang Bakery opens a new store in South Tampa. Photo courtesy of Woof Gang Bakery.
  10. Trip's Diner stumbles into Seminole Heights

    Business

    Trip's Diner owner Gordon Stevenson wasn't looking to expand the restaurant, but when one of his regular customers mentioned a building for sale in Seminole Heights he had to take a look.

    "I wasn't looking for a third location, but six months later and I own the building," Stevenson said. "The Seminole Heights neighborhood is similar to the neighborhoods we are in, especially in St. Petersburg."...

    Trip's Diner opens in Seminole Heights bringing popular menu items like the meatloaf. Photo courtesy of Trip's Diner.
  11. South Tampa furniture store specializes in affordable, handmade pieces

    Business

    SOUTH TAMPA — Inside the recently opened Nadeau — Furniture With a Soul store, everything is done by hand.

    The solid wood furniture, imported from local artisans in India and Indonesia, is handmade, there is no point-of-sale system and invoices are handwritten.

    "We are kind of like an old-school mom-and-pop type shop," said president Brian Pickler. "It's a very hands-on atmosphere."...

    Nadeau, Furniture with a Soul, opens their 32 location in Tampa. Photo courtesy of Eric Billingsley.
  12. Junior League's Entrepreneur writes her way into business

    Briefs

    TAMPA — The Junior League of Tampa will host their annual Holiday Gift Market beginning Thursday night and continuing through Sunday at the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall.

    The shopping event features more than 150 specialty merchants from across the country offering unique gift items.

    One of those merchants is Old City Calligraphy started by Janeé Scarle who was this year's winner of a grant from The Junior League's Young Women's Entrepreneur Program. ...

  13. World of Beer location opens on a whole new level

    Business

    The World of Beer opening in Avion Park, near the Tampa International Airport, International Plaza and Bay Street and Westshore Plaza has a new look different from its predecessors.

    "We have a flight deck upstairs with an outside bar which has full spirits and 16 taps," said partner Paul Jacobs. "There are fire pits on the lower and upper decks. We really tried to craft a fun place to come to that the television and music is still there but not overwhelming."...

    World of Beer opens a new location in Avion Park. Photo courtesy of Time Moore.
  14. New boutique opens in Seminole Heights

    Business

    SEMINOLE HEIGHTS — Not one for fashion trends, Elke Lockert began adding her own flair to store-bought clothes, creating her own garments and accessories.

    When friends and strangers started inquiring about where she bought her outfits and where they could buy them, she simply said "I made it."

    So, she started selling the clothes right off her back.

    Inspired, she founded Gypsy JunQue and set up tents at events and festivals selling her handmade goods....

    The JunQuelow by Gypsy JunQue sells unique, handmade items in Seminole Heights. Photo courtesy of Elke Lockert.
  15. Success of Pig Jig fundraiser overwhelms kidney patient who inspired it

    News

    TAMPA — Each year Will Wellman attends the Pig Jig in downtown Tampa, he climbs to one of the highest points of Curtis Hixon Park and comes close to tears as he admires the size of the crowd.

    This year, on Saturday (Oct. 22), he'll see people enjoying barbecue, beer and music while raising money for research, advocacy and awareness to help patients with the rare kidney disease, focal segmental glomerulosclerosis....

    Friends of Will Wellman, who has a rare kidney disease called focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, launched the first Pig Jig as a backyard barbecue. Now, the event draws crowds each year to Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa.