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. David Eliasson, 48, Tampa, owner of Snack Attack Vending, has seen his sales shrink 50 percent since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. He services 250 accounts around Tampa Bay. He poses at home May 19, 2020, with his van that carries his inventory snacks and drinks [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  2. Outside the Victoria's Secret at WestShore Plaza. The store is one of nine in Tampa Bay. The retailer announced 250 are set to close down. (Times 2013) [VAN HOUTEN, CAROLYN  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  3. The Pier 1 Imports store along U.S. Highway 19 is seen Tuesday in Palm Harbor. Pier 1 Imports Inc. is permanently closing all its retail stores in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times]
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  5. Publix Super Market at Gulf to Bay Plaza located at 525 S Belcher Road, is seen Thursday, April 2, 2020 in Clearwater. [CHRIS URSO      |  Times]
  6. Luis Hidalgo, right, watches as Joel Rios installs a plastic barrier in his car to protect himself and his passengers from the new coronavirus in the Bronx borough of New York, Wednesday, May 6, 2020. Hidalgo, who drives sometimes for Uber, said he has not worked for two months for fear of the coronavirus but mounting bills have forced him back to work; he hopes the plastic barrier will keep him and his passengers safe. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) [SETH WENIG  |  AP]
  7. Shoppers walk through Dillard's at Penn Square Mall Friday in Oklahoma City. [Sue Ogrocki | Associated Press] [SUE OGROCKI  |  AP]
  8. Customers hustle in and out of Macy's Countryside in 2019 in Clearwater. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  9. Server Asia Lancaster, left, delivers a to-go order of sirloin steak, chicken, and shrimp pasta to Ryan Dundee, of Clearwater, on Friday, May 8, 2020, in the parking lot at Outback Steakhouse in Palm Harbor. Bloomin Brands, the Tampa Bay based owner of Outback Steakhouse and other chains, had its quarterly earnings report and, no surprise, it wasn't great. But they did better than some because they already had a pretty developed delivery and pickup service. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  10. Customers wear masks as the enter and exit The Fresh Market, 2900 4th St N, on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 in St. Petersburg. A sign at the front entrance says "Help keep our communities safe. Please do not enter without a face covering. Thank you for understanding." [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  11. A Publix store in Clearwater. [CHRIS URSO      |  Times]
  12. A warehouse worker moves bins of food around inside the Feeding Tampa Bay distribution center in Tampa. [MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE  |  Times]
  13. An exterior look at the WestShore Plaza on March 23. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  14. Wilmer Vergara, owner of Graphi-ko Gallery in St. Petersburg, helps customer Taylor Popke pick out a ring on Monday, the first day nonessential stores in Florida were allowed to reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic. [SARA DINATALE  |  Times]
  15. A Publix grocery worker collects shopping carts in the parking lot of the Publix store at 1075 Pasadena Avenue South, South Pasadena, Friday, April 17, 2020. The worker wears a mask due to the coronavirus pandemic.  [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  16. Workers at an Amazon fulfillment center in the Staten Island borough of New York protest conditions in the company's warehouse in March. [Bebeto Matthews | Associated Press] [BEBETO MATTHEWS  |  AP]
  17. Nancy Glover, a Goodwill employee of 13 years at the store on Brandon Boulevard disinfects and stocks merchandise. The store plans to reopen on Sunday after Florida Governor DeSantis announced plans to let more businesses serve customers in person. Goodwill staff were disinfecting merchandise, stocking shelves and put several social distancing measures in place on Thursday. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  18. A masked worker collects shopping carts in the parking lot of the Publix store at 5295 34th Street S in St. Petersburg's Bay Pointe Plaza. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  19. A screengrab from the Publix corporate website showing its new masks for sale. [Publix]
  20. Peter Anderson, left, CEO of Bayshore Technologies, and Barry Shevlin, CEO of Vology Data Systems, which Vology took over in 2013.
  21. The Sprouts Farmers Market in Clearwater opened last year, featuring an expanded Market Deli department, where shoppers can get a mix of pre-made and to-go items. The chain will soon open its Seminole location. (SARA DINATALE | TIMES)
  22. Suzanne Crouch slices pastrami at the Cass Street Deli in this photo from 2019. The chef's restaurant is now participating in a relief program to give unemployed workers a free meal during the pandemic. ["ANGELIQUE HERRING   |   TIMES"  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  23. Los compradores salen de una tienda de comestibles Publix cuando un empleado no identificado reúne carros de compras en el estacionamiento de la tienda de comestibles el jueves 9 de abril de 2020 en Dunedin. [CHRIS URSO      |  Times]
  24. Customers come and go from the Publix store at 1075 S Pasadena Avenue, South Pasadena, on March 25. The store has since confirmed an employee at this location tested positive for COVID-19. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]