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Revamped Pasadena center attracts tenants

Pasadena Shopping Center, at 68th Street and Gulfport Boulevard S, is in the final stages of a facelift that began in the spring of 1989.The renovation has brought in new tenants, and has seen the relocation of others, according to Marsha Sawyer, Florida west coast property manager for Regency Group of Jacksonville, owners of the property in partnership with Cigna Investments Inc. New to the center and already open are Great Connections travel agency and H & R Block tax consultants. Candy and Cones Yogurt Shop will open there in March.

Pasadena Jewelers, 20-year establishment at the location, have relocated within the center, as has Fortune Federal. Still to be relocated in the new shopping space are Franklin Vision Lab, Carter's Cleaners, and the former Maude's Fashions, which has changed its name to Seasons Fashions.

Building renovations are expected to be completed by Feb. 28, according to Ms. Sawyer.

Myers Auction House, 1600 Fourth St. N, is the outgrowth of owner Michael Myers' 20 years in the antiques business. At its first auction Jan. 27, about 200 people participated.

The auction business is housed in a turquoise and pink art deco-style building, the former location of The Limo.

Recently, Myers acquired a building at 1025 Fourth St. N, which he is now using as a warehouse, concentrating strictly on the auction business.

"I tried this some years back but it didn't work out," said the

owner/auctioneer. "But I've really studied the local market and I spend $10,000 a year on reference materials."

Myers plans to focus on one particular era for each auction. A Feb. 25 auction will include Americana, and an April sale will be composed of art deco pieces.

The auction building will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday before all auctions from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m to noon for viewing. It is open weekdays from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. for buying purposes. For information, call 823-3249.

Business news items may be sent to Betty Jean Miller, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg 33701.

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