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. ...
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....
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....
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....
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....
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."...
05/06/16 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....
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)....
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)....
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....
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)....
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....
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....
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. ...
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."...