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  1. From Hogwarts Castle to your home, digital projectors give a real light show

    Events

    At night, Hogwarts Castle is suddenly dusted with snow in steamy Florida. It's not really snow, but light causing this trick of the eye. Projectors and sophisticated software then send ghosts across the castle towers. A turret spins and turns into a towering Christmas tree before melting into golden bolts of …

  2. Publix ranks sixth best for workplace diversity

    Retail

    Publix was named the sixth-most diverse employer in the country in Fortune magazine's "100 Best Workplaces for Diversity 2017" list.

  3. Bankrupt Toys R Us can pay executives millions of dollars in bonuses, judge rules

    Retail

    With the shopping season looming and bankruptcy proceedings underway in federal court, Toys R Us went to its creditors in November with an unorthodox request. To boost holiday sales, the insolvent company asked, let us pay out millions of dollars in bonuses to our top executives.

  4. In the age of Amazon, Walmart is changing its legal name

    Retail

    NEW YORK — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is changing its legal name effective Feb. 1 as it shifts away from physical stores in the age of Amazon's increasing dominance,

  5. 5 things to do under $5: Sunday Bicycle Rides, Werks and Passafire at Jannus Live

    Events

    1Winter Village Express: The holiday setup on the riverfront at Curtis Hixon Park this year features a new holiday-themed streetcar ride from Ybor City. Hop on at Centro Ybor after enjoying some games, holiday activities and treats, with special holiday surprises on board as you travel to Whiting Station. …

  6. HSN accepting applications for two-day entrepreneurship academy

    Retail

    TAMPA — Shopping network giant HSN is accepting applications for its two-day American Dreams Academy in Tampa. The event, which will be held Jan. 24, 2018 to Jan. 25, 2018, is an interactive program that teaches entrepreneurs the major components of creating a business around a product.

  7. Festive fashion faux-pas: And you thought Ugly Christmas Sweaters were kitschy

    Retail

    You could go to a holiday party looking all svelte and glam. Or you could go looking like Mrs. Santa Claus.

    This Christmas dress, next to a Christmas sweater and skirt ensemble, is available at Beall's for $39.95 -- though it has recently been on sale.
[SUSAN TAYLOR MARTIN | Times]
  8. Bonefish Grill ranks No. 1 for national favorite casual restaurant

    Retail

    Following flat sales and an adversarial investor, Tampa-based Bloomin' Brands finally has a bit of good news: Americans love its Bonefish Grill restaurant chain. The company, one of four chain restaurants owned by Bloomin', was ranked the top overall favorite casual dining restaurant in a survey of 8,000 consumers by …

    Bonefish Grill was voted the No. 1 favorite casual dining restaurant in a survey by Market Force Information of 8,000 consumers. | [Chris Urso, Times]
  9. Macy's plans to hire 7,000 extra seasonal workers

    Retail

    NEW YORK — Macy's is hiring an extra 7,000 seasonal associates this holiday season, saying traffic in its department stores nationwide has been high.

    Macy's is hiring an extra 7,000 seasonal associates this holiday season, saying traffic in its department stores nationwide has been high. 
[AP Photo]
  10. As Big Beer buys up the little guys, craft brewers try to #TakeCraftBack

    Consumer

    It's a stunt, never going to happen.

    Every man, woman and child in the country would have to kick in $659 and change to come up with the $213 billion it would take to buy Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest brewer. Nonetheless, the Brewers Association, a trade group that promotes small and independent …

    Craft beer on display at Jug and Bottle Department in Seminole Heights. MONICA HERNDON   |   Times