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Sean Daly, Times Staff Writer

Sean Daly

Sean Daly is the retail/tourism reporter for the Tampa Bay Times. He is often seen in some sort of swim wear, trying out the newest waterslide at an area theme park. It's okay if you avert your eyes; he understands.

Phone: (727) 893-8467(727) 893-8467

Email: sdaly@tampabay.com

Twitter: @SeanDalyPopLife

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  1. In its 30 years, Beef 'O' Brady's evolves into a defining Tampa Bay franchise

    Retail

    BRANDON — It was almost called Potatoes O'Brien. The "neighborhood hangout" chain didn't serve wings. Or have TVs. Or pour liquor. It was a tiny unassuming Irish pub — named partly after the owner's mother — at the end of a mundane strip mall. It served steaks, at least until a thief burgled the meat. Then it started selling wings.

    In 1985, Beef 'O' Brady's looked, felt, tasted very different than today's Beef 'O' Brady's, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The place had little interest in sports — until the family of Brandon High School baseball phenom Jody Reed needed a place to watch him play second base for the Boston Red Sox. Then it started showing games....

    Brandon is home to the original Beef ‘O’ Brady’s at 210 S Kings Ave. Inside are engaging pictures of its founder.
  2. Metabolife maker Twinlab moves headquarters to St. Petersburg

    Corporate

    ST. PETERSBURG — Twinlab Consolidation Corp., the makers of Metabolife wellness supplements and Alvita herbal teas, will move its New York headquarters here sometime in late summer, setting up on two floors of downtown's First Central Tower.

    Twinlab said it will relocate about 80 employees from its New York and Michigan offices; manufacturing will continue in Utah.

    According to an SEC filing, the lease — for the fifth and eventually sixth floors of the building at 360 Central Ave. — is for 12 years, with an option for as many as 10 more. The security deposit is $1 million. The rent is $344,160 a year — although the first year will be given rent-free....

  3. Athleta, Lululemon coming to Tampa's International Plaza

    Real Estate

    Athleta, an upscale women's workout and swimwear apparel retailer, and Lululemon Athletica, a hip shop dedicated to yoga and fitness accessories, will open locations at International Plaza in the summer. This will be the first Athleta in the Tampa Bay area. The Gap-owned chain will be on the mall's lower level near Dillard's and is slated to open in June. The namaste-centric Lululemon, which has several other locations in the bay area, will open in July. In other International Plaza news: Jewelry and timepiece specialist David Yurman will open his first Tampa Bay store in August. And as if designer Michael Kors wasn't popular enough, that shop has now moved to a larger location on the upper-level near the Grand Court....

    Athleta is opening in June at International Plaza in Tampa. It’s an upscale women’s workout and swimwear apparel retailer.
  4. Former scary rocker Marilyn Manson now on … Groupon?

    Retail

    Antichrist Superdiscount?

    Bullet With Butterfly Savings?!

    Remember when taboo-tweaking rocker Marilyn "The Dope Show" Manson was considered the most dangerous man in America, a sign of the apocalypse, a satanic Pied Piper who would lead our children to the fiery pits of damnation?

    Yeah, Manson's on Groupon now.

    So is Billy "Rat in a Cage" Corgan and whoever's in the current iteration of Smashing Pumpkins. ...

    Marilyn Manson is now on Groupon? Yes, the singer once considered a Pied Piper to hell is trying to sell tickets on the discount site for his July 24 show with the Smashing Pumpkins in Tampa. He's pictured here at the Hollywood premiere of "Spring Breakers," a 2013 film shot primarily in Tampa Bay.
  5. 'Mad Men' Recap: Sex, Lies & More Sex

    Blog

    Everyone was getting screwed in one way or another on Sunday's Mad Men, a carnal carnival slampacked with boot-knockin', laughs, bitter French women...and, per usual,  an undercurrent of doom for our bed-hopping anti-hero Don Draper. There are only four eps left in the final season -- cue sobs and a shot of whiskey -- which means all hell should start breaking loose right..about...now. Herewith, beloved Mad Men-ers Sean Daly and Michelle Stark sort out the boinkage and whether this is the last time we'll ever see poor, sweet, and verrrry rich Megan. (You're a pig, Harry Crane. And your hair is stupid, too.)

    MICHELLE: "New Business" is a strange, uneven episode of Mad Men, so much so that it feels intentional, like Matthew Weiner was trying to make us as uncomfortable Sunday night as Don must feel all the time in his skin. So many little things were off. We encounter Don's two ex-wives in the ep's first two minutes. (WHAT was with that longing look Don gave the Betty-Henry kitchen? Seriously?) SYLVIA ROSEN shows up in the elevator. Stan and Peggy receive sexual advances from the same woman. It's all a bit shudder-y....

    Don Draper, in a rare non-boinking moment
  6. Toilet H-O-R-S-E, anyone? Family business R.J. Kielty Plumbing has a ball

    Retail

    HUDSON

    Things can get stressful for the 150 men and women working at R.J. Kielty Plumbing, Heating and Cooling. ¶ After all: "There are a lot of people who try to flush cat litter," says dispatch manager Crystal Schuler.

    And remote controls.

    And underwear.

    "People will try to flush anything," Schuler laughs.

    Don't forget the critters that can bubble up from the depths: giant frogs, 6-foot snakes....

    From left, HVAC manager Joe Rogers, manager Tanner Kielty, dispatch manager Crystal Schuler and plumbing service manager Jesse Francher in the showroom at R.J. Kielty Plumbing, Heating & Cooling in Hudson in March.
  7. At Container Store in Tampa, cheesy and cheery employees wanted

    Retail

    TAMPA — Every morning at The Container Store, just before the front doors swing open for business, employees gather for something called "the Huddle." It's a rah-rah ritual of excitable people really excited to sell plastic sorting bins to people equally excited to purchase plastic sorting bins.

    "Wow! Wow! Yes!"

    "Let's go! Yes!"

    "Good morning!"

    "Happy Friday!"

    "Wow! Yes! Happy Friday!"...

    Container Store employees, clockwise from top, Cathy Chopping, Marvin Price, Mandi Cruz, Brandon Coquyt and Jamie Moeller.
  8. J.CON Salon and Spa lacks drama, but not heart

    Retail

    ST. PETERSBURG

    Let's just get this out of the way first: There is very little daily drama at bustling J.CON Salon and Spa.

    No, really.

    You might think there would be constant tabloidal torrents of gossip and tears and screaming within a staff loaded with pretty people in their 20s, people still trying to figure out life and love.

    "But there's honestly way less drama here than I was thinking there would be," says Stacie Folden, the director of salons. "They're all really great at leaving drama at the door."...

    J.Con Salon Spa stylist Shelle Nelson works with a customer in March.
  9. NASA picks Oldsmar IT firm for contract potentially worth tens of millions

    Corporate

    Talk about winning the space race: Vology, a technology solutions company in Oldsmar, has been awarded a 10-year contract — and a potential slice of a $20 billion to $30 billion pie — to provide NASA with the latest in IT innovation.

    Vology, a $180 million company specializing in virtualization and Cloud-based technology — in other words, swapping out old tech with new tech, something the federal government is trying to do — was one of more than 60 companies to share in the government contract. ...

  10. Hillsborough sets record for bed taxes with $2.8 million in March

    Tourism

    Was it the funky Ramen Noodle Burger at the Florida State Fair that drew so many tourists to Tampa? Or maybe that provocative Funnel Bacon on a Stick at the Florida Strawberry Festival that lured them?

    Whatever the case or curious foodstuff, Hillsborough County gobbled up a record-breaking $2.8 million in tourist development taxes — commonly referred to as bed taxes — in March, according to Visit Tampa Bay, the nonprofit tourism company....

  11. 'Better Call Saul' finale recap: Ode to a 'Chicago sunroof'

    Blog

    So THAT'S what a Chicago sunroof is! "Now we know!" AMC hit Better Call Saul wrapped up Season One on Monday with some of the sublime spinoff's best moments … and, alas, most disappointing. Your beloved team of feverish Saulers — Sean Daly, Michelle Stark and Chris Tisch — have mixed emotions about the finale, titled "Marco," which didn't exactly pay off with a heavy cliffhanger (or a return to Omaha and Cinnabon) (or a nice tasty Breaking Bad reference to make us all pant). Herewith, the crew …

    CHRIS: Well, guys, I'm not sure what to make of that last episode. Kind of meh, frankly. After building a lot of momentum up to this point, I thought this last episide just kind of treaded water. Jimmy goes back to old times, lives his old life for a bit, loses his friend and returns even a little bit more motivated than before. … I think we get it. Where was the kicker, the holy cow moment? I just didn't see it....

  12. After Tampa visit, big changes coming for Goodyear blimp (w/video)

    Airlines

    ABOARD THE GOODYEAR BLIMP — Soon enough, David Bowling won't have to work so hard to steer his giant "couch in the sky." Things are about to change in the world of blimps, and that's bittersweet for Bowling. For now, though, the captain of the Spirit of Innovation, one of three dirigibles in Goodyear's trademark fleet, is spinning a wooden wheel to go up and down, tapping foot pedals to go right and left. It's old-school....

    The view from inside the Spirit of Innovation blimp, which is one of three dirigibles operated by Goodyear for aerial TV coverage.
  13. 'Mad Men' recap: Final season premiere 'Severance' pays off (w/video)

    Blog

    And they're back! Not just Don Draper and the gang at whatever his advertising firm is called now, but Mad Men devotees Sean Daly and Michelle Stark, who bantered and ballyhooed their way through the first half of season 7 and have returned to see these final seven episodes of Matthew Weiner's opus through to the end....

    Don + Peggy FOREVER
  14. McDonald's raises don't apply to everyone

    Retail

    Like a Big Mac slathered with too much special sauce, McDonald's is a hot mess these days.

    On Wednesday, the financially struggling restaurant chain — in the midst of testing menu reinvention to boost plunging revenue — announced it would raise wages and offer new benefits for 90,000 employees in its 1,500 or so company-owned stores across the United States.

    That follows the recent pattern of such powerful national retailers as Walmart and Target that have tried to quell shaky relations with staff — and even shakier press — by improving pay and workplace conditions....

    Roderick Livingston of St. Petersburg protests Thursday in front of the McDonald’s on N Dale Mabry Highway near Interstate 275. Livingston and about 25 other protesters were demonstrating for wage increases for all McDonald’s workers.
  15. Bye, Bitcoin: St. Petersburg Bowl needs new name

    Tourism

    ST. PETERSBURG — The annual college football bowl game held at Tropicana Field each winter has gone by myriad names since its 2008 inception: the MagicJack St. Petersburg Bowl, the St. Petersburg Bowl Presented by Beef 'O' Brady's, the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl, the ESPN Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl.

    And now, yet again, the big game needs another handle.

    Bitcoin — the paperless digital currency that can be used in lieu of cash, checks or credit cards — is out after just one year with its rather odd, nerdy name in lights. ...

    The ESPN Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl’s MVP trophy, held by North Carolina State quarterback Jacoby Brissett, has a chance to become something of a collector’s item.