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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. Allyson Wicker, 31, a relationship specialist at Grow Financial is seen working March 5 in Tampa. Grow Financial, a Tampa-based credit union, won best top workplace for large companies.
  2. Matt Saxon performs torque tests to assess cap tightness on bottles used to contain a batch of Hazelnut syrup at the production plant at MONIN Americas on Monday, March 1, 2021, in Clearwater.
  3. Sales executive Cristina Baldor, works across from colleagues while maintaining social distance and wearing a mask at Bouchard Insurance on Thursday, March 11, 2021 in Clearwater.
  4. A shopper is seen leaving the Publix Super Markets store located along U.S. 19 in Tarpon Springs Wednesday, July 8, 2020. All 730 Publix in-store pharmacies will soon be offering the COVID-19 vaccine.
  5. The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is seen at the Winn Dixie pharmacy during the first day of vaccination rollout on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021 in Apollo Beach. Four new Hillsborough County stores will now offer vaccine appointments after the chain got a new allotment of Moderna vials.
  6. Chuck Fazio (center) debuted his new nonprofit, Picture the Recovery, from the St. Petersburg pier last month. Fazio and other photographers travel in an RV and donate their work to tourism-reliant destinations struggling because of the pandemic.
  7. Pharmacist Aji Kannamal administers the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to a patient at the Winn-Dixie. Public annouced more COVID-19 vaccine appointments will open at its stores this week.
  8. A rendering of what the new Sephora will look like in Hyde Park Village.
  9. Una trabajadora del supermercado Publix recoge carritos de compras en el estacionamiento de la tienda Publix en 1075 Pasadena Avenue South. Ella usa una máscara facial debido a la pandemia de coronavirus.
  10. 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. Workers who receive both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will get a $125 gift card.
  11. 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. The company's owners continue to grow its carryout and delivery options to keep up with pandemic demands.
  12. The Embassy Suites Hotel dons a Super Bowl LV Vince Lombardi logo near the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa,. The weekend of Super Bowl 55, Feb. 6-7, hotel occupancy in Hillsborough County, reached 92 percent, Visit Tampa Bay announced.
  13. Pharmacist Aji Kannamal administers the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Michael Muscarella, 57 of Seminole at the Winn-Dixie pharmacy during the first day of vaccination rollout on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021 in Apollo Beach.
  14. Gerardo Gutiérrez, de 70 años, murió por complicaciones relacionadas con COVID-19. Una demanda presentada por su familia dice que contrajo el virus mientras trabajaba en un mostrador de delicatessen de Publix durante un período en el que el supermarco prohibia a los trabajadores usar máscaras.
  15. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis addressed the media at the River Garden Hebrew House for the Aged in Jacksonville, Fla., on the status of COVID-19 vaccination rates in the state's nursing homes and assisted living facilities Monday, Jan. 25, 2021.
  16. Dr. Jen Hannum, 45, of Winston-Salem, NC. looks at Tampa Bay Buccaneers merchandise for sale at Tampa Bay Sports at Tampa International Airport on Monday. Hannum is an emergency room doctor at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center who was one of 7,500 health care workers invited to attend the Super Bowl.
  17. Gerardo Gutierrez, 70, died from complications related to COVID-19. A lawsuit filed by his family says he contracted the virus while working at a Publix deli counter during a period the grocer forbid workers from using masks.
  18. Varios almacenes de Winn-Dixie en la Florida desde la proxima semana estsrán aplicando las vacunas contra el COVID_19. [ALESSANDRA DA PRA  |   Times
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  19. Select Winn-Dixie stores across Florida will begin administering COVID-19 vaccines starting next week. Pictured is the Winn-Dixie+Pharmacy on 34th Street N in St. Petersburg on Friday.
  20. Joe Rivera, with Plantz urban landscape design, sets up a plant on Wednesdayat the pool, rooftop lounge and bar at the new Midtown Aloft and Element hotel off Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa.
  21. Publix Super Market at Gulf to Bay Plaza located at 525 S Belcher Road, is seen Thursday, April 2, 2020 in Clearwater.
  22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans Beverly Sinele, left, and Mae Bozeman shop for Buccaneers clothing apparel at Dick's Sporting Goods at Westshore Plaza in Tampa on Jan. 25.