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Business Digest

By TIMES STAFF
Published July 18, 2007


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ST. PETERSBURG

DEVELOPER CONFIRMS HOTEL FINANCING

The Kessler Enterprise submitted a letter to the city Monday confirming $120-million in financing to build the Grand Bohemian Hotel downtown. The letter was required before the company closes the purchase of the property at 100 Second St. N in August. Kessler said construction will begin this fall, and the 32-story building with 254 rooms and 52 condominiums will open in fall 2009. The all-white tower with staggered balconies is to resemble an Asian lantern. It will include two restaurants, a lounge, gallery and market/cafe, and 23,000 square feet of meeting space.

ST. PETERSBURG

Hilton sees success in its first year open

The Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park Hotel celebrated its first anniversary July 17. Management says business has exceeded expectations with numerous galas and weddings, as well as corporate participation from neighbors such as Raymond James Financial, Jabil Circuit, General Dynamics, Danka and others. Managers say the hotel has received Hilton Hotel Corp.'s top 10 concierge lounge award and ranks in the top three for customer service.

ST. PETERSBURG

Frogue's Hair Salon opens at fourth site

After 35 years in business, William Bennett moved his Frogue's Hair Salon to its fourth location, opening earlier this month at 2535 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. S after three years at 2817 Central Ave. Bennett said business is already strong because his regulars have followed. He said he is planning a grand opening celebration for next month.

[Last modified July 17, 2007, 20:55:10]


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