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Business of the Year Bill Jackson’s Shop for Adventure

Tucked away on a woodsy lot at 9501 U.S. 19 N. in Pinellas Park, many people driving along the highway don’t even realize there is a retail shop at the location. Unless they’re the outdoorsy type, that is. The plot of land, obscured by a thick canopy of trees is Bill Jackson’s Shop for Adventure, which is set back far enough from the roadway that passersby often mistake it for a park or campsite. ...

Zaxby’s Opening in Largo

With construction nearly finished, the first Zaxby’s location in Largo is coming soon at 8585 Ulmerton Road. Largo licensees Tony and Bruce Gunthrop have been humbled by the loyalty residents have shown to the Zaxby’s brand. “I first started working at Zaxby’s in high school and am looking forward to opening my fourth store,” said Bruce Gunthrop in a press release. “The excitement and social media...

Ruth Eckerd Hall Wins Prestigious Judges Choice Award

Ruth Eckerd Hall won the prestigious 2017 Judges Choice Award at the Clearwater Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting Jan. 26 at the Sheraton Sand Key Hotel. Zev Buffman, president and CEO of Ruth Eckerd Hall Inc., and Frank Hibbard, Ruth Eckerd Hall vice-chair, accepted the award. The chamber noted that at the discretion of the judges when two outstanding organizations are nominees in the same cat...

Florida’s Father of the commercial gladiolus industry

History Matters: Farmer Lundy Dirr turned flowers into a blooming success In late 1924 and early 1925, a family from Oskaloosa, Iowa, settled on Terra Ceia. The man of the house, Lundy Dirr, was a successful Iowan marketing and advertising businessman. Tampa magazine Suniland interviewed Dirr after his move to Florida and asked him why he relocated here. He responded, “I came to Florida to make mo...

Clearwater Seafoods Celebrates 40 Years Of Business

Clearwater Seafoods celebrates 40 years of business. Halifax-based seafood giant Clearwater Seafoods celebrated its 40th anniversary Wednesday, marking the occasion with a gala dinner, a donation to charity and a few jokes about the urban myth that has surrounded the company’s founding. Clearwater is one of North America’s largest publicly traded seafood companies, has 2,500 employees ...

Art Is Good For St Pete Businesses

Art Is Good For St Pete Businesses Bottom Line Years ago, well-loved local artist Bill Woo, known for his iconic grouper paintings and friendly personality, entertained crowds as he painted live in downtown St. Petersburg in front of Steve Westphal’s 400 Beach Drive Seafood & Tap House restaurant. Woo passed away in 2012, but his paintings still adorn Westphal’s restaurant, which also showcas...

Tampa Company Gets 255 Million

tampa-company-lands-255m-in-private-equity-funds Warburg Pincus, a $35 billion global private equity firm, plans to invest $255 million in Riverview-based BlueGrace Logistics, one of the region’s leading third-party transportation and logistics firms. Warburg Pincus will become a minority owner of BlueGrace in the deal, according to a release. The funds, the release adds, will go toward “the rapid...

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