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ETHAN ALLEN CLOSING AFTER 42 YEARS

Ethan Allen, a Dale Mabry Highway retail mainstay and longtime family business, is set to close its doors for good this month.

Jeffrey Bloom, president and co-owner of Ethan Allen of Tampa Bay, said the home furnishings chain will convert to smaller design centers, like the ones in Citrus Park and Brandon.

"They're the new Ethan Allen design centers, and we think we can adequately serve the area with the Citrus Park and Brandon stores," Bloom said. "Citrus Park was built in 2001, and Brandon was recently remodeled two years ago."

The store at 6200 N Dale Mabry Highway is an older design center with approximately 15,000 square feet of showroom space.

Alfred and Howard Haubenstock, two brothers, started the store in 1967. When the elder Haubenstocks retired, the store stayed in the family. Bloom, who is Howard's son-in-law, and Alfred's son, Steve Haubenstock, assumed control of the company.

The clearance sale at the north Tampa store began at the start of the month with a private, invitation-only event for some valued, longtime customers, Bloom said. Beginning last Saturday, the store opened its doors to the public, allowing them to take advantage of the savings.

Bloom said that he didn't have a date for when the store will close, only that it will close for good when the last piece of furniture is sold.

For more information, call (813) 884-8474.

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Taste of Tartan to bring spirit of Scotland to area

NORTHDALE - Fiona Craig wants people to know that there's more to Scotland than kilts, bagpipes and haggis.

She hopes her new store, A Touch of Tartan, set to open sometime in October at 15000 N Dale Mabry Highway, will expose local residents to the art and culture of Scotland and Ireland. Items for sale will include handbags, photos, handmade Highland pottery and scarves woven from the silk of Scottish silkworms.

Craig said she doesn't have an opening date scheduled, and she said those who are interested should regularly check her Web site at atouchoftartan.com.

A Scottish immigrant, Craig said she expects the store to be popular among Scottish and Irish immigrants, and people with a love for those countries.

"I found that people in Tampa love everything Scottish and everything Irish," she said. "I want to appeal to the ex-pat Irish and Scottish in the area, but also to the Americans with an appreciation of Ireland and Scotland."

In addition to the handcrafts, Craig plans to sell some food items including the Scottish soft drink, Iron Brew. However, there is one food item that Craig regrets she will not offer at her store.

"Unfortunately, I won't be selling any liquor, so I won't be able to offer any Scotch whiskey," she said.

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