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.
The Corporation to Develop Communties of Tampa will use a $240,000 Wells Fargo grant to buy, rehab and sell three homes in East Tampa. It's part of efforts to fight blight and stabilize low-income neighborhoods hurt by the housing crisis.
Movie exhibitors are looking for a competitive edge to entice adult audiences, especially the millenilial generation, to their theaters. AMC officials plan to add AMC West Shore 20 to its list of theaters selling beer, wine and mixed drinks. The theater is located at WestShore Plaza in an area booming with new apartments, shops and restaurants.
Urbanites living in and moving to Hillsborough and Pinellas counties in Florida welcome pedestrian and bicycle friendly amenities, such as the Courtney Campbell Trail, which is nearing completion.
Contemporary art gallery, CASS, arrives on South MacDill Avenue on May 31 with art exhibits from Los Angeles artist Michael Turchin and Tampa artist Chris Valle. Owners Cassie and Jake Greatens see a new vibe taking hold on South MacDill that is similar to the creative, funky energy of Central Avenue in St. Petersburg.
Enrollment at Hillsborough County College SouthShore Campus has steadily built in the past four years with current enrollment topping 6,500 students. College officials plan to build a Science and Technology Building in order to move students out of portable classrooms.
AT&T caters to the mobile lifestyle at its new Store of the Future which is open at 1812 Westshore Blvd., in The Container Store shopping center. Customers can try out the latest mobile gadgets and phones in a store that seeks to make a brick-and-mortar retail shopping experience all about having fun.
Serial restaurant owner opens next venture in Tampa.
Two Fold Bicyle Shop in St. Petersburg will cater to bicycle enthusiasts who want the zip and convenience of bicycles that can be folded to the size of carry-on luggage or tucked into a back pack.