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. From left to right: The BayWalk shopping plaza's movie theater in 2009, The Sundial sculpture and a rendering of the renovations coming to the Sundial this year.
  2. Raising Cane's has hired more than 130 people to staff the Clearwater location, according to the company.
  3. A gas pump is seen at a Walmart Fuel Station Monday, July 18, 2022 in Palm Harbor. Gas prices in are on a downward trend. The average price for a gallon of fuel in Florida hit $4.27 per gallon on Sunday, according to AAA, The Auto Club Group.
  4. A headshot of LaShawn Bates, JLL's Central Florida market director.
  5. Owners Kendra and Mike Conze pose for a portrait inside of Common Dialect Brewery on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023 in Tampa.
  6. Attendees mingle during a St. Pete Girl Boss networking event at the St. Petersburg City Theater on Dec. 9.
  7. Crowds gather at Hyde Park Village during the morning market on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021 in Tampa.
  8. A rendering of the R30, an electric boat being developed by Blue Innovations Group in Pinellas Park.
  9. A woman with shopping bags walks past The Merchant, downtown on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg, on Nov. 24, 2020. Retail was recovering the past two years from the pandemic, but now some businesses say it's falling flat.
  10. Prices fell for five straight weeks across Florida as demand for gas tapers during the colder months and oil supplies increased, AAA said.
  11. Watching the Argentina vs. Netherlands game at Maloney's Irish Pub in Tampa's Channelside District.
  12. A rendering of the new Coke Florida sales and distribution site that opened in St. Petersburg on Dec. 5.
  13. The Hunger Thirst Group also owns Dirty Laundry, where to enter the hidden bar, guests get a password from the pay phone in the cafe.
  14. Nick George, 25, left, films Muchachas Owner Stephanie Swanz, center, and Mikel Arrieta, right, as they create content for the business’ TikTok account at Muchachas inside Armature Works in Tampa on Thursday, November 17, 2022.
  15. A Cocoa Puff waffle cloud at the new St. Petersburg ice cream shop The Cereal Bar on 689 Central Ave.
  16. Robert Sutton, 27 purchases a potted succulent from James Amsden of Potsitivity (cq) during the Shopapalooza Festival at Vinoy Park on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021 in St. Petersburg.
  17. A rendering of Peak Surf Park which owner Tony Miller is looking to bring to Tampa Bay.
  18. Academy Sports and Outdoors is opening its first Tampa Bay store in Pinellas Park on Friday.
  19. A rendering of the Winter Memorial Garden at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, set to be finished by Spring 2023.
  20. The Canary, a gift and home-furnishing store on 655 Central Ave., opened Nov. 10, 2022.
  21. This is Flatbread and Butter's original location in Uptown St. Petersburg. The neighborhood cafe is coming soon to downtown Tampa.
  22. Passengers look at a screen to check times for departures and arrivals for their flight at the Tampa International Airport on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, in Tampa.
  23. The Alvarez and Proper House Group team is also behind Nebraska Mini Mart and two other Sparkman Wharf restaurants: Gallito Taqueria and Dang Dude. Lunch Lady would be the team’s third concept at Sparkman Wharf.