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Bed and breakfast units to be sold as condominiums

Published March 13, 2005

ST. PETE BEACH - Pasa Tiempo, a bed and breakfast facing Boca Ciega Bay, will close May 8, and the owner will sell the eight units as condominiums.

Ivone Meltzer said it was time to move away from a business that required tending 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The inn at 7141 Bay St. was turned from an apartment building into a bed and breakfast by the previous owner in the late 1990s.

"We thought about selling the whole thing," Meltzer said. "It's more difficult selling as a bed and breakfast."

Six of the units are one-bedroom, one-bath and face the courtyard. Those will sell for $299,000, fully furnished.

The two units that face the bay will sell for $499,000, Meltzer said. Those also have one bedroom and one bathroom. Kitchens are being installed in all of the units.

Bay Pointe restaurant will offer take-and-bake pizzas

ST. PETERSBURG - A Nick-N-Willy's pizza restaurant will open this week at the Bay Pointe Shopping Center on 34th Street S. Its pies are for customers to take home and bake.

Bay Pointe will be the second location in the Tampa Bay area for the chain, which was founded in Colorado in 1989. The other location is in Largo. In all, the company has 50 stores in 12 states.

Nick-N-Willy's says it features more unusual toppings for its pizzas, including fresh pesto sauce, fontina cheese, basil and cilantro. Pizza dough is made daily, according to the company.

The restaurant location is 5145 34th St. S.

"Business decision' closes downtown Hallmark shop

ST. PETERSBURG - Lynne's Hallmark shop in the Mid-Core Garage downtown is closing Saturday.

Owner Marc Bershaw also owns the Lynne's Hallmark at Northeast Shopping Center. He said the downtown store was too close to the one at Northeast.

"It was just a business decision," Bershaw said. "The store did well. It was a very nice looking store. It was just a business decision we had to make."

The downtown Lynne's opened in late 2001. The Northeast card shop has been open for 25 years, Bershaw said.

Silent auction to precede opening of art gallery

ST. PETERSBURG - The T.W. Curtis Foundation Inc. will formally open its nonprofit art gallery at 111 Second Ave. NE in the Plaza Tower complex Saturday.

Exhibits will include works by national and international artists. A silent auction will be Friday to benefit the foundation, which provides opportunities in the arts for at-risk children.

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