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Chris Tisch, Times Business Editor

Chris Tisch

Chris Tisch was born and raised in Oconto Falls, Wis., a town of about 2,500 people just north of Green Bay. Chris has lived in Seattle, Chicago, Cincinnati and St. Petersburg. His hobbies include music, movies, travel and reading. He also is an urban farmer and has a large garden, a pot-bellied pig, chickens, rabbits, two cats and two dogs. He has been a journalist in Florida since 1995. He spent five years at the Bradenton Herald before coming to the Times in 2000, where he covered police news, legal affairs and the death penalty. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.

Phone: (727) 892-2359

Email: tisch@tampabay.com

Twitter: @ChrisTisch1

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  1. Magazine: Tampa people among nation's most attractive; Orlando on ugly list

    Business

    The magazine that caused a slight stir in October by naming Tampa one of America's snobbiest cities is now saying Tampa's residents are some of the nation's most attractive.

    Travel + Leisure magazine readers ranked Tampa No. 10 in the country for attractive people. Miami took first prize followed by San Diego....

    Tampa Bay locals enjoy a good platform for their looks at their high-ranking nightclubs, including the swimsuits-and-volleyball Hogan's Beach, owned by Hulk Hogan himself, Travel & Leisure writes. [LUIS SANTANA | Times]
  2. For Small Business Saturday, Yelp ranks St. Petersburg shops

    Retail

    If Black Friday isn't for you but buying local is, a ranking released by Yelp today could help you gear up for Small Business Saturday.

    Yelp has ranked St. Petersburg No. 3 in a list of best cities to buy local. And off that list, they have ranked the top 10 businesses in or near St. Petersburg to shop local based on customer ratings.

    Small Business Saturday is a big deal locally, so if you're not crazy about fattening the wallets of CEOs in New York and Chicago by buying from national chains, head to some local stores....

    Haslam's Book Strore on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg made Yelp's list of top local places to shop on Small Business Saturday. Here, Ray Hinst, Jr., helps Shaquatonia Samuels find books for her kids at Haslam's last year. Haslam's is Florida's largest new and used book store. It was started in 1933 by John and Mary Haslam. LARA CERRI  |   Times



  3. National Gypsum banking on taking its Purple drywall to customers

    Business

    APOLLO BEACH — At the height of the housing boom, the drywall industry was producing 38 billion square feet of product a year.

    National Gypsum, the second-leading producer of drywall in the United States, had 23 manufacturing plants, including two in Hillsborough County.

    When the housing market tanked and demand for drywall shrank, National Gypsum mothballed four of its plants, including one here. The remaining plant on U.S. 41 in Apollo Beach went down to two shifts. The number of employees in Hillsborough fell from more than 200 to about 70....

    Jay Watt, director of marketing, stands in front of wallboard used for mold and moisture resistance. He says the Purple drywall costs about $100 more per room than regular drywall.
  4. Tampa Bay home ownership out of reach for middle class, study says

    Real Estate

    Stung by a median income that ranks dead last among the nation's 25 largest metropolitan areas, middle-class families in Tampa Bay are unable to afford median-priced homes, according to a new study by financial adviser website interest.com.

    Tampa Bay's median income this year is $45,880 — a full $4,000 less than the second-worst city, Miami, and nearly half as much as the highest-income city, Washington, D.C....

    Tampa Bay's lagging median income is making it difficult for the middle class to buy even a median-priced home. | AP Photo Chris O'Meara
  5. Report: More gift cards are electronic, which is good news for forgetful millennials

    Retail

    Scatterbrained millennials rejoice!

    A study from bankrate.com reports that 59 percent of gift cards are now available electronically, up 18 percent from 2010.

    This is good news for millennials because they are "more than twice as likely to lose traditional plastic gift cards than older adults," bankrate.com says in a news release.

    The release says that 40 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds admit to losing a gift card and that mobile gift card usage among millennials is double that of older adults....

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  6. Where's Florida on Weather Channel's list of worst places to own a home?

    Real Estate

    The Weather Channel compiled a list of the worst counties in the United States to own a home when it comes to climate and weather-related disasters.

    Perhaps surprisingly, not one Florida county is on the list.

    Fellow southeastern states Louisiana and Mississippi are well represented — in fact, all of the top 5 and 11 of the top 20 are in those two states....

    A "For sale" sign in the yard of a home in St. Petersburg's Old Northeast neighborhood. [Times (2013)]
  7. Who is Alex from Target and what is he doing all over Twitter?

    Retail

    So someone posted a photo on Twitter Sunday of a young man who works at Target putting items into a white plastic shopping bag, eloquently captioned thus:

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    Someone posted a photo on Twitter Sunday of a young man who works at Target putting items into a white plastic shopping bag. By Monday afternoon, they had been tweeted more than 900,000 times. [Twitter]
  8. There's still time to nominate your company for the 2015 Top Workplaces

    Business

    Love your job? If so, there's still time to nominate your company for the Tampa Bay Times Top Workplaces 2015 edition — our sixth annual survey of the best places to work.

    We've extended the deadline for nominations to Nov. 21.

    Here's how it works:

    Any employee can nominate an organization. The Times' research partner, Workplace Dynamics, will contact nominated organizations and ask them to participate in a survey....

    CAPTION: (St. Petersburg) Times reporter Chris Tisch October 12, 2005.   STORY SUMMARY:  (Times photo by Bob Croslin)





  9. Travel magazine readers name Tampa one of the nation's snobbiest cities

    Tourism

    Tampa? Snobby?

    Readers of Travel + Leisure apparently think so, ranking Tampa sixth in a survey of the snobbiest cities in America.

    New York was first, Miami second and Los Angeles third.

    Orlando also made the list at No. 20 — because nothing says snobby like Goofy, right?

    Travel + Leisure said Tampa was a newcomer to the list this year. Their article almost reads like something from the character Stefon from Saturday Night Live....

    Director of Spirits Dean Hurst mixes a cocktail at the Edge rooftop bar at the Epicurean Hotel, which Travel + Leisure cites as one of the reasons for Tampa's sophistication. [LUIS SANTANA | Times]
  10. Tampa Bay Times seeks Top Workplaces nominations

    Working Life

    Last year, more than 30,000 employees from 176 companies in the Tampa Bay area told us how much they liked their jobs.

    The result was our fifth annual special section identifying the region's top workplaces.

    Now it's time to do it again. The Tampa Bay Times is accepting nominations for its Top Workplaces 2015 edition. Maybe your employer can crack the Top 100.

    If you love your job and your company, this is a way to show it off, just like employees with Grow Financial Federal Credit Union did last year when the Tampa company was named the top workplace among companies with more than 500 employees for the second year in a row....

    CAPTION: (St. Petersburg) Times reporter Chris Tisch October 12, 2005.   STORY SUMMARY:  (Times photo by Bob Croslin)





  11. Pinellas police blotter: Man goes crazy in diaper aisle at Walmart

    Bizarre News

    Diapers get on bad side of attacker

    A Tarpon Springs man found trouble recently when he attacked the diaper aisle at a local Walmart.

    Tarpon Springs police said Jeffrey Michael Pepin, 44, went into the Walmart at 41232 U.S. 19 N on July 26 and began ripping diapers.

    Pepin did not discriminate based on age, destroying both infant and adult diapers, police said in an arrest report....

  12. Pinellas police blotter: Serial burglar done in by his stomach

    Bizarre News

    Crumbs, DNA left behind after appetite is fed

    A suspected serial burglar has his stomach to blame for his recent arrest.

    Derrick Steven Moore, 40, of Clearwater is facing nine charges of burglary, attempted burglary and grand theft.

    Pinellas sheriff's deputies on July 22 charged him in connection with a burglary in the 1300 block of Keene Road on April 17. In that case, he removed an air-conditioning unit from a home and entered through the opening, deputies said....

  13. Pinellas police blotter: A sleepy burglar and a fight over skim milk

    Crime

    Residents find quite a surprise when they get home

    St. Petersburg police say they have arrested a very sleepy burglar.

    On July 16, a man broke the window of a residence in the 1700 block of Preston Street S in St. Petersburg and climbed inside. When the residents returned home, they found the burglar asleep in one of their beds.

    Stanley Levell Scott, 46, was arrested on a burglary charge....

  14. Bicyclists ride through crime scene tape, into jail

    Crime

    Usually, when police are investigating a serious crime and unspool their crime scene tape, people know to stay outside of the yellow lines. But as St. Petersburg police investigated a fiery crash recently that killed three young women, two bicyclists rode under the tape and into the scene.

    The crash occurred in the early morning hours of June 26 in the area of Ninth Avenue S and 16th Street. A wrong-way driver smashed into another car, causing it to burst into flames, police said. The driver of the wrong-way car ran away but was arrested days later, police said....

  15. Police: Murder suspect offered $20,000 for false confession

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — Police said a man charged in connection with a recent nightclub shooting offered to pay someone $20,000 to take the blame for the killing.

    St. Petersburg police arrested Artez Hooker, 31, outside a lawyer's office Monday afternoon on a charge of second-degree murder. Hooker had known he was wanted and had agreed to meet a detective at lawyer Doug Prior's office on Roosevelt Boulevard, arrest reports said....