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Flag store plants in new location

Head's Flags is moving on May 1 to 3815 Henderson Blvd., fulfilling the founder's wish to own his storefront.

By MICHAEL CANNING, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published April 18, 2003


FLAGS FLYING UP THE STREET: Head's Flags will haul its entire stock, which includes every national flag on the planet, to its new location at 3815 Henderson Blvd. on May 1.

That's the former location of Tribeca Salon and the long-lived Galaxy Records. (The record shop closed in March 2002 after nearly 18 years in the same spot. Tribeca moved to 920 W Kennedy Blvd. last June.)

Head's founder Floyd Head says the store is leaving its current location at 4109 Henderson Blvd. so the business can finally own its building. Recall that before Head's moved to Henderson eight years ago, it rented a storefront at 1923 E Seventh Ave. in Ybor City for 12 years.

Head's, which is now owned by Floyd's grandson William Clayton, sells more than just flags of the world. It specializes in custom flags and banners and has long supplied local military outfits with flags.

The store recently donated a U.S. Marine Corps flag to Robinson High School in honor of former Robinson student Andrew Aviles, a Marine reservist killed last week in Iraq.

DALE MABRY WALK-IN: Doctor Riscile's Walk-In Clinic opened recently at 3201 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Suite 102, a small plaza between Obispo and Tacon streets. Note to all patients who want a reward for going to the doctor: It's next door to Ashley's Espresso coffee and dessert house.

Gisele Riscile said she chose the location because the area "needs a walk-in clinic that serves all ages." The clinic occupies one storefront and has two examining rooms. Riscile plans to expand to an adjoining storefront that has space for two more examining rooms.

The clinic handles everything from acne, asthma, HIV testing, immunizations, animal bites, allergies and even genetic counseling. Riscile previously worked for Lakeside Occupational Medical and before that worked at Channel Medical Clinic in the Channel District.

Her name is pronounced ri-SIL-lee.

WHERE WILL THE MARBLE SLAB LAND? It can't be said for sure yet. But trust us, you wouldn't mind having this kind of slab land on you.

Marble Slab Creamery, a Houston-based ice cream parlor chain, has been looking for a second Tampa location since opening a Centro Ybor franchise a year ago.

Franchise owner Mike Zirfas has been intent on South Tampa. Proposed sites at Old Hyde Park Village and Soho Pointe at Swann and Howard avenues didn't work out. Now he says he's currently negotiating to open one block north of Soho Pointe in a recently redeveloped office and retail building called SoHo 500.

Zirfas said he should know in the next few weeks whether the location at 500 S Howard Ave. will work out.

The Marble Slab Creamery's shtick is blending toppings in scoops of homemade ice cream on granite slabs right before the customer's eyes. There are three locations in Pinellas County. Another location is pending near the Costco in Brandon, Zirfas said.

LINSKY'S CORNER IN HYDE PARK NORTH is at the northeast corner of Platt Street and Magnolia Avenue. It's not an official claim, but they still hope to develop their vacant lot on the corner, which is next to their building.

The former site of A-1 locksmith, it now contains the law offices of Linsky and Linsky, plus Linsky Lithographics.

David Linsky, of Linsky Lithographics, said a small site plan has been drawn to help entice potential buyers. Up to 4,800 square feet of office space could be built on the lot, Linsky said.

"There's been lots of interested parties, and it seems to be heating up again," Linsky said.

Business is a family affair with Linskys. Besides law partners Mark and Donald, David's wife Nancy also helps run the printing business.

The Linskys descend from Marshall Linsky, a prominent Jewish community benefactor and co-founder of Tampa Wholesale Plumbing Supply, who died last September.

IF YOU SAMBA'D IN THE VILLAGE two weeks ago, you helped raise $7,500 for Easter Seals of Florida.

The Samba Room restaurant celebrated two years in Old Hyde Park Village with its "Samba in the Streets" party on April 5. Proceeds went to the charity.

Okay, we realize that you probably mambo'd and salsa'd more than you samba'd, given the musical entertainment by Tito Puente Jr. and Orquesta Infinidad.

-- Do you know something that should be everybody's business? Call 226-3382, or e-mail mikecanning@hotmail.com.

THE FIND: Easter basket

A tisket, a tasket. This basket brings Easter to any room. The Goodie Basket offers customized gift baskets for young and old. Bring a cherished photograph or batch of brownies to make the basket extra personal. Shipping or delivery available. Prices start at $25 and up at the Goodie Basket, 1718 S Dale Mabry Hwy. Call 254-2858.

-- AMY SCHERZER

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