Bernadette Berdychowski - Local Business Reporter

Local Business Reporter

Dzień dobry! I’m a Clearwater native, born and raised by Polish immigrants. Yes, I’m that girl eating pierogi on the beach. You caught me. I left the Tampa Bay area for a few years to study at a college in the heart of New York’s Financial District. Now I’m back home reporting on the businesses, entrepreneurs and all of us who are consumers of goods and services. I also write our newsletter “Business by the Bay” which breaks down the area’s fast-changing economy and its trends. Reach out if you have any tips, ideas or even if you need someone to rant about Eurovision or art.

  1. Lot Twenty9 is a new small business located in Seminole Heights, Tampa that focuses on reusing, recycling and refurbishing different items like furniture, kitchen utensils and decorations.
  2. Outside the Publix at 3617 W Gandy Blvd. in Tampa, the first of Publix's prototype stores the brand is focusing on as it steers away from GreenWise Markets.
  3. Summer Camp St. Pete announced Friday, June 2, 2023 that it will open in the Grand Central District this year.
  4. The St. Petersburg Yacht Club is seen in this Google Earth image.
  5. Chief's Creole Cafe on 901 22nd Street South in St. Petersburg on June 9, 2020 in the 22nd Street business corridor known as the Deuces. The former restaurant will transform into a speakeasy and lounge called The Catalyst.
  6. Aerial view of the Westfield Brandon mall in 2020 in Brandon. Westfield sold the Hillsborough County mall for $220 million, the European-based shopping mall developer announced Thursday.
  7. The new Foxtail Coffee in Carrollwood opening May 27, 2023. The company founded in Winter Park aims to open 30 locations across Tampa Bay in the next five years.
  8. A group surrounds one of the display units developed by Honeywell Aerospace in Clearwater that will be used on the Orion spacecraft for the Artemis moon missions.
  9. The much-anticipated Publix GreenWise Market in Water Street Tampa opened in 2021. The 26,000-square-foot store will transition into a traditional Publix store along with seven other Greenwise Market locations, the grocer confirmed on May 19, 2023.
  10. A rendering of One Tampa at night in downtown's skyline.
  11. The lobby area at The Tampa Edition hotel on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, in Tampa.
  12. Trader Joe's announced it's opening a 10th location in the Sunshine State at Lakewood Ranch later this year.
  13. The Mermaid Tavern in Tampa's Seminole Heights opened in 2011. After 12 years, it shut down.
  14. A glow in the dark mini golf course seen at Elev8 Fun, an entertainment center inside Citrus Park Town Center, in Tampa on Wednesday, April 19, 2023.
  15. People check out the WaterCube, which converts moisture from the air into pure water, during an event at the Port of Tampa on Sept. 14, 2021. Developer Genesis Systems LLC is an advanced technology company that aims to solve global water scarcity.
  16. Taylor Swift performs “The Man” during the first of her three sold-out Tampa shows on the Eras tour at Raymond James Stadium on April 13.
  17. Luis Cosme, a Lakeland resident who works in Tampa, helps direct a caravan rally of about 200 vehicles outside Tampa International Airport on Friday to launch a Florida guild of Uber and Lyft drivers. One of the things they're advocating for is better protections for drivers.
  18. Lime debuted its electric bike program in St. Petersburg on April 26, 2023.
  19. One of Tampa Bay's last family-owned beach hotels has been sold to a Texas-based company. Crescent Real Estate LLC said it has acquired the 382-room Sirata Beach Resort and Conference Center in an off-market deal with the Nicklaus family. The price was not disclosed, and the deed had not been recorded as of this morning.
  20. Central Rock Gym, a new rock climbing business plus fitness and yoga studio, in Tampa on Monday, April 10, 2023.
  21. Shoppers come and go from a Target store in Pinellas Park in 2018. A new Target is set to be built on the Grove at Wesley Chapel strip mall.
  22. The Floridan Palace Hotel is seen in downtown Tampa. The historic landmark is set for $25 million renovations, which may include a name change, city records show.
  23. A rendering of Elev8, which is taking the place of Sears at Citrus Park Town Center. It's set to open in early May.