Super Bowl exposure 2 years ago set Bay Area restaurants up for continued success
Tampa’s Super Bowl 55 game set the national spotlight on local businesses, and that exposure was transformative for two Tampa restaurants.
The Bodega Market bringing first corner store in years to Lakeland
Lakeland is getting its first corner store in years with The Bodega Market opening this weekend.
Sarasota designer's handbag to be raffled off during Super Bowl LVII events to help NFL Charities
A Sarasota designer's handbags will be featured during Super Bowl LVII events, including one that will help NFL Charities.
Family-owned company honored for 100 years of business in Pasco County
Pasco County's 100-year-old lumber company is being honored for reaching a full century in business.
New coffee shop to open in South Tampa with an inclusive mission
A new coffee shop that provides jobs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities will soon open in South Tampa.
Bay Area woman builds business out of being ‘second mom’ to college students
For many children, moving into a campus dorm to start college is a big chapter in adulthood as they leave their parents’ home for the first time. Now, a Bay Area woman has created a business to help ease the transition for children and their parents.
North Port small businesses work to rebound after Hurricane Ian impacts
The City of North Port has about 2,000 small businesses and many of them are still on the rebound after Hurricane Ian.
'It's a staple': St. Pete restaurant closes after 70 years in business
Munch’s Restaurant and Sundries is closing on December 30. The restaurant’s owner Larry Munch said his parents started the restaurant in 1952. He bought the restaurant in the 1990s and is now retiring.
Black Restaurant Week spotlights Tampa Bay area business
There are more than 100 Black Restaurant Week participants throughout Florida, including M&R Catering and Café in East Tampa.
Pet care business give boost to local non-profit serving heroes through service dogs
Scoop Soldiers, has donated at least more than $50,000 to Valor Service Dogs, a non-profit training and placing dogs with combat wounded veterans. The president of Scoop Soldiers said supporting the mission was a no-brainer.
USF to host supplier diversity event aimed at knocking down barriers for minority business owners
It’s hard enough starting your own business, so the University of South Florida is hosting a supplier diversity event this week to knock down barrier for minority-owned businesses.
Air Force veteran turns artisan soap making into Palmetto business
Sol Soap is a small, handmade artisan soap company based in Palmetto, and it's run by a retired Air Force veteran.
St. Pete restaurant owner shows pride for Ukraine with recent successes against Russia
Roman Voloshyn's longtime dream of opening a Ukrainian restaurant in St. Petersburg has become a reality. His dream took on a new sense of urgency after the Russian invasion threatened the existence of his home country, and his mom and dad who still live in Ukraine.
Seminole Heights road closures, construction creates nightmare for businesses and homeowners
Businesses along part of Florida Avenue in Tampa's Seminole Heights neighborhood received some tough news this week. The city announced a road project, originally estimated to last three weeks, would be extended for an additional two weeks.
Former Lakeland mayor asks city for $800,000 to help small minority businesses
One of Lakeland's former mayors is asking the city for $800,000 to help small businesses owned by minorities and others.
Spectra Chrome in Clearwater makes items shine
Hundreds of shiny, chrome items populate a Clearwater warehouse. It's the home of Spectra Chrome.
New rental service at Tampa International Airport aims to ease parents' load while traveling with kids
A new business opened at Tampa International Airport aimed at easing the load on parents who are traveling with their kids. Starting as soon as they land, passengers can take advantage of the new rental service, Our Little Suitcase.
First cat café in Tampa provides safe space for rescue cats in need of forever home
Cats and Caffeine is Tampa's first cat café that provides rescued cats with a unique temporary foster home. The café fosters the kitties in the lounge providing them a safe space for their personalities to flourish.
Florida small business owner sues Biden administration over race, gender quotas in infrastructure law
A Florida small business owner and immigrant from Romania is suing the Biden administration over race and gender quotas in the infrastructure law, passed last December.
Two family businesses destroyed in Tampa riots after George Floyd' death reopen
The riots in Tampa that followed George Floyd’s death caused millions in property damage, and took an especially heavy toll on small, family-run businesses.