Arnold's men's wear is finally hanging it up

By Times Staff Writer
Published September 23, 2007

St. Petersburg

After a lifetime in business, Arnold Argintar is hanging it up and closing Arnold's Men's Wear at 548 Central Ave. Argintar, 90, started the business in 1935 and moved to his present location in 1941, buying the building several years later. He sold it this month and is selling off his merchandise, planning for a late October close. "I started to think that, while I still have my health, it might be a good time," Argintar said.

St. Petersburg

Ferg's will accept market's spillover

Ferg's summer market is primed to become a year-round venue, said Mark Ferguson of the open-air mall he started in the spring. Ferguson said the summer market, at his sports bar at 1320 Central Ave., started slow but picked up as shoppers learned the location offers breakfast, bathrooms and televisions. The Saturday Morning Market, which returns in October, doesn't have space for all vendors, so some said they'd like to use Ferg's a few blocks west. Ferg's has 50 vendors, with room for another 30.

St. Petersburg

Hotel-condo project adapts once again

The Grand Bohemian Hotel & Residences is undergoing yet another remix to adapt to the real estate market, said Mary Kenny, spokesperson for developer Richard Kessler. The redesign of the $100-million project will have only 22 condominiums and 292 hotel rooms. The design previously changed from 82 to 52 condos, and from 170 to 260 hotel rooms. If the changes are approved, construction will be delayed for the 28-story building. Groundbreaking should be in February, with completion 19 months later.