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Studio Movie Grill lights up screens at University Mall

University Mall will welcome its first in-theater dining experience when Studio Movie Grill opens October 22 in the shuttered movie house vacated nearly six months ago by Frank Theatres. SMG is the 18th location for the Dallas-based chain and the first in Florida.

Vegan dining will be "Delicious Surprise" in Seminole Heights

Owner Michelle Erhlich will open "Delicious Surprise" in mid-November, giving Seminole Heights its first plant-based restaurant in a remodeled pizzeria adjacent to Publix grocery store on Nebraska Avenue.

Bourgeois Pig opens soon in Seminole Heights

The reputation of Seminole Heights as a restaurant destination place is based largely on places such as The Refinery and Ella's, both on major corridors south of Hillsborough Avenue. The soon-to-open Bourgeosie Pig is potentially the catalyst to transform the farthest reaches of North Nebraska Avenue as the latest destination place in Seminole Heights.

Atlanta developer to build apartments on North Franklin Street

North Franklin Street is the latest address to add to the apartment boom in downtown Tampa. Carter & Associates has a pending contract to build a 23-story apartment building and garage in the 900 block of North Franklin.

Walmart in East Tampa to create 300 jobs

A Walmart Supercenter under construction on East Hillsborough Avenue is the first major business to invest in the community in decades. About 300 jobs and the potential for hundreds of thousands of property tax revenues will be generated.

Florida Crystals Corp. plans luxury apartments in Channel District

Developers are snapping up the last of the prime real estate in the Channel District for apartments and shops. Florida Crystals Corp., a new-kid-on-the-block, is buying three parcels to build 270 luxury apartments next to one of the districts earliest residential mid-rise towers, The Slade. The sugar company opened a real estate division last year.

Tampa reveals vision for re-designed Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park

A re-designed Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park is a centerpiece in the re-imagined city of Tampa as an urban village where people work, live and play.

Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik wins initial approval for 400-room luxury hotel

Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik is making his presence felt in the Channel District with a proposed 400-room hotel/residence complex in the Channel District, surrounded by the TECO Streetcar Line, Tampa Convention Center, Marriott Waterside Hotel and Embassy Suites. Tampa City Council is on board after giving its initial vote of approval.

Moccasin Lake Nature Park Gets Renovations, Extends Hours

Moccasin Lake Nature Park is a hidden gem of nature's beauty amidst the urban jumble of Clearwater which is all but built out with homes, shops, offices and roadways. The City of Clearwater is spending $700,000 on renovations and extending operating hours to include Sundays. The park offers a new pier and improved trails. In 2015 the city will update an intrepetive center, add restrooms and improved landscaping.

Osborne Pond, Community Trail To Be Named For Civil Rights' Leader Clarence Fort

Tampa civil rights' leader Clarence Fort broke down racial barriers when he organized Tampa's first lunch counter sit-ins at F.W. Woolworth's in downtown Tampa on Feb. 29, 1960. He will be honored on Sept. 18 when the city officially names a new park, at 3803 Osborne Ave., the Clarence Fort Freedom Trail.

16 Design Teams Offer Visions For St. Petersburg Pier

Sixteen local, national and international design teams are competing to win a $46 million contract from the city of St. Petersburg to re-invent the iconic Pier and its 5-story inverted pyramid built in the 1970s.


Walmart Opens First Wesley Chapel Supercenter, Adds 300 Jobs

Wesley Chapel's first Walmart  Supercenter brings 300 full- and part-time jobs to the local economy. The supercenter will offer shopping convenience to the city's 60,000 people and encourage additional development in the surrounding area along State Road 54. The store operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, offering general merchandise, groceries, electronics, toys and more.

Art, Healthy Eats Meet Up At Sunspot Fresh Bar In St. Pete

At Sunspot Fresh Bar customers can grab a wrap or a salad to go or hang out surrounded by eye-popping or provocative artwork in the bar's rotating art gallery. Local artist Derek Donnelly is curator and founder of Saint Paint Arts, an artist cooperative. His work, as well as art for other local artists are featured at the eatery.. 

St. Pete Art & Fashion Week Struts Stuff For Warehouse Arts District

Entrepreneur Dona Crowley will showcase St. Petersburg's creative side in her fourth annual St. Pete Arts and Fashion Week, Sept. 15-20. A series of events kickoff Sept. 15 with an exclusive Opening Night Party and continue through the week with art shows at different downtown locations. The week ends with a fashion runway show at One Progress Plaza. 
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