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Sara DiNatale - Retail and tourism reporter

Retail and tourism reporter

I’m a Buffalo native who has been thawing out in Florida since joining the Tampa Bay Times in 2015. I started as a night cops reporter in Tampa. But these days, I’m running to new grocery stores instead of crime scenes. As our retail, tourism and workplace culture reporter, I’m able to use my sleuth-shopper skill set and eye for trends combined with my favorite pastime, telling stories. I search out topics I know will resonate with readers and get them thinking or talking. I’m a coupon clipper, yogi novice and eyeglasses enthusiast. You’ll rarely spot me on the weekend without my mini schnauzer, Addy, in tow. We’re regulars at St. Petersburg’s Dog Bar and the area’s several dog parks. So feel free to say hi or give us a news tip. Addy gives great high-fives.

  1. Ken Jones, CEO of Third Lake Capital, has sold WingHouse for $18 million to a Jacksonville restaurant company. [Times 2016]
    Tampa’s Third Like Capital now major shareholder in restaurant’s new owners.
  2. The Don CeSar Hotel is caught up in a lawsuit over liquid nitrogen being served and causing injuries at its restaurant. [Times (2011)]
    They say the other side has made inflammatory and misleading statements to the media.
  3. Yesterday• Business
    Col. Jennifer Crossman smiles as Boomer, a 5-year-old dog, sits in the passenger seat of her car during the firefighter challenge at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. [Times (2016)]
    Uber customers can now be connected with willing animal chauffeurs — for a fee.
  4. Alexandra Toigo, 32 and Sabrina Pourghassem, 23, pose for a photo at Hofbrauhaus St. Petersburg holding their signature beer mugs during Oktoberfest 2018.
    The beer hall’s property owners filed a lawsuit saying the restaurant missed its rent starting in August.
  5. The Maple Street Biscuit Company opened in April on the 600 block of Central Avenue. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
    The popular Jacksonville biscuit shop has recently opened a handful of Tampa Bay locations.
  6. The Topgolf on Palm River Road in Brandon features over 100 golf bays, a bar, a full food and dessert menu, a rooftop terrace and a large event space. Players can also enjoy free wifi, over 200 HD TVs as well as pool and fooseball tables. [Times (2014)]
    The driving-range filed for permits this week to add on the new course.
  7. StretchLab says its assisted stretching sessions can help improve mobility, flexibility and athletic ability.
    Local couple will head location of growing assisted-stretching franchise.
  8. A Walmart Neighborhood Market employee helps a customer pay for online grocery pickup order.
    Updated store will also have online grocery ordering and pickup starting Oct. 19.
  9. Trucks docked at the Sam's Club eCommerce center in South Tampa wait to be unloaded by workers, who sort and and prepare items for online orders. (SARA DINATALE | Times)
    The Wallmart-owned building will be a hybrid distribution center and traditional retail store.
  10. Steve Hayes will be leaving his post at Visit Pensacola to become the CEO of Visit St. Pete/Clearwater. [Courtesy of Steve Hayes]
    Pinellas County has been on the hunt for a new tourism CEO since February.