Wedding planner Christi Winsor understands the stress amid the joy of getting married, having laughed and cried with dozens of brides in preparation for their walk down the aisle.
Collaborating with colleagues to open the Wedding Suite on S MacDill Avenue "will make the planning process so much easier for a busy bride," Winsor said.
"It's a resource center for one-stop shopping," said the lead wedding planner of Winsor Event Studio. Top area wedding professionals joining her are Couture Closet gowns and accessories, Hummingbird stationery, IQ of Beauty hair and makeup, Andrea Layne floral design, Universal Music Entertainment, Fotobox photo booths, and Life Long Studios photography.
"Instead of running all over town, brides can meet with various vendors at one place, somewhat like a bridal show, only more personal," she said. Appointments are scheduled at the convenience of the customer.
The grand opening was Tuesday; monthly open houses are planned.
The Wedding Suite, 2120 S MacDill Ave. Hours by appointment only; (813) 374-0773.
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Deli, craft beer at Swann Ave. Market
Newlyweds Chris and Baily Klein enjoyed their shopping walks to their Hyde Park neighborhood deli so much that they bought it. On Valentine's Day, Chris, a former mortgage broker, and Baily, a Channelside Academy second-grade teacher, took over the Swann Ave. Market, "transitioning from the beer store next to the middle school to the deli with the great beer and wine selection," he said.
The deli counter offers Boar's Head meat on sandwiches and by the pound. Buddy Brew coffee is always fresh. Sundries include chips and soft drinks, ice cream and candy. A walk-in humidor holds a variety of cigars.
Food and wine tastings are usually held on Fridays. "Our customers say we have the best craft beer selection in South Tampa," Chris said.
Swann Ave. Market is at 1021 W Swann Ave. and is open daily. Visit swannave.com or call (813) 251-5000.
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Ybor says yo to Yo Boys frozen yogurt
In multiple marketing surveys, the words "frozen yogurt and ice cream" were always associated with the words "happy and healthy," says James Savas, who opened Yo Boys across from Centennial Park in Ybor City with two younger brothers. "So we coined the phrase, 'the healthy side of happiness" for our product."
James Savas heads up operations at Yo Boys' first location, in Teaneck, N.J., and now in Tampa. Brother Mike Savas is on tour as Bon Jovi's VIP manager. Tommy Savas is an actor in Los Angeles.
Yo Boys offers 14 flavors, always including a variety of no-sugar, low-fat, fat-free, dairy-free and gluten-free choices, and at least 60 toppings. The frozen yogurt is sold by the ounce, averaging about $6 per 16-ounce cup. Hand-packed quarts are $8 to go. There's a 25 percent Happy Hour discount is offered from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Customers can also create their own smoothies by filling a tall cup with their favorite flavors and mix-ins and handing it to the cashier to blend. "We can also add protein power and other add-ins," James said.
Yo Boys, 1815 E Seventh St., is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 11 a.m. till 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Visit yo-boys.com or call (813) 330-0452.
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