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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. Remnants of homes and flooded vehicles mingle off the frontage of a hotel on Fort Myers Beach on Thursday, Sep 29, 2022, which was mostly destroyed after Hurricane Ian made landfall overnight on Wednesday.
  2. A fallen tree lies in the parking lot of a Publix on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in St. Pete Beach. Hurricane Ian knocked down cables, signs, and trees along the barrier islands.
  3. Members of PostcardMania’s search engine marketing team meet at the open-concept meeting room at the small business marketing company on Friday, March 12, 2021, in Clearwater. Founded in 1998, PostcardMania has over 290 staff and operates out of a 69,800-square-foot campus where they produce millions of direct-mail postcards each week, and deliver online advertising through Google and Facebook.
  4. A view of the pier as the Tampa Bay is draining in a reverse storm surge with Hurricane Ian expected to make landfall this afternoon on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022 in St. Petersburg.
  5. Debbie Ballantyne loads groceries, including bottled water and wine, she picked up at Publix in Plant City on Tuesday in preparation for Hurricane Ian.
  6. A Publix store in Metrowest was nearly sold out of water Saturday as residents readied themselves ahead of Hurricane Ian.
  7. A stainless steel Belly Bowl pictured at the Pitcher Pottery table during the Fresh Market at Hyde Park Village on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2022, in Tampa. Unlike a typical mixing bowl, the Belly Bowl has a dent on its side to allow users to hold it up to their belly for easy mixing.
  8. Fortu is an Asian steakhouse coming to St. Petersburg's Beach Drive and Central Avenue in early 2023.
  9. Beerbusters Movie Bar, which opened Sept. 1 in Pinellas Park, is a tribute to the Blockbuster Video store.
  10. Tabitha Crewe of Palm Harbor protests last month in Dunedin outside her former employer, the Black Pearl, over a new pay structure that switches servers from tipped employees to commission-based employees. Instead of tips, waiters get a flat 20% commission and $1-an-hour wage.
  11. Brieanna Rekow (left) and Lindsey Marzo came up with the idea when they visited a cat cafe during a trip to California.
  12. Customers walk into the Kahwa Coffee located at 204 2nd Avenue S. Monday, March 16, 2020 in St. Petersburg.
  13. The inside of a Bolay restaurant. The health-focused chain is opening its first Tampa location
  14. NASA is testing Tampa-based StemRad's radiation protection vests for the Artemis program. The technology will be important for future astronauts against one of the most dangerous aspects of deep space travel.
  15. A Sportsman's Warehouse store in Lady Lakes, Florida. Another location is opening in Seminole on Sept. 8, 2022.
  16. Susie Vertich, 44, from Tampa shops at the Tampa Bay Lightning Amalie Arena team store at Amalie Arena on Monday, June 13, 2022 in Tampa.
  17. The Topgolf on Palm River Road in Brandon opened in 2014. Another one is planned to open in St. Petersburg late next year.
  18. The Paradeco coffee shop in downtown St. Petersburg is on the shortlist for best cafe design in the Americas for 2022, the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards announced Tuesday.
  19. A cheeseburger at California chain, Fatburger, which is coming to the Tampa area.
  20. Cats & Caffeine is set to open in South Tampa later in July 2022.
  21. A Walmart associate will wear a camera on their vest when delivering groceries to a customer's home.
  22. A cheeseburger at California chain Fatburger, which is coming to the Tampa area.
  23. Ardene opened at the Westfield Brandon mall in 2022.
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