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.
New businesses, including vintage clothing shop Frolic Exchange, are starting to populate a stretch of North Florida Avenue, south of an area that already has seen retail including Cappy's Pizza, Independent, Cleanse Apothecary and The Refinery.
NoHo Flats, an upscale apartment complex in North Hyde Park, is expanding the boundaries of Tampa's urban core to include development projects built north of Kennedy Boulevard.
Developer Anthony Menna built Staybridge Suites on a former overflow parking lot used for Rays' baseball games. Developers Henry Suarez and Kirin Patel revived a former condominium project and built an upscale boutique hotel on Gulf Boulevard in St. Pete Beach.
Hembree Construction will complete work on a Centra Care Florida Hospital Urgent Care clinic in June. The clinic is on North Dale Mabry on the former site of a gas station and convenience store.
West Kennedy Hall, a student dormitory at University of Tampa, is environmentally friendly and a cost saving for the university. The 11-story building has solar panels to heat water, low-flow showerheads and toilets to conserve water and recycled rainwater to irrigate Florida-native, drought-resistent landscaping.
For Ron Harjani, the 2015 opening of a Walmart Super Center is the reason he opted to build a 10,000-square-foot building to house his family-operated women's clothing shop, Fashion Essence. Developers also are looking to build a 25,000 square foot building for a regional chain store.
Lakewood Ranch is adding new businesses to Main Street and elsewhere in the master-planned community in Manatee and Sarasota counties. Michelle Scala and Shepherd Frenchman are adding second dentistry in the MGA insurance building on Enterprise Circle. A culinary school and optometry office are opening on Main Street.
Tampa firefighters will be able to respond more aggressively to emergency calls from their new, state-of-the-art fire station on Waters Avenue. The approximately $1.7 million facility replaces and decades-old fire station on Fairbanks Street.
A new Middle Eastern restaurant - Petra - will open on Kennedy Boulevard in a two-story building across from the University of Tampa's lacrosse field.
A popular Clearwater pizza restaurant is now open in a former bar in Ybor City. Award-winning architect Elliott Wheeler did the re-design including a unique brick coal-fired oven for cooking pizzas.
Nearly 15,000 Little Free Libraries are scattered among neighborhoods across the country. These libraries are small wood boxes perched atop thick posts and stuffed with paper books. The idea is that people stop by, take a book and leave a book, and maybe introduce themselves to neighbors they've never met. Ridgewood Park neighborhood is unveiling its Little Free Library as a way to encourage literacy and a sense of community.
The U.S. Green Building Council and Congress for New Urbanism are encouraging a more holistic approach to creating eco-friendly sustainable neighborhoods. Local chapters for these organizations will discuss the new rating system, known as LEED ND, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-Neighborhood Development.