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Retired existence wasn't in the cards

By PIPER JONES CASTILLO

© St. Petersburg Times,
published October 28, 2001


Madelyn Thorsen, who operated Boyd's gift shop at the Princess Martha Hotel in downtown St. Petersburg for 15 years, has come out of retirement to open Thorsen's, a shop in Kenneth City specializing in greeting cards that are two for $1. "The reason I started this was because I was bored," said Thorsen, 76. With an initial investment of $4,000, the 900-square-foot storefront includes cards as well as Hummel figurines. Thorsen's is at 5472 58th St. N, in the All-Star Plaza next to the U.S. Post Office. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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Bonnie Boots, former food and wine editor for the Weekly Planet in Tampa, has opened Bonnie Boots INK, 330 28th St. N, St. Petersburg. The public relations, marketing and advertising firm focuses on restaurants and the food service industry.

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RE/MAX Affiliates Downtown has opened at 201 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. The 6,000-square-foot building, the former First State Bank, will include residential, commercial and property management departments, along with mortgage and title services. Owners include Rick and Linda Brown, owners of RE/MAX Affiliates Seminole, their son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Sandra Brown, and Paul and Lou Traxler, former owners of RE/MAX Power Realty in St. Petersburg.

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Teresa Mitchell has been named manager of Workers Temporary Staffing Inc.'s Pinellas Park branch. Before the appointment, Mitchell served as account manager for Impact Personnel in Clearwater.

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