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Everbody's Business

Published May 18, 2007


The humorous signs of Carrollwood New & Used Furniture have been replaced with a for sale sign.

The local fixture at 9102 N Dale Mabry has closed for real this time.

In the early 1990s, store co-owner Steve Oppenheim began to amuse commuters by posting pithy sayings on the 25-foot sign near Dale Mabry and Busch Boulevard. Some of the phrases, like "If you think women aren't explosive, try dropping one, " produced a few angry phone calls.

In 1997, the store used the sign to advertise its intention to close, but never did.

State investigators looked into whether the claim was real or just a way to bring in more business but found no violation. Co-owner Tom Till said at the time that they intended to close the store until a deal to sell the building fell through.

This time the closing is for real. The furniture has been moved out, and the 6, 000-square-foot building is up for sale. The price tag is $899, 000, a little bit more than a used sofa.

Wood You, 7809 N Dale Mabry, is following Carrollwood Used Furniture. The wood furniture store has closed, but customers have the option of traveling to Valrico or Clearwater to pick up Wood You's offerings. Visit

World of Beer in Westchase Town Center has official permission to serve beer and wine on an outdoor patio facing Westchase Elementary.

The patio upset some Westchase homeowners, some who preferred fake storefronts along Linebaugh and others who were concerned about alcohol sales so close to Westchase Elementary School. But store patrons said the bar was a welcome social asset in Westchase.

Land use hearing officer James Scarola granted the bar owner permission to serve outside, with some conditions: Service can't start until 3 p.m., after school has let out. And the patio must be surrounded by a six-foot plant buffer to block the view from Linebaugh.

ABC Wine & Spirits, 14729 N Dale Mabry, has reopened. Call 813 264-1881.

Do your teens need a summer J-O-B so they can stop spending your M-O-N-E-Y? How about volunteer hours to help them spend their T-I-M-E more productively?

Give them a head start at the University Area Teen Summer Start-Up job fair Saturday at the University Area Community Center Complex, 14013 N 22nd St.

Hosted by the center's Teen Empowerment Council group, the job fair will feature agencies from all over the Tampa Bay area with job and volunteer opportunities for 13- to 18-year-olds, as well as free food.

The job fair is from 3 to 5 p.m.

More than a dozen vendors - including fast-food giants such as McDonald's and KFC, and family entertainment locations such as Busch Gardens, MOSI and Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo - are scheduled to attend.

Free food from Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q will be served from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m..

Florida's teenage unemployment rate, which accounts for people 16 to 19 years old who are actively looking for work but cannot find it, was 12.3 percent in 2005 compared with a national rate of 16.6 percent. The state's rate was consistently lower than the national rate for six years before that, too.

Last year, nearly 300 teens attended the council's first job fair. The group is aiming to double attendance this time around as well as continue holding the free event annually, said organizer Nestor Ortiz. For more information, call Ortiz at (813) 727-1707.

Please send information on businesses that are opening, closing or moving to or fax to 269-5310.

[Last modified May 17, 2007, 07:20:07]

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