Owner Matt Bonano moved from Brooklyn to Gulf Port and is now owner of Brooklyn South Deli, at 1437 Central Ave., in downtown St. Petersburg. Bonano likes St. Petersburg's energized downtown scene and the younger urban dwellers who are changing the image of St. Petersburg.
Venice is chosen for the American headquarters for United Kingdom-based manufacturer, Origin Bi-fold Doors. Its aluminium bi-folding doors appeal to luxury home builders and developers of hotels, retail and restaurants that want to create integrated indoor and outdoor living spaces.
Amelia Pestrak learned sewing and tailoring skills as a teenager in her native Phillippines. Now she is owner of her first clothing shop, Amelia's Abubut. She designs and sews her own casual children and women's clothing. In the Philippines, the term "abubut" refers to trinkets or keepsakes that are special to their owner.
A new education and research center will be built on 1.4 acres of vacant land donated by the University of South Florida to All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine. All Children's officials are in planning stages for the facility which will focus on innovations in pediatric care and research into childhood diseases.
The musically themed ENCORE! Tampa development is hitting a milestone with the opening of its first multifamily apartment building. The 141-unit The Trio joins The Ella, a 161-unit senior apartment building that opened in 2012 and is fully occupied. Artwork by Natalie Blake and Taryn Sabia honor the musical heritage of the black entertainment and business community that once thrived along Central Avenue.
A grand foodie hall modeled after European markets and a full-service restaurant will anchor Sundial, the new shopping center that replaces Baywalk in downtown St. Pete. Long-time friends and chefs Michael Mina and Don Pintabona will fuse California modern and New York Italian into a shared culinary experience centered around fresh foods delivered from farm and boat to the table.
The popularity of gymnastics is growing and so is the Bob Sierra YMCA Youth & Family Center in Carrollwood. An 11,500 square-foot, free-standing facility will open in the fall on Ragg Road to give young gymnasts the space they need to tumble, flip and balance on the beam.
Tampa's downtown, with its high-rise towers and growing residential base, is an attractive market for Toojays Gourmet Deli, which is testing a new branding concept by moving into ground floor space at the Sun Trust Financial Centre on Jackson Street. The deli will serve breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday and test a new contemporary look designed by Andy Share & Associates.
Aloft Tampa Downtown and Le Meridien Tampa are both boutique hotels but each brings its own style to Tampa's up and coming urban scene. Aloft is a sleek, modern design with loft-style rooms, tech-savvy gadgets and a music and bar scene for the next generation of business travelers and locals who like an urban vibe. Le Meridien is a contemporary hotel in the grand style in the renovated, historical Classic Federal Courthouse.
Ice hockey coach and developer Gordie Zimmerman says his company, Z Mitch, plans to build a $20 million, 4-rink ice hockey facility on about 13 acres in Pasco County. A 120-room hotel next door is also planned.
Once pre-sales reach 50 percent, Citivest Construction Corporation will begin building the 15-story Aquatica on Bayshore condominium. It has taken Citivest a decade to wait out legal challenges and a failed economy to finally be able to launch Aquatica.
North Hyde Park is booming with apartment rentals such as NoHo Flats. Now Lennar Homes and SoHo Capital are ready to build for-sale town homes that will appeal to young professionals, starter families and people who want to down-size. In a sign that home building is back in fashion, Lennar also is selling new single-family homes at Cypress Creek in Ruskin.
Business and residential growth in downtown St. Petersburg prompted Tampa Bay Innovation Center to open TEC Garage, a business incubator with space for up to 30 startup companies. The incubator will be located temporarily on campus at St. Petersburg College until a larger downtown site becomes available.
More than 60,000 independent distributers sell health and beauty products for It Works! including its signature body contouring product, The Ultimate Body Applicator. Inc. Magazine in 2013 named It Works! one of America's fastest growing companies with sales of more than $450 million.