Sara DiNatale - Retail, Tourism and Workplace Culture Reporter

Retail, Tourism and Workplace Culture 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. A shopper is seen leaving the Publix Super Markets store located along U.S. 19 in Tarpon Springs Wednesday, July 8, 2020.
  2. Visitors walk through and shop at the new Marketplace area of the St. Petersburg Pier District, Friday, July 10, 2020. The market opened Friday.
  3. Florida does not require Amazon to collect sales taxes on behalf of its third-party sellers. State lawmakers have filed bills to require out-of-state internet retailers to collect state and local taxes, like almost every other state has already done.
  4. Publix Super Market comenzaría vacunación en 105 de sus tiendas con cita previa.
  5. Publix Super Market at Gulf to Bay Plaza located at 525 S Belcher Road, is seen Thursday, April 2, 2020 in Clearwater.
  6. A shopper is seen leaving the Publix Super Markets store located along U.S. 19 in Tarpon Springs Wednesday, July 8, 2020.
  7. The Macy's Furniture Gallery at 4130 W Gandy Boulevard has a new owner.
  8. Fresh Encounters CEO Michael Needler, Jr. is the new owner of Tampa Bay's 51 Save A Lot stores.
  9. PETA is pressuring Publix to stop carrying a brand of Thai coconut milk it says continues to the use monkey labor to pick coconuts.
  10. Celisse Sims, of Tampa, left, tries on shoes with the help of Antonio Longworth, at Footaction USA on May 22 at Westfield Countryside Mall in Clearwater. The mall is now facing foreclosure after missing loan payments.
  11. A woman walks past with shopping bags, at The Merchant, downtown on Central  Avenue, on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020 in St. Petersburg.
  12. A CareerSource Tampa Bay and CareerSource Pinellas job fair in August. [MALENA CAROLLO | Times]
  13. This Save A Lot grocery store opened in the West Tampa community on the corner of N Armenia and W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in 2019..
  14. Keith Overton sits for a portrait with a couple of chopper motorcycles belonging to reality TV star Paul Teutul Sr., which will be featured in Teutul and Overton's new restaurant, Orange County Chopper Roadhouse, at Overton's home, on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020 in St. Pete Beach.
  15. Brooksville manufacturer Interconnect Cable Technologies Corporation has agreed to a $35,000 settlement after the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a discrimination lawsuit against the company in Tampa federal court. [Times archive]
  16. Jill Rice, 64, is pictured in her shop, Zaiya ArtiZen Market, in Gulfport, Florida, earlier this year, when the fate of her shop was uncertain. She joked that she wished she had a crystal ball.
  17. WeWork's offices at 501 East Kennedy Boulevard will now be its only location in Tampa after the co-working company pulled out of its plan to open another office near Armature Works.
  18. A man drops off a food donation during a food drive hosted by Feeding Tampa Bay at Amalie Arena on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020 in Tampa.
  19. Courtesy of Bloomin’ Brands
  20. The TradeWinds resort's lobby has been renovated but still includes its signature 20-foot palm trees.
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  22. A performer on stilts greets fans prior to the start of the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Minnesota Vikings at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday in Tampa.
  23. In this Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, file photo, A Walmart logo is attached to the outside of a Walmart store in Walpole, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)