A Feather Sound couple is starting a business from olive oil that has nothing to do with cooking food.
While on their honeymoon in Tuscany several years ago, Brian and Maria Hubert needed suntan oil. Proprietors of the hotel where they were staying had no brand-name tanning lotions. So they gave the couple a small pitcher of olive oil.
The Huberts like the result; they call themselves professional tanners. He is 49 and she is 46. They decided there were enough others like themselves out there that they could sell their discovery.
The Huberts came up with a formula for a tanning oil based in olive oil and containing other natural ingredients. It's called Tuscan Tan and is available at some spas. Specialty shops such as Mazzarro's also have it.
Tuscan Tan has no sun protection chemicals in it because the Huberts believe those to be dangerous. As for the dangers of the sun, both say people should be sensible about how much time they spend exposed to it. Stay out all day but stay under an umbrella, Brian Hubert said.
Customers have told the Huberts Tuscan Tan is a good moisturizer, so they are making other products such as body lotion and baby oil.
Psst. Got a new Scoops for you
ST. PETE BEACH _ Scoops on the Beach ice cream shop here expanded last month to downtown St. Petersburg. The Goodman family opened a second parlor serving Working Cow ice cream in the Ponce de Leon hotel at 95 Central Ave.
Micki Goodman is the owner of the shops. Her husband, Martin, works in the St. Pete Beach shop, which has been open at 6870 Gulf Blvd. for seven years.
Their son Steve manages the new one in St. Petersburg, called Scoops II. It has three tables inside and three outside plus 36 flavors of homemade ice cream, Martin Goodman said.
Mantrap moves out, CVS moves in
SEMINOLE _ The CVS Drugstore at 131st Street and Park Boulevard is open. It occupies the spot where Mantrap Hair Salon used to be. Mantrap moved next door to a new building where it opened in late September. CVS opened in late October.
Boley Centers getting apartments
ST. PETERSBURG _ The buildings under construction at First Avenue N and 28th Street are apartments for Boley Centers.
A spokeswoman for general contractor Rowe and Newberry Inc. said the complex will have 18 apartments, 10 in one building and eight in the other. They should be ready for occupancy by February or March.
Boley Centers for Behavioral Health Care Inc. has a system of residences for different types of clients, including group homes, supervised apartments and supported housing.
_ SHARON L. BOND