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Of money, food, enlightenment

Palm Bank eyes Davis Islands, Yogani will head to Platt, and Don Pablo's is a wash.

Published October 22, 2004

A SMALL STRETCH FOR YOGANI: After searching for a new location for months, Yogani owner Annie Okerlin ended up picking a spot two blocks east for her yoga studio.

Since opening in August 1999 in a small storefront at Henderson Boulevard and Neptune Street, Okerlin's business has steadily increased. In June 2000, she moved Yogani to its current larger space at Platt Street and Rome Avenue.

Now Okerlin needs to expand again and is preparing to move Yogani to 1112 W Platt St. at Newport Avenue. She'll share the building with the Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind.

The move will allow Okerlin to provide two large practice rooms, each with bamboo floors, bathrooms and shower facilities, and a shop stocked with yoga mats, clothing, incense, jewelry, books, videos, DVDs, CDs and massage oils. There will also be room for two resident practitioners: holistic therapist Anne Kramer and massage therapist Annette Scott.

Okerlin plans to open at her new location Nov. 1. A free "Hip Opening" is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 6 with seminars and demonstrations on various yoga styles, including bikram, ashtanga, nidra, power, flow, prenatal, mommy-baby and gentle, a meditation class and presentations on holistic health from Kramer.

Yogani's phone number and business hours won't change.

DON PASSES ON HOPS: Avado Brands, the restaurant group that owns Hops and Don Pablo's, has decided not to convert the former Hops at 401 N Dale Mabry Highway into a Don Pablo's. Avado spokesman Greg Graber downplayed the role that neighborhood opposition might have had in the company's change of heart.

"Some of our development folks might have been testing waters" when plans were proposed for the Don Pablo's, he said, but Avado never had firm intentions of opening the Mexican restaurant there.

"We're still evaluating our options," Graber said.

It's not like Avado has lost a foothold in the neighborhood. There's another Hops nearby - as in right next door. Recall that Hops opened in 1992 at 327 N Dale Mabry Highway. Then in 1999, a second Hops opened at 401 N Dale Mabry, featuring a more bar-and-music-oriented format to attract young professionals. That concept eventually failed, and the newer Hops closed last year.

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