The author with her new nails.

Braving the Nail Salon: One step toward normalcy

For any woman who is used to getting her nails done bi-weekly or once a month, having the nail salons shut down due to COVID-19 was devastating.  Granted, not being able to get my hair cut and colored after months was hard, too, but I’ve had my gel nails for 30 years. When all my […]

A sampling of the sweepstakes offerings in the ALL-IN Challenge.

Go ALL-IN: Fanatics, Inc.'s amazing celebrity sweepstakes to feed those in need

In the middle of March, Michael Rubin began to realize how bad the COVID-19 situation was getting and decided he needed to do something. As fate would have it, that same weekend Governor Tom Wolf and Attorney General Josh Shapiro of Pennsylvania called him to ask for help in assisting with the production of masks and […]

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SAFETY FIRST: A shielded cashier's counter at ABC Fine Wine & Spirits.

The ABC's of Selling Liquor During a Pandemic

It’s not just restaurants that are having to find new ways of serving the public during the current crisis. Wine purveyors and liquor stores are facing challenges, too. But there’s this big difference: Where many restaurants are struggling to stay afloat, wine and liquor stores are seeing a big uptick in business.  With 125 stores […]

Lakeland's Tigertown Stadium.

Giving Back with Zack: Spring Training with the Detroit Tigers

Spring Training season opened in Florida at the end of February — the best time to watch your favorite baseball teams in beautiful weather and smaller stadiums reminiscent of baseball past. Giving Back with Zack is catching up with several of the players working out in the Tampa Bay area. On Thursday, we visited Lakeland’s Tiger […]

Epicurean Hotel Restaurant General Manager Vicente Lavayen and Executive Chef Jason Bamford.

Raising the Bar at Élevage

Shortly after the Epicurean Hotel made changes to its Élevage Restaurant’s leadership team last November, I had the pleasure of meeting the two new hires: Executive Chef Jason Bamford and General Manager Vicente Lavayen. These two talented men, with their storied backgrounds and expertise, are elevating the dining experience at the Élevage Restaurant, the Edge […]

Giving Back with Zack: The McDonagh-Killorn Kancer Jam

Last week, on a chilly Friday afternoon at Tampa’s Sparkman Wharf, the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Ryan McDonagh and Alex Killorn hosted the McDonagh-Killorn Kancer Jam, a fundraiser to help kids and young adults at Moffitt Cancer Center. Ryan created the Jam after attending a similar event put on by his old Rangers teammate, Kevin Shattenkirk, in the New […]

Zack in the Media Loge at Amway Arena.

Giving Back with Zack: In Orlando with the Magic

NOTE: We visited with the Orlando Magic team on Friday, two days before the helicopter crash that killed the basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others. One of the players we spoke with, forward Aaron Gordon, was interviewed after the accident by The Athletic and shared his memories of working with the […]

Zack with Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan.

Giving Back with Zack: The day he got to hang out with the New Orleans Saints

Setting up interviews with NFL players when they’re in town for a game can be difficult.  I’ve been told that every minute of their schedule is accounted for and there is no time available. But last November before the New Orleans Saints’ game against the Bucs at Raymond James Stadium, the Saints’  communications manager, Evan […]

Jordan Whitehead shows Zack his cleats supporting the American Cancer Society.

My Cause, My Cleats: How the Bucs are giving back, and how you can help

The NFL launched a program called My Cause, My Cleats in 2016 as an opportunity for NFL players to bend the uniform guidelines and wear cleats highlighting a charity or cause they are passionate about. Starting out with only a few hundred players participating, the initiative has grown exponentially. Last year, over 800 players used this […]

Zack with Dexter, the newest member of the Serebin family.

Zack talks to the Bucs: Role model Lavonte David and Bradley Pinion, dog's best friend

For the latest edition of Giving Back with Zack — my 12-year-old son’s series of interviews with professional athletes about their favorite charities — he sat down with two of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ finest: standout linebacker Lavonte David and the team’s newly acquired punter, Bradley Pinion.  While I knew about Lavonte from his eight […]