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Published Feb. 15, 2008


New shop announcements will be part of the grand opening today of 400 Beach Drive, the 29-story condominium tower at Fifth Avenue N. In addition to the Robert Irvine restaurants Ooze and Schmooze, women's fashion store Coco Brazil has signed a lease for some of the 23,000 square feet of retail space, along with menswear store Sebastian Cole. Tenants for the remaining 12,000 square feet will be announced shortly, said John Hamilton of Beach Drive Retail, which also leases space in Parkshore Plaza. Nighttime visitors of the area also may have noticed new lights strung in the trees of Straub Park, something Hamilton said is being financed by Irvine to make the park a more inviting place at night.


Guitar shop to mark fifth anniversary

Stevie B's Total Guitar, 650 Central Ave., will celebrate its fifth anniversary Friday. The store specializes in new, used and vintage guitars, amps and related items. It also offers lessons and repairs guitars and amps. Visit


Firm sells system to Colombian school

Intelligent Micro Patterning of St. Petersburg sold one of its SF-100 maskless photolithography systems to the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Universidad de los Andes in Colombia, which will use it to develop micro- and nanotechnology devices and sensors for agriculture. The device is sold under a license from the University of South Florida, where it was devised. The technology lets users rapidly produce prototypes by projecting images onto materials, such as ceramics and plastics.