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By SHARON L. BOND, Neighborhood Times Business Editor
© St. Petersburg Times
published October 23, 2002

Bicycle shop moves near Pinellas Trail

SEMINOLE -- Bicycle Outfitters has more than doubled its space by moving from Park Boulevard to a new showroom that backs up to the Pinellas Trail.

The new shop in renovated space at 11198 70th Ave. N allows Bicycle Outfitters to sell bikes and accessories as it did in its old location and also handle technical servicing such as specialized repairs to recumbent bikes, said founder Gerry Beland who opened the first shop in 1995. His son Adam Beland also is in the business.

Bicycle Outfitters carries road, mountain and recumbent bicycles, which are low, stretched-out bikes that allow riders to pedal from a seat that is something like a lawn chair.

Petland shuts permanently

ST. PETERSBURG -- Petland St. Petersburg at 201 38th Ave. N closed for good Sunday, owner Mike Denny said.

"We're not going to reopen. I was going to try to get another lease. I had a place picked out, but it didn't work out," Denny said.

Petland St. Petersburg, which opened in December 1999, is closing because its space is being taken over by Gold's Gym next door for expansion. The gym expects its expansion to be completed Jan. 1.

Bank branches onto Beach Drive

ST. PETERSBURG -- Premier Community Bank of Florida on Tuesday opened a branch in downtown St. Petersburg at 152 Beach Drive NE, said Paul V. Mellini, bank president.

The new branch is a full-service office with an ATM. It is located in the space previously occupied by Buttons n' Bows, a children's clothing and gift shop.

Mellini said the bank hopes to build a bigger branch in downtown St. Petersburg eventually.

Premier, one of four subsidiaries of a bank corporation headquartered in Clearwater, now has seven branches in Pinellas County. It and its sibling banks also have locations in Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

Gourmet market finds foothold

ST. PETERSBURG -- A gourmet market is opening Nov. 2 in the First Avenue N space that held Anastasia's Florist for about a year.

Carol Laughlin, owner of the floral design and home furnishings business, is moving to Naples but plans to keep the building at 954 First Ave. N, according to Structure Real Estate, which leased it for her. She bought the 4,000-square-foot building in 2001 and renovated it for Anastasia's.

More than a Market is a new venture for Kristina York. It will offer products for gourmet cooking, fresh bread, wine, prepared foods and cooking classes.

Before Anastasia's, the First Avenue N building was Mama Leeann's Casa D'napoli for about 30 years.

Chamber helps organize showcase

ST. PETERSBURG -- The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce and Star Graphics Group are sponsoring a business showcase Nov. 12 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the St. Petersburg Country Club, 2000 County Club Way S.

The showcase gives owners a chance to promote their businesses and network with colleagues.

For more information about reserving booths and tables and registering, call (727) 445-7922.

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