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. Amazon contract drive, Manuel Moreno of Pinellas Park delivers packages on Dec. 4 throughout the Pinellas Point neighborhood of St. Petersburg.
    We break down how to report a stolen package, when to contact police and whether a Ring camera is worth it.
  2. Grand Central Brewhouse is bringing a taproom, beer garden and restaurant to St. Petersburg's Grand Central District in summer 2020.
    The newcomer will open with a taproom, beer garden and restaurant next year.
  3. Shoppers crowded Vinoy Park Saturday for the annual Shopapalooza Festival. More than 225 vendors set up shop for the "local alternative to Black Friday."
    Black Friday who? Shopapalooza and other markets drew big crowds this weekend.
  4. Shoppers wait in line at Best Buy to open at the location on 1725 N Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa, Florida on Thursday, November 28, 2019.
    The same tech you use to shop from home, these shoppers use to ensure they score the best deals.
  5. The interior of a Hoots location outside of Chicago. The restaurant will open its first Florida location in downtown St. Petersburg in 2020. [Courtesy of Hoots]
    The restaurant will serve wings, but without the tight orange shorts.
  6. Gabriel Robles, left, and Cecilia Morales, right, head to the AMC Classic Centro Ybor 10 movie theater a week before it closed in June. [ANGELIQUE HERRING | Times]
    This will be Industrious’ second flexible work space location in Tampa.
  7. Four-year-old Callee Allen lays the groundwork for Christmas gifts with her mother while double-fisting a pair of Frozen II adventure dolls — Anna and Elsa — at the Walmart Supercenter on Thursday in Pinellas Park. Workers are prepping for the upcoming Black Friday sales which starts Thanksgiving night and online on Wednesday.
    The hottest markdowns and sales at Walmart, Best Buy, Target, Amazon and Kohl’s.
  8. A hotel room model for Ybor's coming Hotel Haya. It will open in spring 2020.
    The hotel on one of Ybor’s most historic blocks gets a historic name to match.
  9. The Hofbrauhaus, St. Petersburg, located in the former historic Tramor Cafeteria, is in the center of legal a rent disagreement. [SCOTT KEELER  |  TIMES]
    The beer hall operators’ lawyers argue they weren’t properly notified when legal action began.
  10. The Aldi store located on 1551 34th St N. in St. Petersburg features the store look being deployed across the country.
    The store had been closed for about two months during its makeover.