A Florida theme connects both stores. The Nectary sells native plants, and the bookstore has featured Florida titles.
The 5-2 vote came after numerous residents spoke against the proposed bar and event space on religious grounds.
City regulations prohibit a bar less than 300 feet from a church downtown, unless the City Commission grants a variance.
The plan to transform the now-vacant downtown space into an event venue and bar would need approval from the City Commission.
Bin Hub Lakeland opened Dec. 2, drawing lines of bargain hunters looking for discounts on overstock items from major retailers.
The developers plan 200 apartments and townhomes surrounding a 420-space, three-level parking structure.
Amazon will add space to park two more jets and more trucks at its airport facility under an updated city lease.
Brooke Lierman has won $20,000 in pitch competitions for OverTheShoulder, which will detect dangers to runners and alert their contacts
At 68, Robin Phillips will concentrate on photo restoration. The Florida Avenue building his father constructed in 1962 is being sold to the publisher of The Lakelander magazine.
The manufacturer is expanding capacity at its Knights Station Road plant and adding a new facility on Drane Field Road.