Attention, Pinellas fashionistas: The shopping forecast this week contains a high chance of making it rain -- with your wallets, that is!
Both Shoe Carnival and the Goodwill are hosting grand openings.
The first 100 customers in line when Shoe Carnival, 1511 Missouri Ave. N in Largo's Midway Plaza, opens at 9 a.m. Saturday will receive a $10 store gift card. There will also be drawings at 10 a.m. for new shoes for a year, at 11 a.m. for $1,000 cash, and every hour noon through 5 p.m. for a $100 store shopping spree. The prizes, giveaways and most of all SALES are slated to continue all weekend....
PALM HARBOR — Want to survive life at Palm Harbor University High School's "Portable City"? Sisters Emily and Casey Dietz could write the handbook:
Wear layers in case of temperature fluctuations within the quirky air-conditioning system, advises 15-year-old Casey, a sophomore who spends all seven periods in the temporary classrooms behind the school.
Prepare for the occasional, mad cross-campus dash to avoid tardies when rushing between classes in the portables and the main building, warns Emily, 16, a junior....
DUNEDIN| There’s a new developer behind the proposal to build a hotel that would share its parking garage with the city.
Joe Kokolakis on Monday closed on the 1.7-acre parcel at Douglas Avenue and Monroe Street. The site is across from the Dunedin Brewery, within a 45-acre swath envisioned as an arts district just north of downtown.
Kokolakis bought the property, currently under lease by the city as surface parking, from the Keller-Angelillis family for $1.5 million....
DUNEDIN| Commissioners this week will consider a proposal to add longtime former city attorney John Hubbard's name to a city park.
Relatives of Hubbard said in a letter to City Manager Rob DiSpirito that the newly named "John Hubbard Hammock Park" would be "a fitting honor for such a dedicated and devoted public servant."...
03/12/15 Human Interest
BELLEAIR BLUFFS — Zoe Lombard's athletic prowess spanned about every sport when she was in high school — from volleyball and basketball to track and swimming.
But the 2010 Palm Harbor University High graduate has always been most lauded as a soccer standout, her quick feet making her the team's varsity captain and helping to win two state championships.
As Lombard neared graduation from Boston College in May, she got a surprising question: Would she try out for a spot in the 2016 Summer Olympics — in women's team handball?...
While you all were slathering on sunscreen and stuffing your faces with ice cream cones this weekend, I was busy slathering lotion on any patch of skin not fortressed against Michigan's 25 degree windchill while the dentist stuffed cotton and dental tools into my mouth because ... well ... I know how to throw one heck of a vacation party.
It wasn't all bad though. As much as I gripe about my lack of socks or shirts with enough material to handle anything below 70 degrees, the truth is that sometimes I miss the fun of dressing for winter weather....
Around these parts, we hold regular gush fests about household-name designers like Lily Pulitzer (may she R.I.P.), Rachel Roy (personal fave!) and Isaac Mizrahi (my Tar-jay guru!).
But today I wanted to shower some love on some real talent we have right here in Tampa Bay.
ICYMI, tbt* reporter and Diva friend Robbyn Mitchell recently profiled several local designers who are near -- and would love to be dear to your hearts!...
Baseball is a game of tradition — hot dogs, peanuts, Cracker Jack, the crack of the bat, the seventh-inning stretch, and rooting for the home team. • Around here, there's a local baseball tradition that's about to return: an annual migration of Northerners arriving to escape the brutal winter weather in Philadelphia and Toronto.
Spring training opens this weekend in Clearwater and Dunedin. As below-freezing temperatures linger up North, the Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays expect to draw plenty of local and vacationing fans who will be slathering on the sunscreen....
02/26/15 Local Government
DUNEDIN — The roughly 2-mile stretch of Dunedin Causeway bridges that connect Honeymoon Island State Park to the mainland is about five years away from a facelift.
For more than half a century, Pinellas County planners say, the main drawbridge, as well as a fixed bridge beside it, have taken a beating from cars and waves. The sidewalks and bike paths are too narrow by current standards, and the roads lack shoulders. Ongoing repair and maintenance to the drawbridge — known for becoming stuck and causing traffic delays — has raised reliability concerns....
Ugh! I'll tell ya, all this fog and dreary skies lately sure have me dreaming of sunny summer days.
Lands' End is thinking about beach bumming it too.
From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow through Sunday, the retailer is offering free swimsuit fittings and style sessions at The Shops of Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr. in Wesley Chapel....
TARPON SPRINGS — A drunken man who police found sitting on a sidewalk surrounded by power tools was arrested early Friday for the overnight burglary of a nearby brewery.
Peter Kalinov Kirov, 24, of Tarpon Springs was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on charges of burglary, grand theft and possession of a suspended license.
According to Tarpon Springs police, Silverking Brewing Co. owners arrived at work about 9:30 a.m. Friday to find a rear window shattered, the cash register pried open and the front door unlocked....
DUNEDIN| A single vote now stands between the Taoist Tai Chi Society of the United States of America and the Fenway Hotel.
Via a unanimous vote, city commissioners on Thursday followed a citizen advisory board’s recommendation and preliminarily approved to the health and wellness society’s conceptual architectural plan and development agreement. A second public hearing and final vote is set for March 5....
We've mentioned campaigns this month by retailers recognizing Valentine's Day, American Heart Month and National Cancer Prevention Month. Ready for another?
February also marks Black History Month and Macy's has joined the celebration by hosting in-store talks on "Soul Era Style" featuring noted African-American stylists June Ambrose and Johnetta Boone. While none of the presentations are in our area, you can still win a chance to meet Ambrose for a makeover and $1,000 shopping spree-for-two in New York City!...
02/19/15 Local Government
BELLEAIR — A former town commissioner will take on two incumbents in a three-way race for two at-large seats up for grabs in the March 10 election.
Incumbent Commissioner Mike Wilkinson and Deputy Mayor Stephen Fowler will defend against former commission colleague Karla Rettstatt.
Fowler has served on the Town Commission since he was elected in 1997. Wilkinson was appointed in June 2010 to complete another commissioner's term....