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  1. You can buy the balls from Amalie's Beach Tampa exhibit at auction

    Events

    More than 100,000 people showed up at Amalie Arena in 2016 to frolic in a huge ball pit. It was a sea of 1.2 million white orbs so vast that grown men could belly flop and remain afloat.

  2. 5 things to do under $5: Tampa music history, Suncoast Arts Festival

    Events

    1 Suncoast Arts Festival: Acclaimed electric rock string quintet Violectric, above, headlines Saturday (3:40-5:40 p.m.) at this two-day fine arts event featuring more than 130 artisans, live entertainment and a kids art garden at the Shops at Wiregrass. Barefoot Bob and the Hope and funk rocker …

  3. This is why clothing companies want to know about your weight, jobs and past pregnancies

    Retail

    The first step for a shopper buying a suit at the fast-growing menswear retailer Indochino is sharing his personal information: A salesperson armed with an iPad measures nearly everything on his body, from the distance between his belly button and rear to the circumference of his knees.

  4. The closing of 63 Sam's Club stores has big implications for small business

    Retail

    Last week, Walmart announced that it would be closing 63 of its under-performing Sam's Club stores at various locations throughout the country, including a South Tampa location.

  5. For the first time, the 3 best-selling beers in America are light beers. Can craft brewers catch up?

    Retail

    Is it time for the King of Beers to hand over its crown?

  6. Large crowds grab deals as Sam's Club prepares to close South Tampa location

    Retail

    TAMPA — Large crowds have gathered to snap up some deals before the Sam's Club in South Tampa closes its doors for good on Jan. 27.

  7. Holiday shopping helps push retail sales to three-year high

    Retail

    WASHINGTON — U.S. consumers shopped at stores and online outlets at a solid pace in December, closing out a healthy holiday season for retailers.

  8. New bar recalls St. Petersburg's casual, laid-back past

    Retail

    ST. PETERSBURG — The owners of Five Bucks Drinkery recently opened Tamiami, a bar that aims to nod to St. Peterburg's history, at 269 Central Ave., the location of the former Crowley's. The bar is named after the old St. Petersburg hotel and former bar on First Avenue N that Josh Connell, one of the owners of Five …

  9. Walmart employees to receive raises, and some may get $1K bonuses

    Retail

    NEW YORK — Walmart, the world's largest private employer, is boosting its starting salary for U.S. workers to $11 an hour, handing out one-time cash bonuses to those who don't benefit from the pay hike and expanding its maternity and parental leave benefits.

  10. 5 things to do under $5: Kite festival, Florida Manatee Festival

    Events

    1 Treasure Island Sport Kite Festival: The annual competition returns to the beach behind the Thunderbird Resort, filling the sky with kites as flyers perform to music at this two-day event. There will be dual-line and multi-line sport kite flying in a wide array of disciplines, and free lessons on how to fly …