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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.

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  1. Bridal store offers services for big day


    Viktoria Jones opened The Bride in Ybor City to offer speciality services for the special day.

    "I have a background in the wedding industry, working alongside Hungarian designer Anita Benes," Jones said. "That's where I fell in love with wedding dresses and learned so much about production, fabrics and the customer care side of things."

    Jones showcases Anita Benes' line, Daalarna Couture, in the store along with other designers including Rebecca Schoneveld and Sarah Seven. ...

    The Bride in Ybor City carries couture wedding dresses.
  2. Let Bellhops help with the move


    TAMPA — Bellhops, a business that provides moving services, blossomed out of an Auburn University dorm room.

    Co-founders Cameron Doody and Stephen Vlahos built the company to alleviate a problem — parents hated moving kids' suitcases.

    This is especially true for Florida students when moving day falls on the hottest days of summer.

    "It started out as campus bellhops and ran on the Auburn campus," said communications director David Martin....

    Bellhops assists in a variety of moving services.
  3. Yoga studio features special services, cafe, float pod


    For the past decade, Annette Scott has taught at Yogani Studio.

    "I built a good following and thought it was time to go off on my own and build my own space," Scott said.

    This weekend marks the grand opening celebration of the yoga teacher and massage therapists's dream space, Kodawari Studios and Organic Cafe. Ramona Heath, wife of former University of South Florida basketball coach Stan Heath, is a co-owner....

    South Tampa's new yoga and wellness studio, Kodawari houses a 200 gallon Float Pod. Photo courtesy of Kodawari.
  4. 'Coffee explorer' delivers Caffeine


    Discovering speciality coffee origins is one of Nidas Kiuberis favorite adventures.

    The coffee explorer's travels take him to coffee farms in Costa Rica and Vietnam, looking for the right beans to bring back to his Lithuania-based coffee shop, Coffee Inn.

    His passion led to a position as Head of Coffee and Communications for the coffee shops that became known internationally as Caffeine....

    Downtown Tampa's new specialty coffee shop Caffeine opened last month.
  5. CycleBar offers luxury, high-tech riding experience


    SOUTH TAMPA — CycleBar, an indoor cycling studio, will celebrate a soft opening with free classes from Thursday through May 29.

    "Anyone can come in for as many times as they want for free," said Jordin Cooper, director of marketing operations.

    The studio, which offers five different types of classes, including a meditation ride, started in Boston about 10 years ago. Now, owners Peter Wolfe and Dr. William McComb are bringing the luxury, high-tech brand to Tampa....

    CycleStar instructors in front of CycleBar's new South Tampa location. Photo courtesy of CycleBar South Tampa.
  6. Dashing Ginger helps event professionals


    After working with Andi Diamond Photography in South Tampa over the past five years, Kristin Berry noticed a void in the industry.

    "I realized a resource was missing for wedding and event professionals," Berry said.

    To fill the niche, she opened The Dashing Ginger last month.

    "My goal is to be a high end staffing agency and in the first month, I've booked eight events," Berry said. "I haven't seen anything like this business before."...

    Kristin Berry, owner of South Tampa's new business, The Dashing Ginger.
  7. Working for mom: The Rodgerses run the table as business partners

    Human Interest


    In the midst of the 2004 holiday season, 15 employees inside Robertson Billiard Supplies' manufacturing shop were busy completing orders that would be opened by customers on Christmas morning.

    Suddenly, a fire broke out that ignited the wooden pool tables.

    "Everyone was okay, but the catastrophic fire shut down the manufacturing shop," said Debi Rodgers, the 58-year-old co-owner of Robertson Billiard Supplies....

    Mother-daughter duo Alana, left, and Debi Rodgers own Robertson’s Billiard Supplies on North Franklin in Tampa.
  8. Mother's passing inspires new venture


    When Voncile Anderson's mother passed in October, it was the final push she needed to open her own business.

    "I started thinking if I don't do it now," Anderson said. "My mom always said to me, 'You've always had a big heart and loved watching the community grow.' "

    With her new event and marketing management firm, Voncile & Company, the Tampa native is helping the community grow by assisting small businesses with their grand openings and branding (though her services are not limited to small businesses)....

    Tampa native Voncile Anderson is the owner of the new event and marketing management firm, Voncile and Company.
  9. Attic Cafe and Bar finds downtown home


    During Tampa Bay WaVe's 2015 grand opening in downtown at 500 E Kennedy Blvd., a cart was provided for food service.

    Though the opening came and went, the cart stayed and provided employees in the building, as well as traffic from the street, coffee and grab-and-go items.

    As the cart grew in popularity, construction began on the fourth floor to create a cafe that serves the same coffee and grab-and-go items, as well as beer and sit-down breakfast and lunch options such as pastries, soups and steel-cut oatmeal (dinner eventually)....

    The Attic Cafe and Bar in downtown Tampa serves local beer, coffee and food. Photo courtesy of Mine Salkin.
  10. Facility promises complete training for the masses


    SOUTH TAMPA — Tampa Sports Academy, Orthopedic Medical Group of Tampa Bay and Advanced Rehabilitation have joined forces to open a performance training facility in South Tampa.

    "Our goal is to provide world-class training services to the masses, not just athletes," said co-owner Steve Harrison.

    Originally from London, Harrison has been living in Tampa for 10 years and became close friends with Dr. Jeff Watson....

    Steve Harrison standing in South Tampa's new performance training facility center, Tampa Sports Academy.
  11. Tampa bagel bakery uses Brooklyn-inspired H2O


    TAMPA — To replicate the taste and size of North East bagels, the Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co. hires scientists who study Brooklyn water.

    A special water filtration system breaks down the water to pure H2O.

    After the study, the same minerals found in the Brooklyn water are added back into the water that is used to brew coffee and make bagels, muffins, cookies and flagles (a flattened bagel)....

    The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co. brings their specialties such as the Cubsta and flagles to Tampa.
  12. Lowry Parcade mixes arcade games, craft beer


    Bring a bag of quarters and relinquish adult responsibilities at the door of Tampa's first classic arcade and craft beer bar, Lowry Parcade and Tavern.

    "I grew up in arcades," Cliff Stevenson, co-owner, said. "Like a lot of people, my parents would drop us off to give us something to do."

    As an adult, Stevenson sought to fulfill his sense of nostalgia and build a bar he'd want to go to by opening the retro inspired video arcade on March 7....

    Twenty-three classic arcade games fill Tampa's new Lowry Parcade and Tavern.
  13. Duckweed sets up in Channel District


    CHANNEL DISTRICT — Duckweed Urban Grocery opened in downtown Tampa in 2013 to provide residents of The Element, as well as the community, with a grocery store in walking distance.

    The new Duckweed location in the Channel District, which is also situated on the first floor of an apartment building (The Place), will provide the same convenience.

    "We are putting grocery stores in places so people don't have to get in their car and drive to Publix or somewhere," said marketing manager Alex Rath....

    Just some of the grocery items available at Duckweed Urban Grocery's new location in the Channel District.
  14. The Barbershop offers an upscale experience


    Beer, bourbon and the sound of sports will greet guests at the Barbershop by Salon Inga.

    April marks 28 years of business in the Tampa Bay area for Salon Inga, founded by Inge Handing and currently in Carrollwood.

    Now, her and daughter Tanja Catoe, who joined as a partner in 2009, are expanding their business by opening a salon at 4544 W Kennedy Blvd. near West Shore Boulevard that caters to men. ...

    A look inside the new salon that caters to men, The Barbershop by Salon Inga.
  15. Photographer goes from Disney to Tampa


    TAMPA — Alicia Fernandez received photography training at the "most magical place on earth," Disney World.

    Now she will replace the backdrops of the Magic Kingdom and Epcot with the buildings and parks of downtown Tampa.

    Fernandez will locate her first studio, The Fine Art Photography Company, at 2610 W Kennedy Blvd.

    "My whole family is here," said Fernandez, co-owner and founder. "So I decided to start it here with my husband, James Fernandez, who simultaneously works a full-time job as well."...

    Owner of downtown Tampa's new The Fine Art Photography Company, Alicia Fernandez's favorite photo shoot setting is the beach.