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‘It‘s not Sodom and Gomorrah,‘ but Brandon business thrives on consenting couples

BRANDON — Sitting in her office, Sue Harrow laughs at the idea she has any personal connection to the business she runs. Outside her door is a sprawling bar and space for dancing, a stripper pole, a dancing cage, four life-sized bronze statues of Adonis, glass cases of erotic figurines […]

Gym allows autistic kids to rock the spectrum

BRANDON — A children‘s gym serving kids with autism and special needs celebrated its Brandon grand opening in January. We Rock the Spectrum, a national franchise that started in 2010 in California, provides sensory-safe play for kids with autism, special needs and neurotypical development. The gym features 10 pieces of […]

Super Bowl ads go political in a big way (w/video)

NEW YORK — Messages about America, inclusiveness — and, yes, even "four years of awful hair" — kept bubbling up in Super Bowl 51 ads from Airbnb, the NFL and a line of personal care products. But there was still plenty of escapism and light humor for those who weren‘t […]

As Google, Apple scrap for No. 1, ranks of world‘s 500 most valuable brands reveal winners, losers

The domineering value of the Apple brand on the global business scene faded just enough for Google to replace the make of the ubiquitous iPhone as the world‘s most valuable brand for the first time since 2011. So says Brand Finance‘s "Global Brand 2017" ranking of the 500 most valuable […]

Manitowoc Foodservice, one of Tampa Bay‘s largest public companies, changes name to Welbilt

A large, public Florida spinoff of a crane and foodservice corporation named for its hometown in Wisconsin will rebrand itself with a simpler name. Manitowoc Foodservice, Inc., headquartered in New Port Richey, said Monday it will start calling itself Welbilt, Inc. The ticker symbol will change to WBT on the […]

Florida snowbirds complain that Spectrum bills them when they‘re out of state

Ohio residents Ralph and Eleanore Parker said they returned to their seasonal home in Largo to find a rude surprise — a cable bill from Spectrum for service when the couple wasn‘t even in Florida. "They said I owed close to $600," said Ralph Parker, 76. "How can they bill […]

Buy a coffee, get a doughnut: Krispy Kreme the latest to market its ‘reinvented‘ brew

Krispy Kreme is using its famous glazed doughnuts to lure customers to try its revamped coffee selection. The company is giving away a glazed donut to every customer who orders a coffee, coinciding with the release of its two new drip coffees, "Smooth" and "Rich," according to company news release. […]

Valentine‘s Day makes February the busiest time of year at Sexy Creations

BROOKSVILLE — Flowers wilt. Candies are eaten. But lingerie lasts long beyond Valentine‘s Day. That‘s why the door swings most frequently during February at Sexy Creations, where female finery prevails. "It gets really busy (during February)," owner Tina Eth said, noting that many shoppers are in search of fanciful nightwear, […]

National effort fights screwworm outbreak

Since news broke last month of a New World screwworm outbreak in the Florida Keys, aggressive efforts have been taken to fix the crisis. Behind the scenes are workers from state and federal agencies who have traveled to the Lower Keys from all over the United States. Some are living […]

Senate confirms education secretary DeVos, with Pence breaking 50-50 tie

WASHINGTON — The Senate has confirmed school choice activist Betsy DeVos as Education secretary, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking a 50-50 tie. The Senate historian says it was the first time a vice president had to break a tie on a Cabinet nomination. Two Republicans joined Democrats Tuesday to […]