The Midtown Tampa Miracle

The densely trafficked junction of Interstate 275 and Dale Mabry Highway has long had just one distinction — it’s the midway point between downtown Tampa and Westshore. The lackluster landscape surrounding the intersection never possessed an identity of its own. Two years ago, that began to change. Ground was broken on a project occupying one […]

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Shop online and stay local at these nine retailers

Yes, it’s  Cyber Monday, but that doesn’t mean you have to go the big-box route. In Tampa Bay, we can find easy-to-send gifts in our own back yard. Everything you love — and your friends will adore, too — is available online from a business near you. Here are nine Tampa Bay companies featuring unique items […]

Ron Zawistowski in the parking garage behind Cigar Paradise Royal Lounge, with the 150-foot smoke duct above. Photo: Eric Snider

Designing Downtown: Ron Z is making his mark on St. Pete's small-business sphere

Over a couple of decades, Ron Zawistowski has quietly put his imprint on downtown St. Petersburg. His boutique architecture firm, Innovative Design Studios, has no major high-rises or large buildings to its credit, but Zawistowski’s work can be seen up, down and around Central Avenue in restaurants, bars, stores and barbershops. Most of the projects have been renovations, additions and build-outs […]

Co-working at Hyde House. Photo: Tracey Serebin.

Bay House: How to co-work on both sides of the bay

Over the last six months, our work and school environments have been changing dramatically. Many parents are currently working from home, and half of the school population is now learning online at home as well. This new dynamic can cause chaos, limiting focus and stifling creativity as parents struggle to oversee their kids’ studies while juggling […]

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Z is for Zoom: The way we live now

For the last several weeks, we’ve been teasing the content of this year’s A to Z Issue, a celebration of people and businesses who have been successfully riding the turbulent waves of change and offering service and hope to the community at large. If you haven’t yet gotten your hands on a hard copy of the issue, here’s […]

M is for Money: Vital funding and good advice during times of crisis

This year’s A to Z Issue celebrates people and businesses who have been successfully riding the turbulent waves of change and offering service and hope to the community at large. The print edition will be out later this month, but we’re teasing the content online, one letter at a time.  For small businesses adversely affected by […]

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Riding the Waves: How Tucker/Hall advises clients in a time of crisis

Tucker/Hall, the national PR and communications consulting firm based in Tampa, usually works with its clients on just one aspect of their business: strategy, crisis or planning. With the pandemic, says COO Darren Richards, companies are seeking counsel on all three. Tucker/Hall began reaching out to its clients about COVID-19 in February when the virus first began […]

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Busy Skies: Sheltair sees private aviation taking off again

It appears that Tampa is flying again. So it seemed earlier this month when I spoke with Clayton Lackey of Sheltair Aviation, the private hangar at Tampa International Airport. When the country shut down in April, the company saw its revenue drop by 75 percent due to the reduction in fuel sales. Then in May he saw […]

CAMERA-READY: An elegant Ethan Allen office worth Zooming in on.

Make It Work: Tips on making your home office comfy, efficient and Zoom-ready

Above photo by The Lighting Judge. Remember those bygone days when the boss may have allowed you to work one or two days a week from home? That’s changed, huh? Now, many office employees are working out of the house five days or more — and that includes the boss.  When the world returns to […]

Jessica and Chris Hargiss of Your CBD Store in Largo.

Cannabis in Florida: The medical benefits, the business boom & a controversial past

The new normal is a shade greener in Florida: Legal medical marijuana is now widely available in Tampa Bay. Though the community has had a contentious relationship with pot, cannabis dispensaries are now as easy to find hereabouts as Amscots. They are convenient and well-regulated, and maybe not exactly what you pictured — a world […]