Saturday, September 22, 2018


Sara DiNatale

Sara DiNatale

Sara DiNatale is the retail and tourism reporter on the business desk. She has been with the Tampa Bay Times since 2015. She is from Buffalo, New York, where she graduated with a degree in English from the University at Buffalo. Her work has previously appeared in the Boston Globe, the Oregonian and the Buffalo News.

A mushroom Tartine dish made by chef Alvarez using produce from the Monterey farm. (Courtesy of Mitchell Communications)

Walmart is teaming with a Seminole Heights chef to promote locally grown mushrooms

TAMPA — It might seem like an unlikely match from the outside: A distinguished chef with a restaurant known for inventive plates using produce shoppers can find at… Walmart?Walmart, the country’s largest grocer, is known for having a core...
Published: 09/21/18
Dead fish mixed in with seaweed on Treasure Island, Monday, September 10. 2018. Crews filled a pickup truck with the fish and removed them near Gulf Front Park. (SCOTT KEELER   |   Times)

Federal loans open to Pinellas businesses struggling against Red Tide

The U.S. Small Business Administration has extended its disaster loan program to include Pinellas and Pasco county businesses affected by Red Tide.Already, the Pinellas County Economic Development Office was taking applications for bridge loans...
Published: 09/21/18
Marty Petty, president and CEO of the MPetty Group, and Chico's FAS CEO Shelley Broader on stage at a women's leadership luncheon at the Vinoy hotel. (SARA DINATALE | TIMES)

Former Tampa Bay exec and Chico’s CEO Shelley Broader discusses changing retail in St. Pete visit

ST. PETERSBURG — When Shelley Broader worked in Tampa Bay, she was turning around a failing grocery store.It was the early 2000s. Amazon wasn’t a powerhouse yet, people were still on Myspace and no one was ordering groceries online. On...
Published: 09/20/18
Updated: 09/21/18
The best deal this week at Publix Supermarkets is one vegetarians will like.

Publix has pumpkin spice everything on sale, and other deals this week in coupons (Sept. 20-26)

Sometimes, the coupon gods align. And, man, that’s beautiful because everyone loves so-cheap-it’s-almost-free stuff.Vegetarians rejoice: This week’s steal of a deal is for you. Publix has Quorn "chick’n" nuggets and patties on...
Published: 09/20/18
The Pinellas County Tax Collector's Office will start collecting bed tax dollars from a slew of home rental apps that operate similarly to AirBnb starting Oct. 1. That means property owners offering their beachfront homes through TripAdvisor and Expedia won't have to worry about remitting taxes to the county themselves.
[LANCE ROTHSTEIN   |  Special to the Times, file, 2017]

Pinellas County strikes bed tax deal with VRBO, HomeAway and other AirBnb competitors

The Pinellas County Tax Collector’s Office will start collecting bed tax dollars from a slew of home rental apps that operate similarly to AirBnb starting Oct. 1.Prior to the new partnerships with TripAdvisor and Expedia, only AirBnb had set up...
Published: 09/19/18
John's Pass Village boardwalk was void of visitors at noon on Monday Sept. 17. A strong odor of dead fish from Red Tide wafted through the air. Thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of John's Pass nearby.

Tampa Bay businesses feel Red Tide’s sting: ‘Our sales are going to be our lowest ever’

TREASURE ISLAND — For the first time during her 15 years bartending at Caddy’s on the Beach, Amanda Hudson had to help close shop early this past weekend because the smell of dead fish coming from the gulf was too putrid to bear."We had to shut...
Published: 09/18/18
People line up outside Kohl's ahead of Black Friday in 2010. (PHOTO SCOTT KEELER | TIMES)

Kohl’s looks to hire hundreds in Tampa Bay ahead of holidays

Kohl’s stores in the greater Tampa Bay area are hiring nearly 500 people for seasonal jobs ahead of the holiday shopping season.Several local stores will hold interview events on Sept. 15. Candidates can go to participating stores that day for...
Published: 09/14/18

The future of University Mall in Tampa is that it won’t be a mall anymore

TAMPA — The University Mall isn’t bustling on weekday afternoons. But it’s not deserted, either.A line eight-people deep waits at the BBQ counter in the food court. Children jump on inflatable trampolines in front of the Dillard’s clearance...
Published: 09/13/18
Updated: 09/18/18
Beer lovers in Sweden, Finland and Norway will be able to get a taste of Tampa brews such as the Jai Alai IPA and Guayabera Citra Pale Ale starting this month, thanks to a new agreement between Cigar City Brewing and Grand Brands AB of Stockholm, Sweden. (Times files)

Tampa’s Cigar City Brewing to sell its brews in Sweden, Finland and Norway

TAMPA — Swedes will soon have the chance to take a swig of Cigar City’s beloved IPA. Cigar City Brewing on Thursday announced that a new partnership with a Swedish company will expand its beer sales throughout Scandinavia.The Tampa...
Published: 09/13/18
Updated: 09/14/18
A Times file photo from 2006 of employee Sarah Groves taking orders at Publix's deli at the store on S Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa.

How to get a whole Publix sub, chips and drink for $6.67, and other coupon deals in Tampa Bay Sept. 13-19

If you need to grab a quick dinner tonight or want to plan for lunch tomorrow, do I got a Pub sub deal for you.Pub subs — or Publix’s sub sandwiches for those unfamiliar — are on sale this week for $5.99. This includes Boar’s Head lunch meat...
Published: 09/13/18