LAND O’LAKES — The first childhood present David Mallory remembers receiving was a 1960s pedal version of a speedway race car. He was 5 and rode the wheels off it.Little David wore his hair in a flattop back then, cut close at an old Publix on Gandy Boulevard when the supermarkets featured a barbershop, too.Years later, Mallory spotted an old pedal car like his. He bought it. Same with two barber chairs from the Gandy Publix.They now form part of a collection of memorabilia that Mallory has been gathering for 30 years, more than 200 pieces that turned his Land O’ Lakes home into what he called a museum of vintage Americana — road signs, gas station pumps, pedal cars, chairs, all from the 1920s through the 1980s.Last week, he dismantled the museum and had it hauled to Plant City to be auctioned off. The sale starts 10 a.m. Saturday at the former Crossroads restaurant site, 120 E U.S. 60. An auction preview is scheduled there 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.Mallory … [Read more...] about From kids’ pedal cars to Publix barber chairs, he collects the impossible. Now it’s up for sale.
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Over the past year, major problems with the electronic toll collection system SunPass left many Florida motorists with whopping bills — or none at all. Plans were announced to revamp an aging Tampa mall and build greenhouses in St. Petersburg to grow medical marijuana. Tariffs hurt a bay area boat builder while unhappy homebuyers slammed a well-known developer. We covered all of these stories in 2018. Here is a look at what has happened since we first reported on them. SunPass customers still waiting Florida drivers who use the electronic SunPass tolling system are still waiting on their SunPass bills more than six months after the third-party vendor stopped processing transactions. That’s because the Florida Department of Transportation hasn’t sent out Toll-By-Plate invoices for the charges drivers racked up since the processing stopped. “Until we are 100 (percent) confident that invoices are accurate, Toll-By-Plate invoices will not be sent to … [Read more...] about Whatever happened to the SunPass mess? We follow up memorable 2018 stories
If you’ve ever fantasized about living and working on a Maine island in summer, here’s your chance. Salt, the 5-year-old restaurant on Vinalhaven, is for sale. Owner/operator John Feingold said in an email he would prefer to lease the ground-floor restaurant and sell the business itself, but he would also consider selling the building, which includes two apartments. Related Headlines Don’t know where to eat? Here’s your guide to the Press Herald’s restaurant reviews Feingold plans to list the restaurant at $20/square foot/year for the approximately 1,350 square foot ground floor space, which includes the dining room, kitchen and downstairs storage. This works out as $2,250/month rent, plus the tenant’s share of property insurance and taxes. The leasee would need to purchase the existing equipment and furnishings, worth about $40,000, according to Feingold. Salt has a loyal following among local and seasonal island residents, and has been an … [Read more...] about Salt restaurant on Vinalhaven Island is up for sale
Jai Agnish North Jersey Record Published 5:00 AM EDT Oct 3, 2018 A mansion in West Orange built by the great merchant prince and department store innovator Louis Bamberger is for sale. The founder and owner of L. Bamberger & Co, began a retail empire with his partners in 1892 when they opened a glamorous new store in Newark that made him a multimillionaire by middle age. Considered Newark's "adopted son," Bamberger was known for his extraordinary philanthropy and retail prowess. He is best remembered for gifting a building to house the Newark Museum and for the endowment that founded the world-renowned Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, according to Bamberger biographer Linda Forgosh. When he died at age 89 his friend Albert Einstein was among the family and close friends at a private service. And later that day 1,200 mourners attended a service for Bamberger, Forgosh writes in "Louis Bamberger: Department Store Innovator and … [Read more...] about Bamberger mansion in West Orange up for sale
You know how something frustrating or depressing, thrilling or sad makes you want to eat a pint of Bassetts Pralines & Cream? That’s an emotional connection. So is when you ooh and ahh and feel all warm and fuzzy when a puppy and a Clydesdale share a tender nose-to-nose moment in a Budweiser commercial. A message that strikes an emotional chord is marketing gold, a powerful motivational tool when it comes to inspiring a purchase, experts say. And in today’s sensory-overloaded marketplace of push notifications, banner ads, and email blasts, making such connections is harder than ever for businesses. “Companies are struggling to break through,” said Michael Brenner of West Chester, an authority on content marketing. “Ads don’t work.” In that struggle, three Drexel University students saw business opportunity. In July 2015, they created Boost Linguistics, a start-up based at the school’s Baiada Institute that is using artificial … [Read more...] about Want more sales? Don’t promote. Connect emotionally, this Drexel Stellar StartUp says