The Bath and Body Shop at University Mall, 2200 E Fowler Ave., Tampa Bay Center, 3302 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., and West Shore Plaza, 200 N West Shore Blvd., has some of the nicest-smelling products around for the body and the home. "Something is always on special," said Jenna Parker, a sales adviser at the University Mall store. "Specials change each Tuesday." This week 8-ounce shower gels, in several fragrances, are two for $12 in several fragrances. According to Parker, gels, lotions and bubble baths are the store's biggest sellers. This week, if you buy at least $12.50 worth of the Gingham fragrance line, you get a small candle and fragrance sample.
Accessories like washing gloves ($6.50), mesh sponges and brushes for the body and hair are popular. A new size luffa body scrub is on sale, three for $7. There are also pre-made gift baskets with products (the baskets are free) or buyers can purchase a basket at the shop and fill it with their own choices. Scented floating candles in poinsettia and holly shapes and colors for Christmas or leaf shapes for fall are also for sale.
Two Brandon area stores have reopened. Waccamaw at Brandon Crossings, at Falkenburg Road and State Road 60, has reopened after a major remodeling. In celebration, handmade quilts in all sizes are on sale for $49.99 with matching pillow shams for $19.99. A patchwork down comforter is $89.99 and queen- or king-size sheets are $9.99. Cotton throws are 20 percent off. Buy one Dundee towel or Newmark rug and get the second at 50 percent off. All fashion candleholders are 20 percent off, and Papasan chairs are $49.99.
New Life Books and Gifts has moved to 733 W Lumsden Road in Brandon. With more than double the space of the former location, the store can offer a larger variety of gifts, said owner Carol Young. "We also hope to have our new coffee bar open by Nov. 1," she said. Hours have been expanded. The new hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The store also has a sale table, and this week it's piled with books.
Target stores have Halloween costumes at 20 percent off and several varieties of candy for $1.89 a bag or two bags of assorted treats for $3. An RCA universal remote for TV, VCR and cable is on sale for $9.99. Other RCA sale items include a 19-inch color TV for $199, a four-head VCR with remote for $199, a 25-inch color TV for $299 and a portable CD player with dual cassette for $99.
Timon and Rafiki, two of the characters from Disney's The Lion King, will be at the University Mall in the Center Court from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, and a "Spooktacular" Halloween fashion show will be held at 1 p.m. with the latest in Halloween apparel featured from mall merchants, including Spencer Gifts and King Richard's Halloween Adventure. Crafts for kids and Squeekie the Clown are on the agenda. On Halloween children are invited to Trick or Treat at the mall from 6 to 8 p.m.
West Shore Plaza, together with Gymboree and March of Dimes, will give children the opportunity to help others while participating in a March of Dimes WonderWalk at 9 a.m. Saturday. After the walk, from 10 a.m. to noon, the mall will feature a variety of activities for children, including a puppet-making workshop, a Gymboree parachute time and a craft area. Children age 2 to 5 can buckle into a kid-sized car and "drive" through the Midas Project Safe Bay Road Rallye, sponsored by Midas Muffler and Brake Shops. Children will receive free buttons, coloring books and crayons.
The October Hyde Park Village 1994 Live Music Series is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the village. Beverage proceeds will benefit St. Joseph's Children's Hospital. Jam-iya will perform reggae music in a free concert.
What's New: Norwalk, a furniture store, has opened at 101 Brandon Town Center and is the fourth franchise store in the bay area. Customers can choose from more than 500 styles of furniture, 4,000 fabrics and 300 leathers to design their own furniture. The store's computer cataloging system lets the consumer view any combination of fabric or leather covering with any frame style on the computer screen.
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