Business News: Axe Throwing, Maskless Shoppers, Publix Boycott

TAMPA BAY, FL — Want to check out the newest eateries to open in the area? Interested in throwing an axe and grabbing a beer? Have you heard about the Publix boycott?

Here’s all the latest restaurant, retail and other business news from the Tampa Bay area.

New Restaurants:

Origin Craft Beer & Pizza Café To Open UTC Location Monday

Sarasota-based Origin Craft Beer & Pizza Café is expanding into Manatee County with the opening of its third location in Bradenton’s University Town Center area.

Other Business News:

Fling An Axe And Have A Beer At St. Pete’s New Axe-Throwing Spot

Tourists and residents are learning the sport of axe throwing at Hatchet Hangout-Axe Throwing St. Pete.

Customers Boycott Publix After Heiress Gave $300K To Trump Rally

Publix heiress Julie Jenkins Fancelli donated $300,000 to help pay for the Jan. 6 rally that preceded the riot at the U.S. Capitol, which has led some customers to boycott the popular grocery chain.

Video Of Maskless Shoppers, Employees At FL Market Stuns Internet

A 15-second video filmed at the controversial Oakes Farms Seed to Table Market in Naples shows many customers and employees without masks.

Pillow Fight: David Hogg Launches Company To Rival MyPillow

The Parkland activist wants to compete with conservative Mike Lindell’s MyPillow company, plans to run his business on progressive values.

Vegan International Co. Wins Award For Top 10 Vegan Wings

PETA scoured the country for the Top 10 Vegan Wings—and Tampa’s own Vegan International Co. won a spot on the list for its Drumstick Plate.

Pineberries: Florida Welcomes A Berry Industry Game Changer

Wish Farms subsidiary G&D Farms in Manatee County is leading the pack of Florida growers producing this rare white strawberry.

The Weeknd Makes Special Delivery To Carrollwood Health Workers

In honor of Black History Month, The Weeknd had 150 meals from Mama’s Southern Soul Food Restaurant delivered to AdventHealth Carrollwood.

Banyan Coffee Company Thrives Despite Pandemic

This Bradenton-based specialty coffee roaster launched a coffee truck, continues to sell wholesale, individual bags of coffee online during pandemic.

Action! St. Pete Listed In Top 25 Best Places For Film Work, Life

St. Petersburg could see more film crews and actors as Moviemaker listed the city as one of the top 25 for film life.

Gulf Beach Resort Motel Sells For $23.5M; Luxury Condos Planned

The Lido Key motel was built in 1950 as part of the post-World War II motel construction boom that brought tourists to the area. The buyer plans to redevelop the 2.3-acre site as a beachfront luxury condominium tower.

Aldi Grocery Store Opens At Westfield Siesta Key

The grocery store has taken over the space left vacant by Lucky’s Market, which filed for bankruptcy and closed most of its stores.

Joyland Country Music Club Moving To New Location

The local country music landmark will relocate to the University Town Center area in Manatee County.

Holiday Mall Celebrates Reopening, Toy Jungle Among New Stores

Five months after Mishorim Gold purchased the mall, the plaza is 97 percent occupied.

More Than 500 Jobs Available At Busch Gardens, Adventure Island

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island are looking to hire more than 500 seasonal and part-time positions immediately.