As a child Carley Ochs played dress up, draped in her grandmother's furs.
When she became a teenager, armed with a hot glue gun and sewing machine, peers at Durant High School would give her jeans to re-style.
She even decorated the senior class shirts.
Now, the Bourbon and Boweties founder helps style women all over the nation with her line of bracelets.
"I've had a love for vintage and all things fabulous since I was a kid," Ochs said. "My grandmother got me a sewing machine at a young age so I think my sense of duty to make things came from her."...
SEMINOLE HEIGHTS — When Andrew Ashmeade was in the fourth grade, a chef from Boston in Portland, Jamaica, visited his tiny town of Christiana to demonstrate the famous jerk recipe.
"Boston, Portland is the first place jerk was ever made and sold," Ashmeade said. "I watched him make it and said, 'One day I'm going to do that.' I then became the only person in my household who could make it."...
TAMPA — To celebrate her 12th birthday, all Emily DePury asked was that her mother take her antiquing in Sarasota.
She purchased her first antique piece right after college: a pair of 1940s boudoir chairs, which she could barely afford.
Though the Tampa native never lost her passion for vintage décor, a career in the corporate world began to take precedence.
Now, 16 years after moving to New York and Connecticut to work in human resources at an investment banking firm, she has returned home to open Bamboo Bungalow, an interior design shop....
TAMPA — Inside the Box now operates a "Grab n Gourmet" in partnership with Blind Tiger Cafe inside the Times Building at 1000 N Ashley Drive.
The restaurant opened this week.
The menu includes sandwiches, salads, some sides like fire roasted vegetable edamame, soups and snacks including cheese, fruit and hummus. Blind Tiger Cafe will serve coffee and beverages.
"It's the first time we partnered with Blind Tiger Cafe, but they do carry our grab 'n go items in their cafe in Ybor," said Metropolitan Ministries marketing and communications manager Ariel DeWitt. ...
Originally founded in Jacksonville in 2001 by the Davoli family, the Metro Diner moved their headquarters to Tampa in 2016.
Though they currently operate 37 locations across 13 states, including one restaurant in St. Petersburg, there is not one in Tampa proper.
That will change in May of 2018.
"We bring a fresh take on diner fare, literally speaking, because we have a scratch kitchen," said Crafton Bryant, director of marketing. "We offer comfort food with a flair. The menu includes classics from childhood with a Metro Diner twist."...
SOUTH TAMPA — Carlos Centurion grew up in Spain, watching his dad flip pizzas, then hop on a little motorcycle to make the deliveries.
They promised deliveries in 30 minutes.
"It was the coolest thing in the world to see," Centurion said. "That was my first taste of the restaurant business and my father was very successful with it."
After graduating from college, Centurion was determined to pursue his childhood dream: move to Spain and work in the restaurant with his father....
A new concept in Seminole Heights combines an independent pharmacy and food lab.
On one side, patients can wait for prescriptions to be filled and ask the pharmacist questions in the comfort of a bungalow living room.
Right next door, diners can browse a menu featuring a raw bar, salads, pasta dishes and desserts created by chef Brett Wright.
"My wife and I have been pharmacists for over 10 years," said owner Ujwal Patel. "When we started looking, we didn't want to make our pharmacy like a typical pharmacy, so we decided to add a café to it. We started doing research and came across two cool pharmacies from back in the day — one in Atlanta was the first to serve Coca-Cola and one in New York which sold lunch, breakfast and dinner in the drugstore."...
Since founding Lucky Cat Yoga six years ago, husband and wife yogi duo Erin and Eric Wheeler have taught vinyasa (their specialty), chair, kids, yoga 101 and more in local studios, art galleries such as the Tempus Projects, libraries and offices.
On Sept. 7, they celebrate the grand opening of their own studio in Tampa Heights at 2742 N Florida Ave.
"We had been renting this space from Dark Wave Yoga and the owner told us she was going to close at the end of August. Eric and I looked at each other and thought, 'We're going to be displaced,'" Erin said. "But then I said 'I think it's the universe saying we should look into this place.'"...
As a social worker in the early '90s, a majority of Tracy Jones' cases were people dealing with depression.
"Most were depressed because they were in pain which affected their ability to enjoy life," Jones said.
So, he quit to become a massage therapist and help heal pain in a different way.
"I've been in the area since 2005 and decided it's time to open my own establishment," Jones said....
While active in the Air Force, New York City native, Carlos Brito often traveled to Tampa for work.
"I love the community here and the diversity. It's very military and small business friendly," Brito said.
The area's beaches were also a plus and so when he retired from the job he held since 1993, he moved to Tampa.
And he's already become a part of the community that drew him here....
08/17/17 Human Interest
SEMINOLE HEIGHTS — When Mary Myles became program manager of The Graham Home 25 years ago, 30 adults with special needs occupied 65 square-foot apartments.
"It was tough on Mary when the place closed," said Gracepoint project manager Susan Morgan. "She'd be the one putting a bucket out when it leaked."
Today, a partnership between Gracepoint and DDA Development has brought about a suitable replacement for the senior living facility. The Graham reopened last month and now Mary Myles sits in a corner office on the same property, overlooking a community garden and lush landscape. The 80 residents now occupy 646 square-foot apartments....
Don Me Now, a stylist and clothing boutique housed in a Hyde Park storefront since 2013, is relocating to the Channel District.
And they're bringing the bubbly with them.
"A year and a half ago, we started seeing things change in the styling forefront," owner Danielle Evans said. "People would come in and get on their phones and see if they could find cheaper styles online, so we started to incorporate events with champagne on the side. We did it on a private level with the personal styling, and the events grew. People seemed to gravitate toward the sip and shop aspect."...
SEMINOLE HEIGHTS —Devon Kreps and Justin Stange opened 7venth Sun Brewery inside a 1,000 square-foot Dunedin storefront at the end of 2011.
On Aug. 12 they will hold a grand opening for their second location- an 18,000 square-feet building in Seminole Heights, that once housed a skating rink.
"This has been the goal since inception," Kreps said. "We want to continue to be who we are, but just do more of it. This larger location will allow for more distribution, more space for the tasting room and to hold events. There's also more room for barrel cellars which is a big focus for us."...
TAMPA — When Kelly Newton picked South Tampa for her second Clean Beauty Bar location, she added another way for clients to relax — in a tub surrounded by jets.
"It's a commercial grade tub. It's not like the usual jets you have at home," Newton said. "We have bath cures that help with arthritis and sore muscles. These are services you won't find at our Winter Park location."
Those services include a sweet birch magnesium bath cure, followed by a deep tissue massage, a rest bath cure with hydrotherapy and a detox bath cure with hydrotherapy. ...
Inside Clean Eatz, almost everything is under 500 calories.
"We don't use oils, butters or sauces. Pretty much everything is all natural," said franchise owner Kortney Helbig.
Helbig, who was a customer at the Clean Eatz location in North Carolina, has been involved in the health and fitness industry for the past six years.
"We do shakes, build your own bowls, wraps, sandwiches, burgers, veggie burgers, meal plans, grab 'n' go. You can even come into the café and sit down for lunch or dinner," Helbig said....