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  1. Michael Kors takes over shoemaker Jimmy Choo

    Retail

    LONDON — American fashion brand Michael Kors has bought luxury shoemaker Jimmy Choo in a deal worth $1.35 billion (896 million pounds).

    Hopeful shoppers wait in line at Michael Kors before doors opened at the Tampa Premium Outlets grand opening day in Lutz, Fla. on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015.
  2. Macy's chairman replaces ex-HSN head Grossman on National Retail Federation board

    Retail

    Terry Lundgren, chairman of Macy's Inc., will replace Weight Watchers CEO Mindy Grossman as chair of the National Retail Federation, the organization announced Wednesday. Grossman stepped down from her position following her move from leading St. Petersburg-based HSN to Weight Watchers.

    Weight Watchers CEO and former HSN chief Mindy Grossman is being replaced as chair of the National Retail Federation. [HSN Inc.]
  3. Ticket window: Snap Judgment, Tim Allen

    News

    Tickets for the following events go on sale this week:

  4. This week's best art: Performance art with honey, video montage of old motels

    Visual Arts

    Micheal Hooker: (100 Pitchers) of Honey

    Selina Rom?n, That Liminal Space, 2015, archival inkjet print.
  5. Restaurant, ice cream shop join Tampa's Armature Works project

    Retail

    TAMPA — A sushi restaurant and ice cream shop are on tap to join the Armature Works' Heights Public Market near downtown Tampa.

    A sushi restaurant and ice cream shop are on tap to join the Armature Works' Heights Public Market.
[SKIP O'ROURKE  |  Times file photo]

  6. 5 things to do under $5: Ringling Museum, mobile photo class, 'Iron Giant' in the park

    Events

    1. Iron Giant: You can see a free Movie on the Green in Curtis Hixon Park on Friday, when an inflatable screen will be set up to show the animated favorite Iron Giant at 8:30 p.m. at 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. Bring a blanket or chairs to sit on. Concessions will be available for purchase.

    THE IRON GIANT, from left:  The Iron Giant, Hogarth Hughes, 1999.
  7. Walmart to employ 1,500 at new mega-warehouse in Polk County

    Retail

    DAVENPORT — A new Walmart e-commerce fulfillment center that opened Tuesday is bringing more than 1,500 jobs to this northern Polk County area.

    Gov. Rick Scott presents a medal to Air Force Veteran James Register, who is a floor manager at the new Walmart eCommerce Fulfillment Center in Polk County. [ Walmart handout photo ]
  8. St. Pete's 3 Daughters Brewing a finalist for national small business award

    Retail

    ST. PETERSBURG — St. Petersburg's 3 Daughters Brewing is one of 17 national finalists for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's "Dream Big Small Business of the Year" award.

    Anthony Foster of St. Petersburg stacks cans of "Rod Bender Red Ale" coming off the conveyer belt at 3 Daughters Brewing. The craft brewery is one of 17 finalists for the US Chamber of Commerce's "Dream Big Small Business of the Year" award. | [CHERIE DIEZ | Times]
  9. Welcome to manhood, Gillette told the 50-year-old woman

    Retail

    A 50-year-old professor and mother in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. A 19-year-old woman in Toledo, Iowa. A 48-year-old man who lives in Seattle.

     A marketing effort to get free razors in the hands of young men for their 18th birthdays has sometimes reached the wrong target. 
[TONY CENICOLA | The New York Times]
  10. These UF scientists are on a mission to make the perfect tomato

    Consumer

    GAINESVILLE

    There is the sound of roll-down windows thwapping closed after the tomato wedges are passed through in tiny plastic cups. All goes silent as a group of 10 tasters contemplate. Do they like this one? Is it sweet? Salty? Sour? Bitter? Or that magical unicorn of tastes: umami?

    A pair of tomatoes hang off one of the approximately 100 plants growing in one of the University of Florida's Klee Lab's greenhouses in Gainesville, Fla., on Thursday, Jul 13, 2017. Researchers developed this strain of tomato by sequencing the tomato genome and selecting DNA that would result in desirable tastes and smells.  For about fifteen years, researchers at the University of Florida's Klee Lab have worked on understanding the chemical and genetic markers that determine the taste of tomatoes. Through genetic sequencing, biochemical analysis and panels of taste testing, Klee scientists have developed different kinds of tomato that attempt to manifest "perfect" taste. ANDRES LEIVA   |   Special to the Times