Something new in store for holidays

Symphony of Trees at the Shops of Wiregrass
Symphony of Trees at the Shops of Wiregrass
Published Nov. 9, 2015

Before the hysteria of Black Friday hits and the inventory levels of your favorite commodities dwindle, we want to give savvy shoppers the opportunity to plan ahead. Many area malls have added stores and services to their lineups since last year's holiday shopping frenzy.

Here is a look at what's new and what's coming soon at some of the Tampa Bay area's largest retail centers.

Westfield Brandon

The mall has new shopping, dining and service options. Kelly Reeds Boutique encourages women to embrace their natural curves. Blu Spero offers an array of hand-selected, boutique-style fashions including clothing and accessories.

Other stores fall into the "coming soon" category, including Ashley Nation (fun and flirty bras, panties and swimsuits for young women), A'gaci and O'Shoes (women's apparel) and Elite Home Gamerooms (pinball machines, dining/billiard tables, pub tables and arcade-style games).

Shoppers can now snack on food from Cinnabon, Smallcakes: A Cupcakery and Sarku Japan.

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Ellenton Outlets

Calvin Klein Accessories (women's and men's bags, wallets, watches, shoes and fragrances) and Christopher & Banks (women's apparel) have been added to the 130-plus stores.

Reebok has expanded to a new location and TaylorMade Golf is also new to the mall.

Billabong and Talbot's will open outlet stores in the coming months. Additionally, BCBG MAXAZRIA and Michael Kors will move to newly renovated spaces before the busy holiday shopping season.

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Times correspondent Eric Vician

International Plaza

Altar'd State, which opened in October, not only offers women's fashion from clothing, footwear and accessories, to decor and jewelry, the shop also gives back by supporting communities through its Mission Monday program. Every Monday, 10 percent of net proceeds will go directly back into the Tampa area through the store's partnerships with nonprofit charities.

Another addition that opened its doors in October is David Yurman. The 1,441-square-foot store offers a full selection of gold and sterling silver designs , timepieces, DY Signature pieces and an assortment of fine jewelry, as well as styles from the Wedding Collection.

See's Candies, which has been serving American-made chocolates and treats since 1921, opened Thursday. The temporary Holiday Center will carry holiday specialities, such as White Mint Truffles and gold boxes of chocolate Truffles, through March 31.

Newly opened Absolute Rebellion sells men and women's clothes, from blazers, jeans and chinos, to polos and hoodies.

WestShore Plaza

Co-founded by 23-year-old Nicholas Caiello just 5 months ago, Proglyde brings its version of the latest craze of electric balance boards to Tampa. The shop, which officially opened Tuesday, offers competitive pricing on the new technology, with $100 off during the first two weeks.

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On Nov. 19, the mall will welcome Rue21, which offers women and men's merchandise and accessories and the rue+ line, ranging in sizes from 14-24. The first 100 customers get a Rue21 backpack and coupon.

Tyra Beauty will be available during the holidays with Tyra Banks makeup.

Times staff writer Arielle Waldman

Westfield Citrus Park

Two jewelry stores highlight this mall's new offerings. New York Jewelers sells semi­precious stones, sterling silver and custom jewelry. World of Jewels features fine jewelry.

The aforementioned Ashley Nation also has a relatively new location here.

London-based Bubbleology serves bubble tea, which contains chewy tapioca balls or fruit jellies. The "bubble" refers to the foam created by shaking the tea, which is served hot or cold and is available in fruit and milk flavors. The drinks are brewed with a red, white or green tea base.

Shops at Wiregrass

Brookstone offers high-tech gifts for everyone in the family. GO! Calendars Toys & Games sells the gift of organization and a large selection of calendars, toys and games. Hickory Farms has an array of cheeses, meats and candies.

If shopping works up an appetite, there are two new places to eat. Le Macaron is a French bakery that serves macarons, specialty chocolates and coffee and tea. The gluten-free macarons are available in 20 flavors, including gingerbread and Belgian chocolate.

100 Montaditos is a 19th century Spanish-style tavern and restaurant. It specializes in montaditos, which are small, crunchy Spanish rolls baked to order with ingredients such as serrano ham, chorizo sausage and Manchego cheese.

Times correspondent Danielle Hauser

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